Lizzie Borden of the North
This is a thrilling 1909 true crime story! Florence Kinrade, dutiful daughter of a wealthy, upper-crust Canadian family, lives a secret double life as a vaudeville showgirl in Virginia, USA. Then sister Ethel shows up dead, with Florence being, apparently, the only one at the scene at the time. Next up, a coroner’s inquest, a mental diagnosis, more vaudeville show business, and a good hard investigative look by journalist Frank Jones. Do you think she did it?
A real whodunit by a masterful crime writer who tells it like no other. — Mark McNeil, Hamilton Spectator
Frank Jones has given us a captivating and rich account of a long-forgotten murder. The combination of true crime drama, great investigative reporting and social history will grip readers. Whether he is writing about the popularity of vaudeville theatre, the evolution of forensic psychiatry or the Kinrade family’s deceits and delusions, Jones’s pace never flags. — CHARLOTTE GRAY
Frank Jones has always had a knack for finding the quirkiest and most interesting true crime tales, and relating them with the skill you’d expect from a lifelong, first rate journalist, and this latest is no exception. — LINWOOD BARCLAY