An Unexplained Death: The True Story of a Body at the Belvedere

An Unexplained Death: The True Story of a Body at the Belvedere

An Unexplained Death is an obsessive investigation into a mysterious death at the Belvedere--a once-grand hotel--and a poignant, gripping meditation on suicide and voyeurism "The poster is new. I notice it right away, taped to a utility pole. Beneath the word 'Missing, ' printed in a bold, high-impact font, are two sepia-toned photographs of a man dressed in a bow tie and t An Unexplained Death is an obsessive investigation into a mysterious death at the Belvedere--a once-grand hotel--and ...

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Title:An Unexplained Death: The True Story of a Body at the Belvedere
Author:Mikita Brottman
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Genres:Crime
ISBN:1250169143
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:269 pages pages

An Unexplained Death: The True Story of a Body at the Belvedere Reviews

  • Julia
    Nov 29, 2018
    At first I wondered exactly where this book was going. The author seems to follow a lot of different avenues. In the end I realized why I was led various ways. This book is probably not going to satisfy someone who likes true crime books that go from point A to point B, but it will tak...
  • Carin
    Oct 18, 2018
    It takes a lot for me to read a book off-season. I just finished selling the fall season and am now reading for Winter 2019. But the editor of this book made a really compelling pitch and I was already intrigued by the book before that. I figured I'd just give it a try and see. Well, I...
  • Rachel
    Jan 06, 2019
    I was SO STOKED to find this--I'm on a yearlong quest to immerse myself in all books Baltimore now that I live here. I've been to the Owl Bar! I can see the Belvedere from 83! I loved all the history and research about the Belvedere's other casualties much more than the investigation i...
  • Kim
    Jan 03, 2019
    I had to skim through this book to try and see it through. This one reads like a CDC report, what with all the statistics on and dry facts regarding suicide. The book then suddenly changes tone to the random ideas put down in the author?s diary. The author dwells on feeling invis...
  • Bonnie
    Feb 09, 2019
    I got 30% of the way through this, hit the phrase "I am not a gawker; I am a connoisseur." and I'm out. This book is a disorganized ramble through the author's issues with being invisible, suicide in general and historically, and then the actual story of the body found at the belve...
  • Denise
    Mar 05, 2018
    A really great book! I felt like I could identify so much with Mikita (feeling invisible, being obsessed with the mysterious, etc.). I felt like I could be friends with her in real life. This book wasn't just a straightforward account of the mystery surrounding Rey Rivera's death (and ...
  • Fox
    Dec 26, 2018
    An Unexplained Death is a book about a young man found dead in the Belvedere, a former hotel turned condominium in Baltimore, Maryland. It is also a book about the history of suicides at the Belvedere, the investigation into whether the body found was in fact suicide or if it was murd...
  • A Reader
    Dec 18, 2018
    I am not sure why I picked An Unexplained Death up at the first place. I don?t read crime stories, or to be more specific, very rarely I read a crime story, let alone a true crime story. I read the first page and It sounded interesting. So, I decided to give it a try, and it didn?t...
  • Annie
    Apr 07, 2019
    Wow, wow, wow! One of my favorite books I?ve ever read. I couldn?t put it down. A true story of a body found in 2006 at one of Baltimore?s most iconic hotels, The Belvedere. Brottman decides to follow the case to figure out is it a suicide like the police said it was? Was it ...
  • Adam
    Mar 28, 2019
    An Unexplained Death is a very interesting meditation on both a somewhat interesting mysterious death as well as what might cause an otherwise successful, ?happy? person to attempt and potentially complete suicide. Brottman does a very good job explaining details of the case, b...
  • Brian Hamilton
    Sep 26, 2018
    Mikitta Brottman is, without a doubt, a very good writer. Her research is second to none, she makes very sharp observations and her ruminations about suicide and mental illness are extremely interesting. The clue to the outcome of this book is in the title, the death or Ray Rivera i...
  • Ella
    Mar 06, 2019
    No clear picture of the victim, no clear picture of the town (the town in which I have lived for most of my 50+ years and know well, I could not picture from this book), the building I went to high school right down the street from and danced in for years, the hotel I had my birthdays ...
  • Clare
    Feb 08, 2019
    Mikita Brottman is living at the Belvedere in New York when she becomes fascinated by the death of fellow resident, Rey Rivera. Rivera seemingly jumped to his death from the top of the building, falling through the roof of what used to be the buildings swimming pool and remaining undis...
  • ♥ Sandi ❣
    Jun 24, 2018
    2.5 stars rounded up to 3 Thank you to NetGalley and Henry Holt Publishers for a chance to read this ARC. This publishes on Nov 6, 2018. Oh my word, what a scrambled mess. Reading this book is akin to tearing every page from a book, letting them scatter to the floor, then picking t...
  • Catie
    Nov 23, 2018
    "There is no clear line between charlatan and magician." ...
  • Susan
    Oct 16, 2018
    Author, Mikita Brottman, lives in an apartment block which was once a hotel ? the Belvedere. Taking her dog outside one morning, she comes across a poster for a missing man. Rey Rivera left his house one day, seemingly in a hurry, and didn?t return. When his body is found within th...
  • Katrina
    Oct 18, 2018
    I suspect that people who like reading real life mysteries written in a concise style with the author keeping personal observations to an absolute minimum will not enjoy this book. Personally, I struggled to put it down. As a much as a journey as it is an investigation, Mikita Brot...
  • Valerity (Val)
    Sep 22, 2018
    An Unexplained Death: The True Story of a Body at the Belvedere This is the story of missing man Rey Rivera, a very tall guy who?d been supposed to finish work on putting together a video project for his boss. He never even showed up for the rented production booth space to finali...
  • Bonnye Reed
    Apr 20, 2018
    GNab An untimely death that can not be determined as murder, suicide, or accident is entered as an 'unexplained' death on the death certificate. Many families are left without closure with this determination but often there is a lack of avenues of exploration to carry the investigation...
  • Jeanette
    Dec 27, 2018
    OMG, how could I have given this 4 stars. Sincerely, this has to be pondered why I rounded it up. Could I tell the truth about this author? Hmmm! The writing is all over the place- at points poignant, at other points less than scattered. And the photos and drawings are ok but then ...
  • Nat
    Jan 12, 2019
    I want to start off by saying that I bought this book used on vacation while I was in London, so my options for books was limited. The story seemed promising at first and captured my attention until the author kept going off on random tangents. She continued to do so throughout the sto...
  • Giulia
    Mar 14, 2018
    I loved this book-and I was able to fly through reading it. The author is quirky and funny and .....morbid. I know that sounds like a crazy combination but it works to her favor in my opinion in her fascinating book. The book details the author's obsession with a tragic death that occu...
  • Celia
    Jul 13, 2018
    This book has a confusing and morbid beginning. It starts off by saying people go to hotels to commit suicide. Then the book describes how the hotels clean up after the bodies are found. Furthermore, the author's puts in some personal information that has no relevance to the main point...
  • Ramona Mead
    Jun 02, 2018
    This is a pretty exceptional work of nonfiction. More than a decade in the making, it's part investigation and true crime writing, part personal narrative, and part history. It begins with Brottman spotting MISSING posters for a young man named Rey Rivera, as she's walking her dog. ...
  • Ronnie Cramer
    Jan 04, 2019
    From the author's bio on Amazon: "Her writing blends a number genres [sic], often incorporating elements of autobiography, psychoanalysis, forensic psychology, and literary history." Yes, all those elements are present here, but I'm not sure that throwing them together to make a "t...
  • Karen Parisot
    Nov 13, 2018
    In May, 2006, while out walking her dog, the author spies a missing persons flier on a utility pole. His name is Rey Rivera, and eight days after he goes missing, his corpse is found at the Belvedere. The Belvedere built in 1903 is a former grand hotel turned apartment building, and ha...
  • Angus McKeogh
    Dec 07, 2018
    Damn this was good. Poignant. What a true mystery should be, and being that it?s nonfiction, surpasses the mystery often found in novels. No hokey twists that extrapolate some corny lessons. As the title states, ?An Unexplained Death?, treated humanely and deeply considered. I?...
  • Candy
    Jun 26, 2018
    Thank to NetGalley and the publisher for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. And honestly, I always feel so bad when I rate a book so low, but don?t think I could do any more than 1 star, just for the author?s effort. From the title and the descriptio...
  • Sid Nuncius
    Nov 26, 2018
    I found this an odd mixture of the compelling and the slightly dull, so I find it hard to give an overall view. An Unexplained Death is the true story of Mikita Brottman?s quest, lasting over a decade, to find the story behind the death of Rey Rivera. Rivera was an ostensibly happ...
  • Roman Clodia
    Aug 14, 2018
    What an engrossing, expansive, compulsive book this is! Brottman combines an academic's endless curiosity with the capacity for research, no matter the set-backs. I'll say upfront that I wasn't completely convinced by the final 'solution' (for want of a better word) but that's ok becau...