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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

"A Black Night for the Bluegrass Belle" by Ian Punett

When we were at the Kentucky Book Fair, I picked up Ian Punnett's "A Black Night for the Bluegrass Belle".  The very strange story of Verna Garr Taylor's murder truly makes this a must read for anyone interested in true crime in Kentucky.

PLUS, if you are interested in Kentucky weirdness....  well, the fact that Ian Punnett authored the book really adds to this tale's appeal.

I was a little familiar with the case, but I really didn't know the entire story.  Ian Punnett thoroughly covers what he thinks happened to Verna on the night that she died.  Considering those who were in the area at the time, and the questionable character of fianc√©/suspect Henry Denhardt, his piecing together of the events makes a lot of sense.  Plus, Denhardt is linked to another strange death in Louisville, at the Seelbach.

There is a trial with tons of publicity, legal maneuvering, and story telling.  Notable lawyers duke it out.  There is conflict with the main suspect and his legal team.  At the end of the trial little is resolved.

BUT the story is far from over.  The victim has three brothers who are eager to close this case.

This is a very exciting telling of the events relating to Verna's death.  Names and places well known in Kentucky appear.  Legendary director DW Griffith shows up at the end.  There is a lot going on in the story.

Author Ian Punnett has a very direct connection to the case, as he is related, through his mother, to Verna.  He obviously had more access to the case through this relationship.  That fact alone gives the book a ton of legitimacy.

Pick this one one when you can!  I give it my highest possible recommendation!

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