Here’s a new book on Lizzie, “The Girl With The Pansy Tattoo” – scratch that, “The Girl With The Pansy Pin” (not quite the same cadence, but you get it.)
Here’s a promo piece on the book as announced by the Fall River Historical Society where an advanced purchase can be made.
Judging from the description of the book’s content it would seem that the author pulled from known facts about Lizzie, if not the story line itself.
I’m not one to read much fiction on Lizzie as I think there is enough conjecture in many of the non-fiction books. However, I’m curious to see how Mr. Brimbau managed to get “600 pages” for his book. It may be he has attempted to tell all of Lizzie’s story from his conjectured POV as her own. If so, I would think he was cautious not to make up wildly unlikely scenes or events and stick to that which can be based on fact. From what I know of Mr. Brimbau’s penchant for accuracy, he most likely has done precisely that.
It should be noted that Mr. Brimbau is the owner of the house just east of “Maplecroft” (once actually owned by Lizzie herself) and is the “SO” to Stefani Koorey, his roommate of the past 6 years. Therefore, he would have a great amount of resources at his disposal for his own research. It’s worthy of note that Ms. Koorey has stated publicly she moved from central Florida to Fall River because she fell in love with Michael, who, instead, might have lived in Cleveland.
The only fiction book I’ve read in the last ten years on Lizzie Borden is Richard Behrens “Lizzie Borden Girl Detective”, a well-written book that stands fast to known facts and shows solid research. I would recommend this book as a very entertaining and very smart read. In fact, the more informed you are about the case and Lizzie in general, the more you will enjoy this book. In short, it’s very “inside”, but that’s not to say you need know anything about the Borden case to enjoy the jolly exploits of this “Nancy Drew” type girl detective.