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The Green Bicycle Mystery Paperback – 15 Jun 2017
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'A classic unsolved case which has all the elements to keep any true crime enthusiast asking all the questions. Included in the book are complete timelines of events, minutes of the trial of Ronald Light and an overview of the books and their conclusions which have been written on this intriguing case.' - Crime Traveller
About the Author
Antony M. Brown is an award-winning essayist, former magazine editor-in-chief and member of the Crime Writers' Association. He published several Cold Case Jury e-books - true crime mysteries in which the reader is invited to deliver the verdict on what most likely happened - before signing a four book deal with Mirror Books in January 2017. See www.coldcasejury.com
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Antony Matthew Brown has carried out a considerable amount of research on this case, and goes through the various aspects of the murder in some detail, focussing on the murder weapon, the state of the body, the location of the murder, etc. He has also traced what may be a major piece of evidence in deciding what did happen that fateful day. It is then up to the reader to access the author's website and vote for one of the various options, as well as reading his own verdict (and the reasons why) on the case.
One particular aspect of the book which is very gratifying is the author's close attention to detail. We do not just read about the murder itself: the social and historical side of the period is well covered, referring to the aftermath of the First World War, its effects on those who fought it and the changing position of women at that time. Many female workers who had been restricted to domestic work before 1914 found themselves working in factories and shops as the war progressed, and this was to have a far-reaching impact on their social position once it was over.
Bella Wright was herself a factory worker, employed at a nearby tyre factory, and another aspect of the book which I found particularly pleasing was that we are given a lot of information about her. It is a sad fact that true crime books often speak about murder victims as if that was their only identity and they often remain anonymous to the reader as a result. However, Bella was a rather personable young lady, who embraced the new opportunities for post-war women, no doubt appreciating the wages her factory job paid her,, looking forward to marrying her stoker boyfriend, and enjoying her frequent rides on her bicycle. It was on one of these trips that she met her death and it is genuinely upsetting to read the account of the discovery of her dead body lying in the road.
I was gratified to see that I had arrived at the same conclusion as the writer as to the verdict on the case but I will certainly not reveal this here. This is a very good account of a baffling murder case and I am sure anyone with an interest in true crime will find it an excellent read.
The author also involves the reader by inviting them to put forward their own verdict by voting via a website.
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