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Author: Brad Ricca Narrator: David Bendena Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2018 ISBN: 9781974905027
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This is the shocking and amazing true story of the first female US district attorney and traveling detective who found the missing eighteen-year-old Ruth Cruger when the entire New York Police Department had given up.

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes tells the true story of Grace Humiston, the lawyer, detective, and first woman US district attorney who turned her back on New York society life to become one of the nation’s greatest crime fighters during an era when women were still not allowed to vote. After agreeing to take the sensational case of missing eighteen-year-old Ruth Cruger, Grace and her partner, the hard-boiled detective Julius J. Kron, navigated a dangerous web of secret boyfriends, two-faced cops, underground tunnels, rumors of white slavery, and a mysterious pale man, in a desperate race against time.

Brad Ricca’s Mrs. Sherlock Holmes is the first-ever narrative biography of this singular woman whom the press nicknamed after fiction’s greatest detective. Her poignant story reveals important clues about missing girls, the media, and the real truth of crime stories.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “David Bendena’s intense narration makes us believe in her…With a no-nonsense attitude, Bendena portrays Humiston’s honesty and doggedness. He gives each character credible voices. As the two detectives scramble to locate the missing woman, Bendena heightens the drama.”


  • "[Humiston’s] story demands a hearing…Ricca makes a heroic case for Humiston, a lawyer and United States district attorney who forged a career of defending powerless women and immigrants.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The astonishing story of the first female US district attorney…Rapid, compelling storytelling informed by rigorous research and enlivened by fecund imagination.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Ricca has parlayed an obscure reference to Mrs. Sherlock Holmes in his earlier research into a spellbinding true crime history that reads like a novel. It will be enjoyed by aficionados of Victorian crime novels as well as true-crime fans.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Her incredible life story, superbly portrayed by Ricca, is more proof that truth is stranger than fiction.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Finalist for the 2018 Edgar Award for Best Fact-Based Crime Story

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About the Narrator

David Bendena is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.