#BookReview Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell

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Depraved Heart by Patricia Cornwell was a solid, steady crime novel.

This is the 23rd book in this series, and of course it’s the first one I read. Believe me, that doesn’t help AT ALL. Not knowing a lot of the background about these characters and their situations didn’t help my understanding of the relationships between these characters when reading this book through. While it didn’t ruin the entire book for me, I think it somewhat ruined the experience. Why is the bad guy, well, the bad guy? Why do certain people not like each other? Patricia tries her very best to give as much background as possible in short bits, but it just wasn’t enough.

Besides that issue, this book was really good! I love a good crime thriller – like Kathy Reichs, Patricia Cornwell has her own style and it’s fantastic! It’s a splash of mystery, some R rated scenes, and some solid character development along the way.

This book seems like it spans a long time, but in reality I think it’s only a day or two. I don’t even think it goes into the night! So this entire plot involving a dead body and “finding” the killer happened in under 24 hours?! It might not be believable, but it somehow worked. I didn’t even notice it was only one day until I looked back over the story and some of the other reviews. I would like to see that expanded on – maybe make the books over a couple days, at the very least? But that’s just my opinion.

Overall, I liked this book. I definitely would like to start from the beginning and work through all 23+ books, but I doubt I’ll be able to find them all (or find the time. My goodness, summer is already over when I wrote this review?!). Gritty crime stories like these always make my days more interesting – some days I love an ooey, gooey, guilty pleasure romance and other days I want an R rated crime/thriller or horror to take up my time.

Three out of five stars.

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Murderous May Book Review: From Birth to Death: Mommies Who Murder by Mindy M. Shelton

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Book Review:
Book Title: From Birth to Death: Mommies Who Murder
Book Author: Mindy M. Shelton

Introduction: I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads for an honest review. I wanted to read some more non-fiction, and this book fit the bill!

Synopsis: This book is non-fiction, and it primarily focuses on mothers who murdered their children. It’s a good book for those looking into researching in this specific field since it gives an general insight into each situation (about 1-3 pages worth) and it gives any and all citations used (websites, books, interviews, etc).

Review: I thought this book was a great introduction to mothers who are murderers. I was under the impression it was a fictional read, but when I saw it was non-fiction I was a lot more interested. It was definitely a quick read (I read it in under 30 minutes), and it was hard to put down. It was also very hard to get a grasp on why these women did what they did.

The small book does not go into the psychological context, it’s mainly just an area that gives you a brief description of what happened and the consequences. If anything, this would be a good book for research. I definitely wouldn’t want to pick this book up again and read it for fun, but anyone who needs something to cite in their professional works could look at this book!

Overall, I did enjoy this book. It looks professional, the research holds up, and it’s very easy to read.

Three out of five stars.

Quick Book Review: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

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I love Gillian Flynn and her writing story! I decided to read this novel after I became obsessed with all things Gone Girl.

This novel, from my understanding, was the first one she had ever written that was published. Even for a first novel, it was amazingly thought out and had me hooked at every word. I found it to be a little short and I saw the ending coming, but I still found the book addicting and well planned.

There’s not much wrong that I can critique about the book, other than wanting more action to happen or the book to be longer (but I think that’s because I adore Gillian Flynn and I just want more books and writing by her out right now). I did see the ending coming from the very beginning, but that might be due to the part that I read and watch a lot of books and television shows about crime.

I found this book not to be as good as Gone Girl, but still an amazing read. For me, the book was a five out of five stars. A good crime novel mystery that made me want more out of Gillian Flynn immediately.

Wonderful novel! 5 out of 5 stars!

Book Review – From Playground: Siblings Who Murder (Ready Research #4) by Mindy M. Shelton

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Book Review
Book Title: From Playground to Prison: Siblings who Murder
Book Author: Mindy M. Shelton

Introduction: Mindy M. Shelton sent me her entire Ready Research series for me to read and give an honest review. Thank you for this opportunity Mindy!

Review:

I love reading fictional crime and mysteries novels, and I also love researching true crime – so this book was a great read for me.

It’s set up as profiles of each murderer(s), giving the reader as much as information in an unbiased form as possible. Their names, the victims, the date of the murders, accomplices and any other basic information needed is provided as a form. The following pages has the situation and investigations written out similar to a newspaper article. This format expands on the initial profile to give the reader more insight into how and why the murders happened.

One really great aspect of these books is that Mindy has done rigorous research. There isn’t just one website or book referenced, there’s many! This helps with the unbiased approach Mindy takes with these non-fiction accounts.

Overall, I’m impressed with this series. Each book highlights these horrible true crimes in an unbiased, appropriate fashion. There are no opinions in this book, which makes it a great reference for true crime fans, justice students, or just curious readers.

Keep in mind – these are not fiction and are not presented as such. This isn’t a Kathy Reich’s or Steven King novel – it’s a non fiction encyclopedia of murderers.

Five out of five stars – what a great non-fiction read!!

Book Review – From Cradle to Grave: Children Who Murder (Ready Research Book 2) by Mindy M. Shelton

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Book Review
Book Title: From Cradle to Grave: Children who Murder
Book Author: Mindy M. Shelton

Introduciton: Mindy M. Shelton was absolutely wonderful and offered to send me the entire series for an honest review. I was more than thrilled to be able to read more about true crime, since that has been my recent addiction – binge watching and reading about true crime.

Review:

This book is non-fiction, which makes it absolutely horrifying. The entire book from front to back is about children (some being adults – but they are still labelled as children of the victims) who murdered someone. It’s incredible and nauseating to read this book since it explains how each murder occurred and the potential “whys” as to the reasoning behind these murders.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s short, sweet and to the point – there’s no jibber jabber or useless information, it’s up front!

I also appreciated the way the book was set up. Each section had the individual(s) who committed the cat, it had their name, age, date of the murders, the victims, the weapon, claims, the state they were in and the sentence. The information is right there, ready for the taking and it doesn’t add any fluff.

This book is a great reference for anyone looking to study true crimes. While I might not suggest this to someone who wants the story-line as if it were a novel, I would suggest reading it either for studying or for just an interesting read.

Some of the stories in this book will leave you scratching your head – like the instigator who murdered his family out of cold blood and then said what he did was horrible. If it was so horrible then why did you do this? It is so tempting to beg Mindy M. Shelton to write a book based on the psychological reasoning behind these killings, since they will make your head spin with some of the logic.

I wouldn’t recommend any improvements upon this book. It’s an encyclopedia of children murderer knowledge that will help a true crime lover or a student get a basic background on the situations. Mindy also does an amazing job of including all of her references, so if required you can use those for citations as well.

I will advise readers to beware of this book though – it is an Mature or Restricted rating. It’s not for the lighthearted.

Also, this book is not a story or a tale, it is a textbook of information. If you are looking for a story with a plot, climax and ending you won’t find it here. Be aware and research your books before you read them so you aren’t disappointed with this wonderful work.

Overall, I’m really impressed. I enjoyed reading this book (I’m using enjoyed lightly, these situations are absolutely horrible) and I would love to see Mindy research more in the future.

Five out of five stars.

Quick Book Review: Crime Scene by Kate Lines

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I love a good crime novel, and having this as a non-fiction novel all about Kate Line’s policing career made me love it even more. All of the situations were real, and Kate Lines walked through how she became a high up cop and investigator. Having the author walk through each situation and how evidence was used and how people were interviewed gave a wonderful insight to the Police World, and helped give me a better idea what happened behind the scenes on high profile cases I heard about over the years.

This novel reminds me of a non-fiction version of Kathy Reichs Temperance Brennan novels. While Kathy Reichs discusses the forensics sides of investigations, Kate Lines brings you into the realm of policing and investigation.

I honestly couldn’t put this book down. The real life stories are inspiring, even if each story did not have a happy ending. Also reading about a strong, independent female working hard and getting the job done was very inspiring!

Anyone interested in Police, Forensics, Investigations, Crime and Mystery should read this novel. Yes, it’s not a fiction novel, but it helps give a lot of insight into what really happens. This novel is authentic and real, which gives it a lot of charm!

I would love Kate Lines to write fiction novels if she ever got the chance, because her background in this fantastic book would lend well to more books!

Five out of five stars! I saw nothing wrong with this fantastic non-fiction crime novel. The Criminal Profiler is an excellent author with many stories to tell.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.

Quick Book Review: Bite Harder by Anonymous-9

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This book was an absolute riot! I loved every second of this novel from the first word to the last punctuation mark! Following Dean Drayhart on his rather strange adventure was worth the read! Now I want to read every other novel by Anonymous-9 due to her amazing view on comedy and how she speaks to the audience and readers through her characters.

The only problem I found with this book is I found the plot to be short and not very exciting. While how the author wrote about the plot was exciting, trying to escape and get a monkey did not seem to be an amazing plot (since the finale of the novel didn’t have the conflict removed all that much. It just seemed to leave the novel on a cliffhanger).

I hope this small plot problem I have is due to the fact that there will be another novel in this series. If the series stops at this book, I would find it to be a very poor finale, but if there is another book that will help clear up the plot and conflict, then the novel makes sense.

I enjoyed this book thoroughly, and I hope there will be more about Dean coming out soon!

Five out of five stars for good action, character development and comedy.

I received this book for free through Goodreads First Reads.