Book: Weak Flesh by Jo Robertsoncategories: Book, True Events, 1901 North Carolina, Historical Thriller, Mystery-Suspense, Romantic Thriller, Historical Fiction, Romantic Suspense, Historical Romance
Jo Robertsonabout this book: When I visited Elizabeth City, North Carolina, several years ago, down the street from where I was staying was a house known as The Nellie Cropsey House. The owner graciously gave me a tour of the outbuilding and told me the story of Nellie's disappearance in 1901.
Apparently children to this day make up stories about what really happened to Nellie Crospey. The facts are that she disappeared in November and her body was found in the Pasquotank River, mere yards from her home, thirty-seven days later. One of her suitors was eventually convicted of her murder, but vowed his innocence to his death. He was later pardoned by Governor of North Carolina.
A great deal of speculation has arisen surrounding the death of Nellie Cropsey, and I decided the story would make an interesting fictional story. I changed the names and circumstances, including the "real" murderer, but many of the sites -- The Great Dismal Swamp and the Pasquotank River -- are real places.
In my fictional account, Marshal Tucker Gage is recently returned from the Indian Wars and caught up in solving what happened to my fictional dead girl (Nellie Carver). He's assisted by the local school teacher, Meghan Bailey, who's famous for insinuating herself into issues that are none of her business. As Tucker and Bailey solve the case, they also travel the thorny road to love.
Readers of historical fiction and romance will enjoy their journey.
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