In 2018, the Master of Suspense wrote three shocking true crime books. James Patterson released these books simultaneously with the Murder is Forever series on televisions Investigation Discovery. Patterson wrote that he is most often inspired by real-life because after all, truth IS stranger than fiction.
Each book contains two shocking, 100% true stories that featured in the television series. The stories in order are as follows: Murder Interrupted, Home Sweet Murder, Murder Beyond the Grave, Coming Soon, Murder Thy Neighbor, and Murder of Innocence, as well as Til Murder, Do Us Part in January 2021.
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Other true crime stories written by James Patterson include; The Murder of King Tut, the plot to kill the child King. All-American Murder, the rise, and fall of Aaron Hernandez. Filthy Rich, the shocking true story of Jeffrey Epstein and The House of Kennedy, coming in 2020.
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1. Murder Interrupted (2018)
She was shot in the eye and left for dead in a pool of her own blood. The bullet passed through the roof of her mouth and on the way to her lung it lodged itself against her rib cage.
Fifty-three-year old Nancy Howard was a loving wife, mother, and churchgoer from Carrollton, Texas. She had been married to Frank for twenty-eight years. He was a wealthy accountant and the son of a preacher. They had three children together, Ashley, Jay, and Brianna. On the surface, the Howard’s seemed to have a happy and healthy marriage.
Frank had accepted a big-money contract and soon started embezzling it. He became involved with another woman and spent ridiculous amounts of money. Frank knew that a divorce would bring out all of his secrets therefore, he wanted Nancy dead. He found some drug-addicted criminals to agree to do the job, but there was one problem. They were not killers…
Mother of All Murders
Dee Dee Blanchard and her daughter Gypsy Rose lost everything in Hurrican Katrina. They now settle in Springfield, Missouri. According to Dee Dee, Gypsy overcame Leukemia as a child but continues to suffer from Muscular Dystrophy, seizures, asthma, and several other complications that keeps her confined to a wheelchair.
Dee Dee has become a local celebrity, people from all over bring food, gifts, and money to help support Gypsy. Dee Dee is always over protecting her daughter and watching her every move. Gypsy made one friend in Missouri that introduces her to things she has never before experienced. However, any chance the two girls get to do something fun, Dee Dee says, it’s time to take meds. or Gypsy needs to rest.
On June 14, 2015, Gypsy’s friend reads a disturbing message on social media and calls the police. What the police find is extremely disturbing and Gypsy Rose is missing.
2. Home Sweet Murder (2018)
Home Sweet Murder
Leo and Sue live in McLean, Washington, they have been married for forty years, Leo works at Bean, Kinney & Korman law firm in Arlington and makes pretty good money. The couple enjoyed a simple life and their time at home together. The Fischer’s were about to enjoy a quiet Sunday evening dinner at home when a stranger rings the doorbell.
A man in a wrinkled suit quickly flashes a badge. He introduces himself as Jeffrey Wilkins from the Securities Exchange Commission. He claims that he has questions about some illegal activity going on at Leo’s firm and that they are speaking with all of the partners from the firm.
None of this is making any sense to Leo and he asks Mr. Wilkins to leave. Soon the Fisher’s are being held hostage and they realize that the intruder is clearly, not who he claims to be and things take a turn for the worse.
Murder on the Run
William Hunter, a respectable doctor from Omaha, Nebraska finds his housekeeper, Shirlee Sherman, and his eleven-year-old son Tom, brutally murdered in his home. Shirlee was stabbed at least ten times in the neck and Tom, five. The kitchen knives were left in their necks aimed at the carotid artery.
Detective Derek Mois is assigned to the case. There seems to be no motive and very few leads until five years later. The killer presents himself again. This time it’s a doctor and his wife and there are significant medical similarities. Evidence and leads take Detective Mois to Indiana where he discovers a possible plot for revenge.
3. Murder Beyond the Grave (2018)
Murder Beyond The Grave
Stephen Small is a millionaire from Kanakee, Illinois. He has three kids and a loving wife. He has been kidnapped and buried in a handmade coffin. With only forty-eight hours worth of oxygen, Stephen is fighting for his life.
Danny Edwards is a drug dealer in desperate need of money. His plan to kidnap Small for a ransom seemed to be a safe and sure way to get the money he needed without anyone getting hurt. The coffin is equipped with an oxygen source and water as well as a pile of candy bars and a light. After a few dire mistakes, Danny is apprehended. However, time is running out for Stephen Small.
Murder in Paradise
Jim and Bonnie Hood are wealthy developers from Newport Beach, California. They are touring the Camp Nelson Lodge located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Bonnie hopes to purchase the rustic property she sees as a fixer-upper and a beautiful getaway.
Unfortunately, the locals do not appreciate ‘rich outsiders’ coming in and changing their routine. They want the property left the way it is, therefore, the more work she puts in and the more money she spends the more anonymous threats Bonnie receives.
After clashing with some of the locals Bonnie desperately makes a few threats. Ultimately, the cabin is invaded and a shooting has police scrambling to solve this case.
4. Murder Thy Neighbor (2020)
Murder Thy Neighbor
As seen on Discovery ID, these two true-crime thrillers follow a neighbors’ quarrel that turns violent and cyber-bullying that explodes in a double murder. Ann Hoover is a nice woman but she hates her neighbor. Ten months ago, Roy Kirk moved in next door and now his house is in a great state of disrepair and Kirk himself has turned sullen and hostile. When Ann sues him, Kirk will retaliate in a gruesome, horrific manner.
Jenelle Potter has always been better at connecting with people through social media. With overprotective parents, she hasn’t had very many options to meet people, until she meets Billy. But her feelings for Billy are unreciprocated, causing Jenelle to start a virtual war until that war enters the real world. (with Max Dilallo)
5. Murder of Innocence (2020)
Murder of Innocence
The World’s #1 Bestselling Author, James Patterson, is partnering with Discovery ID again to develop all-new, ID-branded true crime stories where murder isn’t always the worst thing that can happen to you. It’s impossible to resist Andrew Luster. He’s rich, charming, and good-looking, and dozens of women have fallen under his spell. But Andrew is no mere womanizer. He’s a predator, and it’ll take a global effort to put him behind bars.
Mark Putnam is a rookie FBI agent given his first assignment in a remote part of Kentucky, a land of coal miners and meth dealers. Within his first months on the job, a young female informant named Susan Smith helps him make a big break in an important case. Rumors begin circulating that the agent and his informant are having an affair. After Susan starts telling people that she is pregnant with the FBI agent’s baby, she suddenly disappears.
6. Til Murder Do Us Part (2021)
Til Murder Do Us Part
Kathi Spiars can’t believe she’s found such a good man to marry as Stephen Marcum. Twelve years later, she starts to suspect that he isn’t who he says he is. As she digs into his past, she doesn’t realize that learning the truth will lead to a lifetime of fear and hiding. (with Andrew Bourelle)
Brandi McClain, a young beautiful teenager, moves to Tucson, Arizona, where she quickly meets her new best friend and her new boyfriend. But her perfect life is about to turn on its head. In San Diego, investigator Terry Jensen hunts for a missing girl. It’s a case that seems to be plagued by dead ends. But once the truth emerges, it’s more haunting than he could have imagined. (with Max DiLallo)
In addition to being a huge James Patterson and Alex Cross fan. I have a deep love for true crime. I could not wait to see this series on Investigation Discovery. Unfortunately, It was just okay for me. Don’t get me wrong, the stories are good and maybe I’m just partial to the actual books. However, I recommend that you read the books first. I wouldn’t want the televisions series to deter you from reading these shocking true crime stories.