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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!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3152 KB
  • Print Length: 219 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1511768061
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00Y1JJO9E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #505,836 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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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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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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