Review: Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark


Title: Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: A Definitive How To Guide

Author: Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

Published: May 28th 2019, Forge Books

Status: Read July 2019


My Thoughts:

I’m a recent ‘Murderino’, which marks me as an avid listener of Karen and Georgia’s true crime/comedy podcast, My Favorite Murder. If you are not familiar with this weekly broadcast, Kilgariff and Hardstark each select a single murder, true crime story, or survivor story to recount and discuss in an empathetic but humorous manner. More recently the podcast has also featured Minisodes – which consist of audience write-ins detailing their near misses, or tangential relationships to murder cases; and broadcasts of their live shows. Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered is their signature show sign off.

I probably shouldn’t have bought Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered without reading the description (though I likely would have got it anyway), because it wasn’t what I was expecting.

I wanted something more closely related to the podcast, a mix of true crime stories with reference to their patented advice such as ‘F*ck Politeness’ and ‘You’re in a Cult, Call your Dad’.

Instead this is largely a memoir/selfhelp book detailing the hosts’ dysfunctional childhood/adolescence/young adult years including their issues with addiction, eating disorders, mental health, and relationships.

It’s not that these stories aren’t interesting, or funny, and occasionally relatable (I was a latchkey kid like Karen, and I had a brief flirtation with kleptomania at thirteen like Georgia- a single Mars Bar I still feel guilty about), but stories like Georgia’s ‘red flag’ encounter, and the essay in ‘Stay Out of the Forest’, which includes some information about the murder of Michele Wallace, were probably closest to what I wanted.

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered is really a book for fans of the personalities of Karen and Georgia, those more interested in the true crime aspect of their podcast may be slightly disappointed. I did enjoy it, I just would have appreciated a different approach more.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Beth F
    Jul 12, 2019 @ 21:18:22

    It can be frustrating to start book expecting one thing but getting another.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. the bookworm
    Jul 13, 2019 @ 21:38:38

    I like the title but I feel like it’s misleading. Thanks for your thoughts on this one!

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Tracey (Carpe Librum blog)
    Jul 14, 2019 @ 02:17:00

    I started listening to the podcast from Episode 1 this year and was instantly hooked. As I got through the backlist, I noticed that they started to change with the awareness of their success. Constant mention of t-shirts for sale, and irritating live events started to detract from my enjoyment. I don’t think this book is for me. I enjoy the format of their true crime stories.

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