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The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master And The Trial That Shocked, The Hardcover – Sep 17 2013

3.8 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; First Edition edition (Sept. 17 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443409235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443409230
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 3.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,483 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PRAISE FOR GOLD DIGGERS:

“Nobody writes our nation’s history with quite the grace and authority of Charlotte Gray.” —TORONTO STAR

“Shows why those hardscrabble years captivate us still. . . .Reinforces her reputation as a superb narrative historian.” —NATIONAL POST

About the Author

Charlotte Gray, one of Canada’s pre-eminent biographers and historians, has won many awards for her work, including the prestigious Pierre Berton Award for a body of historical writing, the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, the Ottawa Book Award and the CAA Birks Family Foundation Award for Biography. over nine books, she has brought our past to life. Gray is a Member of the order of Canada and was a panelist on the 2013 edition of CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. She lives in Ottawa.


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After reading and enjoying many of Charlotte Gray's books,I was quite disappointed by "The Massey Murder." I would suggest that this book should not have been centered around "the murder" as clearly there is not enough available information about the events that took place, nor the characters involved. The photographs included are not specifically related to the murder either and this is important in a true crime book. The story is really about early Toronto, including the politics and justice system of the day while our country was involved in the first World War. The murder story alone is not interesting enough to carry this book. I was left wondering whether the author had a clear idea of what the true subject of this book was. It feels muddled and the title of the book is misleading.
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Like others, I found this story disappointing. I think the basic problem is that there is too little information available about the main character - Carrie. Gray does a decent job of exploring historical nuggets such as the newspaper wars, but these are not sufficiently interesting to carry the book. Most interesting, in my view are tidbits about the Massey family. There seems to be a wealth of avenues to explore there. Perhaps a book about the Massey family, with the murder as a chapter would have worked better. I am not sure, but there simply just a lack of substance here. Too bad. Gray is a good writer and skillful researcher, but she picked the wrong story.
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Gray’s retelling of the trial of Carrie Davis for the murder of Charles Albert ‘Bert’ Massey of the famous Massey Tractor clan might have been told in 100 pages or less, but Gray digresses often in her recollections to tell the tales of many of the characters involved in the case and of the progress of WW1 on the Western Front. In some cases we could have done without the diversion and in others they added to the story, still overall a good read and well worth looking into. A well written historical novel of life in 1915 Canada.
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This book reflects the dramatic upheaval of the First World War on Canada as a nation and on the life of one domestic servant, who had killed her employer, a member of a powerful Establishment Family. It was a time of awakening of the social conscience of a nation. Without the background of the war and this beginning of concern for women this trial would have never been more than a footnote in the Toronto court reports. Carrie Davies would have been convicted and likely executed without a second thought. Only the power struggle between the powerful newspaper interests and the times saved her. For the first time a jury took into account the strict moral obligations which fell on all women and the effect that the fear of "Ruin" could have on the mind of a defenceless young woman. She was tried by a jury of her "peers", who recognized that her fear was well grounded. They opted for Justice instead of strict application of the Law. Readers should take note of how the world around us effects outcomes and the course of individual lives.
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This is NOT one of Charlotte Gray's best works. It is long winded and repetitive. There is more about the war than about the murder and the conclusion is just plain boring. I would not recommend this book.
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I saw the author on tvo. I bought the book because my dad worked for Massey Harris in the city of Brantford. The book is great. The author brings Toronto history of the early 1900's to life during the Massey years. The book is well developed, researched and the author takes you back to the late 1800's and into the 1900's times. Very Good Book to read
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Charlotte Grey brings to life a slice of Canadian history which is often overlooked because of its timing. Grey is able to bring to life long dead characters from Toronto's past and make them breathe again. Combining both the high born and those who served them with a deft touch and sensitivity, Grey has created a compelling read.
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This is a disappointing book, and surprising for a murder mystery to be so. It seems to have no direction, but just ambles along touching many topics but never really settling on one. It plods along making the reader plod too. Tedious. Expensive book; save your money.
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