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The “Murder” Recap

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MURDER RECAP!  Well, that sounds ominous, doesn’t it? But we have to say, the Ladies really brought their A-game.  Not like we expected anything less, but these books below are some that we especially loved!

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Murder for day 17 of #ladiesofhorrorfiction Nonfiction about a man so evil and twisted it reads and feels like fiction. I've always been fascinated by real-life monsters and that's made me a "weirdo," so it's nice to see true crime having a sort of resurgence and more people discovering the great Ann Rule. I like to think learning about all the awful people in this world is helpful preventing them from harming more people because we are learning what to look out for and warn others about. 🔪 What do you think? 💀☣️🚐👹🕵️ #ssdgm #truecrime #serialkillers #lookandlisten #annrule #thestrangerbesideme #booksofinsta #spinebenders #womenoftruecrime #reader #readhorror #booknerd #bookish #womenauthors #igreads #alwaysreading #murderbooks #booksoutofdoors #creepyreads #ladyhorror #bookstagram #booksbywomen #reallifehorror #bookstagram

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Ann Rule is one of the queens of true crime and readswithdogs shared one of her biggest titles, The Stranger Beside Me.  Reading this book will definitely make your skin crawl as well as leave you thirsty for more stories that she has researched and written about!

“Ann Rule was a writer working on the biggest story of her life, tracking down a brutal mass-murderer. Little did she know that Ted Bundy, her close friend, was the savage slayer she was hunting.”

Flowers and people can both be described as the following: Dying. Decaying. Rotting.  Shriekingviolets428 gave us The Cellar by Natasha Preston.  And if the book is halfway as haunting as the cover and the quote shared in her Instagram post then consider me sold!

Nothing ever happens in the town of Long Thorpe – that is, until sixteen-year-old Summer Robinson disappears without a trace. No family or police investigation can track her down. Spending months inside the cellar of her kidnapper with several other girls, Summer learns of Colin’s abusive past, and his thoughts of his victims being his family…his perfect, pure flowers. But flowers can’t survive long cut off from the sun, and time is running out….”

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Murder. That’s our ominous word for the #ladiesofhorrorfiction challenge today and I don’t know who does murdery books better than Gillian Flynn. She’s the gold standard when it comes to head-game thrillers. I remember quite clearly that I was on my very first read through of the Harry Potter series-reading the books back to back and my mom was like, “I need you to read this book Gone Girl. I need to talk about it with someone.” I thought it would interrupt my HP binge so I was reluctant but I ended up devouring this book in no time-so not much of a departure in terms of time, just content. 😂😂 damn this was a great thriller! Unputdownable. I’ve read all her books now so patiently waiting for the next 🙌🏼 #gillianflynn #murdermystery #darkthriller #thrillerbooks #gonegirl #bingereading #sadiereviews #favoritebook #favoriteauthor

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Mother.horror gave us that gold standard of murder delivered by Gillian Flynn in her suspenseful, wild ride of a novel, Gone Girl.  This book is full of twisted minds, deception, and murder-y mayhem!

“On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?”

When our very own book.happy recommends a book and says “there was definitely a lot of murder” then you know it’s the real deal!  She shared with us The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes and it definitely sounds like something we could all add to our TBR and bookshelves!

“The Girl Who Wouldn’t Die Hunts the Killer Who Shouldn’t Exist

The future is not as loud as war, but it is relentless. It has a terrible fury all its own.

Harper Curtis is a killer who stepped out of the past. Kirby Mazrachi is the girl who was never meant to have a future.

Kirby is the last shining girl, one of the bright young women, burning with potential, whose lives Harper is destined to snuff out after he stumbles on a House in Depression-era Chicago that opens on to other times.

At the urging of the House, Harper inserts himself into the lives of the shining girls, waiting for the perfect moment to strike. He’s the ultimate hunter, vanishing into another time after each murder, untraceable-until one of his victims survives.

Determined to bring her would-be killer to justice, Kirby joins the Chicago Sun-Times to work with the ex-homicide reporter, Dan Velasquez, who covered her case. Soon Kirby finds herself closing in on the impossible truth . . .

The Shining Girls is a masterful twist on the serial killer tale: a violent quantum leap featuring a memorable and appealing heroine in pursuit of a deadly criminal.”

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Day 17 of the #ladiesofhorrorfiction challenge is Murder. . . I always pronounce it as Moidah when I say it out loud. It adds panache. I rarely say anything out loud like a normal human being. . . Lizzie Borden took an axe… or did she? Who do you think committed the Borden murders? I have a feeling it was in fact Lizzie. But I’m super excited to read this book! I’ve seen a number of fictionalized adaptations about the story, and I just recently saw that a new one is coming out stating Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart. If you haven’t seen the trailer head over to YouTube. It’s chilling. The movie is called Lizzie and will be released this year. . . Who else is obsessed with the Borden murders? This is the first book I’ve picked up about the case. I hope it’s a good one! . . #bookstagram #murder #truecrime #lizzieborden #thebordenmurders #lizziemovie #unsolved #lizziebordentookanaxe #booklove #booklover #bookworm #readersofinstagram

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Gowsy33 upped the ante here with a legitimate bloody axe.  What was it used for?  Who wielded it?  IS EVERYONE OKAY?!  Since we will probably never know the truth here, we can always try and solve a classic “cold case” story instead and pick up The Borden Murders by Sarah Miller.  If you are sneaky enough, you can often catch me singing, “Lizzie Borden took an axe And gave her mother forty whacks. When she saw what she had done She gave her father forty-one.”

“August 4, 1892: Lizzie Borden calls out frantically for help. When the maid and the neighbors come running, they find Lizzie’s father, Andrew Borden, lying murdered in the sitting room of the Borden home at 92 Second Street in Fall River, Massachusetts. Soon after, the body of Lizzie’s stepmother, Abby, is discovered upstairs.

As the minutes give way to hours, one person rises to the top of the list of suspects: Lizzie herself. But how could a mild-mannered young woman from a prominent family be an axe murderer?

In a compelling narrative, Sarah Miller investigates the chilling crime – from the gruesome details of that fateful August day to Lizzie’s dramatic court battles to the role sensational newspaper headlines played in swaying public opinion. Enhanced by period photos, newspaper clippings, and, yes, even an image of the crime scene, this is middle-grade nonfiction that races like a true-crime novel. Prepare to devour it and to grapple with the same questions a nation asked itself over a century ago: Did Lizzie do it? And if not, who did?”


So much murder and so little time it seems.  What a shame!  Are any of these going to be added to your TBR?  Do you like to know who is murdering everyone from the get-go or do you like to be totally surprised in the end?  Let us know in the comments!  Make sure you come check out the next recap from our Instagram challenge next week where we will showcase some favorite CREATURES!

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