This is my book about real, often-forgotten, pre-1950s female serial killers, and it's available pretty much anywhere books are sold. In it, you will learn that many, many unsuspecting husbands die of arsenic poisoning, that your narcissistic boss is nowhere near as bad as a narcissistic boss who also murders employees indiscriminately in 18th century Russia, and that you should never trust a killer named Elizabeth. You can order it at AmazonAppleBarnes & NobleBooks-a-MillionHarper Collins, and IndieBound. There's an audiobook, too. And a Polish version.


Telfer not only tells a convincingly creepy story, she gives each case a cultural context, explaining what would drive a woman to this particular kind of madness.... Telfer knows her way around a pop phrase. Her work is bracingly non-stuffy, with a tone similar to that of Mary Roach's Stiff. Lady Killers most definitely entertains." —NPR
“Few first-time authors can hit every mark. Fewer still can achieve the measure of greatness journalist Tori Telfer demonstrates on the pages of this wonderfully executed—no pun intended—historical account of female killers. Here we have a soft, delicate new voice within the cumulative horror of true crime . . . a polished, superb narrative cocktail, its principal ingredient a chaser of beautifully written prose. Endlessly evocative, compelling . . . LADY KILLERS is a thrilling character study of the most diabolically complex, fascinating female psychopaths in history. Expect big things to come from this immensely talented rookie storyteller.” —NYT bestselling author M. William Phelps, DANGEROUS GROUND: My Friendship with a Serial Killer
"Each tale a mini-thriller, LADY KILLERS recounts disturbing stories of real anti-heroines with wit and ease. Telfer's insightful commentary reminds us that history isn't always what it seems. Sometimes it's worse." — Rebecca Romney, co-author of Printer's Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History
"A fascinating, creepy and insightful read that will make you question everything you think you know about the supposedly fairer sex." — Mara Altman, author of Thanks For Coming and Gross Anatomy
"Telfer delves deeply into the role of the media in making these women notorious, and she analyzes how quickly they lost their stardom, fading into relative oblivion.... The book is well-researched and informative, but squeamish readers beware: Telfer doesn’t hide the grisly and gruesome details about what these women did to the people they murdered. For those interested in historical facts about a special group of sociopaths, the author offers an illuminating read on a subject that has not received much publicity, except during the time when each woman was finally apprehended." — Kirkus
“With a breezy tone and sharp commentary, Telfer draws out the tired stereotypes with just enough wit and humor to make the topic of female murderers enjoyable.” — Publishers Weekly
“Given its dark subject matter, it’s surprisingly lively. A welcome addition to serial-killer literature.” — Booklist
“The chapters are well researched, and even when they start out reciting myth and legend (e.g., “The Blood Countess: Erzsébet Báthory”), Telfer goes on to deconstruct the legend and look for realism and fact behind the rumors, which is refreshing.... [Telfer] seriously interrogates the treatment these women received at the time of their crimes as well as afterward, shining light on how each case was handled. For true crime fans and those interested in feminist history.” — Library Journal