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The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse

An Extraordinary Edwardian Case of Deception and Intrigue

Piu Eatwell (Author)

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“It’s Downton Abbey meets The Addams Family in [this] delightfully offbeat history.”—Library Journal

At the close of the Victorian era, as now, privacy was power. The extraordinarily wealthy 5th Duke of Portland had a mania for it, hiding in his carriage and building tunnels between buildings to avoid being seen. In 1897, an elderly widow asked the court to exhume the grave of her late father-in-law, T. C. Druce, under the suspicion that he’d led a double life as the 5th Duke. The eccentric duke, Anna Maria contended, had faked his death as Druce, and her son should inherit the Portland millions. Revealing a dark underbelly of Victorian society, Piu Marie Eatwell evokes an era when the rise of sensationalist media blurred every fact into fiction and when family secrets and fluid identities pushed class anxieties to new heights.

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • September 2016
  • ISBN 978-1-63149-231-0
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 368 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide including Canada, Singapore and Malaysia, but excluding the British Commonwealth.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“A riveting true crime from yesteryear.” — Better Homes & Gardens

“Too good a book to spoil.” — Daily Beast

“A reminder that no matter what stories have captured popular tastes right now…nothing quite takes your breath away like a Novemberish tale that turns out to be real.” — Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Review of Books

“A juicy narrative history packed with revelations about unsavory goings-on among the upper classes in late Victorian England.” — Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe

“A superb unraveling of a sensational mystery—and an absolutely gripping read.” — David King, best-selling author of Death in the City of Light

“A lively account of the light shone on the lies, deceit and hypocrisy of Victorian society.” — Times (London)

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