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Elizabeth Haynes's latest novel 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. No one was ever arrested or tried for Harriet's murder.
Elizabeth Haynes felt a desperate sense of injustice for Harriet
and for her unborn child. As she says:
"Such a terrible thing had happened, an act of violence whether by accident or design. But why was Harriet the victim of that violence? I was determined to find out, hoping that the documents were going to help me achieve some sort of justice for Harriet."
To hear Elizabeth talk about her fascination with this true life drama and why she made it the basis of her novel, reserve your place at the Author Talk by registering your details above.
Elizabeth Haynes is former police intelligence analyst. Her
first novel, Into the Darkest Corner, has been published
in 37 countries. It was Amazon's 'Best Book of the Year' and a
New York Times
bestseller. She has written a further three psychological thrillers - Revenge of the Tide, Human Remains and Never Alone - and two novels in the DCI Louisa Smith series, Under a Silent Moon and Behind Closed Doors.