Murder at Teal’s Pond: Hazel Drew and the Mystery That Inspired Twin Peaks

Brilliance Audio. Jan. 2022. 9:59 hrs. ISBN 9781713620655. $42.99. CRIME
This historical account of the 1908 unsolved murder of Hazel Drew features a pretty young woman with a secretive life, political scandals, a media circus, and too many suspects to mention. One thing that makes Hazel’s tale stand apart is the fact that her death was the inspiration for the television series Twin Peaks, making Bushman (Twin Peaks FAQ: All That’s Left To Know About a Place Both Wonderful and Strange) and Givens (creator and host of the Twin Peaks podcast Deer Meadow Radio) uniquely qualified to tell her story. Like the murder of Laura Palmer on that show, Hazel Drew’s murder becomes as much a mystery of who the victim was as of who committed her murder. Robert Fass’s narration is engaging. His uncanny Robert Stack–like delivery keeps the fascinating details and clues fresh and compelling. Reminiscent of Piu Eatwell’s Black Dahlia, Red Rose, this is a solid choice for ardent true crime fans.
VERDICT A compelling historical whodunit that should keep true crime fans listening with rapt attention.
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