An Evening with Elizabeth Haynes

Thursday 27 September, 6.30pm
Books, lower ground

We are pleased to welcome back to the store award-winning and bestselling author Elizabeth Haynes.
The Murder of Harriet Monckton is a delicious Victorian crime novel based on a real murder and marking the author’s breakthrough into historical fiction.
Drawing on the original coroner’s reports and true witness testimonies, Haynes builds a compelling picture of Harriet Monckton’s final days through the eyes of those closest to her. All are suspects. Each has a reason to want her dead.

Tickets £3, available online or Customer Services, floor 2.
Includes a glass of wine and £3 off the book when purchased on the evening.

 

More about the book...


The Murder of Harriet Monckton is based on a true story that shocked and fascinated the nation.

On 7th November 1843, Harriet Monckton, twenty-three years old and a woman of respectable parentage and religious habits, is found murdered in the privy behind the dissenting chapel she regularly attended in Bromley, Kent. The townsfolk are appalled by her death, apparently as a result of swallowing a fatal dose of prussic acid, and even more so when the autopsy reveals that Harriet was almost six months pregnant.

Drawing on the original coroner’s reports and true witness testimonies, Elizabeth Haynes builds a compelling picture of Harriet Monckton’s final days through the eyes of those closest to her: her fellow teacher and companion, her would-be fiancé, her seducer, and her former landlord and lover. All are suspects. Each has a reason to want her dead. A riveting whodunnit packed with lust, loneliness and loathing, and a pacy analysis of a true murder case, this is a masterpiece of crime writing.