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Deep Water- Book Signing and Talk

July 30, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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Deep Water- Murder, Scandal, and Intrigue in a New England Town

Author Kenneth Sheldon will read from his newest book, Deep Water—Murder, Scandal, and Intrigue in a New England Town published in June by Down East Books. Deep Water explores the unsolved murder of William K. Dean in 1918.

In the waning days of World War I, William K. Dean was brutally murdered, his body hog-tied and dumped in a rainwater cistern on his farm in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. Suspicion quickly fell on Dean’s wife, an invalid in the early stages of dementia. Her friends, outraged at the accusations, pointed instead to a former tenant of Dean’s, whom many suspected of being a German spy. Others believed that Dean’s best

Kenneth Sheldon Author Photo

Deep Water author Kenneth Sheldon

friend Charles Rich—a politically powerful banker and judge—was involved.

“I began writing Deep Water because I thought William Dean deserved justice, even a century later, and the truth needed to be told, to whatever extent I could uncover it,” says Sheldon. Deep Water is based on his extensive research into the Dean murder, including thousands of pages of FBI documents, grand jury testimonies, newspaper accounts, private correspondence, and the archives of the Jaffrey Historical Society.

Ken Sheldon is a freelance author whose work has appeared in publications ranging from Acoustic Guitar to Yankee Magazine, where he was formerly a columnist. He is the author of several books, including Welcome to Frost Heaves—a collection of Yankee humor under his pen name Fred Marple—as well as books published by Yankee, Time-Life, Rodale, and others.

Sheldon will read from Deep Water, discuss the process of its writing, answer questions, and sign copies of the book, which will be available for sale.

The event, co-sponsored by the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, the Peterborough Library, and the Toadstool Bookshop, is free of charge and open to the public.


July 30, 2022
10:00 am - 11:30 am
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