Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca

Local Hudson author Brad Ricca shares story about “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes” and a true story about a 1917 missing girl in the Hudson Hub-Times 

Local author shares story about ‘Mrs. Sherlock Holmes’

By LAURA FREEMAN Reporter Published: January 11, 2017 12:00

51rina4lxbl-_sy346_HUDSON — If Sherlock Holmes were a woman, she would have been Mary Grace Humiston.

Author Brad Ricca will discuss his latest book, “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case That Captivated a Nation” on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Hudson Library & Historical Society. St. Martin’s publisher released the book Jan. 3.

Ricca will share the fascinating true story of Mary Grace Humiston, known as “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes,” a detective and lawyer who became the first female U.S. district attorney and was made the first female consulting detective to the New York Police Department after solving a notorious cold case.

Ricca provides accounts of Humistan’s earlier work involving long trips, research and personal danger, which is shared in the earlier sections of the book.

Humistan intervenes on behalf of a woman convicted of murdering an abuser in New Jersey and travels to the South as a Special United States District Attorney to uncover the practice of slavery “through forced debt.”

In the book Ricca focuses on Humistan’s most spectacular case, the tragic disappearance of 18-year-old Ruth Cruger, who left her Manhattan home February 1917 and never returned after having her ice skates sharpened at a neighborhood shop in Harlem. Hunistan becomes involved in the search for Cruger after police dismiss Ruth as a runaway.

Many of Humistan’s cases involved the disappearance and/or abuse of girls and women.

The book received a starred review in Kirkus Review praising it as “an express train of a story … Rapid, compelling storytelling informed by rigorous research and enlivened by fecund imagination.”

Ricca is the author of “Super Boys,” the story of Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, which was winner of the 2014 Ohioana Book Award in Nonfiction, winner of a 2014 Cleveland Arts Prize for Emerging Artist in Literature, and a Booklist Top 10 Book on the Arts. He is also the author of “American Mastodon,” winner of the 2009 St. Lawrence Book Award. He is a SAGES Fellow at Case Western Reserve University and lives with his family in Cleveland.

Copies of “Mrs. Sherlock Holmes” will be available for purchase and signing courtesy of the Learned Owl Book Shop. Register for this free program at or call 330-653-6658 ext. 1010.


Phone: 330-541-9434

Twitter: @LauraFreeman_RP


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