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eBook Reaping the Whirlwind: A Trent Tyson Historical Mystery ePub

by Rosey Dow

  • ISBN: 1579212964
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Rosey Dow
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Winepress Pub; 1st, No Additional Printing Listed edition (June 2000)
  • Pages: 408
  • ePub book: 1585 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1174 kb
  • Other: txt mobi doc azw
  • Rating: 4.7
  • Votes: 286

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A former missionary and lifelong mystery buff, Rosey now makes her home in the South where she writes and speaks full time

When an old recluse dies behind locked doors, the doctor says. The side story was much more interesting than the central theme. A little long and got a little boring. A former missionary and lifelong mystery buff, Rosey now makes her home in the South where she writes and speaks full time.

The who-dunnit portion of Ms. Dow's latest effort is so well done, I defy anyone to guess the criminal's identity.

a Trent Tyson historical mystery. by Rosey Dow. Published 2000 by WinePress Pub. in Enumclaw, WA. Written in English. Dayton, Dayton (Tenn. Includes bibliographical references (p. 395-396) and index.

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Deputy Sheriff Trent Tyson doesn't give the case another thought until the medical examiner finds poison. Within a week Tyson is on the tenuous trail of a murderer who snuffs out the unwanted, the lame, the helpless.

For seventy-five years the truth about the pivotal evolution trial of Tennessee vs. John Thomas Scopes has lain dormant in scholarly tomes. In honor of this landmark year, best-selling author Rosey Dow wrote Reaping the Whirlwind to reveal the behind-the-scenes action, the string pulling and conniving, the publicity stunts, and the humorous interaction of the players in this critical real-life drama.

"John Scopes was innocent," announces Ms. Dow. "He never taught evolution and, in fact, was not a biology teacher." Yet hundreds of reporters poured into tiny Dayton, Tennessee to see him tried and convicted. Radios across the nation broadcast every word of the trial to a populace with its ear pressed to the receiver determined not to miss a single word. Few knew the truth even then.

In page-turning fiction style, Rosey Dow weaves the factual account of the trial with a murder mystery to show this issue's relevance to modern America. In his foreword, Scopes Specialist Dr. Richard Cornelius says, "Rosey Dow has been meticulous in her research and painstaking in her attempts at historical accuracy." She portrays William Jennings Bryan as the quick-witted, compassionate man that he was and reveals the brilliant tactics used by Clarence Darrow to undercut his opponent. Definitive and compelling, Reaping the Whirlwind puts the past in perspective and plots a roadmap to the present.

Have you ever wanted to know the truth behind the famous Scopes trial but didn't want to take the time to pour over dry documents? Rosey Dow has woven a thrilling murder mystery around the actual historic facts of the trial, providing the reader an intriguing and entertaining way to understand the impact of this famous trial. A captivating story that makes history come alive?

Comments

Mayno Mayno
I was born in a little Tennessee town very similar to Dayton, Tennessee and returned there almost every summer after moving north at the mature age of 2. The Scopes Trial was part of the history I was taught in the 50's, I read "Inherit the Wind" at some time during either high school or college and later had a small part in a small Indiana town production of "Inherit the Wind".

I can picture the townspeople reacting much the way they are portrayed by Rosie Dow. The neighborhood grapevine is instant and can extend throughout the county at the drop of grannie's hanky. I speak from personal experience and still do not understand how an aunt 20 miles away can know what you did in town before you arrive at their house - pre-telephone. Rosie Dow does a magnificent job of portraying the various eccentric characters you find in every small town. From the town doctor to the woman who can cook a possum and you would swear it is rib eye steak.

Passing away behind a locked door is written about by authors all the time but how can this happen without a clue in a town where there are no secrets. Learn the history of the Scopes Trial and solve the mysterious murders of Dayton, Tennessee.
Rishason Rishason
I did my dissertation on the Scopes "Monkey" Trial, so I had no problems passing the quiz on the back of "Reaping the Whirlwind: A Trent Tyson Historical Mystery." I am overly familiar with the details of the trial and the various incidents that Rosey Dow works into her story, and have visited Dayton several times. Of course, my interest in reading "Reaping the Whirlwind" is because of my interest in the bizarre-yet-true trial of John Thomas Scopes, and my judgment of the book ends up being more from that perspective than from that of the mystery elements.

The story begins in Dayton, Tennessee on a rainy Monday evening in the spring of 1925 when the chess game between Deputy Sheriff Trent Tyson and Dr. Adam St. Clair is interrupted by a concerned neighbor calls to say that Mrs. Ida Johnson is not answering her door. An investigation discovers that the woman has died, apparently of a heart attack. But then the medical examiner finds that the woman was poisoned by tansy weed. Did she take some by accident or was the old woman murdered? When the next person shows up dead with the same symptoms, the answer seems obvious. But there is no obvious connection between the victims and the more Tyson investigates their lives the less sense it all makes. Meanwhile, the town is gearing up for the Scopes trial as William Jennings Bryan, Clarence Darrow, H.L. Mencken and a horde of others descend on Dayton. None of these famous people become part of Tyson's murder invesigation, so Dow is able to stick to what they actually said instead of having to make things up for them to fit into the main plotline.

Ironically when I started reading this book I kept wondering when we were going to get to the trial (the meeting in Robinson's Drugstore where they hatched up the idea for the trial does not take place until page 136) but once the trial was underway I kept thinking that Deputy Tyson was spending too much time at the trial given that there is a serial killer running loose in Dayton. The Scopes Trial is basically the backdrop for the last third of the book, but you know that there has to be some sort of connection, albeit indirect, between the idea of prohibiting the teaching of evolution and these murders. However, the link is not obvious, so I doubt you will see the ending coming.

Dow does a good job of picking highlights from the Scopes Trial, both in the courtroom and on the streets of Dayton, to include in her novel. She pays attention to the speech on admitting the scientific testimony by Dudley Field Malone, which I greatly admire and which Scopes called the dramatic highpoint of the trial (and not the celebrated cross-examination of Bryan by Darrow). Malone is usually largely ignored in accounts of the trial, so every little bit of giving him his due helps. Dow's perspective on the trial and the subject of evolution is made clear in the materials before and after the story, but those beliefs do not intrude on the story, especially since there are characters reflecting both sides of the argument being played out in the Rhea County Courthouse.

The Author's Note at the front of the book makes it clear that Trent Tyson and Dr. Adam St. Clair are fictional replacements for Dayton's constable and one of the town's doctors, and lists the people who were actually in Dayton in the summer of 1925. Of course the victims and Tyson's family and friends are completely fictitious. The back of the book includes three appendixes that provide an excerpt from Bryan's undelivered address, evolutionary proofs offered by trial experts with refutation, and Bryan's questions for Darrow and his replies that appear in the press after the trial. Most unusual for a work of fiction but appropriate in this case, Dow also provides a Bibliography of the books she used for details about the trial and an Index that allows me to look up all of the books references to Dudley Field Malone or whatever (or whoever). So if you picked up this novel because you like historical murder mysteries, do not be surprised if you feel the urge to find out more about the Scopes Trial when you are done.
Dianalmeena Dianalmeena
The premise of the book is actually very interesting. The mystery aspect was well-thought and kept me guessing throughout the story.

However, the over-used idea that even the most adamant atheist will convert to Christianity given enough proof and fervent prayer was extremely predictable.

It seemed also that the author's only understanding of evolutionary theory came from Answers in Genesis, which she quotes often in the appendix.

The author did rather skillfully weave two very different stories together in such a way that the interplay worked very well. It would, however, have been nice to read a Christian novel that didn't have the loose ends tied in a big, fat bow.

I give the historical mystery aspect 5 stars. The Christian argument against evolution wasn't very compelling, in my opinion, and the conversion theme was a bit grating: 1 star. Hence, the overall 3 star rating.
Majin Majin
I gave the book 3 stars because the story was unique. I would have given 1 star for the editing. The conversations all ran together so I had to read many of them over to sort out who was speaking. I'm not exactly sure who is responsible for that.
Levaq Levaq
I had never read Reaping before, though I had heard of it many times. It was interesting to see the account of the Scopes trial blended with the fictional story of Trent Tyson. Well done...certainly held my interest from start to finish.
Iriar Iriar
I like the fact that the historical part was researched and factual, so I can learn more of history. I also liked the story about the deputy sheriff and how he came to his conclusions. It makes for a good light read.
Xisyaco Xisyaco
It read the book and won't say it isn't good, but it didn't keep me up reading it into the night. Some books you can't put down, this one is not one. It is OK at best. At least I was able to finish it.
I loved the unique setting of this mystery. It told two stories at the same time...the Scopes trial and the mystery. The author gently and respectfully examined the opposing philosophies presented at the trial. I look forward to reading more of her books!