Chelsea’s Entertainment Reviews

Kathryn Casey’s “She wanted it All”

Im really into true crime stories, and i picked this one up when i was out of town, and i had it read in about 3 days. It was really interesting actually, I read the story of Celeste Beard, a woman who manipulated her way out of everything until finally one day she manipulated everything to the point where she ended up manipulating herself. She had been slowly poisoning her rich, elder husband and only her and her lesbian lover as well as her two daughters new about it. But they would never say anything because they lived in fear of their mother and Tracey Tarlton never said anything because she loved Celeste and didnt ever want to do anything that would hurt her.  Celeste seemed to have lived a very rich lifestyle, but still it seemed as though nothing was ever good enough for her. Her husband gave her everything and still she went out on a extravagant outings spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on nothing.  She would disappear for days going out spending money, sleeping with other men and what have you. One of the most intriguing parts about Celeste is that she was beautiful. Looking at the pictures of her that were included in the book one would never have guessed that such a beautiful could have such a cold heart. You would never guess she was such a coward and had to manipulate her lesiban lover, Tracey, to do the dirty work for her. After paying her beauty salon receptionist, who was supposed to be finding someone to commit the murder of her husband,  thousands of dollars that never worked out. Her beauty salon receptionist simply kept asking for more and more money and then i believed she even testified againt Celeste in the end. In the end though Tracey did the job that Celeste told her to do, and the only reason Tracey said she did it was because Celeste threatened to  kill herself because if Tracey didnt murder her husband then she would die. So Tracey took her rifle and shot Steve in the stomach. However, Steve did not die…sadly he was forced to hold together all of his internal parts and dial 911 himself. Steve did not pass until much later on throughout the book, and just when Celeste everything was going to be fine she didnt get the money she wanted, Tracey was facing murder charges, and in the end she was charged with the murder. This book was definately one i enjoyed reading…it was a well written story of these poor peoples lives.

– R


January 8, 2007 - Posted by | Books


  1. Really glad you enjoyed SHE WANTED IT ALL, my book on the Celeste Beard case. It’s such an amazing story that it’s difficult to believe that it’s true, but, of course, it is. This is one of the most twisted and bizarre cases I’ve covered in my many years as a journalist. Thanks for reviewing the book! It’s appreciated.

    Comment by Kathryn Casey | January 9, 2007 | Reply

  2. I just finished reading this book this weekend, and it was one I didn’t want to put down until finished. My first book to read by Kathryn Casey. I am planning on going with my daughter to a booksigning this next weekend, and I wanted to read some of her work. This book truly lets you see just how mean and evil some mothers are in real life. I read this on Mother’s Day weekend so it was sort of special. My heart goes out to the twins and all the children in this world who have been rejected and treated so badly by their mothers. Great author.

    Comment by Louise | May 13, 2007 | Reply

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