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Poison Panic: Arsenic deaths in 1840s Essex Kindle Edition
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The three main cases, which all have different outcomes, are brilliantly re-created through Helen Barrell’s meticulous research. Her style is straightforward and clear, examining the circumstances of each woman, the key events and the subsequent trials. She gives a rich insight into their lives, their relationships and their daily struggles. There are interesting links throughout between the crimes and the local environment, as well as wider society and early developments in forensic science. It is a very readable narrative, which successfully brings the characters back to life, with detailed descriptions, photographs and images. The book is even peppered with the author’s own ancestors, which adds an intriguing personal dimension.
‘Poison Panic’ is a clever mix of family history and true crime. It is an excellent book and a must read for all lovers of historic crime.
You don't have to be from, or have family connections to Essex, as the book is a good read. Fascinating and makes one question Victorian morality.
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