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Bloody Mary (Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels #2)

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Start with a tough but vulnerable Chicago cop. Stir in a psychopath with a unique mental condition that programs him to kill. 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. Mix with equal parts humor and suspense, and enjoy Bloody Mary.

When Jack receives a report of an excess of
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Published September 6th 2011 by Brilliance Audio (first published July 1st 2005)
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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 caffe
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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
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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
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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
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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
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Pierre
I think I'm turning into an adrenaline junkie. This thrilling thriller (Yeah! I know. Bad pun, been done a thousand times...) delivers quite a high.
Most of the books I have read recently are very well written to get the heart pumping faster, the mind reeling with excitement, the nerves tingling as the story charges forward at breakneck speed to a very satisying climax and release thereafter. Whooo! What a ride.
This is one of the great ones if you also share this adreline kick when reading. Eas
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Toni Osborne
Book2, in the Jack Daniels Mysteries

No denying J.A. Konrath produces gruesome material, even if he may say otherwise in his introduction. This second installment is a mystery with a creepy take and a view on the dark side of funeral homes. Relying on subtlety and imagination this latest concerns a mysterious killer who murders women to suppress his recurring headaches and hatches plans to pin the murders on a Chicago cop.

This sequel has a great story line and starts during a sweltering Chicago
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Angela
This is book two in the Jack Daniels' series. It is the third I have read, having started with Shaken and being hooked. I plan on finishing the series but I don't want it to end to quickly so I"m spreading it out. I love the humor, the relationships between Jack and the other people in her life. These are so well written that you start reading and you have to keep going until you sind out what happened.
Jack is a 40 something female detective in Chicago. She is one of the highest ranking and m
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KC
I had a hard time finishing this book... although I did finish it in a day.

I love the Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series because it's a little mystery with a lot of humor and great characters. While I realized right from the first book in the Jack Daniels series that this series was a lot darker than the Plum series, I still thought that I would enjoy it because of the potential in the secondary characters. However, even though I still like the secondary characters, like Herb, Jack's partn
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Book Concierge
Audio book performed by Dick Hill and Susie Brecht (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
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Patricia
Bloody Mary
J. A. Konrath
Hyperion, 307 pps.
ISBN No. 1-4013-0089-8


Bloody Mary brings back Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels, a Chicago Police Lieutenant and she is even better in Bloody Mary and that is saying a lot because I loved her in Whiskey Sour.

This is a terrifying tale of a truly evil, cunning man. It is hard to imagine a human being that could be that cold and cruel. He is worse than most cold-blooded killers. And it is Jack’s job to bring him to justice but the road to justice is not easy and ma
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Judie
When Chicago Police Officer Jacqueline Steng married Alan Daniels, she took his last name and her co-workers began calling her Jack Daniels. Although the marriage didn’t survive, the nickname did. J. A. Konrath uses the whiskey reference for the titles of his mysteries.
In BLOODY MARY, Lieutenant Daniels and her Detective First Class partner Herb Benedict, are called to the city morgue when some extra body parts were discovered. They did not belong to any of the three hundred bodies stored the
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Jade Moore
Yes this book is predictable.
Yes it is also very violent.
Yes there is another serial killer.
Yes Jack does a lot of stupid things.

These are some of the concerns I've seen addressed in the the other reviews. My main issue with this series is Jack's inability to listen to anyone and my inability to picture the character. Jack seems to fight everyone on every turn and doesn't seem to listen to common sense. She comes across as a pushover in her personal life but as an obstinate jerk at work. She doe
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Patty
I am grateful that many authors are giving away part of their series as free ebooks. This gives me an opportunity to learn more about a series and sometimes find books to share with others. Also I can manage to read an ebook without looking at the last page - something I cannot do with paper books. I know that reading the last page of a mystery often ruins the suspense, but the suspense is what I can't live with. I am a wimp when it comes to patiently working through a mystery. I don't like the ...more
Ami
Reading book #2 in Jack Daniels series, I think J.A. Konrath seems to like his serial killers and ruining his character's life *sigh*. This book gives Lt. Jack Daniels another serial killer on the loose. Interestingly, readers have met the killer in book #1. Apparently, the killer is a total psycho. Another interesting tidbit is that Jack actually captures the killer half-book. The other half is how the killer manipulates the jury during his trial and how Jack and her partner, Herb deal with tha ...more
LJ
BLOODY MARY (Police Procedural-Chicago-Cont) – G+
Konrath, J.A. – 2nd in series
Hyperion, 2005- Hardcover
Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels is called to the morgue because of a body they received with extra body parts. When those parts turn out to be arms wearing handcuffs belonging to Jack, she and her partner, Herb, become involved in the case. Added to the mix are an horrific killer, Jack's ailing mother, two men, a partner on Viagra and an hysterical cat.
*** I loved the characters, the dialogue, t
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Jack
Decent cop thriller

Well written with enough plot twists to keep it interesting and unpredictable. Had some cop humor. Not LOL!!! more like Heh!

Liked it as I like most of Konrath/Kilborn stuff.
A.
The first three of these were finally returned to the library, so I'm plowing through them -- thus far, I think Konrath's got a great eye for a plot and Jack's a fantastic heroine, but they include a level of serial violence against women that, I don't know, bothers me a little. I want to keep reading because I do dig Jack and I swear I've read every other mystery series on the planet, but there's something vaguely creepy about the consistent women-murdered-by-misogynistic-men-who-think-they're- ...more
Cyd Madsen
I was surprised by this book. Konrath seems like such a wild man on his blog that the touches of compassion and tight writing kind of threw me. Jack, his protagonist,is damaged, but in a way that the reader can identify with. I know I did, and it was appreciated. She's a finely drawn character with nothing that's contrived or doesn't fit well. She's a tough cop, but she deals with all that trauma-as-job along with the things you and I might deal with, specifically aging parents. That's where the ...more
Julie
I just blew through this in about 2 hours. Some points that I would like to make:

1) In these Kindle editions, the author has added a brief foreward talking about what his goals were for the novel and the series. The note in this volume seriously ticked me off. First of all, he starts off saying how he wanted to try out (view spoiler), not that it was hard to figure out anyway. Why, oh why would yo
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Melinda
Much Better than your Average Crime Drama

Lieutenant Jacqueline (Jack) Daniels is first alerted to a serious crime by an extra pair of arms at the Dade County Morgue that just happen to be locked together with her handcuffs. With her partner Herb, who is verifiably going through a midlife crisis, she discovers that there is a serial killer on the loose killing prostitutes.

As a character, Jack is so complex. Like all of us, she practices the fine art of reality postponement, but when the scrap hit
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Sydney Katt
I think I have to be done with this particular series now. I wasn't wowed by the first book, but wanted to give the series one more chance since it sometimes takes more than one book before a series really hits its stride. I couldn't even finish this one.

First, let me say that it had nothing to do with the gore factor. I'm used to horrible details of crime and death since I read a lot about serial killers. Didn't bother me at all.

What I came to realize early on in this book was that I didn't lik
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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 ...more
Barbara
Really?!?! Really?!?! Chicago is now the serial killer capital of the world? This is what this series would have you believe.

Catching up quickly on my old favorite series, so I thought I try this one in hopes of adding a new series to my list. I like series that develop the characters and have you engrossed and coming along for the ride. What a big disappointment.

The first book concerned a serial killer. The second concerns a serial killer as well; and form what little I read of the preview of t
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Matt Allen
Bloody Mary is good cocktail of mystery and mayhem, but it lost the elite taste of its predecessor, Whiskey Sour.

All the pieces that made the first in this series so unique are back, but the zip and zing of the dialogue and the plot--and the fun, my word, the fun!--are in shorter supply in Mary. I'm not sure why the mix of characters, which is still quite the eclectic cast, didn't work as well this time, but it could be tied to the major plot twist Konrath put in the middle of the story.

Now, I'm
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Lee Dunning
So hot off of reading 'Whiskey Sour' I jumped right into 'Bloody Mary'. Much of what I liked about the first book is still present, so the three stars is a little unfair. It really should be 3.5 stars, but that's just not an option, and I definitely didn't enjoy this one as much as the first book, so three stars it is.

We have another brutal serial killer in this volume, a different sort of lunatic from the Gingerbread Man in the first book. Mr. Konrath tries to hide the identity of the killer to
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JA Konrath writes the occasionally amusing and often frightening Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels thrillers, available in hardcover and paperback from Hyperion and as a spoken word from Brilliance Audio.

The books are a mixture of the humor of Janet Evanovich, Carl Hiaasen, Christopher Moore, but with the scares of James Patterson, Thomas Harris, Patricia Cornwell.

Basically, JA rips off everybody.

In o
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