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Queen City Gothic: Cincinnati's Most Infamous Murder Mysteries

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ISBN-13: 978-1449018917
ISBN-10: 1449018912
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About the Author

J. T. Townsend is a freelance writer and lifelong resident of Cincinnati. He is the former true crime historian for Snitch Magazine, and his work has appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati Magazine, Word Magazine, and Clews. In addition, he appeared in the 2008 British Documentary Conversations With a Serial Killer. This is his first book. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 482 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (October 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449018912
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449018917
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #990,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was recommended to me by a friend. Growing up in The Cincinnati area I was able to envision these areas and imagine what they were like when these crimes were committed. The author makes each case a chapter, detailing and analyzing the evidence and then giving us his take on what happened. The photos and old newspaper clippings added a nostalgic touch to very gruesome and tragic events. This is a good book if you like 'who-dun-its'! But beware, these are unsolved murders..... the culprits could be still out there!
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This is an excellent book. I had read the hardcover book several years ago and decided I wanted it on my Kindle. Extremely well written and actually knowing the area since I live her makes it so much more personal.
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J. T. Townsend's book presents thirteen cold cases spanning from 1904 to 1971 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Although each murder is distinct, a common thread of heartbreaking loss binds the chapters together. Townsend is able to deftly convey the frustration of the police and captures the vestige of haunting desperation left behind by an unsolved murder. His writing style is richly descriptive while it maintains a smooth and natural flow. It is the dogged attention to detail though that shines through and carries the book. I was never in want of another angle considered. All in all, it's required reading for those fascinated by tales of true crime.
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I absolutely love JT Townsend's books! I love how he comes to his owned conclusions after each chapter! It's sad that none of these crimes were solved, maybe someday. We get to be armchair detectives with this one. I have had many chills go up and down my spine reading these books!!!! Thank JT Townsend!
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J.T. Townsend provided me with one of the best written books I have ever had the pleasure of savoring. Yes, I said savoring. Every word is so perfectly chosen, that this book is as delicious as a 5 star meal. I never found myself so entranced with a book that I read it in one day. His style of putting the tragic on paper, makes this book impossible to put down. I look so forward to his newest book to be released on to Kindle, which I understand will be soon. I believe that J.T. could change his genre of writing to encompass any audience and come out with a best seller. This book gets 5 stars for so many obvious reasons, that disappointment is impossible. Buy with confidence and know your getting one of the best reads of your life!
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I love, love, love this book! Seriously, I love historical true crime and this book is fantastic. The cases in the book are all unsolved (so to speak) but the author gives his view of what might have happened at the end of each. Very well done and riveting book. I read this when I broke my kneecap and had to have surgery and it helped take my mind off of the pain. I look forward to anything Mr. J T Townsend writes in future.
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This was one of those books that kept me up reading way past my bedtime. Exceedingly well researched and superbly written, I just couldn't put it down.

Townsend takes a balanced look at each crime, introduces the evidence available at the time and discusses the theories developed by the police. He then offers additional evidence or conclusions which may have surfaced in the years since the initial investigation. In all but one case, Townsend was permitted to examine the original police file. He also conducted his own investigation by speaking with police, reporters and witnesses, some of whom were overlooked in the the earlier investigation. He ends each story with a close look at the murder through the eyes of the individual who Townsend believes, based on his own research, committed the crime.

Townsend clearly has insight into the methods used by police and the psychology of the criminal. Time and again I found myself wondering, "why didn't I think of that", and then realizing--fortunately--that I don't think like a murderer.

Terrific book. I hope he writes a sequel.
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Format: Hardcover
J. T. Townsend has created the most interesting crime book I've had the pleasure of being intrigued by in his new work, "Queen City Gothic." Thirteen chapters, thirteen mysterious unsolved Cincinnati murder cases from the twentieth century. Townsend lays out the facts of each case for the reader to see, then solves the cases as he leads us through plots of passion, jealousie, greed and all the sordid human frailties that lead to murder. If you like solving mysteries treat yourself to "Queen City Gothic".
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