The Best New True Crime Stories: Small Towns
Edited by Mitzi Szereto. Mango, July
“We’re always hearing about the evils and dangers of big cities,” says Szereto, who edited a prior true crime anthology of serial killer stories. With the new collection, she says, she sought to undo the “idealized” image of small towns. For instance, in “Who Killed Gabrielle Schmidt,” a five-year-old girl is found murdered in Germany’s heavily forested East Hesse Highlands. Nearly 40 years later, Alexandra Burt (The Good Daughter), who grew up in the region, writes of how the crime haunts her as she raises her own daughter.