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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!
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
By Heather Osborne
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. I mean, you have FBI and local sheriff's department trying to solve a string of unsolved, vicious homicides where the characters are dressed up as fairy tale characters.
FBI agent Rae Hatting is asked to join an investigation about a serial killer in CA who is dressing up the victims in fairy tale outfits. The killings have been unsolved for over 6 years now. The problem? The last woman murdered before this recent one was an FBI profiler sent in to solve the crimes 6 years ago.
The sheriff's deputy that was involved in the case all those years ago is no longer involved and wants nothing to do with society.
Can Rae solve this crime before another victim is killed? Can she get the deputy back to assist and come out of the deep dark depression he has been under since the killing of the FBI agent 6 years ago?
This is a good book. The characters are great, the writing dark where it needs to be and I didn't solve the mystery until I was about 3/4 in. The reason for the 4 stars is personal. I am not one of those people that believe that you can be in love with someone and talking marriage within a week of meeting.
Not a big deal, but I do wish this book had more romance. I found myself wanting more angst or build-up in that area, even though I realize this isn't a romance novel. There is just something about an "insta-romance" that doesn't sit well with me.
All in all, The Fairest of Them is an engaging read. It has excellent plot twists and the author is a great storyteller. Because of these things, I do find myself wanting to read the next book in the series.