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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 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 . . .


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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 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 . . .

30 review for Bloody Mary

  1. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    J.A. Konrath (aka Jack Kilborn) writes unhinged, serial-murdering nutbagaloons as good as anyone in crime/mystery and that’s what elevates this series above just another standard “also ran” of the genre. His bad guys jar you with their killings. They torture. They mutilate. They dismember. They even EAT . They are designed to shock and they do their job proficiently, while Konrath enthusiastically delivers color commentary on the festivities like a hometown football announcer hopped up on caf J.A. Konrath (aka Jack Kilborn) writes unhinged, serial-murdering nutbagaloons as good as anyone in crime/mystery and that’s what elevates this series above just another standard “also ran” of the genre. His bad guys jar you with their killings. They torture. They mutilate. They dismember. They even EAT . They are designed to shock and they do their job proficiently, while Konrath enthusiastically delivers color commentary on the festivities like a hometown football announcer hopped up on caffeine. The killer in this one is several shades of sicko worse than “The Gingerbread Man” from Whiskey Sour, which is saying something. Our psycho du jour suffers from debilitating headaches that only moderate after he has savagely ripped apart a human being, which he seriously loves to do. Add to this personality quirk that our mental case has a deep-seated hatred for our main character and the stage is set for another tension-filled, gruesome murder investigation. Beyond that, this is an entertaining but very formulaic, garden-variety crime series with an engaging, but stereo-typical protagonist in the form of smart, hard-working, no frills Chicago homicide detective Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels. Jack is certainly likeable, but I wouldn’t tune in just to see what she’s up to as she constantly strives to balance her 80+ hour work weeks with some semblance of a social life with her very understanding boyfriend. This series isn’t about the main character like it in when I pick up the next Matt Scudder novel by Lawrence Block or Burke novel by Andrew Vachss. The Jack Daniels mysteries, so far at least, have all been about the bad guys. Along with Jack and the truly excellent villains, the story includes a host of your usual genre staples: * The overweight, good-natured partner with the heart of gold; * The politically incorrect coroner making inappropriate stiff jokes; * Healthy doses of police procedural and witness interrogations; * Cat and mouse shenanigans between the cops and the killer; * The career-minded DA looking for the next high profile case; and * The lewd, shady ex-cop turned private investigator that seems to alternate between friend and foe. Of course, even the to the standard fare, Konrath drops in his own little touches of depravity like the mild-mannered, corpse-banging mortician. You know, just to spice things up with a little kink. Overall, this is a fun, fast, well written thriller, with some mood-lightening humor that is kept a cut above standard by the exceptional “nightmare-inducing” bad guys Konrath inflicts on us. The man has problems and I am a fan. 3.5 stars. Recommended.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    Woo hoo now you're talking. You can say whatever you like about this book except that it was boring. From the blurb - we have the "tough but vulnerable Jack, a hyperactive cat (actually I'd say it was channelling Cujo at times), an ailing mother, a jealous boyfriend, a high maintenance ex-husband and a partner in the throes of a mid-life crisis. Chuck is a really nasty serial killer (are any serial killers nice?) who has his sights set on Jack and you're in for a high octane and very funny romp Woo hoo now you're talking. You can say whatever you like about this book except that it was boring. From the blurb - we have the "tough but vulnerable Jack, a hyperactive cat (actually I'd say it was channelling Cujo at times), an ailing mother, a jealous boyfriend, a high maintenance ex-husband and a partner in the throes of a mid-life crisis. Chuck is a really nasty serial killer (are any serial killers nice?) who has his sights set on Jack and you're in for a high octane and very funny romp indeed. Oh that cat, it made me laugh. I've had cats for many years, although now we are a one dog household. That's because my two dearly departed cats used to terrorise that poor dog until they died. Now I just can't do it to her again. Whenever she sees a cat its panic stations. Mr Friskers from this book had elements of some of my cats. I love a cat with attitude - or is that cattitude? Anyway, I really enjoyed this book. High art it is not but there's a lot going for it. I'll certainly be continuing this very entertaining series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    I really enjoyed the first Jack Daniels book, but this one hit it big time! Maybe it's because so much more happens in Jack's life this time, or maybe it's because the bad guy is seriously bad! Whatever the reason, this story is "cooking with gas". An ex-husband, a boyfriend, a former partner, and a mortician with seriously bad behavior. This book also has a perfect example of why I'm a dog person. I really like Jack. In many ways, she reminds me of my other favorite policewoman, Eve Dallas.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tonya

    This is the second book of Jack Daniels mysteries series. This is the first time ever reading this author. I really enjoyed it. I will be reading the entire series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Anderson

    If you thought “Whiskey Sour” was too violent (although this was tame compared to Blake Crouch) or if it was too graphic (seriously? Read Ed Lee if you want to be grossed out), then “Bloody Mary” is most assuredly not the book for you. Like any GOOD sequel, Jack is back, and this time there’s more blood, more gore, and enough action to keep even the most severe cases of ADHD entertained. There’s always that worry about a “Sophomore slump” when it comes to sequels and new books, but that worry sh If you thought “Whiskey Sour” was too violent (although this was tame compared to Blake Crouch) or if it was too graphic (seriously? Read Ed Lee if you want to be grossed out), then “Bloody Mary” is most assuredly not the book for you. Like any GOOD sequel, Jack is back, and this time there’s more blood, more gore, and enough action to keep even the most severe cases of ADHD entertained. There’s always that worry about a “Sophomore slump” when it comes to sequels and new books, but that worry should be the furthest thing from anyone’s mind because “Bloody Mary” is not only a solid 2nd book in this series, it’s even better than the first. Like I said, Jack Daniels is back, and better than ever. As is my style, I won’t give away and plot secrets or too many details (that’s why YOU need to READ this), but I will say that the villain in this one is bigger (literally), better, and badder (I know, not really a word) than the Gingerbread Man from “Whiskey”. Jack is better as well. She’s till dealing with her insomnia and personal problems, but like any tweaked protagonist, she’s the anti-hero you can’t help but root for. What also makes “Bloody Mary” better than it’s predecessor is it’s pacing, it’s content, and it’s plot. “Whiskey” had all of those things, no doubt, but with this one, all of those characteristics are better. The writing is the same, but even quicker, as is the content,, although “Bloody Mary” lives up to it’s name in the bodily fluid factor. I enjoyed the plot on “Mary” better because what Konrath presents here, albeit a bit stretched and amped up, can be something totally plausible. Like the first book, “Bloody Mary” will have it’s haters, but as I said in my last review, don’t take soccer-moms and uber-conservative critiques as anything serious. This novel was a powerhouse that is impossible to put down and keeps you wondering until the last second how Konrath will conclude. I cannot wait to read “Rusty Nail” because if these 2 are any indication, Konrath will deliver yet again.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mort

    I'm rewriting this because it doesn't matter what I put down, it doesn't come close to the blurb for this book. It was great, very entertaining, interesting and a pleasure to read. What more can I say?

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    What can I say here? "Over all", "on the whole" I like this book and the one that came before it. I like the chase. I like the investigation. I "MOSTLY" like Jack. I like Jack's new cat. I plan to get the next book (in fact I've already sent for it). The problem is there are so many things I don't like that I can't justify giving more than a three star rating. Mr. Konrath has a gift for giving us the thought processes of his maniacs. This doesn't bother me. I don't however enjoy detailed description What can I say here? "Over all", "on the whole" I like this book and the one that came before it. I like the chase. I like the investigation. I "MOSTLY" like Jack. I like Jack's new cat. I plan to get the next book (in fact I've already sent for it). The problem is there are so many things I don't like that I can't justify giving more than a three star rating. Mr. Konrath has a gift for giving us the thought processes of his maniacs. This doesn't bother me. I don't however enjoy detailed descriptions of what said maniac is doing with his tools of the trade. Long detailed scenes of bloody, gory, perverse murder, rape etc aren't what I read for. I tend to skip over much of this. On the "brighter side" I think there was a bit less of the graphic stuff here than there was in Whiskey Sour. Aside from this we moved WAY over into the realm of romance and emotional angst here. (view spoiler)[ we get treated to Jack in a romantic triangle, Herb leaving his wife, Jack having an almost complete nervous and emotional breakdown. She does something that always drives me up the wall whether it takes place in fiction or in real life. She dumps a descent guy who loves her for the creep who left her shattered "back when". Yes she goes back to her ex-husband...who dumps her again. I get so sick of the "bad boy" thing. Ever have a friend, relative etc. who was emotionally and/or physically crushed and abused by someone they "think" they love? (hide spoiler)] OR (view spoiler)[ In the first book Whiskey Sour Jack does something that drives me up the wall. When told to drop her gun by the perverted homicidal manic who has a gun to a hostage's head...she does it. Every police officer in the world knows not to do that. Now the killer can kill the hostage AND you...at his leisure. This time when told to come alone and ditch all the police to meet with this edition of the perverted homicidal manic who's holding her partner, guess what...she does it. No slipping anyone a note to follow no secret signs to anyone so the killer won't hear. NO knowing the guy plans to kill her and her partner NO MATTER WHAT HE'S SAID, Jack heads out to meet him with no one knowing where she's going of where the "perp" is. sheesh (hide spoiler)] Another side issue, I almost hate Harry McGlade..I detest the guy, I don't like him. If I want to read about Harry McGlade Konrath has books about the guy. I wish we could simply drop the character from his appearances here. Need I go on? So, bottom line I "mostly" like the books and will probably continue to get them, at least in audio as they are light and require little thought. Do I recommend them? I recommend you try the first for yourself as I like a lot about these but not all. See what you think for yourself. Be aware if you don't like or worse can't stand graphic violence and blood these probably won't be your cup of tea, Still, pretty good character development (for brain junk food) and a story that holds together. 3 stars.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love this book. I find the humor that comes from Jack and her co worker amazing. Jack had a hard decision to make when her mom fell and broke her hip. Her mom didn't talk to her for a long time. When Jack was injured on the job trying to stop a killer, her mom come from Florida to move in with Jack. When her mom showed up at the apartment she had Jack's ex-husband with her and tried to hook them back up. Jack had to go to court to testify against a fellow cop and killer. He was set free and co I love this book. I find the humor that comes from Jack and her co worker amazing. Jack had a hard decision to make when her mom fell and broke her hip. Her mom didn't talk to her for a long time. When Jack was injured on the job trying to stop a killer, her mom come from Florida to move in with Jack. When her mom showed up at the apartment she had Jack's ex-husband with her and tried to hook them back up. Jack had to go to court to testify against a fellow cop and killer. He was set free and come after Jack and hurt her mom pretty badly and killed her mom's boyfriend. Jack manages to kill Fuller and save her partner/best friend. I'm enjoying the series and can't wait to read the next one.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Willis

    The second book in the series about Jack Daniels. It was a good one! A new villain in this one with another good storyline. It was a thriller/comedy, but not too much graphic violence. I literally laughed out loud and thought Mr. Friskers was hysterical. I also enjoyed the inclusion of her mother and all those escapades. The ex husband, Alan, found his way in as well, but the author didn't really "do" the whole love triangle thing. I will have to read on to see what happens there. Recommended!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Freda Mans-Labianca

    WOW! What an intense story!! If you like graphic thrillers then you really need to read this series, but especially this book! Everyone gets their asses kicked in this one. Many people die. There is some graphic nastiness that goes on, but it's a real page turner for me. I just couldn't get enough! Jack Daniels is bad ass!! Herb, her partner, is bad ass too! But Jack, she really is smart and can figure out things that other cops just don't see. Herb has a set of balls on him and is fiercely loyal. T WOW! What an intense story!! If you like graphic thrillers then you really need to read this series, but especially this book! Everyone gets their asses kicked in this one. Many people die. There is some graphic nastiness that goes on, but it's a real page turner for me. I just couldn't get enough! Jack Daniels is bad ass!! Herb, her partner, is bad ass too! But Jack, she really is smart and can figure out things that other cops just don't see. Herb has a set of balls on him and is fiercely loyal. They make a great team! I have the next one in the series, and I really look forward to reading it!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    4.5* The second in the Jack Daniels series and it's another really solid read from Konrath. This ended up being a very quick read for me, it was light, easy to get through and mixes both thriller and comedy to great success. Perfect holiday reading and one that begs you to pick up the next instalment in the series. Recommended.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Another good, fun mystery & thriller from Konrath. There's plenty of humor in the interplay between the characters, but also a lot of horror in the story itself. Great combination. I look forward to reading the next. Another good, fun mystery & thriller from Konrath. There's plenty of humor in the interplay between the characters, but also a lot of horror in the story itself. Great combination. I look forward to reading the next.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Cathy DuPont

    Second in the series, I like the fact that Jack (Jacqueline) Daniels is the highest ranking woman in the Chicago Police Department and she's more than competent. This series though is just a bit less than sophisticated and smart than I am used to reading. They're not cheesy but just this side of cheesy in my opinion. But they are NOT cozies, too much violence for a cozy. This one just hit shy of my yuck factor. I like my police detective series to be more edgy, that's all. But I'm probably in th Second in the series, I like the fact that Jack (Jacqueline) Daniels is the highest ranking woman in the Chicago Police Department and she's more than competent. This series though is just a bit less than sophisticated and smart than I am used to reading. They're not cheesy but just this side of cheesy in my opinion. But they are NOT cozies, too much violence for a cozy. This one just hit shy of my yuck factor. I like my police detective series to be more edgy, that's all. But I'm probably in the minority here...that wouldn't surprise me at all. Like I said though, it's good to see Jack in action. That chick can hold her own in any given situation even pool rooms swilling beer with the guys. Oh, I think I like the first one better, too, so maybe this one was just not to my liking as much as the first one. I will continue with the series though because I do like it that much.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Aristotle

    A Not Guilty by reason of insanity verdict does NOT mean the defendant walks free. They are confined in a state psychiatric hospital with no end in sight is what happens. This was not an improvement from book one. His books are named after mixed drinks. Well the mix of sadistic violence and humor is not a good drink. The violence is gruesome in the extreme then the next page is filled with one line jokes. It just doesn't mix. Jack and Herb are caricatures and not a true description of how police A Not Guilty by reason of insanity verdict does NOT mean the defendant walks free. They are confined in a state psychiatric hospital with no end in sight is what happens. This was not an improvement from book one. His books are named after mixed drinks. Well the mix of sadistic violence and humor is not a good drink. The violence is gruesome in the extreme then the next page is filled with one line jokes. It just doesn't mix. Jack and Herb are caricatures and not a true description of how police officers act. The pacing was fast and furious which made it an easy read but not a book i would recommend.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Book Concierge

    Audio book performed by Dick Hill and Susie Breck (who is not credited on the cover) Second in a series. It starts when Chicago Police Lieutenant Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels gets a report of extra body parts appearing at the Cook County Morgue. When she and her partner go to investigate, they discover two severed arms, linked by handcuffs – Jack’s handcuffs. Soon the police discover what the reader knows already – there’s a maniacally clever serial killer on the loose. And he has special plans for Audio book performed by Dick Hill and Susie Breck (who is not credited on the cover) Second in a series. It starts when Chicago Police Lieutenant Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels gets a report of extra body parts appearing at the Cook County Morgue. When she and her partner go to investigate, they discover two severed arms, linked by handcuffs – Jack’s handcuffs. Soon the police discover what the reader knows already – there’s a maniacally clever serial killer on the loose. And he has special plans for Jack Daniels. Konrath writes a thrilling tale that moves quickly and keeps the reader turning pages (or changing CDs). I like that Lieutenant Daniels is strong and self-sufficient. I’m not so keen on her wishy-washy attitude towards the men in her life. There are a few unnecessary distractions – what’s with the crazy guy in the restaurant? And I thought the ending was somewhat rushed. But on the whole the work is tightly written and I was happy to go along for the ride. Dick Hill and Susie Breck do a good job performing the CD. Hill is appropriately gruff or oily, depending on the male he is voicing. Brecht is great as Jack Daniels. Both read with a good pace, keeping the listener interested.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kwoomac

    Well, I said I would give this series a second chance. Book two starring Chicago cop 'Jack' Daniels just wasn't for me. While I think Jack is a great protagonist, I just can't get past the gruesome details the author likes to Include. Like the first book in the series, Whiskey Sour, some of the story is from the perspective of the serial killer. I really don't want to read about him fantasizing about peeling someone's face off. No thanks. There's also sex with corpses which apparently isn't agai Well, I said I would give this series a second chance. Book two starring Chicago cop 'Jack' Daniels just wasn't for me. While I think Jack is a great protagonist, I just can't get past the gruesome details the author likes to Include. Like the first book in the series, Whiskey Sour, some of the story is from the perspective of the serial killer. I really don't want to read about him fantasizing about peeling someone's face off. No thanks. There's also sex with corpses which apparently isn't against the law! I just reread my review of the first book and I guess I found parts of it pretty funny. I did not have the same experience here. It was mostly about her angst-filled relationships with her boyfriend, her partner and her mother. Oh, and her ex-husband. There were a couple of scenes with a crazed cat but there weren't all that funny. Next, we have the serial killer. This is the second serial killer who has targeted Jack. I wonder how often that really happens to cops. Twice in less than a year! Sadly, I guess I'm done with this series.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Soo

    Mini-Review: Being jaded sucks! I hoped that I could use this series as one of my fun fillers between other books because the narrators are really great. The narrators are still great. I loved the narration. Once I got used to the narrators, I started to pay more attention to the story. I like Jack Daniels and the off-beat humor, but the formula for the plot is the same and very little progress happens for the character. This is not a series about superheroes. Jack is a smart cop who is over stre Mini-Review: Being jaded sucks! I hoped that I could use this series as one of my fun fillers between other books because the narrators are really great. The narrators are still great. I loved the narration. Once I got used to the narrators, I started to pay more attention to the story. I like Jack Daniels and the off-beat humor, but the formula for the plot is the same and very little progress happens for the character. This is not a series about superheroes. Jack is a smart cop who is over stressed, has PTSD and a growing list of physical injuries. It's cool that she's human but she makes a ton of negative decisions and it seems like the only reason that she solves a case is due to extreme luck. I've read stories with negative characters. That's not the problem. I don't like the setup where the author states the character is smart & capable and always shows her to be incompetent in just about everything she does from work to home. Meh.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Simon Jenner

    A sick killer causes Lieutenant Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels a major headache by attaching her possessions to the removed body parts of his victims. Bu who is close enough to her to have access to her belongings? Jack Daniels is in her forties, tough and as unlikely a heroine as you’re likely to find. Her personal problems constantly get in her way, particularly her aging sex-mad mother, her tangled love life and her partner, Herb, who is suffering a mid-life crisis of epic proportions. Is it more A sick killer causes Lieutenant Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels a major headache by attaching her possessions to the removed body parts of his victims. Bu who is close enough to her to have access to her belongings? Jack Daniels is in her forties, tough and as unlikely a heroine as you’re likely to find. Her personal problems constantly get in her way, particularly her aging sex-mad mother, her tangled love life and her partner, Herb, who is suffering a mid-life crisis of epic proportions. Is it more comedy or thriller? You’ll have to read it to make up your own mind. Overall it is an easy entertaining read. It never veers into glorified detail of the sick nature of the crimes but lets your imagination do the work for you. It has an agreeable mix of humour, mystery and thrills to keep you reading from page one to the climactic end.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Michele Seigfried

    Joe Konrath is a talented writer. This is the third book I've read of his and I can't wait to read many more. I'm reading the Jack Daniels Series out of order, and it doesn't matter, I'm never lost during the plots in the book. Like the other books in the series, there is lots of action and suspense, some blood and gore, and a touch of mystery. Just when you think the case is solved and the book is done--BAM! He hits you with a twist to keep you wondering what will happen next. What is also refr Joe Konrath is a talented writer. This is the third book I've read of his and I can't wait to read many more. I'm reading the Jack Daniels Series out of order, and it doesn't matter, I'm never lost during the plots in the book. Like the other books in the series, there is lots of action and suspense, some blood and gore, and a touch of mystery. Just when you think the case is solved and the book is done--BAM! He hits you with a twist to keep you wondering what will happen next. What is also refreshing is that a lot of his main characters, the good guys, do get hurt or even killed. It makes his writing completely unpredictable. I would highly recommend this series.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maureen DeLuca

    I first met Jacqueline "JACK" Daniels during the read of SHOT OF TEQUILA... Then the book after that was "Whisky Sour" where Jack is now a Lieutenant-- I loved the two prior books and Bloody Mary was just as good... NOT for the 'faint of heart' BUT, I have to say- during the worse of the worse of crimes and serial killers- she does, at times make me laugh! It is a great series.... I read ALL series from book one- so I would with this one as well-- but from what I do understand J.A. Konrath says I first met Jacqueline "JACK" Daniels during the read of SHOT OF TEQUILA... Then the book after that was "Whisky Sour" where Jack is now a Lieutenant-- I loved the two prior books and Bloody Mary was just as good... NOT for the 'faint of heart' BUT, I have to say- during the worse of the worse of crimes and serial killers- she does, at times make me laugh! It is a great series.... I read ALL series from book one- so I would with this one as well-- but from what I do understand J.A. Konrath says that you don't have to---- but me, I read them from book 1 .... great book- great read- and looking forward to the next one.... xx

  21. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    This book has one seriously good villain. He's vicious, crazed, and entirely off his nut. There's a fair amount of carnage. Aside from this being a good book, that might be what stands out the most for me. For all of the villain's rampaging badness, Konrath manages to write everything in a way that is neither too graphic or distasteful. I would have thought it a fine line to navigate, but he does it will skill and subtly. The end result is a compelling book with one hell of a whack-a-do antagoni This book has one seriously good villain. He's vicious, crazed, and entirely off his nut. There's a fair amount of carnage. Aside from this being a good book, that might be what stands out the most for me. For all of the villain's rampaging badness, Konrath manages to write everything in a way that is neither too graphic or distasteful. I would have thought it a fine line to navigate, but he does it will skill and subtly. The end result is a compelling book with one hell of a whack-a-do antagonist and a plot that doesn't lose the audience in the unpleasant and unnecessary details of that character's acts.

  22. 4 out of 5

    aPriL does feral sometimes

    ‘Bloody Mary’ is absolutely hilarious. It also will be horrific and shocking for those innocents in society oblivious of the minds and activities going on around them by those who are twisted and murderous. For the sensitive in the world, you will never never never get through a book or series like this and you will have nightmares if you attempt more than a couple of pages. Personally, I have never read such a black comedy series as this that somehow maintains a coherent plot and a consistent b ‘Bloody Mary’ is absolutely hilarious. It also will be horrific and shocking for those innocents in society oblivious of the minds and activities going on around them by those who are twisted and murderous. For the sensitive in the world, you will never never never get through a book or series like this and you will have nightmares if you attempt more than a couple of pages. Personally, I have never read such a black comedy series as this that somehow maintains a coherent plot and a consistent believability throughout. (Usually dark ridiculousness is played strictly for laughs, puns and sight gags, which tend to break up the story into a series of related skits that may or may not move the story forward.) Also, the author J. A. Konrath has an extremely distinctive writing style as well, sort of a combination of American verbal shorthand referencing cultural cool detachment and detective genre irony. I’m not sure how the humor will translate for readers from different countries. There was an alcoholic in my family, and she had interesting boyfriends due to her desperate need to find men who would finance her addiction. For me, the people Jacqueline Daniels, Chicago Violent Crimes Unit chief detective, and her partner, Detective First Class Herb Benedict, meet during the course of solving murders are not entirely fictional or exaggerated by much. This time, Daniels and her department have an interesting problem. Cook County Morgue needs the assistance of Violent Crimes in identifying a pair of handcuffed arms. Since the morgue deals in bodies and body parts, this is a peculiar request at first - until Phil Blasky, the Chief Medical Examiner, explains no one checked the arms in, and there is no body that the arms match. Even stranger, the handcuffs on the wrists of the arms belong to Jack (Jacqueline). The following dialogue will either have you groaning wryly, or outraged. I think if it strikes you as disgusting or disrespectful, put this book down and move along to the next one in your stack. “”I suspect an axe.” Phil poked at the wound with a gloved finger. “See the mark along the humerus, here? It took two swings to sever the appendage.” “It doesn’t look humorous to me.” Benedict had snuck up behind us. “Funny,” Phil said. “Never heard that one before, working with dead bodies for twenty years. Next will you make some kind of gimme a hand joke?” “I did that one already,” Herb said. “How about: It appears the suspect has been disarmed?” “She was always such a cut-up?” “Would you like a shoulder to cry on?” “Can I go out on a limb here?” “At least she’ll get severance pay?” Phil cocked an eyebrow at Herb. “Severance?” Herb said. “Sever?” I tuned out their act and got a closer look at the arms.”” That is how the entire book treats horrible and deadly scenes of extreme pathos, fear, violence and grief, yet the involved characters definitely are serious about finding the bad guys and finding justice for the victims. Despite the comedy, I never thought Daniels or her detectives did not care about the victims or lacked sympathy. Instead, I felt this is how these people handle the dreadful harsh manner of the murders they see every day. My only complaint is the speed by which the cases of this series resolve is VERY quick. Murderers tend to show themselves early in the book and decompensate so fast they are committing murders very recklessly by the midpoint. It does mean the books are a touch breezy and quick, but that makes it a perfect beach read…..as long as extremely graphic mutilations are ok with you. There are chic-lit family problems which lighten the atmosphere between the discovery of tortured or shot bodies - Jack’s mother is at the falling stage of aging, so the question comes up whether mom should move in to Jack’s apartment, and Jack’s ex-husband and new boyfriend end up sparring, and there is an unexpectedly orphaned cat that Jack reluctantly adopts (always a positive to me). I’m interested enough to continue reading the series, and for whatever casual, if black-humored, entertainment that this series is, it’s successful, but I think taking breaks between books is advisable. The murdering maniacs are not the problem, but the otherwise spot-on excellent jokes made me somewhat weary if I read too much at one sitting.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Bloody Mary 3.5 Stars A serial killer is on the loose in Chicago, kidnapping and mutilating, his victims. The details of the crimes soon have Lieutenant Jack Daniels and her stalwart partner hot on his trail, but the revelation of his identity is only the beginning as this vicious killer has a diabolical plan to escape justice … A chilling sequel with just the right amount of action, suspense and humor. That said, the first half of the story involving the murders and investigation is better than th Bloody Mary 3.5 Stars A serial killer is on the loose in Chicago, kidnapping and mutilating, his victims. The details of the crimes soon have Lieutenant Jack Daniels and her stalwart partner hot on his trail, but the revelation of his identity is only the beginning as this vicious killer has a diabolical plan to escape justice … A chilling sequel with just the right amount of action, suspense and humor. That said, the first half of the story involving the murders and investigation is better than the second once’s the killer’s identity comes to light even though it is quite obvious who he is The mystery is intense and gripping although the descriptions of the murders and the villain’s internal musing are gritty and gruesome The fact that he is (view spoiler)[a police officer (hide spoiler)] only exacerbates the heinous nature of his crimes and highlights the fact that he is pure evil. Much of the book is dedicated to developments in Jack’s personal life. While she is a very appealing heroine, there is a great deal of angst in her relationships with her partner, mother, boyfriend and ex-husband. The antics of Mr. Whiskers, Jack’s accidental feline acquisition, provides some much needed comic relief in this area and he is, without a doubt, the true hero of the story. Dick Hill and Susie Breck’s dual narration is fantastic, especially when it comes to the banter between Jack and Herb. All in all, a solid sequel although it is not recommended for readers not into gratuitous violence or excessive gore in their reading material.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cait S

    First book of 2018 and we're off to a good start! I take my series slow, preferring to space out the books by quite a long ways and enjoy it longer than reading them all back to back. So it's been a bit of time since I read Whiskey Sour and I wasn't sure how I'd end up feeling about the second book, Bloody Mary. What I found is a super fast paced murder mystery with great side stories about the characters aside from their police work. I even laughed out loud a couple times, something unexpected f First book of 2018 and we're off to a good start! I take my series slow, preferring to space out the books by quite a long ways and enjoy it longer than reading them all back to back. So it's been a bit of time since I read Whiskey Sour and I wasn't sure how I'd end up feeling about the second book, Bloody Mary. What I found is a super fast paced murder mystery with great side stories about the characters aside from their police work. I even laughed out loud a couple times, something unexpected for a book that didn't lack gore filled death scenes. There were a couple places where I rolled my eyes because let's be honest, the author is a man writing a female main character and men are notorious for...being themselves. But overall, I did find Jack to be really likable in all her flaws and a badass on top of that. Definitely continuing on to the third book in the series at some point.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    My second foray into this series was just as much fun as the first. Jack Daniels is a snarky, insomniac cop and this time there are a few extra body parts showing up in the morgue. It quickly becomes apparent that someone is taunting Jack. Jack is also having some personal issues - her boyfriend is pressing her to move in with him, her mom has health problems that she doesn't want to face, and her ex-husband has shown up with the intention of attempting to rekindle their relationship. Throw in a My second foray into this series was just as much fun as the first. Jack Daniels is a snarky, insomniac cop and this time there are a few extra body parts showing up in the morgue. It quickly becomes apparent that someone is taunting Jack. Jack is also having some personal issues - her boyfriend is pressing her to move in with him, her mom has health problems that she doesn't want to face, and her ex-husband has shown up with the intention of attempting to rekindle their relationship. Throw in a partner in the throes of a mid-life crisis and it's more than enough for a gritty yet humorous mystery. I'm looking forward to knocking back another with Jack - sooner rather than later. Quote to remember: If you're stuck in hell, you might as well roast some marshmallows.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    Bloody Mary (J.A.Konrath)An excellent suspense thriller. Jacquiline "Jack" Daniels is a tough Chicago Cop. She has some personal issues, an ailing stubborn mother, a doting ex-husband and crazy cat. Soon a lot of body parts start to show up at the morgue, and Jack is on the case. Not only is there an excess of limbs, but Jack's person property is attached to these limbs. Jack is on a quest to find this psychotic killer before he finds her. And shockingly Jack finds she knows who the killer is, som Bloody Mary (J.A.Konrath)An excellent suspense thriller. Jacquiline "Jack" Daniels is a tough Chicago Cop. She has some personal issues, an ailing stubborn mother, a doting ex-husband and crazy cat. Soon a lot of body parts start to show up at the morgue, and Jack is on the case. Not only is there an excess of limbs, but Jack's person property is attached to these limbs. Jack is on a quest to find this psychotic killer before he finds her. And shockingly Jack finds she knows who the killer is, some on whom she would not have thought capable of such horrid slayings. On the edge of your seat, all night read. I highly recommend to suspense/killer/thriller lovers.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    I enjoyed this second installment in the Jack Daniels series. I did not think the mystery was too complex since I figured out who was responsible for the murders before the big reveal. I would say that the novel was somewhat predictable since I figured out quite a few plot points in the book. This book does get a little more graphic with the violence than many mystery novels are willing to do. At several times in the book, the author lets us into the murder's head which is quite a scary place. I I enjoyed this second installment in the Jack Daniels series. I did not think the mystery was too complex since I figured out who was responsible for the murders before the big reveal. I would say that the novel was somewhat predictable since I figured out quite a few plot points in the book. This book does get a little more graphic with the violence than many mystery novels are willing to do. At several times in the book, the author lets us into the murder's head which is quite a scary place. I would not say that this book is at all scary but anyone who does not like gory scenes may want to choose another author. I look forward to the next installment in the series.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Is there a serial killer roaming around Chicago. Lieutenant Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels investigates and finds personal items of hers' located on the body parts that turn up. Add to her life a killer cat, an ill mother, a boyfriend, an ex-husband arriving and, a partner in the middle of a mid-life crisis. Jack is not having a good time. A good and well-written story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    A great piece of writing. A tight police thriller that I couldn't put down. Great from beginning to end. Jack Daniels is a homicide detective for Chicago PD. A pair of arms show up at the morgue with no body attached and Jack's handcuffs on them. Another crazed serial killer is on the loose and it's up to Jack to stop him. Read it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    4.5 very good. Am loving the series!

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