You Fit the Pattern

You Fit the Pattern

by Jane Haseldine


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Crime writer Julia Gooden has just completed the most important story of her life—a book about her beloved brother’s childhood abduction and how she found his killer after thirty years. But that hasn’t taken her focus off her day job—especially with what looks to be a serial killer terrorizing the city. Female runners are being snatched off jogging trails, then slaughtered in abandoned churches.
As Julia begins investigating, with help from Detective Raymond Navarro, she realizes just how personal this case has become. The murders, planned and executed with uncanny precision, are of women who share traits with Julia. Now he’s contacting her directly, insisting things will get much worse unless Julia makes him famous through her writing.
But no matter how skillfully she plays along, her opponent’s ultimate goal is clear. And only by unraveling the threads that link a killer’s twisted mind to her own dark past can Julia prevent herself from becoming his final victim . . .
Praise for Worth Killing For
“This exciting third installment in the series effectively mixes gritty crime and involving domestic drama.”
“A complex, highly suspenseful tale of murder, revenge, and redemption.”
—Kirkus Reviews
“Fans are certain to enjoy the complex plot and Julia and Ray’s evolving relationship.”
—Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496710987
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Series: A Julia Gooden Mystery Series , #4
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 465,903
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Jane Haseldine is a journalist, former crime reporter, columnist, and newspaper editor, who also worked in politics as the deputy director of communications for a governor. Jane resides in Southern California. Readers can visit her website at

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You Fit the Pattern 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
GratefulGrandma 29 days ago
Jane Haseldine's You Fit the Pattern is the fourth book in the Julia Gooden series but can be read as a standalone. With the discovery of what happened to Julia's brother Ben happening in the last book, this one finds Julia involved in a very different investigation. There is a serial killer on the loose in Detroit and he is targeting size 2 women who run and are single mothers. The victims found were wearing a long brown wig and blue dress, looking eerily like journalist Julia Gooden. The murders are vicious, the victims unrelated, except that they are all joggers with the same build as Julia. There are also clues left behind that incorporate elements of voodoo and black magic. When Julia starts getting calls from the Magic Man Killer, things heat up. With a friend of Julia's missing and her body not yet found, the clock is ticking to find the killer. I found this book even better than the first three in the series. It was fast paced and drew me in right from the opening chapter. I liked that there was more than one suspect and I was kept guessing until the last quarter of the book. I did figure out who the killer was before it was revealed, but the final showdown was still gripping. The characters in the story are well-developed and as Julia's boys get older, the Ms. Haseldine has given them more involvement in the plot. I like how the relationship with Julia and Ray is developing and that her children and housekeeper like him. I love her housekeeper Helen. She is quite outspoken and takes care of Julia, the boys and the house well. She played a nice part in this story. Overall a wonderful story that I really enjoyed.
BigReader7860 3 months ago
I did like this book. It was interesting and had a nice plot development. The reason I only gave it 3 stars is the book needed a lot of editing. Too many unimportant details that added least 1/3 of this book was unnecessary. I would like to thank NetGalley for allowing me to read and review .
AmberK1120 4 months ago
Thanks to the author for sending me a free copy of the book. You guys, I freaking love this series. I can’t even be cool about it. Julia Gooden is one of my favorite characters, and these books are my happy place. Ok, so every time I talk about one of these books, I rave about how much I love the character of Julia, and that hasn’t changed. What I especially loved about her this time is how much growth I’ve noticed in her character since the beginning of the series. She’s finally overcoming some of her emotional hurdles breaking down her walls. (And based on where the story ends, I think we’re going to see even more big things for Julia in the next book and I can’t wait!) As for the mystery in this book: I loved it. I love how there’s always a “creep” factor to both the perpetrator and the crime itself, and that it always makes me squirm a little. I’m a reader who prefers intensity in the books I read, so I appreciate that the crimes aren’t downplayed or overshadowed by the rest of the story. Haseldine makes it clear that there’s a real and dangerous threat in these situations, and Gooden continues to throw herself into the center of it all to figure it out. But she’s not a vigilante character. She’s a reporter who’s experienced trauma and loss in her own life, so she wants to ensure whomever is on the receiving end of it “this time” gets the answers they deserve. So now I’m back where I started: that point where I just want to start rambling and gushing over how much I loved this book and this series, and my cool factor is going right out the window. (Ok, fine. Maybe I never had it to begin with, but at least I was putting on a good show, right?) This is a fantastic mystery series for anyone looking for one led by a strong, smart, impulsive, real female character. I obviously recommend reading the entire series because you get Julia’s entire story and you understand her more as you read along. However, I do believe you could read them as stand-alones if you don’t mind not having all the info nuggets and having to piece some of the history together as you go. It just adds to the fun of the mystery. This one is a “highly recommend” from me!
Amanda_Dickens 6 months ago
While thus is the 4th book in a series I was able to pick this one up and read it without getting confused at all. However, everything felt overly predictable to the point it was no longer entertaining and I was just having to wait until the author got to the point, After looking at some other reviews I am apparently the only one that feels this way and see that most people have enjoyed this book. I think a person that is newer to the thriller genre would enjoy this book but if you are a seasoned thriller reader it may be a little too cookie cutter for you.
JHSEsq 6 months ago
Detroit investigative crime reporter Julia Gooden is back in the fourth installment of author Jane Haseldine's series, You Fit the Pattern. After solving her brother's murder thirty years after he disappeared, Julia has written a book about the case. But now a serial killer is on the loose in Detroit, targeting female runners. The killer abducts the women from their jogging trail, and then kills them and stages their bodies in abandoned churches. When Julia's boyfriend, Detective Raymond Navarro, and the Detroit PD begin investigating the cases, it becomes clear that the killer is obsessed with Julia. All of his victims share traits with Julia, and the murderer contacts Julia directly, threatening that things will get much worse unless Julia makes him famous through her reporting of the story. Julia convinces the Detroit police chief to embed her in the investigation -- with specific caveats -- in order to assist the detectives. But Julia is playing a dangerous game because no matter how skillful and careful she is, the killer's ultimate goal is clear. Julia must unravel the threads linking the killer’s twisted mind to her own dark past in order to escape becoming his final victim. Haseldine has once again crafted a taut, complex thriller with the beloved Julia at the center of the action. She is moving cautiously forward with Navarro, her young sons' welfare always her prime consideration. She has finished the most challenging project of her career -- the telling of the story of her beloved brother Ben's abduction, killing, and how Julia finally found his killer thirty years later. However, her editor is less than thrilled with a project and the criticism is difficult for Julia to hear. She does not have time to dwell on the necessary rewrites, however, when a series of grisly, precisely planned killings of female runners put Detroit citizens on alert. The killer's motive is a mystery -- none of the victims are sexually assaulted. However, they are found wearing the same blue dress and a long, dark wig, and their bodies are left in abandoned inner city churches. Haseldine takes readers into the mind of the killer. In alternating chapters, she narrates Julia's work with the police -- and her tendency to go rogue -- while describing the thoughts and motivations of the killer. Along the way, several characters are potential subjects, but Haseldine expertly keeps readers guessing, as clue after clue brings their guilt into question. As always, the cast of supporting characters, including Navarro, his fellow detectives and the chief, Julia's children, and her devoted but beleaguered housekeeper, is both eclectic and endearing. The action is nonstep, and the book's pace builds to a frantic level as Julia, et al. zero in on the killer's identity and location. You Fit the Pattern is another exciting and entertaining chapter in the beloved Julia Gooden adventures series that keeps readers guessing about the killer's identity right up to the very end. However, as satisfying as it is, it also leaves readers clamoring for the next book in the series, especially to check back in on Julia's relationship with Navarro, as well as see what her next big story will be about! Thanks to NetGalley for an Advance Reader's Copy of the book.
Boohimdanno 7 months ago
This is the first in the Julia Gooden series that I have read. In fact I had no idea this one the first in a series which means this author has the ability to give readers everything they need without them becoming lost or wondering this if this book is part of a series or stand a lone novel. Which as a reader I find impressive. You Fit The Pattern is a dark gritty story with characters who are real, flawed and strong. The Author pulls readers in from the first page having them wondering who will be next. The murders a frighting, real and has readers looking over their shoulders. I love how the police worked with the journalist who wants to bring peace to families who lost loved ones. While writing the news. You Fit The Pattern is very human the characters their back stories as well at the side story creates a world that readers will not want to leave util they find the answers that Julia is seeking. Jane Haseldie created a characters who will have readers wanting more from her. Julia is strong passionate and real to the point a reader could be running on the same trail as her. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Kensington Publishing for an advance copy of Jane Haseldie You Fit The Pattern
MusicInPrint 7 months ago
Love this Series - -Can't say enough good things about Haseldine and this Julia Gooden Mystery Collection. Julia lives with memory of loosing her brother at an early age. She is a mother of two sons with a live in "Hazel" maid. Her Journalist job and savy detective skills puts her working with the police to solve a string of murders. Well written characters and twist and turn crime plot. Oh yes some romance sprinkled in. "A copy of this book was provided by Kensington Books via Netgalley with no requirements for a review."