Bellman & Black

Bellman & Black

Book - 2013
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Killing a bird with his slingshot as a boy, William Bellman grows up a wealthy family man unaware of how his act of childhood cruelty will have terrible consequences until a wrenching tragedy compels him to enter into a macabre bargain with a stranger in black.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, 2013.
ISBN: 9781476711959
147671195X
Branch Call Number: SETTERFIE D
Characteristics: 328 p. ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: Bellman and Black

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What if a simple action you took as a child ends up haunting you as an adult, taking everything you care about and know and making it theirs? This dark, adventurous read will make you re-think how a subtle choice can ripple throughout the rest of your life.


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valiantprince
Jun 08, 2017

If you enjoyed Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, this book should be right up your alley. I wouldn't call it a mystery so much as an historical fantasy. Well written--it made me want to go find other books by Ms. Setterfield.

* * * * * Five stars

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jonpammett
Sep 29, 2015

Found this book on the mystery shelf. Only mystery is what it was doing there.

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heinrij
Sep 13, 2015

I kept reading this waiting for something to happen and nothing ever did. PG-13 for brief, mild, sex

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IV27HUjg
Jul 31, 2015

The variety of reviews interest me. This is researched so well to explain how/why the Victorian era continues to influence many present day practices; how clothing mills progress; the details of cloth; the ravages of 19thC illnesses & how they devastate populations. Historical in nature. I'd like this in MP3 format so as not to keep changing discs.

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margot1962
Dec 12, 2014

A disappointment after her previous book. Started off okay, but got really slow! I found I wanted desperately to get away from the main character, super dull life, and not at all positive. Ugh, was so happy for it to end. The one thing that I did like was all the references to Corvids. Many interesting facts at each chapter. That part was fun.

JCLChristiH Oct 21, 2014

I'd classify this story as more of a beautifully Gothic historical fiction that would appeal to bird enthusiasts and those who enjoy the details of early Downton Abbey era England.

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bibliofinn
Jan 14, 2014

A satisfyingly dark and atmospheric Gothic tale, in which vaulting worldly ambition goes hand in hand with loss and clammy dread. But I wonder if the author was just a little too in love with her research into mid-Victorian funeral pomp. This would have worked as a long story or a novella, but at 300 pages it gets a bit sprawling and cluttered. One of the themes here is the arc of life and of story, but that arc itself isn't cleanly delineated in the telling. Not bad, just not as good as it could have been.

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Carmccone
Jan 10, 2014

Captivating story-telling with well-crafted characters and luscious atmospheric prose. A wonderful read.

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KarenW
Jan 09, 2014

A fascinating story of how a small incident in one boy's life comes to haunt his every moment as a grown man. With details of historical fabric mills and life in Britain at a time when mourning was done up in black crepe or grey as the situation warranted, this clever "ghost" story is a serpentine way of getting to a very satisfying conclusion.

gracindaisy Jan 08, 2014

As a boy, a man remembers killing a rook with his slingshot; an act which haunts him his entire life.

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