Murder in Mayberry

Murder in Mayberry

Greed, Death and Mayhem in A Small Town

Book - 2009
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Penguin Putnam
A true-crime shocker of a Southern town shattered by a brutal murder.

As seen on America?s Most Wanted.

Crime never happened in a town like Madisonville, Kentucky. That?s why the vicious slaughter of one of its beloved female citizens was so stunning. Even more so was the identity of the killer whose flight from the law made him one of the FBI?s Most Wanted.

Baker & Taylor
An intricate murder case previously featured on America's Most Wanted follows a harrowing investigation into a prominent millionaire's brutal murder in a small town as conducted by a Secret Service agent who is forced to consider the possible guilt of his own family. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Berkley True Crime, 2009, c2008
ISBN: 9780425226322
Characteristics: xviii, 301 p., [8] p. of plates : ill ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Branson, Jack


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May 21, 2011

I found Murder In Mayberry to be a slow read and rather a slog to get through. When reading about a fictional murder the author is free to introduce suspense, mystery and even humor to the story, but in real life you find pathos, plodding, and family prejudices. This is the story of the brutal murder of an 85 year old woman and a true family tragedy, but due to the quality of the writing, I found myself just turning the pages in order to get to the end and see the murderer brought to justice and the family get the closure they deserved.

The case itself seemed fairly straight forward, the police had a very good idea who was responsible early on but the wheels of justice turn slowly and the suspect had time to get out of the country which then involved the long process of getting him back to stand trial. As this book was written by a family member I thought the writing was poor and padded out to stretch the story to book size which resulted in long boring parts.

Not a book I would recommend unless the reader has a personal interest in this case.

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