The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime by: Judith Flanders
Non-fiction: History, Mystery 466 pages
Book Count: 46
A proper Victorian house was not complete with out figurines of murders on the mantel, well that is not completely true, copies of the houses were the murder took place, or pieces of the victims clothing that you cut off their cold, dead body were also completely acceptable. This book is all about the way that the press and public dealt with and felt about murder, as well as how this resulted in the beginning of forensic science. It starts with a quadruple murder in 1811 and ends with Jack the Ripper. There is lots of information in the dense pages of the book about famous and less well know cases.