I’ve read a number of books over the last several weeks, and three in particular really stood out, covering subjects ranging from true crime to humor and suspense to historical fiction. Whatever your pleasure, one of these is sure to strike your fancy!
Corpsewood: A True Crime Like No Other, by Daniel Ellis. What should have been an inspirational tale of transitioning from harried urban rat race to a simple idyllic life in the country describes instead the lurid, horrifying account of a dream turned into a nightmare. Mr. Ellis masterfully chronicles Professor Charles Scudder’s metamorphosis from prestigious college professor in Chicago to a self-reliant farmer/survivalist in the dark woods of Georgia, his alleged ties to the occult and mind-control experiments, and the tragic events leading to his murder, which the professor himself depicted in a chilling self-portrait. The book offers a factual and in-depth account of the police investigation, the arrest and trial of the murderers, and glimpses into Mr. Scudder’s private life, along with the author’s personal visit to the Corpsewood remains with one of the witnesses. All in all, a gripping read that was hard to put down.
Trouble in Mudbug, by Jana DeLeon. Imagine going to your mother-in-law’s funeral, only to watch her climb out of her coffin–and then afterward she pops into your affairs at the most inopportune times! Frustrated, you tell her off BUT–you’re the only one who can see or hear her, and in public you come off looking like an idiot or worse. Someone murdered Helena Henry and she wants to know who and why. Now someone seems bent on killing her daughter-in-law as well. Add to the mix a zoologist who’s not really a zoologist and a family friend who is anything but. This delightful blend of suspense, humor, and spicy romance kept me turning the pages.
The River of Corn, by John Rose Putnam. A fascinating story of Hernando de Soto’s relentless search for gold in the Carolinas, his brutalization of the native tribes, and a slave’s desperate flight to freedom with the beautiful Chicora queen de Soto holds captive.