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The Angel Makers: The True Story of the Most Astonishing Murder Ring in History (Paperback)
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The Angel Makers: The True Story of the Most Astonishing Murder Ring in History (Paperback)

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Published: 11/04/2024
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A story so jaw-dropping it's hard to believe it's actually true, The Angel Makers chronicles the crimes of a group of female serial killers in early twentieth century Hungary who were responsible for the deaths of over 160 people.

Nagyrev, Hungary, 1929. Over 160 mysterious deaths. A group of local wives conspiring together, and one woman at the centre of it all…

In 1929, a dark secret at the heart of a Hungarian farming village was finally exposed. For more than 15 years, Nagyrev had harboured a group of serial killers, one of the largest murder rings ever recorded. They came to be known as The Angel Makers.

Led by a sharp-minded midwife known as Auntie Suzy, the local wives brazenly rid themselves of unwanted relatives, spooning doses of arsenic into soup and wine, stirring it into coffee and brandy. Murder was just another chore.

Over 160 mysterious deaths later, the unlikely gang of murderesses came to justice in a sensational trial reported the world over. With absorbing detail, Patti McCracken pieces together the lives of Auntie Suzy, her wide network of killers, the unsuspecting victims and the villagers who witnessed it all.

The Angel Makers is the utterly gripping account of an almost unbelievable – yet entirely true – moment in crime history.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780008579562
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 220 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 28 mm


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‘Patti McCracken brings to life this long-forgotten tale in a grimly gripping narrative.’ Financial Times ‘An immersive and compelling slice of dark history’ Kate Morgan, author of Murder: The Biography ‘Atmospheric … one hell of a story’ Spectator ‘Compulsively readable … a must for true crime fans’ Publishers Weekly ‘A detailed account of the killing spree in Nagyrev … The author weaves in character sketches that suggest the perpetrators’ various motives. Her portrait of Auntie Suzy, a buxom woman fond of her pipe and brandy, is particularly evocative.’ Economist ‘Dramatic and compassionate … simply excellent’ Booklist

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“Gripping, shocking, and well written”

The Angel Makers is a fascinating book uncovering one of the largest groups of serial killers ever recorded. Nagyrév, a small Hungarian farming village harboured a huge group of murderesses were accountable for over... More

Hardback edition
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“Atmospheric and Intense; One for Fans of True Crime”

The bizarre and fascinating story of the Angel-Makers of Nagyrév suits McCracken's telling of it, as it reads more like historic fiction than non-fiction. McCracken's has brought these figures to life in an... More

Hardback edition
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“Fascinating!”

Excellent book! Tells the story of the Hungary murder ring very well and is difficult to put down! Would highly recommend for historical fiction & non fiction lovers!

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