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Practice to Deceive [Reading] ➿ Practice to Deceive By Ann Rule – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk New York Times bestselling author and Queen of True Crime Ann Rule delivers another gripping true crime story this time a shattering case of Christmastime murder off the coast of Washington State, wi New York Times bestselling author and Queen of True Crime Ann Rule delivers another gripping true crime story this time Practice to PDF/EPUB ² a shattering case of Christmastime murder off the coast of Washington State, with a shocking amount of drama, greed, sex, and scandal and no shortage of suspectsWith thanmillion copies of her thirty four books in print, from The Stranger Beside Me, her chilling personal account of knowing Ted Bundy, to fourteen hardcover books, including Small Sacrifices Green River, Running Red, Too Late to Say Goodbye and sixteen collections in herbestselling Crime Files series,Ann Rule is without a doubt America s best true crime writerKirkus Reviews In Practice to Deceive, her first book length investigative chronicle since In the Still of the Night, Rule unravels a shattering case of Christmastime murder off the coast of Washington State presented with the clarity, authority, and emotional depth that Rule s readers expect It s a case with enough drama, greed, sex, and scandal to be called The Real Housewives of Whidbey Island but this was not reality television This was murder pure, cruel, ugly, and senseless And someone had to pay the price Nestled in Puget Sound, Whidbey Island is a gem of the Pacific Northwest Accessible only by ferry and the soaring Deception Pass Bridge, it is known for its artistic communities and stunning natural beauty Life there is low key, insular, and the island s year round residents tend to know one another s business But when the blood drenched body of Russel Douglas was discovered the day after Christmas in his SUV in a hidden driveway near Whidbey s most exclusive mansions, the whole island was shocked A single bullet between his eyes was the cause of death, but no one could imagine who among them could plot such a devious, cold blooded crime At first, police suspected suicide, tragically common at the height of the holiday season But when they found no gun in or near the SUV, Russel s manner of death became homicide Like a cast of characters from a classic mystery novel, a host of Whidbey residents fell under suspicion Brenna Douglas was Russel s estranged and soon to be ex wife, who allowed him to come home for a Christmas visit with their children The couple owned the popular Just B s salon Brenna s good friend Peggy Sue Thomas worked there, and Brenna complained often to her that Russel was physically and emotionally abusive Peggy Sue s own life has been one of extremes Married three times, hers is a rags to riches and back again tale in which she s played many roles aircraft mechanic, basketball coach, the drop dead gorgeous vamp beauty queen as a former Ms Washington, Las Vegas limousine driver, million dollar horse breeder, wealthy divorcee But in , her love affair with married guitarist Jim Huden led the two Whidbey Island natives to pursue their ultimate dreams of wealth and privilege even at the expense of human life Unravel the tangled web woven by Russel Douglas s murder in Practice to Deceive, the newest heart pounding true crime tour de force from Ann Rule.


10 thoughts on “Practice to Deceive

  1. Nancy Nancy says:

    When I first started reading this book, I was confused I thought I had picked up a large print book by accident No, it was just a publisher trying to stretch a two hundred manuscript into a full length book.Repeated information, repeated descriptions, repeated conversations and truly unnecessary information are what fill this book Why would the murder of a first spouse that happened prior to the birth of the later convicted accessory to a murder matter No facts were shown, or even hinted at, When I first started reading this book, I was confused I thought I had picked up a large print book by accident No, it was just a publisher trying to stretch a two hundred manuscript into a full length book.Repeated information, repeated descriptions, repeated conversations and truly unnecessary information are what fill this book Why would the murder of a first spouse that happened prior to the birth of the later convicted accessory to a murder matter No facts were shown, or even hinted at, that would make this a contributing factor Just another way for Ms Rule to run up the page count.On Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound of Washington state, Russel yes, that is how his name is spelled Douglas is found with a single bullet hole to his head Though he and his wife are having apparent marital issues, the authorities cannot put his wife there Ten years later the case comes to trial with a rather twisted reason for the murder Two people that have had little to no contact with the victim decide that he must die based solely on possible hearsay.A she said, she said scenario with a conniving dominating woman, a beguiled man and a wife that swears she knows nothing about it yet is the only one to benefit.Ms Rule lays no foundation and very little fact in her book There are very few true interviews of substance and from my perspective, only half a job was done I remember her earlier books that came across to me as well researched and questions answered before the book was published To me the oddest part, which is sad because it is the only thing that stands out, there is a photo in the book of Ann Rule with the prosecuting attorney and the sheriff that looks like her head and face were photo shopped in Skip this book, reader her earlier works


  2. The Loopy Librarian The Loopy Librarian says:

    I ve been a fan of Ann Rule for years She s nearly the only true crime writer that I read any She has compassion for the victims and doesn t highlight gore and brutality But this most recent book felt like it was done by rote There was very little to surprise or intrigue For all it s purported complexity, it was really a simple case of a man killed for greed The relationships were complicated but the case itself was not It was pretty clear from the beginning who killed Russel Douglas I ve been a fan of Ann Rule for years She s nearly the only true crime writer that I read any She has compassion for the victims and doesn t highlight gore and brutality But this most recent book felt like it was done by rote There was very little to surprise or intrigue For all it s purported complexity, it was really a simple case of a man killed for greed The relationships were complicated but the case itself was not It was pretty clear from the beginning who killed Russel Douglas and why It was sad It was cold hearted But something was missing from the writing this time Rule is usually a good storyteller, but this one let me down It felt as though the book was quickly pieced together through notes without a lot of thought to narrative or suspense


  3. Julie Julie says:

    This is a true crime story about the murder of Washington state resident James Stackhouse Stackhouse was murdered in 2003 during the Christmas holidays outside his home and this is the story of the investigation and the eventual murder trial Rule writes in detail about the murder and the multiple possible characters involved in the crime which took several years to solve and go to trial Though the book is complete in regards to the trial there was is still a lingering question about the mot This is a true crime story about the murder of Washington state resident James Stackhouse Stackhouse was murdered in 2003 during the Christmas holidays outside his home and this is the story of the investigation and the eventual murder trial Rule writes in detail about the murder and the multiple possible characters involved in the crime which took several years to solve and go to trial Though the book is complete in regards to the trial there was is still a lingering question about the motive of the defendants and a possibility that another person was involved in the murder This was a real page turner


  4. Obsidian Obsidian says:

    I found this book endless I was bored from beginning to end probably because Rule tries to fit way too many things into this book I think it s cause the case she focuses on the murder of Russell Douglas does not have a satisfactory ending through as a reader you can put two and two together.I thought the book zigzagged way too much We start off with the dead man and Rule works backwards but also alludes to some things here and there about the dead man s wife And then we jump to a way too i I found this book endless I was bored from beginning to end probably because Rule tries to fit way too many things into this book I think it s cause the case she focuses on the murder of Russell Douglas does not have a satisfactory ending through as a reader you can put two and two together.I thought the book zigzagged way too much We start off with the dead man and Rule works backwards but also alludes to some things here and there about the dead man s wife And then we jump to a way too in depth look at the investigation team We then run and focus on a woman who seems to be one of the people behind the murder and her family history I don t know if Rule wanted readers to feel sorry for this woman or it was something interesting to add or what Rule even adds a mini family tree at the front of the book, but I still had a hard time keeping people separate.I think this may be one of the shorter Rule books I have read, but I still wish some things have been cut.Rule adds lots of colored photos in this book, and they were okay, but I wish she had left some of them out since it just felt like padding after a while


  5. Erin Erin says:

    ARC for review.I think maybe Ann Rule is getting tired of her work She seldom leaves the Pacific Northwest any, which means her choices for true crime are slim other than Stackhouse family s very sad history and the fact that there didn t seem to be much motive for this killing, it was rather routine She often references herself in her narrative and she relies way too much on exclamation points, which automatically makes me take anything 63% less seriously In her prime, no one could bea ARC for review.I think maybe Ann Rule is getting tired of her work She seldom leaves the Pacific Northwest any, which means her choices for true crime are slim other than Stackhouse family s very sad history and the fact that there didn t seem to be much motive for this killing, it was rather routine She often references herself in her narrative and she relies way too much on exclamation points, which automatically makes me take anything 63% less seriously In her prime, no one could beat Rule she was a great writer who had selected true crime as her area, but now everything seems like a pale imitation of her earlier great works skip this one and read Small Sacrifices or And Never Let Her Go instead


  6. Natalie Natalie says:

    This book was terrible and boring Full of repeated information, too much information about completely irrelevant details, it is clear that she just needed to fill up pages The story jumps ahead into the future and back into the past with no warning I found the writing very confusing and thought that this was her first book until I checked Uses too many exclamation points Very disappointing read.


  7. Susan Susan says:

    Ann Rule is, of course, the undisputed queen of true crime but it has been some years since she has written a full length crime book Although I have enjoyed her true crime files , it is good to have anotherin depth read This book begins on Whidbey Island, Washington Home to sixty thousand residents, the island is a popular holiday resort and also houses a huge duty station for naval personnel Much of the island is idyllic and the crime rate low.Two days after Christmas on 2003, a ma Ann Rule is, of course, the undisputed queen of true crime but it has been some years since she has written a full length crime book Although I have enjoyed her true crime files , it is good to have anotherin depth read This book begins on Whidbey Island, Washington Home to sixty thousand residents, the island is a popular holiday resort and also houses a huge duty station for naval personnel Much of the island is idyllic and the crime rate low.Two days after Christmas on 2003, a man s body was found in a car The body had a single gunshot and was thought, initially, to be a possible suicide as the holiday period is difficult for many However, it was quickly established to be a homicide and the man identified as Russel Douglas Russ has been visiting his estranged wife and two children for the holidays and, when the detectives visit her to inform her of the murder, they were surprised at her lack of reaction The reaction of Brenna Douglas was the first strange occurence in a long and difficult investigation which would take many years to come to a conclusion.The author walks her readers through every step of the case from the discovery of the body of Russ Douglas, through to a detailed description of every involved person, whether suspect or not, and asks who lured Russ to that isolated spot to kill him All the way through the case, there were so many different opinions about the victim that the detectives felt they were dealing withthan one man Hampered by a lack of evidence and a lack of motive, it would take years before some physical rather than circumstantial evidence would appear This is Ann Rule at her best, with a detailed look at a crime and the tenacity of those involved in solving it to do so, against the odds Lastly, I read the kindle version of this book and it had illustrations, which were exceptionally well presented for a kindle book If you like true crime, then you will certainly appeciate this in depth look at a crime and its aftermath


  8. Kelli Kelli says:

    I m a huge Ann Rule fan but this book was a big disappointment for me First of all, the victim and the murderer were barely linked to one another and there was really no motive The people all had interesting backgrounds, but it just wasn t that compelling of a story Rule s writing was very confusing at times with her overuse of pronouns It made it hard to follow sometimes.I was annoyed off the bat that a detective would actually say I think he s dead He s almost in full rigor Ummm, any I m a huge Ann Rule fan but this book was a big disappointment for me First of all, the victim and the murderer were barely linked to one another and there was really no motive The people all had interesting backgrounds, but it just wasn t that compelling of a story Rule s writing was very confusing at times with her overuse of pronouns It made it hard to follow sometimes.I was annoyed off the bat that a detective would actually say I think he s dead He s almost in full rigor Ummm, any rigor and you are definitely dead No thinking about it The detectives also immediately felt the crime was a suicide despite the fact that there was no weapon and the passenger side door was open Rule should have not gone along with that theory like she did.There were also problems with information being referred to that hadn t been introduced yet For example, when the detective was receiving anonymous phone calls from a person who was friends with the killer, she referred to the caller as the Florida caller There wasn t anything introduced at that point where he had revealed he was calling from Florida I noticed another problem where some information was introduced about the killer before he was identified having a brother with a BB on the island That seems like some useful information but she didn t at first say anything about the detectives following up on that


  9. Jeanette Jeanette says:

    Ann Rule will often list all the characters at the get go, as in most of these cases there are 40 or 50 movers, interviewed by police, witnesses, law and lawyers you name it And when I read that feature on this one, a single name out of the multiples listed came out at me Peggy Sue And my mind went into lyrics If you knew Peggy Sue, Then you would know why I feel blue with Buddy Holly And does it fit.This is not one of her 4 or 5 star best cases Dead by Sunset or a Every Breath You Take e Ann Rule will often list all the characters at the get go, as in most of these cases there are 40 or 50 movers, interviewed by police, witnesses, law and lawyers you name it And when I read that feature on this one, a single name out of the multiples listed came out at me Peggy Sue And my mind went into lyrics If you knew Peggy Sue, Then you would know why I feel blue with Buddy Holly And does it fit.This is not one of her 4 or 5 star best cases Dead by Sunset or a Every Breath You Take etc , but one that is truly a long tangle, taking ten years in gathering myriad pieces As usual, her clear non fiction reporting of the facts, time elements, all participants and context to nuance and perceptions is easy read to me She is excellent in her genre andjournalist than psychologist in this one Guilty pleasure indeed to read her criminal and social justice genre realities Life as it happens in violent tragedy And aftermath as it seldom gets reported


  10. Jill Hutchinson Jill Hutchinson says:

    I have always depended on author Ann Rule for an interesting true crime chronicle and solid writing style This book did not live up to my expectations and is clearly one of her lesser works The story of a murder without apparent motive and no clues should be engrossing..it was not The narrative was all over the place and the author padded out large sections with descriptions and histories of individuals who were not even paramount to the case I had major questions which were never address I have always depended on author Ann Rule for an interesting true crime chronicle and solid writing style This book did not live up to my expectations and is clearly one of her lesser works The story of a murder without apparent motive and no clues should be engrossing..it was not The narrative was all over the place and the author padded out large sections with descriptions and histories of individuals who were not even paramount to the case I had major questions which were never addressed and found myself starting to skim through some of the chapters which is a bad sign I finished the book but it was a chore


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