Title: The Fairest of Them
Series: Rae Hatting Mystery #2
Author: Heather Osborne
Genre: Romantic Suspense/Crime Thriller
Release Date: June 6, 2015
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.
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 com-bust. 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 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
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.