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The Fairest of Them (Rae Hatting Mysteries Book 1) 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

About the Author

Heather Osborne was born and raised in California. She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Victimology, as well as coursework in Early Childhood Education. In 2009, she met her husband and moved to Scotland, very much a dream of hers since she was a small child. Heather has been writing short stories for as long as she can remember. She also has written and directed several plays. In her spare time, Heather enjoys reading, writing (of course!), theatre, as well as caring for her young son. She also reviews for Readers' Favorite.

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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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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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HASH(0xa271b5dc) out of 5 stars Plenty of Twisted Brilliance to Wet the Appetite June 6 2015
By BrookLynne's Bookends - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received an advance copy of this book to review:

This book is a follow up to the author's short story "Crushed Gardenias". However, reading CG is not necessary to read this book although I suspect having a background will more firmly ground this novel. Personally, I really enjoyed this book. I found the first few chapters to be a bit slow but once things got going, they really got going. The murders that are taking place were described with just enough content to leave me wanting more. The detective, Luke Thompson, was a character that I came to very much like. There was just something about him, and in his past, that drew me to him. That being said, I wasn't a huge fan of the relationship/chemistry between the detective and Melinda. Still, it all worked out, so I can't really complain. As for Rae Hatting, since this is dubbed a "Rae Hatting Mystery", I was a little surprised not to find her anywhere in the initial beginning of the book. Of course, Ms. Osborne being the wonderful writer that she is, knew exactly what she was doing and brought our favorite character in with just the write amount of finesse and oomph! I am definitely looking forward to reading more by this author.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa271b630) out of 5 stars Ms. Osborne delivers an excellent work of criminology - read the series. June 6 2015
By Celia Kennedy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Fairest of Them is book two in Rae Hatting's Mystery Series. I did not have a chance to read the first book, but from reading the description on this website, I can assure you that the author, Ms. Osborne, did an excellent job keeping the series flowing. (Writing a series is an art unto itself.)

The Fairest of Them takes us to Mendocino, California where a series of horrific murders have taken place. Detective Luke Thompson, having found fame from having hunted down another serial killer, seeks to escape notoriety and nightmares by going to work for this sleepy towns police department. Calling upon all his skills, finding the key to solving these murders is just beyond his fingertips - something critical eludes him. The FBI sends in Dr. Melinda Rawlings, a criminal profiler.

Though their relationship gets off to a rocky start, it doesn't take the detective long to realize that Dr. Rawlings is a valuable asset to the team. Ultimately the two form a bond, developed through mutual respect and trust, which comes about through harsh and unusual circumstances, and an initial physical attraction. Ms. Osbornes crafts an excellent connection between the two, without turning this into a romance novel.

A twist in the plot, which I would NEVER reveal (as I despise spoilers), requires FBI Agent Rae Hatting's to join the team. This seemingly invincible woman comes to Mendocino, risking her life and all that matters to her, in order to help put an end to the demented murderers in Mendocino.

I have read other work by Ms. Osborne, and I promise you, you will never cease to be surprised by her range of work or her skill in handling her plot devices. Period pieces, folk tales, murder-mysteries all flourish in her capable hands.

One of her reviews for Crushed Gardenia's (book one in Rae Hattings Myseries) begged for Ms. Osborne to get the next book in the series written. I would heartily recommend this book, and will go back and read book one, while I wait for book three to be published.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa271ba68) out of 5 stars An enjoyable fast paced story that I couldnt put down June 15 2015
By The Art of Romance Promotions - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was given a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Detective Luke Thompson moves to California thinking he can disappear after having a string of solved serial killer cases under his belt.
A mysterious serial killer is dumping bodies dressed like fairy tale characters in the woods outside of Mendocino County.
Luke along with the help of a profiler finally gets the break he needs as well a romance.
But tradegy strikes leaving Luke despondent unable to carry on being a detective.
But will a fiery redhead from the FBI help him out of his slump?
Special Agent Rae Hatting tries to settle into a normal life with her adopted daughter Grace.
Rae finds herself back into the fray,called upon to help solve the gruesome fairy tale murders in California.
Her and Detective Luke must work together before another victim ends up never finding their happily ever after.

This book started off to a great start and kept right on going with its fast paced plot.
It was told in three different parts so we got to see a lot of back story on the three main characters Luke,Melinda and Rae.
I found the story line unique with how it was based around the Grimm brothers fairytale.
All in all it was an enjoyable fast paced story that i couldnt put down and I look forward to reading the next Rae Hatting book.

5 stars

Reviewed by Heather S.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa271be28) out of 5 stars Calling Romantic Mystery Fans! June 6 2015
By L. Jenkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed reading this book and thought the mystery was intriguing. The chemistry between Luke and Melinda was good, but for me their relationship seemed too rushed – within a few days of meeting they were already planning a wedding. I wanted a slower pace and I really wanted their relationship to smolder longer rather than spontaneously combust. I also groaned when Melinda left Luke sleeping so that she could go pack. That was just one of those decisions that seemed incompatible with her basic, careful nature. That decision brought me out of the story, unfortunately.

Once Rae gets on the scene the story recaptured my imagination and I again enjoyed the highly charged conversations between Rae and the utterly broken Luke. The pace remained a bit too fast, but the story became increasingly more interesting as it roared into the last half. I thought there were some wonderful scenes between Luke and Rae, and between Rae and Captain Frank Harris. In several instances my ability to suspend disbelief was strained but it was never broken as had happened with Mel’s abduction. This is a super fast read that I think most romantic mystery fans will enjoy.

This book was provided to me in exchange for my honest review.

Reviewed by Laurie-J
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa271bf0c) out of 5 stars AN ENTERTAINING TALE Jan. 12 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