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All the blood we share : a novel of the Bloody Benders of Kansas / Camilla Bruce.

Bruce, Camilla, (author.).

Available copies

  • 3 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 2 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

Current holds

0 current holds with 3 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library BRU (Text) 33500013712260 New Available -
Mahnomen Public Library BRU (Text) 33500013712278 New Available -
Hallock Public Library BRU (Text) 35500006633273 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593102596
  • ISBN: 0593102592
  • Physical Description: 374 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Berkley, [2022]

Content descriptions

Summary, etc.:
"A sinister novel based on the real Bloody Benders, a family of serial killers in the old West bound by butchery and obscured by the shadows of American history. The winds shift nervously on the Kansas plain whispering of travelers lost and buried, whispering of witches. Something dark and twisted has taken root at the Bender inn. At first the townspeople of Cherryvale welcome the rising medium Kate Bender and her family. Kate's messages from the beyond give them hope for their tedious dreams and her mother's potions cure their little ills--for a price. No one knows about their other business, the shortcut to a better life. And why shouldn't their family prosper? They're careful. It's only from those who are marked, those who travel alone and can easily disappear, that the Benders demand their pound of flesh. But even a gifted seer like Kate can make a misstep. Now, as the secrets festering beneath the soil of the family orchard threaten to bring them all to ruin, the Benders must sharpen their craft--or vanish themselves"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 October #1
    Bruce follows In the Garden of Spite (2021) with a second grisly historical thriller based on a true story. The Bloody Benders of Kansas littered the desolate prairie with their victims in the early 1870s after settling in the township of Osage and turning their home into an inn, purporting to offer respite to weary travelers. There was no respite, however—only murder. Guests were hit on the head with a hammer and killed for their money if they had any, or just for the thrill of it if they didn't. Eventually nine bodies were found buried on the property. There may have been more, disposed of in a nearby river. This bone-chilling story unfolds in different voices filled with depravity and dread. Daughter Kate shares her delight that "the sense of power was as strong and poignant as the scent of fresh blood in my nose." Fans of fictionalized stories of notorious murderers will be enthralled; Kansas, of course, was also the locale of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 October #1
    Bruce follows In the Garden of Spite (2021) with a second grisly historical thriller based on a true story. The Bloody Benders of Kansas littered the desolate prairie with their victims in the early 1870s after settling in the township of Osage and turning their home into an inn, purporting to offer respite to weary travelers. There was no respite, however—only murder. Guests were hit on the head with a hammer and killed for their money if they had any, or just for the thrill of it if they didn't. Eventually nine bodies were found buried on the property. There may have been more, disposed of in a nearby river. This bone-chilling story unfolds in different voices filled with depravity and dread. Daughter Kate shares her delight that "the sense of power was as strong and poignant as the scent of fresh blood in my nose." Fans of fictionalized stories of notorious murderers will be enthralled; Kansas, of course, was also the locale of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Camilla Bruce is a Norwegian writer of speculative and historical fiction. She has a master's degree in comparative literature and has co-run a small press that published dark fairy tales. Camilla currently lives in Trondheim with her son and cat.

Subject: Bender, Katie, -approximately 1873 > Fiction.
Families > Fiction.
Serial murderers > Fiction.
Serial murderers > West (U.S.) > Fiction.
Mediums > Fiction.
Kansas > History > 19th century > Fiction.
Genre: Novels.
Historical fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)

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