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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; First Edition edition (September 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596298693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596298699
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,624,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Beth Brown is a writer, artist and hobby historian who combines those interests to create a diverse mix of books and visual pieces. Her other works include Haunted Plantations of Virginia, a Library of Virginia Literary Award Finalist. Beth is a seventh-generation Richmonder and hopes to someday see electric streetcars return to the city.

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Beth Brown is the recipient of the Library of Virginia's 13th Annual People's Choice Award for her book Haunted Plantations of Virginia. Her work has been featured on Travel Channel, The Biography Channel, History, and the Emmy Award-winning program "Virginia Currents". She has authored five non-fiction books and is the co-creator of the popular Richmond Macabre anthology series.

Her creative career began not with writing, but with visual art and illustration.
Beth turned her focus toward words after learning that the history and legends she had been researching as a hobby were quickly slipping away with the previous generation.

Her non-fiction books became a mission to preserve the events of the past while making them fun and entertaining for modern readers. She made the transition to fiction in 2013 with Underground, an urban fantasy for middle-grade readers that carefully weaves true historical events with action and adventure.

Beth Brown lives in Richmond, Virginia. She is available to speak to groups about writing, publishing, and Virginia history.

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Realist on February 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
I had looked forward to seeing this book appear, but when it did I was rather disappointed. I'm all for Richmond history, but the facts in this book (as evidenced by the scant bibliography) seem to have been collected on the run with little attention to detail.

The devil is truly in the details. For example, the story of the Cluverius murder is widely documented in Richmond newspapers. The author specifies that Cluverius was hung with a black rope, when it was very famously a red striped silk rope. The author describes Madison as receiving a "brutal beating," but it was actually only one blow to the head that killed her. The famous watch key was found by a child and turned over to the police, it was not a case of Detective Wren finding it at the scene. All small missteps, but the accumulation of them makes for an example of quick and dirty historical research - if that word can be used. History is a tough but exacting game, and fiction about Richmond should be labeled as such.

Perhaps most telling is the illustration of the area of the reservoir on page 68, taken from a Richmond city map of the period. This was actually copied directly from a Richmond history blog, "The Shockoe Examiner," and not from the collection of the Library of Congress as it is credited. The LOC may have a copy of the map, but the cropping of the image is precisely the same as in the blog. This is called plagiarism and is inexcusable, and is not only lazy research but cheats the source as well and and only underlines the fact the History Press will evidently print anything that is emailed in to them.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Seward on February 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
In "Wicked Richmond" Beth Brown leans slightly away from her research into the ghostly history of Virginia and focuses instead on the more 'earthly' tales of the capital city.
From the much lauded founding families of the River City; the Randolphs, Byrd's, Allen's and Ginter's to Civil War spies and Prohibition era crime gangs, Brown gives us a fresh and entertaining snapshot of both past figures we knew all about and those who were never included in any history book we ever read.
This is a great book for those who grew up here and want an insider's look into the underbelly of our city's past, as well as for someone planning a visit who would like to go a bit beyond the 'tour book' face Richmond presents.
Well researched, "Wicked Richmond" is presented in an entertaining and informative manner. A recommended read for anyone wanting an the inside track to Richmond's past.
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