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Murder Book: A Graphic Memoir of a True Crime Obsession
Murder Book: A Graphic Memoir of a True Crime Obsession | Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell
A humorous graphic investigation of the author's obsession with true crime, the murders that have most captivated her throughout her life, and a love letter to her fellow true-crime fanatics. Why is it so much fun to read about death and dismemberment? In Murder Book, lifelong true-crime obsessive and New Yorker cartoonist Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell tries to puzzle out the answer. An unconventional graphic exploration of a lifetime of Ann Rule super-fandom, amateur armchair sleuthing, and a deep dive into the high-profile murders that have fascinated the author for decades, this is a funny, thoughtful, and highly personal blend of memoir, cultural criticism, and true crime with a focus on the often-overlooked victims of notorious killers.
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StellaDz
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this GN because I inhale True Crime like any other woman. This was, unfortunately, a bit disjointed. I loved when she discussed the crimes that intrigued her and why, but then she‘d ramble on about something completely off topic. Pages of her laughing at her own jokes… when you‘re not laughing, is kind of exhausting.

It could have been better. It had good points. But it had a lot more flops.

⭐️⭐️

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RowReads1
Mehso-so

It‘s cute! If you get wrapped up in murders and serial killers, and like Law and Order, etc, you may enjoy this. The author is a bit younger than me. I also grew up in the Bay Area, so topics like the Zodiac and Jeffrey Dahmer were everywhere. 🔪🪓🗡

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TheKidUpstairs
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Pickpick

I may not consider myself a full blown "Murderino", but as someone who grew up on Law and Order, and still triple checks my locks after reading I'll Be Gone in the Dark, I enjoyed this one!

Hilary explores her (and her family's) obsession with true crime, and also looks at America's use of crime media as entertainment in this graphic memoir. Interesting, funny, and informative!

#auldlangspine @Chelsea.Poole @monalyisha

ElizaMarie I really liked this one. When my mom came to visit, she had made a comment about how I like all those “scary true stuff,“ and then we would watch 20/20 or Dateline together, and I am like... “mom, this is the same thing!“ and then we took a deep dive into all that and realized she was a “murderino“ but didn't realize it. 3mo
Chelsea.Poole You‘re doing much much better than me 😅🫣 I promise to start one from your list ASAP 3mo
TheKidUpstairs @Chelsea.Poole to be fair, I definitely started with the quickest reads! (And I am reading about 5 books at the same time right now, I can't stop starting new ones 😂 ) 3mo
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RowReads1
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I‘m right there with you. It happens more and more.

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gossamerchild
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My January pick for #12Booksof2022. If you enjoy true crime or graphic memoirs at all, this was so much fun.

jlhammar Such a fun one. Loved it! 3mo
Andrew65 Looks interesting. 3mo
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DGRachel
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Pickpick

I‘m a little torn about this. The art was fine, but I found the varying font sizes and many of the panels difficult to read, which diminished my enjoyment of the story. However, by the time Campbell started discussing both true crime and crime dramas on TV, I was fully invested and entertained. There‘s humor here, yes, but also respect for victims, detailed genre history, and well-reasoned thoughts on why so many women share this obsession.

BarbaraBB And that makes two already! 4mo
Librarybelle You‘re on a roll! 4mo
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ElizaMarie
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Pickpick

Ha. She speaks so true to my heart. We all fall into True Crime for different reasons, but it does help us feel empowered. We feel for the victims, we question how people can be so horrible to each other; it just goes so much deeper than chisme.

+ 3.23 #PennyAPage #ReadMyRoom #CrimeADay #NotAnotherGraphicMonday
#BookSpinBingo
@TheAromaOfBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 4mo
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ElizaMarie
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ElizaMarie
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❤️❤️

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Emilymdxn
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I‘m am always up for a 24 hour readathon, particularly in the middle of #scarathlon2022! Let‘s go

1. London 🥰
2. I‘m starting with a reread of the tagged book
3. I‘m eating Chinese food out tomorrow and I cannot wait
4. I just did my longest ever cycle and I am Tired

#deweyoct #readathon

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FantasyChick
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Pickpick

I feel so...seen right now 🤣

Grabbed this at random after seeing it on here somewhere and I loved this! For the true crime obsessed - this is for you. It's hilarious and way, WAY too true.

#Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter #OutstandingOctober #PromptMaze @Clwojick @Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks

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ElizaMarie
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jlhammar It‘s a good one. Hope you enjoy! 5mo
ElizaMarie @jlhammar I‘m enjoying it so far :) 5mo
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Bookworm54
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This has great reviews on Litsy and sounds super interesting.
It ended up on my list for one day 😂

#ScarathlonDailyPrompts #Murder #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash

Kimzey I need to get this for a friend, but probably also for myself! 😊 5mo
JenReadsAlot I enjoyed this! 5mo
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Linsy
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Wanna know why you're so into killers (in stories)? Loved this graphic memoir! 🔪

#killer #scarathlondailyprompts #teamslaughter

jlhammar Me too. So good! 6mo
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readingjedi
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Pickpick

This is a fun & totally engaging read - in fact, it's probably the only feelgood book about murder I'm ever likely to read! The author explains how she first got hooked on murder & explores why she loves it so much. It's warm & witty & her insights are touching & real. The sections on Zodiac & Ted Bundy are great. She also details how true crime as a genre has developed from books to TV docs/series to podcasts. So informative as well as fun!

allureofbeauty Oh I just recently read that. I enjoyed it. 7mo
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readingjedi
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Went into Waterstones with the sole intention of having a bite to eat in the cafe and somebody had left this book on a display near my table. Obviously I had to have a quick glance through. Inevitably I had to buy it! Absolutely incorrigible.

Maria514626 That looks fun (or whatever the equivalent of fun when it comes to murder 😁) 8mo
jlhammar I loved this one. Enjoy! 8mo
humouress Mmm, sure. We believe you 😘 8mo
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mklong
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Pickpick

What a delightful book about murder. Campbell writes of her long obsession with true crime and examines why she, and so many of us, can‘t seem to get enough. That was all great, but I really love the way she writes about sharing this obsession with her mother. Their relationship fondly reminded me of the countless hours my own mother and I spent watching Law and Order and coming up with theories about JonBenet Ramsey.

mklong P.S. Just so I‘m not making my mother sound like a morbid weirdo, she also gave me a love of art, birds, flowers, dogs, and reading. Oh and show tunes…man, she was great. 12mo
Bookzombie She sounds great! 💗 12mo
Leftcoastzen My best friend & her mom enjoyed listening to the police scanner late night!😀But they also bonded over books , cooking, & dogs. 12mo
mklong Aw @Leftcoastzen Right?! It really is possible to be fascinated by the worst and the best of human nature 12mo
mklong @Bookzombie ❤️ 12mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Pickpick

It‘s like I wrote this book…if I were the least bit talented like Hilary. I love love loved her personality which came shining through this graphic novel about her obsession with true crime, which she imagines was passed down from her mom, and to her from Hilary‘s grandmother (like my family!). There are excellent true crime recs: from documentaries to books and podcasts. Also, a look at what it is about true crime that attracts women. Loved it!!

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JenReadsAlot
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Pickpick

Thanks @britt_brooke for putting this one on my radar! Fun book for a true crime fan!

Booksarelifeaddict I need this book! 1y
britt_brooke It‘s such an interesting read! Happy you enjoyed it, too. 1y
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BookishMarginalia
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Loving this quirky graphic memoir about one cartoonist‘s obsession with #truecrime — nice way to start off the new year!

Emilymdxn I really liked this one too! 1y
britt_brooke Enjoyed this one! 1y
Lizpixie Are we still doing #LitsyAtoZ this year lovely? 1y
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britt_brooke
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ New Yorker cartoonist, Fitzgerald Campbell, scrutinizes what draws her specifically, and us generally, to true crime. Is it a learned/inherited hobby (from her mom) that grew as media and pop culture shifted? Is it victim relatability? Through this research, she discusses specific cases and media influence. It‘s absolutely fascinating, darkly humorous, and an absolute gateway for true crime noobs like myself.

britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola I‘d be curious to hear your thoughts on this one! 1y
JenReadsAlot Going to check this out! 1y
britt_brooke @JenReadsAlot When you get to it, I‘d love to hear what you think! 1y
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Cinfhen Cool!! 1y
LeahBergen I should really check this out. I‘ve been a true crime reader since my teens. 😬 1y
britt_brooke @LeahBergen I think you‘d like this + I‘d love to hear your thoughts! 1y
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britt_brooke
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Wrapping up this unique graphic memoir while enjoying a smoked porter with roasted jalapeños at our local brewery. Hubby + sons are here, too, but I‘m trying to introvert. ?

#booksandbooze #booksandbrews

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britt_brooke
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Post-enormous dinner champagne, reading, and football. Thankful for so many things, including this community! #happythanksgiving

Magpiegem That‘s a cool glass! Happy Thanksgiving xx 1y
vivastory Happy Thanksgiving 🥧🍷📚 1y
britt_brooke @Magpiegem Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving to you! 1y
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britt_brooke @vivastory Thanks! And a happy thanksgiving to you, Scott! 1y
Cathythoughts Happy Thanksgiving ❤️ 1y
britt_brooke @Cathythoughts Thank you! 🧡 1y
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britt_brooke
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Your 🧠 on true crime. Agree? Disagree?

Suet624 I don‘t read a lot of true crime but I love this picture. 1y
britt_brooke @Suet624 I only read a little true crime because I‘m such a chicken, but this seems accurate to me! On that note, I just started The Stranger Beside Me. 😅 1y
GondorGirl I mean, it's not wrong... 😳 1y
britt_brooke @GondorGirl Right?! 😅 1y
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Emilymdxn
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Pickpick

I can imagine this dividing opinions based on how people feel about true crime, but as someone who‘s had a lot of conversations about whether I‘m incurable bizarre for listening to My Favourite Murder I really appreciated it. I liked this humorous deep dive into the psychology behind being obsessed with true crime.

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britt_brooke
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Agree! Read both.

PS. Digging this graphic memoir about a true crime aficionado so far. 👌🏼

Cinfhen #NotBookRelated but did you see who Chelsea Handler is dating?! It‘s a really cute match 💕💕 1y
britt_brooke @Cinfhen YES!! They make me so happy! Just so perfect. 💕💕 Funny how folks who‘ve known each other for years end up together. 1y
Cinfhen Exactly🥰 1y
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Linsy
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Pickpick

This was excellent!! A brief, fascinating tour through the true crime genre with all the laughs and a bit of memoir. Would definitely recommend for all my other murderinos out there! Or for anyone wondering why so many of us consume so much true crime. 🔪

#netgalley #nfn21

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kimmypete1
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Mehso-so

Not at all what I was expecting, but a decent read. @Andrew65 #OutstandingOctober

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1y
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suvata
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I, like many women, am a true crime junkie. This graphic novel explained why women are so drawn to this genre. This was an educational book about the history of true crime in media and a look into why people are so fascinated by it. Did I mention that it‘s also funny which a twisted thing to say about a “murder book”. My bad. The artwork was fantastic plus it gave me lots of suggestions for true crime books to include in my to be read list.

Emilymdxn Stacked so fast! It‘s a long time to wait for a preorder when I want to read it so badly :( 1y
Andrea4 Was it all female-identified peeps who stacked this? Bahahahaha 1y
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