Books: Criminal Intentions

True and fictional crime stories for a dark, cozy night by the fire.

Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America
by Erik Larson

Recommended by Laura Carlson

This book tells two parallel stories in one: how the architect Daniel Hudson Burnham made the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893 happen and how Henry H. Holmes prowled the streets of Chicago at that time looking for victims to bring to his “World’s Fair Hotel,” which held a hidden house of horrors.

House of Echoes
by Brendan Duffy

Recommended by Marni Blomquist

Creepy good read combining crime and horror. Ben and his young family leave New York City for upstate New York to open an inn and simplify their lives, but the strange villagers and dark history of the area have them worried.

—Recommendations from librarians at the Hennepin County Library–Eden Prairie.