Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Lethal ladies: 7 novels about killer women

  • From wronged wives to a psychotic socialite, these fictional femmes are playing for keeps

  • You know the expression “dressed to kill”? You might not want to use it around any of the characters in these seven deadly books.

  • Spring and summer fiction is packed with women who can do almost anything in cold blood. From wronged wives to a psychotic socialite, they would do well to stay away from anything sharp.

  • (But, of course, they don’t.) Superstars like James Patterson and Charlaine Harris return with their latest, but there are also gripping works from newcomers, such as Canadian Holly Luhning, who weaves a story around the legend of sixteenth-century Hungarian countess Elizabeth Bathory, the most prolific female serial killer of all time. Bathory was bricked up in a castle as punishment for her crimes, and you might want to brick yourself up somewhere quiet to work through this killer reading list.          Photo source

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