Troubador The Nightingale Shore Murder

Released: 28/09/2015

ISBN: 9781784624040

eISBN: 9781784626587

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Nightingale Shore Murder

Death of a World War 1 Heroine


This updated and expanded second edition is the true story of the unsolved murder of Florence Nightingale’s goddaughter. Florence Nightingale Shore grew up in a Victorian family that found itself mired in controversy and scandal. She became a respected Queen’s Nurse, who worked for five years in France from 1914 and was decorated for her heroism in World War 1. Tragically, on her return to England, Florence was murdered on a moving train – a classic ‘closed room’ murder mystery in a railway carriage. In spite of the best efforts of the local police, Scotland Yard and the famous pathologist Bernard Spilsbury, the crime was never solved. But now a new suspect has been identified, and another mystery has been uncovered amongst the shadowy characters surrounding the crime, to add to the unanswered questions: Who was ‘the man in the brown suit’? What was the significance of the unloaded revolver? And did the Arlington burglar have a sinister reason to burn all his clothing? These questions, and the breathtaking new theory that would rewrite the whole story of Florence’s life, are all explored in this fascinating book, which combines mystery with history and true crime with true heroism. Florence’s story ranges from Victorian England to South Africa, China and war-torn Europe. Her family members emerge as flawed, fascinating characters, and her brutal death as one of the most tragic and enduring unsolved crimes in England.

TV programme based on 'The Nightingale Shore Murder' Sunday 23 December 2018

Watch 'Agatha and the Truth of Murder' which tells the fictional story of Agatha Christie trying to solve this real life murder, as part of primetime Christmas viewing this year.

Solving The Nightingale Shore Murder!'

I will be talking about this book locally on 20 March 2020 at 2pm at Haxby Memorial Hall, in this 100th anniversary year of the murder. I will be inviting the audience to solve the murder. They will hear the witness statements, see the physical evidence, and hear the theories and conjecture. Then I'll asking the jury to decide, 'on the balance of probabilities', who killed Florence Nightingale Shore. Who knows what they will decide ...

Reviews of the first edition:
"A riveting read" - Nursing Standard

"A fascinating account of the murder mystery as well as the Shore family history" - Jeremy Stone, Shore family descendent

"I found myself hooked on what is a truly compelling story ... a tour de force for nursing history" - Ruth Davies, Editor, Royal College of Nursing History of Nursing Society Newsletter

"This fascinating murder mystery has it all - intrigue, historical insight about contemporary nursing during the first world war, and family drama ... for anyone who love true life crime and nursing, this is a must read" - Jenni Middleton, Editor, Nursing Times

Plus 4.5 stars from Amazon reviewers!

The Nightingale Shore Murder was joint winner of the historical non-fiction category of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

The book was also featured in the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? magazine in August 2012, and at the Chalfont St Giles Literary Festival in 2014.

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Rosemary Cook

Rosemary Cook CBE is a former Director of the Queen's Nursing Institute (QNI), and a former steering group member of the Royal College of Nursing's History of Nursing Society.

She discovered a brief mention of a nurse murdered on a train in the archives of the QNI, and researched the story for two years before publishing The Nightingale Shore Murder. Rosemary lives in York where she is researching local medical and nursing history.

Rosemary's latest project is the history of the York Home for Nurses, during which she has found a new mystery to solve ...

Rosemary Cook

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