Murdoch Books UK Limited
Copyright 2008

This is a compilation of true crimes that were committed in Australia. There are 21 cases in this book and they vary in time committed and type of crime. One was a couple I had read about before: Catherine and David Birnie; but most I had never heard of. They range from kidnapping, murder, rape, serial murder mass murder, there is an account of two ladies (using the word loosely The Law of the Razer, 1920s-1930s) that ran rival gangs. The first kidnapping of a child for ransom. Some are just a single crime, or in the case of a serial murderer, the murders committed and some are the life story of a career criminal (Gone to Gowings, 1940s-1980s).

Since this are in effect ‘short stories’, there is not a lot of excessive detail. All the necessary details of the crime committed are there, along with what happened to the perpetrator. And how he behaved in prison. I was not left with unanswered questions about these crimes, unless the author himself couldn’t find an answer and in that case he told us.

If you like reading quick accounts of crimes with all the details encapsulated for you, I would recommend this book. Another reason I like reading compilations is it is easy to put it down and pick it up later.

About Belleza

I got the name Bella because my grandfather called me Suzabell. I use that as a username and my friends on the site started calling me Bella. Thus was born: Bella Foxx's Life, now known as "just a city girl" since I have made the big jump from the country and am now living in the City, UES. I like to make jewelry (check out my blog "Bella is creative" started April 17, 2008) and write. I like to do cross stitch and knit. I sew, I don't really enjoy it, but I enjoy the clothes. I like to read the Bible, books, magazines, online newspaper articles, blogs, jokes on candy wrappers, ads on the subway, billboards, backs of food boxes, lists of ingredients and recipes, cleaning directions, sayings on shirts. I post my reviews on "Just a girl, living, reading, watching, and writing", on Shelfari, Library Thing and Goodreads.. I am allergic to practically everything: grass, trees, weeds, animal dander, dust, mold, wheat, apples, nuts, fish and coconut. The fish and coconut are so serious I carry an Epi-pen and wear a Medic-Alert bracelet. And last but not least. I love the Yankees.

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  1. Mamarazzi says:

    i like books that have several short stories.

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