By Janice S. C. Petrie
“Petrie vividly re-creates the conditions and aftermath of an early 20th-century homicide during this true-crime publication. Exhaustive aspect and wonderful re-creations make for genuine suspense during this nonfiction tale.”-Kirkus Reviews
“Petrie expertly places information into historic context and annotates each one bankruptcy with newspaper and courtroom documentation. Written in 2000 yet much more fascinating because the a hundredth anniversary of the crime methods, this thorough account will entice enthusiasts of precise crime.”-Publisher’s Weekly
This moment printing of "Perfection To A Fault" is the very same tale that was once so favorably reviewed via Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus reports, between others. we've got additional a brand new conceal layout and a far asked picture Gallery because the a centesimal anniversary of the tale ways. This booklet is the non-fiction account of the occasions which encompassed a homicide and trial on the flip of the century in Ossipee, New Hampshire. while Florence Small's smoldering physique rose to the outside of the basement water, neighborhood parents instantly suspected her husband of the crime. Frederick Small used to be an intruder, a Boston guy, who had moved to Ossipee Lake to semi-retire. there has been a deep mistrust of "city fellas up there in the back of the Ossipees," in 1916 and maybe this suspicion used to be warranted. yet how may possibly Frederick were accountable for a homicide and a hearth that occurred 7 hours after he had left for Boston on a business journey? The sensational trial that used to be in contrast to any formerly skilled in Carroll County. And even supposing everyone from the Boston region to Portland, Maine, had an opinion, no one expected the choice the jury might succeed in. The unrest at the ill-fated estate remained even in 1956, whilst Anna Foley's unsuspecting son and daughter-in-law felt the consequences of the occasions of 1916 one August evening whereas touring at the property.
The Manchester chief and night Union newspaper wrote in anticipation of a verdict, “If the kingdom has proved its case, it has constructed a brand new kind of New Hampshire felony. It has introduced forth a funky, bold, mechanical and chemical genius, a guy who scorned the normal sorts of homicide yet who introduced forth to the mountains of this quiet village a technology which might baffle a Craig Kennedy or Sherlock Holmes. The jury of his friends will make a decision no matter if Frederick L. Small is that guy or the traditional person who has been made a sufferer of situations and is being attempted for a criminal offense which he by no means dedicated and of which he had no knowledge.”