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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
A Bat in the Belfry by B.A. Ellis is a fascinating story, a true crime that will captivate readers as it captivated the world at the time the crimes were committed. Boston after the Civil War was a thriving city, but it had its own share of troubles and one of them was crime. Readers are introduced to a series of crimes committed by the Boston Belfry Murderer in the second half of the 19th century and how these crimes set the pulse of life in Boston at the time.
Set against a fascinating historical and cultural background, this gripping story explores the drama surrounding the hunt for the killer, the trial, and the aftermath. The author takes readers through the tragic events that happened in Boston around this time, starting with the Great Fire that caused a lot of destruction in the city. Watch the painful drama as it unfolds through the eyes of witnesses and those involved in the story, including judges and other legal professionals.
In his inimitable style and in a unique voice, B.A. Ellis makes an entertaining and a gripping offering that will arrest the attention of fans of true crime, lifting the veil from the mystery and giving them a complete and objective picture of the events surrounding the murders. Readers will enjoy meeting the characters, who are well-researched and masterfully crafted. This is one of the true crime stories that I found captivating, after Thomas Harris’s Hannibal. One has no doubt that the author did a great deal of research into the subject and has written a compelling account of the events, making pertinent historical references. A Bat in the Belfry is an enjoyable read, a unique story of events that terrorized Boston.