Passion, Poison, and Pretense: The Murder of Hingham's Postmaster (Signed Copy)

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SKU: 9781951854140S
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We are thrilled to carry books by John F. Gallagher and to host book signings by him. John served in the Boston Police Department for 30 years and rose to the rank of superintendent and chief of detectives before he retired in 2008.  His interest in history and genealogy and his background in criminal investigaion motivated him to write his first true crime story, Murder on Broadway about three distinct, century-old murders in Hanover, Massachusetts.  This is his fourth book.  John lives in Hanover, Massachusetts with his wife, Jeanne.

Michael Achille, Collections Manager at the Hingham Historical Society, praised Gallagher's newest book by saying: "Passion, Poison, and Pretense: The Murder of Hingham's Postmaster is the type of local history story I have been craving for some time - a concise, engaging, true story of one of the earliest and most well-documented murder cases in Massachusetts, right here in our backyard. Filled with wonderful detail, John's book touches not only on this fascinating piece of Hingham history but also how it fits into the broader history of the development of the judicial system in the fledgling United States. I couldn't put it down!"

Annie Hartnett, author of Rabbit Cake has raved about John's newest novel. She said "I was gripped by this account of the 1857 Gardner murder--a detailed, absorbing, and compelling page-turner, John Gallagher has given historical fiction fans another richly satisfying, complicated, and well-researched story. Bravo!"

Price: $14.95
Dimensions: 9 in × 0.625 in × 6 in

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John F. Gallagher

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Riverhaven Books

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John F. Gallagher of Hanover has published the fourth in a series of books about obscure, long-forgotten, century-old murders on the South Shore of Massachusetts. His latest book, Passion, Poison, and Pretense: The Murder of Hingham's Postmaster, takes place in 1857, and relates the suspicious circumstances under which Hingham Postmaster Hosea Gardner fell ill and died after an unfortunate fall on the ice outside the post office.. Authorities leveled a charge of murder against Mr. Gardner's wife after an autopsy and inquest revealed the postmaster had succumbed to a fatal dose of arsenic.