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Children's LiteratureThis book, one of the "Unsolved History" series, examines the mystery surrounding certain deaths in the centuries before forensic science could provide clues—specifically, suspected murders passed off as accidents or natural deaths. Investigating such cold cases is difficult. Often records are incomplete or missing altogether, physical evidence is scanty or compromised, and popular opinion presses the historical detective to leave well enough alone. But sometimes a fresh look at history may offer clues for use in our own time. An examination of the circumstances surrounding Tutankhamen's untimely death is suggestive of foul play, but evidence is too threadbare to be conclusive. The demise of the two sons of Edward IV, the two Princes held in the Tower of London, illustrate the peril that can be associated with birth into positions of wealth and power. In these cases, it is argued that the princes may not have been murdered, but if they were, the person generally accepted as their murderer may not be guilty. Compelling reasons support other explanations, including the theory that they did not die at all but were smuggled away to live out their lives in secret. No one theory dismisses all others with certainty. Similar examinations are made of the deaths of playwright and poet, Christopher Marlowe, composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, explorer Meriwether Lewis, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Amelia Earhart. The book, beautifully illustrated with Egyptian, European, and American paintings and drawings and reprints of newspaper articles, closes with "Words for the Wise," an alphabetical list of names and places, a reference list, a bibliography, "Notes on Quotes" found in the chapters, and anindex. It would be a worthwhile addition to a variety of classes, including sociology and history. 2006, Marshall Cavendish, Ages 12 up.