Readers’ Favorite: True Crime Book Review

Mitzi Szereto (author of The Best New True Crime Stories) is a well-written collection of true crime stories reviewed by Readers’ Favorite.

The blurb of The Best New True Crime Stories: Small Towns by Mitzi Szereto had me hooked. We’ve been told nothing bad happens in small towns. You can leave your doors unlocked and your windows wide open. We picture peaceful hamlets with a strong sense of community, and everyone knows each other. But what if this wholesome idyllic image doesn’t always square with reality? Small towns might look and feel safe, but statistics show this isn’t really true. Having already read The Best New True Crime Stories: Well-Mannered Crooks, Rogues & Criminals, I embarked on Mitzi Szereto’s new book: The Best New True Crime Stories: Small Towns.

Killing sprees in Australia (Adelaide and Tasmania) where the perpetrator in the latter must stay unnamed; a cannibal in Germany; jobs for cartels and minute accounts of how they did it for we know who; crime in Trinidad and Tobago where it is easier to get a gun than a job and murders remain unsolved; a Voodoo preacher whose story proved perhaps too much for another novel by Harper Lee; an unsolved murder in the Tuscan Hills; a lynch mob in Ecuador; how a monster got away in a small Welsh town; arsenic in Woodstock, Ontario, and a woman sent to the gallows; a shooting rampage for God in Alger, Washington State; a crime spree by The Fox in the south of England; the unsolved abduction and murder of a little girl in Fulda, Germany; shooting in the Orkneys and a still ongoing support campaign for a perhaps wrongly accused perpetrator. All these accounts take the reader to small towns in a variety of countries. They leave the reader with new insights into what makes such perpetrators of the crimes tick, and how any town can be added to the list. The Best New True Crime Stories: Small Towns by Mitzi Szereto is an interesting and well-written collection of accounts about towns one may already know, may already have visited or driven by, or may already have wondered about.


The Best New True Crime Stories

Small Towns

Small towns aren’t always what they seem. We’ve been told nothing bad happens in small towns. You can leave your doors unlocked, and your windows wide open. We picture peaceful hamlets with a strong sense of community, and everyone knows each other. But what if this wholesome idyllic image doesn’t always square with reality? Small towns might look and feel safe, but statistics show this isn’t really true.

Tiny town, big crime. Whether in Truman Capote’s detailed murder of the Clutter family or Ted Bundy’s small-town charm, criminals have always roamed rural America and towns worldwide. Featuring murder stories, criminal case studies, and more,The Best New True Crime Stories: Small Townscontains all-new accounts from writers of true crime, crime journalism, and crime fiction. And these entries are not based on a true story―they are true stories. Edited by acclaimed author and anthologist Mitzi Szereto, the stories in this volume span the globe. Discover how unsolved murders, kidnapping, shooting sprees, violent robbery, and other bad things can and do happen in small towns all over the world.