Review: Triflers Need Not Apply by Camilla Bruce

Title: Triflers Need Not Apply

Author: Camilla Bruce

Pages: 448 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

Belle Sorensen loves men.

She loves them to death . . .


Early in life Belle Sorensen discovers the world is made only for men. They own everything: jobs, property, wives. But Belle understands what few others do: where women are concerned, men are weak.

A woman unhampered by scruples can take from them what she wants. And so Belle sets out to prove to the world that a woman can be just as ruthless, black-hearted and single-minded as any man.

Starting with her long suffering husband, Mads, Belle embarks on a killing spree the like of which has never been seen before nor since. 

And through it all her kind, older sister Nellie can only watch in horror as Belle’s schemes to enrich herself and cut down the male population come to a glorious, dreadful fruition . . .

Based on the true story of Belle Gunness whose murderous rampage began in Chicago in 1900, Triflers Need Not Apply is a novelistic tour de force exploring one woman’s determination to pay men back for all they have taken.

The Review

Triflers Need Not Apply by Camilla Bruce is the imagined tale of one of the most notorious female killers in America.

It is the story of Belle Gunness who is believe to have had a penchant for killing men. In this fictional account Camilla Bruce has tried to paint a picture of Belle and the events that led to her murderous spree. Cleverly, Camilla Bruce has not tried to overly paint a sensitive picture to humanise the act of murder or this merry murderess; at times Belle is downright unlikeable. She is: selfish, recalcitrant and deeply unrepentant of her actions.

However, incidents have been created to create an image of what may have led to these events.

I was unaware of Belle Gunness before reading Triflers Need Not Apply. Having read it, I must admit she seems like a fascinating and clever character. Camilla Bruce really has managed to bring her to life in this novel.

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