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The Bellamy trial

by Hart, Frances Noyes, 1890-1943,

Format: Print Book 2019
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The trial of Stephen Bellamy and Susan Ives, accused of murdering Bellamy's wife Madeleine, lasts eight days. That's eight days of witnesses (some reliable, some not), eight days of examination and cross-examination, and eight days of sensational courtroom theatrics lively enough to rouse the judge into frenzied calls for order. Ex-fiancés, houseworkers, and assorted family members are brought to the stand--a cross-section of this wealthy Long Island town--and each one only adds to the mystery of the case in all its sordid detail. A trial that seems straightforward at its outset grows increasingly confounding as it proceeds, and surprises abound; by the time the closing arguments are made, however, the reader, like the jury, is provided with all the evidence needed to pass judgement on the two defendants. Still, only the most astute among them will not be shocked by the verdict announced at the end.Inspired by the most sensational murder trial of its day, The Bellamy Trial is a pioneering courtroom mystery, and one of the first of such books to popularize the form. It is included in the famed Haycraft-Queen Cornerstone list of the most definitive novels of the mystery genre.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "One of the first courtroom dramas, originally published in 1927, this latest in Penzler's American Mystery Classics series was inspired by the 1926 Halls-Mills trial of the century, a connection described in Hank Phillippi Ryan's introduction. Hart's adaptation of the real-life whodunit stars Stephen Bellamy and Susan Ives, on trial for the murder of Stephen's wife, Mimi, whom they are accused of wanting to get rid of so they could continue their love affair without interference (an outrageous revelation in well-heeled 1920s Long Island). The couple alleges that Mimi was having her own affair, but otherwise have little to offer in the way of exonerating facts. The two reporters whose observations frame the story a simpering girl whose portrayal begins to grate and her Mad Man-esque admirer reflect the public mood, with all agog as the allegations ping back and forth, especially when an unexpected witness drops a bombshell. As one of the first stories of its kind and as a masterfully written look at genteel scandal, this legal thriller will be a hit with those who know Hart's work as well as fans of today's courtroom-based fiction.--Henrietta Verma Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Devotees of classic courtroom thrillers like Witness for the Prosecution will be enthralled by this reissue in the American Mystery Classics series of a seminal legal drama first published in 1927. Hart (1890--1943) effectively employs a chorus to supplement the proceedings: a veteran male reporter and a rookie female journalist, both unnamed, whose commentary keeps the detailed questioning of witnesses and legal arguments during a sensational murder trial in Bellechester, N.Y., from becoming dry. Stephen Bellamy and Susan Ives are charged with the fatal stabbing of Stephen's wife, Mimi, a cause célèbre that the male reporter cynically describes as the latest "crime of the century." According to the prosecution, their motive was fear that Mimi would run off with Susan's husband, with whom Mimi was once in love. Hart does a good job playing with expectations by first presenting the prosecution's case against Stephen and Susan before testimony and cross-examination suggest an alternative explanation for Mimi's murder. Perry Mason fans will rejoice. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Series Otto Penzler's classic American mystery library.
Subjects Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction.
Adultery -- Fiction.
Spouses -- Crimes against -- Fiction.
Trials (Murder) -- New York (State) -- New York -- Fiction.
Long Island (N.Y.) -- Fiction.
Legal fiction (Literature)
Detective and mystery fiction.
Publisher New York :2019
Language English
Description v, 323 pages ; 22 cm.
ISBN 9781613161449
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