A Globe & Mail 100 Selection and
longlisted for the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize!
A scandalous crime, a sensational trial, a surprise
verdict-the true story of Carrie Davies, the maid who shot a
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 alight
on a central moment in our past.