The Beautiful Cigar Girl

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.

About the Author
DANIEL STASHOWER is an acclaimed biographer and narrative historian and winner of the Edgar, Agatha, and Anthony awards, and the Raymond Chandler Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction. His work has appeared in "The New York Times", "The Washington Post", "Smithsonian Magazine", "AARP: The Magazine", and "National Geographic Traveler" as well as other publications. His books include "The Hour of Peril", "Teller of Tales", and "The Beautiful Cigar Girl".