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Florence Kinrade: Lizzie Borden of the North

Florence Kinrade: Lizzie Borden of the North

"True Cases Series" series #5

by Frank Jones
  • true-crime

With Florence Kinrade: Lizzie Borden of the North, Durvile’s True Cases Series takes a spin into historical true crime.

In 1909, Florence Kinrade is, by all appearances, the dutiful daughter of a wealthy educator, engaged to the parson’s son. Intriguingly, she also leads a double life as a vaudeville showgirl in Richmond, Virginia. Holding many parallels with Lizzie Borden, another famous mystery involving a family murder and an inscrutable young woman, Florence becomes the central figure in a gruesome crime — the murder of her sister, Ethel. By digging deeply into contemporary accounts and the testimony from Florence’s high-profile court inquest, Frank Jones’ masterful true-crime narrative details the challenges of an upper-class woman seeking a showbiz career, reveals the little-known “tramp menace” feared by people of the era, and exposes Florence’s mental diagnosis by a famous psychiatrist of the time.

Florence’s adventures span the Canadian cities of Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario, and Calgary and Lethbridge, Alberta, as well as the American locales of Virginia, Florida, Nevada, and California. In the book we discover, for the first time, the secrets of Florence Kinrade's inner life, suppressed emotions, and romantic escapades.


Frank Jones, author

Born in England, Frank Jones came to Canada in 1959 and worked as a journalist for The Winnipeg Tribune, The Toronto Telegram, and The Toronto Star. Jones worked at The Star for some thirty years, was Ottawa bureau chief foreign correspondent, and columnist, winning a National Newspaper Award for his coverage of the Middle East War. He is the author of Trail of Blood, Master and Maid, White Collar Killers, Paid to Kill, Murderous Innocents, The Save Your Heart Wine Book, and, with Gordon Pape, Head Start. Jones also contributed a number of radio scripts to the CBC’s "Scales of Justice" series hosted by famed lawyer Edward Greenspan.


  • Frank Jones has always had a knack for finding the quirkiest and most interesting true crime tales, and repeating them with the skill you'd expect from a lifelong, first rate journalist and Florence Kinrade is no exception. - Linwood Barclay
  • Frank Jones has given us a captivating and rich account of a long-forgotten murder. The combination of true crime drama, great investigative reporting and social history will grip readers. Whether he is writing about the popularity of vaudeville theatre, the evolution of forensic psychiatry, or the Kinrade family’s deceits and delusions, Jones’ pace never flags. - Charlotte Grey, True Crime Historian, Early testimonial review blurb

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Durvile Publications Ltd.



rights available: World

Additional Information

number of pages: 288

publication date: 05/31/2019

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: complete manuscript