Like It or Love It: The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer (5.6.22)
At its latest meeting, the Mystery Book Club discussed The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream: The Hunt for a Victorian Era Serial Killer. This was a true-crime narrative about the hunt for one of the first known serial killers, whose poisoning spree in the US, Canada, and England coincided with the birth of forensic science as well as the public’s growing appetite for crime fiction.
Here’s what members of the Mystery Book Club had to say about The Case of the Murderous Dr. Cream:
- It was a piece of history that we weren’t familiar with, so that was interesting
- Research was well done
What We Didn’t Like
- Not really a mystery, much more of a biography
- Aggressively non-fiction with no dialogue
- The timelines and locations got confusing
Similar books available from Fauquier Public Library include:
- The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
- Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer by Margalit Fox
- The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: A Shocking Murder and the Undoing of a Great Victorian Detective by Kate Summerscale
- The Wilderness of Ruin: A Tale of Madness, Fire, and the Hunt for America’s Youngest Serial Killer by Roseanne Montillo
If you enjoy a good mystery, the Mystery Book Club welcomes new members! Meetings are being held at the John Barton Payne building, 2 Courthouse Square, Warrenton. For details about how to join, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540.422.8500, ext. 2.
Looking for your next great read? Browse the library’s catalog, or try our BookMatch Reader’s Advisory Service and let us do the “browsing” for you! Complete the online BookMatch form and we will create a customized reading list of up to 10 titles.