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A Treasury of XXth Century Murders series

Author/Illustrator: Rick Geary

Publisher: NBM Publishing

Grade levels: 6-8, 9-12, Higher Education

Subject: History/Social Studies

Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction, Biography/Autobiography

Special Attractions: Nonfiction, Social issues, For adults too

Synopsis: New Brunswick, New Jersey, Thursday, September 14, 1922. Reverend Hall and Mrs. Eleanor Mills take a stroll in the town’s park in the evening. Shots are heard. 2 days later, their bodies are found laying on the ground very neatly next to each other with her hand on his thigh, love letters strewn around them, the scarf on her neck covering up the deep bloody slit in it. Reverend Hall, himself married, was in an open secret of an affair with Mrs. Mills, a married woman of his choir. The perfect ingredients for a juicy scandal and fascinating investigation which the nation’s press hungrily devours. Alas, no clues or evidence are sufficient to make an indictment stick. Was it suicide? A jealous rival? The case reopens again 4 years later as new information is brought to light, indicting the reverend’s wife but she is an upstanding member of her community, denying to the last that her husband had any affair…

Titles in this series:

  • LOVERS’ LANE: The Hall-Mills Mystery
  • THE LIVES OF SACCO & VANZETTI
  • The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans
  • FAMOUS PLAYERS: The Mysterious Death of William Desmond Taylor
  • THE LINDBERGH CHILD: America’s Hero and the Crime of the Century
  • Madison Square Tragedy: The Murder of Stanford White

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Awards:

  • Nominated for the Eisner Award
  • ON THE L.A. TIMES SUMMER READING LIST
  • A BEA GN BUZZ HOT Graphic Novel Selection
  • A YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens
  • A Junior Library Guild selection