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The Love Killings (Detective Matt Jones Book 2) by [Ellis, Robert]
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Book 2 of 2 in Detective Matt Jones (2 Book Series)
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About the Author

Robert Ellis is the international bestselling author of Access to Power, The Dead Room, City of Echoes, and the critically acclaimed Lena Gamble novels. His books have been translated into more than ten languages and selected as top reads by Booklist, Publishers Weekly, National Public Radio, the Chicago Tribune, the Toronto Sun, the Guardian (UK), the Evening Telegraph (UK), People magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times. Born in Philadelphia, Ellis moved to Los Angeles to work as a writer, producer, and director in film, television, and advertising. For more information about the author, visit him online at www.robertellis.net.


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  • File Size: 2512 KB
  • Print Length: 364 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1503952746
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (August 2, 2016)
  • Publication Date: August 2, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B012W7BCVE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,682 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Robert Ellis is one of my favorite authors. I just finished The Love Killings and wow what a rush. I could not put it down and read it in 2 days. This book could be read on its own but I would recommend you read City of Echoes first which is just as good as this one. There are several twists that I didn’t see coming and dear Dr. Baylor is a real scary dude. Matt Jones is an LA cop who was involved with Dr. Baylor in LA and has now been called to Philly to investigate what some believe to be the work of Baylor. Seems like Matt is betrayed by everyone he trusts plus everything he believed about his childhood gets called into question. I don’t want to give anything away, so you’ll have to read for yourself. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. Just as an aside, if you have not read Robert Ellis’ The Dead Room yet, check it out.
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I can't say enough good things about both of the books in this series. The main character, Matt Jones, was a completely engaging character. The only complaint I have is that it took so long for the second book to come out. More stories in this series please!
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Since, at some point in time, Mr. Ellis indicated that “The Love Killings” was going to be a continuation of “City of Echoes” and not a sequel, I decided to time my re-reading of “City of Echoes” so that I would finish it about the time “The Love Killings” was released on August 2. As it were, he suggests doing just that in his “Author’s Note” at the beginning of “The Love Killings.”

Although, as he says, it is not necessary to do so, I think you will get more out of “The Love Killings” if you read “City of Echoes” first. It was not a chore to re-read “City of Echoes.” In fact, there were points I had forgotten and, more importantly, I felt as if I was sharing memories with an old friend, i.e, Matt Jones. Further, it was even better the second time around.

If, however, you are just going to forge ahead and read “The Love Killings” anyway, I am telling you, you will feel the need to then read “City of Echoes.” I bet you will then re-read “The Love Killings” to bring it full circle.

No matter. You are so going to enjoy these books because you are going to go on a wild ride. There are so many twists and turns, you might get whiplash.

Matt is not without his faults but he has an inner compass that ultimately is right. There are surprises that I could not have anticipated. There is a resolution in book two that I did not think I wanted and was initially disappointed. However, as I kept reading, I realized that Ellis had done just the right thing. His solution was perfect.

Also, I was delighted that there was a cameo appearance by a character from a prior book written by Ellis. You like mysteries. You figure out who it is.

I don’t want to give anything away. However, I will say that, although Ellis has said that all questions will be answered by the end of “The Love Killings,” that does not mean that this is the end of Matt Jones. The end makes it clear that there is more to come and I can’t wait.
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I won a copy of the e-book version in a giveaway and here is my honest review:

This is a solid crime novel that had several twists I didn't see coming. The story moves along at a good pace which is nice because some authors tend to drag out a story too much where you begin to lose interest. It is the perfect vacation read and I would recommend it to anyone that is a fan of author Michael Connelly. I'm going to pretend that Detective Matt Jones and Harry Bosch have crossed paths due to the fact they are both LAPD detectives. In all seriousness though, I think if you like Michael Connelly's writing style you will want to add Robert Ellis as a new author to check out.

The Love Killings is the second book in the series of books featuring Detective Matt Jones. It isn't a requirement to read the first book because the author does a nice job in providing all the background info you need to know. However, I found the main character's back story interesting enough that I might have to go check out the first book. I definitely will be on the lookout for a third Matt Jones book because I am intrigued in where the story goes from here.
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Have read all of his books, even the Gamble books, and am never disappointed. He has mastered the art of suspense and beyond all expectations, his story lines and characters get more in depth with each new book. Lena was my favorite and now it is Matt. Can't wait for the next.
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Another good one from Robert Ellis, as good if not better than the first Matt Jones novel.
I have the feeling this is not the last we will hear of Matt Jones, and why not more, makes enjoyable reading.
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I really don’t understand all the positive reviews for this novel, when it was actually worse than the first novel in the series. The first had some issues that I tried to overlook—like why such a high profile case involving the murder of one of their own was entrusted to a detective who had never led a homicide investigation before; and a romance that occurred out of nowhere, feeling forced and inappropriate, with nary a guilty thought by our honorable protagonist. But this second installment just had too many issues to be ignored.

It takes places about 6 weeks after the first novel timeline ends, with the LA co-ed serial killer still loose and now believed to have surfaced in Philadelphia. But now, he apparently has a completely different MO that no one finds questionable except rookie detective, Matt Jones, who is called in by the FBI to assist in their investigation. Whereas the co-ed serial killer character was developed just enough to believe he possessed the necessary medical training, intellect, and finesse to commit the murders and escape capture, the author fails to create a convincing character in the “real” killer. At no time did I believe he possessed the cunning intellect and ability required to sneak up on trained professionals, break into billion dollar mansions—which likely would be surrounded by top notch security systems—and pull off such depraved and heinous crimes single-handedly, all with sophistication and ease, and leaving no evidence behind. It was really just too implausible to be believed.

So much for finding a LA police procedural series to satisfy my fix between Bosch novels. The search continues while I wait for Connelly’s next release…
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