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Trial of Passion (Arthur Beauchamp #1)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  118 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Arthur Beauchamp, a heralded criminal lawyer, has moved to a quiet island off the British Columbia coast. While trying to recover from a marriage gone sour, his retirement is interrupted by his former law partners-they want Arthur to take charge of the defense trial of Jonathan O'Donnell, the acting dean of a law school. O'Donnell has been accused of rape by one of the stu ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by ECW Press (first published 1997)
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Bonnie
Oct 23, 2008 Bonnie rated it it was amazing
Not only the winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel, but also won the Dashielll Hammett Prize for excellence in crime writing.

I thoroughly enjoyed the read, even though I read it last (first in the series). This time I felt as though I was on an extended holiday -- on the hindheels of reading the first two.

I haven't read a crime novel in quite a while, although in the past I read one after another, but it is my opinion that William (Bill) Deverell beats them all for sheer entertainmen
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Rosemarie Boll
Oct 15, 2011 Rosemarie Boll rated it liked it
William Deverell is a well-known Canadian lawyer and writer (he’s also the creator of the popular TV show Street Legal). His 1997 novel Trial of Passion is set in British Columbia. It tells the story of Arthur Beauchamp, a 63-year-old burnt-out lawyer who’s looking to leave all his emotional baggage behind and start a new life in retirement. He’s a likeable fellow with a troubled past. Impotent and trapped in a loveless marriage, estranged from an emotionally-distant daughter, Arthur fell into t ...more
Barth Siemens
Dec 27, 2015 Barth Siemens rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, canada
Other reviewers note that this book is difficult to "get into." I found that, too. My disconnect arose from the frequent scene changes in the first half of the book, with which the author introduced the characters and the storyline. I was frustrated when I had to reread the previous page multiple times because: (a) I didn't realize that the scene had changed, (b) I knew that the scene had changed but didn't understand the context, or (c) I believe that the scene had changed to one thing but it t ...more
Hella Comat
Mar 28, 2013 Hella Comat rated it really liked it
Canadian author - apparently this is the first in a series (of 5 maybe so far?) of semi retired criminal lawyer Arthur Beauchamp series. In this story, he is coaxed out of an idyllic new life on an island off Vancouver to take on the case of a law professor accused of raping a student. Well written!
Doreen
Nov 05, 2015 Doreen rated it liked it
This is the first Arthur Beauchamp mystery. It won the Hammett Prize for a work of literary excellence in the crime-writing field in North America and the Arthur Ellis Award for excellence in Canadian crime writing.

Arthur is an ex-alcoholic and a discarded husband. At 63 he retires from a very successful law practice and moves to Garibaldi Island to become a gentleman farmer. He is however reluctantly persuaded to return to Vancouver to defend a professor charged with raping a student.

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Deverell, William – Trail of Passion – Okay
Arthur Beauchamp, a heralded criminal lawyer, has moved to a quiet island off the British Columbia coast. While trying to recover from a marriage gone sour, his retirement is interrupted by his former law partners-they want Arthur to take charge of the defense trial of Jonathan O'Donnell, the acting dean of a law school. O'Donnell has been accused of rape by one of the students, Kimberley Martin, a smart but arrogant woman who is engaged to a rich busin
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Sandi
Mar 19, 2016 Sandi rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book featuring a newly retired Canadian barrister who is talked into taking on one more trial. The best parts of the book were set on the small island off Vancouver where the lead character has moved to in retirement. The trial portions were also interesting and I definitely will continue on with this series.
mary
May 10, 2014 mary rated it liked it
Initially the narrator's voice seemed strained and overblown. I'm glad I gave it a chance as I came to appreciate that the character was - strained and overblown.
Arthur Beauchamp grew on me, though, as I came to sympathize with his situation(s).
I may go for another title in the series.
Barbi
Apr 05, 2014 Barbi rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries, canadiana
This is a good book - I enjoyed the Vancouver and Gulf Island setting. The language was a little too flowery in some parts but the story line was good enough to support it. The mix of characters was fun and I look forward to reading the next in the series.
Neill Smith
Mar 22, 2013 Neill Smith rated it it was amazing
At the end of a very successful law career, Arthur Beauchamp has finally accepted his unsuccessful marriage and has retired to one of the gulf islands in the Georgia Strait, a colony of aging and younger hippies, back-to-the-landers, and a weird mix of local land developers, and mini-politicians. As he learns to garden, approach and avoid his neighbors, and revisit his literary past he is enticed into taking one last case in Vancouver, defending a young acting dean of law who has been accused of ...more
Joyce
Mar 27, 2016 Joyce rated it liked it
A fun romp thru gulf islands environmentalism; also an interesting take on a sexual assault trial.
Lis
Nov 28, 2015 Lis rated it really liked it
Shelves: legal-thriller
Very nice -- interesting character in Arthur Beauchamp. And well written. I need to follow the rest of the series.
Philip
Mar 25, 2012 Philip rated it really liked it
Excellent story. I don't know in what genre this book would fit, if that really makes any difference anyway, but the writing is superb and the humour is priceless! Even brought out some really loud guffaws in a couple of places! And, of course they all lived happily ever after!!!
Looking forward to the next in the series as these fit in my "Canadian Authors series in order" project.
C
Apr 12, 2016 C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent writing - vivid characters - courtroom twists and turns. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Kristie Saumure
Jun 03, 2015 Kristie Saumure rated it really liked it
A wonderful little Canadian courtroom drama emerges from the pages of this book. Set on Canada's West Coast (Vancouver and the Gulf Islands), the lead and supporting characters are delightful. I enjoyed spending a few hours with this charming book.
Harvey
Jul 21, 2015 Harvey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
- academic morality play (accusations of rape/forcible confinement by a university student towards the Dean Of The Faculty Of Law)
- good character development
- very slow pace
Barry
Mar 06, 2016 Barry rated it liked it
A good novel but I'm beginning to realize that I prefer non-fiction. Recommended by CBC radio.
Anna Jajic
Dec 29, 2013 Anna Jajic rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up-on
Might be good. But just wasn't going anywhere. So I shelved it.
Huluriasquias
May 28, 2012 Huluriasquias rated it really liked it
Delightful book. The author gets the tone just right.
Dani
Sep 02, 2009 Dani rated it really liked it
Very fun: witty, sexy, suspensful.
Kathleen
Aug 21, 2009 Kathleen rated it it was ok
Very fun book (not really a mystery)
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William Deverell was born in 1937 in Regina, Saskatchewan. He put himself through law school by working as a journalist for the Canadian Press, Vancouver Sun, and Saskatoon Star-Phoenix. Deverell served as counsel for over a thousand criminal cases and is a founding director and former president of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association. He created the television series, Street Legal, and has writte ...more
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