An Unexplained Death: The True Story of a Body at the Belvedere
What better place for a mystery than in an iconic old hotel such as the Baltimore Belvedere, which has recently been converted into condominiums? In this true recapitulation of an incident in which a decaying body was found on an upper floor of the hotel in 2006, the author, a resident within this building, was roused to inspect the site and the records regarding this case. The victim, Rey Rivera, was a handsome young freelance video director who suddenly vanished and whose body was found a week later, his death apparently caused by a fall from the roof of the hotel down through several stories. The mystery appealed to the author, and she investigates his family history, along with his business and social acquaintances. The sloppy police investigation is detailed, and the question arises whether this death might have been a homicide, a suicide, or even conceivably an inexplicable accident. A lengthy discourse follows on the mental thinking of self-killers along with the history of past suicides that occurred at the Belvedere over the years. The topic is enthralling; however, the writing is tediously repetitious. Editing to streamline the repetitive and irrelevant content would make this disturbing inquest more intriguing for the reader.
Chris Hayden has been working at City Book Review since 2012, so that makes him the keeper of knowledge. He manages the office and book reviewers (all 200 of them!), which is no small feat. If you’re looking at the book reviews here, you’re seeing them because he sent the books out for review. Without him, this place would fall apart, because no one else in the office knows how to use the postage machine. Two words: job security.
|Page Count||288 pages|
|Publisher||Henry Holt and Co.|
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