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The Fairest of Them (Rae Hatting Mysteries Book 1) by [Osborne, Heather]
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Heather Osborne's romantic suspense novel, The Fairest of Them: Rae Hatting Mysteries, Book 2, is finely plotted and highly entertaining...This book is listed as a romantic suspense story, but it has a strong police procedural element which should make it appealing to fans of that genre as well. Osborne's plot is fast-paced, and her characters quickly began to feel like old, familiar friends. ~Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

About the Author

Heather Osborne was born and raised in California. She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Victimology, as well as coursework in Early Childhood Education. In 2009, she met her husband and moved to Scotland, very much a dream of hers since she was a small child. Heather has been writing short stories for as long as she can remember. She also has written and directed several plays. In her spare time, Heather enjoys reading, writing (of course!), theatre, as well as caring for her young son. She also reviews for Readers' Favorite.

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  • File Size: 2990 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publication Date: June 6, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00Y1JJO9E
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This is the second book in the Rae Hatting mysteries. It’s broken into several parts. Part one takes place in 2005 with Lucas Thompson who is investigating a possible serial killer. All the bodies are left staged as a character from a fairy tale. We follow his frustrations as the clues that he needs to capture the killer, or killers eludes him. Melinda Rawlings is an FBI profiler, who uncovers some new evidence. But as she gets closer to discovering who the killer is, she incurs his/her wrath.

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
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I read the Advance Review Copy of this book, and I bought the book as soon as it was released because I really liked it. I have read and reviewed The Soldier’s Secret by Heather Osborn, which is a totally different genre from her latest work, The Fairest of Them. I was very surprised that an author who wrote a historical novel and did it well, suddenly turned to mystery-crime. It turns out that Ms. Osborne has a background in criminology and psychology, and uses it to pull her genre switch!

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!
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I enjoyed the character of Rae Hatting in ‘Crushed Gardenias’ and was pleased when the author created a series. The plot is intricate and well thought out with a murderer obsessed with Fairy Tales who crafts the crimes to fit the stories. I liked Luke Thompson. A few times I wanted to give him a whack around the back of the head though because he totally wears his heart on his sleeve. Rae’s great. I couldn’t be friends with her because she’s far too scary but as a government agent, she’s awesome. I love the dynamic which the storyline sets up between the characters and liked Rae heaps more than the other female in the story; Rae has so much more going for her. I felt as though the author had more of an affinity with Rae Hatting and expressed herself through crafting the character. There’s a go-getter-don’t-mess-with-me-spirit which is going to be great fun to watch play out. Definitely grabbing the next one in the series.
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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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