Why I Like Murder Books

Whether it’s true crime or fiction, reading about murder is appealing to many readers. With Halloween right around the corner, maybe it’s time for a book that will haunt you. Check out these murder books recommended by our friends on Facebook. Make sure to “like” the library on Facebook so that you can take part in more dialogue about good books to read. And have a happy Halloween.

Andrea Smith likes
Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi. “Charles Manson went on trial shortly after I was born. The psychological aspects of his crimes and control of his followers are worth studying in hopes of preventing a reoccurrence in the future.”

Carey Stone likes
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. “Capote’s depiction of the happenings was so chilling, I am still haunted.”

Julie Swift likes
The Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule.
“I like Ann Rule’s books, especially this one about Ted Bundy. They are good
but disturbing.”

Tanya Walsh likes
Red Zone by Aphrodite Jones. “Jones is a fine writer/researcher who goes beyond just simple storytelling. She always provides cultural and historical background to her true crime writing so that the crime doesn’t just exist in a vacuum.”

Ben Bizzle likes
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga. “One of my favorite murder stories. It won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2008.”

Cheryl Swayne likes
While My Pretty One Sleeps by Mary Higgins Clark. “I used to work in law enforcement. Crime scene training classes are so focused on the actual crime and how to investigate it. Mary Higgins Clark taught me that a crime scene is a living process, not a static being because other people and the elements impact it in ways that have nothing to do with the crime.”

A public relations professional, editor and writer, Lisa shares the library story in her blog posts, in the bimonthly Library News, and media interviews. A self-described social media and news nut, Lisa harnesses that passion to raise awareness and understanding of the library's vital role in this community.