by Cook, Rosemary | c 1900 – c 1914
Published 28/10/2020 by Troubador Publishing (Matador) in the United Kingdom
Paperback | 328 pages
Dr Gramshaw was a successful family doctor in Yorkshire for thirty-five years, until his final desperate actionsbrought his professional and personal life crashing down around him. It was Easter 1908 when he called at theGlynn Hotel in York to attend to a young woman called Margaret Brown, who had been his patient beforeand who wanted his advice again. By the end of the month, Margaret was dead and a Coroner’s inquestwas uncovering a lot of uncomfortable information about the young governess and the doctor who tried tohelp her.
This is a fascinating and shocking story of love and lust, success and deceit, crimes and lies, adultery, bigamyand insanity. The events in it are true, reconstructed by detailed research into public records. As the truthemerges about the lies, deceits and crimes that infiltrated Dr Gramshaw’s life, we are left to wonder: did anyoneknow about these before the final tragedy occurred? Should his family have seen what was happening? Andwhy, when he was so popular, successful and respected that even after his exposure 1000 people attendedhis funeral, did Dr Gramshaw throw it all away so recklessly?