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Crushed Gardenias: A Short Story (Rae Hatting Mysteries Book 0) 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 Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MX2JYGO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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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 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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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars 42 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, short read. I will need to check out The Fairest of Them now. Oct. 18 2015
By Anna Bax - Published on Amazon.com
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I enjoyed this short story. It was interesting and it has me wanting to read The Fairest of Them since this was the recommended reading before that book. There's not a huge cliffhanger or anything like that. It's just a complete short story that you don't want to see end. I simply more of these characters and more story. I think the only thing I didn't care for was the way the switching point of view was done. It was confusing at first, but I got used to it and it did add to the suspense. Overall, it's great short story.
5.0 out of 5 stars Short on Pages, Long on Story June 10 2015
By Backstage Blogs - Published on Amazon.com
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I recently read and reviewed The Fairest of All, I noticed that it was marked as Rae Hatting #2, so I had to track down part one. I am so glad it did! This story was alluded to a number of times in The Fairest, so I enjoyed filling in the blanks. It showcase a different, perhaps a bit softer while in complete control, side of Rae that was very revealing.

A very short and quick read, but with big impact.

I hope the author will give us a similar peek at Luke's backstory that was similarly hinted at in The Fairest of All.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great short! Nov. 26 2014
By Antwan Floyd Sr. - Published on Amazon.com
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First title I've read by Heather Osborne and it was pretty good. Albeit very short it moved along magnificently. A cool little detective story with a happy ending. I would most definitely read more of her work, preferably a full length novel.

Antwan Floyd Sr. author of Piece Keeper (The Black Love Series Book 1)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars CRUSHED GARDENIAS Jan. 12 2016
By Pamela Foley - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great crime short story. Aug. 29 2015
By Reggie - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the stunning, short story. Stunning as regards the standard of writing is and stunning as regards the plot. The genre is Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime Fiction > Serial Killers, they don’t come to the story expecting a sweet, poetic tale based on judging the book by the cover, that of an innocent young girl, as I did. If I had read the word ‘Crushed’, an interpretive meaning before having read ‘Gardenias’, in the title, I also might have been more prepared for the noir aspects at this crime mystery.

Perhaps my unpreparedness, have you read the blurb first, made me an ideal reader. As I said—stunning, is how I summarise this great read.