In comic form, Rick Geary relates the story of Madeliene Smith, an upperclass Scottish woman, and Emile L'Anglier, the son of a seed merchant. This scandalous romance ends with Emile's violent illness and death. But how, excactly, did he die?
If I ever become a history teacher, I will definitely use graphic novels in my classroom. The story of Madeleine and Emile was completely engrossing and along the way Geary relayed information about class relations, medicine, romance, and law in 19th century Scotland. The Case of Madeleine Smith is the 8th book in a series entitled A Treasury of Victorian Murder.