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Playing With Fire: The True Story of a Nurse, Her Husband, and a Marriage Turned Fatal

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A beautiful nurse. A lethal injection. A gruesomely charred corpse. Nothing could have shocked the sleepy community of Morgantown, West Virginia, more than the lurid details that surfaced after a house fire claimed the life of Shelly Michael's husband Jimmy. Local authorities suspected possible arson. Then they discovered that Jimmy had been dead before the fire even start ...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by St. Martin's True Crime (first published March 1st 2010)
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♥ Marlene♥
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Kimberly Hicks
Jun 05, 2012 Kimberly Hicks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This story just broke my heart because it's hard to believe someone would actually do this to their spouse, but Michelle Michael, committed the unthinkable--she murdered her husband. It was bad enough that she set fire to their home, but she drugged her husband, first, then set him on fire. The drug she used paralyzed her husband whereas he could still see and hear everything going on around him, but he wasn't able to move. Eventually, the drug stopped him from breathing, but according to the fo ...more
Judi
Aug 10, 2012 Judi rated it really liked it
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Glatt delivers another first rate true crime story. His writing is clear, crisp, and the story compelling.
Jill Lundquist
Jun 07, 2013 Jill Lundquist rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Maria Ulery
Apr 13, 2014 Maria Ulery rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ordered this book after watching the 48 hours episode and talking with my mom about it since it took place in our hometown! Michelle Michaels had a great husband, wonderful kids, loving parents and in laws and a great job! She had a few friends and one great friend whom she grew up with and even thou they lived miles apart they visited and kept up with each other. So why did she devise a plot to kill her husband who bought her dream home, was a hard worker and catered to her! I don't know eith ...more
Maryellen
Morgantown, West Virginia, home of the WVU Mountaineers, Ruby Memorial Hospital and Shelly Goots Michael, convicted murderer.

On November 28th, 2005, Shelly's husband, Jimmy Michael, breathed his last breath. And breathing that last breath will be the most horrific thing that Jimmy will have ever done. Jimmy was injected with a drug that would render him coherent enough to know that his body was about to fail him. He was living his own death.

And then fire broke out. Thankfully, Jimmy never breath
...more
Caitlin
Dec 29, 2012 Caitlin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was an interesting read simply because of the fascinating case--it was not a very well written book. I decided to read this book after a friend of mine pointed out the now empty space at 545 Killarney Drive a few months ago as we drove past. She has family just a few houses down from where the Michaels lived, so she told me the story of Shelly Michael. I became intrigued and found this book. It was especially interesting for me to read since I do live in Fairmont, WV and am greatly familiar ...more
Brandi
May 14, 2013 Brandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was in interesting book to read! This story took place in my hometown of Morgantown, WV. I was actually working one block away when all of this was taking place! It was a sad story to read what Michelle Michael did to her husband! How can somebody to that to their spouse! How could Michelle be on home confinement and only worry about getting her nails done! She still pleads she is not guilty, However after reading this book, it all adds up to her as the killer! Great book to read but a sham ...more
Jackie
May 09, 2016 Jackie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked the book I thought it was very well written and all the story flowed together so smoothly. can't believe Shelly micheal killed her husband he seemed like a great guy. her personality just changed so randomly that would of really freaked me out. she got what she deserve and I thank the author for giving us every little peice detail by detail
Amy
May 28, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three stars for the quality of writing, but four stars for being SO INTERESTING since it was a true story that took place in my hometown--Morgantown, West Virginia. I knew all of the locations, and the judge in the case was none other than Judge Stone--who my mom worked for as his secretary for years and years. And the case itself was interesting!
Nancy
May 06, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting true crime story about a nurse who killed her husband. The book covers the family's backgrounds through the murder, the investigation and through sentencing. It seemed like a pretty cut and dried case but still very interesting.
Yolanda
Mar 30, 2012 Yolanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was a well told story with many facts and details. Michele (wife) did not have much of a heart or warmth to her. Very sad for the loved ones left behind. Great work from all the investigators, inspectors and all that helped put on a case for the state. I will read more from this author.
Indra
May 08, 2010 Indra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Better than average grocery-store true crime book. I picked it up because I watched a TV show about the case and wanted to read something more detailed about it--this book delivered.
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English-born John Glatt is the author of Lost and Found, Secrets in the Cellar, Playing with Fire, and many other bestselling books of true crime. He has more than 30 years of experience as an investigative journalist in England and America. Glatt left school at 16 and worked a variety of jobs—including tea boy and messenger—before joining a small weekly newspaper. He freelanced at several English ...more
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