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The Trial of Lizzie Borden by Cara Robertson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501168376
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 12th, 2019

One of the enduring mysteries in the annals of American crime is what happened on a hot August morning in 1892 on a busy residential street in Fall River, Massachusetts. The gruesome axe murders of Andrew Borden, a prominent local businessman, and his wife, Abby, have been the subject of debate for over a century. Paring away layers of myth and speculation, this is a meticulous examination of the incarceration and trial of Borden's younger daughter, Lizzie, whose high style and impenetrable demeanor generated a media frenzy that, guilt or innocence aside, ushered her firmly into the realm of legend. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Burned: A Story of Murder and the Crime That Wasn't by Edward Humes - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781524742133
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Published: Dutton - January 8th, 2019

One year after Jo Ann Parks lost her three children when fire engulfed the family's tiny apartment, she was arrested for murder. Many of the findings by investigators that were used to send Mrs. Parks to prison for the rest of her life were rooted in largely discredited theories that attempted to define the quixotic nature of fire. Established authorities were reluctant to accept the new scientifically-based findings, especially those concerning a phenomenon called flashover, and their recalcitrance virtually condemned many people to long terms behind bars. This involving book by a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist is as much about the constantly evolving science of fire detection as it is about a terrible tragedy and a potentially devastating miscarriage of justice. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Murder by the Book: The Crime That Shocked Dickens's London by Claire Harman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525520399
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Published: Knopf - March 26th, 2019

Nearly half a century before prostitutes began encountering an infamous serial killer in the Whitechapel district of the city, another murder galvanized the city of London. The victim was Lord William Russell, a prominent member of a social class that regarded murder among their ranks as more of a personal affront than a brutal crime. Pundits were quick to point out that Lord Russell's gruesome demise was probably inspired by the proliferation of popular novels that, at least in the minds of a titillated public, glorified such depravity. Much to his displeasure, Charles Dickens was included among the inflammatory cadre of authors. This book is both a compelling murder mystery and an insightful look at the impact of popular culture on public behavior.


The Real Lolita: The Kidnapping of Sally Horner and the Novel That Scandalized the World by Sarah Weinman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062661920
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Published: Ecco - September 11th, 2018

Add another disturbing layer to the contentious reputation of an American classic. That Nabokov tapped into a real-life tragedy does not diminish his supreme artistic achievement, but it does belie his oft-stated maxim that his art resides in a realm aloft from the tawdry world. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Lady Killers: Deadly Women Throughout History by Tori Telfer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062433732
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 10th, 2017

A Killer Recipe:
Start: ladies from anywhere, anytime;
Add: lust for money, security, freedom, sex;
Subtract: empathy, tolerance, mercy:
Add: steely will, cunning, arsenic, knives;
Subtract: many, many, many dead bodies. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara - Book Review

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By Michelle McNamara, Gillian Flynn (Introduction by), Patton Oswalt (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9780062319784
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Published: Harper - February 27th, 2018

Over more than a decade an unidentified attacker raped and murder his way across California. His methods were precise and cunning, his MO always the same. McNamara (and many other amateur sleuths) dedicated a tremendous amount of personal time to solving this cold case. Unlike most true crime accounts, this one doesn't have a happy resolution. ~ Reviewed by Nate George


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