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This is the Popular Reference edition of the fully-illustrated eBook, ASIN: B008L0PR18. Among the thirty-four cases covered are: Pamela Smart, a volunteer at a high school drug awareness program, who urged her fifteen-year-old lover and his friends to kill her husband; Nancy Kissel, an expat American in Hong Kong, who served her investment banker husband a strawberry milksh This is the Popular Reference edition of the fully-illustrated eBook, ASIN: B008L0PR18. Among the thirty-four cases covered are: Pamela Smart, a volunteer at a high school drug awareness program, who urged her fifteen-year-old lover and his friends to kill her husband; Nancy Kissel, an expat American in Hong Kong, who served her investment banker husband a strawberry milkshake laced with drugs, then clubbed him to death with a statue; and Celeste Beard, whose husband was disemboweled by her lesbian lover.


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This is the Popular Reference edition of the fully-illustrated eBook, ASIN: B008L0PR18. Among the thirty-four cases covered are: Pamela Smart, a volunteer at a high school drug awareness program, who urged her fifteen-year-old lover and his friends to kill her husband; Nancy Kissel, an expat American in Hong Kong, who served her investment banker husband a strawberry milksh This is the Popular Reference edition of the fully-illustrated eBook, ASIN: B008L0PR18. Among the thirty-four cases covered are: Pamela Smart, a volunteer at a high school drug awareness program, who urged her fifteen-year-old lover and his friends to kill her husband; Nancy Kissel, an expat American in Hong Kong, who served her investment banker husband a strawberry milkshake laced with drugs, then clubbed him to death with a statue; and Celeste Beard, whose husband was disemboweled by her lesbian lover.

30 review for Evil Women: Deadlier than the Male

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karl Wiggins

    Groundhog Day I got through 41% of ‘Evil Women,’ and whilst it’s not really fair to offer a review without reading the full book, I was getting a little bored. These are interesting stories but all so depressingly similar that I’d just had enough. One tale seemed to float into another, and that one into the next, that whenever I put the book down I was unsure where exactly I was when picking it up again. There are, for instance, a plethora of women who married into wealth and despite now having sh Groundhog Day I got through 41% of ‘Evil Women,’ and whilst it’s not really fair to offer a review without reading the full book, I was getting a little bored. These are interesting stories but all so depressingly similar that I’d just had enough. One tale seemed to float into another, and that one into the next, that whenever I put the book down I was unsure where exactly I was when picking it up again. There are, for instance, a plethora of women who married into wealth and despite now having shed loads of money wanted their husband’s dead in order to own it all. Poison, shotguns, hired assassins, you name it, although it has to be said that the assassins hardly possessed Antonio Montana’s professionalism in Scarface. More bombed out of their heads on hard liquor and cocaine. Or - as the book concerns women who kill – on more than one occasion lesbian lovers. Surprisingly there are a number of middle class, church going killers. The spur of the moment killer who finally flips after suffering years in an abusive relationship is perhaps understandable, but the calculated and pre-meditated murder by a lover of the Lord is kind of strange, and of course makes more interesting reading. I may return to this book one day because the subject does hold a certain fascination, and a three Star rating seems a little unfair because it is compelling reading, but I honestly don’t feel I can offer this a four Star.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Fiona MacDonald

    Some stories I knew, some I didn't, and some gobsmacked me! John Marlowe has a really easy way of writing, making each account interesting without being too samey. It's definitely the sort of book you can either read a chunk of at a time or dip in to for a 2 page account. Luckily I hoovered this up in 2 goes because I couldn't stand to have it unread.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jlsimon

    an interesting read This book offers a snapshot of many female killers. Each story gives the case in relatively broad strokes, but it was an interesting read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    This was painful. I could not get into this at all. This was done so poorly and I'm so disappointed by that because I was so interesting in it. There was just no rim or reason to anything. This may sound dark but there wasn't enough information about the crimes and murders. There wasn't enough background information about the women and what made them like that. There was a lot a lot of misinformation and typos throughout the book. This was very frustrating because if I could spot the typos how co This was painful. I could not get into this at all. This was done so poorly and I'm so disappointed by that because I was so interesting in it. There was just no rim or reason to anything. This may sound dark but there wasn't enough information about the crimes and murders. There wasn't enough background information about the women and what made them like that. There was a lot a lot of misinformation and typos throughout the book. This was very frustrating because if I could spot the typos how could the editors WHO GET PAID to do that not catch them. Although I did not like the writing at all, I did like the information that was presented. It was interesting just presented in a terrible way. There was about two women's stories that were done well out of the whole book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jailynn

    I enjoyed this book. I know a lot of people complain it's repetitive but I don't see that as a reason to give it a bad rating. This is a niche book. Compare it to a marathon of the T.V. show, Snapped. If you see the marathon on and you decide to sit and watch it, you can't be upset when every episode has the same plot. You know what you're buying. You're buying a theme book with several short stories that focus on women killers so of course, every story will be similar. Now, saying that, I will I enjoyed this book. I know a lot of people complain it's repetitive but I don't see that as a reason to give it a bad rating. This is a niche book. Compare it to a marathon of the T.V. show, Snapped. If you see the marathon on and you decide to sit and watch it, you can't be upset when every episode has the same plot. You know what you're buying. You're buying a theme book with several short stories that focus on women killers so of course, every story will be similar. Now, saying that, I will add that those murder shows are a guilty pleasure of mine so I therefore enjoyed reading this book. I don't recommend reading it too quickly. This is a good book to read when you don't have much time. The short stories are perfect for those waiting on the train, coffee, kids to pack up, etc. There are a few typos and a few lines that just made me roll my eyes but otherwise, a decent read. If you're not a fan of reading about solved murder cases, don't get this book. For all those Snapped fans, this is the book for you.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Angela Stockton

    This book had potential. It really did. It reads more like a crime show, taking the main bits and putting it on paper. It lacks the actual description leading up to the crime, who these women actually were and their motives. It is written in very plain language and doesn't take the time to really explain. A lot of these women I had already heard of from watching crime shows, especially Deadly Women. It wasn't anything new or special, and it lacked what the show even described. This book was a di This book had potential. It really did. It reads more like a crime show, taking the main bits and putting it on paper. It lacks the actual description leading up to the crime, who these women actually were and their motives. It is written in very plain language and doesn't take the time to really explain. A lot of these women I had already heard of from watching crime shows, especially Deadly Women. It wasn't anything new or special, and it lacked what the show even described. This book was a disappointment.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Hillier

    Once you have read the first story you have pretty much read them all. I found this book to be pretty repetitive. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

    It was interesting... I couldn’t read it straight through like a true crime novel because it was just the basic information about the women who did the murders. It was too simple. I’ve read other serial killer true crime novels and thought they were well written about the evil they did, but these short stories were just that, too short. I felt like it didn’t give a full background of the crimes. I don’t necessarily would like to read all the grisly details but even the court or trial wasn’t ther It was interesting... I couldn’t read it straight through like a true crime novel because it was just the basic information about the women who did the murders. It was too simple. I’ve read other serial killer true crime novels and thought they were well written about the evil they did, but these short stories were just that, too short. I felt like it didn’t give a full background of the crimes. I don’t necessarily would like to read all the grisly details but even the court or trial wasn’t there but the simplest details and the verdict. I would not recommend this book for many reasons, one of which it’s not a “fun” or “good” read. But also because I didn’t think it was well written about each of the crimes/murderers.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emma Dargue

    Interesting look at women who kill or attempt to kill. Some of them were repetitions of previous cases I had read about in previous books however some were new to me. One thing I found slightly disappointing was that this book seemed to heavily feature cases in America rather than focusing on some other places in the world as it would maybe have been more interesting to read about a wider range of nationalities and cases. Informative, sharp and to the point though it is well worth a read if you Interesting look at women who kill or attempt to kill. Some of them were repetitions of previous cases I had read about in previous books however some were new to me. One thing I found slightly disappointing was that this book seemed to heavily feature cases in America rather than focusing on some other places in the world as it would maybe have been more interesting to read about a wider range of nationalities and cases. Informative, sharp and to the point though it is well worth a read if you are into to true crime and pyschopathy.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Aisha Shaikh

    wow, this book is one that i read slowly, pacing out over the duration of a few months. each encounter leaves you feeling horrible at the plight of some humans. an interesting observation i made while reading was that as the book progressed, some stories no longer shocked me. it was almost as if it were natural.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lori Rader-Day

    A bookstore I visited had this on hand to give to Gillian Flynn as a gift after an event she was supposed to do---but the event got canceled. Like I could pass up the chance to nab a book with that pedigree. Unfortunately, the writing is awful. The other thing that bothered me is that the author spent no time at all on the concept that a female killer is so much more rare than a male one. (He goes to the trouble of being feminist in that women CAN be killers. Good job, dude, except some numbers A bookstore I visited had this on hand to give to Gillian Flynn as a gift after an event she was supposed to do---but the event got canceled. Like I could pass up the chance to nab a book with that pedigree. Unfortunately, the writing is awful. The other thing that bothered me is that the author spent no time at all on the concept that a female killer is so much more rare than a male one. (He goes to the trouble of being feminist in that women CAN be killers. Good job, dude, except some numbers would have been good.) And then the women are listed in alpha order not by date, so any context for these killings is lost. Kind of a weird book, actually. I saved Gillian the trouble here.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Baxter

    As others have noted, this a book with many stories but not a ton of context or details regarding each case. Personally, I have really enjoyed the stories, many of which I hadn’t heard before. If you like Oxygen/ID channel true crime shows, this might be a book for you. My only issue is the “deadlier than the male” bit. In what world?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    This is a book with several cases where women are the killers. These cases are all fairly well known and have been covered on dateline, 48 hours, Snapped, and various podcasts. The book gives an overview of the case and the perpetrator. If you want more information then looking the case up on one of the above mentioned shows will give you that.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Felicia

    Great read if you're into this kind of stuff!!!! Much better than having to read through it on the internet. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because some of the stories didn't go into detail as to how people died, and because some of the grammar was incorrect.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sofface

    Based on the blurb, I was expecting a much more in-depth review of these cases. Instead, we are greeted with many small overviews. Some may appreciate this, however, I was disappointed to find this. Having said that, it is mostly well written and well informed.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

    I dnf this book, if you've read one book about murderers you've read them all

  17. 5 out of 5

    Megan Robinson

    Easy reading. This was my bed time reading for the last couple of weeks. Like how it's one chapter per person

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kas

    Very interesting read

  19. 5 out of 5

    Cheyenne Hawkins

    I absolutely loved this book. I got it as a Christmas gift in 2016 and once I picked it up i couldn't put it down. Very good if you like true crime books.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Biljen

    Very interesting read

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amalauna Brock

    If I could give this no stars- I would.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Adrian

    Some woman are doing worst then men... devants

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Dixon

    Very repetitive. Struggled to keep interested

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stef

    Would make a great tv show - short stories about women the killed.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kira

    It was a good read

  26. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    It was good. Some women I am familiar with, others not so much. Glad the author just gave basic descriptions of each lady.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tabbitha Lindsley

    Just finished this read. It took me a couple of days to get through it because some of the stories were tough to read. 🌞🌞🌞 (3/5 Stars)

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jessie (thatchickwithabook)

    Yowza. There are some scary ladies out there. I really enjoyed this book - it’s a brief look at several different so-called “evil women” and the crimes they committed against the men in their lives. It’s a very quick and easy read, and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone dipping their toes in the true crime genre. It’s not too heavy and is very matter of fact, but there is the underlying opinion of the writer.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Olga Gondar

    I kept it in the bathroom which was good place for it... You just read it in bits...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kaylie Sudlow

    I really enjoyed this book, I would have given it 5* if there were less grammatical errors. However, it was brilliant to hear about killers from other countries, most books tend to just use American killers.

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