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The Monster of Florence
The Monster of Florence | Mario Spezi, Douglas J. Preston
The Monster of Florence, which was shortlisted for the prestigious CWA Gold Dagger Award for Non Fiction in 2010, is a true account of brutal serial murder in idyllic Florence. After settling in Italy in 2000, Douglas Preston discovered that the olive grove in front of his family's new home had been the scene of one of the most infamous double-murders in Italian history, committed by a serial killer who had never been found and was known only as the Monster of Florence. Preston, intrigued, met Italian journalist Mario Spezi, who had followed the case since the first murders in 1974, to learn more. This is the true story of their search for - and identification of - the man they believe committed the crimes, and their chilling interview with him. It's also the story of how Preston and Spezi themselves became embroiled in the case. Like one of Preston's bestselling thrillers, The Monster of Florence tells a gripping and harrowing story of murder, mutilation, suspicion and ruined lives - and at the centre of it, two brave writers trying to uncover the truth at all costs. This latest edition includes an explosive afterword about the much-publicised murder of a British student, Meredith Kercher, and its connection to the monster case.
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Cinfhen
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This book falls under the category of #RealLifeIsStrangerThanFiction 🤯What a wild read!! Douglas Preston is a gifted storyteller & this book didn‘t disappoint. Preston later ties in the Amanda Knox case which took place in the same area and with the same shoddy investigators. Makes one question the abuse of power & legal system worldwide. Thanks for the impromptu buddyread @vivastory and hope you enjoy this book @peaknit #NonFictionNovember

Cathythoughts Sounds great ! I have it stacked 👍❤️ 1mo
vivastory I enjoyed the buddy read! 1mo
peaknit @Cinfhen and @vivastory it‘s making me want to travel to Florence too, the birthplace of so many amazing things...and a killer🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
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Bookzombie @Chrissyreadit gave this one to me in the Halloween swap. 🙂 I foresee it being in a weekly forecast soon. 1mo
Chrissyreadit Nice! I‘m glad it was a good book! 1mo
Cinfhen Ha @Bookzombie funny how we create our reading lists!!! Do you read much true crime @Cathythoughts ??? I agree @peaknit Florence is definitely one of the characters. I feel like this could work for #ArmchairTravel #Booked2020 😉 1mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen I do read a bit of true crime ... I reread In Cold Blood this year .. excellent! I also really loved this year .... 1mo
Cathythoughts Sorry text went too fast .. also loved Ann Rules: The Stranger Beside Me & also 1mo
Cinfhen Yes @Cathythoughts I‘ve read them all!! So good. Then I think you‘ll like this one a lot and im hoping to do a buddy read middle of November with @vivastory and @peaknit for this book if you care to join (edited) 1mo
Cathythoughts Oh yes I‘d love to join in that buddyread & Thankyou for asking 👍❤️...I‘ll save the Monster in Florence for #booked2020 .... I‘m very curious about it 1mo
Cinfhen Great @Cathythoughts I‘ll keep u in the loop/ looking to start Nov 18 or there about 1mo
lele1432 I have been wanting to read this one for ages! Loved the movie. I may be reading along with you! 😊 1mo
Cinfhen Great @lele1432 I just tagged you in a different post. Looks like @Marni wasn‘t a fan 😜 1mo
lele1432 Lol oh shoot! I guess we'll see how this goes! 😊 1mo
peaknit I just finished, the miscarriage of justice and shenanigans in Italian court are mind blowing to me. I work in law enforcement and our own system needs work but Italy...holy 💩. They got it so wrong, and wrong, and wrong and wrong. @Cinfhen @vivastory Now I‘m going to finish (edited) 3w
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peaknit
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Hoping to sneak in some reading at lunch today for #NonFictionNovember - Thanks @Cinfhen and @vivastory for the recommendation.

vivastory It's a great one. I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on it! 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m almost done and it gets crazy!!!! It‘s very good @vivastory 1mo
Flaneurette @Cinfhen This sounds sooo good you guys! How did I miss this one?! I LOVED Midnight in the Garden...and this sounds sorta like it. I finally went to Florence last year so there's that too. Thanks for bringing it to my attention @vivastory too
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vivastory @Flaneurette Midnight is still on my TBR. I've been meaning to read it forever, I might have to do so before the end of the month. Italy is definitely on my travel bucket list. I feel like Preston really captured the city well in this one. Looking forward to your thoughts! 1mo
Cinfhen Me too about Midnight @vivastory !!!! I smell another buddy read coming on 😜 1mo
Cinfhen Thanks for the reminder @Flaneurette I think you‘re gonna love this book!!! 1mo
vivastory @Cinfhen Sounds good to me! How does the week of Nov 18th sound? 1mo
peaknit @vivastory and @Cinfhen I‘m up for a buddy read too! Thanks for getting me curious about this one. I love a good true crime and this one is very curious. 1mo
Cinfhen I‘ve requested the book through OverDrive @vivastory @peaknit hopefully I‘ll have it by Nov 18! 🤞🏼🤞🏼 1mo
vivastory @peaknit @Cinfhen Sounds good, if not we can maybe do it the week after? I love true crime. I think it's my favorite nonfiction genre. 1mo
Cinfhen Ok @peaknit @vivastory I‘ll let you know when my copy comes in!! And yes, True crime is quickly becoming a favorite genre of mine too. Especially when it reads like a fiction novel. 1mo
peaknit @Cinfhen and @vivastory I‘m on the holds list! 🙌🏻 looks good to get it soon. But the new Erin Morgenstern is waiting for me so there‘s that...😂 1mo
vivastory @peaknit I still need to read 😬 1mo
peaknit @vivastory I loved It so much! The British accent on the audio is 👍🏻 1mo
Cinfhen Lucky you!!! I have a feeling I won‘t be getting to the new Morgenstern for a long time 1mo
peaknit @Cinfhen I‘m worried😂 first world problems - too much to read. 1mo
peaknit @Cinfhen @vivastory I picked this back up overnight because it is on my kindle, it‘s really gaining momentum in the second half. But every time I read “picnicking friends” I giggle to myself. I‘m about halfway through our buddy read as well. Lots to discuss if I can keep it straight 😂 (edited) 3w
Cinfhen I know, those “picnicking friends “ should take a trip to Savanna 😂😂🤣😂 3w
peaknit @Cinfhen 😂😂 great idea!! 3w
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Cinfhen
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Just got a big laugh after reading Douglas Preston describing “transitions” and “cultural differences” 😂😂😂In August 2000 he moved to Florence with his wife and two young children “ Living in Italy was going to be the adventure of a lifetime, for which we were singularly unprepared.” Yup!!!! #LifeOfAnExpat #NoClue

#NonFictionNovember

vivastory 😂 The chainsmoking teachers 1mo
Cinfhen Yup @vivastory 😂😂hilarious 1mo
Suet624 And thinking that sending them off to the nuns might be better! 1mo
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Cinfhen Ha @Suet624 I guess spanking is better than smoking 🚬 1mo
Crazeedi This sounds like a great read! 1mo
Insightsintobooks Oh thats sounds like a good read, plus I could use a laugh. 1mo
Cinfhen Not too many laughs in this book @Insightsintobooks as it‘s a true crime about an Italian serial killer but it‘s compulsive and hard to put down @Crazeedi 1mo
Insightsintobooks @Cinfhen well, that's what I get for not reading the description of the book but I think I'll still look into it. 1mo
Cinfhen Hahaha @Insightsintobooks I‘ve done that before!!!! Preston is such a good writer that he DOES manage to bring gaiety to even the darkest subjects. 1mo
Mdargusch I‘ve always wondered about this book since I love true crime. 1mo
Cinfhen Im happy to send it to you @Mdargusch I think you will LOVE IT 1mo
Reviewsbylola 😆😆 I bet you can relate! 1mo
Cinfhen I chuckled so hard!!! @Reviewsbylola (edited) 1mo
Mdargusch You are sweet. 😘 1mo
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Cinfhen
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This story keeps getting stranger and stranger @vivastory It‘s hard NOT to imagine The Pink Panther‘s inept police detective, Inspector Jacques Clouseau when I read about the Polizia and Carabinieri.

JamieArc Whenever people talk about the Amanda Knox case, or ask for a true crime rec, this is always the book I suggest. Make sure you read the author‘s commentary on the case at the very end. 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m SOOOO tempted to read the afterward NOW @JamieArc but will it ruin parts of Monster??? 1mo
JamieArc @Cinfhen I don‘t remember! So it‘s probably best to wait 😬. 1mo
Crazeedi @Cinfhen and now that I see this post, I remember reading something about this book or hearing about it 1mo
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vivastory
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Unquestionably one of the most bizarre true crime cases I've ever read. Preston writes nonfiction that reads like a novel: memorable characters, good pacing, dramatic conflict. It's always strange when the author becomes a part of the story. One of the best nf books I've read this year.

vivastory @Cinfhen I loved this one! I've been telling my friends & co-workers about this case today. So strange. 1mo
Freespirit Wow...stacked😊 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m looking forward to catching up! Douglas Preston really knows how to tell a story. Thanks for the push to finally pick this book up and off my shelf. 1mo
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Cathythoughts The second time I‘ve seen this on Litsy & really it sounds great. I have it stacked (edited) 1mo
Hooked_on_books Agreed. Great book. 1mo
BarbaraBB Okay. Stacked! Great review!! (edited) 1mo
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Gabriella Carlizzi is the Italian Alex Jones. This book may very well be the most bonkers true crime I've ever read.

Cinfhen You‘re making so much progress. Haven‘t had a chance to pick up the book since I put it down yesterday. Looking forward to seeing where this story goes. 1mo
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Cinfhen
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Whoa @vivastory I can‘t stop reading !!! Book is so wild ~ and tantalizing 😲I was in Florence the summer of 1984/ backpacking with a friend. I have no recall about this terrifying case.Scary to think a serial killer was on the loose☠️I just finished chapter 18 and I need to force myself to put the book down so I can run a bunch of errands.

peaknit Sounds awesome, on the hold list it goes! 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m only done with the first third but it‘s excellent so far @peaknit I can also recommend this book by him 1mo
Cathythoughts Sounds excellent! Stacked 1mo
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vivastory @peaknit I second the recommendation of Lost City of the Monkey God. Preston knows how to write a nf so that it reads like a novel. Several times so far in Monster I had to remind myself that this really happened, such a bizarre story. 1mo
vivastory That's crazy that you were backpacking in the area when all of this occurred, Cindy! I checked out my copy from the library, but I will definitely be going to the bookstore to read the additional materials about the Knox case. 1mo
peaknit @Cinfhen @vivastory thank you!! I got this one right away today from the library on my kindle, I will check out your other recommendation too. It‘s non fiction Nov after all 😊 1mo
Cinfhen Hope you enjoy both books @peaknit tag us and share your thoughts!!!! 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m curious about the Amanda Knox connection @vivastory I almost want to flip ahead to that section but I don‘t want to ruin any parts of the Monster story. It‘s so compulsive!! 1mo
Mdargusch Stacking! 1mo
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Cinfhen
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Seems I better get cracking on my #BuddyRead with @vivastory Scott has managed 100 pages already 🙌🏻 BUT first, coffee ☕️ There are 5 pages of secondary character index😳

Hooked_on_books It‘s so readable! Don‘t be intimidated. 😬 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m totally hooked @Hooked_on_books im about 50 pages in and I love it!!!!! I recently read and LOVED 1mo
Cinfhen His writing is SO GOOD!!!!! 1mo
Hooked_on_books Yes, that one‘s good, too! I love him poking fun at himself in the jungle. 😂 So relatable. 1mo
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vivastory
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What are your thoughts @Cinfhen ? I'm finding it really bizarre & fascinating so far. I can see why it frequently makes best true crime lists.

Cinfhen I haven‘t started 🙈Hopefully I‘ll pick it up today 1mo
vivastory @Cinfhen I'm finding it to be a very quick read. I'm over 100 pages in so far. 1mo
vivastory Have you read this book @Reviewsbylola ? 1mo
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Cinfhen What???? 100 pages!?!? Already!!! 1mo
Hooked_on_books When you get to how the Italian police respond to the authors‘ investigation, it‘s kind of unbelievable. 1mo
Reviewsbylola I have but it was a loooooooong time ago. @Cinfhen 1mo
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vivastory
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Storm System King is leaving the area, after lingering a bit longer than expected. Up next we have a nice warm front moving in from Florence. I'll be keeping a close eye on this system the next few days with my co-anchor @cinfhen Front will move out on on Tue or Wed, cooler air will return from Virginia. Very fall-like weather for a day or two, great for a bonfire, or a movie. Then Storm System Crouch arrives, with unpredictable weather patterns.

merelybookish Very clever! 🤓 1mo
Cinfhen I think you missed your true calling😜 It‘s not too late to apply for a job down at the TV station 🙌🏻🌤🌩❄️☂️🌈 1mo
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readordierachel Nicely done 👏🏼👏🏼 1mo
vivastory @Cinfhen 😄 Strangely enough I always looked forward to the weather forecast 😂 1mo
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NaeymaAli
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I read this when I was young, it was my eldest sisters book. Anyway, 10 year old me thought it was horrific and 22 year old me blames my internal troubles on it, nevertheless I read it all and I still cannot believe it that they are real cases.

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NatalieR
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Fascinating true crime story with some unexpected aspects. I didn‘t know that the monster of Florence inspired Thomas Harris‘ Dr. Hannibal Lector novels. There are several references to TH. Also, the authors became a part of the case as the Italian authorities were not pleased with their research/investigation. #MountTBR

Hooked_on_books I loved this one! I thought the Italian police response to the authors was crazy. Now every time someone is accused of something in Italy I‘m highly skeptical. 5mo
Librarybelle This was so good! And yes, such a bizarre reaction from the Italian police. I totally agree with you, @Hooked_on_books ! 5mo
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NatalieR @Trashcanman 🤣 Yes... I‘m a bit flexible. I didn‘t realize how weird it looks until you pointed it out! 4mo
Trashcanman @NatalieR I've been trying to mimic your thumbs flexibility. Tried for a half hour. Now my thumb hurts. Nice thumb. 4mo
NatalieR @Trashcanman You crack me up! Thanks for the compliment. 😳 Hope your thumb feels better! 😜 4mo
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AlizaApp
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A thing that I love in crime writing is when the reporter becomes a part of the story, which is what happens here. While investigating a decades-old serial killer in Florence, the reporters also find themselves targeted by authorities for daring to challenge the Italian legal system‘s accepted bureaucratic obfuscation. They name who they believe the killer to be, and also expect that nothing will come of it.

JamieArc This is one of the true crime books I recommend most, especially for the author‘s commentary in the afterward about the Amanda Knox case. 5mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This book was fascinating. 5mo
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bookwrm526
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I love true crime but this one got a little bogged down in the author‘s‘ involvement in the case and I found that part boring. The story itself is interesting though!

JamieArc I always recommend this book when people are interested in the Amanda Knox case. My copy had an afterward in which the author gave commentary on it which I found really interesting. 6mo
bookwrm526 @JamieArc I listened to the audiobook, and it didn‘t include that! 6mo
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EmilieGR
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Unforgettable window into a corrupt and wholly Italian police system

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bookandbedandtea
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Holy. Crap. Y'all.

This is really good yet horrifying. Strangely the account of the serial killer's crimes isn't even the scary part. Rather the bizarre, self-serving, bullheaded actions of the police & prosecutors is the real horror story here.

The take-away: To get away with murder Florence is the place to commit your crime. OTOH any resident or tourist in the city when a murder is committed has a good chance of being wrongly convicted. 😲

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HotMessJess
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Working out of my favorite cafe today. They sell used books for .50 cents and my wallet quivers every time I walk in. I am on a budget, waiting for Baby B to get here, so I limited myself to only 1 today 😫😫 #WorkVibes

DGRachel But you picked a good one! 1y
HotMessJess @DGRachel have you read?! Was it a thriller?! 1y
DGRachel It‘s true crime. I read it ages ago, but really enjoyed it and found the whole working of the Italian “justice” system to be fascinating and rather appalling. Funny note: I actually left my first copy on an airplane and had to buy a second hardback to finish! 1y
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JessNevertheless
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I'm trying to make an economical start to Halloween decorations so I've been #audiocrafting all day to this book. Nothing like true crime to make time fly by! 🖤🌸

JennyM That‘s beautiful. Well done 1y
JessNevertheless @JennyM Thanks! Took way longer than expected so I might have to scale down my plans a bit. 1y
tpixie Lovely 1y
DivineDiana Beautiful! 👏🏻 1y
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AprilMae
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Omg, thank you soooo much @Chocamanda for the super awesome box of goodies! My niece keeps trying to grab things and hide them on me 😂😂 I'll post when I open the cards
Thank you for putting this on @JenlovesJT47
#Itstrulycriminalswap

JenlovesJT47 Awesome!!💚💚💚 1y
Chocamanda Hooray! I‘m glad you like your goodies! I‘ll be home soon to post about my box of treats. I hope you and your niece have fun! Female Serial Killers is one of my favorite true crime books of all time. I hope you like it as much as I do. 1y
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JessNevertheless
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Taking advantage of my office's green roof as a workspace.🌿🥀 Just started this new audiobook and I'm already hooked.

callielafleur That's lovely! 1y
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PolaroidPoet
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I had no idea Hannibal Lecter was possibly based on the Monster of Florence. 😱

JamieArc I liked this book a lot! It‘s one of the true crime books I always recommend because a lot of people don‘t know about it, and my book had commentary in the afterward about the Amanda Knox trial that was really interesting and fit with the book. 1y
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JessNevertheless
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You can tell which one I had to get for book club vs. what I normally gravitate toward. 🖤 Probably not going to find any hidden gems in DC's newest bookstore but still a nice place to browse the top of the charts. #bookhaul

Sophoclessweetheart I want an amazon books store 😶😶😍😍 1y
JessNevertheless @Sorceryandswords It was cool! Had a lot of "if you like this, try this" displays and could pay with my prime account. Will definitely add it to my bookstore rounds! 1y
Sophoclessweetheart Omg!! That‘s awesome. 1y
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PatriciaU
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I just adore #bookmail! Today I received this beauty from @Callemarie as part of the #MarchMysteryBookSwap. It‘s been on my TBR for ages and now it has flown to the top! Thank you!

Callemarie Omg you got that so quickly!!! Wooohooooo 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That's a good read. Very interesting. 2y
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bridge12
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This story takes insane turns. When I read that Giuliano Mignini was involved in the investigation I knew it was going to be a crazy ride.

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bridge12
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Iced in today from work! So I plan on sitting on my couch and reading this spooky book. Figured I‘d just get a picture of the book‘s cast than any text because it can be a bit gruesome! ❤️ #IceDay

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No_One
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#7days7bookcovers #day1

Post a book cover you love. No explanation, no information about the book. Just covers you love.

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larah17
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An excellent book. I just don‘t know what to say. To see how the prosecution twisted every single aspect of the case in order to fit their suspect of the month and their insane “satanic cult” theory is horrifying, but made for a riveting read. I would love to read about the developments in the case since this book was published!

Christine11 Sounds really interesting! 😊 2y
Emilyrjones22 I loooooved this book. In fact, I need to buy a new copy cause I loaned mine out and never got it back!! 2y
DGRachel I loved this book, too! I accidentally left my hardback on a plane and had to buy a new copy to finish! 2y
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larah17 @Christine11 I‘d really recommend it! I originally picked it up because of its connection to the Amanda Knox case (same prosecutor)! @Emilyrjones22 @DGRachel oh no! There‘s nothing worse than losing books 😢 2y
Christine11 @larah17 That‘s so interesting - I‘m definitely going to try and get a copy ! 😊 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I liked this book, it was fascinating. 2y
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larah17
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If true crime has taught me anything, it‘s that a satanic cult is always the suspect but NEVER the answer.

Meredith3 Agreed!! 2y
ladym30 So true! 2y
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larah17
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Sadly I‘m not doing the 24 in 48 readathon (someday!) but nevertheless I‘m gonna settle in with some gruesome true crime for the day! 🤘

ladym30 An incredible story! 2y
larah17 @ladym30 it really, really is! 2y
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Bpsmith6176
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This book is ah-making! Blew my mind! Love the cultural differences and the twists - my favorite true crime book!

vivastory This is really high on my true crime TBR. Glad to hear it's great! 2y
Bpsmith6176 @vivastory it is so good! Can't wait to see what you think! 😊 2y
AshleyHoss820 I swear I bought this simply because you told me to...I think I have it somewhere... 2y
Bpsmith6176 @AshleyHoss820 I think you will enjoy it! 2y
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FrankieCroooow
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I finally finished this. I loved it! I loved how in depth it got. Incredible read. I highly recommend it if you love true crime.

DebbieGrillo Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
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MorbidAi
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This was my first time reading a true crime story and I couldn't put the book down! I cannot believe how crazy this case is!! My mind is blown that I had never even heard about it before coming across the book. It made me want to read more serial killer books. 😳 #SCREAMATHON

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MorbidAi I just finished this today. It blew my mind! I cannot believe some of the stuff that went on!! 2y
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MorbidAi
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Finishing up Glass Sword today and going to jump into a true story based on a murder in Florence. Seems worthy of #SCREAMATHON 👍

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MorbidAi
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My boyfriend is going to be so disappointed 😂😂😂😂😂

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BooksintheDelta
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It's Halloween month AND I'm going to Italy next week! Right book at the right time. #october #murder #halloween #italy

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cathysaid
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For #MysteriousMonday ... a true crime novel set in Florence. Preston, an American journalist, moves to an Italian villa and learns a gruesome murder occurred next door. Preston and Mario Spezi, an Italian criminal journalist, combine forces to investigate the "Monster" in an attempt to identify a notorious serial killer. In the process, they make themselves targets. This reads like a gripping novel!

#SpookyOctober #TrueCrime #Nonfiction

Hooked_on_books I found this book fascinating! 2y
readtheworld I LOVED this book. So intense! 2y
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Bookscatsandcountry
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DNF. This is a true crime novel about a serial killer dubbed 'The Monster of Florence' and how Preston and Spezi try to figure out who it is. I thought it would be interesting but the writing style put me off. It was written as if it was a cheesy, fictional thriller and it just didn't do it for me.

Seshat Have you read Devil in the White City? That's my favorite true crime. 3y
Bookscatsandcountry @Seshat I haven't but after looking it up I noticed that I apparently already own it! Going to track it down and bump it up my TBR. 3y
Reviewsbylola I didn't care for this one either. Too bad, because it had potential to be good. 3y
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Callemarie
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On #day2 of #sweetemotion I was so #excited to buy the monster of Florence. Mainly because I will always be a criminal justice nerd at heart and books about killers just pump me up. I'm notorious for looking at books for a long time before I finally break down and buy it so I was excited to finally buy this one. @Smangela @Callemarie

MyNamesParadise Excellent reads! 3y
RachaelViolet I love Tana French! 3y
Callemarie @RachaelViolet girl you and me both 3y
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Niccolò, for God‘s sake, they accused me of being an accessory to murder, they said I planted a gun at that villa, they‘ve indicted me for making false statements and obstruction of justice! They threatened me if I ever return to Italy. And you tell me I shouldn‘t be concerned?”
“My dear Douglas, anyone who is anybody in Italy is indagato. I offer you my congratulations on becoming a genuine Italian.

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I must admit, I knew nothing about this case and the events that followed, and so, the book was quite shocking. Murder, mutilation, deceit, suicide and shockingly, the charges against the authors themselves, Spezi and Preston (of whom I also didn't realize was Preston, of the thriller writing team, Preston and Child). It is a true story of how an investigation can turn ugly, and the truth can be lost to cover ups and false accusations. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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StellaDz
The Monster of Florence | Douglas Preston
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The two books I'm #currentlyreading! Nice, light reading of course 😉 The Monster of Florence is my second audiobook and so far I'm loving it! The Black House is a murder mystery set in Scotland. Very much in line with my fave author Ian Rankin!

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perfectlywinged
The Monster of Florence | Douglas Preston
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A top notch true crime book about Italy's own Jack the ripper! The first part details all of the murders and the countless false convictions of the monster of florence (a person who preyed specifically upon young lovers in their cars.) The second part is all about the authors' attempt to write a book about the case and how they were being hunted by the police (it gets a little "Making a Murderer" for a while).

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Whatshereadnext
The Monster of Florence | Douglas Preston
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Pickpick

A fascinating story of a serial killer...I learnt about the case, the Italian police and a brief history of Florence! Mario Spezi and Douglas Preston are fantastic characters (I can imagine them both in a TV crime drama!) It was after reading this and reminding myself it was in fact a true story that I realised just how terrifying it actually was. Yet for some strange reason I'm even more excited to visit Florence 😂

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Bookish2
The Monster of Florence | Douglas Preston
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Library book sale haul!! 📚🐲