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After a seven year lull, another body is found posed like a fairy tale character. Devastated by his grief, Lucas has pulled away from lie, hiding away in his cabin. Wanting to catch the serial killer once and for all, Captain Frank Harris begs Rae Hatting to come investigate the murders and hopefully find them some new leads. But the biggest obstacle Rae faces is getting Lucas back on the case.
I really liked the characters of Lucas and Melinda. Their romance may have happened a little fast, but they were meant for each other. I don’t want to put out any spoilers, but Osborne did a great job with Lucas and his grief. Then Rae Hatting comes on the scene. I enjoyed the interplay between Rae and Lucas, and you could see a spark between the two.
Even though the story is told from a first person POV, there was no confusion on who was telling the story. Osborne did a good job at keeping their personalities separate. The story was fast-paced, well-written, and kept me turning the pages. As for a plot twist, I can’t say I was surprised at the ending.
My only point of contention, Frank and Lucas knew who the killer was at the end of Part One. I just couldn’t understand why they didn’t pursue their leads at that time.
If you love a good psychological thriller, with a little romance, I recommend this book. I’m looking forward to reading more about Lucas and Rae and I give the book 4 feathers
The Fairest of Them was birthed in the short story Crushed Gardenias. At first, I was confused by the fact that the heroine of the prequel, Rae Hatting, was nowhere in sight, and this is her series. The novel opens to a scene of an investigation of a murder in the woods. A young woman is dead, perfectly arranged to pose as Goldilocks, the children’s tale character. She is the latest in a series of murders that have happened in the last two years. All victims are posed as a fairy-tale characters. The detective in charge of the investigation, Lucas Thompson, is running out of time before the investigation is passed on to someone else. Enter Dr. Melinda Rawlings, FBI profiler sent to give him a few ideas, and the sparks fly! Lucas is not looking forward to the help, but he knows that he will lose the case if he can't find new leads.
Needless to say, the author throws a good and unexpected wrench into the story which is, after all, a Rae Hatting mystery. Rae Hatting is a tough, no-nonsense, FBI agent who reluctantly takes on the case involving Lucas Thompson. I like Rae Hatting a lot. She reminds me of another famous FBI female in a famous movie I will not name! This fast-paced novel shows how the team of Hatting and Thompson comes together and promises more adventures in crime solving for the two of them. The story has a little sex, suspense, and a strong, no nonsense heroine that one can't help but like. I am looking forward to the series!
This book is a follow up to the author's short story "Crushed Gardenias". However, reading CG is not necessary to read this book although I suspect having a background will more firmly ground this novel. Personally, I really enjoyed this book. I found the first few chapters to be a bit slow but once things got going, they really got going. The murders that are taking place were described with just enough content to leave me wanting more. The detective, Luke Thompson, was a character that I came to very much like. There was just something about him, and in his past, that drew me to him. That being said, I wasn't a huge fan of the relationship/chemistry between the detective and Melinda. Still, it all worked out, so I can't really complain. As for Rae Hatting, since this is dubbed a "Rae Hatting Mystery", I was a little surprised not to find her anywhere in the initial beginning of the book. Of course, Ms. Osborne being the wonderful writer that she is, knew exactly what she was doing and brought our favorite character in with just the write amount of finesse and oomph! I am definitely looking forward to reading more by this author.
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I absolutely love Dr. Kathy Reichs' novels. You know the woman who created the TV show Bones. Anyway, this series really reminded me of those books. Read morePublished 1 month ago by LeeLee Ray
As soon as The Fairest of Them opens it doesnt disappoint. There is intrigue as well as a bit of intimacy in this book that wasnt in Crushed Gardenias but its very welcome and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Williams
This story was truly a treat. Not knowing what to expect, I loved the way the author started the story and then, bringing in the main character a bit later. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jalpa Pandya
This is an entertaining thriller, with a touch of romance. The good guys are out to capture a serial killer who has a fascination with fairy tales--only these stories don't end... Read morePublished 7 months ago by R3
Wow, wow, wow.....
The author had to make some difficult decisions when writing this one... that's all I can say. Read more
First of all, I'll say that I don't think the cover of The Fairest of Them does this book justice. It is a really interesting crime/suspense novel with a serial killer that... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Anna Bax
This was a very interesting story that sucked me in from page one. I really loved the characters and how they connected with one another. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sarah Ann
Do you like mysteries with a touch of romance? I do! I was excited to read this book when I read the blurb for it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by UIBB