Murder by the Book

Murder by the Book

About the show

America’s top mystery fiction writers recount their memories, speculations, and personal connections to the true-life mysteries and headline-making crimes that haunt their dreams at night. Using documentary footage, first-person accounts and the author's own insights, each one-hour episode sheds new light on a particularly intriguing crime. Alarming new facts with suspenseful storytelling build to shocking conclusions. 


Upcoming episodes

Jun 26th

Lisa Scottoline 2

Lisa Scottoline 2 – When Karyn Hearn Slover’s car is found abandoned near her Decatur, Illinois workplace, nobody expects the tragedy that is to follow. When her dismembered corpse is found in a nearby Lake, investigators must find a motive for murder. In a case with few leads, it is the hard work of forensic scientists from across the continent that catches the killers. That forensic evidence leads back to the family of Karyn’s ex-husband – vengeful, domineering grandparents who will stop at nothing to keep Karyn’s son for their own.
Jul 3rd

Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown - Housewife and church-member Betty Gore is found murdered in her own home. She has been axed to death 41 times. Wylie Police Department’s investigation tracks down Betty’s friend Candace Montgomery. On trial for murder, Candace admits to killing Betty and claims self-defense. In one of the most shocking verdicts delivered by a Texas jury, Candace is cleared of murder.
Jul 10th

Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben – Mark Winger, a husband and father, catches a man in the act of bludgeoning his wife to death. Winger shoots and kills the man, and the ensuing investigation reveals the intruder was a psychotic cab driver, against whom the wife had filed a complaint after a harrowing drive with him a few days earlier. Police find that Winger had acted justifiably in the shooting. A few years later, Mark Winger files a civil suit against the cab company. Amazingly, this suit propels an aggressive and comprehensive investigation which results in his own arrest for the double murder.
Jul 17th

Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs - Even before her mysterious disappearance, Madalyn Murray O’Hair is destined to be infamous. Once pegged “The Most Hated Woman in America”, it is Madalyn who effectively gets prayer removed from schools in 1964. But the final days of her life are more compelling still – Madalyn and her family disappear from their Austin, TX home, never to bee seen again. Intrepid newspaper reporter John MacCormack takes it upon himself to fin the truth. It takes an arduous 5 year investigation, but eventually, with the help of the IRS and the FBI, MacCormack gets his story and justice for Madalyn.
Jul 24th

Elizabeth George

Elizabeth George - Dr. Kenneth Stahl and his wife, Carolyn Oppy-Stahl is found dead in the vehicle. Their double homicide crimes scene at the side of the remote Ortega Highway, CA has no physical evidence. The case becomes a lesson in “victimology” digging deep into the lives of Ken & Carolyn to find an answer. Investigators find a loveless marriage, with mounting financial difficulties. In death, it is Ken Stahl himself who leads detectives into his tormented mind. What they find is a tale of desperation, a reluctant mistress, and an murder for hire pilot gone terribly wrong.