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A Taste For Murder by [Barer, Burl, Girardot, Frank C.]
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"A true crime murder mystery that will leave you gasping for breath" -Steve Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of BOGEYMAN and NO STONE UNTURNED "A doozy of a murder"-Suzy Spencer, New York Times bestselling author of BREAKING POINT "In A Taste for Murder, the authors tell this true-crime mystery like they're Joe Friday following his gut instincts. Skillfully written, the story unfolds with surprising twists and turns as the authors follow the clues. Burl Barer, with co-author Frank Giradot, has hit yet another home run with this crime story. A Taste for Murder is a smart and well-written who-dunnit tale. -Cathy Scott is an award-winning journalist and Los Angeles Times bestselling author of Murder of a Mafia Daughter and The Killing of Tupac Shakur.

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"A true crime murder mystery that will leave you gasping for breath"--Steve Jackson, New York Times bestselling author of BOGEYMAN and NO STONE UNTURNED

"A doozy of a murder"--Suzy Spencer, New York Times bestselling author of BREAKING POINT

Burl Barer, with co-author Frank Giradot, has hit yet another home run with this crime story. A smart and well-written who-dunnit tale.--Cathy Scott, Los Angeles Times bestselling author of THE KILLING OF TUPAC SHAKUR

Frank Rodriguez, a much-loved counselor of troubled teens, lies dead on the bedroom floor. His wife and step-daughter are in shock, and so is the medical examiner when he performs the autopsy. Aside from being dead, Frank is in perfect health.

Demanding to know the cause of her husband’s death, Angie Rodriguez badgers the police, insisting that Frank was murdered. The cops attribute her assertions to overwhelming grief, but soon they too believe that Frank didn’t die of natural causes.

When the police enlist their number one suspect to help in the investigation, things spiral out of control until police are dealing with a daring plot to murder Angie’s best friend, and allegations of another homicide so evil and perverse that even seasoned L.A County Detectives are shocked beyond belief ... and so will the readers!

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  • Publisher: WildBlue Press (8 March 2016)
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  • Language: English
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A compelling story of the murder of an innocent man by an evil woman. 17 March 2016
By C. BRAZIL - Published on Amazon.com
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Great telling of a horrible human being. Well written without so much detail that it would be hard to read. Compelling from start to finish. It tells us why she did what she did....and how. It's obvious that much research went into this book. This story teaches us you never know wher true evil lurks.
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definition of page turner. 10 March 2016
By EBecker1982 - Published on Amazon.com
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A truly remarkable read about a highly unusual case, backed by an incredibly in-depth view of the case files. Additionally, a very in-depth look at the psyche of a woman who was, to put it simply, damaged. "A Taste For Murder" is a thorough examination of the life and death of Frank Rodriguez as well as the life and circumstances of his "Wicked Widow" Angelina Rodriguez which, while far from exonerating the murderer gives a fair and total look at her life and what may have driven her to the crime that landed her on California's Death Row. I ordered the Paperback and wound up reading the full novel on my iPhone over about a 6 hour span. Highly recommended for anyone who loves a good bit of true crime. Did she do it? Were there mitigating factors? Take a read, consider the evidence, and develop your own thoughts on whether or not the justice system got it right.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read 14 August 2016
By Richard - Published on Amazon.com
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Though I was familiar with this story, having seen it on one of the many one-hour crime shows on Investigation Discovery, this author delivered much more than a brief glimpse of what happened. He developed the characters with personalities that were realistic and compelling, both the good and the bad. The writing style was easy to read and understand, sometimes even humorous, without a lot of boring technical mumbo jumbo. I highly recommend this book for true crime readers who like to get to know the people, not just the facts.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet little read - pun intended. 15 March 2017
By Blaine Pardoe - Published on Amazon.com
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I'll open with the proviso that the publisher of this book, Wild Blue Press, is the same publisher that is printing our next true crime book. They did not solicit this review - I saw their notice for a flash-sale on this book for 99 cents and picked it up. (If you follow them on Facebook, they do these kinds of sales often and obviously you can score some good true crime cheap.) So, this is an unbiased review. Also, I will give no spoilers.
Burl Barer sucked me in early on with this book. Frank Hernandez dies at home, dying a most horrible death…apparently from poisoning. His wife suspected a colleague of the crime. From there, Barer takes you on a joyride into the bizarre. From the opening of this crime this seemed cut-and-dry, but it is like riding the Hulk rollercoaster at Universal Studios. You think you're going one way and bam! You're suddenly spinning the opposite direction.
Mr Barer does an outstanding job of putting the reader in the community where this murder took place, Montebello, CA. Adding to that was the details of what this poisoning did the victim. This is not a clinical read, but one that helps you understand just how horrific this murder really was.
I have never read any of Burl Barer's books but I became a quick fan. He leads you down a dark corridor, lantern in hand, on a journey that I didn’t expect at the start of the book. I devoured chapter after chapter, not ever losing my interest. After the first third of the book, it was as if there was a new twist every chapter or two. Barer masterfully takes you on the long journey from murder to conviction.
To say that this case was full of bizarre behavior is an understatement. The murderer seems to be running con jobs within con jobs at times.
About halfway through the book I realized I actually had heard something about this case. That didn't diminish it in the least for me.
Is this a good solid true crime book? Absolutely. Well worth your time to consume (pun intended).
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 10 June 2016
By Lee Husemann - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book! When I read the word "oleander" I knew I was familiar with this case from a television program I had seen. However, this book was so much better than the television program in that Barer and Girardot give all the nitty-gritty details that that made it a real page turner. Angie thought she was smarter than law enforcement and everyone else but she finds out in the end that she wasn't. I highly recommend this book if you are looking for a great read.
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