The Battered Body Beneath the Flagstones And Other Victorian Scandals

I’m absolutely ecstatic to reveal the cover for my Victorian Scandals book, which is now entitled: “The Battered Body Beneath the Flagstones And Other Victorian Scandals.”

The title came from the first story in the book: that of Mr and Mrs Manning, who murdered their former lodger (and Mrs Manning’s lover) and buried him under the kitchen flagstones. The story was fascinating to research and became not only the first in the book, but the longest too.

The cover was designed by my publisher (Robinson/Little, Brown) and I think it has a great sense of creepiness and humour too. I’m especially fond of the little details such as the broken glass in the lamp, and the way the title font looks as though it has come straight from the pages of a Victorian newspaper. Even the background colour gives off the sense of a foggy London street – well it does for me anyway!

The book will be published a little later than I had anticipated – Spring 2018 – but it is available to pre-order now. The link for Amazon UK is here and it is available via other stores too of course. You can find more information taken from my publisher’s website, below:

“A grisly book dedicated to the crimes, perversions and outrages of Victorian England, covering high-profile offences – such as the murder of actor William Terriss, whose stabbing at the stage door of the Adelphi Theatre in 1897 filled the front pages for many weeks – as well as lesser-known transgressions that scandalised the Victorian era.

The tales include murders and violent crimes, but also feature scandals that merely amused the Victorians. These include the story of a teenage man who married an actress, only to be shipped off to Australia by his disgusted parents; and the Italian ice-cream man who only meant to buy his sweetheart a hat but ended up proposing marriage instead. When he broke it off, his fiancĂ©e’s father sued him and the story was dubbed the ‘Amusing Aberdeen Breach of Promise Case’. Also present is the gruesome story of the murder of Patrick O Connor who was shot in the head and buried under the kitchen flagstones by his lover Maria Manning and her husband, Frederick. The couple’s subsequent trial caused a sensation and even author Charles Dickens attended the grisly public hanging.

Drawing on a range of sources from university records and Old Bailey transcripts to national and regional newspaper archives, Michelle Morgan’s research sheds new light on well-known stories as well as unearthing previously unknown incidents.”