Most of the crimes reported in this book aren't what I'd call bizarre. Armin Meiwes is here, as is Rattlesnake James and poor Lizzie Lowell. As the book continues, though, one can't help noticing that Odell covers only murders, and most of these are domestic assaults, 19th century poisoners (did everyone use arsenic back then?), and psychosexual serial killers. If you're looking for a book that covers parachuting bank robbers, convicted murderers whose victim isn't dead, and muggers whose weapon of choice is a stale baguette, you won't be satisfied here. However, Odell does choose cases which are obscure enough to be new--particularly to American audiences--and casual crime buffs will find enough here to whet their appetite. The only other criticism I have is that these two-page summaries aren't long enough to do much more than get you interested. Intrigued readers like myself will find that Odell's book is most worthwhile as a starting point for more in-depth research. Still and all, well worth the seven dollars spent on this Kindle edition.