Brendan’s Alternate Tagline for The Real-Life Murder Clubs:
Murder solving in your spare time!
A collection of stories about crime solvers who don’t get paid for it.
Fun Fact Non-History People Will Like:
I don’t want to give anything away so here’s a random fact: there are over 28,000 private investigators in the U.S.
Fun Fact for History Nerds:
Other random fact: over 1.6 million true crime print books are sold each year.
My Take on The Real-Life Murder Clubs:
Who says you can’t solve crimes in your spare time? The Real-Life Murder Clubs by Nicola Stow is a look at different people who solve crimes as a side hustle instead of being cops. Each story has someone who goes about their sleuthing in very different ways and highlights many people you would never hear of. The true crimes described can be very grisly and if you don’t like too many details then this one could be tough to stomach.
For true crime addicts, I think many will find this book a bit too shallow in its treatment of each case, but for a casual read where you knock out a chapter a night, it is wonderful. For a true understanding of these people, their techniques, and especially the “why” then some people will be left with too many questions left unanswered. But hey, a quick and easy read is never a bad thing.
(This book was provided to me as an advance copy by Netgalley and Ad Lib Publishers.)
A fun read that’s quick and easy. Buy it here!
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