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 lawyer, detective, and first woman U.S. District Attorney 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 still not allowed to vote. After agreeing to take the sensational case of missing eighteen-year-old Ruth Cruger, Grace and her partner, the hard-boiled 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.
Brad Ricca’s 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 missing girls, the media, and the real truth of crime stories. The great mystery of Mrs. Sherlock Holmes―and the haunting twist ending of the book―is how one woman could become so famous only to disappear completely.
Mrs. Sherlock Holmes is a nominee for a 2018 Edgar Award for Best Fact Crime.
“An express train of a story…Rapid, compelling storytelling informed by rigorous research and enlivened by fecund imagination.” ―Starred review, Kirkus Review
“Rambunctiously excellent…Ricca has a whopper of a story to tell, and he tells it with thrilling enthusiasm [and] page-turning intensity…his storytelling skills give Humiston’s incredible life the book it deserves.―The Christian Science Monitor
“A briskly paced true-crime tale…A fascinating read.” ―Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Ricca’s dramatic, novelistic storytelling makes for a great read. ―BookPage
“Heroic…her inspiring story demands a hearing. ―The New York Times
Read an excerpt from the book at Narratively, named one of their Most Popular Stories of 2017:
See/hear some of Grace’s story on BookTV on C-SPAN2:
“A wonderful book, as exciting as Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.” ―Booklist, starred boxed review
“Admirably thorough . . . a remarkable accomplishment, which Ricca recounts grippingly.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“As definitive a work as may be possible.” ―The Washington Post
“Compulsively readable.” ―Publishers Weekly
“Whiz-bang wonder . . . it not only works, it’s practically called for. ―The AV Club
“The title Super Boys says it all . . . the truly amazing biography of two of the most important names in popular fiction.” ―Stan Lee
“Beautiful and heartbreaking.” ―Brad Meltzer, New York Times bestselling author
WINNER OF THE OHIOANA BOOK AWARD FOR NON-FICTION, 2014
A BOOKLIST TOP 10 BOOK ON THE ARTS FOR 2013
NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK FROM ST. MARTIN’S GRIFFIN
Brad Ricca is the author of Mrs. Sherlock Holmes (St. Martin’s, 2017) and Super Boys (St. Martin’s, 2013), winner of the 2014 Ohioana Book Award for Nonfiction and a 2013 Top 10 Book on the Arts by Booklist. He won the St. Lawrence Book Award for his first book of poetry, American Mastodon (Black Lawrence Press, 2011). His film Last Son won a 2010 Silver Ace Award at the Las Vegas Film Festival. Ricca is also a winner of a 2014 Cleveland Arts Prize for Emerging Artist in Literature. He was born, lives, and works in Cleveland, teaching classes at Case Western Reserve University on writing and comics.