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The Black Dahlia
The Black Dahlia | James Ellroy
The Black Dahlia is a roman noir on an epic scale: a classic period piece that provides a startling conclusion to America's most infamous unsolved murder mystery--the murder of the beautiful young woman known as The Black Dahlia.
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LauraJ
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I really liked the characters in this reimagined grisly version of the Black Dahlia case. I need to read more Elroy.

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LiseWorks
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#NSR22 @Nessavamusic Noir Mystery. This was a good novel, lots of twists that I never saw coming. The murder was brutal. The Police at the time (as it happened in the 1940's) were horrible in their methods and really prejudiced and racists. I would shake my head at the brutality of the police of the day.

Nessavamusic I have pondered reading this one, but I have to be in the right head space for it. 6mo
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LiseWorks
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#AprilReadingChallenge #ThingsInCommon This is my starter book, Let's see where this takes me, it was next on my list of TBR @Clwojick

Clwojick Wooohoooo! Good luck with your reading adventures! 😝 6mo
StayCurious Cool I‘m doing this challenge too! 6mo
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TheSpineView
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Crazeedi Have you read this? I started it but too much police jargon for me 8mo
TheSpineView @Crazeedi No. It is another of those books that has been on my TBR list almost since it was published. 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🖤🖤 8mo
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JackOBotts @Crazeedi - agreed. This was a DNF for me, too. 8mo
Brewychock48 I loved this. Read it years ago for my book club 8mo
Eggs 🖤🤍🖤 8mo
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Yuki_Onna
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🎄🎄🎄 Look what arrived!!! 🎄🎄🎄
@kaysworld1 @MaleficentBookDragon

The missing #jolabokaflod package! I started an enquiry at the German Post.
It looks like they delivered it already on December 17 - but to someone different under another address who only now found the time to put it in my mailbox, where I found it yesterday evening...😀

Yuki_Onna Could DHL/German Post PLEASE stop messing up big time?! I feel bad to participate in #swaps #LitsySwaps already because there's a delivery problem with them every so often. My swap matches do everything right and early and in time - and DHL drops the packages SOMEWHERE without notifying me. 🤬
Which makes everyone feel ... 😣, especially my matches and the swap organizers, who should feel good, not the opposite...
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kaysworld1 @Yuki_Onna It's ok hun I'm glad you got it now xx 9mo
Yuki_Onna Thank you soo much, dear Kay! 🤍 I love my parcel! Can't wait to dive into the book and - white chocolate? Yuuumm!!! 😊 @kaysworld1 9mo
MaleficentBookDragon Wow. I am just happy it FINALLY made it to you. YAY@! 9mo
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JackOBotts
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Walking away from my October #doublespin with a #dnf - a rarity for me. I‘m not enjoying it and am just trying to power through. Time to just walk away at (just under) the halfway mark.

EvieBee Good choice. I powered through and it was totes disturbing. I have a high tolerance so that‘s saying something. 10mo
JackOBotts @EvieBee thanks! I definitely have that high tolerance, as well…and I‘m interested in Elizabeth Short and the mystery surrounding her tragic death. I can put my finger on it…I guess the cops are what got under my skin… 🤷🏻‍♀️ 10mo
EvieBee @JackOBotts Totally. I didn‘t finish this one but it was on the right track. Not sure if you‘ve read it. 10mo
TheAromaofBooks Some books just aren't the right match! 10mo
JackOBotts Thanks, @EvieBee - I‘ll have to check it out! 10mo
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booklover3258
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My review of this book can be found on my Youtube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/npYyD0HN6II

Enjoy!

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Not knowing much about the actual murder, I was not well prepared for the gruesome details and violence of it all. It made for a tough audio, and nothing I could listen to at night. It was also difficult to hear the glorified police brutality/racism by and witnessed by the main character, a detective. The obsession with the case was very interesting though, even if the ending a bit disappointing. #booked2020 #bottomoftbr #readmyowndamnbooks

BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice review! ♥️📚👊🏻 2y
BarbaraBB Great review, I read this recently and agree with all you say! 2y
Cinfhen I was going to say @BarbaraBB read this book recently and felt similarly 😉I‘ve always heard about this case but really know nothing about it. Im not sure I need to know 🥺 2y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Whatever you do, don‘t google her (‘the Black Dahlia‘) 🙈😱 2y
Cinfhen @BarbaraBB 😂😱😰I‘m tempted... but I trust your ⚠️ plus, I‘m still working on my morning coffee 🤢 2y
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BarbaraBB
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I listened to a podcast about George Hodel (his son claims he is the murderer of Elizabeth Short, ‘the Black Dahlia‘) and that triggered me to finally read the book. Where I hoped for a book like In Cold Blood, this turned out to be a fast paced crime novel which mixes facts and fiction. I didn‘t end up much wiser but it‘s an okay read.

#JennyIs30 #Booked2020 #TartanNoir #1001books

(Pic: The swimming pool is open again!)

JamieArc The swimming pool is what I miss most right now! Really craving some laps. Enjoy! 2y
BarbaraBB @JamieArc Me too, it was closed for ten weeks so I am really glad to be back to my laps again! 2y
Cinfhen Too bad book was only meh but yay for the glorious pool being reopened ❣️ 2y
Sarahreadstoomuch Yes! I was becoming more intrigued by asking “how much of this is real and how much fiction?” Than the actual writing itself. 2y
BarbaraBB @Sarahreadstoomuch Exactly! I kept googling 😂 2y
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BarbaraBB
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#WeeklyForecast 22/20

I am in the midst of Our Kind of Cruelty which is completely fucked up but keeps me triggered.
After this distraction it‘s back to the challenges!
For #ATY2020 I am going to read Dark Matter (I loved Recursion), for #Booked2020 The Black Dahlia and for #ReadingEurope2020 a Dutch book about Montenegro.

Cinfhen Our kind of cruelty was really messed up! I liked it a lot!! I just received her new #ARC 2y
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I hope you‘ll read it soon. I am definitely intrigued by this author (just finished the book and her afterword, wow) 2y
Crazeedi I have had black dahlia on my tbr for some time, heard an interview with an author on the subject 2y
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Crazeedi @Cinfhen that book sounds good!! 2y
Cinfhen It publishes in August @Crazeedi @BarbaraBB So I hope to read it next month 😍 2y
Crazeedi @Cinfhen I guess it must be a different book on the subject, I have one on my kindle, dont remember author name 2y
BarbaraBB @Crazeedi The subject of The Black Dahlia keeps popping up in true crime podcasts, so I figured it‘s about time to read a bit more about this murder case. 2y
Crazeedi @BarbaraBB yes, I heard a whole show on the topic, it was fascinating, that's why i bought the kindle book 2y
BarbaraBB @Crazeedi I am in the midst of it now and it‘s wild 😳 2y
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MolliesaurusRex
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Snuggling on the couch with cats. Everything is closed in N.Y. other than essential businesses. My copy of the new Animal Crossing game is looking like it won‘t be here today. And it‘s hella gross outside. Looks like I‘m just bunkering down and reading all day again. #coronavirusreadathon #covid19readathon #quarantinereadathon #lockdown #day4 #teachersoflitsy #readalldayeveryday

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MolliesaurusRex
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My library doesn‘t have this available as an ebook, but I found it on archive.org! This has been on my list for a while, & now seems perfect as the only winter prompt I have left is set in Hollywood.👌🏼 #booked2020 #setinhollywood #winterprompts #coronavirusreadathon #covid19readathon #quarantinereadathon #teachersoflitsy

Cinfhen Yay!!! Hope it‘s good!!! 3y
MolliesaurusRex @Cinfhen I‘m digging it so far! Already up to chapter 4. This kinda stuff is already my jam, though.🤣 3y
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jenniferw88
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Going into this novel, I knew next to nothing about the real-life events that inspired it. After finishing it, I think I might have to do a bit more research about the case as it's the kind of case I'm interested in. 5 ⭐

Book 5 for #murder2020 @Tove_Reads
#SetinHollywood #booked2020 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Oh, and it's also my #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

Cinfhen I recently picked up an audiobook about this case/ I‘m looking forward to learning more as well 3y
BarbaraBB You should definitely check out the podcast Root of Evil!! 3y
rubyslippersreads @jenniferw88 @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB When my mom was a teenager, a policeman was going door to door, showing a photo to see if anyone in the neighborhood knew the girl pictured. After the story broke, she realized it was the Black Dahlia. 3y
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RebeccaRoo7 I second the Root of Evil podcast!! Definitely a crazy story!!! 3y
Cinfhen That‘s a crazy connection @rubyslippersreads 😱 3y
TheAromaofBooks So glad you enjoyed your read. This one sounds like a crazy one! 3y
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jenniferw88
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TW: Child abuse

Maynard is accused of sodomy with young boys, and Captain Jack is one of the top police officials.

However my mind went to this Captain Jack - and thought he'd probably flirt with him! 🤣🤣🤣

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Daisey
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This is not at all my normal reading fare, and a few times, especially towards the end, I stopped for a while just to take a break and read/think about something cheerier. Yet, I really enjoyed the style and I was continually surprised by turns that the story took.

#audiobook #1001books #Reading1001

CafeMom I felt the same way about the book. 3y
Lena_writes Same here. The one about his mother‘s murder is even more of a rough go - but good! 3y
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CafeMom
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Watched the movie after I finished the book. It is a good adaptation of the book. I enjoyed Scarlett Johansson as Kay Lake, Aaron Eckhart as Lee Blanchard, Hilary Swank as Madeleine and Josh Hartnett as Bucky Bleichert. Special features included an interview with the author which I liked. If you are looking for a period piece I would recommend this movie.

BookwormM I haven‘t seen the film may have to check it out 3y
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CafeMom
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My first book by this author. What I liked about the book; the writing style, fictionalized account of true crime, all the L.A. Landmarks. What I didn't like; the story was gruesome at times especially the end regarding the murder. Overall, a great crime thriller. #1001books

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BookwormM
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#Reading1001

Gritty and compelling but that ending was too much.

Great opening shown in photo

Full review here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3070056721

BarbaraBB I just listened to a podcast about The possible/ probable killer of The Black Dahlia so now I‘ve moved the book up my tbr too! 3y
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Mollyanna
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mariaku21
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Review is up for Ellroy's fictionalized account of Elizabeth Short's murder featuring a seedy and hardened set of characters in the equally shady backdrop of a 1947 Los Angeles that I ended up enjoying. 4 ⭐ from me!

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lauraisntwilder
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Well, that was intense. 😳

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fandom_hellspawn99
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This meeting couldn't come soon enough! #TrueCrimeMeeting

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fandom_hellspawn99
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Next month is the Black Daliah murder! And as I just found out, Holly Dunn is coming to the library on the 25th of July! Yeeeeees! I can't wait, I'm freaking out!

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Godmotherx5
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1️⃣ -40 with the wind chill
2️⃣ 80F/27C
3️⃣ 75F/24C
4️⃣ Summer Sunday‘s: reading outside after breakfast
5️⃣ No change from my usual interests

@wanderinglynn #HelloThursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 💜 And stay warm! 🥶 4y
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Godmotherx5
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Lucky to be at home today. Warm vibes to anyone who has to be outside in the Midwest. -40 here
#polarvortex

What are you reading today?

WhatThePuck Only -12 here in Louisville, KY so I'm at work. 😂😂 4y
Godmotherx5 @CogsOfEncouragement I have that on my TBR 4y
Godmotherx5 @WhatThePuck Hmm, balmy 🌬 4y
Bklover Wind chill -25 here. A bit nippy. 4y
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Godmotherx5
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Cold weather prep complete. Fridge stocked & plenty of hot tea. Hunkering down for a movie with hubby. Thanks to everyone involved with @24in48 #24in48 #readathon

Librarybelle Great job! 4y
mabell Sounds wonderful! ❤️❄️🌨 4y
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Godmotherx5
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I was about to start reading the tagged book when my hubby suggested going out to breakfast. Did someone say food....🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️
Hour six challenge #24in48
@24in48

CareBear Glad to see you back on here! 4y
Godmotherx5 @CareBear 🤗XOXO🤗 4y
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Zee3
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Didn't really do anything for me. Slow start, then got interesting enough to keep me hooked, some twists at the end.

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JessicaThunstromNelson
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Bedtime reading. #theblackdahlia #murder #cozy

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Zee3
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KellyHunsakerReads
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A wild ride. Have any of you seen the movie?

Ericalambbrown I didn‘t think the movie was great, but if you‘ve got nothing else to do . . . ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 4y
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Ruthiella
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Ellroy mines the underbelly of #tinseltown and the greater LA area in his novel about who might have murdered Elizabeth Short and why. This book is baroque and dense and oozes with testosterone as Det. ”Bucky” Blanchard wades through sex, lies and corruption to solve the case...even if it destroys him and those he cares about.

#SeasonsReadings

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choice!! 4y
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TheSpineView
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GripLitGrl
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Meredith3
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#Ihaveadream that when I die I get to find out the truth behind every unsolved murder and disappearance. #yeahithinkadnanisinnocent 🖕🏻 jk, but for real I wanna know. #ABBAinAugust

emilyhaldi Omg ME TOO!!!! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 4y
Meredith3 @emilyhaldi 😸🖤🤜🏻🤛🏻 4y
Cortg YES!!! I‘ve often thought this 4y
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Meredith3 @Cortg I think it‘ll happen for all of us 😹 4y
BrittanyReads 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 4y
Cinfhen Definitely something to look forward too 🙌🏻😂😂so sad how many families have no closure 😥😥😥 4y
Cinfhen Tupac 🙌🏻 4y
Mdargusch Me too! 🤞🏼 4y
Hollie I think Adnan is innocent as well. 4y
BooksBikes12 How can a plane that big just disappear? We found the Titanic in a pretty big Bowl of water. I have always thought extraterrestrial. Just saying 😌 4y
Reviewsbylola I know!!! I need to keep a list! 4y
Reviewsbylola Natalee Holloway is not a secret though. It was 100% Joran van der Sloot. 4y
Reviewsbylola But Natalee could at least tell you the details. 4y
Meredith3 @Reviewsbylola but where why how?! No body means it‘s still a mystery to me! And he hasn‘t been convicted of the murder so it remains unsolved! 4y
Meredith3 @Hollie 🖤🖤🖤 4y
Meredith3 @Books_Bikes_12 that‘s a great point! I‘m with ya! 4y
Meredith3 @Cinfhen so sad! 4y
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LibraryCin
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It took a long time for the story to really get going, I thought. I really wasn‘t interested in the detective‘s personal life – at all. Once Elizabeth‘s body was found, it got more interesting, but even still, only to a point. I listened to the audio, so it may have had some effect on my rating, but I‘m not sure it would have brought it up all that much if I‘d read it, either. I have to admit, the narrator did accents very well.

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Godmotherx5
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Going to Powell‘s is on my bucket list. More so now...
https://twitter.com/powells/status/969710553475239937?s=12

@shanebeth @2BR02B #Murderino

MayJasper 😍 5y
Velvetsun Love this. 5y
shanebeth that‘s cool! 5y
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ferskner Powell's is the best! 5y
tapgurl Went there for the first time this summer and loved it!! 5y
Godmotherx5 @tapgurl How much time do you need to plan for a visit? 5y
tapgurl I'd say at least 4 hours. More if you can. They have a cafe there too. We were in Portland for 3 days (hotel was 1 block away) so I made repeat visits. The best was by myself when my husband and daughter went to dinner without me! It's huge taking up the whole block! All 4 corners! (edited) 5y
Godmotherx5 @tapgurl I knew it was big but I didn‘t realize it reached four corners. If you don‘t mind my asking, is there a hotel you recommend? I‘m not always confident in what I find online & I really want to go there. 5y
tapgurl Sure we stayed at the Benson. It's about a block away. We did a river jet boat ride too that was fun if you're looking for things to do:) 5y
Godmotherx5 @tapgurl Thanks so much. A friend moved to Portland in 2012. I want to visit with her then see the sights. 5y
K.Wielechowski I just started listening to My Favorite Murder and I LOVE it!! #MFM #Murderino 5y
2BR02B I spy some excellent reads! Loved Killers of the Flower Moon and The Alienist! 5y
Godmotherx5 @2BR02B I looked at the display saying, “Read it, read it, want it, have it, read it....”. 5y
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JoeStalksBeck
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Leftcoastzen Nice ,love your Instagram and Ellroy. 5y
AmyG I love your instagram. I‘m gratefulamyg and I am amazed at your posts. 5y
JoeStalksBeck @AmyG thank you!!! 5y
GripLitGrl Love this book❤ great insta post👍 5y
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Godmotherx5
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1) I‘m looking forward to The Black Dahlia. True crime about a cold case from 1947.
2) Twix
3) Generation X
4) Aquaphor Lip Repair
5) Birthday dinner at Hob Nob with hubby & my parents. Hob Nob is featured in Wisconsin Supper Clubs.

@MinDea #HumpDayPost

Gina The Black Dahlia is a fascinating and gruesome case. I had no idea there was a WI supper club book, I'm excited to get my hands on that read 5y
Godmotherx5 @Gina He wrote a second book. I just have the first. 5y
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Bostonmomx2 My step-Gpa‘s partner in LA was on that case. I wish now I would have talked to him about but I never did. 5y
Godmotherx5 @Bostonmomx2 Do you know if he‘s mentioned in the book? 5y
Bostonmomx2 I really don‘t know. Gpa is gone now and I have no idea what his partners name would have been. 5y
Godmotherx5 @Bostonmomx2 Sorry about your Gpa. Still kind of a cool link to history. 5y
Aseleener Are you in Kenosha!? I live not far from the Hob Nob! 5y
Godmotherx5 @Aseleener Yep, Pleasant Prairie. 5y
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bookworm.krizia
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Panpan

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AshleyHoss820
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"Cherchez la femme, Bucky. Remember that."
This book is a fictionalization of the unsolved Black Dahlia/Elizabeth Short murder. The narrator is a detective who's life slowly, continually spirals out of control due to his (and his partner's) obsession with the case. As far as noir goes, it's aces. The movie is decent too. ? side note: while reading, keep in mind that this takes place in the '40s... 114/1,001 #1001Books

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AshleyHoss820
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I'm like 6 pages in when I start wondering, "What the hell is a pachuco?" I headed to Google and I was not disappointed.

vivastory Zoot suit riot, indeed 5y
AshleyHoss820 @vivastory Throw back a bottle 'o beer! 😄 5y
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Andrew65
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#MelodiousMusicals #SunsetBoulevard This book tells a fictionalised account of a young Hollywood hopeful, Elizabeth Short, who was murdered in 1947 and her body left in the Leimert Park neighbourhood of Los Angeles. To the best of my knowledge this grisly case has never been solved and was made into a film in 2006. The streets of Hollywood aren't always paved in Gold, but no one deserves this ending. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Dahlia

CrowCAH An interesting cold case of a movie star; neat! 5y
BarbaraBB I once played a computer game based on the book! 5y
Andrew65 @BarbaraBB That would be interesting. 5y
BarbaraBB A typical adventure game in the 90s in which you are the detective looking for clues! 5y
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Smangela Unsolved murders always tug at my heart 😢 5y
Reviewsbylola Such a sad story. 5y
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writerlibrarian
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Hollywood noir at his best. #maybookflowers #hollywood. These have been in my #TBR list so long.

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Ubookquitous
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James Ellroy's twisted novel includes more than one #badromance that really fit the lyrics
#lyricalApril

@Cinfhen

Cinfhen 🖤🙌🏻🖤🙌🏻🖤 5y
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