Review: An Evening of Murder with Dr Lucy Worsley

Lucy Worsley at Buxton Opera House on July 20.
Lucy Worsley at Buxton Opera House on July 20.

The evening started with a quote from George Orwell, which read: “It is a Sunday…You put your feet up on the sofa, settle your spectacles on your nose, and open the News of the World…In these blissful circumstances, what is it that you want to read about? Naturally, about a murder.”

This was a fantastic start to an evening full of rich history, fiction, theories and anecdotes; all with one common and gruesome link- murder.

Dr Lucy Worsley, the face of many BBC documentaries, took the audience on a journey from the very beginning of sensationalised crime, in both newspapers and fiction; starting with an examination, and dramatic retelling, of two very real and very publicised historic murder cases.

Lucy’s complete and undying love for crime-based stories of any kind shone through every word she said to the audience.

Even though before the question and answer session, she confessed that public speaking is not really her forte. This admission, of course, endeared the crowd to her even more.

After discussing the likes of Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan-Doyle, Dr Worsley went on to describe ‘detective-fever’. This idea was mentioned in one of the first detective novels ‘The Moonstone’, by Wilkie Collins. It occurs when someone has an uncontrollable and eccentric need to solve a mystery; a perfect description for both Lucy and the brilliant ‘Evening of Murder’.