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Poisoned at the Priory, from the Cold Case Jury series by Antony M Brown

27th February 2020

Balham, 1876. When the newly-wed barrister Charles Bravo ingests a rare poison, all evidence suggests suicide. But in one of the most infamous inquests of all time, a coroner finds it to be an unlawful murder. So what really happened that day?

With dramatic reconstructions of four main theories on how Charles Bravo may have died, this fourth book in Antony M. Brown’s popular ‘Cold Case Jury’ series picks apart the notorious case that gripped Victorian Britain – and continues to spark debate to this day.

Why did Bravo refuse any help, even when going through agonising pain? Was his wife, with her scandalous past, to blame? Or perhaps it was her ex-lover, jealous of her newfound happiness… or another sinister hand, moving silently?

The book also includes an exclusive, unabridged verdict by Agatha Christie, who at the time wrote a 1,100 word letter giving her personal thoughts and theory on the case.


Cold Case Jury

Antony’s books are perfect for the armchair detective. He takes a cold case crime from British history, paints an intricate picture of the main characters while weaving in social history, and presents the reader with different scenarios leading up to the murder. He displays the evidence – both original and details that have since come to light – and ends with his personal opinion of the likely outcome. The reader is invited to give their own verdict via Antony’s website and become a member of the Cold Case Jury.

Antony’s previous books Move To MurderDeath of an Actress and The Green Bicycle Mystery are all standalone cases of unsolved British murders and have featured in the national press.

The Green Bicycle Mystery:


Death of An Actress:


Move to Murder:


For more information about Antony, visit his Find An Author page here.

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