Book Review, Detective Fiction, Mystery, Serial Killer, Series, Suspense, Thriller

Bloody Mary (Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels, Book 2) by J.A. Konrath

“He wonders if other people look at their partners at night, peacefully dozing, and imagine killing them…when he finally falls asleep, it’s to the image of cutting her open and bathing his face with her blood.”

A serial killer is chopping up bodies and has a vendetta against sarcastic Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels, highest ranking female cop in the Violent Crimes Unit in Chicago.  Battling with her mother who is furious that Jack wants her to move from Florida to Chicago to live with her due to a near fatal fall, a partner who is on a hopeless diet and having a mid-life crisis, and a diaper-wearing, sadistic cat named Mr. Friskers, how does she find the time to find a killer?  No problem.  He’ll find her.

Why haven’t I discovered Konrath’s books before now?  This second book in the Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels Mysteries series has intoxicated me.  Not only does it have me laughing out loud, but it has me gasping at the horror of inhuman acts in the same breath.  Oh, and did I mention that it has a Bloody Mary recipe at the beginning of the book?  What better refreshment to have while reading this action-packed, hilarious and gruesome suspense thriller.  My “Book with Food on the Cover” challenge is complete.  Yes, a Blood Mary is food.  A must read and I’m going out to buy the rest in the series.


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137270Joe Konrath has sold more than two million books in twenty countries. He’s written over thirty novels and over a hundred short stories in the mystery, thriller, horror, and sci-fi genres. Known for combining incredible action, hair-raising scares, and big laughs, Konrath has received over 10,000 Amazon reviews for his work, averaging 4.2 stars out of 5. He’s been a #1 Amazon bestseller on three different occasions, and has been in the Top 100 bestseller lists over twenty times. He’s twice won the Love is Murder Award for best thriller, and has also won the Derringer Award, and the Ellery Queen Readers Choice Award, and has been nominated for many others including the Anthony, Macavity, and Gumshoe. Konrath edited the collection These Guns For Hire, and his fiction has appeared in dozens of magazines and anthologies including Ellery Queen, Alfred Hitchcock, Cemetery Dance, The Strand, Thriller edited by James Patterson, and Wolfsbane & Mistletoe edited by Charlaine Harris (True Blood).

He’s considered a pioneer in self-publishing. His blog, A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing, gets several million hits per year, and Konrath has been featured in Forbes, Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Playboy, USA Today, Time, Woman’s World, the LA Times, and the NY Times among many other periodicals. He also blogs for the Huffington Post.

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