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Devious (A Bentz/Montoya Novel) Hardcover – April 1, 2011

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Someone is strangling novice nuns in Jackson's terrifying if overwrought seventh Bentz and Montoya novel (after Malice). When NOPD homicide detectives Reuben Montoya and Rick Bentz arrive at the first crime scene, the chapel of St. Marguerite's Convent, Montoya recognizes the murder victim, Sister Camille, as his old high school girlfriend, Cammie Renard. In another coincidence, the novice sister who discovered Camille's body, Lucia Costa, once dated Montoya's brother. On top of that, one of the prime suspects is a high school classmate of Montoya's, Fr. Francis O'Toole, who may have had an affair with the victim. As Cammie's sister, Valerie, a former Texas cop now a New Orleans Garden District B&B owner, struggles with a surprise visit from her estranged husband, more nuns succumb to a crazed killer. Val learns more than she bargained for about her past—and Cammie's—at a nearby orphanage in a creepy thriller sure to please Jackson's many fans. (Apr.)
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Lisa Jackson shows yet again why she is one of the best at romantic suspense. A pure nail biter. Harlan Coben on YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW Shiveringly good suspense! Lisa Jackson ratchets up the tension as one woman's desperate search for her missing son takes her to the very brink of losing her husband, her sanity, her very self. Each chapter will leave you wondering who to trust. The answer: You don't want to know... Lisa Gardner on YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW Absolutely tension filled... Jackson is on top of her game. Suspense Magazine on TELL ME The spookily atmospheric plot is jam-packed with scary chills and sexy thrills. Booklist on TELL ME a fast moving thriller with plenty of twists and turns, and an easy flowing style that readily catches the reader up in its thrall. Canberra Times on MALICE Gripping... Jackson heightens the creep factor. Publisher's Weekly on MALICE As a beach read, this is a cracker. Read it at night and it certainly will keep you up. For after the prologue, Jackson slips into her real agenda, and out of your comfort zone. Courier Mail, Brisbane on DEEP FREEZE Tense... Suspenseful ... shocking ... will leave readers on the edge of their seats. Booklist on ABSOLUTE FEAR Her latest whodunit hits all the marks, taking readers on a nail-biting roller coaster ride. Library Journal on WITHOUT MERCY Jackson takes creepy to a new level with her latest chilling offering... A frightening tale filled with danger and shocking twists. RT Book Reviews on WITHOUT MERCY Jackson... shows a mastery of the true-crime thriller formula that will please fans Kirkus Reviews on TELL ME Graphic, terrifying suspense and gripping emotion are what makes all of Lisa Jackson's thrillers so unforgettable. THE MORNING AFTER just adds to her growing inventory of terrific page-turners. Romantic Times on THE MORNING AFTER In a word: clever The Herald Sun on CHOSEN TO DIE The highly suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat reads that Lisa Jackson provides are unparalleled Publisher's Weekly on LEFT TO DIE --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: A Bentz/Montoya Novel (Book 7)
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington; 1 edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758225652
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758225658
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Camille "Cammie" Renard has always been a troubled soul. An outgoing flirt in high school, she has delighted in flaunting her sexuality and living on the edge. After causing a break-up between her older sister Valerie (Val) and her husband Slade, she reassesses her life by retreating to St. Marguerite's convent in her hometown of New Orleans in search of forgiveness and redemption. Old habits die hard, and Cammie finds it impossible to give up her wild ways.

While at St. Marguerite's, Cammie gets pregnant. She plans to leave, but a twisted killer viciously murders her and her unborn child before she can escape. Cammie's body is found --- dressed in a yellowed bridal gown --- in a chapel at St. Marguerite's by Sister Lucia, a young nun with an unusual gift.

Cammie's older sister, Val, has always been the serious one. Studious and outspoken in high school, and always protective of her younger sister, Val is an insomniac and a worrier. Cammie and Val have parted ways after Cammie got overly friendly with Slade while living with them in East Texas. After Cammie leaves, Val files for divorce and returns to New Orleans, where she opens a bed and breakfast. But Cammie is murdered as the sisters work to repair their strained relationship. Meanwhile, Slade arrives in New Orleans to try to salvage his marriage.

Father Frank O'Toole is at the top of the list of suspects in Cammie's death. Val and Detective Rick Bentz are sure he's the culprit. Father Frank is handsome, strong and athletic. While serving as a priest at St. Marguerite's, impressionable young novice nuns are vulnerable to his arresting good looks.

Detective Reuben Montoya is getting weird vibes while investigating.
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Format: Hardcover
This was the first book by Lisa Jackson I have read. As a mystery/suspense lover I will be reading more of her books in the future. But I was not totally happy with this one. It was very well-written and the story was engaging and made me want to find out who did it. But I didnt really think we got all the answers in the end.

I really liked the Detectives assigned to the case, and I am looking forward to going back and reading more of the books they are in. I love the New Orleans setting. It really is such a great city for a backdrop.

Val and Slade made a great pair. We got plenty of info on their background and relationship and got to watch them in part work though their issues. Although the resolution of their problems did seem a bit rushed and just ok, its over now, lets forget it ever happened type of resolution.

But I didn't feel like we really got to understand the motives behind the Mother Superior and Fr. O'Toole. They have secrets and I don't think we really get to find out what they are. Same thing with the novices. There is such a connection there that can really make another intriguing story. But in this one, assuming we never see these characters again. I'm pretty disappointed. I want to know more of what they are hiding and why, And why did these novices join the convent, they all seem to have a great history behind them before they came. What made them join. Same with the murdered victim, Camille. We know she developed a crush on Slade but that doesnt fully explain why she joined the convent or why she had such a secretive hidden life.

Overall though its a great mystery. And it does get wrapped up in the end. All the main points are covered and explained. I guess I just wanted to know more about the secrets hidden inside the walls. I will definitely be reading more of her books. And will recommend her to others who like this genre. Just maybe not this one first.
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I Really Did Not Like This Book

I may or may not read another Lisa Jackson. If an author does not like the Roman Catholic Church--or any other faith--OK. One novel where this shows up, I understand, but this contempt seems to show up in a few of the Bentz/Montoya novels.

There is an allusion to a serial killer from a book I previously had not read, and Ms. Jackson showed such an ignorance of an aspect of biology that is so simple as to be ridiculous--the genetics of blood typing--I lost interest about half way through the novel. I did not want to know who the father of the murder victim's baby was. I did not want to know who the killer was. She was about the third author to mess up on this science, and I don't know why as it is a simple science.

Excerpt baby's blood type was Rh negative, therefore, crime scene tech SERIOUSLY exclaims "Baby's father must have had Rh negative blood." Neither parent had to have had Rh Negative blood as Rh negative is a recessive trait. I believe the victim had Rh positive blood. I tried to finish the novel, but found I couldn't and returned it to the library.
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I have been a huge fan of Lisa Jackson, but I have been so disappointed in her last several books, especially Devious. I don't know if she isn't writing as well or if my tastes as a reader have changed. I couldn't wait to get to the end of Devious to find out who the killer was, but I was getting so annoyed with the tone of her writing, particularly when the characters are muttering to themselves all the time. No one talks the way she writes. And I was disappointed and confused by the ending, and irritated with the many open ends she left. Obviously it was set up to continue in another book, but there were little things that she didn't wrap up. I agree with the other reviewer who said she described all the woman's hair the same- they all wore a single braid! How about a ponytail once in awhile?
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