"Ella Maud" is fiction based on meticulous research about real events. The story here is one of the biggest murder mysteries of early modern America. When a dispute between sisters leads to an accidental murder, the cover-up divides a city and bedevils a nation. Proper, elegant Olive Cropsey loves her sister, Nell. Trouble is, everyone else loves her too. When a dispute over Nell’s boyfriend Jim Wilcox results in her accidental death, Olive is drawn into a web of lies as her father tries to cover up her guilt. Olive must stand by as Nell’s disappearance becomes a national story. But can she stay silent as Wilcox is falsely charged with murder? The audience for this book is fans of true crime, upmarket historical fiction, and those who enjoy well-crafted psychological drama in a domestic setting.