“The Murder Room” uses real life mystery, but lacks organization

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for murderroom.jpgI’ve got a bookshelf full of classics I’ve collected over the years. I managed to plow through most of them during college, but as an English graduate, the appeal of a slow, hard-to-read classic novel has diminished.
I live across the street from Martin Library and decided it was time to venture over for something new to tempt my literature craving.
“The Murder Room” by Michael Capuzzo sat on the new non-fiction shelf. I love a good mystery and had filled my high school summers ripping through Agatha Christie novels. Non-fiction has always seemed a little intimidating to me. How can real life possibly be more exciting than what we come up with in our imagination?
I decided to give it a try. I brought the large book home and have faithfully read a few chapters each night. The Sherlock Holmes style of real life cold cases made me eager to dive into the book. Capuzzo explains the Murder Room is a meeting place for detectives who in their spare time rehash the events of a murder.
Going from one chapter to the next, I soon found myself searching for a connection. Is Capuzzo talking about the same cold cases? A slew of new characters in each chapter made it hard to follow.
The scenes are somewhat graphic, with a child’s death explained in detail early on in the book. It lacks the suspense of a murder mystery and half way through the book I’m still holding out for something to surprise me.
Maybe “The Murder Room” didn’t quite satisfy the excitement I was looking for — but I’m hopeful another trip to the library will help.

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Rebecca Hanlon is the health reporter with a religion sub beat at the York Daily Record/Sunday News. Follow her on Twitter @mrsbeccahanlon or on Facebook at facebook.com/byrebeccahanlon.
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