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Crushed Gardenias: A Short Story (Rae Hatting Mysteries Book 1) by [Osborne, Heather]
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Special Agent Rae Hatting has been sent to a small town in Colorado to investigate the disappearance of young girls from several surrounding states. What she finds is not at all what she expected.

Initially submitted to the "Bloody Scotland" crime short story contest in 2014.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3277 KB
  • Print Length: 19 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MX2JYGO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #853,733 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This began brilliantly. Haunting and horrible (in the way only a murder crime scenes can be), I was prepared for a story along the lines of Patricia Cornwell or Colleen McCullough. Such a complex killer commanded a novel, at least. Yet I already knew this was a short story, so I wondered how it could be condensed into a short tale. The answer is that a lot of the investigation between the crime scene and apprehending the perpetrator was only presented in minimal detail, more like an episode of CSI, making me wish for more that simply wasn't there.

The blurb describes it as a competition entry, which presumably carried a word restriction. This is evident in the rapid wrap-up of the ending. Ms Osborne's style is enchanting, drawing you right in, which lends itself better to full-length novels than short stories that are over so quickly. Knowing this, it was still quite crushing to be dropped out of the story so abruptly as the investigation ended before I felt it had really begun. I'd have liked to spend more time in Agent Hatting's head.

I hold out hope that this short story will be the a prelude to longer works of this nature in the near future.

Too good to be just a short story.
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A great short story!

I fancied a short read, and I've read a couple of books by this author recently. I've been surprised how much I enjoyed them, granted that they are not the genre I normally read.

Well, Heather has done it again with Crushed Gardenias.It's a short story about an FBI agent hunting a particularly disturbing serial killer(is there any other kind?). The author portrays the main character perfectly, and for such a few pages, manages to convey a great amount of detail and storytelling.

There is a part that almost had me in tears. It is very, very well written.

I get the feeling this is an intro to a new series. I for one shall be watching out for it.
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A serial killer is on the loose, leaving bodies of young girls dressed in white, adorned with gardenias. Special Agent Rae Hatting of the FBI is called in to try and solve the murders. This is a short story, told in first person POV. The plot is engaging, and kept me involved until the end. The story is well-written and Hatting is a very likable character.

My only point of contention, the last victim had things done to her that the person who was arrested for the crimes could not have done. I felt like that have been overlooked.

I enjoyed this short story and look forward to more of Rae Hatting and her investigations. I give it 4 feathers.
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Gosh, I wanted more. This has all the potential for a long running serial. I felt heart broken when it ended. From the get go, this has an attractive and intriguing lead character with personality and courage. I want to see more of her. I want to know more about the relationships between her and those around her. This was my first foray into a Heather Osborne novel and I liked it. I’m definitely going to be looking for more from this author.
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This was a quick read and I enjoyed every bit of it. Although short, every page was begging to be turned. It was suspenseful, chilling, and it ended with meaning. I had goosebumps at one point in the story. Looking forward to reading more from this author.
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