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The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country Hardcover – 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; First Edition, First Printing edition (2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443409235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443409230
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,405,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lois Collier on November 13, 2013
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Although the judicial process was flawed, I couldn't help but cheer for the maid. I liked the way the author presented the mindset of the period and also the news stories of the day that were presented at the beginning of each chapter, especially the progress of WWI.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Samantha on October 27, 2013
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I chose to read this book because it gave insight into one of the most affluent Canadian families. Charlotte Gray weaves a wonderful tale of murder while giving the reader a glimpse into life during World War 1 and the beginnings of the women's movement in Canada. A fabulous story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rev. on October 21, 2013
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This book is a true history of Toronto during the first war. Each event plays off the other. The class differences, the prejudice, the birth of the women's movements, the struggles between the press and drama of a gifted lawyer. A good read. The only disappointment was a little more spark would have made it perfect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Irene Godin on July 1, 2014
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The Massey family is well-known (or should be) by older Canadian residents and even today the Massey name is part of the agricultural scene. To read this true account of one member of this illustrious family takes us back to a time when the mores, beliefs and customs of an era inform and entertain. There is a murder - a male victim and murderess. The victim is shown to be an ordinary man caught in circumstances beyond his control and the media, newspapers mainly, debate the possibility that he deserved what he got at the hands of a poor innocent girl who was most certainly defenseless. Women, especially young single women, had to be blameless when up against male authority, especially if there is a question of morality such as it was in this case.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cliff Edwards on October 14, 2014
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An excellent read. An unique way of weaving several strands of stories into one to enrich the whole era in which the story takes place. A must read for history -lovers. Great Canadiana reading and learning.
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By Tricia on August 4, 2014
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This book was edifying on many levels as well as including an intriguing true story. The social, cultural, legal, manufacturing, political and military histories of Canada in the early 20th century are dealt with in a masterful way while paralleling the story of a little-known murder case. I leave this book knowing more about many aspects of my country's history. As holder of a Governor General's medal from 1956 with Vincent Massey's profile on it, I feel that knowing more about his family enriches that experience.
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Fascinating to read about what Toronto was like a 100 years ago, and how overpowering the British influence was. And how nationalism and a sense of the Canadian identity gradually set in.

Very skilfully written, the courtroom scenes were esp. riveting!
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