Deirdre Bray Root

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The Family Next Door: The Heartbreaking Imprisonment of the 13 Turpin Siblings and Their Extraordinary Rescue

The Turpins’ recent guilty plea to 14 counts of torture and child abuse makes this a timely account for true crime fans.


Murder by the Book: The Crime That Shocked Dickens's London

This fascinating look at the intersection of crime and literature will interest social and literary historians as well as true crime fans.

A Deal with the Devil: The Dark and Twisted True Story of One of the Biggest Cons in History

This entertaining account expands on a 2016 CNN five-part series and will be enjoyed by lovers of real-life con stories.

Blood & Ivy: The 1849 Murder That Scandalized Harvard

This page-turning popular history of the life and crimes of a Harvard professor in the 1840s will be appreciated by fans of true crime and the history of criminal law.

Saving Sin City: William Travers Jerome, Stanford White, and the Original Crime of the Century

Cummings brings the Gilded Age to vivid life, with the barest suggestion of connections to today's click-bait news culture and epidemic of "affluenza." For popular history buffs as well as true crime fans.

With One Shot: Family Murder and a Search for Justice

This engrossing story of one woman's quest for the truth will fascinate fans of Netflix's Making a Murderer and other stories of justice gone wrong.

Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men

This biography of a prolific and brutal serial killer will be of interest to Midwestern regional history buffs as well as true crime fans.

The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century

A different kind of detective tale that will appeal to lovers of natural history and criminal caper stories. [See Prepub Alert, 10/29/17.]

Mafia Life: Love, Death, and Money at the Heart of Organized Crime

This academic overview of the functioning of different organized crime groups will be welcomed by readers interested in the history of crime as well as true crime buffs.

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