St. Martin's Griffin Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective [Grace Humiston]
St. Martin's Griffin Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective [Grace Humiston]

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective [Grace Humiston]

By Brad Ricca

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This is the shocking and amazing true story of the first female U.S. District Attorney and traveling detective who found missing 18-year-old Ruth Cruger when the entire NYPD had given up.

 

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes tells the true story of Grace Humiston, the detective and lawyer who turned her back on New York society life to become one of the nation’s greatest crime fighters during an era when women were rarely involved with investigations. Grace solved the famous cold case of Ruth Cruger, an 18-year-old girl who disappeared in 1917. She focused on solving cases no one else wanted and advocating for innocents. Grace became the first female U.S. District Attorney and made groundbreaking investigations into modern slavery.

One of Grace’s greatest accomplishments was solving the Cruger case after following a trail of corruption that lead from New York to Italy. Her work changed how the country viewed the problem of missing girls. But the victory came with a price when she learned all too well what happens when one woman upstages the entire NYPD.

In the literary tradition of In Cold Blood and The Devil in the White City, Brad Ricca’s Mrs. Sherlock Holmes is a true crime tale told in spine-tingling fashion. This story is about a woman whose work was so impressive that the papers gave her the nickname of fiction’s greatest sleuth. With important repercussions in the present about kidnapping, the role of the media, and the truth of crime stories, the great mystery of the book—and its haunting twist ending—is how one woman can become so famous only to disappear from history completely.

 

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