The Craigslist Murders

The Craigslist Murders

by Brenda Cullerton


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“A brilliantly prophetic and modern tale of the macabre . . . A novel that roars across the intersection of Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho and Tom Wolfe’s The Bonfire of the Vanities.”
—James Wolcott, Vanity Fair columnist

Unleashing the pent-up fury most Americans feel over the financial crisis, Brenda Cullerton’s wickedly riotous tale of an interior “desecrator” turned murderess is a flaming arrow into the dark heart of Manhattan’s filthy rich.

Working on New York’s Upper East Side for phenomenally rich and frighteningly skinny women who are suffering from BBS (Birkin Bag Syndrome—a muscle ailment due to carrying heavy pocketbooks) has driven interior designer Charlotte Wolfe mad. It seems to her that the insatiable pursuit of luxury breeds monsters. She gets even angrier when she begins to encounter the same thing over and over again: these women are so cheap they go on Craigslist to sell things their husband kept from wife number one.

As the financial crisis escalates and Charlotte’s own resources dwindle, her rage leads her to not only bite the well-manicured hands that feed her, but to do something more—to really clean house. A razor-sharp satire that’s both laugh-out-loud funny and edge-of-your-seat suspenseful, The Craigslist Murders will inspire readers to cheer an unlikely heroine, whose nightmares are the stuff of a poor person’s dreams.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612190198
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 05/17/2011
Series: Melville International Crime Series
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.45(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Brenda Cullerton is a writer for the fashion, beauty, and interior design industries, and the author of the memoir, The Nearly Departed, Or, My Family and Other Foreigners, which O Magazine called "wise, courageous, brutally honest and darkly hilarious." She has also written several books on interiors and the home. She lives and works in New York City.

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The Craigslist Murders 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
bookmagic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Charlotte Wolfe is a successful decorator to the very rich of NYC's Upper East Side. She helps them spend millions on redecorating thing their various expensive properties, while they treat her like a therapist, whining about dealing with BBS- Birkin Bag Syndrome, like carpal tunnel from carrying those heavy expensive handbags, their cheating husbands, and ungrateful children. They buy and buy and are never happy. Charlotte hates them. One day while meeting one of these types of women who was selling something expensive on Craigslist, Charlotte snaps and kills her with a fireplace poker. It made her feel so good, that she becomes addicted to perusing Craigslist for items being sold by Upper East Siders, finding more women to kill. But with each kill, she comes closer to being caught.This novel is satirical in nature but also goes further than that. Charlotte has a lot of pent up rage (obviously) and we learn about her childhood, growing up wealthy until her father made some bad investments. But Charlotte's mother was cruel and sadistic as she tried to make her daughter into the perfect little girl. Charlotte has few friends and is quite lonely. She has constant nightmares about her childhood.Cullerton does a great job of describing all of the shallow, rich, elitists who go through money the way most of us go through water. Sadly, these people are all to real in life. I found myself rooting for Charlotte. One of her clients destroys a $15,000 toilet after catching one of the workers using it. Another is devastated over her husband cheating on her until he takes her on a very expensive and exclusive safari in Botswana. I almost wished Charlotte could kill her clients!This was a quick, enjoyable read with a little more depth than I expected. Unless you are one of those Upper East Siders, I think you will find this book a good summer rating 4/5
birdsam0610 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was another galley given to me by the kind folks of Melville House Publishing. The Craigslist Murders is murder straightup ¿ we have Charlotte, the murderer by night and interior decorator by day. In between tracking down antiques for her incredibly wealthy clients, she¿s hunting Craigslist (like EBay) for young, society wives selling things and then kills them. (Why rich society wives are selling things on the internet I¿m not sure, but I guess we can blame the recession).Rather than being a portrait of a cold blooded killer, this book is witty and draws parallels with Sex in the City at times. Set in New York with another Charlotte (albeit with a different personality than the other one) and a lot of designer items are mentioned by name, it has that guilty but good feeling. However, it¿s hard to link interior designer Charlotte with murderer Charlotte. It seems quite disjointed at times and I wondered if this was intentionally so to expose a personality disorder in Charlotte or if the author wanted the reader to like Charlotte and feel sympathy for her. Although we find out Charlotte¿s backstory in pieces, I don¿t think it was strong enough to justify her murders. There was a certain glamour aspect to this book though ¿ whether from the brand names or the style, I¿m not sure ¿ as well as a bit of a Hitchcock feel.The ending of this book is excellent and somewhat unexpected. It was the last thing I was thinking of to happen! If you¿re squeamish, this is a better crime fiction book for you as it¿s not graphic in its descriptions.A quick and easy read ¿ an interesting topic with a twist, as the story is told by the murderer herself. A good debut by Brenda Cullerton.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago