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Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female… (utgåvan 2018)

av Brad Ricca (Författare)

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Presents the true story of the first female U.S. District Attorney and traveling detective who found missing eighteen-year-old Ruth Cruger when the entire NYPD had given up. "In 1917, on the day before Valentine's Day, eighteen-year-old Ruth Cruger disappeared. When the police gave up, a mysterious woman in black vowed to find her. 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. After agreeing to take the sensational Cruger case, Grace and her partner, the hardboiled detective Julius J. Kron, navigated a dangerous web of secret boyfriends, two-faced cops, underground tunnels, rumors of white slavery, and a mysterious pale man, in a desperate race against time. Grace's motto "Justice for those of limited means" led her to strange cases all over the world. From defending an innocent giant on death row to investigating an island in Arkansas with a terrible secret, from the warring halls of Congress to a crumbling medieval tower in Italy, Grace solved crimes in between shopping at Bergdorf Goodman and being marked for death by the sinister Black Hand. Grace was appointed the first female U.S. district attorney in history and the first female consulting detective to the New York Police Department. Despite her many successes in social justice, at the height of her powers Grace began to see chilling connections in the cases she solved, leading to a final showdown with her most fearsome adversary of all. Mrs. Sherlock Holmes is the first-ever narrative biography of this singular woman the press nicknamed after fiction's greatest detective. Her poignant story reveals important clues about the relationship between missing girls, the media, and the real truth of crime stories. The great mystery of Grace's life--and the haunting twist ending of the book--is how one woman could become so famous only to disappear from history completely"--Dust jacket.… (mer)
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Titel:Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation
Författare:Brad Ricca (Författare)
Info:St. Martin's Griffin (2018), Edition: Reprint, 464 pages
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Ugh. This book was so boring. Considering the subject matter, you would think that Ricca would have an easy home run on his hands.

Considering everyone's current love of all things Sherlock Holmes and all of the YA books out there trying to show a different version of Sherlock Holmes, you would think a non-fiction book showcasing Mrs. Sherlock Holmes (Mrs. Grace Humiston) would have all kinds of intrigue in it. Instead you have flip flopping time lines, cases upon cases where you don't know what you are supposed to think, multiple people thrown in this book, and then a cause to question Grace herself for some of the things that she started to accuse the NYPD in not looking into with regards to missing girls cases.

I really think if Ricca had just straight up wrote a biography on Grace Humiston and making the case she got well known for (Ruth Cruger) another case she worked among many cases this book could have worked better.

Instead Ricca focuses on the Cruger case, and throws in some other ones, gets into Grace accusing the NYPD and others of covering up missing girls being sold into white slavery and then goes back and forth from the U.S. to Italy and I think backs away from showing that maybe Grace was led astray by many people claiming that some of this missing girls were sold into slavery. That is where the book lost me at this point. There is no real evidence based on what Ricca shows or what Grace says in this book that shows there was some mass cover-up going on with white girls being sold. It seems though that the police were definitely derelict on doing their due diligence in ensuring that missing girls cases were worked appropriately.

When Ricca focuses on the Cruger case the book shines better. You get to see that due to detectives questioning Ruth's morals and that she probably just eloped that they gave her killer (no spoilers people, this took place in 1917) time to get away and I felt sad that justice was not found for Ruth or her poor family who never believed she run away. I think that Ms. Humiston did a very good service in getting involved with the case and showing how preconceptions ruined the search for Ruth. But when Ms. Humiston gets into the whole hundreds of girls and other are being kidnapped and forced into sex trade I had a hard time with. There are no real facts there that I thought held water.

The writing was so-so in this book. I felt like Ricca needed to look up some better adjectives here and there when describing things. The book read as blah after a while. He seemed focused on what people were wearing at all times and what people's faces looked like. The sentence structure was confusing too a lot of times.

Also I would say that for those who think that this is just focusing on the Ruth Cruger case it is not. It jumps around a lot looking at most of Grace's cases and then circles back here and there to the Ruth Cruger case.

The ending of the book does a tidy up on what happened to everyone in the book that felt like there were a lot of details missing.

This book also made me think of the recent D.C. Missing Girls issue that came up a few weeks ago.

The DC police started tweeting out pictures of missing girls and many claimed that the law enforcement were not devoting their time in finding these girls and many claimed that these girls were being kidnapped and forced into prostitution. It took a while to come out, but the media finally found that for except a couple of cases, most of the missing girls returned home, and or had run away before and returned home after a period of time.

Is it good that so many in law enforcement and elsewhere did not seem concerned about these girls that they labeled a certain way? Absolutely not. But I also don't like people jumping into huge conspiracies with no basis in fact about what was going on with these girls as well.

Do the DC police need to do a better job broadcasting missing girls and making sure that they use as many resources as possible to find out where these girls are and make sure they ask the right questions such as why are these girls running from home? Absolutely.

Was I disappointed that so many people I follow on social media just retweeted out insane theories with no facts? Yep. ( )
1 rösta ObsidianBlue | Jul 1, 2020 |
This book was a disappointment; one of the best-worst books I’ve read, if that makes any sense.

The story has such promise. It’s an interesting part of American history and New York City history. And yet the author deeply needed a better editor, someone to come in and (a) cut some words and (b) help make sense of the narrative flow. Because as interesting as it is, it’s a tedious read—which is really a shame given the content possibilities. ( )
  TTAISI-Editor | Nov 9, 2019 |
Looking up a different book on Amazon my clicks led me to view the title “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes” with the information in small caps designating this book as “The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective…” I'll pause in my review to explain why I had to learn more about this book. I am of a generation that learned of few women's contributions in school. I learned of Florence Nightingale and Marie Curie as my Mother was a nurse. In 4th grade, I remember learning about Clara Barton and Helen Keller, primarily due to my library browsing discovery of a biography series, Childhood of Famous Americans. My love of reading mysteries began with the Nancy Drew series and by high school discovered the mysteries by Mary Stewart and Phyllis Whitney.

My knowledge of American history is also limited by a public school experience of studying American history in the 9th grade when we started the school year with the voyage of Columbus discovering America and ending the school year at the Civil War. In 10th grade, we studied World Cultures. In 11th grade, we again studied American History. However, we started the school year with the voyage of Columbus discovering America and ending the school year at the Civil War. In 12th grade, we studied the 3 branches of government. I decided to take a course in American History as one of my electives during my undergrad studies and I could hardly believe when the professor announced the cycle of study would repeat my 9th and 11th grade experiences from that January to May. My knowledge of American History is void between the Civil War and the day Kennedy was shot in Dallas as we learned leaving a field trip of historical Philadelphia in 5th grade. Thankfully my husband has been very supportive in helping me find excellent documentaries and books to help me absorb the learning I missed between the Civil War and November 1963.My first view of the title “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes” envisioned a fictional character that was taking advantage of the awareness of Sherlock Holmes as originally created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and in the limelight after the portrayal by Benedict Cumberbatch in the television series (2010-2017) which continues to find new viewers on Netflix. To realize that “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes” was a real person and not a fictional character was fascinating in itself. I couldn't wait to discover the “The True Story of New York City's Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case that Captivated a Nation.”

When the St. Martin's Paperbacks Edition arrived I briefly wondered if this might become a dry biographical account and if I would finish the book. I decided to set that thought aside and begin reading. I could hardly put the book down. Brad Ricca is to be applauded for the phenomenal research that is clearly evident to the reader even prior to reading the Author's Note, Notes, Bibliography, Resources, Acknowledgments and viewing the Index at the back of the book. Grace Humiston, deemed “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes” was a lawyer, detective, first female U.S. District Attorney, and should be heralded far and wide for all of her firsts and laudable achievements. Grace's motto – “Justice for those of limited means for moderate fees.” What an incredible human being. What an extraordinary woman. What an inspiring life. Grace Humiston, an American Hero.

After reading a book of this caliber the rating of 5 stars seems too ordinary. I highly recommend this engrossing reading experience that has the reader luxuriating in the awesome work of author Brad Ricca in bringing the life and achievements of Grace Humiston to our attention.
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  FerneMysteryReader | Nov 9, 2019 |
Although at times this was difficult to follow, I'm glad I read about this amazing woman. ( )
1 rösta niquetteb | Jun 29, 2019 |
I did enjoy learning about Grace Humiston, whom I had never heard of before, and the case of the missing girl was interesting, but I did get bogged down in some of the details. I wish there had been more about Grace herself rather than about different cases, some of which were discussed in more detail than I cared to read. I was inspired to research on my own, and I always appreciate a book that encourages me to do dig deeper. ( )
  hobbitprincess | Jun 6, 2019 |
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Pushing through the water, the massive steamship Olympic, sister of the lost Titanic, docked at New York City carrying passengers, thousands of sacks of mail, and the mind of the world's greatest detective. (Prologue)
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Presents the true story of the first female U.S. District Attorney and traveling detective who found missing eighteen-year-old Ruth Cruger when the entire NYPD had given up. "In 1917, on the day before Valentine's Day, eighteen-year-old Ruth Cruger disappeared. When the police gave up, a mysterious woman in black vowed to find her. 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. After agreeing to take the sensational Cruger case, Grace and her partner, the hardboiled detective Julius J. Kron, navigated a dangerous web of secret boyfriends, two-faced cops, underground tunnels, rumors of white slavery, and a mysterious pale man, in a desperate race against time. Grace's motto "Justice for those of limited means" led her to strange cases all over the world. From defending an innocent giant on death row to investigating an island in Arkansas with a terrible secret, from the warring halls of Congress to a crumbling medieval tower in Italy, Grace solved crimes in between shopping at Bergdorf Goodman and being marked for death by the sinister Black Hand. Grace was appointed the first female U.S. district attorney in history and the first female consulting detective to the New York Police Department. Despite her many successes in social justice, at the height of her powers Grace began to see chilling connections in the cases she solved, leading to a final showdown with her most fearsome adversary of all. Mrs. Sherlock Holmes is the first-ever narrative biography of this singular woman the press nicknamed after fiction's greatest detective. Her poignant story reveals important clues about the relationship between missing girls, the media, and the real truth of crime stories. The great mystery of Grace's life--and the haunting twist ending of the book--is how one woman could become so famous only to disappear from history completely"--Dust jacket.

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