All the Pretty Girls (Taylor Jackson Series #1)

All the Pretty Girls (Taylor Jackson Series #1)

by J. T. Ellison
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All the Pretty Girls (Taylor Jackson Series #1) by J. T. Ellison

Some secrets should stay buried…

When a local girl falls prey to a sadistic serial killer, Nashville Homicide Lieutenant Taylor Jackson and her lover, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin, find themselves in a joint investigation pursuing a vicious murderer. The Southern Strangler is slaughtering his way through the Southeast, leaving a gruesome memento at each crime scene -- the prior victim’s severed hand.

Ambitious TV reporter Whitney Connolly is certain the Southern Strangler is her ticket out of Nashville; she’s got a scoop that could break the case. She has no idea how close this story really is -- or what it will cost her.

As the killer spirals out of control, everyone involved must face a horrible truth -- that the purest evil is born of private lies.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778304951
Publisher: Mira Books
Publication date: 07/28/2011
Series: Taylor Jackson Series , #1

About the Author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes standalone domestic noir and psychological thriller series, the latter starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the international thriller series "A Brit in the FBI" with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the Emmy Award-winning show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband.

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All the Pretty Girls (Taylor Jackson Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 278 reviews.
JWWitness-III More than 1 year ago
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.
sherlockSW More than 1 year ago
EXCELLENT Hard to believe this was her first book. Fast moving ,good plot and good characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read for the authors 1st book, looking forward to many more! Also why can't BN stop this stupid chatter from these idiots. Most don't sound old enough or smart enough to read! Please stop and use this for book reviews only!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good character chemistry, good story lines, fast paced and it kept me up into early morning to finish the rest of the book. 325 pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. Loved it.this is the first book that I have read by this author Page turner for sure can't wait to read another one by this author.
Jeff Farough More than 1 year ago
This wwas an okaay read.. I figured the killer out in the first 30 pages
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
Like a songwriter who writes his chorus before he discovers his verse, I rarely ever start a mystery/thriller series at the beginning. ALL THE PRETTY GIRLS is no exception to this rule; however, I was surprised by how much I enjoyed J.T. Ellison’s debut novel. Sure, it’s easy to make the argument that this book was a bit formulaic at times, but unless you write literary fiction, what book isn’t? With only 20 plots (or 3 or 7 or 36, depending on whom you ask) to work with, it’s not like authors have an abundance of choices out there. What it really boils down to is character and storytelling ability. And I’d say Ms. Ellison has both in spades. Lieutenant Taylor Jackson and Dr. John Baldwin made the story interesting for me, even if they weren’t quite fully-formed, and I gathered pages the way a squirrel might gather nuts. I was suspended and dangling, although I still had a firm grip on reality. Even as I reached the end, I found myself wanting more, of these characters and of this city. But I didn’t find myself craving more dead bodies. All-in-all I’ll be interested to see where this series goes next. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
christytilleryfrench More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I see a whole series with Taylor and Baldwin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too bad space is wasted with all the kiddie chater,when it should be used for a review of the book. Do they even know how to read? It is sure plain they can't spell,
Anonymous 6 days ago
While the story had possibilites, the main characters, Taylor & John, reminded me of characters by other writers. The entire thing smacked of stories & characters 'inspired by' J.D. Robb, Catherine Coulter, & others. Oddly, I found the prequel to the series far better. I would say skip.
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Do not recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book.
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Takes a shower forgeting to lock the door
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
I've had Miss Ellison's book on my To Be Read shelf for awhile; now that I've finished it, I am kicking myself for having waited so long to get to it! The first in a series of novel featuring Nashville homicide detective Taylor Jackson, “All the Pretty Girls” features a protagonist who is both a police officer and a human being – the two aspects of her character never stray far from each other. Her humanity shines through in official situations, while the cop in her is never far away during interpersonal times. PLUS – this is one of the few Procedurals that I have read that actually takes into account that squads and their team members typically have more than one case at a time to concentrate on. I already have the second book in the series “14”, and am looking forward to it. RATING: 4 1/2 stars, rounded up to 5 stars. It kept my interest and it's stayed with me even after I've picked up (and finished) a subsequent novel.
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