Monday, June 4, 2018


By: J.A. Konrath
Published By: J.A. Konrath
Released: Available Now
Details: Kindle purchase, 252 Pages


Blurb: Goodreads

Feisty female police officer Jack Daniels is back to solve her most compelling case yet! From major new mystery talent J. A. Konrath comes the latest intoxicating cocktail in the Jack Daniels series -- Bloody Mary.

Start with a tough but vulnerable Chicago cop. Add a hyperactive cat, an ailing mother, a jealous boyfriend, a high-maintenance ex-husband, and a partner in the throes of a mid-life crisis.

Stir in a psychopath littering the city with body parts. Mix with equal parts humor and suspense, and enjoy Bloody Mary -- the second novel in the funny, frightening world of Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels.

Join Jack as she struggles to repair her train wreck of a personal life while tracking down and convicting one of the scariest serial killers in recent memory -- a killer for whom getting caught is only the beginning . . .


Another blood-thirsty installment in the Jack Daniels series, with a villain worthy of being labeled a top-notch psychopath.

J.A. Konrath gives the reader enough detail for our minds to grab his gruesome descriptive, tuck it under our arm, and act out our own scene visually coloring it in technicolor.


Konrath is very good with letting our minds take the reins and letting our own imagination disgust ourselves with what we see from his pages of villainous debauchery.

Little side stories are weaving in and out of Bloody Mary. Jack’s partner, Herb, is having a mid-life and he’s not handling it well.

Mr. Friskers has his moments of stardom with his catty behaviour—pun intended—and Harry, who I am not sure if I should like or hate, is there to assist using his own brand of assistance.

Throw in an ex-husband; a mother who is trying to rekindle/do a little matchmaking; a necrophile, and a very patient Latham (boyfriend), and Jack finds herself up to her eyeballs in blood, sex, and fears.

Sometimes you can tell (don’t hit me with a pillow) when a male author is writing a female lead character because of the lack of emotion in said character’s inner layers. I hope that came out right. Jack can be a bit blokey sometimes, and that is great, but sometimes you want a little more of what is underneath. Her job does come first but unlike Eve Dallas from In Death series, there is that layer underneath we get to see, even though her job also comes first and she is in a male-dominated, tough field. Eve is both feminine and also tough as nails. She is better than some males in her field at what she does, but she can also show us the other side of her personality.

Latham was a bit of a doormat in this story, and Jack acted a bit like a guy with her attitude towards the ex-husband turning up and her current boyfriend and how she should go about juggling those two.


What J.A. does so well, is getting inside a psychopath’s head. He is really good at the descriptive and the inner workings of their mind.

This series is dark, unapologetically gory and comes with banter in good and bad taste, and I am ridiculously addicted.

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