Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books to Read If You're a True Crime Reader

As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish.

These are considered two of the classics in this genre, and for good reason. They not only tell the tale of the crime itself, and its aftermath, but the culture, society, and politics surrounding the era in which the crime occurred. 

This is a brilliant book that looks at many notorious crimes through the light of statistical analysis. I am not a math fan by any means, but this book is absolutely fascinating, and is written in an easily accessible narrative style that flows like fiction.

This is definitely a modern classic, and an exemplary example of how to perfectly blend history and crime.

This is one of my all-time favorite true crime books. It is so well-written, and tells its story so well.

This is a newer entry in the true crime genre. The author has clearly done extensive research and presents all aspects and angles of Manson's life, from childhood to jail.

I remember this being one of the first true crime books I ever read. I borrowed my parents' copy, and now have a copy of my very own (which reminds me I'm due for a re read of this soon). To me, it's akin to a modern day In Cold Blood, with the author being so personally immersed in the setting and with the people.

This case has always fascinated me-the psychology, the fact that it takes place in my hometown, the trial, the scandal-I even did a research project on it in high school that turned into a paper in college.

This is one of the most difficult books I've ever read, but also one of the most important. It covers the Columbine shooting in such heartbreaking detail, debunking the prevalent media myths, and getting at the painful truth.

Sherlock Holmes fans plus solving super mysterious unsolved crimes is a guaranteed win, especially when the book is really well-written.

And a bonus!


  1. I love crime thrillers but have not read many (if any) books featuring 'true-crime'. It does sound like something I might enjoy though, and have a crime related memoir on my TBR pile right now.

    1. True crime is up there with mystery as my favorite genre for sure. What crime related memoir is on your TBR pile? :)

  2. I don't know why, but I've always been interested in finding out more about the Columbine shooting. I'll have to pick up this book! Great list! :)
    My TTT.

    1. It's a really amazing read, definitely a really difficult read, but the author has really done their research and gone beyond what the media reported as true.

      Thanks so much!

  3. Wow great list! I need to read more true crime. I'm interested, but I haven't read may. I liked Helter Skelter, creepy!

    1. Thanks so much! And thanks so much for always leaving such nice comments on my posts, it means a lot! Helter Skelter was so creepy!