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Airing in a Closed Carriage is a 1943 British historical novel written by Marjorie Bowen under the pseudonym of Joseph Shearing. Two brothers develop a fierce rivalry over the same woman. It was inspired by the real life murder trial of Florence Maybrick.[1][2]

Airing in a Closed Carriage
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1943 first edition
AuthorMarjorie Bowen
CountryUnited Kingdom
GenreHistorical drama
PublisherHarper and Brothers
Publication date
Media typePrint

Film adaptationEdit

In 1947 the novel was turned into a British film The Mark of Cain directed by Brian Desmond Hurst and starring Eric Portman and Sally Gray. It was one of four adaptations of Bowen's work made in 1947–48.[3]


  1. ^ "Dust & Corruption: Joseph Shearing's AIRING IN A CLOSED CARRIAGE and the Florence Maybrick Mystery".
  2. ^ Birch, Dinah (25 February 2014). "Did She Kill Him? review – a Victorian scandal of sex and poisoning" – via The Guardian.
  3. ^ Mayer & McDonnell p.279


  • Geoff Mayer & Brian McDonnell. Encyclopedia of Film Noir. ABC-CLIO, 2007.