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A Rose for Her Grave and Other True Cases (Crime Files #1)

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Ann Rule's Crime Files books have delivered the very best in true crime reading since A Rose for Her Grave, first in the acclaimed series, made its debut. Distinguished by the former Seattle policewoman's razor-sharp eye for telling detail and her penetrating analysis of the criminal mind, this gripping collection of accounts drawn from her personal files features the twis ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published August 1st 1993 by Pocket Books
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Mary JL
Feb 05, 2011 Mary JL rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Patient fans of true crime books
Recommended to Mary JL by: Found at book sale
Shelves: non-fiction
There are stories of six true crimes in this book. The book spends 341 pages on one specific case--the Randy Roth murder trial. The other five case get 200 pages--about forty pages each.

Frankly, the smaller cases were a bit more interesting, because Ms. Rule basically gave a summary of each case, hitting the high points.

For the longest case, the story was written in extensive detail. For example, whenever she tells about the family's moving, she gives the complete street address. Yes, a police r
Feb 17, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rule screwed up with this one. Oh, it is still a very, interesting book, but the EXTRA true cases in the back of the book are covered in such rapidfire manner that they read like magazine articles edited for space.

What this means is that this is a very uneven book... Rule describes a man who PROBABLY killed one of his wives and collected insurance money for her death. Attempted to kill a live in girlfriend, who left him, uncertain that she could ever prove the attempt, moved in with a woman who
Jan 17, 2016 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A book like this should get 0 stars. Not for the writing style, but for the stories… Because it is hard to "like" a book like this when you are reading real stories of terrible things that happened to real people. At the end of this book, one is left with a realization of full lives cut short, of good people caught in bad situations, and of people who were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. For a time you look into their lives as they had lived them, and feel sadness as their tragedies ...more
Jul 08, 2015 Dan rated it it was amazing
I had just finished with "The Innocent Man," googled around and discovered Ann Rule. As a victim of a violent crime not prosecuted by the DA due to political affiliations, I became interested in victim's rights, prosecutorial discretion and selective enforcement. Recently a friend in a similar line of work, photojournalism, was the victim of a similar violent assault. The crime was so heinous that this time the DA can not ignore it.

I went to a courtroom to support my friend and had a deep fascin
Jul 10, 2015 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Small stories a little thin, main course excellent.

I had just finished with The Innocent Man, googled around and discovered Ann Rule. As a victim of a violent crime not prosecuted by the DA due to political affiliations, I became interested in victim's rights, prosecutorial discretion and selective enforcement. Recently a friend in a similar line of work, photojournalism, was the victim of a similar violent assault. The crime was so heinous that this time the DA can not ignore it.

This brought to
Jul 03, 2008 Melissa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: true crime fans only
Stories are well told. Scarey. I have read a few of Ann Rules books and they are so well written, but I find it hard to relax and feel safe after I read her books. Hard to swallow that these are real stories that really happened, and to see the victims pictures in the book, knowing in vivid detail what happened to them. So sad....
Faintly Macabre
Oct 01, 2008 Faintly Macabre rated it liked it
Ann Rule does a good job of pulling the reader into her version of crime drama. Basing much of her facts on "court transcripts", she's made an art of supposition. ;)
Catherine Leggitt
Feb 28, 2014 Catherine Leggitt rated it liked it
Must start with a disclaimer. I am not an Ann Rule fan. A Rose for Her Grave seemed more like a case report than good hard-boiled fiction. This story recreates the cautionary tale of Randy Roth, a misogynistic sociopath from the Pacific Northwest whose rage was directed primarily at women and children. Addicted to his own greed, Roth exercised a powerful aura of control over his victims, using his ability to charm and his boyish good looks to lower their defenses.

This is a twisted story of man's
May 04, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing
I personally love true crime books, (highly recommend the TV show Criminal Minds if you're into this kind of thing), and I absolutely love how she weaves in a lot of commentary from the individuals who knew the victims, which keeps this real, and lets you get to know the victims. In my opinion, way to many people focus on the killers themselves, but she never mentioned any "nicknames" outside of classifying just what types of killers they were. This was instead about the victims' lives were cut ...more
Jul 29, 2014 Jami rated it really liked it
This book enthralled me. I have read some true crime before. The first case the one that takes up most of the book was about Randy Roth. It was very detailed. The other five cases were touched on briefly. They came in at approximately 40 pages each. I wish each had their own book. It just touches on the surface of the case. Although touching on the pertinent details. Would recommend to those who like true crime. Keep in mind that the crimes do take place before the modern technology of DNA testi ...more
Ann Rule's writing, in a repetitive will-you-just-buy-a-damn-thesaurus nutshell: the word "house" used 16 times over 40 lines of text (equal to 19 sentences). That's "house" appearing in exactly 40% of all lines in that short section, or 84.21% of all sentences.

(Note: the word "home" appears once, here; no other synonym for either word raises its head over the duration of these lines. Also note that I kick myself for spending my professional life teaching others how to closely read and discuss
Sep 28, 2012 Michaela rated it it was amazing
A Rose For Her Grave is a collection of six true stories of terror.
The title story is a chilling account of Randy Roth, a cold, calculating man who married and murdered for money. It could serve as a warning for suspicious wives everywhere.

Campbell's Revenge is the genuinely scary story of a man with a long and unforgiving memory and a merciless heart.

The Hit Person: Equal Opportunity Murder is a bizarre account of the execution of one woman by another.

The Runaway tells of a teenage girl who goe
Timarley A.
Anne Rule is one of my favorite "True Crime" stories writers, I've even seen her commentaries on some of the cases that she wrote about. She never fails to disappoint, as she exposes the hard-to-swallow (and ageless) topic of true crime A rose for her grave (and other true cases)was another good read for me because I got to read many other stories piled into one book. Anne Rule, made me want to get in there and solve cases with the police. Awesome!
Molly James
Oct 27, 2015 Molly James rated it really liked it
I love all of Ann Rule ' s books. I am not a fan of the true crime files ( short stories) but the story of Randy Roth in this book is pretty extensive. One of my favorite things about Ann Rule books is the incredible amount of detail and character development.
This book had potential, but it was too outdated for me to find interesting enough to read. I made it through a good portion but, to be honest, it was boring. It was so obvious what was coming (being that this is a true crime story). It read more like a screen play for a murder mystery television show than a genuine account. It just seemed lacking in so many ways, I couldn't bear to read through the whole thing. Other than that, I do like how Ann Rule writes so concisely. It fits in with the sub ...more
Aug 20, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Not CSI; there are no magical computers that can enlarge a picture so the reflection of the killer in the victim's eye can be clearly seen or that a picture of the killer's car taken from its side can be turned to show the full license plate clearly. In fact, in this book DNA matches aren't even a factor. If that's the kind of crime solving you are looking for you may be dissatisfied. This tells the tales of actual crimes. I appreciated that the book wasn't gory. Considering I've read fictional ...more
Apr 10, 2016 Ashley marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Own in paperback.

FS: "Bluebeard - La Barbe-Bleu - the story of the wife killer of fairy tales and folklore, has been part of the world's popular culture since 1697."

LS: "They never did."
Becky Galambos
Sep 02, 2015 Becky Galambos rated it really liked it
Found this very early Ann Rule book at the used bookstore. The writing that would later become her hallmark is evident but not as fully developed as the later books. Several cases I was not familiar with.
J.D. Holman
Aug 23, 2014 J.D. Holman rated it liked it
This is the first in the Crime Files series. It's in a different format than other true crime I've read - one long story, and several short ones. Surprisingly, this actually worked, for the most part. I would have liked to have known more about the cases in the shorter parts, but they were "just the facts, ma'am." I would read more in this series.
Jan 20, 2016 A.r. rated it liked it
I thought this was an above average Ann Rule book. I was especially impressed by the short crimes at the end, although I wished they had been longer and the main story a little shorter.
Taylor Cabe
Jun 17, 2015 Taylor Cabe rated it really liked it
The main crime case was great! I wasn't so interested in the other cases because they don't go into as much detail so you don't really get to understand the killers or the victims!
René Sundvall
Jan 03, 2015 René Sundvall rated it it was amazing
What can I say? I've read EVERY Ann Rule, since Andy Stack days. I love them all...and read them again over the years. I wish there were hundred more!
Aug 01, 2014 Susan rated it liked it
I enjoy all of Ann Rule's true crime books, but the shorter cases/summaries simply aren't as interesting because the lack of character development.
Lisa Keating
Mar 31, 2015 Lisa Keating rated it liked it
A decent book by Rule, she does a good job of making you feel that you actually know the victim. Enjoyed this book!
Dec 06, 2015 Joanne added it
Shelves: 2015-books-read
It is amazing what some people think they can get away with! In the first case, Randy Roth had been married 4 times with two of them ending in death.
Fascinating to read the way that police can catch someone with not too much evidence. An enlightening read.
John Magee
Aug 25, 2014 John Magee rated it it was amazing
True crime is always interesting & Ann's one of the best at it.
Jan 17, 2016 Fishface rated it liked it
A pretty good read. Some very interesting cases in here.
Bonni Sweet
Jan 22, 2014 Bonni Sweet rated it really liked it
I happen to like everything that Ann Rule writes. She knows how to get into the background, to keep you on the edge, and to give you the information without straying from the subject.
Mar 16, 2016 Robin rated it liked it
though this was an old book, i really enjoyed the true crimes stories.
♥ Marlene♥
Aug 09, 2014 ♥ Marlene♥ rated it really liked it
Looking on bookcrossing shelf I see I did write a little bit about this book.....................


on Friday, January 23, 2004

8 out of 10
I have decided to share more of my books. its a process ,it is hard to say goodbye to your books, but i am trying ;-)

This was a great read.

(I said it was short)
The first story is apparently about Randy Roth. So might re read.
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Ann Rule was a popular American true crime writer. Raised in a law enforcement and criminal justice system environment, she grew up wanting to work in law enforcement herself. She was a former Seattle Policewoman and was well educated in psychology and criminology.

She came to prominence with her first book, The Stranger Beside Me, about the Ted Bundy murders. At the time she started researching th
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Other Books in the Series

Crime Files (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • In the Name of Love and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #4)
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  • Last Dance, Last Chance and Other True Cases (Crime Files, #8)
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