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All the Pretty Girls: Taylor Jackson Series #1 | [J. T. Ellison]

All the Pretty Girls: Taylor Jackson Series #1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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 to this story she 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.

Solve more cases with Taylor Jackson.

©2010 J.T. Ellison (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 05-13-10
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 05-13-10 Member Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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    "Distracting subplot and uninteresting characters"

    Not sure why this author felt the need to insert a subplot about a Rainman killer into this story. Quite frankly I had some difficulty differentiating between the Rainman and the Strangler, especially when my listens were short and spread out. The romance between Taylor and Baldwin added little or nothing to the story and their relationship gave us little worth remembering. As the book approached its conclusion, there was little left for the listener to figure out. The Strangler's motivation was a stretch and I just don't think this story was very believable, even for fiction. I would have liked to see better character development and improved story telling.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Jo Roxbury, CT, USA 01-01-13
    Mary Jo Roxbury, CT, USA 01-01-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Chic Flick on Tape"
    Would you try another book from J. T. Ellison and/or Joyce Bean?

    I took all the J.T. Ellison books off my wish list. I found the romance between the lead characters to be a distraction and thought it did very little to humanize them.


    Would you recommend All the Pretty Girls to your friends? Why or why not?

    I didn't enjoy the book but if you like a little romance with your detective/light perhaps it might appeal to you. I prefer a little more hard-boiled cop story with realistic police work. The heroine could have just as easily been a school teacher and there was very little detective work involved. Predictable and unimpressive.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Moire Linden, VA, United States 11-25-13
    Moire Linden, VA, United States 11-25-13 Member Since 2002

    Life long fan of the mystery story. I like books where something actually happens, so history and biography are favorites of mine also. I also think that even good books are improved tremendously when an actor performs the narration.

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    "Happy to discover a new mystery series"

    As Sue Grafton's alphabet is nearing and end, I'm looking for detective novels featuring strong women to keep me entertained. J.T. Elison's Taylor Jackson seems to meet this need. A clever plot, interesting characters, and I want to know where Taylor and S.A. Baldwin end up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Saint James, New York, United States 09-09-12
    Carol Saint James, New York, United States 09-09-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    needed a better reader to make me believe the story


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    different dramatization


    How could the performance have been better?

    more feeling in the reading


    Was All the Pretty Girls worth the listening time?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    i know better next time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Anniston, AL, United States 06-15-12
    Patricia Anniston, AL, United States 06-15-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Addicted"
    Would you listen to All the Pretty Girls again? Why?

    I'm addicted to the Taylor Jackson Series, and loved the first book. I'm a mystery buff and think this book was great!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, the plot kept me right on the edge from beginning to end.


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend this series to any and all mystery lovers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothea Willow, AK, United States 08-27-11
    Dorothea Willow, AK, United States 08-27-11 Member Since 2009

    I am a passionate devourer of chocolate and books. I also listen to audiobooks and drink chocolate. When I die, I don't want to be embalmed!

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    "Great little crime thriller!"

    This was the debut novel for J. T. Ellison and I think she did a great job. The story revolves around Lieutenant Taylor Jackson and her FBI profiler boyfriend John Baldwin. There are a couple of crimes that are followed in this book, one dealing with the Southern Strangler and the other dealing with the Rainman rapist. While the Rainman rapist is primarily using Nashville as his playground, the Southern Strangler is moving around the southern states, but Nashville is where he visits so Taylor and John Baldwin will end up working together to solve the case.

    There were a lot of twists and turns to follow which will keep the mystery loving folks happy. The crime buff will like that, other than a couple of little things, the police procedural parts were good too.

    I like mysteries that keep you guessing to the end, but that don’t throw unbelievable stuff in just to throw you off. This book was good in that all the clues lead you to the conclusion. Although I was able to guess the who-done-it before the ending, the why-did-he-do-that was not something I could guess. Overall I think this was a great beginning to what I am sure will be an awesome series.

    ~ The Narration Review ~

    This audiobook was narrated by Joyce Bean and she did an excellent job with it. Her narration reminded me of Joe Friday in Dragnet’s ‘Just the facts, ma’am.’ It was perfect for a crime novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Chris
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    3/25/11
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    "Poor narration"

    I found this audiobooks narration very poor, she sounded like one of those awful computer read books.
    I did try to listen to this on several occasions but I either drifted off into my own thoughts or fell asleep.
    perhaps if I read this book I would enjoy it as it seemed to be coming together nicely but alas I fell asleep again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John
    Eastleigh, Hampshire, United Kingdom
    2/22/11
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    "Poor"

    I could'nt get on with the American female narrator; grating , long winded and easy for the mind to wonder away from the story. I came back to it 3 times but have now discarded it before end of part 1. Very slow and not enjoyable at all.A bad buy for me.

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  • Elizabeth Davies
    1/4/11
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    "Very, very good."

    A very good listen, interesting plot and interesting characters. Well worth buying.

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