Thursday, February 17, 2011

Review - All the Pretty Girls by J.T. Ellison

All The Pretty Girls (Taylor Jackson)

Book summary from Amazon

In this tame debut, the body of a young girl discovered by the side of a Nashville highway puts homicide detective Taylor Jackson and her lowdown boyfriend, FBI Agent John Baldwin, on the trail of the Southern Strangler, a playful, brutal killer who likes to carry his victims across state lines before murdering them and removing their hands. Before long, however, Taylor's reassigned to the suspicious death of a prominent TV personality, leaving John struggling to keep ahead of the Strangler's mounting body count. Meanwhile, Taylor is still recovering from a near-fatal neck injury earned in her last case and worrying over her own demons—not the least of which is John's threat to marry her.

My Review - 3 More Sugar Please

This was a fairly good debut for JT Ellison back in 2007.  As this is my favourite genre it just didn't make the mark for me.  Lots going on but the characters didn't grab me and the first half was just a story, the writing wasn't bad, it just didn't grab me.

I love the idea of female Detective, Lieutenants etc because I love kick ass officers :-)  Taylor was great but the story just took to long to get there.  Also, the romance relationship was a secret to all other agents but it was boring, just a normal relationship so you really didn't care.

What was great, there was a lot going on, 2 killers, a serial rapist and a serial killer, tons of investigation, racing against time, lots of murders and for me 2 great shockers.  All of this just all came together to late in the story.

So all in all a good debut but not enough for me to read more by JT Ellison or more with Lieutenant Taylor.

I chose this book for 2 of my Suspense Challenges.


  1. Hmm, I have The Cold Room by this author. I was going to try to read it this year for my challenge. I don't know where it falls in the series though. Honest review.

  2. Hi Marce, how are you? Been on the recoup from surgery, still feel a little tired but doing ok. I hate when a book takes a bit to kick in. I just finished the arc of A Hard Death, and it rocked!! Read Precious Blood Marce then when this one comes out in April get it!! I'm working with the author in hopes of having a signed book give away!!

    Will be reading the book club book in the next few days.

    Tomes Devotee

  3. Michelle, I don't know if it is a true series but more of same characters.

  4. Wow, there definitely is a lot going on in this one! I do like this genre, but I'm not sure if it's one that pulls me and it's also in a series, so I'd have to start from scratch!

  5. Paula, I am glad you are getting better.

    I considered just reading the new one but I had this on my Kindle.

    I still want to read Heartshaped Box from your amazing review.

  6. It sounds like the author holds some promise, even if this wasn't his best work.

  7. Great review!

    So since you love kick a$$ cops, have you ever seen Castle?

  8. I have been wanting to read this book for forever. I finally downloaded a copy on my Nook, so hopefully one of these days. Great review!!

  9. As I mentioned in the other post, I don't remember the plot at all... I only remember I didn't hate it :)

    Re what Juju said - I'd watched Castle (season 1) and it's a fun series :) I haven't read the book though. Also love Bones. Hey if you like crime stuff, Numb3rs is also cool - using math to solve crime :)

  10. A new book for me. Thanks for the review.

  11. I liked this one but didn't love it. I do plan on reading the 2nd book in the series at some point and seeing if I enjoy it more. Great review!

  12. I have read every single book by JT Ellison, except the newest one-- I have on my Nook but haven't read it yet. I really enjoy her stories; she makes the main character fairly human, in my opinion,instead of just a super-ass-kicking cold killing machine like some books do. Of course, the later ones I enjoyed better because the development is set and we can move on with more on the plot. :) Rae


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