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Secrets to Die For (A Detective Jackson Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

L.J. Sellers
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)

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Book Description


When young social worker Raina Hughes arrives at a ramshackle trailer outside of town, she’s on a mission to protect a small boy from abusive parents. But when Detective Wade Jackson arrives at the same location hours later, his mission is far grimmer: investigating Raina’s murder.

The victim’s vicious death is a shocking event for laid-back Eugene, Oregon—and even more chilling when one of Jackson’s fellow officers suspects an elusive rapist whose appetite is turning murderous. Jackson thinks he’s got a tight case against the meth-head dad who menaced Raina, but the evidence seems to leave his suspect in the clear—and a homicidal sex offender still on the loose. What Jackson fears is that his new love affair with nurse Kera Kollmorgan may be knocking him off his game. And what he never expects is to find an ally in savvy reporter Sophie Speranza, who may have stumbled on the killer’s shocking motive. But even as Jackson and Sophie team up to tighten the noose, their quarry zeroes in on his next victim—ready to take his twisted game to the next level.


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    About the Author

    L. J. Sellers is a native of Eugene, Oregon, the setting of her thrillers. She is a former award-winning journalist and editor, and current standup comic, cyclist, social networker, and mystery-conference attendee-as well as a skydiving and thrill-seeking fanatic. A long-standing fan of police procedurals, she numbers John Sandford, Michael Connelly, Ridley Pearson, and Lawrence Sanders among her favorites. Her own novels, featuring Detective Jackson, include The Sex Club, Secrets to Die For, Thrilled to Death, Passions of the Dead, Dying for Justice, Liars, Cheaters, & Thieves, and Rules of Crime. She's also penned three standalone thrillers: The Baby Thief, The Gauntlet Assassin, and The Lethal Effect.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1055 KB
    • Print Length: 299 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983213828
    • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (15 Jan. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0089OEH4O
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,740 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    I'm an award-winning journalist and the author of the Detective Jackson mystery/suspense series: The Sex Club, Secrets to Die For, Thrilled to Death, Passions of the Dead, Dying for Justice, and Liars, Cheaters & Thieves. My novels have been highly praised by Mystery Scene, Crimespree, and Spinetingler magazines, and all six are on Amazon Kindle's bestselling police procedural list. I also have three standalone thrillers: The Baby Thief, The Gauntlet Assassin, and The Suicide Effect. When not plotting murders, I enjoy cycling, social networking, and attending mystery conferences. I've also been known to jump out of airplanes.




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    36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd Detective Jackson Book 11 Feb. 2011
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    Having enjoyed the first book, I wanted to read more about Detective Jackson and Kera. This one is also very enjoyable. There is also a twist in this one. Enjoy! I would recommend reading no. 1 first. I have now finished number 4 and they are all very enjoyable. I can't wait for the next one.
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    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Just A Great Read 7 Jan. 2012
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    Firstly, for anybody new to Sellers, a reader should definately try and read the Detective Jackson series in order.
    This is the second of the series and would have found it as enjoyable if I hadnt read "The Sex Club" first.
    Again this is a really enjoyable book which deals with real life moral issues as well as being an excellent crime novel.
    Sellers gives the reader more of an insight into the main characters and the relationship between Jackson and his daughter as well as Jackson and his new girlfriend are well written.
    Unlike the first book, the killer is identified reasonably early but that doesnt in any way ditract from the enjoyment.
    I look forward to book 3.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner in the Detective Jackson series 18 Feb. 2012
    By JimmyG
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    Can I just add my voice to the others that say read the first story before this one and dont be put off by the title (Sex Club) I know it sounds dodgey but it isnt.
    Anyway on with the review of this one. Once more a very enjoyable read at an excellent price, dont think cheap = rubbish in this case it doesnt. The story is again a police procedural tale and again the charcters are all too human, they follow false leads, arrest the wrong person, miss clues etc. and the series is all the better for having real characters in it.
    I cant wait for the next book in the series and am downloading it after this review.
    Go on treat yourself or you will never find out what secrets there are to die for.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 23 April 2011
    By Z.Field
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I am really enjoying this series and can't recommend them highly enough. The stories are pacey, credible and well written. I started with book 1 which at the time was in the best sellers list. I'm now on book 3 and very eased to find there are 2 more to go after this. Please don't let the slightly higher than most download books put you off. Really worth it.
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    4.0 out of 5 stars A really good read 13 Aug. 2013
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    I have not read anything else by this author and got this book free or very cheap. I'm so glad I finally got around to reading it!! While I did find some of the homophobic preaching a bit OTT, I really enjoyed the characters-well described and sympathetic for the most part. We could have done with a bit more detail about the lower ranking police personnel and also the Boss Lady.
    The synopsis is a good one and gives a clear description of the story. A young and responsible girl who happens to be a lesbian is murdered, and linked by the police and a go-gettem (bisexual) reporter to two rapes on lesbians. She is killed while trying to visit one of the children in a programme for at-risk children -she is a volunteer with this programme to help overworked social workers keep up with vulnerable children.
    Her lover is the object of desire of a schizophrenic lad whose homophobic father happens to be his parole officer. She is kidnapped by him and this is another thread in the story - will she be rescued? Who will find her?
    I didn't totally understand the necessity of the last part of the book where the wife of a suspect has committed a totally unrelated crime. This part was not germane to the book and did not need to be in there.
    We also do not find out any more about where Wade Jackson, the main policeman in the story, is going to get in his love life. I suppose that will be in the book after this? Can anyone tell me if it is worth buying that book (which one?) to find out please?
    Overall a good read and I will buy (have just bought!) more by this author. I'm starting with the first in the series.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars ¿ Underpromise - overdeliver ? 14 Jan. 2014
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    I have had some excruciatingly bad cheap and cheerful books from kindle ‘cheaper’ shelves – written by non-native speakers – un-edited – and just plain story free…
    Ms. Sellers and Det. Jackson offer something completely different – electronic books SHOULD be considerably cheaper than their printed couterparts – for screamingly obvious reasons – but they do not need to be INFERIOR in terms of content – welcome to electronic books the way they should be !
    If you love ‘whodunnits’ – are a regular reader of authors such as Deaver, Cornwell, Reichs, Nesbo, etc etc etc – then you’re going to like this.
    Not perfect – could still do with an edit – but what IS these days ??? After two stories I went and got a chronological list of titles and I’m working my way through – great stuff and a very happy find!
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    9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Keep on Reading 11 Mar. 2011
    Format:Kindle Edition
    As soon as I finished The Sex Club I downloaded this one. It was great to read how the relationship was developing with Kera and Jackson. I have to say that if you didn't read the first one, this is still a good read as LJ explains the characters anyway and the storyline of this book is different - it's not a sequel to the first one as such.

    I'm so glad I found this author - very good idea having the first book in this series at 71p as it gets you into the author if you know what I mean.

    Number 3 will be bought straight after finishing this one.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 19 Feb. 2011
    By Yoda
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    You really need to read the sex club to fully appreciate this book. I am now on the third in the series and have enjoyed reading them all. IWell written flowing story. Cant wait to start book four.
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