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The Bellamy Trial (American Mystery Classics) Paperback – November 5, 2019
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About the Author
Frances Noyes Hart (1890-1943) was an American writer whose stories were published in Scribner’s, The Saturday Evening Post, where The Bellamy Trial was first serialized, and The Ladies’ Home Journal. The daughter of Frank Brett Noyes, founder of the Associated Press, Hart was educated in American, Italian, and French schools before serving in WWI as a canteen worker for the YMCA and as a translator for the Naval Intelligence Bureau. After returning home, she wrote six novels, numerous short stories, and a non-fiction memoir about the war.
Hank Phillippi Ryan is the bestselling author of eleven novels, including psychological thrillers Trust Me and The Murder List. A past president of national Sisters in Crime, Ryan’s suspense fiction has won the Mary Higgins Clark Award, five Agatha Awards, and numerous other accolades. Alongside her work as an author, Ryan also has a successful career as an investigative reporter at Boston’s WHDH-TV, where her ground-breaking journalism has been celebrated with 36 EMMY Awards and 14 Edward R. Murrow Awards.
- Item Weight : 12.7 ounces
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1613161441
- Product Dimensions : 5.3 x 0.9 x 8 inches
- ISBN-13 : 978-1613161449
- Publisher : American Mystery Classics (November 5, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #840,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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All of the action takes place in a courtroom as a man and woman are on trial for the murder of a woman--the wife of one of the defendants--who was apparently carrying on an affair with the husband of the other defendant. The trial testimony is punctuated by the running commentary of a veteran trial reporter and a young woman covering her first trial.
From start to finish, the book is a great read. The mystery is satisfying, the twists and turns are unexpected, and the understated humor of the exchanges between the two reporters is a great touch.
As Hank Phillippi Ryan notes in his useful introduction, there are aspects of the trial that don't square with the actual court procedures of the day. But that is a minor matter.
The book was a revelation and the best mystery I've read in Penzler's series, which contains other fine books.
With close attention to detail throughout the story and subsequent plot twists and turns, The Bellamy Trial will keep readers guessing to the end. The courtroom setting was unique for a vintage mystery and I enjoyed seeing a glimpse into a arena that wasn't typically featured in older novels. The conclusion of the mystery was quite unexpected, though it did seem slightly hurried.
As far as the characters are concerned, I wasn't a fan of how the characters were introduced and used. The story is essentially told by two narrators, reporters present at the trial, who are unnamed. They didn't have a back story. This creates an unusual circumstance for me. Because I knew so little about them, I felt unconnected to them or their narration. The trial portions of the novel are written as observations with no personal insight into the trial or it's main players. I felt that since I didn't have an "inside" connection to the thoughts and feelings of any of the characters I didn't connect emotionally with the story. I felt as if I were reading a news article at times. Overall, this left me feeling a little underwhelmed and not really caring at times the outcome of the trial.
Despite it's problems, The Bellamy Trial was neat to read as it's one of the first courtroom dramas written. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.