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Plain Jane: A mystery/thriller not for the faint of heart (The Harbinger Murder Mystery Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Carolyn McCray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,410 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In celebration of the Indie Book Blowout, Plain Jane will be priced at just $2.99!

Get it NOW before it goes back up to its regular price of $5.99!

Did you know that James Rollins Recommends...
Plain Jane: Brunettes Beware, a Top 10 bestseller in both Hard-Boiled Mysteries and Police Procedurals.

Let's see why...
"Wickedly macabre and blisteringly paced, PLAIN JANE marks the debut of a thriller for the new millennium. Brash, funny, terrifying, and shocking, here is a story best enjoyed with all the lights on. Don't say I didn't warn you!"
James Rollins
NYT Best Seller

"This book is so creepy. I made the mistake of starting in one night before bed. Not only did the story line keep me turning pages, it freaked me out to the point that I didn't want to turn off my light."
The Book Goddess
Book Reviewer

"This one had me flipping pages until 2 in the morning. I knew when I saw the quote from James Rollins (one of my favorites) that I would get at least my money's worth out of the book, but I had NO idea what laid in store for me."
Mimi - Novel Ideas

Plain Jane: Brunettes Beware
A Patterson-style thriller with a dash of Hannibal...

A city paralyzed by a serial killer stalking the night, taking a most gruesome trophy.
The only standing in the murderer's way is an FBI profiler...recently released from a mental institution.

Plain Jane combines the swift action of Patterson with the macabre of Harris.

Just remember to keep the lights on when reading this one!

More Praise for Plain Jane...
"When I read on the author's blog that Plain Jane was a "Patterson-style thriller with a dash of Hannibal" I knew right away that I wanted to read it. I was not disappointed and in my honest opinion this book is incredible!"
A. Harris

"Right out of the gate this book creeped me out. Being a brunette myself, the title alone was enough to scare me! This was a seriously good book. Words like unhinged, grotesque, shocking, intriguing, and macabre were spinning through my head as I read the stunning and suspenseful pages."
Brighter Scribe
Book Reviewer

Anyone who enjoys mystery/thrillers such as James Patterson, Lee Child, and Patricia Cornwell, Plain Jane with definitely satisfy your need for suspense!

**If you were looking for more from Kent Harbinger, the FBI profiler is featured in a short story titled Dark Lullaby in the thriller anthology Bullets, Brass & Babes.

**If you were looking for another bestselling Mystery check out All Hallow's Eve: The one night it is BAD to be good.

**If you were looking for a Romantic Suspense with some MMA kick, visit Full Body Contact: Is He a Fighter or a Killer?

**If you were looking for a kick butt thriller with a supernatural twist try WidowMaker: A Thriller for Horror Fans!

**If you were looking for an action packed thriller definitely check out Encrypted!

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

I always wanted to catch a serial killer. Now I have. #onpaperofcourse To find out more go to or @writingnodrama on Twitter

Product Details

  • File Size: 6250 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Off Our Meds MultiMedia, LLC; 1 edition (November 16, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004DERF5M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,131 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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364 of 380 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Set Aside a Chunk of Time... June 5, 2010
This one had me flipping pages until 2 in the morning. I knew when I saw the quote from James Rollins (one of my favorites) that I would get at least my money's worth out of the book, but I had NO idea what laid in store for me.

I pride myself on being able to figure out books with a twist. I could tell from the beginning that this novel had one. The killer is shrouded in mystery. Aha! A challenge.

Two things happened as I read. First, I was so engaged I forgot to try to figure out who did it. Second, when the reveal came, I was STUNNED! It made so much sense, but I never saw it coming. I tracked it back, (just like right after I watched "The Sixth Sense") and every "t" was crossed, every "i" dotted.

I don't often write reviews, but I felt compelled with this one. I can't recommend it highly enough. Get it now; thank me later! :)
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174 of 188 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blew My Mind July 18, 2010
My pal Cristyn West (otherwise known as @craftycmc on the Twitter) asked me if I would review her novel "Plain Jane", a thriller which she accurately calls a James Patterson-ish police procedural. I don't typically read a lot of those sort of books-they are fine, but they have a sameness to them that tends to have them lose their flavor, in my mind. Plus my bedside table has a stack of library books on it, so even though Cristyn gave me the <a href=[...] I warned her it might take a while for me to get to it.

So I decided I'd take a peek last night, see how the story begins. And the next thing I knew, I was gasping to the finish line this afternoon, unable to stop. West cooks up a serial killer story with a unique twist that I will not spoil here. It is a definitely adult story, but well done, with characters that aren't like any others I have encountered. All in all, an extremely well constructed, pulse pounding read that is positively worth your time.
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121 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's a Fine Line Between Madness and Genius June 26, 2010
Right out of the gate this book creeped me out. Being a brunette myself, the title alone was enough to scare me! This was a seriously good book.
Words like unhinged, grotesque, shocking, intriguing, and macabre were spinning through my head as I read the stunning and suspenseful pages. In this book, the lines between profiler and killer severely blur constantly. Cristyn West keeps you guessing, "Just WHO is the killer?" And just when you think you've figured it out, she takes you through to another labyrinthine twist.
I found myself wondering, "Just who is watching you?" This was a creepy, gritty, horrifying and shocking ride. Right until the last page I found myself exclaiming, "No way!" This book will make you jumpy, especially if you're a brunette. You'll find yourself checking your doors and windows, and looking over your shoulder. You'll catch yourself watching everyone around you, wondering......
The suspense is drawn out to the last drop, right up until you discover the shocking truth! To catch a killer, just how far would you go? Read Plain Jane: Brunettes Beware and you will discover that there's a fine line between madness and genius!
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124 of 139 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Literally a bodice buster September 21, 2012
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So, maybe this baby boomer male isn't the audience for this book, which is more romance novel (looking like it might become a series) than a murder adventure. Lingering gazes, frustrated loves, dusky lovers, and as the title of this review states, literally a bodice buster - twice! if one is into that sort of thing. I AM NOT

To have Amazon, or whomever compared it to James Patterson is a travesty of the highest sort verging on mis-representation, and Patterson should sue.

An interesting set-up is bungled by inept composition and the aforementioned romance novel staples. This novel is an insult to 21st century women. Yes, I know all genders can be sexually obsessed (the heroine here is) but to make a contemporary heroine the puppet of a male and even though this male is ambiguously a manipulative genius, though not the villain, verges on the criminal. Ms. McCray needs to concentrate more on plot, and work out her obsessions in another forum. Cut 50 pages of this bodice busting c**p and give us more substance.
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93 of 105 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars no hope - Two lead characers are utterly unlikable September 5, 2012
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I did not like this book. In fact, I hated this book, I was disturbed and disgusted by this book. This is an independent author for a reason - because this book is not fit for printing it is so entirely inappropriate. (I am not weak of stomach or faint of heart - I do watch shows like Criminal Minds and other like shows so gruesome and disturbing within certain limits is not an issue.)

To start I did not find it to be a thriller at all. Furthermore, I did not find the two main characters, Nicole and Kent to be likeable or sympathetic leading characters. I found Kent to be mentally unbalanced, (which he was written as), and as such really I do not understand how Nicole could have any romantic interest in him. Nicole's character is like one of those weak friends who is always complaining about her terrible cruel boyfriend but then continues to be with him. At the end of the novel, her weak annoying character become even more dis-likeable by taking an action that makes her even more mentally unstable than Kent.

I do not know how there are so many high rating for this book, it was a terrible read and I unfortunately paid $5.99 for it, not the current $0.99 selling price. I have never given a one star rating, if I could though, I would give it 0 stars; it was that bad.

This book is not comparable to Patterson, Child or any other author who actually has a major publishing house backing them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
Great with the rest of the books too!
Published 1 day ago by valerie goddard
3.0 out of 5 stars If you like killers chasing perspective victim
Mediocre page turner. This book is about a serial killer who targets..well... plain looking women. It is also about the detectives who chase them. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Chris's score4u
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good story
Published 2 days ago by alvin j williams
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I must say, it did not grip me, I should have chosen another.
Published 3 days ago by Eva Craik
4.0 out of 5 stars Graphic mystery
A page turning cop mystery in the order of Criminal Minds. A bit graphic for my tastes but a good mystery that made me,want to finish it. Read more
Published 3 days ago by avidreader
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Book by a Great Author!!!!!
Another Great Book by this awesome, unique author!!! Ms. McCray has a very intriguing, interesting and bizarre way of writing--definitely not for the faint of heart or those... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Shopping Maven
1.0 out of 5 stars Tedious and Wordy!
This book was tedious, monotonous, and boring. I do not understand why there are so many positive reviews about this book. There was not one likable character in the book. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Tullia
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not for the faint at heart
Published 10 days ago by J Costa
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting
This is my first time to read Carolyn McCray. I thought is was suspenseful with a well thought out story. I just ordered the Harbinger series.
Published 10 days ago by Windy
4.0 out of 5 stars Stop looking and read this book.
This book was a great suspense​ and thriller novel. It kept me turning the pages to find out what happened next. Read more
Published 14 days ago by m
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More About the Author

Carolyn has had a long and extremely interesting road to become a bestseller.

When she head to veterinary school those many years ago she had no idea decades later she would be writing controversial historical thrillers, gut wrenching mysteries and roller coaster-style action/adventure tales!

Born in San Francisco and raised in the beautiful Napa Valley, Carolyn always had an overactive imagination. As a child you could usually find her dragging the neighborhood children out to the haunted barn to make her Nancy Drew-style audio tapes. Oh and did she mention, there was an entire life-sized recreation of the nativity scene in the rafters? Yeah, that wasn't just a little creepy.

Which of course was great practice for writing such blockbusters as Plain Jane: A Patterson-style thriller with a dash of Hannibal and 30 Pieces of Silver: An Extremely Controversial Historical Thriller.

Carolyn is honored to have a seven book contract with Amazon's mystery and thriller imprint, Thomas & Mercer along with being one of the eight books during the inaugural launch of Amazon's new Serial program (9th Circle).

With over 250,000 books sold, Carolyn now lives on a beautiful lake in the Pacific Northwest where the fog rolls in over the water, snuffing out all signs of life around her. Yep, she still loves the creepy!

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