Death of a Kootch Show Girl

By Corey Recko

Crime & mystery, Historical fiction | Paperback, eBook


Death of a Kootch Show Girl is a mystery about a death at a small-town carnival in 1953 and its effects on a small group of carnies and local citizens. It is the last night of the carnival in a small Ohio town when a stripper turns up dead. The chief of police orders the carnies to stay in town while he investigates. Written in multiple first person narratives, the novel follows the story of each narrator: the local police chief; the small town reporter; a carnival stripper; a carnival clown; and the owner of the carnival. The week following the victim’s death changes all their lives.



Corey Recko's first book, Murder on the White Sands: The Disappearance of Albert and Henry Fountain, won the Wild West History Association's award for the “Best Book on Wild West History” for 2007. New Mexico Magazine said of the book, “The story moves along like detective fiction . . . .” Of his second book, A Spy for the Union: The Life and Execution of Timothy Webster, the Civil War News review of the book concluded, “Just about everyone will find something to like in this tale of Civil War espionage that mixes in portions of heroism, intrigue, cowardice and betrayal.” Along with books, Recko has written articles on a variety of historical topics for magazines and historical journals and has become a sought after speaker (including an appearance on C-SPAN). Death of a Kootch Show Girl, a murder mystery about a death at a small-town carnival in 1953, is Corey Recko's first novel.


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Corey Recko's first book, Murder on the White Sands: The Disappearance of Albert and Henry Fountain, won the Wild West History Association's award for the “Best Book on Wild West History” for 2007. New Mexico Magazine said of the book, “The story moves along like detective fiction . . . .” Of his second book, A Spy for the Union: The Life and Execution of Timothy Webster, the Civil War News review...


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