Review: The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago
September 20, 2015


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The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust and the Beautiful Killers Who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry

I’m a CHICAGO musical fan and generally enjoy stories about lady criminals, so this was a must-read for me. I really enjoyed it.

The Girls of Murder City tells the story of, mainly, three women: playwright and reporter Maureen Watkins and two glamorous murderesses, Belva Gaertner and Beulah Annan. Watkins covers their trials in a time when killers of the fairer sex are making headlines in Chicago.

This book featured lots of fantastic details, first person accounts from reporter Maureen Watkins and backgrounds of infamous killers.

NOTE ABOUT THE AUDIOBOOK: The audiobook version I listened to was narrated by Peter Berkrot. Berkrot was fine, the narration of the facts was fine… but why in the heck would an audiobook producer get a man to narrate a story featuring dialogue by mostly women? Berkrot doing women’s voices was distracting, stupid and unnecessary. That specific choice boggles my mind. I didn’t affect the quality of the book, but I would have enjoyed the audiobook itself more if a woman had narrated instead.


Jillianne Hamilton is a history enthusiast and the author of The Spirited Mrs. Pringle (historical fiction), The Hobby Shop on Barnaby Street (historical romance), and The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII (non-fiction). Jill launched The Lazy Historian in 2015. She lives in Charlottetown on Canada’s beautiful east coast. Learn more.

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Hi, I'm Jillianne.

I'm a historical fiction writer, a lover of history, and a hoarder of books. I'm the author of The Spirited Mrs. Pringle, The Hobby Shop on Barnaby Street, and The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII.

The Lazy Historian is a history blog featuring stories from the past with sass. With a focus on Western European and women's history, I delve into anything fascinating. Learn more.