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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (504 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Ruddick Narrator: Alistair Petrie Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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It took three tortured days in 1876 for Charles Bravo to die from the poison that burned its way through his body. The subsequent investigation revealed many people with a grudge against the young barrister. The dramatic inquest was covered in sensational detail by the press, but no one was convicted of his murder. Over a century later, James Ruddick draws on new evidence to solve one of the most famous murders in criminal history. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Venuskitten | 2/18/2014

    " A fascinating Victorian murder mystery that was never solved. Here the author provides his own possible solution which has the ring of truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 2/10/2014

    " God, it would have sucked to be a female in the Victorian days. I would probably have to resort to poisoning my husband, too. Yikes! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cece | 2/8/2014

    " This was better than The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, another retelling and "solution" of a Victorian crime celebre. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 kenpen | 2/7/2014

    " I just love these historical true crime books. Not only did this one have a good mystery, but it also shared a lot about the social rules of the day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 1/31/2014

    " Not bad, another of the true crime mysteries from Victorian England. A decent read, though the Suspicions of Mr. Whicher is far better "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dox | 1/27/2014

    " Well researched and well argued, this is a solid presentation of a murder mystery in England in the late 1800s. It presents the cultural norms of the time as components of the mystery, and as helpful explanations of why the investigators were unable to determine who had committed the murder. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dannyn Qualls-Peterson | 1/22/2014

    " Initially starting out well, the narrative flounders towards the last 1/3rd. Did not care for it as much as The Suspicions of Mr. Witcher. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 1/20/2014

    " really good! i picked it up at a used book store, it was 2 bucks so I thought, why not? I'm glad I did, because it was really interesting and shed light on a case I had never heard of, but was widely known in it's day. very very interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gwenda | 1/19/2014

    " This is the true story of a murder investigation in Victorian England. I liked reading all the angles of the investigation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 1/12/2014

    " Loved it! Lets you get all the nitty gritty details and gossip that surrounded this murder mystery. Author does a good job of evaluating each possible suspect and theory and rules them all out until he is left with the most probably explanation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz DeCoster | 12/17/2013

    " I think I liked this book even less after reading The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective. Perhaps this is because the author was more prone to speculation than social narrative, as the case featured in the book was never convicted in a court. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 12/7/2013

    " This was really intersting but the claim to have solved the murder is highly speculative. Life for a woman in Victorian England was stifling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 12/4/2013

    " Fascinating book on the previously-unsolved murder of Charles Bravo. It doesn't get bogged down in background or ruminate endlessly on theories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 12/9/2012

    " Great true-crime story of sex and murder in Victorian England. Thanks, Anne! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann Marie | 10/16/2012

    " 3.5. Real-life Victorian murder mystery that was never solved; pretty fascinating! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/1/2011

    " Once I started it, I couldn't stop! I read it over the course of two evenings and it was riveting. A true page turner! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jena | 10/16/2011

    " Loved it! This book was well-written and accurate. I enjoyed the author's point-of-view. The author delivered the facts and his theories in a neat easy to follow short novel - what more can you ask for? I would highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grania | 10/6/2011

    " The pantalettes are stripped from the piano legs in this examination of a murder in times of misogyny, prurience, and rigidly enforced social repression. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 9/9/2011

    " Short enough that it was more like a long, engaging magazine article than a book, but a great read nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda DiVincenzo | 7/25/2011

    " This book was really a good read. It dug deep into the pysche of the Victorian mind, what women had to deal with and the way men treated them. I feel the author's research was thorough and his findings believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karin | 5/30/2011

    " I am in a murder-in-Victorian-England spree. An interesting read -- especially following The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher. Still in Victoriana mood, I will next read Clockwork Angel and finish reading Hardy's Desperate Remedies as soon as I get my Kindle back. (Maybe today!!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 5/26/2011

    " Great true crime story. I am now enticed to embark on an reading binge of other Victorian crime stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 4/26/2011

    " The first half of this book is great. Second half is based on author's theory. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katherine | 4/17/2011

    " Short enough that it was more like a long, engaging magazine article than a book, but a great read nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 2/25/2011

    " Plausible solution, but who knows if the author's explanation is what happened or if the crime ever really will be solved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 11/12/2010

    " Great true crime story. I am now enticed to embark on an reading binge of other Victorian crime stories. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hendo | 8/3/2010

    " Not bad for non fiction. Ruddick uses the first half of the work to outline the details of the murder, then solves it in the second half. I think he rambled a little in the second part, but it's his book, so I guess he can do what he wants! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 7/29/2010

    " A very fast paced true story- an interesting look at life in Victorian England! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 7/15/2010

    " This was very fascinating read. This was a book about a sensational murder that took place in 1876 England. The research appeared to be well done and the solution very well thought out. Ruddick certainly took a hard look at Victorian attitudes. Interesting book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dox | 6/14/2010

    " Well researched and well argued, this is a solid presentation of a murder mystery in England in the late 1800s. It presents the cultural norms of the time as components of the mystery, and as helpful explanations of why the investigators were unable to determine who had committed the murder. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jena | 6/16/2009

    " Loved it! This book was well-written and accurate. I enjoyed the author's point-of-view. The author delivered the facts and his theories in a neat easy to follow short novel - what more can you ask for? I would highly recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/22/2009

    " Once I started it, I couldn't stop! I read it over the course of two evenings and it was riveting. A true page turner! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 5/1/2009

    " Loved it! Lets you get all the nitty gritty details and gossip that surrounded this murder mystery. Author does a good job of evaluating each possible suspect and theory and rules them all out until he is left with the most probably explanation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eileen | 2/22/2009

    " This was really intersting but the claim to have solved the murder is highly speculative. Life for a woman in Victorian England was stifling. "

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