Murdered Midas by Charlotte Gray

Murdered Midas

A gold mine. A millionaire. An island paradise. An unsolved murder. A missing fortune. The story of the infamous Sir Harry Oakes as only Charlotte Gray can tell it On an island paradise in 1943, Sir Harry Oakes, gold mining tycoon, philanthropist and "richest man in the Empire," was murdered. The news of his death surged across the English-speaking world, from London, the Imperial centre, to the remote Canadian mining town of Kirkland Lake, in th...

Details Murdered Midas

TitleMurdered Midas
Release DateOct 15th, 2019
PublisherHarperCollins Publishers
GenreNonfiction, Crime, True Crime, Biography, History, Cultural, Canada

Reviews Murdered Midas

  • Dean Jobb
    Murdered Midas immerses readers in the mining boom that transformed Canada in the early twentieth century, a world of hardscrabble towns and shady promoters. Enter American-born Harry Oakes, a crusty prospector who struck gold and became fabulously wealthy. The backdrop then switches to the sun-drenched Bahamas; Oakes decamped to the tax haven in the 1930s to keep his fortune beyond the reach of the Canadian government, and was murdered there in ...
  • Caitlin
    I feel like I need to preface this with the fact that I would never have read this book, were it not for a work assignment (I read a pre-release uncorrected proof, to be clear). But I'm really glad I was "forced" to, as I found it a very interesting overview of a few points in history I'd never thought about before -- Northern Ontario's gold rush in particular -- as well as a thoughtfully constructed think-piece about the actions of the very rich...
  • Evelyn Horsky
    It was a mediocre read. There is still speculation on how Sir Harry Oakes was murdered. Nothing concrete or new is covered in this book. Certain the author interviewed a great many people in the Bahamas, in Kirkland Lake and distant family members but it just does not come together. Dry and boring and it left me wondering why this story was repeated again.
  • Daniel Kukwa
    It's as well-researched & well-written as you expect from the pen of Charlotte Gray, but I must say that I wasn't terribly enamored with the subject matter. In fact, many of the surrounding characters and events were far more interesting, as was the peek at life in the booming early days of mineral-rich Northern Ontario. Ultimately, there was more than enough here to keep me interested.
  • Ivy Mathison
    What a wonderful read! Charlotte you are an excellent story teller of history. I felt compelled to keep turning the pages. The way the book unfolds in an unbiased story of real events was truly a pleasure to read.
  • Virginia Van
    Sir Harry Oakes was born into a middle class family in Maine but made a vast fortune as a prospector when he struck gold in Kirkland Lake, Ontario. Fearing a tax grab by the Canadian government during World War II, he moved to the Bahamas where, in 1943, he was found brutally murdered in his home. His son-in-law, Count Alfred de Marigny was accused of the murder but it became clear in his trial that the investigation was badly bungled and he was ...