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The Passion Killers, Fifteen Murders in Hot blood

Reading murder stories is just another of my hobbies. I read my first murder story at the age of 15, though I cannot remember the title of the book. It was about a crime passionnel. Since that age, I have been intrigued by murder stories, may it be a real life story or fiction. I try to figure out who did it before I finish reading the book. It is not easy at the beginning. However, with time you will realise you get better with it. Same goes for movies. You can’t help but smile at the end of the movie, telling yourself “I knew it!”

 

The existence of a motive for murder does not explain murder.

 

With this in mind, I finished reading a wonderful book by Georgina Lloyd for the 20th time (!):

The Passion Killers, Fifteen Murders in Hot blood

Here is what the back cover says:

In this bizarre collection, established crime-writer Georgina Lloyd has compiled fifteen terrifying true tales of men and women who were driven to kill by their uncontrollable passion.

Here, amon others, we have the mild-mannered Dr Crippen and his mistress, apprehended via that famous telegraphic message to Scotland Yard from a ship in mid-Atlantic; Charlotte Bryant, the illiterate Irishwoman who poisoned her husband for love of a gypsy; and Alma Rattendbury, whose husband was murdered by her lover – their teenage chauffeur.

Georgina Lloyed reveals in each macabre account the forces that drove ordinary sane citizens to commit crimes passionnels.

The title says it all – the book includes fifteen murder stories, all of them crimes passionnels:

  1. Paris Green – William Waite (1969)
  2. A Constable Named Sherlock – The Red Mini Murder (1967)
  3. Passion vs Promotion – James Ronald Robertson (1950)
  4. Take a Letter, Miss Smith – Madeleine Smith (1857)
  5. The Triangle of Death – Edith Thompson and Frederick Bywaters (1922)
  6. The Cyclops Eye – Dr Buck Ruxton (1935)
  7. Passion at the Villa Madeira – Alma Rattenbuy and George Stoner (1935)
  8. Tinker, Taylor, Soldier… – Marcus Marymont (1958)
  9. The Suicide that Wasn’t – Frederick Emmet-Dunne (1953)
  10. A Deadly Bedside Manner – Dr Hawley Harvey Crippen (1910)
  11. For Love of a Gypsy – Charlotte Bryant (1935)
  12. The Fatal Blow – Bertie Manton (1942)
  13. The Chalkpit Murder – Thomas Ley and Lawrenc Smith (1946)
  14. Dear John… – Leslie George Stone (1936)
  15. The Wigwam Girl – August Sangret (1942)

Although I know Georgina Lloyd has some completed other very interesting works (based on the titles), I have not had a chance to read any of them. I would love to some time. But please, if you are passionate about this type of literature, do not hesitate to purchase this great book. And HAPPY READING.

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February 6, 2012 - Posted by | murder stories | , , , , , , , , , ,

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