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Women Who Kill

3.63  ·  Rating Details ·  99 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
A wonderful collection of true stories of murder most feminine!
Hardcover, 502 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Booksales (first published March 1st 1993)
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Jul 02, 2016 Naomi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
DNF at 22%.

I really, really wanted to like this. But it's so awful I not only DNF, I actually returned it to Amazon. I might've returned three books out of a couple of thousand...

The foreword is a thinly disguised attack on feminism, followed by writers who think it's more shocking that Elvira Barney and Martha Beck were fat than that they murdered people. Politics aside, it's also very poorly written - the chapter on Kate Barker so much so that it's almost impossible to read. The beginning. Of
Courtney Chambers
Some of these stories are truly shocking and disturbing. And I watch/read true crime daily.
Dec 06, 2010 Crystal rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Perhaps if the copy I picked up had still had the dust jacket, or found it under the original/ full title of The Mammoth Book of Women Who Kill, instead of just Women Who Kill, I would have realized more the lurid/ cheap nature of the book. The introduction seems to aim at seriousness and credibility, but the quality of writing in the various chapters was all over the map. A few were well-written, intelligent, and obviously well-researched and well-documented. Some were absolutely, dreadfully po ...more
Mar 16, 2016 Ruth rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Since this is a collection by various authors, it's a foregone conclusion that the style and quality would be spotty. In this case, however, the writing is almost uniformly bad, with most of the writers favoring a pulpy, overblown style that needlessly sensationalizes salacious detail. The editing is worse, with stories seemingly slapped together with no rhyme or reason. A chronological arrangement would have helped, since many of the articles give no hint to the time period until about halfway ...more
Oct 19, 2007 Susannah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the dark side of the force
I borrowed this book from a friend and read it rather quickly...but then I started having murderous nightmares and I threw it in a garbage can in a New York Subway Station. Evil Book be Gone!!

It was interesting to read some of the 1,000 pages on hundreds of murdering women, from Lady Dracula to the modern day moors murderer, but it started to harsh my positive vibe dude.
Laura Beth
The switching of authors from chapter to chapter made this book impossible for me to finish. Plus the chapters jumped from woman to woman without any reason or rhyme. Some kind of order was needed to make since of the book. The information in each chapter was good and I enjoyed quiet a few of the chapters but together the book just did not work for me. Did not finish the book.
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Jun 14, 2008 Dumpster Baby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fuckin Awesome! Myra Hindley and Elisabeth Countess Bathory are my heros. I may just name my first born daughter Countess......
Sep 29, 2016 kay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Quite difficult to follow as there was no timeline or order and I found that it was poorly written in parts.
Sep 22, 2008 Lisa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true-crime
It includes women all throughout history. Very interesting.
Apr 15, 2012 Jeanine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is truly a mammoth book! It's filled with short chapters for each of the murderess women. Its a fascinating read starting with Agrippa, Nero's mother and ending with Aileen Wuornos.
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