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This fascinating A–Z compilation of murderous crimes spans globe and centuries and uncovers the extremes of human criminality. More than 300 cases also shed light on advances in crime detection, law enforcement, and forensic science....

Title : The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes
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ISBN : 9780762438440
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 496 Pages
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The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes Reviews

  • I Munster
    2018-11-13 10:19

    I initially gave this book three stars but felt I was being unduly generous. It's probably meant to be read as a "guide" to give you an insight into crimes deemed bizarre but I've read similiar style books in the true crime genre that were a lot more comprehensive. 'Bizarre Crimes' almost exclusively concentrated on murder and seemed to be focussing on cases that were high profile or well known as opposed to those that were particularly strange. I understand that when less than two pages is dedicated to each crime it won't always be detailed but sometimes the retelling of the crimes wasn't even accurate, not only is that a sloppy move but I feel that failing to verify whether details of the crimes are correct shows a lack of consideration towards the reader. So that pissed me off. An inoffensive book to read when you are "between books" but if you know this genre quite well you may not learn anything new.

  • Victoria
    2018-11-16 09:10

    Pass. So boring. It's a topic that should have been entertaining and it just wasn't at all.

  • Melanie
    2018-11-17 14:18

    (Questions from Audible's reviews form)If you could sum up The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes in three words, what would they be?Fun, fast-paced, informative.What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?The narrator does a great job telling the gruesome stories in the most light-hearted way that he can. I wasn't sure I liked him at the start of the book, but I grew quite fond of him quickly. He's also one of the best I've heard at doing accents, he was pretty amazing!Have you listened to any of David Shaw-Parker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?Nope, this was the first one. And will probably be the only one, unless he adds more books to his resumé. Of the 14 or so books he's got on Audible, this is the only one that interested me.If you could give The Mammoth Book of Bizarre Crimes a new subtitle, what would it be?Or, The Depravity of Human BeingsAny additional comments?I wish we could give half stars. 4 stars isn't enough, and 5 stars is too much. I'd have given it a full 5 stars, but I skipped a whole section on contract killings, mafia hits and assassins. That kind of stuff has never really interested me. But everything else was a wonderful, albeit sometimes gruesome, read.

  • Trixie Jack
    2018-12-12 08:26

    Most of the crimes reported in this book aren't what I'd call bizarre. Armin Meiwes is here, as is Rattlesnake James and poor Lizzie Lowell. As the book continues, though, one can't help noticing that Odell covers only murders, and most of these are domestic assaults, 19th century poisoners (did everyone use arsenic back then?), and psychosexual serial killers. If you're looking for a book that covers parachuting bank robbers, convicted murderers whose victim isn't dead, and muggers whose weapon of choice is a stale baguette, you won't be satisfied here. However, Odell does choose cases which are obscure enough to be new--particularly to American audiences--and casual crime buffs will find enough here to whet their appetite. The only other criticism I have is that these two-page summaries aren't long enough to do much more than get you interested. Intrigued readers like myself will find that Odell's book is most worthwhile as a starting point for more in-depth research.

  • Lauren
    2018-11-24 13:10

    I am truly obsessed with true crime, bizarre crime, serial killers and anything to do with the morbid side of life. The stories in this book are very quick. Very easy ready. Honestly, it is more the type of book to read on bathroom breaks, or quick breaks during work. I have to read to the end once I start a book, so it landed up being quite tedious towards the end. Took me about 2 1/2 days to read this book in its entirety.I was hoping for truly bizarre instances of crime, but the large majority of what was included in this was not all that bizarre. There were many crimes I had never heard of, so it was satisfying enough, but when using the title "bizarre" I expect more from it.All in all would not be picking this up to read again, but was a nice, quickie edition to the long list of true crime authors and books that I love.

  • Xanthi
    2018-11-20 14:12

    I read this book during my breaks at work. It was probably not a good idea to read some of the gorier parts during my lunch break, but all in all, I found the book to be interesting. These true crime stories are presented in a summary style, giving the basic outline of details. It certainly tried to cover a lot of cases from mostly modern times but also going back to the 1700s. Most of the cases included were British or American but there were also a few others from around the world. This book is a good start for those just getting into true crime - if one story intrigues, the reader can most likely then search out a book dedicated to that case only.

  • Kristy
    2018-11-26 14:13

    It was definitely an interesting compilation of bizarre crimes; some solved, some unsolved. I was a little disappointed that most of them occurred across the pond; I was hoping for mostly US crimes, although a few did make the book. No story was more than 2 pages, so there were quiet a few stories in this 400+ page book. Since each story was self-contained it didn't lure me in to read everyday like a traditional novel where I can't wait to see what happens next. This would probably make for a great book for someone with a long daily commute on public transportation.

  • Elle
    2018-11-27 16:18

    This book works more as a guide than anything else, offering a brief overview of murders that have stood out for various reasons, whether they were bizarre or just well known. I've not read much true crime, and I think this book works as a good introduction to the sort of world true crime books delve into. It was an interesting if at times gruesome read, showing just how grim humanity can be. Worth a read, but nothing overly comprehensive in it.

  • Kate
    2018-12-11 08:07

    Finally finished this last night. It's full of hundreds of crimes, some of which were quite interesting especially since the focus was not on America (the authors are British). Obviously there wasn't a lot of detail since most crimes were summed up in under a page or two, but it gives enough information.

  • Jacqueline Rexford
    2018-12-13 12:09

    I was expecting something a little more in depth, but instead this is almost like a Cliffnotes version of crimes as opposed to delving deeper into a select few weird crimes. I guess it was worth a read through once, but it won't be staying on my shelves awaiting a re-read

  • Kirsty
    2018-12-09 15:13

    Wide ranging true crime accounts.The killers and crimes covered were wide in variety from location to the year they were committed. The accounts were brief which was fine for most but some deserved far more detail, the only reason why I did not give five stars.

  • Hasselhh
    2018-12-07 09:15

    I would actually have preferred if there were fewer stories, but with more time spend on them. This just feels like it is too much! You barely have time to understand the particulars before the story is over.

  • Carmel
    2018-11-24 12:21

    I have great interest in crime. Put the word bizarre in front of the word crime and I am definitely willing to read it.

  • Dave
    2018-11-19 12:12

    Much as usual, but many good stories I had never heard of.

  • Leila
    2018-12-12 15:19


  • Elizabeth Frost
    2018-11-16 11:29

    Not really bizarre crimes, but a good read anyway.

  • Yvonne
    2018-11-25 13:27

    Did not like it at all. I could not bring myself to finishing it.

  • Elle Young
    2018-11-24 15:10

    I had to force myself to carry on reading this book. Boring and the majority are not even bizarre. Waste of a read