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5.0 out of 5 starsTrue crime stories from the 19th Century
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2018
I have been a fan of this author's web sites and blogs for a long time and had to order a copy of this book to keep reading. Well presented and researched, and delivered with more than a bit of wry humor! I recommend you get a copy for yourself.
3.0 out of 5 starsa nice overview of many murders done in the 1800s
Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2014
a nice overview of many murders done in the 1800s, but not too detailed -- much of the information is online free at multiple sites. I can understand that each murder might entail a novella if not a full size book, but some original discussion or comment would be useful. Still, it was worth purchasing.
Page turner. Not sensationalistic journalism - just the facts. Glad I bought it after reading just two stories on author's blog. Could tell he was good writer. Good synopsis of 1800's crime The reader can look up further details on whatever story strikes particular interest
3.0 out of 5 starsIt's annoying to read names spelled differently within the same article
Reviewed in the United States on April 29, 2015
A fascinating overview of crimes throughout the 20th century. It could have used some editing. It's annoying to read names spelled differently within the same article, incorrect dates (also within the same article) and the incorrect use of certain hominems (ie there, their, they're). Otherwise, I would highly recommend this book to others.
Very well done. Concise stories of crimes throughout the United States in the 19th century. I found the author's format of summarizing the crime, detailing the suspects, describing the trial and verdict, and the aftermath to be very effective.