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Dancing with Death: The True Story of a Glamorous Showgirl, her Wealthy Husband, and a Horrifying Murder

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  124 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
Phoenix, Arizona, 2004. Former stripper turned suburban housewife Marjorie Orbin filed a missing person’s report on her husband. She claimed that Jay, a successful art dealer, had left town on business after celebrating their son’s birthday more than a month before. Jay loved his family more than life itself—and no one believed he would ever abandon them. Authorities suspe ...more
Paperback, 466 pages
Published May 24th 2011 by St. Martin's True Crime
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♥ Marlene♥
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: true crime readers
Geez I am such an idiot. The name Orbin did sound familiar and now I know why.
After reading half of the book I checked amazon to see if any other books were written about this case and bingo. Yes and that book I bought and read in 2011 and very much liked.

What She Always Wanted A True Story of Marriage, Greed, and Murder by Camille Kimball
What She always Wanted by Camille Kimball

Oh well I bought it and I read it as if new lol

Finished on July 26 2015. (Beware little spoiler coming up)

It was a good read meaning it was well written
Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
The first few times I saw Shanna Hogan’s true crime novel, Dancing with Death, on the shelf at Wal-mart I took a pass. I had two reasons for not wanting to read this book. The first was that I had seen Marjorie Orbin’s episode of Snapped and thought I already knew all about the story. The second reason was that Dancing with Death is Shanna Hogan’s first true crime novel. I am very picky about what true crime authors I will read. There are a ton of terrible TC books out there written by reporters ...more
Feb 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The writing was excellent and the story was mesmerizing. I'm going to keep my eye on this author.
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was definitely a fascinating read especially after the disappointment I had with reading "Seduced By Evil". You have almost the same type of women with the same type of past but states apart. The years they commit the crimes and are tried are eerily close to each other as well as the court details that there may have been two killers or more as well as the gruesomeness of the fact how they destroyed lives without a second thought. The differences was Marjorie Orbin is now locked away nice ...more
Terri Durling
May 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Stacey Durling
This true crime story (one of my favorite genres in years gone by) had me from the beginning and I would put Shanna Hogan in the same category as Ann Rule - one of the best true crime writers of our time. Marjorie Orbin is a fascinating woman - complicated, glamorous and difficult. She married seven times and was devoted to her only child, Noah. She lead a very glamorous life as a dancer, showgirl and seemed to be able to get men to do whatever she wanted - hers was the life of the rich and famo ...more
Apr 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The tub was too heavy for her. That is a still gaping hole for me. Also the fact that she didn't brag about how she did it. Seemed out of character. The fact that her boyfriend lost so much weight in the months following the incident, spoke louder than words. He knew much more than he let on.

What were these two arguing about after the police found Jay's torso? Who was/were behind Rueckert's shooting incident? If we knew the truth about these two matters, maybe we could see the case in a new ligh
Ashley (Apt Reader)
Nov 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Wow...what a sad depressing lady. But aren't most people who commit murders sad?

Things that stood out to me: That the torso was found couldn't be her husband because he was too fat to have carried anything in his pocket and his keys were found with the body. And the fact she dyed her son's hair blond ever since he was a baby. Nothing to do with the murder but it's weird.

These murderers sound the same (Jodi Arias and Magorie from this book).

No desire to go to Arizona after reading about another A
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best of True Crime Pulp

Excellent material. Excellent writer. Good one. Liked how it read like Fiction: a real life whodunit. Recommended for any true crime fan. Excellent plot development. Great mixture of factual data and storytelling.
Judith T. Burns
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dances With Your Mind

Wonderful true crime read. I anticipate more from this author. The flow of the book made for anticipatory conclusions from this reader which at times also came under the spell of the convicted murderer.
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
girls gone bad -
Laura Cleinman
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Scary lady

Very well written and detailed story of a true crime.Characters are well described.Read it if you enjoy true crime,this is a winner.
Steve Webster
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent character profiling of a murder case. It is the lack of emotion rather than the passion in this that is most chilling.
Jan 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: true-crime
This was an exciting, racy read but ultimately a grim and depressing story. Worth a read if you want a look at how low people can sink and how eager they can be to throw away everything they have.
Angel Morone
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book pulls you in from the start. Very well written. Will read more from this author.
Oct 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! I am looking forward to the next one by the same author.
Joleen Devens
Feb 18, 2014 rated it liked it
This was a good true crime book. Was about Marjorie Orbin, who killed her husband by shooting him and cutting off all his limbs and head.
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I really enjoyed how this true account was told. As a reader, you learn along with the police as each clue unfolds and the case develops. I was not familiar with the facts surrounding this murder so it was intriguing to follow the story from start to finish. The author did an exceptionally good job of giving you all the details without it becoming a bore to read. Actually, it reads like a good murder mystery...except this story is true. Oh, and if you don't know what happens, it is better to go ...more
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