2018 Mystery Mania discussion

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Real life/true crime mystery

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message 1: by Bethany (new)

Bethany | 33 comments Mod
Thoughts on or suggestions for this prompt


message 2: by Melanie (new)

Melanie This is the toughest one for me. I hate being scared by real crime.


message 3: by Bethany (new)

Bethany | 33 comments Mod
Me too! I have to step outside my comfort zone for this category.


message 4: by Becky (new)

Becky | 21 comments Mod
It's a bit of a stretch, but Catch Me if You can might count, since it is the memoir of a con artist/forger. (Grand theft is a form of crime.)


message 5: by Melanie (new)

Melanie Becky wrote: "It's a bit of a stretch, but Catch Me if You can might count, since it is the memoir of a con artist/forger. (Grand theft is a form of crime.)"

That's a good idea!


message 6: by Melanie (new)

Melanie This one may work? Mrs. Sherlock Holmes


message 8: by Vera (new)

Vera 4theloveofwords | 4 comments Arthur and George by Julian Barnes might qualify? It takes at its basis a true story of a solicitor who is tried and convicted for a crime he didn't commit. Arthur (Conan Doyle) spends one third of the novel trying to exonerate his friend. While Julian Barnes apparently ads a lot of fictional elements it seems real enough for me?


message 9: by Melanie (new)

Melanie Vera wrote: "Arthur and George by Julian Barnes might qualify? It takes at its basis a true story of a solicitor who is tried and convicted for a crime he didn't commit. Arthur (Conan Doyle) spends one third of..."

I think that would work and it's a good book


message 10: by Delia (new)

Delia (delibu) | 8 comments Suggestions:
-In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote.
-Black Dahlia, Red Rose, by Piu Eatwell.
-The Stranger Beside Me, by Ann Rule

What I’ll read is Midnight in Peking, by Paul French. It will be a reread tho, so I don’t know if it counts.


message 11: by Becky (new)

Becky | 21 comments Mod
I think re-reads should count if you want them to!


message 12: by Becky (new)

Becky | 21 comments Mod
I just stumbled across a brief review of American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land by Monica Hesse that called it "fast paced" with "no body count." Sounds like it could be a good serial killer-free read!


message 13: by Joanna (new)

Joanna (jojohermione) | 5 comments Thanks for that suggestion, Becky!


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