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All the Pretty Girls (Taylor Jackson Series #1)

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5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Reviewed for Midwest Book Review

Nashville Homicide Lieutenant Taylor Jackson is called to the scene of a homicide, where the body of a young woman, sans hands, has been discovered. When a hand is found near the crime scene, DNA proves it doesn't belong to the murdered woman but to another woman, whose...
Nashville Homicide Lieutenant Taylor Jackson is called to the scene of a homicide, where the body of a young woman, sans hands, has been discovered. When a hand is found near the crime scene, DNA proves it doesn't belong to the murdered woman but to another woman, whose body was found in another state. This brings the FBI into play, via Taylor's lover, profiler Dr. John Baldwin. The Southern Strangler, as the killer comes to be known, goes on a killing spree throughout the South, crossing state lines, leaving the bodies of young women behind, all missing their hands, but with another woman's hand nearby. And his kills are escalating at a fast rate. Baldwin and Taylor team up to catch him although Taylor gets temporarily sidetracked pursuing a serial rapist named the Rainman while Baldwin travels in the killer's footsteps. But soon the two are back together, hot on the heels of the killer.

Taylor Jackson is not your archetypical Southern Belle. A woman from a wealthy family, she chose the life of a cop over that of a privileged soccer mom. She's well-educated, intelligent and tough mentally and physically, but her one weakness is Baldwin. The two are a winning combo and their personas complement one another. Peripheral characters are nicely developed, as is the chemistry between Taylor and Baldwin. The plot moves at a fast pace, with gut-wrenching suspense and plenty of action. Ellison's smart writing places this one apart from other mystery series and is sure to garner a plethora of fans eager for the next book.

posted by christytilleryfrench on May 3, 2010

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Okay

This wwas an okaay read.. I figured the killer out in the first 30 pages

posted by Anonymous on May 12, 2011

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

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    Reviewed for Midwest Book Review

    Nashville Homicide Lieutenant Taylor Jackson is called to the scene of a homicide, where the body of a young woman, sans hands, has been discovered. When a hand is found near the crime scene, DNA proves it doesn't belong to the murdered woman but to another woman, whose body was found in another state. This brings the FBI into play, via Taylor's lover, profiler Dr. John Baldwin. The Southern Strangler, as the killer comes to be known, goes on a killing spree throughout the South, crossing state lines, leaving the bodies of young women behind, all missing their hands, but with another woman's hand nearby. And his kills are escalating at a fast rate. Baldwin and Taylor team up to catch him although Taylor gets temporarily sidetracked pursuing a serial rapist named the Rainman while Baldwin travels in the killer's footsteps. But soon the two are back together, hot on the heels of the killer.

    Taylor Jackson is not your archetypical Southern Belle. A woman from a wealthy family, she chose the life of a cop over that of a privileged soccer mom. She's well-educated, intelligent and tough mentally and physically, but her one weakness is Baldwin. The two are a winning combo and their personas complement one another. Peripheral characters are nicely developed, as is the chemistry between Taylor and Baldwin. The plot moves at a fast pace, with gut-wrenching suspense and plenty of action. Ellison's smart writing places this one apart from other mystery series and is sure to garner a plethora of fans eager for the next book.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 24, 2010

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    I was surprised

    I was very surprised by this book. It was one that I saw and downloaded on my nook to try. I got into it easy enough and was very surprised that I ended up liking it. I enjoyed the twists and turns and subplots.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2008

    5 stars

    It's the best book I've read in awhile. I couldn't put it down all the twists and turns. It's so exciting! This book grabs you and sucks you into it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    an interesting police procedural romance

    The serial killer kidnaps young women and takes them to the next state before killing them. After having his fun with his chosen pretty ones, he slices off their hand to take with him and leaves behind the previous victim¿s hand with the fresh corpse. When a female is found by a Nashville highway with the trademark hand of the 'Southern Strangler', homicide detective Taylor Jackson is assigned the case.------------- However, she and her team go nowhere as there are neither witnesses nor have any useful evidence beyond the hand. Taylor turns to her lover, FBI profiler John Baldwin but he fails to help her solve the case. When a local TV reporter dies in what seems an accident, Taylor is assigned that case, leaving John to deal with the Southern Strangler.-------------- ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS is an interesting police procedural romance in which the serial killer steals the show from the two cops pursuing him. The story line is at its best when the Southern Strangler performs his deadly deeds and when the police investigate when the subplot turns to romance, it seems forced as the heroine is obviously not ready for dangling alliances. Still sub-genre fans will enjoy this exciting cat and mouse game in which the culprit makes the rules that the vulnerable mouse must play by.--------------- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2014

    To emma,

    Hi,im a boy(10yrsold)and my name is jackson vaughn macfarland,just call me jack on the next book.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    Um hello?

    I think you said this was a chat rom pretty girl? From zaynz gf

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2013

    WEDDING!!!

    Wedding res 1. Party afterwards!!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Makayla

    Who wants to chat? Im an 18 yr old girl...or at least i will be tommorrow (April 26) so yeah ^.^

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    To Ben

    Where do u live?-DJ

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    Anyone want 2 cht?

    If so rply 2 emma

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2013

    Ben

    My fav color is darkk blue, live in georgia but Everyone im oing to indiana today so ill be back moday night bye

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2013

    Jojo

    Hey im a girl im fifteen

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    Lurker

    ?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2013

    Wedding at married now result 1

    Bring friends

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    Sally

    Iss here. Hey guys:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    To perrire

    I am on respond. Thx brandi

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    Meghan

    Ikr!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Melinda

    I have to puck up worms and put them into a 5 gal bucket. Yay!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    A good new series

    Excited to read the rest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Ace

    Rl or rp? Moves his hands

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