13. The Case of Madeleine Smith

The Case of Madeleine Smith by Rick Geary
A Treasury of Victorian Murder #8

Pages: unpaginated
Finished: Jan. 19, 2009
First Published: 2006
Genre: graphic novel, true crime
Rating: 4/5

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

First sentence:

Monday 23 March 1857 at 2:30 AM, Mrs. Ann Jenkins is awakened by a furious pounding at the front door of her lodging house.

Comments: This next book in Rick Geary's fabulous series is no less supreme than the others. This time around we have a new-to-me case of Madeleine Smith who was put on trial for the poisoning death of her secret paramour. It is only because the man had kept over 190 letters from her that she became the suspect. Very interesting case. The poisoning murderess is always such a fun story to read.

Needless to say, Geary's b/w illustrations add to the story and the ambiance of Victorian times. I'm always fascinated with Victorian crime cases as it shows how policing was done when they only had the clues, early medical science, and their minds to solve a case. An interesting outcome to this case. The book definitely leaves me wanting to read Victorian crime and fortunately there is one more book in this series.


  1. Ahhh, I have to put another one (doesn't matter which one) of these books on my library list or I will forget again! Thanks, Nicola.

  2. You read such original books! Terrible on my wish list. Thankfully, I have added the first book in this series long ago, but now I think that I might read it sooner rather than later... Not that I need another series on the go!

  3. These are definately must reads!

    I know what you mean, I keep promising not to start another series but can't stop. At least I'm making sure I do keep plugging away on at least one already started series.


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