Mary Ann’s Februrary Recommendation

Tinseltown:  Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood by William J. Mann

tinseltownMary Ann says:  “A true account that starts with movie director William Desmond Taylor shot to death.  The rest of the book tells stories of the actors and producers involved with Taylor in the early (around 1920) movie industry.  They led very wild, sometimes scandalous, sometimes tragic lives.  Who fired the fatal shot?

Includes quite interesting accounts of the production and distribution of the earliest silent movies.”

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Crime Beat:  A Decade of Cover Cops and Killers by Michael Connelly – “Connelly, best-selling and Edgar Award-winning writer of the Harry Bosch mystery series, writes about cops, criminals, and cold cases with an authority that stems in part from his first career, as a crime reporter for two newspapers: the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and, later, the Los Angeles Times. This is a collection of 22 of his nonfiction crime stories for those papers. The collection is divided into three sections: The Cops, The Killers, and The Cases.” – Booklist

A Death in Belmont by Sebastien Junger – “From The Perfect Storm to a perfectly horrendous crime: a 1963 murder in Belmont, MA, that mimicked the Boston Strangler scenario. The wrong man-black, of course-was convicted.” – Library Journal

Footsteps in the Snow by Charles Lachman – “It was a shocking true crime that left two families shattered, and became the coldest case in U.S. history. Who really killed little Maria? The question fueled a real-life nightmare in Sycamore, Illinois in 1957. Christmas was three weeks away, and seven-year-old Maria Ridulph went out to play. Soon after, a figure emerged out of the falling snow. He was very friendly. Minutes later, Maria vanished, leaving behind an abandoned doll and footsteps in the snow.” – Summary from catalog

Mary Ann’s February Recommendation

Murder in the First-Class Carriage: The First Victorian Railway Killing by Kate Colquhoun

“In 1964 the British public was shocked by a brutal murder on a first class rail carriage.  Rail travel was fairly new, and “high speed” travel frightened many of them anyway. The newspapers were full of gory clues, witness statements, and suspects.  Accounts of Victorian police investigations, newspapers, trials, and executions are fascinating.”

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Mary Ann’s October Recommendation

Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry

The true story of the defendants who inspired the musical “Chicago.”  Includes juicy facts about  Chicago journalism and politics and the changing role of women in the Jazz Age.  The account also follows a new, rare female reporter, Maurine Watkins.  Publisher’s Weekly calls it “an entertaining, wised-up rundown of the cases and the surrounding media hoopla, which the defendants and their lawyers cannily manipulated.”
Sound familiar?”

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You can find this book in the library at Call # 364.1523 PER.


Joanna’s August Recommendation

Priceless: how I went undercover to rescue the world’s stolen treasures by Robert K. Wittman

“In this true crime memoir, founder of the FBI’s Art Crime Team,  Robert Wittman shares his experiences of working undercover to recover some of  the world’s most precious stolen art and artifacts.  Full of interesting facts and and unbelievable stories, Priceless, is a fast-paced and enjoyable read sure to please any true crime fan or art lover.”

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You can find this book in the library at CALL # 364.1628 WIT, in with the new books.

Mary Ann’s October Recommendation

for the thrill of itFor The Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb and the Murder that Shocked Chicago by Simon Baatz

“Step-by-step description of the crime, news reports,  and the court proceedings.  Insights into the prominent families, lawyers, citizens, and, being Chicago, the politicians involved in this murder and trial.”

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You can find this book in the library at CALL # 364.1523 BAA

Claudia’s July Recommendation

devil in the white cityThe Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

“This is a well researched account of the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.  It relates the stories of two men who shaped the history of the event: architect Daniel H. Burnham, who coordinated construction, and serial killer Herman Mudgett.  The reader is drawn into a time of magic and majesty, making the Gilded Age come alive.  A supporting cast of real-life characters includes Buffalo Bill, Theodore Dreiser, Susan B. Anthony Thomas Edison and Archduke Francis Ferdinand.”

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You can find this book in the library at Call # 364.1523 LAR

Mary Ann’s November Recommendation

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale

“Love Victorian mysteries?  Read about a real murder investigation that sparked public interest in detective stories and influenced the work of Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and others.”

Review from Kirkus Reviews: “Painstaking but never boring recreation of a sensational 1860 murder brings to shivering life the age of the Victorian detective…The author dispassionately presents highlights from the record of Whicher’s interviews with servants and family members, allowing readers to fill in the blanks much as the detective had to do…Summerscale pursues the story over decades, enriching the account with explanations of the then-new detective terminology and methods and suggesting a convincing motive for Constance’s out-of-the-blue confession.A bang-up sleuthing adventure.”

You can find this title in the library under BIOGRAPHY WHICHER.  Find this title in the library catalog.