Bitter Almonds: The True Story of Mothers, Daughters and the Seattle Cyanide Murders

Bitter Almonds: The True Story of Mothers, Daughters and the Seattle Cyanide Murders

by Gregg Olsen

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New York Times Bestseller!

File corrected and updated with photos July 3, 2015.

Stella Nickell's small-time world was one of big-time dreams. In 1986, her biggest one came true when her husband died during a seizure, making her the beneficiary of a $175,000-plus insurance payoff--until authorities discovered Bruce Nickell's headache capsules had been laced with cyanide. In an attempt to cover her tracks, Stella did the unconscionable. She saw to it that a stranger would also become a "random casualty" of cyanide-tainted painkillers. But Stella's cunning plan came undone when her daughter Cynthia notified federal agents. And troubling questions lingered like the secret of bitter almonds...

What would turn a gregarious barfly like Stella Nickell into a cold-hearted killer overnight? Why would Cynthia, a mirror image of her mother, turn on her own flesh and blood? Did Cynthia reveal everything she knew about the crimes? The stunning answers would unfold in a case that sparked a national uproar, dug deep into a troubled family history, and exposed an American mother for the pretty poison she was.

Stella Nickell is considered by many to be one of the first domestic terrorists -- the first to be convicted under American product tampering laws.

Gregg Olsen's Bitter Almonds is true crime writing at its best.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940151241557
Publisher: Crime Rant Books
Publication date: 04/09/2015
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 123,071
File size: 3 MB

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Bitter Almonds: The True Story of Mothers, Daughters and the Seattle Cyanide Murders 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the Ann Rule and Jack Olsen (Give A Boy A Gun Son, etc.) true crime books and have enjoyed them immensly. Bitter Almonds is as good as anything they (or anyone else) has ever written. I just finished reading it for the second time, and found I enjoyed it even more than the first reading. I think the reader gets to know some of the people in this book better than their own families do-and they are fascinating. This book is a must for True Crime lovers.
Randy_O More than 1 year ago
I'm normally a fan of Gregg Olsen, but this one was just too long and drawn out. I fthey had cut 150 pages out of it, it would have been better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are 540 pages to this book and I struggled to read 300 of them. I lost the battle. The storyline went over Stella and her plight and life page after page. I kept hoping things would move on but they never did. It was very boring reading about Stella and you never really read anything different than what you had read before. I don't plan to trust any of his books in the future. I will buy no more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good true crime
jmhtx More than 1 year ago
I love it
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Another great read by Olsen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
See u there. Her voice was a whisper as she walked away. Her tight a$$ visable.