Real Men Read – “Queen City Gothic” by J.T. Townsend

Thursday, January 26, 2023
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

About the Book

Cold cases fascinate us because of the relentless possibilities:

  • What if Alice Hochhausler hadn’t driven her daughter home from work while a strangler was running loose?
  • What if Linda Bricca hadn’t been so beautiful and tempted by adultery?

See what happens as JT Townsend takes us on a sinister journey through thirteen notorious Cincinnati murder mysteries in his cult classic, Queen City Gothic. Among others, you’ll meet :

  • Frances Brady, a pretty bride-to-be gunned down at her own front door.
  • Patty Rebholz, a popular cheerleader, bludgeoned in a neighbor’s backyard while walking to break up with her teenage boyfriend.

Townsend’s riveting chapters include previously unpublished details from police files and stunning images of the crime scenes then and now. This book is a must-read for all citizen sleuths who believe in the cold case credo:  “Let no victim’s ghost say we did not try…”


About the Author

JT Townsend is a freelance writer, armchair detective, and lifelong resident of Cincinnati. He is the author of the 2009 regional best seller Queen City Gothic, 2014’s Queen City Notorious, and his work has appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Magazine, Word Magazine, Crime Traveler and Clews. He has presented over 400 programs in the Cincinnati area as part of his True Crime Lecture Series, including Jack the Ripper, Lizzie Borden, and the Lindbergh Kidnapping, and teaches his Cincinnati True Crime Detective class for the University of Cincinnati Communiversity division.


About the event

Real Men Read meets on the fourth Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm in the Cold Spring branch meeting room. We tend to read a variety of fiction ranging from classics to modern sci-fi, and non-fiction including history, biography, and popular science.

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