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Reaping the Whirlwind: A Trent Tyson Historical Mystery [Paperback]

By Rosey Dow (Author)
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For seventy-five years the truth about the pivotal evolution trial of Tennessee vs. John Thomas Scopes has lain dormant in scholarly tomes. In honor of this landmark year, best-selling author Rosey Dow wrote Reaping the Whirlwind to reveal the behind-the-scenes action, the string pulling and conniving, the publicity stunts, and the humorous interaction of the players in this critical real-life drama. "John Scopes was innocent," announces Ms. Dow. "He never taught evolution and, in fact, was not a biology teacher." Yet hundreds of reporters poured into tiny Dayton, Tennessee to see him tried and convicted. Radios across the nation broadcast every word of the trial to a populace with its ear pressed to the receiver determined not to miss a single word. Few knew the truth even then. In page-turning fiction style, Rosey Dow weaves the factual account of the trial with a murder mystery to show this issue's relevance to modern America. In his foreword, Scopes Specialist Dr. Richard Cornelius says, "Rosey Dow has been meticulous in her research and painstaking in her attempts at historical accuracy." She portrays William Jennings Bryan as the quick-witted, compassionate man that he was and reveals the brilliant tactics used by Clarence Darrow to undercut his opponent. Definitive and compelling, Reading the Whirlwind puts the past in perspective and plots a roadmap to the present.

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When an old recluse dies behind locked doors, the doctor says it was her heart. Deputy Sheriff Trent Tyson doesn't give the case another thought until the medical examiner finds poison. Within a week Tyson is on the tenuous trail of a murderer who snuffs out the unwanted, the lame, the helpless. A fictional mystery centered around the famous Scopes Trial.

Awards and Recognitions
Reaping the Whirlwind: A Trent Tyson Historical Mystery by Rosey Dow has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Christy Awards - 2001 Winner - North Amer Historical category

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Wine Press Publishing
Pages   408
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.05" Width: 6.03" Height: 1.09"
Weight:   1.46 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 30, 2003
ISBN  1579212964  
ISBN13  9781579212964  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! ROSEY DOW is a best-selling and award-winning author. Her novel, "Reaping the Whirlwind," won a 2001 Christy Award for excellence in fiction. A former missionary and lifelong mystery buff, Rosey now makes her home in Delaware where she writes and speaks full time.

Rosey Dow currently resides in the state of Mississippi.

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A serial killer stalks Dayton during the Scopes "Monkey" Trial  Jan 23, 2006
I did my dissertation on the Scopes "Monkey" Trial, so I had no problems passing the quiz on the back of "Reaping the Whirlwind: A Trent Tyson Historical Mystery." I am overly familiar with the details of the trial and the various incidents that Rosey Dow works into her story, and have visited Dayton several times. Of course, my interest in reading "Reaping the Whirlwind" is because of my interest in the bizarre-yet-true trial of John Thomas Scopes, and my judgment of the book ends up being more from that perspective than from that of the mystery elements.

The story begins in Dayton, Tennessee on a rainy Monday evening in the spring of 1925 when the chess game between Deputy Sheriff Trent Tyson and Dr. Adam St. Clair is interrupted by a concerned neighbor calls to say that Mrs. Ida Johnson is not answering her door. An investigation discovers that the woman has died, apparently of a heart attack. But then the medical examiner finds that the woman was poisoned by tansy weed. Did she take some by accident or was the old woman murdered? When the next person shows up dead with the same symptoms, the answer seems obvious. But there is no obvious connection between the victims and the more Tyson investigates their lives the less sense it all makes. Meanwhile, the town is gearing up for the Scopes trial as William Jennings Bryan, Clarence Darrow, H.L. Mencken and a horde of others descend on Dayton. None of these famous people become part of Tyson's murder invesigation, so Dow is able to stick to what they actually said instead of having to make things up for them to fit into the main plotline.

Ironically when I started reading this book I kept wondering when we were going to get to the trial (the meeting in Robinson's Drugstore where they hatched up the idea for the trial does not take place until page 136) but once the trial was underway I kept thinking that Deputy Tyson was spending too much time at the trial given that there is a serial killer running loose in Dayton. The Scopes Trial is basically the backdrop for the last third of the book, but you know that there has to be some sort of connection, albeit indirect, between the idea of prohibiting the teaching of evolution and these murders. However, the link is not obvious, so I doubt you will see the ending coming.

Dow does a good job of picking highlights from the Scopes Trial, both in the courtroom and on the streets of Dayton, to include in her novel. She pays attention to the speech on admitting the scientific testimony by Dudley Field Malone, which I greatly admire and which Scopes called the dramatic highpoint of the trial (and not the celebrated cross-examination of Bryan by Darrow). Malone is usually largely ignored in accounts of the trial, so every little bit of giving him his due helps. Dow's perspective on the trial and the subject of evolution is made clear in the materials before and after the story, but those beliefs do not intrude on the story, especially since there are characters reflecting both sides of the argument being played out in the Rhea County Courthouse.

The Author's Note at the front of the book makes it clear that Trent Tyson and Dr. Adam St. Clair are fictional replacements for Dayton's constable and one of the town's doctors, and lists the people who were actually in Dayton in the summer of 1925. Of course the victims and Tyson's family and friends are completely fictitious. The back of the book includes three appendixes that provide an excerpt from Bryan's undelivered address, evolutionary proofs offered by trial experts with refutation, and Bryan's questions for Darrow and his replies that appear in the press after the trial. Most unusual for a work of fiction but appropriate in this case, Dow also provides a Bibliography of the books she used for details about the trial and an Index that allows me to look up all of the books references to Dudley Field Malone or whatever (or whoever). So if you picked up this novel because you like historical murder mysteries, do not be surprised if you feel the urge to find out more about the Scopes Trial when you are done.
An Easy Way  Nov 1, 2000
Rosey Dow adeptly wove truth and fiction together in this extemely interesting and informative novel, Reaping the Whirlwind. While the mystery keeps the reader engrossed in the plot, he is learning historical truth as well as seeing the tragic consequences of embracing the lie of evolution. I would probably not have chosen to read an account of the Scopes trial, although this would be an important thing to do. Rosey made it `easy' for me to gather truth I needed to know while thoroughly enjoying a gripping plot I could not solve!
Not a history or mystery buff? Not a problem  Oct 13, 2000
This book is so well written, so riveting, and so historically significant, it is truly one of the rare books for all seasons and all literary tastes.

Rosey has managed to bury the villian and expose the facts about the Scopes Trial-of-the-century so masterfully that the reader will surely misjudge the outcome and gain an invaluable history lesson without even being aware this could be a textbook. In fact, were I an American history teacher, it would most certainly be on my list of required reading.

It really should be on yours.

Super-charged suspense  Sep 19, 2000
Rosey Dow writes a compelling mystery set in Dayton, TN during the infamous Scopes "Monkey" trial. If you saw or read "Inherit the Wind" prepare to be shocked with the truth! There's a serial murderer on the loose, and the murderer subscribes to the natural outcomes of accepting Darwin's theory.

Believable characters, tense drama, unique plot twists, and a puzzling series of murders keep you reading page after page--long past the time you needed to go to sleep! Don't miss it!

And parents, get this for your high school students. They have to read novels for their English classes anyway, why not get them one that's fun to read, and challenges their critical thinking? This book fits the bill--they'll learn history painlessly. Great addition for school libraries--consider donating one to your child's school. Excellent resource for homeschooling parents--combines history with literature.

Highly recommended.

More than okay!  Sep 14, 2000
This book kept me guessing until the end. In fact I smugly thought I had it figured out until the last chapter. Loved the intrigue, the sweet romance, and the painless history lesson!

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