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She Wanted It All: A True Story of Sex, Murder, and a Texas Millionaire
     

She Wanted It All: A True Story of Sex, Murder, and a Texas Millionaire

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by Kathryn Casey
 

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Trophy wife Celeste Beard wasn't satisfied with a luxurious lifestyle and her rich Austin media mogul husband's devotion — so she took his life!

The wife:
She wanted everything, but her husband stood in the way.

The lesbian lover:
A love-struck, middle-aged woman with a history of mental illness, she would do anything to set

Overview

Trophy wife Celeste Beard wasn't satisfied with a luxurious lifestyle and her rich Austin media mogul husband's devotion — so she took his life!

The wife:
She wanted everything, but her husband stood in the way.

The lesbian lover:
A love-struck, middle-aged woman with a history of mental illness, she would do anything to set Celeste free.

The beauty salon receptionist:
Celeste hired her to tie up the loose ends ... in a second conspiracy to commit murder.

Editorial Reviews

Ann Rule
“Kathryn Casey is one of the best true crime writers today...This is a ‘do not miss’ book.”
Carlton Stowers
“[A] tale you won’t soon forget…one of the very best true crime writers in the business.”
M. William Phelps
“With SHE WANTED IT ALL, Casey stakes her claim as one of the best in the business.”
Houston Press
“[A] vivid tale...frenetically paced.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060567644
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/29/2005
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
133,391
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.17(d)

What People are Saying About This

M. William Phelps
“With SHE WANTED IT ALL, Casey stakes her claim as one of the best in the business.”
Ann Rule
“Kathryn Casey is one of the best true crime writers today...This is a ‘do not miss’ book.”
Carlton Stowers
“[A] tale you won’t soon forget…one of the very best true crime writers in the business.”

Meet the Author

Kathryn Casey is an award-winning journalist, who has written for Rolling Stone, TV Guide, Reader's Digest, Texas Monthly, and many other publications. She's the author of seven previous true crime books and the creator of the highly acclaimed Sarah Armstrong mystery series. Casey has appeared on Oprah, Oprah Winfrey's Oxygen network, Biography, Nancy Grace, E! network, truTV, Investigation Discovery, the Travel Channel, and A&E. She lives in Houston with her husband and their dog, Nelson.

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She Wanted It All: A True Story of Sex, Murder, and a Texas Millionaire 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Missue More than 1 year ago
This is a must read for true crime book readers! Make sure you have time though because it's hard to put down!
PATTIPD More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK AND COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN.......
Christine Grigorenko More than 1 year ago
If you like to read about true crimes, this is one for you. Although some of the details are quite disturbing as is the crime itself, I found it hard to put this book down. This book is well worth the money spent to download in my nook.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a fan of Ann Rule's, I am accustomed to well-written true crime stories. This one did not disappoint. It ranks up there with the best of Ann Rule's books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I was already very familiar with the Celeste Beard trial, I found this book very hard to put down. It flows well, characters are well developed, and the writing is superb. I highly recommend this book. The author is writing one on the Colton Pitonyak case and I can hardly wait! Some have compared her to Anne Rice, but she deserves to be in a class of her own. The story doesn't start out going for shock value but pulls you right into the lives of those involved. Skip the other book and read this one. You won't be disappointed.
JenE1 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it ~ very well written and an in-depth look into the mind of a very selfish person.
LaurieLewis75 More than 1 year ago
i had seen a show about this case but this book really goes in more depth to what type a woman celeste really was....i believe she does deserve whatever she has coming to her
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent read! Ms. Casey plunges the reader right into the lives of the character's she writes about. A great story of adultery, money, murder & a woman who stopped at nothing to get what she wanted: 'It All' I couldn't wait to get to the next page!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, and a must read if you are the least bit interested in this story. Kathryn Casey did an extraordinary job of sticking to the facts of this case and drawing out the humanity of all who were involved--with the exception of Celeste, who is simply cold and calculating and whose humanity is questionable. Casey's book is a page-turner, one that you will not be able to put down. Please do not waste your time with the other, recently published account of this crime. Simply go for the best, and read Casey's book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a fabulous book. I loved it! Couldn't put it down. The author does an amazing job of pulling together the past lives of both women and explaining how Tracey Tarlton, the lover, was pulled into Celeste Beard's deadly plot. Kathryn Casey's research shows through. I read another book on this case and it left me wanting. Poorly written with little investigation. This one fulfilled all my expectations, living up to the intricacies of the case. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys mysteries, thrillers, or true crime books. She Wanted it All satisfies on all three levels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK CAPIVATES YOU FROM THE BEGINNING. YOU FEEL THAT YOU KNOW THE CHARACTERS AS IF THEY WERE CLOSE FRIENDS. BE AFRAID. BE VERY AFRAID OF CELESTE. IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THESE KINDS OF PEOPLE ARE WALKING AROUND ON THE PLANET. IF YOU LIKE ANN RULE'S BOOKS, YOU WILL REALLY REALLY LIKE THIS ONE. IT SCOOPS DOWN ON YOU AND TAKES YOU IN AND YOU DON'T WANT IT TO END. THE ONLY PART THAT I WONDERED ABOUT WAS JUST HOW MUCH MONEY WAS LEFT AND WHO IF ANYONE GOT IT ? A MUST READ FOR ALL WHO REALLY REALLY LOVE THE TRUE CRIME GENRE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With the first page, I was so engrossed in this story nothing else mattered! Ms. Casey does an excellent job of taking the reader directly in to the lives of Celeste Beard and her family. This reader found herself wanting to shout out to prinicples in the book and feeling profound sadness for Steve Beard, his children and Celeste's twin daughters. I have read and have been intrigued by Ms. Casey's prior true crime stories. In this reader's opinion, she has finally hit her stride. By far her best!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Kathryn Casey could be the next Ann Rule. This book was impossible to put down; Lots of detail but not the kind to bog you down; i really felt like i knew the characters. If you like the Ann Rule books, you will love this one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read by one of True Crimes, best author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well paced, did not bog down during trail phase like some true crime books do. I liked the visits the author told bout to Celeste, then Tracey after the trial. I hope the twins will find love and peace, they seem like decent, good people even though they were so horribly abused by their mother.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kathryn Casey once again does an outstanding job writing on a true murder mystery, collecting all facts and events. Depicting an intriguing tale of a family and their tumultous lives. My only negative is that at times I thought it could have moved on faster to the next thing and was not as interesting, but overall you are still reading to get to see what happens next.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been so intrigued about this story since it happened. And after reading this book, I am even more intrigued! Casey does an Awesome job of depicting the whole case, and how it unfolded. A Must Read.....and read again!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading "She Wanted It All" and I must say that Kathryn Casey never disappoints. I could not put this book down once i started reading it. Celeste Beard is an evil woman, there's no doubt about it. She was a gold digger who cared about no one but herself and was willing to do whatever it took to get what she wanted. The way she treated her daughters was absolutely despicable, brain washing them and guilting them to believe all her lies. These girls deserve praise for the courage they showed testifying against their mother even though they were terrified that she would somehow end up killing them too. I hope and pray that these girls can heal from this tragedy. God bless them and may Steve Beard rest in peace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting true to fact crime does not pay. Love all Kathryn Casey books. Hard to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another well written book by Casey....i seen a show Celeste was on and she was almost beleiveable, i can see how she used n manipulated people by reading this book even her own children...Celeste is a evil lady..Bn