M. William Phelps is an American author, television host, and investigative journalist. He is based known for writing true crime books in the world of books. He is also the co-host of the Investigation Discovery series Dark Minds, along with criminal profiler John Kelly. Phelps has been called the Harlan Coben of real-life thrillers.

In addition to his true crime books, he’s also written non-fiction history books. He wrote Nathan Hale: The Life and Death of America’s First Spy in 2014. He also co-wrote Failures of Presidetns with Thomas J. Craughwell. In addition to his work as an author and television host, Phelps also consulted on the first season of the Showtime cable television series, Dexter.

Publication Order of True Crime Books

Perfect Poison (2003)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lethal Guardian (2004)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Every Move You Make (2005)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder In The Heartland (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sleep In Heavenly Peace (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Because You Loved Me (2007)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
If Looks Could Kill (2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
I'll Be Watching You (2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Nathan Hale (2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Deadly Secrets (2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cruel Death (2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Trap (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kill For Me (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Devil's Rooming House (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Love Her To Death (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Too Young to Kill (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crimes of the Presidents (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Devil's Right Hand (2011)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Never See Them Again (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Eastbound Strangler (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder, New England (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Jane Doe No More (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dead Soul (2012)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Kiss of the She-Devil (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bad Girls (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Obsessed (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Killing Kind (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Madness, Sex, Serial Killer. (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
She Survived (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
I'd Kill For You (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Evil Minds (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
To Love and to Kill (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
One Breath Away (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
If You Only Knew (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murderers' Row (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Don't Tell a Soul (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dangerous Ground (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Targeted (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Beautifully Cruel (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Where Monsters Hide (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
We Thought We Knew You (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

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To Love and To Kill is the true crime story of the missing persons case of Heather Strong. A young, suburban mother who went missing and baffled to authorities. The case is given to a veteran investigator who believed her to be dead, and only hoped to find her body as well as her killer. It turns out the killers were very close to Heather as part of a love triangle, but they were also cunning, manipulative, and depraved.

Phelps wrote another true crime story, Too Young to Kill, about a small-town Midwestern teenager murdered by her own friends. Adrianne Reynolds was just sixteen-years-old and struggled with jealousy in her life. She had sought a fresh start in East Moline, Illinois after a rough upbringing in Texas. Her body ended up charred, stuffed into garbage bags, and then scattered. A truly gruesome murder, but it wasn’t the work of hardened criminals – it was actually that of her own best friends. A typical teenage spat turns into something much more deadly and ends up costing young Adrianne her life.

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