Mystery at the Blue Sea Cottage:
A True Story of Murder in San Diego's Jazz Age
by James Stewart
Set in Jazz Age San Diego against the backdrop of yellow journalism, notorious Hollywood scandals, Prohibition corruption and a lively culture war, Mystery at the Blue Sea Cottage tells the intriguing true story of a beautiful dancer, a playboy actor, and a debonair doctor.
In January 1923, Fritzie Mann left home and drove to a remote cottage by the sea to meet a man whose identity she would forever keep a secret. The next morning, the
barely clad body of the beautiful and bewitching dancer washed up on lonely Torrey
Pines beach, her party dress and possessions strewn about.
The scene baffled investigators. Was it suicide, murder, or an accidental drowning? A botched autopsy created more questions than it answered. However, the investigation revealed a scandalous secret and, possibly, a powerful motive for murder.
'Journalists in southern California hyped the case, but when Fritzie's Hollywood connections came to light the investigation shifted to L.A. and the story became a nation-wide sensation. An ambitious District Attorney battled a high-profile L.A. private counsel in the most sensational trial in San Diego's history. The big question: What happened at the Blue Sea Cottage?
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