‘The Annotated Murder of One’ by Jared Pearce

Take a couple of minutes break and treat yourself with a nice coffee! And why not read my review awhile? It’s about a collection of poems. Not usually my cup of tea, but these last two weeks were like this somehow. I felt like reading poetry.

I got this ARC from NetGalley and Aubade Publishing, in exchange for my honest review. It will be available for the public on September 7th, 2018.



This one is one of the two books of poetry that I decided last week to read and thus got them from NetGalley. Because…well, because I felt so. (If you haven’t seen the other review, here it is: I chose to read this collection of poems because 1. I really liked the title (sounds a bit like a crime story’s title which I love) and 2. I’m a music person through and through. The idea to mix lyrics with actual poems was very intriguing to me.


This book was exactly what I expected. It didn’t seem to be so much of high literature, but it doesn’t mean it lacked depth. Things, happenings and feelings Pearce touched were very familiar and common, these poems were about experiences all of us have or could have. It’s easy to relate and feel connected, it was easy to read, and yet it wasn’t so banal and blunt that would make the reader think it’s for dummies. It raised thoughts, at times it was serious, than it was funny, and then there were those poems that could be actual lyrics. Those were my personal favorites. I could almost hear the music in my head.

Let’s give it a grade! & Recommendations:

Again, I go with NetGalley’s rating here, thus giving:

4/5 stars

…meaning YES, I recommend it.

I really do. I recommend it to anyone who wants a swift and pithy literary experience.


I can’t even say how much I loved that it reminded me of song lyrics! It’s poetry but kind of music at the same time. That is, if you have a developed-enough inner hearing.

Drink tip:

Lemonade with a hint of rum

Music room:

Of course, it has to be the band who gave the titles: Counting Crows!


All in all, this was a fun (and rather quick) ride. I’d say I would read other poems or books by the author.

Well, this review was as fast as reading this book! What do you think? Would you read it? Do you like meaningful lyrics?

Don’t be shy to leave a comment, if you have something to say! 😉

Hugs 🙂

3 thoughts on “‘The Annotated Murder of One’ by Jared Pearce

    1. I don’t say every single poem in this collection was like that, but many of them! I like it, too. I also think that well-written song lyrics are poetry, too. 🎶

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