The Green Bicycle Mystery : The Curious Case of Bella Wright by Antony M Brown
I give this book 5 stars.
I would like to thank Nicola Slavin from Book Machine Works for contacting me about joining the Blog Tour for this book. “The Green Bicycle Mystery” by Antony M Brown and published by Mirror Books.
This book is a little different from most, it is based on a cold case. The reader is asked not just to read the book but solve the mystery of the case.
The case is that of Bella Wright from Leicestershire in 1919, a case never solved.
The first section of the book gives you the story of Bella and her family, the surrounding area, the scene of the crime and also what happening in Britain at the time. It was the end of the first world war, and you are briefly told of how the effects of the war affected people who served and those who remained at home. Also in this section are account of the crime scene, details of the investigation, witnesses, reports and statements as well as the trial of the suspect.
The second section gives a detailed array of the evidence, timelines for Bella and also the investigation. Useful maps, autopsy reports, findings, minutes and communiques.
Part three is the author’s view or judgment of the case as well as verdicts from other people.
What initially caught my eye about this book was the interesting synopsis that I was sent. Once I had read it, my curiosity was piqued by the idea of giving a verdict based on facts that I had read. Also the historical interest of the area was a big pull for me, it was an area I knew when I lived in Lincolnshire up until 17 years old, so gave me a personal reason for reading.
The book itself is very well laid out and is the author takes you through the facts in a very logical order. As you progress through the story, the various statements and reports get a little repetitive, but it also adds additional information. Also it add confirmation to previous statements.
I really enjoyed this book from start to finish; it was a very good page turner. It gave me a good insight into people’s lives at the time of 1919 and the years just following. What was interesting was the way police procedures have changed, how investigations are conducted and how local newspapers can influence people.
I would recommend this book to readers of True Crime, Mystery and Historical genres.
Don’t just read about a murder… solve it. The first of a unique set of true crime dramas. Each one tells the story of an unsolved crime in an evocative and compelling way, it presents fresh evidence, exposes the strengths and weaknesses of past theories and then asks the reader to decide on what happened.
The series begins with the tragic case of Bella Wright. In a lonely lane running through rural Leicestershire in 1919, a solitary bicycle lies on its side, its metal frame catching the glow of the fading evening light. The back wheel slowly turns about its axle, producing a soft clicking; a rhythmic sound, soothing like the ticking of a study clock. Next to the bicycle, lying at an angle across the road, is a young woman. She is partly on her back, partly on her left side, with her right hand almost touching the mudguard of the rear wheel. Her legs rest on the roadside verge, where fronds of white cow parsley and pink rosebay rise above luxuriant summer foliage. On her head sits a wide-brimmed hat, daintily finished with a ribbon and bow. She is dressed in a pastel blouse and long skirt underneath a light raincoat, the pockets of which contain an empty purse and a box of matches. The blood-flecked coat tells a story…
Although each book is perfectly self-contained and offers the author’s conclusion, there is a website (coldcasejury.com) for those who wish to share their own verdicts and opinions, making these the first truly interactive crime tales. Beautifully presented with uniquely illustrated covers they also contain evidence images, diagrams and maps. For lovers of crime stories, this new collection of Cold Case Jury books will not just bring a murder story to life, it will make you a part of it.
About Antony M. Brown, author of The Green Bicycle Mystery
Antony M. Brown is an award-winning essayist, former magazine editor-in-chief and member of the Crime Writers’ Association. He published several Cold Case Jury e-books – true crime mysteries in which the reader is invited to deliver the verdict on what they believe might have happened – before signing a four book deal with Mirror Books in January 2017.
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