unearths mystery of the Brunners and Monds
What really happened on the eve of the founding of I.C.I.?
'Formula for Murder', by R.M.Bevan, is a study into a double tragedy
that occurred almost eighty years ago. It reopens the case into
the deaths of industrialist Roscoe Brunner and his authoress wife
Ethel and explores their role in events leading to the formation
of Imperial Chemical Industries (I.C.I.) which came to be one of
the largest companies in the world, a colossus of the 20th century.
Conceived over a cup of American coffee and put together inside
twelve incredible weeks during the closing months of 1926, the creation
of I.C.I. involved a merger of four companies with 70,000 workers
and more than £65 million of assets. It came to be a testimony
to the single-minded determination and business vision of two men,
Sir Alfred Mond and Sir Harry McGowan.
Yet at the back of it all was a catalogue of happenings which, to
this day, have never been satisfactorily explained.
How and why did Rocoe and Ethel Brunner meet their deaths?
Who tried to suppress the truth by manipulating a woefully inept
police investigation and a sham of inquest?
Why was the official Brunner file, relating to what was ostensibly
a simple domestic tragedy, classified with Royal and State archives,
locked away under Britains Hundred Years Rule
What was the secret that the Brunners took to their grave and who
was prepared to go to any lengths to protect the fragile foundations
Formula for Murder is about a tragic conflict of loyalty, big business,
ambition, power, politics, treachery and murder.
It is also a story about Victorian entrepreneurism and an almost
rags-to-riches rise of two families, from humble beginnings to the
heart of government and marriage into the Royal families of Europe.
Most of all, it is about a compelling mystery that is supposed never
to have existed.
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