Friday, February 11, 2022

Friday Fives - Five Historical True Crime Books on My TBR

I'm taking a bit of a break from my usual Friday Linkups to try something a little different.  I'm in a list making kind of mood so I thought I'd start making random five lists.  Sometimes they'll be bookish other weeks not so much.  True crime has never been a genre that really appealed to me but in the last few years I've picked up a few historical true crimes and enjoyed them and found so many more that I want to read.  Here are 5 on my TBR.

1.  A Different Class of Murder: The Story of Lord Lucan by Laura Thompson -I've watched a documentary about this one but don't remember much and this author is one I've heard great things about.

2.  The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry - How can I resist that subtitle?

3.  Little Demon in the City of Light: A True Story of Murder and Mesmerism in Belle Epoque Paris by Steven Levingston - This story sounds absolutely bananas and I'm really looking forward to reading it.  

4.  The Irish Game by Matthew Hart - I'm reading an art heist book and am enjoying it and this one about an art theft set in Ireland sounds interesting.

5.  Careless People: Murder, Mayhem, and the Invention of The Great Gatsby by Sarah Churchwell - This one sounds like it could be really interesting or kind of a stretch to connect two different stories.  It's about "the murder of the decade" that inspired Fitzgerald's book.

Do you read historical true crime?


  1. I used to love true crime books about serial killers and such, but I just can't stomach them anymore. An art heist, though? That I could handle. Sounds interesting!

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  3. I am read a true crime book right now but it is more current. I have a feeling that I would really enjoy a historical true crime novel.

  4. I don't usually read true crime but these do sound good.

  5. True crime isn't a genre I gravitate towards generally, but sometimes I can't resist--and these all sound good! I especially like historical true crime. Thank you for sharing!

  6. I can cope with some fiction in this area but true crime, I'll leave happily to you! I know of some who ardently listen to podcasts and watch TV in this genre but happy to leave them to it as well!