by Charlotte Gray, Independent Historian, published with Harper Collins, 2013. $25.00.
In 1915 Carrie Davies, an 18-year old servant girl in the home of Charles (Bert) Massey, scion of the famous Massey family, shot and killed her employer as he entered his house after work. Remarkably, she was acquitted, and award winning popular historian Charlotte Gray explains how this happened. Vividly recreating the war time atmosphere, a press war, and conflicts over crime and gender, she highlights the role played by the defence lawyer who exploited the “unwritten law” of an honour killing in a rare Canadian case of jury nullification.
In January 2014 Charlotte Gray’s The Massey Murder: A Maid, her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Nation was one of 5 books nominated for the RBC Taylor Prize for 2014, awarded for the best non-fiction book of the year.