Surprisingly, I quite enjoyed this. I knew Hearst and Pulitzer published scandalous rags; I just didn't realize what lengths they went to: scavengingSurprisingly, I quite enjoyed this. I knew Hearst and Pulitzer published scandalous rags; I just didn't realize what lengths they went to: scavenging evidence, withholding evidence ghey uncovered from the police to get a big scoop, bribing witnesses.... They printed lies that they knew were lies just to stir up sales for their papers. It was really quite amazing, appalling and disgusting behavior. Hearst even bragged of starting the Spanish American War in Cuba with lies....more
An interesting book. The enmity between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr is explored in this story of a murder case where they are joined by BrockholAn interesting book. The enmity between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr is explored in this story of a murder case where they are joined by Brockholst Livingston to defend Levi Weeks. Levi has been accused by murdering Elma Sands, the cousin of the woman who ran the boarding house where he lived. She left the house and was never seen again until her body was discovered in a well on property owned by a company set up by Aaron Burr. The trial is the first that was published verbatim, with questions to and answers by the witnesses. The lives of Livingston, Burr and Hamilton are examined at this time in history after the war and after George Washington's death. Burr and Hamilton are both prominent lawyers, along with Livingston and find themselves in all manner of configurations on cases. Sometimes they appear against each other, sometimes for the same client, sometimes different clients on the same side of a case. The book opens with the annual yellow fever epidemic (the reason for the well is to try to get good water in the city). The story gives a look at the everyday life of people at that time - and the growth of the city. It also takes a good look at human nature and the way of mobs. The story of the trail is very interesting and there is some extra material at the end which reveals the real killer (although Elma's family maintains it was Levi). It also tells of what happened to those involved in the trial after it was over. About the quarrel between Hamilton and Burr that resulted in the duel and the affect that duel had upon the culture of duelling. Also, Levi became a prominent architect in Natchez, where he wandered to because he couldn't stand to stay in New York anymore. Really a good book with a detailed story full of interesting tidbits.
(I also loved Sixpence House by the same author that I read several years ago). ...more
Not exactly sure how much I like these. I enjoyed this one and Myrtle is certainly a tough and canny old lady. She usually gets her way by ignoring otNot exactly sure how much I like these. I enjoyed this one and Myrtle is certainly a tough and canny old lady. She usually gets her way by ignoring others. She certainly detests Cossette Whitlow, who is always rambling on to Myrtle's son about how wonderful the local nursing home is and the activities for the "old dears". Not many people cared for Cosette who wanted to run everything and have a finger in every pie in town and flirted outrageously with all the men....more
I love the old mysteries. The picture I have of Nero Wolfe is of the television series years back. But, that doesn't matter to the pictures carried inI love the old mysteries. The picture I have of Nero Wolfe is of the television series years back. But, that doesn't matter to the pictures carried in the books of Wolfe's mannerisms and habits. I also enjoy Archie's asides and smart aleck remarks to everyone. This case is about a murder that Llewellyn Frost is afraid involves his cousin, Helen, and insists that Wolfe solve it. Lew doesn't like Helen working for her godfather. When one of the models dies from poisoned candy, he feels Helen is in danger. Of the whole family, Helen seems to be the only one with sense and courage. Frost keeps losing his calm and flying off in all directions. He is thoroughly aggravating and annoying. Then Helen's godfather dies and she turns to Wolfe to find his murderer, in spite of her family's protests....more