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The Devil's Rooming House: The True Story of America's Deadliest Female Serial Killer

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

33 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

A Very Interesting Read

I picked up this book with some trepidation, given the very bad review given by the previous reader. However I am now not sure he and I read the same book. This is an interesting true story of a female serial killer in the early years of the 20th century, a woman who ra...
I picked up this book with some trepidation, given the very bad review given by the previous reader. However I am now not sure he and I read the same book. This is an interesting true story of a female serial killer in the early years of the 20th century, a woman who ran a sort of boarding house and then murdered her "inmates" for financial gain. Whereas the other reviewer took exception to the background setting of the severe heatwave of 1911, I found it interesting as well as providing a background for the tale. And while the loss of the Titanic did not directly impact the story, it did give us a contex in which it was set. I found the book well written, well put together and exhaustively researched, and if I would fault the author on anything it would be for the overuse of a few catch phrases like "backing down". The personalities and motives of the main characters never fail to interest, and one thing I found worth reading about was what life was like before regulation. I mean how does a private citizen buy 10lbs of arsenic and no one appears to think twice about it. While I would not put this alongside "The Devil in the White City" I did find it a page-turner in the best sense. Recommended.

posted by Paris182 on September 27, 2010

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8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Interesting read if you're into American History.

I was expecting a slightly different type of book when I started reading it. The beginning was slow due to being interrupted with a side plot of a heat wave that wasn't really beneficial to the story. Loved how the story was written in regards to Amy Archer and her ho...
I was expecting a slightly different type of book when I started reading it. The beginning was slow due to being interrupted with a side plot of a heat wave that wasn't really beneficial to the story. Loved how the story was written in regards to Amy Archer and her horrendous deeds. Decent writing about a little known incident in American history. Enjoyed it very much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2010

    Interesting read if you're into American History.

    I was expecting a slightly different type of book when I started reading it. The beginning was slow due to being interrupted with a side plot of a heat wave that wasn't really beneficial to the story. Loved how the story was written in regards to Amy Archer and her horrendous deeds. Decent writing about a little known incident in American history. Enjoyed it very much.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 16, 2012

    This is a fascinating subject, especially for someone who lived

    This is a fascinating subject, especially for someone who lived in the
    Hartford area for many years. BUT it is VERY poorly written, there
    seems (at least to me) to be no logic to it, more like loose rambling
    facts/thoughts strung together. I paid $3, about what it is worth, and
    am not sure I'll finish.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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