A Rose for Her Grave: And Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files Series #1)

A Rose for Her Grave: And Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files Series #1)

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Ann Rule's Crime Files books have delivered the very best in true crime reading since A Rose for Her Grave, first in the acclaimed series, made its debut. Distinguished by the former Seattle policewoman's razor-sharp eye for telling detail and her penetrating analysis of the criminal mind, this gripping collection of accounts drawn from her personal files

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Ann Rule's Crime Files books have delivered the very best in true crime reading since A Rose for Her Grave, first in the acclaimed series, made its debut. Distinguished by the former Seattle policewoman's razor-sharp eye for telling detail and her penetrating analysis of the criminal mind, this gripping collection of accounts drawn from her personal files features the twisting case of Randy Roth, who married — and murdered — for profit. In her trademark narrative style, Ann Rule weaves a tale that is riveting, enraging, and heartbreaking all at once, and brilliantly chronicles the fateful confluence of a killer and his female victims, as well as the shattering investigation into Roth's heinous crimes.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Rule is this country's premier true crime author as well as one of its most prolific. She maintains her position with this first volume in a projected five-volume series. This book contains one long piece (a book in itself) and five shorter pieces, all dealing with male killers of women in the Northeast, Rule's home turf. The title piece focuses on a modern-day Bluebeard, Randy Roth, who murdered his second wife for insurance, claiming that her death was a mountaineering accident; tried to murder his third wife; ditched a promising marriage prospect when he discovered her to be uninsurable; and then murdered his fourth wife, this time explaining her death as an accidental drowning. Although there was no hard evidence in any of the cases, the cumulative circumstantial evidence was enough to convict him. Rule's ability to depict both criminals and victims as believable human beings is perfectly embodied in this sad, fascinating account. Indeed, all her accounts present the female victims as real people who deserve compassionate treatment. For all popular true crime collections.-- Ben Harrison, East Orange P.L., N.J.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671793531
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Publication date:
08/01/1993
Series:
Ann Rule's Crime Files Series, #1
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
237,977
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 4.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Ann Rule is the author of thirty New York Times bestsellers, all of them still in print. Her first bestseller was The Stranger Beside Me, about her personal relationship to infamous serial killer Ted Bundy. A former Seattle police officer, she knows the crime scene firsthand. For more than two decades, she has been a powerful advocate for victims of violent crime. She lives near Seattle. Visit her at AuthorAnnRule.com.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Seattle, Washington
Date of Birth:
October 22, 1935
Place of Birth:
Lowell, Michigan
Education:
Creative Writing Program, University of Washington

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A Rose for Her Grave and Other True Cases (Ann Rule's Crime Files Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
xMissMelaniex More than 1 year ago
Ann always does such thorough research and she doesn't leave anything out. Many other crime writers tend to skip around a lot and leaving you wondering at the whats and whys of things. Ann's writing is like having an 8 course meal - at the end you know you got all you could out of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my first Ann Rule book and boy what a way to start. I finished it within a matter of days. I took my book with me wherever I wen. I am now on my way to purchase 4 more to keep me. I am still amazed at the amount of evil there is surrounding us. How innocent women are always being targeted. Ms. Rule takes you into each story as you read. Keep up the good work
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book in a box of books bought at a garage sale. It was enthralling. I read it in two days. It also shows that sometimes good triumphs over evil - unfortunately it sometimes takes a while. Will definately pick up more of Rule's work.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story of Randy Roth and the suspicious deaths of two of his wives is a good read. Roth is a very interesting and unique type of serial murderer. Rule really brings the story of Roth's twisted mind and motives to life, as well as the effect his actions have on the families involved.
Alas01 More than 1 year ago
Captured me from the start. Loved the in depth look of the cases. A must read for those who like nonfiction thrillers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ann Rule tells the story of an evil monster who convinced MANY women that he loved them- selfishly married them and thought nothing of disposing of them in various ways to make it look like an accident- for MONEY! It's just inconceivable!! This guy was heartless, and had the biggest EGO ever!  I felt so sorry for all the children who lost their mothers! Let this be a WARNING to women and men- check people out thoroughly and trust your instincts! Another Ann Rule shocker!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent account of a terrible man.
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I already wrote a review of this book. Apparently it and many others have been deleted. If this can be done why dont you delete the jibberish ????
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JavaTH More than 1 year ago
This is my first book from Ann Rule. I can't wait to get the full series. She writes true crime with much flair. Knowing that these were her cases makes the book even better. I wish I had more time to devote to reading right now, I truly don't want to put the book down.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just finished reading 'A Rose For Her Grave' and I am completely stunned at what a wonderful job that Ann Rule had done with this true story. I had to read this book for a class assignment and I very much so enjoyed it. Praise to Ann Rule.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have just read my 2nd Ann Rule (A rose for her Grave), and I will not read another-even upon reccommendation. Her chosen stories are all interesting and terribly sad, but she is so repetitive it's ridiculous. If I hear the word 'hinky' again, I might snap! I think she used it about 100 times in the story of Robert Roth. I don't reccommend this book at all. I'm more of a John Douglas/Steve Olsen fan.