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Avery's Knot

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  4 reviews
In May 1832, in Newport, Rhode Island, a Methodist minister named Ephraim K. Avery was tried for the murder of a twenty-nine-year-old mill worker, Sarah Marie Cornell. It was the first time a clergyman had ever been tried for murder in the United States and the first time an American murder trial became headline news.

From this factual base, Mary Cable weaves a chilling no
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Hardcover, 238 pages
Published October 1st 1981 by Putnam Publishing Group
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Barbara Mason
Nov 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Although the writing style was good, this was a painful read! I can't believe I stuck with it. Avery was a despicable character--nothing to like about him at all. He charmed his way through life, but he could flip out on a moment's notice and be cruel, mean and ultimately violent. Because this society was so religiously fundamental, he was revered, while Sarah was forced to run from town to town in an attempt to evade a false reputation. How frustrating to read about life at this time for a youn ...more
The Jajh
Underwhelming

Interesting plot, but for me, too long and plodding. Not sorry I read it, but was left with a sort of depressed feeling. No one comes out well.
Kay Sagers
Interesting

Interesting the customs of the day are explored very well not a book to be read for entertainment but history
Roger Taylor
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An enjoyable 19th Century English mystery involving a Methodist clergyman and a young vulnerable mill girl. Interesting build up to the trial and a somewhat surprising verdict.
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