Carol Baxter – The History Detective
Petite, glamorous and beguiling, Jessie ‘Chubbie’ Miller was one remarkable woman … flyer, thrill seeker, heartbreaker. No adventure was too wild for her, no danger too extreme. And all over the world, men adored her.
When the young Jessie left suburban Melbourne and her newspaperman husband in 1927, little did she know that she’d become the first woman to complete an England to Australia flight (with a black silk gown thrown into her small flight bag, just in case), or fly in the first air race for women with Amelia Earhart, or that she would disappear over the Florida Straits feared lost forever only to charm her way to a rescue. Nor could she have predicted that five years later she’d find herself at the centre of one of the most notorious and controversial murder trials in United States history. And this all began with something as ridiculously mundane as a pat of butter.
The Fabulous Flying Mrs Miller is a spellbinding story of an extraordinary woman – an international celebrity during the golden age of aviation – and her passionate and spirited life
Carol Baxter is an adjunct lecturer at the University of New England and a Fellow of the Society of Genealogists.
She is the author of many internationally-acclaimed books about fascinating figu
res from Australia’a past, including An Irresistible Temptation, Captain Thunderbolt and his lady, Black Widow and The Peculiar Case of the electric Constable.
She lives in Sydney.