The Massey Murder

Category: Book
By (author): Gray, Charlotte
Subject:  HISTORY / Canada / General
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: March 2014
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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From The Publisher*A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of the Year An Amazon Top 100 Book of the Year
Shortlisted for the RBC Taylor Prize
Longlisted for the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction

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-which was made into a Discovery Channel miniseries entitled "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.
Biographical Note

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 andwas a panelist on the 2013 edition of CBC Radio's Canada Reads. She lives in Ottawa.

Visit Charlotte online atcharlottegray.ca.