February 17, 2015
Poisoning the Pecks of Grand Rapids
"What if everything he read in the papers was true?" ~ pg. 67
Scandalous murder plot. True life mystery of 1916. A poisonous plan. A trial that gained attention around the United States. Poisoning the Pecks of Grand Rapids is the nonfiction story of how a man with boyish looks charmed a wealthy young woman into marriage with plans to hijack her inheritance.
The Grand Rapids Herald called it "one of the subtlest...most daring poison plots that the criminal history of the country has known." But Arthur Warren Waite seemed anything but subtle. Quite obvious and sloppy in covering up his tracks. What he believed to be a grand scheme in gaining his wife's inheritance turned out to be a flawed plan.
Writing books based on a true story can be iffy. I am a reader that prefers fiction; however, I occasionally like to read true stories. Sometimes they reel me in like a Lifetime movie. Other times, not so much. Poisoning the Pecks of Grand Rapids reads like an extra long news article and court transcript summary. It states the facts in a choppy style. I recommend reading Poisoning the Pecks of Grand Rapids to support a local author if you are in the Midwest or for history buffs.
Title: Poisoning the Pecks of Grand Rapids
Author: Tobin T. Buhk
Published: September 2014
Challenge: New Authors; Popsugar Based on a True Story