Grisly Brisbane Murders and History. Opening with a macabre mid-nineteenth century murder, The Mayne Inheritance unfolds like a gothic thriller.

Was it the murder victim's money that founded patriarch Patrick Mayne's Queen Street business empire? And were the whispered accusations of murder and genetic madness true? Rosamond Siemon weaves a masterful and detailed account.

For 150 years scandal and mystery have surrounded the Maynes, a wealthy family who donated the magnificent site on which the University of Queensland now stands.