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Misfortune (Rae Hatting Mysteries Book 3) by [Osborne, Heather]
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Can be read as a stand alone!

Follow up with Rae Hatting in Misfortune!

Death is on the cards...

There’s a new serial killer on the loose, dumping bodies in sinister relation to tarot card meanings, preying on his victims’ vices. With roving psychics, all claiming to have knowledge of the killer, to a mysterious Cajun woman, who just so happens to be related to Dr. Sabine Lawson, will Luke and Rae solve the case before another person ends up tempting fate and succumbing to an unfortunate mishap?

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  • File Size: 2718 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B014AI54JE
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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This is the third book in the Rae Hatting series, and it's just as good as the first two.
Rae and Luke are now partners, and they’re assigned to a case where a serial killer is leaving bodies positioned like Tarot cards. Their investigations take them to New Orleans where a national convention for psychics and mediums has been scheduled. Along the way, they meet some interesting characters, like Sabine's grandmother, Evangeline. As they follow the clues, it dawns on them they might be dealing with someone in law enforcement. And they could be the next target.
Rae and Luke’s characters evolve more in this book, as their mutual attraction sets them at odds against each other. Not a lot of tension, but enough to make it tantalizing. I really enjoyed the bathroom scene.
The story traveled along at a good pace, it was well-written and the characters were well-developed. Between the grisly deaths, and surprise revelations, the book kept me entertained.
What I didn’t like: the switching of first POV from Rae and Luke. Most authors who use that method, do it at each chapter. Osborne does it during the same chapter, which can be confusing . Because of that, I couldn’t get quite as involved in the story as I wanted.
If you love a good thriller or serial killer tale, then you need to read this story. I’m looking forward to following Rae and Luke in their adventure. I give my 4 feathers.
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The Rae Hatting mysteries are a growing, thriving story-in-progress, and I love this latest one most of all. I enjoyed Crushed Gardenias and The Fairest of Them, but Misfortune is where this writer finds her pace and Rae Hatting becomes (to me, anyway) a living, breathing person. Some of the scenes in the book (ahem … the bathroom scene!) are laugh-out-loud funny while still developing the characters and relationships, and other scenes (one murder I won't spoil) are particularly gruesome, gristly and just … eww! Like seriously, this person is way past the point of needing some psychiatric help! (Um … I mean the killer, not necessarily the author!) The book is fun and funny in parts, gory in other parts, and – most importantly of all – entertaining in all the parts. Kudos!
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4.0 out of 5 stars MISFORTUNE 15 February 2016
By Pamela Foley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This is the third book in the Rae Hatting series, and it's just as good as the first two.

Rae and Luke are now partners, and they’re assigned to a case where a serial killer is leaving bodies positioned like Tarot cards. Their investigations take them to New Orleans where a national convention for psychics and mediums has been scheduled. Along the way, they meet some interesting characters, like Sabine's grandmother, Evangeline. As they follow the clues, it dawns on them they might be dealing with someone in law enforcement. And they could be the next target.

Rae and Luke’s characters evolve more in this book, as their mutual attraction sets them at odds against each other. Not a lot of tension, but enough to make it tantalizing. I really enjoyed the bathroom scene.

The story traveled along at a good pace, it was well-written and the characters were well-developed. Between the grisly deaths, and surprise revelations, the book kept me entertained.

What I didn’t like: the switching of first POV from Rae and Luke. Most authors who use that method, do it at each chapter. Osborne does it during the same chapter, which can be confusing . Because of that, I couldn’t get quite as involved in the story as I wanted.

If you love a good thriller or serial killer tale, then you need to read this story. I’m looking forward to following Rae and Luke in their adventure. I give my 4 feathers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This whole series is awesome! 17 June 2016
By LeeLee Ray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
When I begin a good book it's hard to put it down. With this series I read the first 3 books (Crushing Gardenias, Hubris Luke's Story, and The Fairest Of Them All in ONE day. I then read this one in about 8 hours. IT WAS THAT GOOD! Heather's degrees in both Criminolgy and Victimology really helps her write a great story and an accurate story! And when you read these stories you get to really know the characters and know what they are thinking when they are working the case. And ya'll know what makes a good crime novel? Romance between partners! Now go get this series and start reading today!
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rae Hatting Series (and Luke, oh and Luke) Keeps Getting Better 28 November 2015
By Backstage Blogs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
As the 3rd Rae Hatting Mystery, I had some idea of what to expect, and I will give this installment 4.5 stars. Ms. Osborne does a good job of mixing romance and chilling crime scenes, and this book certainly continues the trend. In the last book, The Fairest of Them, the serial killer had a chilling fairy tale theme, that also served as an introduction of Rae to Luke Thompson. As we begin Misfortune, Luke has completed his FBI training and is partnered with Rae for their first case, which happens to be another serial killer with a theme. The theme this time recreates tarot cards, which leads the dynamic duo on quite an adventure first to Washington DC (Luke’s tirade about the capital city is worth the price alone) and then to New Orleans for a psychic convention.

The chemistry between Rae and Luke continues to become more prevalent and intense. Jealous moments on both sides , when neither actually has reason to be jealous, run from amusing to laugh out loud funny. Some of the characters they encounter, both in DC and N'Awlins truly fill out the definition of character. Surprisingly perhaps the most intriguing and amusing of these is Sabine's grandmother (Sabine is the coroner from The Fairest of them.) In fact, I do believe Madame Evangeline was my favorite character in the book. A sweet little old grand-mere she isn't, but tons of fun and intrigue, while retaining her Southern Belle charm are perfectly written.

One certainly can't complain that the story moves too slow on this one. It seems there is never a dull moment. The few check-ins we have with Rae’s daughter Grace remind us what a doll of a girl she is, even as a teenager. Both Rae and Luke’s mothers made scolding phone calls to their wayward children, but I will admit I would have loved to have seen more of both of them. As I have said, there is no shortage of "character" in Heather's characters, and these two fall very solidly in that definition. Hopefully we will see a little bit more of them in the next book.

I guess the biggest reason I couldn't give the book a full five stars is that I found the serial killer storyline rather convoluted at best, but overall, it was an enjoyable read without so many plot twists and turns that your head is left spinning. I also continue to see growth as an author in each of Ms. Osborne's books, and the readability (aka lack of grammatical and editing errors) are very refreshing, as well as the humor and sly wit Heather weaves throughout. I definitely look forward to following Luke and Rae on their next adventure, err, case. I may not be a pyshic or fotunr telller, but i do see quite a future for this pair, and I look forward to riding along with them through to the end. I also have to give kiddos to Ms. Osborne for her creative serial killer themes. A little birdie has let me know the next book in the series will be set in the theater - I can hardly wait for curtain call and to find out how she works the setting in.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I want more Rae Hatting 1 May 2016
By David Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The almost immediate back and forth between Rae Hatting and another character in Misfortune is a very nice counterpoint to the suspense and wondering when the next twist will come in this very well written book. As always Heather Osborne has outdone herself in this detective novel. The detail is astonishing and i find myself wound into the book again just like the other two i have read from the Rae Hatting series. I don't want to put the book (or in this case, my tablet) down and stop reading. From the moment i started reading i was sucked back into the story and life of Rae Hatting and i'm loving every minute.

There as so many twists and turns in this novel that it's crazy hard to keep up sometimes. Little details that i find myself wanting to remember but can't, and then reminded of later on and then remember and have an 'aha' moment. I love the way Heather Osborne writes the Rae Hatting novels, it keeps the reader in suspense and wondering what is coming next, this novel doesn't disappoint. I loved every moment all the way up to the end. The only thing bad i have to say about this novel is the same thing i had to say about the others. It was way too short for me, i was left wanting more and more. I cannot wait till the next novel in the Rae Hatting series is released at the end of this year. Till then i'll be yearning for more of Heather Osborne's detective novels. Thank you so much for writing such wonderful books Heather.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another epic page turner! 16 April 2016
By Cranky - The Book Curmudgeon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
***** 5 Cranky Stars *****

Yet again, this author does not disappoint. Obsorne’s way with words and wonderful plot make this another page turner.

I love the characters have real problems and are intelligent enough to master them.

In this story, Rae is again faced with a serial killer, who ritualistically places the victims in poses based on tarot card. As an aside, where does the author come up with these psychopathic killer’s themes? They are awesome.

Rae has to be my favorite character in a mystery story. She is cool and strong, and her compassion is endless. I welcomed the return of Luke in this work and also, seeing Rae with Grace, her adopted daughter, was wonderful to see.

Rae and Luke work well together. The romantic tension and funny moments lighten the mood in what is, at times, a gruesome crime drama.

Every page is a new discovery and as Obsorne uses first person point of view, the reader gets more of an insight into these well-rounded characters.

The descriptions of Washington and New Orleans are accurate. The psychic fair was a great way to keep me on the edge of my kindle. I think the emotions and reactions are believable. I was laughing, crying, and cheering for them.

I look forward to the next book in the series and can’t wait to catch up with Rae some more. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

I will continue to read and recommend Heather Osborne’s books to everyone. Long may she write!

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