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Murder in Mayberry: Greed, Death, and Mayhem in a Small Town Hardcover


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: New Horizon Press (February 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882823256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882823256
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,111,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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All I read is true crime and I found this book very interesting.
Kristal Baker
The story was far too much about the authors and frankly those know it alls got boring after a while.
Agatha Christie
I thought the book was very well written, in content and in detail.
M. Adams

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Daphne on February 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I received this book in the mail yesterday and stayed awake until 3 am to finish it. What a fascinating story! We usually read the headlines and experience the media frenzy when a crime occurs and then pick up the story again when the accused finally comes to trial. "Murder in Mayberry" gives us a behind-the-scenes view of the drama in between.

As I read this book, I got a real feeling for the realities of a murder investigation from the point of view of the victim's family. I was completely engrossed from the shock of the murder to the horrible realization that a beloved family member was the murderer and then through the struggle to bring the murderer to justice. (I learned a lot about the problems of extraditing criminals from Costa Rica in the process, too).

I really admire the way the author manages to keep the melodrama to a minimum while still managing to convey the real feelings of herself and her family throughout the 4 year ordeal.

"Murder in Mayberry" is a great read. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mary G. Longorio VINE VOICE on June 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Murder in Mayberry is the newest title from New Horizion Press's Real People / Incredible Stories series. Concerned family discovered the body of Ann Branson on January 12, 2003. The wealthy widow had last been seen at church the night before. The crime scene was surprisingly clean, despite the extreme violence evidenced on the corpse. Nothing seemed to be missing from the house, despite jewelry, furs and rumors of hidden money. There had not been a homicide in a decade in the small town of Madisonville, Ky and family members had doubts about the small town's police department's ability to process and solve the crime. Ann's nephew Jack Branson was especially troubled. His background as a federal agent gave him knowledge of what should be happening to the investigation...and also made him more concerned that Madisonville police might not be preserving evidence or following leads. No one in the small town was prepared for what the evidence revealed. Ann's killer was a family member. Police methodically compiled evidence, Jack hired a private investigator, and the killer manipulates family and friends to stay free. In the four years it took to bring this person to trial, Jack and his wife Mary, struggle with family suspicion, betrayal by family aiding the killer, the emotional and financial strain of the investigation and the loss of a beloved woman. Before the killer finally faces justice they have fled the country, been profiled several times on America's Most wanted and been added to the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted list.

What makes Murder in Mayberry especially compelling is Jack and Mary tell the story. Ann never had children of her own and had treated Jack as if he was her own son.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By M. Adams on February 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I am a resident of Madisonville, KY, and I had known Ann Branson. I also know Jack and Mary, the authors of the book. I thought the book was very well written, in content and in detail. I commend Jack and Mary, I am sure it was difficult to put all of this in writing, but they did a very commendable job. Once you start reading this book you don't want to put it down. I highly recommend this book as a very intriguing work that captures the author and her husbands deep love for Mrs. Branson. Our prayers go out to them and thank them for sharing such a personal part of their lives with their readers.

Nancy and Murf Adams
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Timothy D. Williams on April 5, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book definitely served the purpose for which I bought it. It was definitely clearly written and was true to form in regard to the actual events that took place in this very tragic crime. After reading this book, one could quickly tell that the author definitely did his/her homework (research) in regard to its accuracy. Another great advantage the authors had was that they were related to the poor victim who was featured in this book. The text was also well written and the illustrations that were used effectively coincided with it. Anyone who is interested in local history and who-done-it type of publications will certainly enjoy reading this particular book. Those who were well acquainted or knew the poor victim would perceive this book as one that they must read to become even more acquainted with the case. Anyone who reads my review can certainly tell that I thoroughtly enjoyed this book.
Sincerely, Timothy D. Williams
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Dean on March 8, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Murder in Mayberry was absolutely a fantastic read! My initial interest in the book was based upon knowing the authors, somewhat knowing the elegant lady who became the tragic victim and the setting being that of my hometown and home church. However, I quickly realized that this was a page turner of a book filled with detail and intrigue. The family dynamics were heavily, but tastefully, woven throughout the book. The description of the impact that the addiction of gambling had on the murderer, the family and ultimately my hometown was compelling. Could your hometown be next? This is a must read book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Agatha Christie on August 9, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
An account of how a family member can be so greedy and overcome by vanity that he murders a generous aunt could have been fascinating. Unfortunately the authors of this book manage to shine little light on the motivation for the murder and little light on the family dynamics which created a fertile soil for the behaviour manifested by the murderer. There were references to these issues but little flesh. Instead the authors tell us far too much about how grief stricken they were and far too much about what a talented investigator Jack Branson was. The story was far too much about the authors and frankly those know it alls got boring after a while. The writing style verged on the histrionic and there were too many reference to Jack Branson's set jaw or other signs of supoposed stoicism! Their patronising of the investigators went too far and no wonder they weren't told everything. It was difficult to not speculate on whether being from another branch of the family, the writers weren't playing out subterranean family dramas by engaging in self righteous finger pointing.
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