May Book Challenge: True Crime
It’s a new month and that means it is time for a new reading challenge!
This month our challenge is: True Crime!
May is my birthday month so as a gift to myself I chose this months reading challenge to be True Crime. I love watching true crime documentaries, listening to true crime podcasts, and reading true crime books.
And because I read so many of these books it was hard to choose favorites….but I did manage to put together a short list of my top true crime reads. So here they are in no particular order:
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
Well written and intriguing…and published before the case of the Golden State Killer was solved.
American Fire by Monica Hesse
If you are looking for a true crime tale that doesn’t involve murder this is a good one….it is about a couple who together burned down dozens and dozens of houses across a rural community.
The Good Nurse by Charles Graeber
This book was terrifying. Honestly….it details the story of a nurse who silently kills his patients.
The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule
So, I think I have read every Ann Rule book. They are detailed, interesting, and quick reads. But this one is different than the others in that she tells the story of her friendship with Ted Bundy.
Hells Half Acre by Susan Jonusas
1870’s and Kansas and a family of serial killers. This one is bananas.
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
I LOVE this book!!! Chicago in the late 1800s, the building of the World’s Fair, and the story of a notorious serial killer…H.H. Holmes.
The Midnight Assassin by Skip Hollandsworth
If you like Devil in the White City you will like The Midnight Assassin…also set in the late 1800’s but this time set in Austin, Texas as it was turning into a major metropolis.
Yellow Bird by Sierra Crane Murdoch
Lissa Yellow Bird is tough and driven and this book following her search to solve a murder is wild and sad and compelling….and when you finish, if you are like me, you will be googling Lissa Yellow Bird to see what other crimes she went on to help solve.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
I read this entire book in three sittings…the story was just so crazy I could not put it down! It has everything….murder, voodoo, gossip, antiques, scandal and a cast of quirky characters.
So there you have it, May Book Challenge: True Crime.
I have several books on hold that I am looking forward to reading this month….what are some of your favorite True Crime reads?
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