I'm reading The Invention of Murder: How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime by Judith Flanders. I picked it up because I loved Judith Flanders's earlier book Inside the Victorian Home: A Portrait of Domestic Life in Victorian England. JF writes intelligent, funny, fascinating social history. One of the more fascinating facts from TIM is that well-off Victorians collected Staffordshire figures of murderers and victims.
James Blomfield Rush
The barn where William Corder (at the door) murdered Maria Marten (at the left).
The Victorians united the charmingness of porcelain with the grisliness of murder!