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The Massey Murder

by (author) Charlotte Gray

Publisher
HarperCollins
Initial publish date
Mar 2014
Category
General
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781443409254
    Publish Date
    Sep 2013
    List Price
    $11.99
  • Downloadable audio file

    ISBN
    9781443433020
    Publish Date
    Oct 2013
    List Price
    $24.99 USD
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781443409230
    Publish Date
    Sep 2013
    List Price
    $33.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781443436427
    Publish Date
    Mar 2014
    List Price
    $22.99

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Winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Non-Fiction
Winner of the Toronto Book Award
Winner of the CAA Lela Common Award for Canadian History
Winner of the Heritage Toronto Book Award
A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year
Finalist for the RBC Taylor Prize, the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, the Ottawa Book Award, the Libris Award, the OLA Evergreen Award

A scandalous crime, a sensational trial, a surprise verdict—the true story of Carrie Davies, the maid who shot a Massey

In 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 faceof a nation, this sensational crime is brought to vivid life for the first time.

As in her previous bestselling book, Gold Diggers—adapted into the Discovery Television miniseries 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 alight on a central moment in our past.

About the author

Charlotte Gray is one of Canada’s best-known writers, and author of ten acclaimed books of literary non-fiction. Gray’s most recent bestseller is The Promise of Canada: People And Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country. Her previous book,  The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and The Trial that Shocked a Country, was also a bestseller and won the Toronto Book Award, the Heritage Toronto Book Award, the Canadian Authors Association Lela Common Award for Canadian History and the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Nonfiction Crime Book. It was shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize, the Ottawa Book Award for Non-Fiction and the Evergreen Award and was long-listed for the B.C. National Book Award for Non-Fiction. An adaptation of her bestseller Gold Diggers, Striking It Rich in the Klondike was broadcast as a television miniseries in early 2014 on the US Discovery Channel, under the title Klondike.

An Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of History at Carleton University, Charlotte is the Recipient of the Pierre Berton Award for distinguished achievement in popularizing Canadian history. She has chaired the boards of both Canada’s National History Society and the Art Canada Institute, has served on the boards of PEN Canada and the Ottawa International Writers Festival. She has frequently served on Writers Trust committees, as well as being a juror for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the RBC Taylor Prize, the City of Ottawa Book Prize, several CBC awards and the Kobzar Literary Award. Charlotte is a member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Charlotte Gray's profile page

Awards

  • Unknown, Arthur Ellis Award for Non-fiction
  • Unknown, British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction
  • Unknown, CAA Lela Common Award for Canadian History
  • Unknown, Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year
  • Unknown, CBA Libris Award for Non-Fiction
  • Unknown, Ottawa Book Award for English Non-Fiction
  • Unknown, Toronto Book Award
  • Unknown, RBC Taylor Prize
  • Unknown, OLA Evergreen Award
  • Unknown, Heritage Toronto Book Award

Editorial Reviews

An engrossing chronicle of Toronto’s social life at the beginning of the 20th century.”

<em>Toronto Star</em>

“Gripping and insightful . . . . Gray has managed to resurrect a devilishly intriguing character.”

<em>Quill & Quire</em>

“Canada’s pre-eminent historian. . . .  A captivating read, balancing intense research with richly drawn characters and lively storytelling.”

<em>Maclean’s</em>

In The Massey Murder, Gray shows real kindness and compassion, bringing a sense of humanity to a once-lurid tale from the tabloids.”

<em>Winnipeg Free Press</em>

“Engaging. . . . Gray’s cast involves meticulously researched historical figures, whose behaviour she depicts with psychological insight. Narrated with a great sense of presence, irony, and verve, this book recreates a vanished world of Canadian jurisprudence and politics, invests it with life, and makes it memorable.”

<em>The Globe and Mail</em>

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