Murder in Mayberry

Murder in Mayberry

Greed, Death and Mayhem in A Small Town

Book - 2008
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When small-town police officers come upon a murder scene in which the victim is a prominent millionaire with multiple blows to the head and nearly 100 stab wounds, they're in unfamiliar territory. Throw in lies, gossip, greed, international extradition struggles, and a conflicted federal agent, and the result is Murder in Mayberry. Lifting the veil on a picket-fenced, Bible Belt town, this chilling drama reveals a tale of secret lives and drug addiction, and is both an involving true crime story and the story of the author's emotional journey from normal life to life turned upside down.
Publisher: Far Hills, N.J. : New Horizon Press, c2008.
ISBN: 9780882823256
0882823256
Characteristics: xviii, 316 p., [8] p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Branson, Jack

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DeltaQueen50
May 21, 2011

I found Murder In Mayberry to be a slow read and rather a slog to get through. When reading about a fictional murder the author is free to introduce suspense, mystery and even humor to the story, but in real life you find pathos, plodding, and family prejudices. This is the story of the brutal murder of an 85 year old woman and a true family tragedy, but due to the quality of the writing, I found myself just turning the pages in order to get to the end and see the murderer brought to justice and the family get the closure they deserved.

The case itself seemed fairly straight forward, the police had a very good idea who was responsible early on but the wheels of justice turn slowly and the suspect had time to get out of the country which then involved the long process of getting him back to stand trial. As this book was written by a family member I thought the writing was poor and padded out to stretch the story to book size which resulted in long boring parts.

Not a book I would recommend unless the reader has a personal interest in this case.

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