Book Review: Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge

Another Day in the Death of America

“24 hours. 8 states. 10 young lives lost to gun violence.”

From the back cover:

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013. It was just another day in America. And as befits an unremarkable day, ten children and teens were killed by gunfire. Far from being considered newsworthy, these everyday fatalities are a simple banal fact.

The youngest was nine; the oldest nineteen. None made the news. There was no outrage at their passing. It was simply a day like any other day. Gary Younge picked it at random, searched for the families of these children and here, tells their stories and explores the way they lived and lost their short lives. Continue reading “Book Review: Another Day in the Death of America by Gary Younge”

Blog Tour | Book Extract: The Green Bicycle Mystery: Cold Case Jury Collection by Anthony M. Brown

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I’m so excited to be a part of The Green Bicycle Mystery blog tour because I get to share an extract of the book with you today – the extract was hand picked by the author and he even provided the context for it.

When I read the blurb of the book, I was so intrigued (as I’m sure you will be too) because we’re not just reading about a murder, we’re solving it! And if that wasn’t exciting enough, this is not a fiction novel, readers, this is True Crime! When I first read the book extract provided, the book climbed it’s way up my TBR pile so expect a review to follow in the near future.

But for now, let get right to it…

Book Description:

Don’t just read about a murder… solve it.

The first in a unique collection of books. Each one tells the story of an unsolved crime in an evocative and compelling way, it presents fresh evidence, exposes the strengths and weaknesses of past theories and then asks the reader to decide the outcome.

The series begins with the tragic case of Bella Wright. In a lonely lane running through rural Leicestershire in 1919, a solitary bicycle lies on its side, its metal frame catching the glow of the fading evening light. The back wheel slowly turns about its axle, producing a soft clicking; a rhythmic sound, soothing like the ticking of a study clock.

Next to the bicycle, lying at an angle across the road, is a young woman. She is partly on her back, partly on her left side, with her right hand almost touching the mudguard of the rear wheel. Her legs rest on the roadside verge, where fronds of white cow parsley and pink rosebay rise above luxuriant summer foliage. On her head sits a wide-brimmed hat, daintily finished with
a ribbon and bow. She is dressed in a pastel blouse and long skirt underneath a light raincoat, the pockets of which contain an empty purse and a box of matches. The blood-flecked coat tells a story…

Although each book is perfectly self-contained and offers the author’s conclusion, there is a website (coldcasejury.com) for those who wish to share their own verdicts and opinions, making these the first truly interactive crime tales. Continue reading “Blog Tour | Book Extract: The Green Bicycle Mystery: Cold Case Jury Collection by Anthony M. Brown”

Blog Tour: The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

I’m absolutely delighted to be taking part in my first non-fiction blog tour; I’m sure you’ve seen the buzz surrounding this memoir, The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich, if not, don’t worry I’ve got a jam packed blog tour stop with all the need to know information. Not only am I sharing my review with you all today, I’ve got links to the evidence pack which contains disturbing video footage, pictures from the author’s archives [when researching the book], a link to the prologue and Pan Macmillan kindly sent me two copies of this book, one for me and one to giveaway!

The Fact of a Body - Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Book Description:

In 2003, while studying at Harvard Law School, Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich takes a summer job at a law firm in Louisiana working on the retrial of Ricky Langley – a death-row convicted murderer and child molester. The daughter of two lawyers, Alexandria is staunchly anti-death penalty. But the moment Ricky’s face flashes on the screen as she reviews old interviews tapes, the moment she hears him speak of his crimes, she is overcome with the feeling of wanting him to die. Shocked by her reaction she digs deeper and deeper into the case, realizing that despite their vastly different circumstances something in his story is unsettlingly. Uncannily familiar.

Crime – even the darkest and most unspeakable acts – can happen to any one of us and as Alexandria pores over the facts of the murder she uncovers the complicated narrative of Ricky’s childhood. By examining minute details of the case she is forced to face her own story of long-buried family secrets, to reconcile how her own past colours her view of this crime. Continue reading “Blog Tour: The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich”

Book Review: Making a Case for Innocence: True Stories of a Criminal Defense Investigator by April Higuera

Making a Case for Innocence by April Higuera

The real horrors lie in True Crime! Shocking, thought-provoking, eye-opening – a five star read!

Book Description:

TRUE CRIME THRILLER with a twist. Written first-hand by the actual investigator in DEFENSE of real people charged with murder.

A criminal justice system that is blind to some while embracing others for unconscious and unconscionable reasons.

Empowering, inspiring, evocative journey of a real-life seasoned criminal defense investigator through guilt, innocence, and the court system.

Entertaining personal stories and gritty details of real murders.

Throughout her true dark and gritty stories and commentary on the legal system, April entertains us with wit and humor while describing her personal and professional journey through the criminal justice system as she helps defend otherwise average citizens who are accused of heinous, violent crimes, and shares her best practices for uncovering and laying out the evidence against the accused. Continue reading “Book Review: Making a Case for Innocence: True Stories of a Criminal Defense Investigator by April Higuera”

Book Review: The Blood on My Hands by Shannon O’Leary || #Giveaway

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This was a hard review to write as this is a true story, Shannon O’Leary’s story and who am I to say what worked well and what didn’t, the plot of her younger years was decided for her and she chose to share her story with us and for that I am grateful.

Book Description:

Set in 1960s and ’70s Australia, “The Blood on My Hands” is the dramatic tale of Shannon O’Leary’s childhood years. O’Leary grew up under the shadow of horrific domestic violence, sexual and physical abuse, and serial murder. Her story is one of courageous resilience in the face of unimaginable horrors.

The responses of those whom O’Leary and her immediate family reach out to for help are almost as disturbing as the crimes of her violent father. Relatives are afraid to bring disgrace to the family’s good name, nuns condemn the child’s objections as disobedience and noncompliance, and laws at the time prevent the police from interfering unless someone is killed.

“The Blood on My Hands” is a heartbreaking-yet riveting-narrative of a childhood spent in pain and terror, betrayed by the people who are supposed to provide safety and understanding, and the strength and courage it takes, not just to survive and escape, but to flourish and thrive. Continue reading “Book Review: The Blood on My Hands by Shannon O’Leary || #Giveaway”