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The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country Charlotte Gray

The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country

Charlotte Gray

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ISBN : 9781443409254
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336 pages
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A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of the YearAn Amazon Top 100 Book of the YearShortlisted for the RBC Taylor PrizeLonglisted for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-FictionA scandalous crime, a sensational trial, a surprise verdict—the true story ofMoreA Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of the YearAn Amazon Top 100 Book of the YearShortlisted for the RBC Taylor PrizeLonglisted for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-FictionA scandalous crime, a sensational trial, a surprise verdict—the true story of Carrie Davies, the maid who shot a MasseyIn February 1915, a member of one of Canada’s wealthiest families was shot and killed on the front porch of his home in Toronto as he was returning from work. Carrie Davies, an 18-year-old domestic servant, quickly confessed. But who was the victim here? Charles “Bert” Massey, a scion of a famous family, or the frightened, perhaps mentally unstable Carrie, a penniless British immigrant? When the brilliant lawyer Hartley Dewart, QC, took on her case, his grudge against the powerful Masseys would fuel a dramatic trial that pitted the old order against the new, wealth and privilege against virtue and honest hard work. Set against a backdrop of the Great War in Europe and the changing face of a nation, this sensational crime is brought to vivid life for the first time.As in her previous bestselling book, Gold Diggers—which was made into a Discovery Channel miniseries entitled “Klondike”—multi-award-winning historian and biographer Charlotte Gray has created a captivating narrative rich in detail and brimming with larger-than-life personalities, as she shines a light on a central moment in our past.