Lovers' lane : the Hall-Mills mystery

by Geary, Rick.

Format: Print Book 2012
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Graphic Non-Fiction HV6533.N3 G433 2012x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Graphic Non-Fiction
Call Number  HV6533.N3 G433 2012x
The perfect ingredients for a juicy scandal and fascinating investigation are presented in this masterful graphic novel retelling of an unsolved murder from the 1920s. On the evening of September 14, 1922, Reverend Edward Hall and Mrs. Eleanor Mills take a stroll in the New Brunswick town park. Shots are heard and two days later their bodies are found lying neatly next to each other, love letters strewn around them, and a scarf obscures the fact that Mrs. Mills' throat has been slit. Lovers' Lane is a tragic story told with beguiling relish and expert illustration.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Continuing his series recounting historical murder cases, Geary unearths an intriguing scandal that gripped the public's attention in 1922, when a respected minister and a married woman from the church's choir were found shot to death in a park in New Brunswick, New Jersey, love letters scattered between the bodies. The pair's relationship had been an open secret among the community, with the victims' spouses choosing to ignore the affair. Authorities followed various leads, from the cuckolded spouses to the Ku Klux Klan, whose various targets included illicit lovers. Ultimately, no one was tried for the crime until newspapers dredged up the murder four years later, leading to the arrest of the minister's widow, who continued to deny in the sensational trial that her husband was involved in an affair. While the case is far less renowned than Geary's previous subject, the controversial trial of Sacco and Vanzetti, Geary's painstaking research and meticulous visual recreation of period details in his distinctive, mock-antiquated drawing style make this unsolved murder every bit as riveting.--Flagg, Gordon Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Two lifeless bodies, one belonging to Edward Hall, a local and well-liked minister, and the other to Eleanor Mills, a singer in his church's choir, are found in a park in a quiet New Jersey suburb on September 14, 1922. The circumstances surrounding the slaying are at first unknown, but the subsequent investigation uncovers a not-so-secret affair between the two victims and attracts an array of colorful witnesses with competing testimonies on what exactly happened that fateful night. Were Mr. Hall and Mrs. Mills victims of a stickup gone wrong, a case of mistaken identity, a scorned spouse, the Ku Klux Klan, or something else? In the latest in his acclaimed Treasury of XXth Century Murder series of causes celebres, cartoonist Geary (The Lives of Sacco and Vanzetti) recounts the infamous unsolved lover's lane murder that rocked New Brunswick in the 1920s. By providing an objective account of the murder and tumultuous investigation, Geary introduces readers to the case and allows them to draw their own conclusions based on the known facts. And his clean, purely linear artwork is not only a delight to look at but serves the narrative in a near perfect union of pictures and words. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Geary, Rick. Treasury of XXth century murder.
Subjects Hall, Edward Wheeler, -- 1881-1922 -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Mills, Eleanor Reinhardt, -- 1888-1922 -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Murder -- New Jersey -- New Brunswick -- Case studies -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Murder -- Investigation -- New Jersey -- New Brunswick -- Case studies -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Clergy -- Crimes against -- New Jersey -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic novels.
Publisher New York :NBM/ComicsLit,2012
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN 9781561636280 (hardcover)
1561636282 (hardcover)
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