Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation. Book by Brad Ricca
Mrs. Sherlock Holmes tells the true story of Mrs. 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 weren't even allowed to vote. After graduating from N.Y.U. law school, Grace opened a legal clinic in the city for low-income immigrant clients, and quickly established a reputation as a fierce, but fair lawyer who was always on the side of the disenfranchised. Grace's motto "Justice for those of limited means" led her to strange cases all over the city, and eventually the world. This is the first-ever literary biography of the singular woman the press nicknamed after fiction's greatest detective. In the narrative tradition of In Cold Blood and The Devil in the White City, her poignant story unmasks unmistakable connections between missing girls, the role of the media, and the real truth of crime stories. The great mystery of Mrs. Sherlock Holmes -- and its haunting twist ending -- is how could one woman with so much power disappear so completely? Brad Ricca was the winner of the St. Lawrence Book Award for American Mastadon, which was featured on A Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor and named "Best Poetry Debut" by Cleveland Magazine. He has had poetry appear in The Coe Review, The Kerf, 6ix, Black Dirt, White Pelican Review, Marco Polo, Caesura and Albatross. His previous nonfiction book Super Boys is about the creators of Superman. His film Last Son won a 2010 Silver Ace Award at the Las Vegas International Film Festival. He lives and works in Cleveland. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.