The Stillwater Tragedy

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Early murder mystery

A young man, Richard Shackford alienated from his wealthy family seeks employment at a New England marble quarry. By hard work he makes his way up to become almost deputy to the owner whose daughter Margaret he has also fallen in love with. But when Shackford's wealthy cousin Lemuel Shackford is found murdered, and at the crime scene is the cousin's will naming Shackford as heir to the fortune, he is immediately the prime suspect. More clues emerge to implicate him further. With an overzealous detective out to prove him guilty, it's up to Richard to unravel the mystery and exonerate himself.

This has also been put forward as a contender for the first published murder mystery novel in English.

  • Classification : Classic Crime & Adventure/Thrillers
  • Pub Date : JUN 20, 2023
  • Imprint : YELLOWBACK
  • Page Extent : 226
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789357310284
  • Price : INR 399

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Thomas Bailey Aldrich was a native of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and lived during a time of great change in American literature.

Aldrich travelled with his father in his early years. He returned to Portsmouth to study for college, but his father's death in 1852 required that he earn a living. At 16, he went to work in his uncle's New York countinghouse, but he spent his free time reading and writing poetry. Then, he decided his calling was to be a journalist. He contributed to numerous magazines and newspapers, including the New York Illustrated News. In 1865, he moved to Boston where he was editor of Ticknor & Fields' Every Saturday magazine. In 1881, Aldrich was brought in as editor at the Atlantic Monthly, a position he held until 1890. He was a talented poet and published many volumes of verse. His first published works, the sentimental 'Ballad of Babie Bell' and The Bells (1855), a volume of verse, brought him immediate fame. Aldrich's first novel, The Story of a Bad Boy (1870), was unique in its depiction not of a "bad boy" but of a "natural boy", a type that anticipated Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer.

Aldrich died at Boston on 19 March 1907. His last words were "In spite of it all, I'm going to sleep."

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