Joe Kenda investigated 387 murder cases during his 23 years with the Colorado Springs Police Department and solved almost all of them. And he is ready to detail the cases that are too gruesome to air on television, cases that still haunt him, and the few cases where the killer got away. These cases are horrifyingly real, and the detail is so mesmerizing you won't be able to turn it off.
Joe Kenda adds a breath of fresh air to the dark genre of true crime, telling some very nasty tales from his very human perspective. Rich with honesty, rage, pain and the darkest of “cop humor” Kenda calls em like he sees em with no pretense of perfection on his part. A must read for fans of true crime.
A new neighbour becomes a new friend. She looks up to you. She admires you, but then - you realise - she wants your life.... When Sharni and Tom move into 24 The Pines, it seems like Clare and Chris have the perfect neighbours. Sharni is always there to help, especially with childcare for Clare's two-year-old, Ben. As Sharni's influence touches everyone around her, Clare finds herself fighting for her sanity as well her family.
Two women believe themselves to be the mother of the same infant. Which one is crazy? Pretty much Lifetime Channel stuff.
Then - In charge of her little sister at the beach, Claire allowed Eleanor to walk to the shop alone to buy an ice cream. Placing a coin into her hand, Claire told her to be quick, knowing how much she wanted the freedom. Eleanor never came back. Now - The time has finally come to sell the family farm and Claire is organizing a reunion of her dearest friends, the same friends who were present the day her sister went missing. When another girl disappears, long-buried secrets begin to surface.
Well done, character-driven mystery with a few good twists. If you crave lots of rockem sockem action, this may not be for you, but if character study fascinates you this is a good bet.
In 1986, Eddie and his friend are just kids on the verge of adolescence. They spend their days biking around their sleepy little English village and looking for any taste of excitement they can get. The chalk men are their secret code; little chalk stick figures they leave for each other as messages only they can understand. But then a mysterious chalk man leads them right to a dismembered body, and nothing will ever be the same.
If Stephen King collaborated with Michael Robotham they might have come up with this smart, creepy coming of age horror story. Five 12-year-old friends are bonded and tested by terrible events that haunt and reverberate through their lives thirty years on. Deftly written, the story unfolds in two time periods, revealing clues in a succession of plot layers that kept me guessing right to the last page. Wonderful multi-dimensional characters kept me caring about the outcome. Evan Morton reads brilliantly, making oh-so-subtle adjustments that boldly define the voices of 12-years old boys, middle-aged men, girls and women seamlessly. A great read.
It started in 1845 and lasted six years. Before it was over, more than one million men, women, and children starved to death and another million fled the country. Measured in terms of mortality, the Great Irish Potato Famine was one of the worst disasters in the 19th century-it claimed twice as many lives as the American Civil War. A perfect storm of bacterial infection, political greed, and religious intolerance sparked this catastrophe.
It’s almost impossible to describe exactly how shocked and appalled I was upon learning the details of this chapter of Irish history. Much credit goes to John Kelly for wrestling with this beast of a story, and for his attempt to cover it in as fair-minded a way as possible. My own emotions ran the gamut as I read, from sorrow to contempt to outrage, and I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been for the author to keep his own emotions in check while telling the tale of this holocaust.
It would appear that human arrogance and cruelty in the name of so-called morality has and had no bounds at all, allowing hundreds of thousands to starve as an exercise in “freeing them from the tyranny of dependence on the crown.” Potatoes, you see, had been too easy to grow and created a culture of laziness which was being corrected by God in the form of blight . . . I can’t go on . . . So said the “moralists” of the day. Sound familiar?
Gerard Doyle is compelling as always. Highly recommended.
As funeral mourners stand in silence at Ragmullin cemetery, a deafening cry cuts through the air. Lying crumpled at the bottom of an open grave is the bloodied body of a young woman, and Detective Lottie Parker is called in to investigate. Knowing the body can’t have been there long, Lottie wonders if it could be Elizabeth Bryne, a young woman who vanished without trace just days earlier. And with a new boss who seems to have it in for her, Lottie is under pressure to solve both cases quickly.
Lots of stuff I love here: good plot, believable characters I want to stick with, and set in Ireland. That’s the magic soup for me. Been with Lottie since the first book came out and each one is better than the last. Looking forward to more from Patricia Gibney.
In the pantheon of serial killers, Belle Gunness stands alone. She was the rarest of female psychopaths, a woman who engaged in wholesale slaughter, partly out of greed but mostly for the sheer joy of it. Between 1902 and 1908, she lured a succession of unsuspecting victims to her Indiana “murder farm.” Hell’s Princess is a riveting account of one of the most sensational killing sprees in the annals of American crime: the shocking series of murders committed by the woman who came to be known as Lady Bluebeard.
Very interesting detailed account of what was the greatest true crime story of its day. Amazing to think that this case was a point of fascination the world over at the time, and yet is rarely discussed today. Schechter does a workmanlike, journalist’s job of reporting every detail and probably repeats himself a bit too often, but those readers who just can’t resist a tale of this kind won’t be put off. Gunness was a beast, a sadistic serial killer of the worst kind, killing mostly for money, sometimes for convenience, and doubtless for pleasure. The fact that her bestiality is so at odds with the polite manners and genteel images of womanhood of the early 20th century, adds a cringeworthy flavor of misogyny to the contemporary comments re the case. On the 6cat scale of true crime literature, this gets a hearty rating of EEK.
It was no secret that journalist Jack Sparks had been researching the occult for his new book. No stranger to controversy, he'd already triggered a furious Twitter storm by mocking an exorcism he witnessed. Then there was that video: 40 seconds of chilling footage that Jack repeatedly claimed was not of his making, yet it was posted from his own YouTube account. Nobody knew what happened to Jack in the days that followed - until now.
Beautifully written and brilliantly read by Joe Jameson, this is by turns a thought provoking, hilarious and mega creepy yarn. Just when you think you know Jack, author Arnopp throws another curveball. Can’t say enough about the quality of the narration. Completely original, highly recommended.
In K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain, Viesturs explores the remarkable history of the mountain and of those who have attempted to conquer it. At the same time he probes K2's most memorable sagas in an attempt to illustrate the lessons learned by confronting the fundamental questions raised by mountaineering - questions of risk, ambition, loyalty to one's teammates, self-sacrifice, and the price of glory.
I’m a devout armchair mountaineer, more dedicated than ever to never doing what the admirable madmen I’ve read about do. Their stories are breathtaking, inspiring, exasperating, mysterious and tragic. I can’t look away. Ed Viesturs has written a fine book covering the climbing history of K2 which includes his own successful ascent (alongside the legendary Scott Fischer) of 1992.. If these stories are new to you be ready. You’re about to meet numerous people from the world over who accomplished amazing things, even great acts of heroism. Oh, and then, a few years later a whole lot of them are swept away by an avalanche, frozen to death trying to save someone else, or step outside a tent and are never seen again. Some are still frozen to the last mountain they climbed, a ghoulish landmark for sightseers. Sometimes remnants of clothes or bones are found many years later. Some just get eaten by the mountain without a trace. It’s weirdly heroic, mesmerizing to read about, and, above all, as my Grandma used to say “not for me.” To read about, yes. Great book.
A masterful true crime account of the Golden State Killer - the elusive serial rapist turned murderer who terrorized California for over a decade - from Michelle McNamara, the gifted journalist who died tragically while investigating the case.
Michelle McNamara was obviously an extraordinary woman and a talent to watch. In this, her only work (other than magazine articles and blogs) she demonstrated a thoughtfulness, sensitivity and doggedness not often found in true crime writers. Her untimely death - of unforeseen natural causes - midway through the writing of this book left her two collaborators with the task of patching together her thoughts from the files she left behind. Glimmers of Truman Capote . . . She was that good. I hope her hard work somehow contributes to an eventual solution to the mystery she dedicate herself to solving.
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