The Ballroom Murder
In August 1925, Audrey Jacob shot dead her former fiancé, Cyril Gidley, in full view of hundreds of guests at a charity ball in Perth’s Government House. When she was arrested, she still held the gun in her hand. It was a open and shut case of wilful murder – that is until Jacob assigned prosecutor Arthur Haynes to her defence. His ability to play the press and the jury for sympathy would lead to a sensational result.
The Ballroom Murder is a true crime story that is rich with first-hand newspaper accounts from the day, and demonstrates the power of the press and privilege in an extraordinary judicial outcome.
This book was published with the support of the Fremantle Press Champions of Literature.
PRAISE FOR THE BOOK
‘Leigh Straw uses extensive research and her unique skills as a writer to bring to life the characters involved.’ Writing WA
‘This an absorbing novel filled with romance, suspense and intrigue. The Ballroom Murder is a book to spend your evening with. I highly recommend it.’ Beauty and Lace
‘A story of high drama, crisis and tragic outcome.’ History West