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

Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: criminology, drugs, rehab, murder, psychology, therapy, family relationships, eating disorders.

Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars


I haven’t laughed so hard at an audiobook in FOREVER.

So true confession- I’ve listened to like maybe three episodes My Favorite Murder, and I didn’t really like the podcast because it seemed a little disorganized to me. Though I’ve heard that it’s hilarious and fun, I just didn’t stick with the show. But then I heard about how amazing their book was, and I thought, okay. If I can get through their audiobook, I’ll give the podcast another chance.

Well, let me tell you, I owe the show a second shot because this audiobook had me in stitches and blathering on about it to my (also non-Murderino) family. I couldn’t stop talking about it them!

Their book is obviously more about themselves than their show, and I loved getting to know these two. Though their pasts and experiences have some dark and low moments, I enjoyed getting to hear them talk about how they picked themselves up by the bootstaps to build their Murderino empire. Through drugs, rehab, eating disorders, exploitation, financial crisis, and a lot of other gritty aspects of life, Karen and Georgia ease the tension with their wit, humor, and sarcasm. Their observations about reader habits, latchkey kids, politeness, and therapy were so honest and relatable that by the time I finished the book, I was genuinely sad that the audio came to and end.

In the 6-plus hours of audio, which is just too damn short, Karen and Georgia made me a fan of their partnership and themselves. This book is a memoir mixed with advice, so if you’re looking for a true-crime thrill, this book isn’t it. But, if you’re a fan of the duo, this book is what will make you love them even more.

Published: May 28, 2019

Publisher: Forge Books

TL/DR: Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark is a memoir from the authors and their comedy true crime podcast, My Favorite Murder.

Read it? PLEASE DO! Even if you have never listened to their podcast, or a podcast, or aren’t a fan of true crime, you’ll enjoy this read.

Recommend it? Absolutely. All the murderinos need it, as well as every female I know.

Buy it? YES. I’m dying to get my hands on a hardcopy of this book, just to read the sass all over again and flag the hell out of it.

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7 replies

  1. That is my #1 favorite podcast. So damn funny. They do eventually get into a groove and it is laugh out loud funny.

    • I started with their first episodes and quit, so I think this time I’ll start with their most current and work my way backwards! But my gosh that had me cracking up in the car, I probably looked like a psycho on my commute 😂🙈

  2. Great review! I’ve been a longtime murderino and love these gals! Definitely hang in there with the podcast because it does get better! I have this book and need to actually finish haha. I always wondered though, do they narrate the audiobook version themselves? That would be too meta haha.

  3. Yassss! I’m so glad you read this one!!

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