The Beautiful Cigar Girl: Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder

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On July 28, 1841, the body of Mary Rogers, a twenty-year-old cigar girl, was found floating in the Hudson-and New York's unregulated police force proved incapable of solving the crime. One year later, a struggling writer named Edgar Allan Poe decided to take on the case-and sent his fictional detective, C. Auguste Dupin, to solve the baffling murder of Mary Rogers in "The Mystery of Marie Rog?t."

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Writing simultaneously as novelist, biographer, historian, and sleuth, Daniel Stashower unfolds a suspenseful detective story inside a detective story inside a detective story.
-Kenneth Silverman, author of Edgar A. Poe: Mournful and Never-ending Remembrance

Daniel Stashower masterfully recreates 1840s New York and the murder that captivated the city. If you loved The Devil in the White City, you'll love The Beautiful Cigar Girl. It's an impressive work of history with all the drive and passion of a finely-tuned novel.
-Harlan Coben

" The Beautiful Cigar Girl is a beautiful melding of literary research, biography and creativity. Poe's New York of the 1840's is brought to life and so is Mary Rogers and those whose lives were altered by her murder. Seldom has Poe himself emerged so sympathetically as the tortured, alcoholic, brilliant and enigmatic man he was. After reading this fascinating book, no one will be able to read The Mystery of Marie Roget again without acknowledging the haunting ghosts brought forth by Stashower."
-Stuart M. Kaminsky, recipient of the Mystery Writers of America 2006 Grand Master Award, and author, most recently, of Terror Town

"'Stashower makes the past so vivid you feel as if you must have been there and walked these streets yourself."
-Anne Perry, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Assassin

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Daniel Stashower is the winner of the Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship in Detective and Crime Fiction Writing.

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