The Beautiful Cigar Girl

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The Beautiful Cigar Girl

Mary Rogers, Edgar Allan Poe, and the Invention of Murder

By Daniel Stashower

Berkley Publishing Group, Paperback, 9780425217825, 386pp.

Publication Date: December 4, 2007

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 Rogt.