Armchair Detectives!

I am completely obsessed with the Serial podcast. I am a big fan of This American Life and general audiobookery (my iphone is begging for reprieve from anymore downloads). I especially listen to audio over reading books when I travel and since I was abroad for a couple of months, my iphone was really proving itself. I started to listen to Serial when I was in Austria for three weeks and had no idea that it was such a huge hit back in the States, but then I saw an article in Die Zeit (a large German newspaper) about the podcast and finally realized how hip everyone was to it. There is one episode left, which I am anxiously awaiting.

Last night, I stumbled upon–dare I say it–a completely interesting Buzzfeed article: 29 True Crime Books Fans Of “Serial” Should Read. Although, I generally avoid all things list and Buzzfeed, this one was actually good. I’ve only read a couple on the list, but the compilation got my TBR list kicking. Have you read any of these? Any to recommend?

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8 comments

  1. This is a great list! I’ve read Mr Whicher, Helter Skelter, Homicide: Life on The Streets and In Cold Blood and can recommend them all. The Executioners Song is one of my favourite books of all time! If I was to add to the list, I would suggest Dave Cullen’s Columbine which is really insightful. I have A Death in Belmont in the 746 so I might just start it soon!

    1. I put a few on hold at the library and have been on a non-fiction kick lately. I’ve read In Cold Blood and Under the Banner of Heaven. The Mr. Whicher is right at the top of my list along with David Grann’s book. I’m a big fan of his writing. So much to read! Looking forward to your take on A Death in Belmont.

    1. I’m pretty picky when it comes to true crime. I had a lot of trouble with In Cold Blood because of the subject matter and as much as I hear about how good Helter Skelter is, I think I will pass. There is a novel from this year that I liked called The Murder Farm, which is based on a famous true crime from 90ish years ago. Somehow, dressing it up as fiction can help fool my monkey brain.

  2. I was lucky to get a page proof of “The Devil in the White City” passed along to me and couldn’t put it down. I ran around telling everyone that they should read it and then was greatly relieved when it got good reviews (phew).

    I’m in the middle of “Anne Perry and the Murder of the Century” which is meticulously researched, but an achingly dull read about the murder on which the film Heavenly Creatures is based. Sounds like The Murder Farm is calling me for dark January nights!

    Happy Holidays AFP! I love your blog and can’t wait to follow you in 2015!

    1. Thanks!

      I have a copy of Devil in the White City, which I began a few years ago. It was good, but I had to put it down because I had already read a lot about HH Holmes and his wicked deeds. Too much. I’ll pick it up again.

      I just gobbled up The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher and powered through God’ll Cut You Down (Murder in Mississippi), both which were addicting.

      Do let me know if you like The Murder Farm; I have her next novel on deck.

    1. It really is fantastic. I’m a big fan–albeit, irregular listener–to This American Life (the radio show which Serial sprang from). To me, it’s less about the murder and it’s more about the storytelling. I haven’t looked at any additional court/investigation evidence that’s posted online or wild conspiracy theories. To me, it’s all about the craft of story.

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