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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (February 16)

First Chapter

Welcome to another Tuesday celebrating bookish events, from Tuesday/First Chapter/Intros, hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea Every Tuesday, Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea posts the opening paragraph (sometime two) of a book she decided to read based on the opening. Feel free to grab the banner and play along.

My first paragraph this week comes from Last Woman Hanged by Caroline Overington published in the UK in November 2014

Last Woman Hanged


In January 1889, Louisa Collins, a 41-year-old mother of ten children, became the first woman hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol and the last woman hanged in New South Wales. Both of Louisa’s husbands died suddenly.
The Crown was convinced that Louisa poisoned them with arsenic and, to the horror of many in the legal community, put her on trial an extraordinary FOUR TIMES in order to get a conviction. Louisa protested her innocence until the end.
Now, in LAST WOMAN HANGED, writer and journalist Caroline Overington delves into the archives to re-examine the original, forensic reports, court documents, judges notebooks, witness statements and police and gaol records, in an effort to discover the truth. Goodreads

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First Chapter ~ First Paragraph ~ Intro

The Early Years

According to various sources, Louise Collins was just thirty-two years old when she was hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol in 1889 – or else she was thirty-nine or perhaps forty. Not even prison officials could seem to make up their minds.
In fact, if the official records ae correct, Louisa must have been forty-one years old when she died. Both he birth certificate and her certificate of baptism make plain that she was born Louisa Hall on 11 August 1847 at Belltrees near Scone, and no amount of lying about he age, which Louisa had a habit of doing, could make a difference to that date.

So what do you think? Do you want to know more?

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A book lover who clearly has issues as obsessed with crime despite leading a respectable life

28 thoughts on “First Chapter ~ First Paragraph (February 16)

  1. This one does sound rather macabre….but I think I’d be interested in knowing the truth about this woman’s guilt. It would be tragic if she had been indeed been innocent, but perhaps that would somehow help out her descendants. interesting pick! Thanks for sharing! : )

    I have two posts for this meme, at two different blogs. Feel free to comment on either, or both:


  2. This one sounds interesting, Cleo! And I’ve been wanting to read something by Caroline Overington. I hear good things about her, and this one sounds like an interesting place to start. Sounds like a fascinating case!


  3. I agree with Judy above me – the blurb sounds fascinating. The first paragraph doesn’t necessarily grab me as much, but I still want to know now if she killed them or not!


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