»The Invention of Murder culminates and concludes with the century’s most famous criminal, Jack the Ripper, and its most famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. As Flanders sees it, each was ›the product of the entire previous century‹ and each figure ushered in a new way of thinking about both murder and the stories we tell about it. The world of fiction might have come to feel a little safer and more orderly, but the real one? Not so much.«

Laura Miller

Non fiction: The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Reveled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime by Judith Flanders is an endlessly absorbing new history of the notorious killers and legendary detectives of the 19th century, Laura Miller says. Her review you can catch at

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