Christopher's Reviews > The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder

The Beautiful Cigar Girl by Daniel Stashower
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Feb 29, 2008

it was ok
bookshelves: non-fiction
Recommended for: monocle-wearing circus bears
Read in April, 2008

Winner of best title without actual follow-thru. While it starts out strong, the further it goes, the more my interest waned. While it wants to be Devil in the White City, it lacks Larson's ability to juggle, sometimes spending long stretches concentrating on just one half of the story without ever bringing the other one into it, creating one narrative out of it. Not a bad book, but it feels like it could've been so much better.

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message 1: by Gina (new)

Gina I have a related book, "The Mysterious Death of Mary Rogers." If you ever want to borrow it. It has more to do with what the public response to the case says about 19th century America than it does with the murder itself.

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