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The Fairest of Them (Rae Hatting Mysteries Book 2) by [Osborne, Heather]
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**Be sure to read, "Crushed Gardenias," a short story about Special Agent Rae Hatting.**

Once upon a time, there was a murder...

Rae Hatting returns in her first, full-length novel, “The Fairest of Them.”

Detective Luke Thompson is a hero cop, with a string of solved serial killer cases under his belt. He comes to California, thinking he can disappear quietly into the forests, isolated from the rest of the world. His expertise is called upon to help with a mysterious serial killer, dumping bodies dressed like fairy tale characters in the woods outside of Mendocino County. With the help of a profiler, Luke finally gets the break he needs, as well as finding romance for himself. Tragedy strikes, and Luke is left despondent, unable to carry on as a detective. Can a fiery redhead from the FBI help him out of the slump?

Determined to leave the life of solving unsolvable homicides behind, Special Agent Rae Hatting tries to settle into a normal life with her adopted daughter, Grace. However, her reputation precedes her, and Rae finds herself back in the fray, called upon to help solve a series of gruesome fairy tale style murders in California. Her only obstacle is Detective Luke Thompson. Broody, stubborn, and an all-around pain in the ass, the pair must work together before another victim ends up never finding their happily ever after.

Join Rae in her next novel, Misfortune! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B014AI54JE

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  • Print Length: 219 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00Y1JJO9E
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #408,406 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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A well deserved five stars
I received this free, in exchange for an honest review, and I'm glad I took the time to read it. I read the short into to the series, Crushed Gardenias, a while back, and absolutely loved it.
The Fairest of Them reintroduces the main character from Crushed, FBI agent Rae Hatting. She has to team up with broken detective, Luke Thompson, to solve a series of murders, where the victims are laid out like fairy tale characters.
The characters in this book are wonderfully brought to life by Heather. She writes beautifully, and draws you into their lives from the first page. The minor characters haven't been overlooked either. I fell in love with Rae's mother, who is a total kook, and her daughter Grace, again brought over from Crushed, is a sweetie.
The story itself is very well told, with a few twists that will have you crying at them, and just when you thought you know what's happening...well, no spoilers, you'll have to read it.
I am overjoyed to hear that Heather is already working on the next book in the series. I can't wait to find out what happens between Rae and Luke.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll love Rae Hatting! 6 June 2015
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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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!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AN ENTERTAINING TALE 13 January 2016
By Pamela Foley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Mystery 24 October 2015
By Crystal M/Crystal's Cozy Corner Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The Fairest of Them
By Heather Osborne
A Review
4 stars

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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Engaging read. Great plot twists. 12 November 2015
By Anna Bax - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
First of all, I'll say that I don't think the cover of The Fairest of Them does this book justice. It is a really interesting crime/suspense novel with a serial killer that presents his victims in a sadistic, fairy tale fashion. So, after knowing this, the cover fits, but it just wasn't visually appealing to me. So, don't look over this book because of the cover if, like me, you're not finding it appealing in some way.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go-getter 12 October 2015
By Ngaruawahia Girl - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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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