THE MYSTERY OF MARY ROGERS
(Treasury of Victorian Murder)
Written and Illustrated by Rick Geary
2001, 81 Pages
Genre: graphic novel, true crime, mystery, suspense
I am not an expert in graphic novels but I do enjoy a great mystery...and even better it is a true mystery. At work I was checking in materials from patrons when the cover of this book caught my eye. Without paying attention to the words I noticed that it had an old school Victorian feel to it which is a time period I enjoy (a great era for mystery and mayhem). When the words came into focus it sounded like an old time radio episode. Coincidentally, a friend and I had just been discussing graphic novels. Her passion for them kind of made me envious...and I thought this would be a good way to test it all out. I have tried the genre of graphic novels but nothing has really captured my interest. This being a mystery and true crime I thought at least I would discover a new mystery.
Geary did a great job in telling the case of Mary Rogers. He started with the background and facts about Mary Rogers and then about the murder and consequent theories that arose from it all. His illustrations are detailed of the time period. I enjoyed this graphic novel so much I want to try more in this series as well as some others. Stay tuned in my adventures in graphic novels! Also, this mystery has me intrigued so I will be ready Poe's short story and another nonfiction book.
k (My Novelesque Life)