Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? by Harold Schechter and Eric Powell


Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done?, Harold Schechter and Eric Powell, 2021 My favorite quote: “You can’t apply morality to an insane person.” Most interesting characters: Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? centers, of course, on Ed Gein  Opening scene: Harold Schechter and Eric Powell begin Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done?Continue reading “Did You Hear What Eddie Gein Done? by Harold Schechter and Eric Powell”

The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold


The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper, Hallie Rubenhold, 2019 My favorite quote: “If the Whitechapel murders served to expose anything, it was the unspeakably horrendous conditions in which the poor of that district lived.” Most interesting characters: Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols, the blacksmith’s daughter; Annie Chapman, wife andContinue reading “The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold”

Killer Triggers by Joe Kenda


Killer Triggers: Murder Comes Down to Sex, Drugs, or Money, Joe Kenda, 2021  My favorite quote: “They say life is random. Death has it beat.”  Notable characters: Killer Triggers centers on the cases of (and is written by) Lt. Joe Kenda, my favorite retired homicide detective  Most memorable scene: You’d think that what would standContinue reading “Killer Triggers by Joe Kenda”

The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule


The Stranger Beside Me, Ann Rule, 1980 (non-fiction) My favorite quote: “If, as many people believe today, Ted Bundy took lives, he also saved lives. I know he did, because I was there when he did it.” Notable characters: Ann Rule, the author; Ted Bundy, her friend, the infamous serial killer Most memorable scene: It’sContinue reading “The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule”