Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Damnation of John Donellan

The Damnation Of John Donellan: A Mysterious Case Of Death And Scandal In Georgian EnglandThe Damnation Of John Donellan: A Mysterious Case Of Death And Scandal In Georgian England by Elizabeth Cooke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The sordid underbelly of Georgian England made for very interesting reading. The author's research and excellent storytelling kept me engrossed in the aftermath of the mysterious death of a debauched 20-year-old (!) aristocrat. Unlike most fictional mysteries, the players in this story acted in seemingly contradictory and confusing ways, as real people do. There was never a clear villain, but several people with motive and means to do away with Theodosius Boughton. The train wreck of a trial was painful to read, but confirms that there was and is "nothing new under the sun."

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