Based on an actual crime in 1955, this young
adult novel is at once a mystery and a coming of age story. The brutal murder
of two teenage girls on the last day of Nora Cunningham’s junior year in high
school throws Nora into turmoil. Her certainties, friendships, religion, her
prudence, and her resolve to find a boyfriend taller than she is, are shaken or
cast off altogether. Most people in Elmgrove, Maryland, share the comforting
conviction that Buddy Novak, who had every reason to want his ex-girlfriend
dead, is responsible for the killings. Nora agrees at first, then begins to
doubt Buddy’s guilt, and finally comes to believe him innocent, the lone
dissenting voice in Elmgrove. Told from several different perspectives,
including that of the murderer, Mister Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls is a
suspenseful page-turner with a powerful human drama at its core.
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