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review 2017-11-06 15:24
Lizzie Borden Took An Ax....
The Murderer's Maid: A Lizzie Borden Novel - Erika Mailman

I have always been fascinated with Lizzie Borden. I share a birthday with her so there is that.. The Murderer's Maid is the story of Lizzie Borden but indirectly as it is written from the perspective of Bridget, the Borden's maid of a few years. I am not sure how I feel about the crime, did she or didn't she, kind of leaning to the fact that she probably did. The Borden household appeared to have been a tense cold place to live in, run by a man who had money but they lived miserly. That would be enough to affect a person mentally in my mind

The parallel story kind of surprised me as I had never really thought about the possibility that there could be descendants of Lizzie. Brooke is a woman who is the daughter of an immigrant maid who has to move around to keep her identity and whereabouts. When she was a girl, her mother had an affair with her boss, the man's wife ends up dead in suspicious circumstances and her mother is to blame, not guilty but to blame, according to the family. Brooke moves around her entire adult life because she thinks that the sons of the woman who died is after her. 

Brooke has always been interested in true crime and she starts reading about Lizzie Borden and with her reading, she comes to the realization that she may very well be related to Lizzie. Brooke is a bit messed up, what with her having to be on the run all the time. I found this part of the story quite fascinating. How was Brooke related? 

The Murder's Maid was a pleasure to read and gave me more of an insight into the crime. Erika Mailman did extensive work in writing this novel and it showed. I love it when an author puts in Author's Notes in the book, gives the reader a peek into the ways the book has been written. That is why I love historical fiction, it is fiction based on facts and that is fascinating to me. Erika is the author of other historical fiction, of which I need to find and read. I enjoyed her writing in The Murder's Maid and highly recommend this book!!

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review 2017-10-18 16:23
The Murderer's Maid
The Murderer's Maid: A Lizzie Borden Novel - Erika Mailman

Serial/Spree Killer for Halloween Bingo!


Bridget Sullivan was the Borden’s maid during the time of the murders, she was even home when it happened; however, when was outside washing the windows, a fact that might  have saved her life.  As the maid, Bridget was privy to much of the Borden’s private quarrels and any inside information of how the strange family lived and gotten along.  Bridget’s testimony during Lizzie’s trial had the potential to sway guilt or innocence upon Lizzie.  Bridget’s side of the story during the Borden murders is one that is still left to be told.  In the present, Brooke , the daughter of a Mexican-American maid shares a distant connection with Lizzie and Bridget.  While celebrating the 4th of July with her mothers employer and family, the Carr’s, Mrs. Carr drowns.  Years later, Brookes mother is murdered and Brooke receives evidence that she is next, Brooke goes off the grid and moves frequently believing it is the only way to stay alive.  It isn’t until Brooke digs into her absent fathers past that she unravels the mystery of the deaths and feels confident to once again live her life.

I have always been in I have always been intrigued by the Lizzie Borden murders and Lizzie Borden herself. I truly do believe that she was a woman out of her time wondered how her life would have been different if she were born a century later. While I cannot say whether not Lizzie was guilty or innocent, I do enjoy reading stories that dare to guess  about the true circumstances that happened that day. Replete with historical detail and intense emotion, Bridget's side of the story gave a point of view that I have never heard before. Bridget's place within the family gave her a front row seat to the drama of the Borden's life. Along with her place on that fateful day, Bridget maybe one of the only other people who truly did know what happened to Mr. and Mrs. Borden.   Paired with Brooke's story in the modern-day The Murderer's Maid lends an interesting twist. Brooke seems to have much in common with Bridget as the daughter  of a maid to a family with many issues themselves. As Brooke finds her life unraveling, she comes across Lizzie’s story and an unlikely connection which helps her bring everything together.  I was entranced by the voices of these two women, one of whom history might have swept under the rug due to her position within life and another which modern society might dismiss due to her lot in life.  I will continue to be haunted by the Borden murders, and The Murderers Maid has shown me even more nuances to this complicated case.  
This book has been received for free in return for an honest review. 

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quote 2017-04-17 15:11
Then Lizzie spotted it: the worn hatchet Father had left behind after he'd last brought in the newly chopped wood.
Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter - C.A. Verstraete


-- Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunterhttp://tinyurl.com/l5p9et8


Website: http://cverstraete.com 

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photo 2016-11-15 14:39
What if Lizzie Borden did kill her father and stepmother.... because she had no other choice?

About Lizzie Borden, Zombie Hunter:


Every family has its secrets…


One hot August morning in 1892, Lizzie Borden picked up an axe and murdered her father and stepmother. Newspapers claim she did it for the oldest of reasons: family conflicts, jealousy and greed. But what if her parents were already dead? What if Lizzie slaughtered them because they’d become... zombies?




* Available in print, Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

Source: getbook.at/LizzieBordenZombieHunter
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review 2016-06-12 18:25
The Secrets of Lizzie Borden by Brandy Purdy
The Secrets of Lizzie Borden - Brandy Purdy

The Secrets of Lizzie Borden by Brandy Purdy was a slow read for me. It had many superfluous details & that was frustrating. It took tremendous effort to finish reading the book.


The first half I gave two stars. The final third of the book became more interesting so overall I gave it three stars. This author's style of extreme wordiness is not my favorite.


I couldn't begin to count the number of times Lizzie discussed her father's stinginess. He was a rich, stingy tightwad. I got that the first twenty or so times it was mentioned.


This was written from the point of view of Lizzie herself. She renamed herself Lizbeth to honor the memory of her British architect she met on her European tour. She seemed to search for a happily ever after that was just out of reach. She also seemed self-centered & immature. I found the desperation with which she sought love with either gender sad.


I received a kindle copy from Penguin Random House Publisher Services & NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.


Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Secrets-Lizzie-Borden-Brandy-Purdy-ebook/dp/B00X2ELHMQ

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