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.
Jane Robins is a distinguished writer and journalist. Her first book, Rebel Queen was a critically acclaimed account of the trial for adultery of Caroline of Brunswick by her husband, King George IV.
'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'. - Sunday 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 ExpressAn 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 Sun