Book Review

-| Mini Book Review… Murder Book |-

So today I have my review for Murder Book by Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell which is a graphic novel that is going to be released in November, I received an eArc of this from the publisher through NetGalley.

A humorous graphic investigation of the author’s obsession with true crime, the murders that have most captivated her throughout her life, and a love letter to her fellow true-crime fanatics.

Why is it so much fun to read about death and dismemberment? In Murder Book, lifelong true-crime obsessive and New Yorker cartoonist Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell tries to puzzle out the answer.

An unconventional graphic exploration of a lifetime of Ann Rule super-fandom, amateur armchair sleuthing, and a deep dive into the high-profile murders that have fascinated the author for decades, this is a funny, thoughtful, and highly personal blend of memoir, cultural criticism, and true crime with a focus on the often-overlooked victims of notorious killers.

Why are we so obsessed with true crime?
I have been interested in true crime for as long as I can remember which is one of the reasons why I went to study criminal justice at uni. I can’t put my finger on the reason why I have this obsession which is why I knew I had to read this book. Find out what first got Hilary interested in true crime which spoiler alert, it’s the Zodiac!

There are so many nods to murder and all the forms in which we consume it, films, books, documentaries and my most recent format podcasts. I really loved the references to My Favourite Murder podcast which I’ve recently been binging.

I loved the graphics in this book and the commentary from the author, I enjoyed this graphic novel so much that I read it in two sittings which is not something that has happened very often this year.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Do you have any recommendations for graphic novels?
See you in the next one…


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