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Murder in Italy: Amanda Knox, Meredith Kercher and the Murder Trial that Shocked the World

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Reprinted for third time in 2013, following the overturning of Amanda Knox's acquittal.
Amazon Top Ten in True Crime and Criminology. Best True Crime Book Editor's & Reader's Choice Awards. Library Journal Bestseller .

Police found the body of beautiful British exchange student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy in 2007, police discovered the body of Meredith Prosecut
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 27th 2013 by Berkley (first published April 27th 2010)
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Michelle
Candace Dempsey‘s book Murder in Italy: The Shocking Slaying of a British Student, the Accused American Girl, and an International Scandal sets out to tell the real story beyond the “media frenzy,” according to the backcover blurb.

Full disclosure: I received a review copy of the book and have known Candace since before Kercher’s murder (Candace’s family comes from Calabria so that is how we initially “met” online). In fact, Candace and I exchanged several emails about the case throughout the inv
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Wendy
Won a free copy on Goodreads! I found this book absorbing and fascinating, despite the fact that I knew the ending! I'm convinced now that Amanda Knox and Raffiele Sollicita are innocent. The writing is good for the genre; this is not great literature but the pace is fast and readable. At times, the descriptions seemed trite, such as when she repeatedly called Amanda and her boyfriend "lovebirds". But I was impressed by the authors knowledge of the case and her attempts to present all the facts, ...more
Chris
I was curious to learn more about this case and also to try out a "true crime" paperback. But this book was terrible. A poorly organized, poorly written and too personal exculpation of this American girl. Don't read this book.
Q. Kelly
Before I sat to read the book “Murder in Italy” by Candace Dempsey, I had vague knowledge, at best, of the Amanda Knox case. About a year ago, I’d watched an hour-long special on the case on TV–one of these news magazine shows. I don’t even remember which show. The special, aired after Knox, her boyfriend and another man were found guilty of murdering her roommate, said that Knox claimed she was treated unfairly and that her trial was a sham. I did not give her claims much thought, attributing t ...more
♥ Marlene♥
OMG. What a terrible book. I am very disappointed. First of all I did not know anything about this case when i started reading. At first I liked the book, the writing style was fine but then i started to notice the author was constanty telling us that one girl in the book was innocent. If there is something I hate it is a writer who is too biased. Of course many true crime writers have feelings when they write a book, but this author, constantly she was finding excuses for Amanda Knox, so much s ...more
Cheye-Anne
Umm..she didn't do it, plain and simple. This book lays out all the facts without all the emotions. What a waste of life. Amanda needs to be freed.
Christina-marie Wright
Dec 20, 2010 Christina-marie Wright rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: True crime fans
Recommended to Christina-marie by: Author Candace Dempsey
Candace Dempsey does a phenomenal job of sorting through the sensationalism surrounding the case of Meredith Kercher and her accused killers - specifically, Amanda Knox.

MURDER IN ITALY reads like a novel, telling the story of Kercher's last days, (briefly) describing the horrific scene of her murder, and provides insight to the lurid headlines that accompanied the public spectacle of the investigation and trials.

Readers learn the origin of the much-broadcast nickname for Amanda Knox, "Foxy Knoxy
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Kevin
Interesting reading, but largely propaganda. Dempsey has been an outspoken apologist for Knox both before and after her conviction and makes no effort at objectivity or true journalism in any way, shape or form.
Brooke
on a true-crime kick as of late. this was a quick and pretty informative read. i predict amanda knox (who is so obviously innocent) will be out of prison and back in the U.S. within a year.
Jen
What an injustice for both families. I may not be popular for saying this, but based on the physical evidence & the corrupt, grandstanding prosecutor, the biased judges & police investigation, Amanda Knox seems to have been railroaded along with her boyfriend. With no physical evidence tying either to the crime, and only evidence convicting Rudy Guede, how could Ms. Knox & Mr. Sollecito still be imprisoned. I admit she made some poor choices in pointing the finger at her former boss ...more
Christine
Amanda Knox left Washington for the small Umbrian university town of Perugia to complete a year of studying abroad and to brush up on her Italian language skills. Many students take advantage of opportunities to study abroad, but for Amanda her year abroad turned into a legal nightmare. Coming home one morning she discovers the body of her murdered roommate, Meredith Kercher. After months of half-hearted investigation, language barriers and poor forensics she finds herself and her boyfriend, Raf ...more
Anneirwinward
Recently read this after hearing someone refer to Amanda Knox as "Foxy Knoxy" on an episode of 30 Rock and I didn't even know what that meant. I looked online and came across the book. A guilty pleasure more than anything, but I enjoyed reading about the case. It is a bizarre case to me, but it would be interesting to know what the "other side" would point to that made them jump to such wild conclusions. I am amazed that this case was allowed to be continued against Amanda Knox and Rafael on wha ...more
Kay
I really enjoy reading true crime and was thrilled to be sent a copy of "Murder in Italy: The Shocking Slaying of a British Student, the Accused American Girl, and an International Scandal" by Candace Dempsey. I recall seeing news reports during the time period prior to and during the time and like many others wondered about what had happened. Candace Dempsey does a great job filling the reader in on the important details that occurred in the story. My initial impression from news reports was to ...more
Maureen
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Holly Tierney-Bedord
A reprint of my review from this past May on my blog:

Murder in Italy is the non-fiction account of American college student Amanda Knox and British college student Meredith Kercher, who were studying in Perugia, Italy in 2007 when Meredith was found murdered. Knox was blamed, after confessing during a sleep-deprived interrogation in which she was yelled at, bullied, and hit by the officers. She immediately recanted her statement, once she was left alone and had time to regroup.

I never followed
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Sarah
I received this book from goodreads in a firstreads giveaway and I would like to thank the author, Candace Dempsey, for hosting an international giveaway and I would also like to thank the goodreads team for providing me with the opportunity to enjoy such an engaging piece of work.

I have never before read a true crime novel and it never crossed my mind to actually ever try one, since I’m the type of reader who prefers to escape reality and enter exotic and fantastical worlds, far away from the
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Bap
May 03, 2010 Bap rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: italy, crime
The trial was a travesty and she was wrongly convicted. And by the way never,never let yourself be interrogated concerning a serious crime unless you are represented by counsel. If you are not lawyered up, you could end up like this 20 year old convicted of a heinous crime with a thirty year sentence. This crime is memorizing and the book is a real page turner.

My premise is that a person with no criminal background, mental instability,propensity for violence, or motive should be convicted witho
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Sally
Upon finishing Candace's book, I joined the ranks of those who actually feel that Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito might just be innocent. I'd suggest you read the book and decide for yourself! Author Bruce Fisher, in the introduction to his book Injustice in Perugia, points readers to Candace's book: "If you would like to read a far more detailed account of the people and places along with wonderful insight on Italian culture, I highly recommend Murder in Italy by Candace Dempsey..." How's TH ...more
Rachelle
As a big fan of the whole Amanda Knox story I was really excited to read this. And while it did cover all the sensational details that were told time and again in the newspaper, it also covered some of the more personal reflections of the main suspects that I hadn't read in the papers. Overall it was an interesting, quick read that covered a lot of the details I already knew while adding a lot more background details that really fleshed out the story.
Mick
The best true crime book I've read this year. Vivid, fast-paced, and scary. I thought I knew all about the Amanda Knox case until I picked up this book. I enjoyed entering the peculiar hilltop town of Perugia and the real-life characters like Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito and prosecutor Mignini, who are impossible to dream up. I also appreciated the tactful treatment and concern shown for the victim, Meredith Kercher.
Joslynn
The Amanda Knox story really caught my attention when I first saw a 48Hours on it. It's very frightening what the media and the Italian legal system did to Amanda and her boyfriend. It did sound like Amanda had some strange behavior following the murder but I think she was just being a 20 yr old girl in a different country and probably smoked a little too much hashish that nght. I don't think she did it.
Vern73
I didn't know much about this case before I read this book. I found it very interesting and found myself wondering what I would have done in the same circumstances. I can't wait to see what the final chapter of this case ends up being.
Rhiannon
I read this while travelling in Italy not long after leaving the town of Assisi. I felt very sorry for Amanda & a little shocked & angry at the Italian police. Very well written & highly reccomended.
Emma
I did not know too much about Amanda Knox before reading this book and I thought the author did a brilliant job in bringing her story to life. I was hooked from the very beginning.
Jennifer Dougherty
Bias

I BOUGHT this book because I knew very little about this whole.situation. I am certainly not for an overwhelming guilty verdict by any means however, this book was clearly written by a biased author in favor of Amanda Knox. I am completely appalled by this presentation of the case and almost blatant boasting of the innocence of Amanda Knox. Right off the bat the writer places Amanda before the presentation of Merideth in the intro. I was looking for an accurate account of the situation but w
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Kammy
Picked it up because I remembered the story recently in the news, and was curious...I have no idea why these two kids were convicted after I read it..interesting read.
Lou
I hate a mystery without an end. I don't know if we'll ever really know what happened to Meredith.
Melissa
I was really looking forward to reading this since the story was so huge out here and this was also my first true crime read. Unfortunately I watched that embarrassing Lifetime Amanda Knox movie before reading the book. The movie portrayed Amanda as guilty as sin. Within the first 80 pages of the book you realize that she is innocent and that feeling only increases as you continue to read the book. There was absolutely no evidence which would have thrown the case out of court if it had happened ...more
Judy
This was another book offered up by my neighbor. What a horrific ordeal the twenty-year-old third year University of Washington honor student Amanda Knox had in store for her when she arrived in Perugia, Italy. Her adventure began by searching for her own lodgings, finding a cottage to share with Meredith, a British exchange student, and two Italian girls. She was ready to immerse herself into the Italian culture and her studies. She started a relationship with Raffaele, a wealthy Italian studen ...more
Julie
A great example of true crime, Murder in Italy is a well-written, comprehensive and compelling look at the murder of Meredith Kercher, and English student in Italy, and the resulting events. Amanda Knox gained worldwide notoriety when she was first accused, then convicted of Meredith’s brutal murder, along with her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito and an acquaintance Rudy Guede. Their story has made headlines since 2007, so there is no need to elaborate on this highly publicized affair.

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Candace Dempsey is the award-winning, Italian-American author of MURDER IN ITALY

the true story of Amanda Knox, the American honor student convicted of killing her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, in a seemingly idyllic Italian hilltop town.

You've seen the Amanda Knox movie.
Now get the real story behind the headlines.
MURDER IN ITALY
This is Eat, Pray, Love gone horribly wrong.

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