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Thrilled to Death (A Detective Jackson Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

L.J. Sellers
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Book Description

Detective Wade Jackson, of Eugene Oregon’s Violent Crimes Division, has more than a professional interest in the disappearance of Danette Blake. In addition to being the mother of an infant, the missing young woman is also the widowed daughter-in-law of Kera Kollmorgan—the woman Jackson loves. But the politics surrounding the mysterious death of Courtney Durham, a notorious party girl with rich, powerful parents, trumps Jackson’s personal concern.

While all signs indicate Danette has fled the pressures of single motherhood, it appears Courtney’s reputation for walking on the wild side led to her homicide. But without evidence of foul play, Jackson may be probing “crimes” that never happened. As headquarters turns up the heat, he follows a trail of twists and turns to a secretive psychiatrist, a sleazy strip-club owner, a benevolent organization for needy mothers, and a bizarre service for edgy thrill-seekers. The deeper he descends into Courtney’s wanton world, the more suspects, motives, and disturbing facts he uncovers. And though it’s hardly the first time a case has led Jackson into dark territory, he winds up face-to-face with the last person he expects.

Editorial Reviews


"Sellers is so good that it's surprising she hasn't yet broken through into suspense super-stardom."--Mystery Scene magazine

"This thriller is every bit as exciting and suspenseful as her earlier books. Fast-paced, well-plotted and with terrific writing, the book is highly recommended."--Spinetingler magazine

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: 570 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0979518296
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (January 15, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089OEDSO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,475 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read July 3, 2010
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L.J. Sellers turns out another solid performance with the third book in her Detective Jackson series. I started at the beginning, but I think that the books could be read in any order. I do think it's still a good idea to start on the first book of the series. It makes the reading of the subsequent books a richer experience.

A hint of how much I liked it: I put my other currently reading books on hold to finish Thrilled to Death. Now I'll have to get back on those other books, which are all worthy since I'm still reading.

The basics:

A wild-living rich girl is found dead. The entire police department, including a reluctant Jackson, is put on the case. Jackson is more interested in finding the missing daughter-in-law of his lady, Kera. There's a backstory here, but it's easy to figure out and doesn't weight down the main plotline.

After that much, anything else I say would be a spoiler. I want you to go find out for yourself. Dang! I want to say more, but I'll zip a lip.

Note that I rarely (if ever) give five stars because I know that few books reach my picky level of reading goodness. Just know my four stars on this book is high praise.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! March 17, 2011
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I don't normally write book reviews, but I enjoyed these books so much, I wanted to drop a note.

I got my kindle about a year ago and have been trying to read a lot of free or close to free books to get exposure to new or underexposed writers. Some of the books I've gotten for free have been awful- no character development, see-through plots and ludicrous endings. I rarely stop reading books- but the bad writing in some of these novels makes me wonder how they ever got published.

When I started reading L.J Sellers books, I was not expecting much- I was certainly expecting another disappointment. After I read the first novel, I was pleasantly surprised. I quickly read the first and continued onto the second and third!

Over the first three novels in the "Detective Jackson" series, I have felt connected to the characters. The author doesn't make them seem perfect or super-human. Rather, they are flawed and human. (Detective Jackson's medical problems, family issues, etc.)

I especially like the progression of relationships throughout the books. In many novels I read, the characters go from meeting to falling in deep love in 10 pages. I feel like Jackson's and Kera's relationship is truer to real life- taking it easy and getting to know each other. Their relationship spans through the series of novels. The author doesn't go to either extreme- falling in love to quickly, or painful break-ups to cause excitement.

The novels are also engaging and suspenseful- and I have been surprised more than once! I enjoy reading stories that are resolved at the end- and her stories leave you feeling fulfilled.

I would recommend these novels to anyone looking for an exciting storyline and likable, logical characters.

Great job- Ms. Sellers!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific police procedural September 3, 2010
A few hour after impoverished Danielle Blake left her psychiatrist's office she disappeared. Her baby son Micha's paternal grandmother Kera Kollmorgan becomes very concerned. She calls her lover Eugene, Oregon Police Detective Wade Jackson who starts the wheels in motion for her to file a missing person's report the next day.

At about the same time, wealthy Elle Durham, who owns plenty of property in the city, files a missing person's report on her daughter Courtney. She never came home after going to a club with friends.

His superiors order Jackson to give his full and undivided attention to the Durham case; while, the brass all but ignores the Blake disappearance. When Courtney's body is found on a bike path near Puget Stadium, his superiors still ignore the Blake case ordering Jackson to focus on finding the killer. Fuming, Jackson investigates the homicide while quietly working the case that interests him.

The newest Detective Jackson police procedural (see Secrets to Die For) is a terrific investigative thriller in which L.J. Sellars argues money matters as the cops chose the dead rich girl over the maybe still alive poor mom. Multilayered yet character driven, the audience will feel Jackson's frustration with his superiors who twice select wealth (the second time in death) over poverty. The investigation is strong and realistic leading readers to fully relish Jackson's latest case(s).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars As promised July 14, 2013
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I have really enjoyed the Det Jackson series.They are always entertaining, suspenceful, and keep you guessing until the end. The series reminds me somewhat of Robert B Parkers series with Spencer. I loved those books.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Author needs assistant May 20, 2013
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It's not that the story line and plot are bad, the author gets details wrong from book to book and within the same book. What I mean by "wrong" is, she contradicts herself. Some books the main characters parents are alive and well, some books, the parents were murdered some 10 years ago. The book is a quick easy read (if you don't find the mismatched details too irritating) if you just enjoy reading murder mysteries. I do wish the series were numbered so I wasn't jumping around so much in the main character's life
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Enjoyed the book immensely! Very good series...fiction but very realistic fiction at that
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars good series
This is a good series. I like to try new authors and find one I will read in the future.
Published 2 days ago by donna m lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!
Just the right amount of drama & suspense! I love seeing these stories unfold as they pull me in!! Another hit!!
Published 3 days ago by REBECCA TEEGARDEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilled to death.
This another great read. L.j.sellers is right in the groove with keeping the plot suspenseful while moving right along and not getting bogged down along the way. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Unknown
4.0 out of 5 stars Detective Jackson
Another good murder mystery by L. J. Sellers. I have enjoyed all the books in this series so far. I can't wait to read the next one.
Published 22 days ago by Sue Ellison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Really enjoyed the book. Like all the L.J Sellers novels
Published 24 days ago by patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Put Down Thriller
Get ready to sit on the edge of your seat. Have food and water near while you read this "Can't put Down Thriller". L.J. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Leonard L. Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
trying to follow the series but seems like I have it wrong went with what kindle had and got to end of second book and it shows another book.But the series is still good.
Published 27 days ago by Charlotte Romero
4.0 out of 5 stars Luv it
Another great book by L J Sellers! Just like her previous books you cannot put it down until you finish it.
Published 27 days ago by peppermint patty
4.0 out of 5 stars These are just easy, entertaining reads
READ THE SERIES! You will be hooked. These are just easy, entertaining reads. Characters you can relate to. Read more
Published 28 days ago by S. Smith
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More About the Author

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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