During the Great Depression, the bodies of widow Asta Eicher and her three children were found in a shallow grave in Quiet Dell, West Virginia, victims of a conman who preyed on women he met through "lonely hearts" advertisements. That heinous true-life crime is the basis for this chilling - and utterly engrossing - novel, fact spun into mesmerizing fiction that guides readers from the foreboding tension of the Eichers' last family Christmas in Chicago through the murder investigation and sensational trial. Narrated in part by Emily Thornhill, the (fictional) Chicago Tribune reporter assigned to cover the story, Quiet Dell is a rich, character-driven tale about good and evil, love and obsession, and the gray area in between. (KG)
This title is part of our 2016 Mysteries Book a Month package.