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Trailed: One Woman’s Quest To Solve the Shenandoah Murders

Miles strikes a good balance between laying out the details of the crime and investigation, and fully developing the stories of the victims’ lives. Fans of unsolved cases will appreciate this well-researched, compelling story.

On the Trail of the Serpent: The Epic Hunt for the Bikini Killer

Fans of Netflix’s The Serpent will devour this compulsively readable work of true crime.

El Chapo: The Untold Story of the World’s Most Infamous Drug Lord

Hurowitz presents a comprehensive picture of the drug trade, but the more gripping aspects of the narrative often get bogged down with the minute details and names of numerous cartel members. Still, readers looking for a deep dive into the drug trade will appreciate this detailed work.

The Kew Gardens Girls

Readers looking for a simple, unchallenging, pleasant story may enjoy this quick read, but those looking for a story with more depth would do better with one of the many other novels about women during wartime, such as Helen Simonson’s The Summer Before the War or Jennifer Ryan’s The Chilbury Ladies’Choir.

Guilty Admissions: The Bribes, Favors, and Phonies Behind the College Cheating Scandal

Readers curious about the dark side of wealth will be enthralled by this exposé of corruption in education.

Maniac: The Bath School Disaster and the Birth of the Modern Mass Killer

A vivid narrative that’s sure to please those interested in historical true crime tales.

The Lost Apothecary

Readers who enjoy parallel historical/contemporary narratives about women’s lives, such as Claire McMillan’s The Necklace or Liz Trenow’s The Forgotten Seamstress, will enjoy the historical details and mystery in this engrossing tale.

Hell in the Heartland: Murder, Meth, and the Case of Two Missing Girls

Over the course of her investigation, the author falls down several rabbit holes following rumors, suspects, and other area murders, which can muddle the story at times. However, true crime fans who are fascinated by the dark side of rural life and police incompetence and open to a somewhat ambiguous ending will find much to savor.

Red Sea Spies: The True Story of Mossad’s Fake Diving Resort

The coordination that went into this operation is nothing short of incredible. Berg’s captivating writing and in-depth research make this a must-have for fans of espionage tales.

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