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Smoke, Mirrors, and Murder (Crime Files, Vol. 12)
Smoke Mirrors and Murder - Crime Files, Vol. 12 Author:Ann Rule Bestseller Rule looks at marriages gone bad in her latest volume of true-crime case files. Stories include "The Minister's Wife," about a woman convicted of shooting her husband in 2006, and "The Painter's Wife," an amazing tale of two strangers kidnapped by a hardened criminal. The bulk of the book is taken up by "The Deputy's Wife," the sad ta... more »le of a once-promising young police officer, Bill Jensen, who eventually took out a contract on his own family. It's a good yarn, full of horrifying twists, but at 150 pages can get repetitive. For those not used to it, Rule's fondness for potboiler prose-"Their marriage had spun like a colorful top. Now as it wound down slower and slower, Sue could see the pattern of lies"-can also annoy. Many of the seven cases here are gruesome but unmemorable, perhaps the inevitable result of Rule's prodigious output.« less
I don't always like Anne Rule not becauce of her writing, but because of her subject matter. That said I really enjoyed this book. The stories were interesting and the last one about the minister's wife was right on.
We never know what goes on at our neighbor's house when they pull down the shades.