Blog Tour & Review: Reaping the Whirlwind by Rosey Dow

Posted June 8, 2023 by elzaread in Blog Tour, Book Review / 2 Comments

Blog Tour & Review: Reaping the Whirlwind by Rosey Dow

Blog Tour & Review: Reaping the Whirlwind by Rosey DowReaping the Whirlwind by Rosey Dow
Series: Trent Tyson Historical Mystery #1
on June 13th, 2023
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery
Pages: 378
Format: ARC
Source: Travelling Pages Tours
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The doctor claims the old woman’s heart gave out, and Deputy Sheriff Trent Tyson doesn’t give the case another thought until the medical examiner finds poison.

This death is just one in a series of unusual deaths happening in Tyson’s quiet town, which takes the deputy sheriff on the hunt for answers while the rest of the town is cause up in local hysteria, starstruck by visiting celebrities William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow. Within a week, Deputy Sheriff Trent Tyson is on the tenuous trail of a serial killer who snuffs out the unwanted, the disabled—the most helpless and lovable—without reason and with no mercy.

Reaping the Whirlwind is a historical mystery set during the real events of the Scopes evolution trial in 1925 Dayton, Tennessee. The mystery weaves through trial events in an accurate portrayal of this pivotal case that forever changed the U.S. education system.

Greetings you guys! Welcome to our stop on the blog tour for Reaping the Whirlwind: A Trent Tyson Historical Mystery by Rosey Dow.

Set in the background of the 1925 case of Tennessee vs. John Thomas Scopes, often referred to as the trial of the century – Reaping the Whirlwind is a gripping historical mystery and informative history lesson all wrapped in one.

When the elderly Mrs. Ida Johnson dies of an apparent heart attack, no one in the small town of Dayton, suspects any foul play. A broken teacup and a wisp of poisonous tansy, makes the town’s deputy sheriff, Trent Tyson, feel a bit uneasy about the sudden death of Mrs. Ida. When a homeless man dies a couple of days later of the exact same symptoms, Trent’s uneasiness grows into full-on suspicion. Going about trying to solve the mystery, is no easy task for Trent as there are no obvious connection between the two victims and the whole town is busy gearing up for the Scopes trial.

The reader might wonder how a murder investigation and a trial regarding the prohibition of teaching evolution in schools can possibly be connected and I can promise you, you will not see it coming! In fact, it might just inspire you to read more about the stranger-than-fiction trial that took place almost a hundred years ago.

I love that the author’s note is in the beginning of the book and not in the end as often the case. It does give the reader some perspective and also an indication on which characters are historically apt and who are purely fictional. Rosey Dow created a vivid portrayal of small town politics and dynamics with a set of relatable characters who carries the story throughout.

Thank you to Travelling Pages for inviting us on this blog tour!

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2 responses to “Blog Tour & Review: Reaping the Whirlwind by Rosey Dow

  1. That’s an interesting setting! I love a murder mystery and what a fascinating time for the investigation to take place.