Genre: Suspense

Killing Jane by Stacy Green

Posted April 17, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 0 Comments

Killing Jane by Stacy GreenKilling Jane by Stacy Green
Series: Erin Prince #1
Published by Vesuvian Books on January 31, 2017
Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 340
Format: eBook
Source: Won
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WHAT IF EVERYTHING YOU’VE EVER HEARD ABOUT JACK THE RIPPER IS WRONG …

A young woman is brutally murdered in Washington D.C., and the killer leaves behind a calling card connected to some of the most infamous murders in history.

JACK THE RIPPER

Rookie homicide investigator Erin Prince instinctively knows the moment she sees the mutilated body that it’s only a matter of time before someone else dies.

She and her partner, Todd Beckett, are on the trail of a madman, and a third body sends them in the direction they feared most: a serial killer is walking the streets of D.C.

THE CLOCK IS TICKING.

Erin must push past her mounting self-doubt in order to unravel a web of secrets filled with drugs, pornography, and a decades-old family skeleton before the next victim is sacrificed.

THE ONLY WAY TO STOP A KILLER IS TO BEAT THEM AT THEIR OWN GAME.

 

 
Erin Prince is a D.C. homicide investigator in the Criminal Investigation Division, newly transferred from sex crimes. She’s handed her first case and a new partner, Todd Beckett, on day one (yes, the same Todd from the Lucy Kendall series). It’s clear that the homicide is controversial and won’t be the last as it reeks of a serial killing, especially given the references to Jack the Ripper at the scene.

 
The case was impossibly complex, further complicated by Erin’s inexperience and insecurity. I loved these flaws as it felt like it was steeped in reality. Todd is much more experienced and their struggle to gel as partners was just as compelling as the case. Erin’s unique background and heritage was another important element of a story with lots of layers. There were times I was frustrated with her but always appreciated her honesty.

 
This was an excellent start to a very different series, loaded with surprises and unexpected twists, the author’s trademark, along with complicated, opaque and untraditional characters. I’m really looking forward to what comes next for Erin and Todd because this was excellent. (Note: While Lucy Kendall is referenced, you do not need to read that series first before starting with this book.)

About Stacy Green

Stacy Green writes psychological suspense with a dash of romance. The first book in Stacy’s Delta Crossroads Trilogy, TIN GOD, was a finalist in The Kindle Book Review Best Books of 2013 for Mystery/Suspense.

Born in Indiana and raised in Iowa, Stacy earned degrees in journalism and sociology from Drake University.

After a successful advertising career, Stacy became a proud stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. Now a full-time author, Stacy juggles her time between her demanding characters and supportive family.

She loves reading, cooking, and the occasional gardening excursion. Stacy lives in Marion, Iowa with her husband Rob, their daughter Grace, and the family’s three obnoxious but lovable canine children.


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Posted March 10, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 4 Comments

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Posted March 6, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review, Giveaway | 14 Comments

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Posted February 22, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 2 Comments

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Posted February 11, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

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Posted February 7, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 2 Comments

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Posted January 19, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

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