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The Mystery of Beautiful Nell Cropsey: A Nonfiction Novel (Paperback)
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The Mystery of Beautiful Nell Cropsey: A Nonfiction Novel (Paperback)

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Paperback 184 Pages / Published: 30/09/1993
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As compelling as fiction, The Mystery of Beautiful Nell Cropsey tells the dramatic story of the disappearance of nineteen-year-old Nell Cropsey from her riverside home in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, in November 1901. Bloodhounds, detectives, divers, and even a psychic were brought in to search for her, and the case immediately became a national sensation. Bland Simpson, who first heard the tale as an Elizabeth City schoolboy, weaves this true story into a colorful nonfiction account, told in three first-person voices: Nell's sister Ollie; famous newspaper editor W. O. Saunders, who covered the case as a young reporter; and Jim Wilcox, Nell's beau, who was implicated in the case. Nell and Jim's romance, her disappearance, the great search, the trials, and their aftermath are artfully reconstructed from interviews, court records, and newspaper accounts.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9780807844328
Number of pages: 184
Weight: 204 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 14 mm
Edition: New edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
An arresting and elegant meditation on guilt and innocence and the inscrutability of human behavior.

Philadelphia "Inquirer"


Bland Simpson conveys images for all senses and his characters are powerful and authentic. The story is a haunting one.

"Mostly Murder"


"Haunting and elegiac as a folk ballad, the voices intertwine . . . in a blend of tragic mystery and raw pain.

Margaret Maron, author of "Bootlegger's Daughter""


"Bland Simpson brings a whole culture brilliantly to life . . . with wonderful dialogue and real, page-turning suspense.

Lee Smith, author of "The Devil's Dream""


"Simpson persuasively re-creates the decorously frenzied, boomtown atmosphere of turn-of-the-century Elizabeth City in the grip of a tabloid mystery.

"Kirkus Reviews""


Haunting and elegiac as a folk ballad, the voices intertwine . . . in a blend of tragic mystery and raw pain.

Margaret Maron, author of "Bootlegger's Daughter"


Bland Simpson brings a whole culture brilliantly to life . . . with wonderful dialogue and real, page-turning suspense.

Lee Smith, author of "The Devil's Dream"


Simpson persuasively re-creates the decorously frenzied, boomtown atmosphere of turn-of-the-century Elizabeth City in the grip of a tabloid mystery.

"Kirkus Reviews"

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