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Secrets to Die For (A Detective Jackson Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

L.J. Sellers
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Book Description

When young social worker Raina Hughes arrives at a ramshackle trailer outside of town, she’s on a mission to protect a small boy from abusive parents. But when Detective Wade Jackson arrives at the same location hours later, his mission is far grimmer: investigating Raina’s murder.

The victim’s vicious death is a shocking event for laid-back Eugene, Oregon—and even more chilling when one of Jackson’s fellow officers suspects an elusive rapist whose appetite is turning murderous. Jackson thinks he’s got a tight case against the meth-head dad who menaced Raina, but the evidence seems to leave his suspect in the clear—and a homicidal sex offender still on the loose. What Jackson fears is that his new love affair with nurse Kera Kollmorgan may be knocking him off his game. And what he never expects is to find an ally in savvy reporter Sophie Speranza, who may have stumbled on the killer’s shocking motive. But even as Jackson and Sophie team up to tighten the noose, their quarry zeroes in on his next victim—ready to take his twisted game to the next level.

Editorial Reviews


"This is a well-plotted, suspenseful crime story that will keep readers on a rollercoaster ride."

"I recently ripped through Secrets to Die For, the second in Eugene author L.J. Sellers' Detective Jackson series. It's the kind of fiction where the writing gets out of the way and allows you to read on autopilot until you figure out who did it. Maybe all mysteries are this way, but I had to stay up until 2 a.m. to finish it."--The Register Guard

"Sellers keeps the tension and suspense running high. As Detective Jackson is drawn into his newest case, he is also juggling personal life hurdles. Readers will thrive on the energy from this thriller and be impatient for the next."--RT Reviews

"Another top notch mystery from the author of The Sex Club. Sellers manages to maintain suspense as well as treating a potentially salacious subject with dignity. Hopefully this series will continue. There is ample material and Sellers´ writing style is superb."

"I couldn't put this book down until I reached the shocking ending! While writing a thrilling mystery, Ms Sellers' explores our attitudes toward some of the social issues we tend to turn a blind eye to." --Molly Weston, Meritorious Mysteries

About the Author

L. J. Sellers is a native of Eugene, Oregon, the setting of her thrillers. She is a former award-winning journalist and editor, and current standup comic, cyclist, social networker, and mystery-conference attendee-as well as a skydiving and thrill-seeking fanatic. A long-standing fan of police procedurals, she numbers John Sandford, Michael Connelly, Ridley Pearson, and Lawrence Sanders among her favorites. Her own novels, featuring Detective Jackson, include The Sex Club, Secrets to Die For, Thrilled to Death, Passions of the Dead, Dying for Justice, Liars, Cheaters, & Thieves, and Rules of Crime. She's also penned three standalone thrillers: The Baby Thief, The Gauntlet Assassin, and The Lethal Effect.

Product Details

  • File Size: 575 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (January 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089OEH4O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,796 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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116 of 124 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for the new one! February 17, 2011
By tommyd
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I stumbled onto LJ Sellers e-books as a new user to Kindle. I became wrapped up in the Det. Jackson series immediately! As a retired homicide detective myself, I can't put these books down! I have read all 4 in her series of Jackson crime novels, and look forward to the next one! Sellers is one of the BEST authors I have read, and believe me, I read alot! She keeps you on the edge of your seat all the way to the end. I have moved her ahead of Baldacci, Connely, Patterson, Ludlum as far as interesting and accurate story writing.
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66 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down! June 4, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I was looking forward to reading Secrets to Die For because I'd read Sellers' first book, The Sex Club. Secrets was even better. I couldn't put it down.

It had such a real feel to it. Sellers certainly did her homework on police procedure and the details grounded the story and gave it grit and urgency.

Full of twists and turns, this was just a great thriller / mystery, and I love her detective, Wade Jackson. I'm eager for the next book, please!
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375 of 472 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Republicans and Chrstians beware! April 17, 2011
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I'd like to give a very honest review and opinion of this Author. She is an excellent writer. Very talented. Her stories are very enjoyable. They are well written, well put together, not predictable. Very fresh. I also like how she provides just enough of the gory details needed for the story, without going overboard and turning it in to a sickening gore-fest. She also does not have her characters cursing just for the sake of cursing. While there are some strong words in her books, they are always said at appropriate times, and are mostly far between. Again, just enough to make the story sound real. She really is an excellent mystery writer.

That said, as good as she is, she could be better. I am very glad I read these books out of order. I started with book 3 in the series. (It's the least offensive one) I can honestly tell you that had I started with book one or two, I wouldn't have read any more. You see, for all her talent and fresh ideas, she is very offensive in that she is using these books to push her personal views on politics and religion. When I read a book, I want to become absorbed in it! I want to let go of all of the things going on around me, and really just immerse myself in the story. I found that so hard to do because after awhile, I found myself being insulted and offended about every 4 pages. I am conservative, and I'm a Christian. And as a conservative Christian, I really felt like I was being beat up in these books. Her views on conservative Christians are not at all a good representation of how most conservatives or Christians feel or act. These books had excellent story lines, so it seems like such a shame she had to offend half her readers. I really saw no reason for her to insult republicans, Christians, pro-lifers, and people with conservative family values.
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Competent but Colorless December 25, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm of mixed feelings about "Secrets To Die For." On the one hand, it's a fast-paced police procedural, with lots of authenticity and plenty of crisp plotting. On the other hand, it feels like a triumph of craft over art, a perfunctory product of how-to-write-a-mystery exercises, workshops and how-to books.

There's no original writer's voice here, no dialogue or descriptions that make you say "Wow!" and no characters that developed well enough to inspire ongoing emotional connections for readers -- a strange disconnect given the lurid subject matter of the story. Especially disappointing is the failure to give develop Eugene, Oregon as an enticing setting -- given that the real Eugene is bursting with rich personality.

The book simply lacks flavor, in my opinion. I'd like to see the author, now that she's developed her craft, take a cue from the masters of her chosen genre and develop her ART by spicing up her characters, settings, dialogue and descriptions in risk-taking, original fashion. Ultimately, readers become loyal to series authors because they love the central and recurring characters -- but I really don't feel like I've been given any reason to feel invested in the flat, one-dimensional Wade Jackson and his colleagues.

I wish the author well, and will probably browse her next efforts -- but won't buy unless I perceive that subsequent books are necessary improvements on this one.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Agenda not too secretive September 4, 2012
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Wow, what a good read. Ms. Sellers is an incredibly talented writer. I'm somewhat amazed her work is totally "indie" at the moment.

While I found myself returning over and over to this book on my android phone when I had a few minutes, I also cringed at the heavy hand she wields with regard to her obvious "message" underneath the story. I am a believer in Jesus Christ and his gospel, I am conservative with many libertarian leanings, I am also pro-life to help you understand a small part of my viewpoint. However, I do not hate those who are gay or sympathize with anyone who might say "they had it coming" if they are victims of violence due to their sexual orientation. It is pointless for me in this review to critique why I find Ms. Sellers obvious social message and narrow stereotypes insulting - so I'm only offering a warning to those who either share some of my stated beliefs or those who are turned off by stories which are vehicles to educate the masses towards a particular social and moral message.

I've grown tired of the drumbeat of stereotypes in media of all types that reflect a minuscule minority of the Christians and conservatives I've known my whole life (I'm 40). For that reason alone, I'm not going to read more of L.J. Sellers books. Not necessarily a reflection on her body of work, I just get enough of her beliefs elsewhere - I'd rather fill my very limited spare time with something more uplifting according to my value set.

With all that said, I must acknowledge Ms. Sellers' skill as a writer. I've now read probably six or seven highly rated under $3 kindle books, all thrillers, as well as dozens of "bestsellers" by published authors. I've never read any thriller as well-crafted as this one.
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L.J. Sellers writes the bestselling Detective Jackson mystery/thriller series--a two-time Readers Favorite Award winner--as well as the Agent Dallas series and provocative standalone thrillers. Her 16 novels have been highly praised by reviewers, and she's one of the highest-rated crime fiction authors on Amazon.

L.J. resides in Eugene, Oregon where many of her novels are set and is an award-winning journalist who earned the Grand Neal. She's also the founder of Housing Help, a charity dedicated to keeping families from becoming homeless. When not plotting murders or working with her foundation, she enjoys standup comedy, cycling, social networking, and attending mystery conferences. She's also been known to jump out of airplanes. For more about L.J., visit her website:

Detective Jackson Mysteries
The Sex Club
Secrets to Die For
Thrilled to Death
Passions of the Dead
Dying for Justice
Liars, Cheaters & Thieves
Rules of Crime
Crimes of Memory
Deadly Bonds
Wrongful Death (March, 2105)

Agent Dallas Thrillers
The Trigger
The Target
The Trap (Dec., 2014)

Standalone Thrillers
The Baby Thief
The Gauntlet Assassin
The Lethal Effect

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