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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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Most Helpful Critical Review

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.

posted by 4969362 on November 23, 2010

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  • Posted November 6, 2010

    Very Intriguing

    This book starts slow with a lot of background history of the happenings of the early 1900's, but I think it helps create a solid foundation for the story of Amy Archer-Gilligan.
    I didn't mind reading all about the heat wave and enjoyed the other random facts of those years. It helped paint a picture of what life was like back then.
    I felt very sad for Amy's victims - especially Franklin Andrews.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 13, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    Great book I couldn't put down. Would recommend

    Great book I couldn't put down. Would recommend

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2012

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    Highly Recommed!

    This is a great storey! I found out alot of information about Connecticut State Police. I lived in Connecticut for 63 years and that might be why I enjoyed it so much as it was full of infomation I didn't know before. But as a story it also held your attention. I stayed up a few nights to late so I could keep on reading

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2012

    Chilling & true

    Well written, fun to read
    Nothings better then a good crime novel...except a TRUE crime novel

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Great books with amazing detail

    I appreciated the background and historical details in this book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2012

    Chilling!

    Amy was full of greed and many died fulfilling that goal! Excellent account of what happened and interesting history of that period of time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2015

    Highly recommended

    If you want a great read this is it! This book is well written, spell-binding from start to finish. It's one of those books that you won't want to put down.

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  • Posted February 4, 2014

    A restrspective study of early detective work. Before there were

    A restrspective study of early detective work.
    Before there were modern labs with CSI dedicated employees, the CT State Police (a newly formed organization, and the country's first) had to rely on old fashioned legwork. Between having to ride trolleys until the town received it's first automobile, bringing in forensic experts in the middle of the night to perform an autopsy in a barn by lantern, it was truly an amazing accomplishment that this crime was solved. But for two intrepid reporters, it might not have been.
    The frequent mentions of the heat wave that killed thousands during that time added to the flavor of the period.
    I found this book fascinating.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2013

    Good book

    A+

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    Totally different

    I picked this up as one of the daily finds. I Thought it was well written. I didnt even know of this serial killer. I recommend this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Summary

    Please

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2013

    To all readers

    Who is it that is the murder

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    Eagle

    Can you hunt please, Rabbit?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2012

    Rabbit

    Sure! She smiled.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

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