The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master, and the Trial That Shocked a Country

Paperback | March 25, 2014

byCharlotte Gray

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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 returned from work. Carrie Davies, an eighteen-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, KC, took on Carrie’s 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 the backdrop of the Great War in Europe and the changing face of a nation, The Massey Murder brings this sensational crime to vivid life for the first time.

Multi-award-winning historian and biographer Charlotte Gray has created a captivating narrative, rich in detail and brimming with larger-than-life personalities. As in her previous bestselling book, Gold Diggers—on which the Discovery Channel’s hit television mini-series Klondike was based—she shines a light on a central moment in our past.

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A scandalous crime, a sensational trial, a surprise verdict—the true story of Carrie Davies, the maid who shot a MasseyIn 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 returned from work. Carrie Davies, an eighteen-year-old domestic servant, quickly co...

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 h...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.84 inPublished:March 25, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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"Engaging. . . . Gray's cast involves meticulously researched historical figures, whose behaviour she depicts with psychological insight. Narrated with a great sense of presence, irony, and verve, this book recreates a vanished world of Canadian jurisprudence and politics, invests it with life, and makes it memorable." -- Globe and Mail"Canada's pre-eminent historian. . . . A captivating read, balancing intense research with richly drawn characters and lively storytelling." - Maclean's"Gripping and insightful . . . . Gray has managed to resurrect a devilishly intriguing character." - Quill and Quire"Gray uses discerning research and a perceptive tone to weave a compelling tale of murder, class conflict and societal changes brought on by war in early 20th-century Canadian society. In The Massey Murder, Gray shows real kindness and compassion, bringing a sense of humanity to a once-lurid tale from the tabloids." - Winnipeg Free Press"An engrossing chronicle of Toronto's social life at the beginning of the 20th century.." - Toronto Star