Perfection To A Fault: A Small Murder in Ossipee, New Hampshire, 1916


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Seatales Publishing Company
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6.0 X 0.35 X 9.0 inches | 0.5 pounds
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About the Author

Janice S. C. Petrie has been enchanted by the sea for as long as she can remember. She became a certified SCUBA diver while in high school, and spent many years exploring coastal waters. Her fascination with marine invertebrates grew while working for the New England Aquarium as an Outreach Specialist. Since then, she's spent years caring for these fascinating sea animals, and teaching children and adults about the habitats and sea life commonly found near the shore. The material covered in her children's stories are topics commonly taught by Petrie in her popular sea animal programs. Petrie has experience in all facets of the sea, having worked as an assistant plant manager of a large, Gloucester/Boston seafood company. In her free time, Petrie made many trips to the Ossipee, New Hampshire area to visit with the Ossipee Historical Society, the Carroll County Courthouse, and the Concord State Library, trying to piece together the events of 1916 that kept everyone mesmerized while the tragic story was unfolding, yet was seldom mentioned years later. She gained interest in this story after learning the cottage she spent a single night vacationing in as a baby, seemed to be occupied by an unsettling presence. As a certified teacher, grades K-8, and a Reading Specialist, all ages, Petrie has earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees in the field of education, with a concentration in reading. Petrie also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art, with a graphic design concentration. Because of her background in developing integrated curriculum units for elementary and middle schools, Petrie has available on her website, free, downloadable curriculum packets for each of her children's books.


"Petrie expertly puts details into historical context and annotates each chapter with newspaper and court documentation. Written in 2000 but even more intriguing as the 100th anniversary of the crime approaches, this thorough account will appeal to fans of true crime."- Publisher's Weekly

"Petrie vividly re-creates the circumstances and aftermath of an early 20th-century murder in this true-crime book. Exhaustive detail and flawless re-creations make for real suspense in this nonfiction tale." - Kirkus Reviews

"...I can honestly say that Janice has done a wonderful job, and historically accurate, in portraying the persons and events..." -- Barry Hill - President of the Ossipee Historical Society

"...a fascinating case, and Janice had an unusual and somewhat eerie connection to the is riveting and suspenseful..." -- Ossipee Historical Society, Summer 2000 Newsletter

"Petrie decided to research the source of the haunting. The result is an engaging ghost story, murder mystery, courtroom drama." --New Hampshire Magazine, July, 2001 Rebecca Rule- Best of New Hampshire Issue

"Petrie's account of the sensational trial and legacy are well told. Nobody writes about a haunting with more chilling effect..." John Robinson, Portland Herald Press, Maine Sunday Telegram, May 6, 2001