A Murder Without Motive: the Killing of Rebecca Ryle

A Murder Without Motive: the Killing of Rebecca Ryle

In 2004, the body of a young Perth woman was found on the grounds of a primary school. Her name was Rebecca Ryle. The killing would mystify investigators, lawyers, and psychologists ? and profoundly rearrange the life of the victim's family. It would also involve the author?s family, because his brother knew the man charged with the murder. For years, the two had circled ea In 2004, the body of a young Perth woman was found on the grounds of a primary school. Her name was Rebecca Ryle....

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Title:A Murder Without Motive: the Killing of Rebecca Ryle
Author:Martin McKenzie-Murray
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Genres:Crime
ISBN:1925321355
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

A Murder Without Motive: the Killing of Rebecca Ryle Reviews

  • Trisha
    Jan 24, 2016
    *I won a copy of this book through a GoodReads contest - thank you to Scribe Publications for the book!* I don't read much non-fiction, but this book intrigued me since it is set in a suburb of the city I live in and grew up in. This book focuses on the murder of Rebecca Ryle, which...
  • Josh
    Jan 14, 2016
    More an author memoir than true crime, A Murder Without Motive: the killing of Rebecca Ryle is not what I expected - in a bad way. Rather than writing a book about the murder, investigation, court room battles, and interviews with subject matter experts close to the crime, the author l...
  • Karen
    Jan 12, 2016
    True Crime writing seems, to this outside observer, to be a minefield of complications. Personal connections to a real crime event, either of the victim, the perpetrator, or community can create a situation that authors must carefully negotiate. Because of this it does seem that true c...
  • Michael Livingston
    Jan 30, 2016
    A thoughtful book that belies its generic title, McKenzie-Murray artfully blends memoir and sociological theorising with a clear and insightful discussion of an utterly senseless murder. Even with the best of intentions, there were times where this all felt a bit ghoulish, but I guess ...
  • Stringy
    Mar 08, 2017
    This is more in the Helen Garner mode than the police procedural type of true crime book. Partly because it wasn't a difficult crime to solve (police picked up the guy last seen with her the next day, and had evidence he did it very soon after), and partly because the author is more in...
  • Sean Kennedy
    Feb 08, 2016
    (3.5 / 5) Some people may be disappointed in this book, thinking that it is your usual true crime rehash of gory details and torture porn. It isn't. It's more of a memoir, of someone associated on the periphery of the killer and his friends, and how this case haunts him until he con...
  • Rathkom
    Aug 20, 2017
    it was an enjoyable read ...
  • Jesse
    Mar 26, 2016
    It's hard not to compare A Murder Without Motive to Helen Garner's fabulous procedural memoirs. It's not on par with Joe Cinque's Consolation, but it certainly gets close. Eloquent, thoughtful and engaging. ...
  • Scribe Publications
    May 31, 2018
    Honest, sympathetic, reflective ? this is true crime at its best. A striking debut from McKenzie-Murray, which pursues uncomfortable truths with candour and care. Damon Young, Author of Philosophy in the Garden and Distraction Martin McKenzie-Murray is a writer of exceptional mor...
  • Di
    May 02, 2016
    I've enjoyed M-M's journalism in The Saturday Paper, published in Melbourne. This is his first book and it is an outstanding debut. He explores the many facets surrounding the murder of a young woman, Rebecca Ryle, in 2004 in a northern suburb of Perth. M-M grew up near where the murd...
  • Tilda
    Jun 13, 2016
    I want to preface this review by saying that I am an enormous fan of Martin McKenzie-Murray. I routinely dive into his columns in The Saturday Paper, and like many Victorians, enjoyed his eloquent prose via former Chief Police Commissioner, Ken Lay. He is, in fact, one of my favourite ...
  • Amra Pajalic
    Mar 06, 2016
    ost true crime books are about the murder of an innocent and the plot is concerned with the motive. The victim acts as a plot device, but in his memoir A Murder Without Motive Martin McKenzie-Murray does something different. The focus of his book is not on the why, because that is n...
  • Xanthi
    May 16, 2016
    There were a few things about this book that prevented me from giving it a higher rating. Firstly, whilst I don't mind it when an author includes himself in the story, I felt that in this case, the author overstepped the mark and just rambled on too much about his past life and experie...
  • Peter Franklin
    Jan 29, 2016
    Interesting mix of the description of a murder together with the impact on the family of the victim. Included aspects of authors life living in the same area. Sometimes wondered if some aspects were needed. ...
  • Hilary Campbell
    Mar 06, 2016
    Proposed re-write of the blurb: "A white middle-class dude bro writes a self-indulgent memoir using every ten dollar word he knows under the guise of writing about a horrific murder that destroyed a family." ...
  • Kimbofo
    Apr 29, 2016
    Murder Without Motive: The Killing of Rebecca Ryle is right out of the Helen Garner and Janet Malcolm school of true crime reportage. It looks at the case of Rebecca Ryle, a 19-year-old British immigrant, who was found murdered in the grounds of a primary school opposite her family hom...
  • Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
    Jan 28, 2016
    A very personal look at a senseless crime My View: A very personal look at a senseless crime. A community in shock, two families? lives for ever changed; a teenager the victim of a senseless murder, her death impacting on the psyche of those who knew her, those who were in her...
  • Ellen
    Jun 07, 2016
    This was less a police procedural than a meditation on the unknowables of crime. As McKenzie-Murray himself admits, "The reader might demand the pleasures of resolution. But the Ryles work with accepting its opposite." And though the author's endless self-reflection leans at times ...
  • Amy Mcquire
    Aug 07, 2017
    Beautifully written insight into the grief of losing a child. I had a few complaints, but they are mostly to do with my own personal interests. I felt the book was lacking in that there was no access to Duggan. I didn't feel like we knew enough about him to even begin to understand, bu...
  • Derek Pedley
    Jan 29, 2016
    The cookie-cutter title belies the true worth of this masterful debut, which blends memoir with police procedural, to create a unique and compelling portrait of the origins and consequences of a suburban murder. The author?s coincidental connection to a killer lures him into the ...
  • Belinda Missen
    Jan 31, 2016
    Well there you go, a bit of creative non-fiction, I guess. This was a really different book on a few levels. I picked it out simply because it looked interesting, was 'non-fiction', and I was looking to read more from that pile this year. On another level, this read as more of a...
  • Zora
    Jan 31, 2016
    I'm a fan of the author from his writing in The Saturday Paper: he always brings a fresh and considered perspective to whatever topic and he's certainly drawn to the dark stuff. A brave and sensitive account and analysis of a senseless crime, and it read as something he needed to get o...
  • Sera
    Apr 10, 2016
    A fairly pedestrian study of events surrounding a Perth murder & the repercussions to the family. I think the author was trying for a 'Joe Cinque..' (Helen Garner) but falls way short of the mark. His sensitive handling of, & obviously genuine relationship with the victims fami...
  • Edward Rush
    Feb 27, 2016
    I am from Perth and escaped to Melbourne as soon as I was able. I loved the city in my childhood for its brazen light (if McKenzie-Murray didn't use this term, it was something like this) and wild streak, but it was also a very rough place to be if you didn't fit into the bigoted mains...
  • Mel
    Nov 14, 2016
    I read this book in a day, staying up until midnight to finish it. From the very first sentence to the last I was completely engaged in this (true) story. I don't think I've cried that hard in a really long time. Thank you to the author for writing this, a very perceptive, thought-prov...
  • Lliam Gregory
    Apr 09, 2019
    Both deeply private and sociological in its story telling, the book paints a vivid picture of the setting in which this tragedy took place. Growing up in nearby Fremantle, I got a real feel for the dunes, the marina, the quiet night time streets and of course, the precarious energy of ...
  • Melissa Kirkman
    Jan 18, 2016
    I was looking forward to this book, being a true crime novel but it wasn't really my thing. It was really well written but I found it had too much fluff about community and how they influence kids etc etc etc. I just wanted to read the story!! As I said though, it is very well writt...
  • Keen
    Jan 13, 2019
    4.5 Stars! I had never heard of this case before, but I was drawn to it having spent some time in Perth and WA. The author?s analysis and assessment of Perth?s northern suburbs is absolutely spot on and had me smiling in recognition. There are a few times when this seems t...
  • Tania
    Mar 19, 2018
    I found this book to be more about the author and his life and I found it jumped around a lot I also found he wrote about things that had nothing to do with the murder case I found this book to be very boring ...
  • Kate Wild
    Apr 09, 2018
    I am a very big fan of Martin MM?s writing. He is a perceptive, deep-thinking journalist, so I was very excited to read this but I felt that the story he set out to tell was never really delivered on. I wanted to go more deeply into the damaged/ing masculinity behind the crime, which...