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The Rose Red Reaper (Chicago Serial Crimes) Paperback – January 20, 2013
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About the Author
Kristi Loucks is a Pastry Chef and Cake Designer with a degree from Le Cordon Bleu Chicago, as well as an author. Her works include A Life Interrupted, a Novella called Delivery of Fate and The Chicago Serial Crimes Series. The first book in the series is The Rose Red Reaper and it is based in her hometown of Chicago, Illinois. For Kristi, writing and storytelling has always been a way to manage the day to day stresses of working in the world of restaurants and food service. Ms. Loucks currently resides in near Chicago and runs a bakery in a North Shore Suburb.
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Things are just starting to look a bit more positive in his life as he meets the owner of a local diner, a woman named Dakota. They are instantly infatuated with one another, which says a lot for Mason who still has residual feelings about Jill's murder. Things look positive until the murders start piling up with the same MO, but will the Cole brothers be able to find the murderer before he kills any more people.
This is a great murder mystery with a love story going on behind the scenes. It's extremely well written, and kept me intrigued throughout the whole process of finding the killer. The love story between Mason and Dakota was adorable and lightened the mood of the book a bit since it does have a lot of graphic parts. Each crime scene is filled with details of how each body was murdered, and it involves a large amount of blood in each one, so this book isn't for those with a weak stomach. I highly recommend to all murder love story enthusiasts. It gets a 5/5 from me.
This isn't one of the books that you get part of the way through and can already tell who the killer is. You don't figure it out until you get right to the part that they reveal the killer. I really like that part about the book.
Mason was an ex-seal. After leaving the military he joined the force to put criminals behind bars. He became more into putting murderers behind bars after the death of his fiance'. She was brutally murdered in the apartment that they were living in when they were planning on marrying.
He finally had to move to another apartment as he was going downhill after her death and it was difficult for him to let her go. When he finally moved, he moved across town not far from the station.
He calls on his brother of the FBI and a special task force when he realizes that there is something strange and another murder had just happened. They build up a profile of the killer and realize that he or she is a serial killer. They put together a criminal profile to determine what kind of killer this person is and to determine what they are looking for. They figure out that the motive is one of past abuse and other things similar to that.
With this book, I absolutely have to give it a five star rating. The details are really graphic, the personalities are perfect and more than just fictional characters that you can literally place with everyday ordinary people that you meet. Kristi done an AWESOME job writing this!
“Probably the toughest time in anyone’s life is when you have to murder a loved one because they’re the devil.” – Emo Philips
I love a really good mystery. A story that keeps me enthralled, wondering, guessing and staying awake into the wee small hours; “Just one more page, just one more page….” – Me
The Rose Red Reaper meets all of these contingencies and more. The mystery itself is extremely well done. Too often I find myself figuring out the “Who dunnit’” shortly into the book. In this case, there was one small hint, well into a double-digit chapter that gives a clue – but it doesn’t give it away, and I actually didn’t start to get suspicious until well into the book. Score. A mystery that makes me think!
And think I did, not only about the story itself, but also about the characters. Loucks’ characters are some of the more interesting that I have come across in mystery novels recently. The lead characters are Lieutenant Commander Mason Cole, previously a Navy SEAL, and his brother Detective Devon Cole. Lt. Commander Cole joins his brother with the Chicago Serial Crimes Unit after the savage murder of Mason’s girlfriend. For a year, Mason obsesses over Jill’s death, desperately attempting to find any clue to her murderer. Sleepless and lost, he walks the streets at night, fleeing the nightmares that torment him. His only solace is his seat at a table in a little diner close to his home, where the coffee is always fresh, and the wait staff are a small group of women who are always kind, and always leave him in peace.
Now, the killer has struck again, and what slowly becomes obvious is that this isn’t just any serial killer. At first, there seems to be no connection between the deaths, no ties between the victims. However, as the number of grisly deaths climb, a picture slowly begins to form, an image of abuse, of torture and depravity of the worst sort, and of massive failures of a system that is purportedly designed to help the most helpless among us. A system that allows unspeakable horrors to be committed with impunity. As Mason, Devon and their small group of specialists begin to unravel the convoluted path into the mind of a killer, Mason grows closer to Dakota, the owner of the tiny diner where he feels so at home. A closeness that now places Dakota in the sights of a killer who has no mercy, and whose final goal is to destroy Mason’s life.
One of the things I like the most about the book is that none of the characters are “cookie cutter cardboard cutouts”. Their personalities are well developed and realistic, allowing you to actually come to know them as people. No one is written as an over-the-top super hero, nor are the women in the story either weaklings or superwomen – they are simply very real and likable characters. Dakota herself is blind, and yet she owns the diner and bakes the wonderful pastries, including cinnamon rolls that had my tummy rumbling whenever the characters moaned in ecstasy as they enjoyed them. Though she might be blind, she comes across as a person who truly enjoys her life and doesn’t see herself as being any different from anyone else, or as lacking or crippled in any way. I deeply admired her. Even the killer, for all his depravity, is in a way a sympathetic character. What he does is horrific, but at the end of the story one can’t help but feel a spark of sadness at what happened to drive him to the degree of hatred that he suffers – a hatred that has destroyed his soul beyond any hope of salvation.
All in all, I can highly recommend this book to any mystery lover. Well-written, well thought out, and absolutely captivating The Rose Red Reaper is a worthy addition to any aficionado’s bookshelf.