5 Non-Fiction Crime Books on my TBR

If you don’t know, I read a lot of crime! I love it. For some reason, reading about murder and violence is just a good read for me.

Okay, it’s a bit weird. But even stranger is the sheer amount of non-fiction books about crime on my TBR! I thought I’d share 5 of them with you today, and see if you have any more recommendations for me.

Mindhunter by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker

This book looks at the question “What makes a serial killer?”. It inspired the Netflix series looking at the FBI agent John Douglas and his exploration into criminal profiling and serial killers. Douglas was the inspiration for Jack Crawford in Silence of the Lambs and you bet I’m excited to read this book. I watched the first episode of Mindhunter the show, and didn’t really like it, but I’m hoping the book inspires me to go back to it.

The Prison Doctor by Dr Amanda Brown

Dr Amanda Brown writes about her experiences with some of the most infamous criminals and the injuries and diseases she treats. This book is a memoir rather than a straightforward non-fiction book, so I think it’s going to have a really personal take on crime and violence, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the UK prison system.

The Secret Barrister by Anonymous

Well, they wouldn’t be a secret if they gave out their name! This book speaks about “how fairness is not guaranteed” and “stories from my daily life to show you how the system is broken, who broke it and why we should start caring before it’s too late” (from back of book). I think this is going to be a terrifying and sad novel, although apparently it’s also rather funny.

Manhunt by Colin Sutton

This book inspired the ITV series of the same name which I really enjoyed (maybe ‘enjoyed’ is the wrong word… you know what I mean). Levi Bellfield murdered three young women – Milly Dowler, Marsha McDonnel and Amelia Delagrange. This book is by the lead detective on the case, and if the TV show is anything to go by, I think it will be gripping and haunting.

Portrait of a Killer by Patricia Cornwell

Cornwell is a well-known crime writer, but she turns amateur detective in this book to write about Jack the Ripper: “Case closed”, apparently. This one is a meaty tome, where Cornwall apparently offers a compelling case as to who the infamous murderer was. In some reviews I’ve just glanced over, this link between suspect and the case is already considered “tenuous” and apparently she simply focusses on the letters which have been proven hoaxes. I’m interested to see what I think about her conclusions.

Are there any crime non-fiction books on your TBRs?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s