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A scandalous murder trial reaches the heart of high society

‘An enthralling story’ NEW YORK TIMES

The trial of Stephen Bellamy and Susan Ives, accused of murdering Bellamy’s wife, lasts eight days. That’s eight days of witnesses (some reliable, some not), eight days of cross-examination, and eight days of sensational courtroom theatrics lively enough to rouse the judge into frenzied calls for order. As each witness is brought to the stand, the mystery of the case only increases in all its sordid detail.

By the time the closing arguments are made, the verdict shocks the entire courtroom.

Reviews

An enthralling story
NEW YORK TIMES
An ingenious and spirited job, which has clever characterisation, strong suspense and real comic relief. The mystery is capitally created and sustained
NEW YORK EVENING POST
Masterful .. add this fine reissue of The Bellamy Trial to your reading list. It's remarkably written, it's carefully crafted, and it's more than worthy of your time and interest
NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS
Probably this is the greatest mystery story written this century
Herbert Carter