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The Magnificent Spilsbury and the Case of the Brides in the Bath Hardcover – 1 Apr 2010

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; 1st ed. edition (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848541074
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848541078
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 24 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,016,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A riveting and beautifully written book. A high point in the annals of murder, for every necessary ingredient - callousness, ruthlessness, mystery, recklessness, boarding houses, detection, a chase, money, sex and even a bit of glamour - is present. Miss Robins has made a thumping good book out of it'. (Daily Telegraph)

'In Jane Robins' excellent The Magnificent Spilsbury - part-whodunit thriller, part-social history, part-biography - there's delight in the detail.. This is a pacy page-turner underpinned by meticulous primary source research. Frankly, it's a treat.. as satisfying as a fine thriller'. (The Scotsman)

'Robins's description of the murders and of Smith's persuasive personality is gripping. The Magnificent Spilsbury teems with promise'. (Sunday Times)

'As well as being a gripping, pacy account of a gruesome murder trial, this book is also a compelling piece of social history. An author tackling a story like this has to fight hard to avoid tipping into prurience and ghoulishness. Robins wins the fight, and shines a light on a dark age for women'. (Independent on Sunday)

'Not just a compelling read but it also an intriguing slice of social history'. (The Express)

'An author tackling a story like this has to fight hard to avoid tipping into prurience and ghoulishness. Robins wins the fight, and shines a light on a dark age for women.' (Independent on Sunday)

'With the precision of her main character, Jane Robins examines these murders...Robins is excellent at setting this story in its historical context' (Sunday Telegraph)

'Like its hero, The Magnificent Spilsbury teems with promise ...' (Culture)

'The Brides in the Bath and the rise of Spilsbury as the father of modern forensics are both well-worn tales, but Jane Robins has convincingly succeed in reworking them into a cracking good read. It is a deceptively delicate task to examine trial transcripts, police depositions, letters and newspaper accounts and reforge them with such admirable immediacy...Robins should prepare herself for a summer bestseller' (The Daily Telegraph)

Outstanding. The book is about a pre-war conman who drowned his wives in the bath. It made my jaw drop (Kate Kellaway, Observer)

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A young woman marries. Before long, she drowns in her bath. No sign of a struggle. No suggestion of foul play. Edwardian England turns to Bernard Spilsbury to solve the mystery.

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