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Reviewed by Sylvia Petter for Readers' Favorite
Mitzi Szereto has done it again in The Best New True Crime Stories: Partners in Crime, the fifth anthology of true crime stories focusing on partners doing the deeds. The stories take us from Germany to the US, back to London before landing on East Coast USA and then on to Australia, New Zealand, East Coast USA again, the Wild West, Poland, and concluding with London. The titles of the accounts ranging from arson as an aphrodisiac to the geographical settings drew me in. The variety of crimes from all over the world and from different epochs as not just “whodunnits?” but “whydunnits?” added another layer of interest, showing, more often than not, how criminals can come from anywhere anytime.
Impeccably researched, the accounts span countries and time periods. Yes, there are murders, but there are also other crimes like spying and fraud which are like spoonfuls of mint ice cleansing the palate between awe-inspiring servings of the doings of also some unexpected partners in crime. Interestingly, the female characters are not always victims, so in Szereto's true crime stories a semblance of gender parity has been achieved. Mitzi Sereto’s The Best New True Crime Stories: Partners in Crime will appeal to fans of true crime stories.