The Murder of Harriet Monckton
From the award-winning and bestselling author of Into the Darkest Corner comes a delicious Victorian crime novel based on a true story that shocked and fascinated the nation.
On 7th November 1843, Harriet Monckton, 23 years old and a woman of respectable parentage and religious habits, is found murdered in the privy behind the chapel she regularly attended in Bromley, Kent....more
I will admit to feeling slightly less exci ...more
Based on a true story, Elizabeth Haynes takes us through the last days and death of Harriet Monckton, explores the deep seated habits and motivations of all those around her, in an absolutely gripping and richly descriptive historical novel that is hard to put aside once started. It is at turns an addictive mystery and a memorial of this forgotten girl and her forgotten child, as suc ...more
This is one of those books I saw pass by on Twitter one day and, despite knowing very little about it, promptly decided I’d buy myself a copy. It took exactly one page for me to absolutely fall in love with the Victorian era atmosphere and the wonderful writing.
The Murder of Harriet Monckton is based on a true story. In 1843, 23 year old Harriet Monckton was found murdered in a privy behind a chapel she had attended regularly. The autopsy revealed ...more
Told in short passages from each of the main characters with original documents copied at the end.
BY ELIZABETH HAYNES
I didn't think it was possible for me not to love a book written by Elizabeth Haynes. This is basically a true crime story about the search to find Harriet's killer. What I didn't like about the book is that it fictionalizes a whole section of the book about a journal by Harriet that never existed. This is a Victorian era crime that has never been solved. There was an inquest that took place and Harriet was pregnant and discovered dead in the priv ...more
I received it beautifully packaged, complete with sealing wax and tag, and I was so reluctant to open it as I didn’t want to ruin the whole thing: I felt like I had received Harriet’s journal directly from her.
When I did open it, there’s a beautiful inscription inside and a lovely card, with a ...more
The Murder of Harriet Monckton by Elizabeth Haynes.
I know that I gasped out loud, as I had no idea that this book was being written and this author is one of my all time favourites.
I was intrigued to find that this was not another psychological thriller or police procedurals, but a historical crime novel, and based on real events. Whilst historical fiction is not my favourite genre, I was convinced ...more
Harriet Monckton, a young woman in her twenties, was murdered on the 6th of November 1843 in Bromley. Unfortun ...more
The novel not only serves to criticise the judicial system at the time, but also puts a spotlight on the grim lives of Victorian women and their hardships. I often felt fury at the do ...more
The first pages just lures you in to try and figure out who murdered Harriet or did she take her own life. Such a heart compelling tale of a young innocent lady who has been taken advantaged off and forced into motherhood without her knowledge.
This book was unlike the other book by Haynes I have read and in some ways I liked it better but in other ways I didn’t think it was as compelling.
A number of people are implicated in the sudden death of a young woman in a small town in nineteenth century Britain. The narrative flips from one to the other, each in the first person and yet none of them really telling the truth.
Gradually, though, the truth comes out.
The author is constrained by the ...more
Harriet Monckton was, to all appearances, a pious and educated single young lady. But after she was murdered, the police realised that she was six months pregnant. Sin ...more
It's a story based on a true story - the horrific murder of Harriet shocked those in Bromley at the time - and having it brought to life through this book allows the reader to be horrified too. I loved the inventive way the story was told - through the eyes of the main 4 suspects - and their insight i ...more
The characters really come to life and you can get a real sense of how it must have been all those years ago.
Harriet was a young, intelligent naive girl who was taken advantage of by her Landlord and then by a Pastor at her Church. She was a loving person who just wanted to be happy and make her way i ...more
I couldn't get into the story for so long that it was almost physically painful to keep reading. Still no idea why I persisted on finishing it, honestly, but I guessed who the murderer is somewhere around page 50, so maybe I just wanted to confirm my guess (and yeah, i was right).
Anyways, so I got to that last part and, well, it was gl ...more
She previously worked as a police intelligence analyst and lives in Norfolk with her husband and son.