Murphy, Paul Thomas

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Falling Rocket: James Whistler, John Ruskin, and the Battle for Modern Art

Absorbing and informative, this title is cultural history at its best.

Pretty Jane and the Viper of Kidbrooke Lane: A True Story of Victorian Law and Disorder; The First Unsolved Murder of the Victorian Age

This fascinating account of a Victorian murder, complemented by the added strength of a rich description of the period's society and judicial system, should be a solid addition to academic and true crime collections.

Shooting Victoria

Some professional historians may find too much authorial license in Murphy's storytelling, but behind the narrative is significant archival research as evidenced by the endnotes and list of works cited. Reading pleasure for all.

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