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The Massey Murder
A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Nation
by Charlotte Gray
- Awards: Canadian Authors Association Award for Canadian History (2014)
- Genres: history, canada, crime, historical, biography, mystery
- Release date: September 6, 2013
- Publisher: HarperCollins
- Format: hardcover, 308 pages
- Places: Toronto, Ontario
- ISBN: 9781443409230 (1443409235)
- Language: english
- Author: Charlotte Gray
About The Book
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 — now in production as a Discovery Television miniseries — 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 a light on a central moment in our past.
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