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Judas Kiss (Lieutenant Taylor Jackson #3)

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,681 Ratings  ·  106 Reviews
It was a murder made for TV: a trail of tiny bloody footprints. An innocent toddler playing beside her mother's bludgeoned body. Pretty young Corinne Wolff, seven months pregnant, brutally murdered in her own home.

Cameras and questions don't usually faze Nashville homicide lieutenant Taylor Jackson, but the media frenzy surrounding the Wolff case is particularly nasty…and
Paperback, 395 pages
Published December 23rd 2008 by Mira
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Oct 30, 2015 Brenda rated it liked it
This was an OK book. Main character is a strong female cop who doesn't do what others tell her to, including her fiancé, and declares she doesn't need men protecting her. Meh. A new internal battle began and I imagine will carry into the next book. I found myself skimming over some of the descriptive paragraphs; sometimes less is better.
J.F. Penn
Feb 16, 2011 J.F. Penn rated it really liked it
Shelves: thrillers
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The book starts with a murder as every good mystery does, a brief perspective from the killer and then away. The victim is Corinne Wolff, discovered by her sister with the baby Hayden in the house, covered in her mother’s blood where she had tried to wake her.

But the main character is Taylor Jackson, a homicide lieutenant in Nashville. She is the reason to read this book as we see her complexities revealed in this story. We see
This third installment in the Taylor Jackson series opens with quite a hook! The pacing slows a bit, bogged down a bit with an overload of police procedural details. But once the pacing picks up - compounded with a rather left-field plot twist - the book quickly becomes impossible to set aside! And, like its predecessor in the series, 14, it too ends on a cliffhanger. This is, overall, a solidly exciting series and definitely a lot of fun to read. And though the main plot is not completely unpre ...more
Jag kom faktiskt in i den här serien i denna bok (nr 3) men herre Gud den var ju sjukt bra! Kan inte vänta på att få läsa dom andra böckerna, både föregångna och kommande.

Härliga poliskommisarien Taylor Jackson får upp ett nytt fall där en mamma är mördad. Hela alltet flippar ut när en massa sexvideor släpps av mamman... och Taylor själv också!
Efter det blir hon sparkad från sin kommisarie roll, hennes team splitras upp, förhållandet knackar och hon får hotbrev från en gammal fiende
Wendy Hines
Jun 17, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
Nashville's homicide Lieutenant Taylor Jackson is back in a third thrilling novel with a murder that will have your head spinning. Her fiance', FBI profile Baldwin, is hot on the trail of another killer that will connect to the high profile criminal, the Pretender, who we watched like a train-wreck in the previous book, 14.

Just back from a trip to Italy, Lt. Taylor Jackson is soon back on duty in a crime that will break your heart. A suburban housewife is found brutally murdered in her home, th
Darcia Helle
Feb 26, 2010 Darcia Helle rated it really liked it
This is the third book in Ellison's Taylor Jackson series. Each book is able to stand on its own, though the storyline does follow through from one book to the next. I love Ellison's writing. She keeps my attention throughout the story and tosses in some great twists. The main characters are likable and interesting. The only issue I have is that, in each book, Taylor Jackson has something catastrophic happening to her. (In this book, there is more than one.) It's like she has some giant dark clo ...more
Aug 08, 2015 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been very much enjoying the Taylor Jackson series, of which this is the third title. This one focuses a lot on Taylor's private life, with some back story on Baldwin, as well. There are two stalker/killers locked on to Taylor, one of which will only seem well-fleshed out if you've read the previous title "14". The other, a character from Baldwin's hidden history, is not as well-drawn. As written, he doesn't invoke the terror that Baldwin exhibits. The chilling murder scene that starts the n ...more
A Drop of Romeo
Apr 24, 2015 A Drop of Romeo rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult, mystery, crime
Reviewed for A Drop of Romeo

Here we are with the third trip to Nashville with DI Taylor Jackson in Judas Kiss. Just back from her trip in Italy with handsome FBI boyfriend, Baldwin, Taylor is called to a crime scene. As if it's not bad enough that the victim is seven months pregnant, the scene is accentuated with the tiny red footprints where her daughter has been running roaming around the house waiting for her Mother's body to be found. Before long, the whole thing is a media frenzy and things
Kathi Kelley
Feb 09, 2016 Kathi Kelley rated it really liked it

Intriguing, complex, carefully orchestrated plot full of twists and turns. The story is peopled by amazing characters. What a nasty web is being woven to take Taylor down

Through this novel, as well as the previous two novels, it is clear that Taylor has a very complex backstory (some aspects revealed/emerged and others implied) that impacts the current story and are used against her by known and previously unknown enemies. As the story unfolds, various scenes a
Apr 24, 2014 Jan rated it really liked it
Young Lt in Nashville investigates a terrible murder. Along the way she is framed, what is worse, her own police department are against her.

Although from the beginning, I knew "who dun it" how the detective finally got there was filled with adventure. I enjoyed this book, and will buy more by this author, as one has to know what happens next. Ends with cliff hanger, and one has to read the next book to find out how our detective fares!
February Four
Jun 02, 2012 February Four rated it really liked it
Wow. The beginning was depraved--the murder pretty horrific, and the touches with the child poignant and well-done. The middle was great (plausible, logical, horrific) and the end expected but still shocking. JT Ellison does not pull punches, and that's fantastic. I'm going to have to find book #2 (missed it, skipped by accident) to catch up on what I missed, and then get to book #4 as soon as possible.
Mar 23, 2014 Christina rated it it was ok
i can't recommend any of these; unless you are bored to death and looking for a way to pass some time, until an author that you like writes something. the characters are what has made me read three of these books, that and of course the waiting i spoke of in the beginning. the subplots seem more and more ridiculous each book, of this series. If it weren't for liking the characters, i wouldn't have read the three that i have. i believe i mentioned that this was like a soap opera (in the last revi ...more
Diamond Davis
This is another great installment of J.T. Ellison's Taylor Jackson series set it Nashville. It ends on quite a bit of a cliff hanger so I am excited to read the next book, although I'm not sure that I have the actual book right now :( so I might have to wait a bit to continue with the series. 4/5 stars! Ellison is definitely a favorite mystery writer of mine!!
Dec 22, 2012 T rated it liked it
I kind of figured it out about halfway through, but initially I was thinking I'd read this one before - it was somewhat similar to one of her other books, only the one I'd already read involved twin sisters I think....Maybe I'm hallucinating....

At any rate, I liked it enough to keep reading the rest of JT's books...
Dec 19, 2009 Terri rated it really liked it
JT Ellison takes Taylor on a wild ride through murder, sex tapes, politics and lots of secrets. I liked this book because I like the protagonist a lot. And though a couple times the pace seemed to slow, the twists more than made up for it. I look forward to seeing where she goes in the next book.
Jan 15, 2013 Bigd_041555 rated it it was amazing
OMG - great book and a cliff hanger to boot!!! J.T. Ellison is creeping up the list of my favourite authors.

This book was great - complex, moved quickly in all directions, can't say enough good about it. Time to read The Cold Room now!
Jun 20, 2011 Naomi rated it really liked it
Although I have read a couple of books out of order in error, this by far is my favorite JT Ellison book. It is an extremely creepy book which has kept me on the edge of my is that good.
Jul 06, 2012 Betsy rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-2012-jul
Best of the series so far. Cannot wait to read more!
Jan 03, 2015 Courtney rated it it was amazing
If there were six stars, this book would qualify! Without reservation, I say that this is among the five best mystery/thrillers that I have ever read. I absolutely will not give away any spoilers, but the twists and turns in this book, both in terms of plot and for Taylor Jsckson, are absolutely amazing. Can't really say much more without giving a lot away. Although the first two books have been great, this third in the series is amazing. It can be read as a standalone, and if you do, you will b ...more
Apr 03, 2015 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed for A Drop of Romeo.

Here we are with the third trip to Nashville with DI Taylor Jackson in Judas Kiss. Just back from her trip in Italy with handsome FBI boyfriend, Baldwin, Taylor is called to a crime scene. As if it's not bad enough that the victim is seven months pregnant, the scene is accentuated with the tiny red footprints where her daughter has been running roaming around the house waiting for her Mother's body to be found. Before long, the whole thing is a media frenzy and thin
Dotti Elrick
Jan 07, 2015 Dotti Elrick rated it really liked it
Judas Kiss starts out with an horrific murder. A young, pregnant housewife is found beaten to death in her home. Her 18 month old daughter is left alone in the house for two days with her mothers body. This scene was heartbreaking and so well written.
The murder brings in homicide detective Taylor Jackson. After interviewing the family members, and going on the evidence found, the husband is quickly put at the head of the line as suspect number one.
Taylor's fiance, FBI profiler John Baldwin is c
Jun 22, 2009 Mackenzie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bought-used-new, 2009
Judas Kiss starts off with the murder of a expectant mother. As the police investigate the murder, new and interesting information arises. Sex tapes and a secret video are broadcasted nationally, threatening lead detective Taylor Jackson's career. This novel is fairly fast-paced and full of twists that are certainly unexpected.

I have to say this book surprised me more than All The Pretty Girls did. I love the way Ellison writes. There's always a subplot involving different cases. At the start, I
Apr 04, 2009 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
A pretty, pregnant housewife is found brutally beaten to death in her home, shattering the peace in the idyllic suburban neighbourhood she lived in. The media immediately runs headlines on the case, it being exactly the kind of sensational crime to sell papers for weeks. But the deeper homocide lieutenant Taylor Jackson digs beneath Corinne Wolff's picturesque life, the more dark secrets she finds to uncover, including a "secret society" full of underaged girls in pornographic videos put togethe ...more
Oct 06, 2013 Vonnie rated it liked it
3.5 stars

Browsing through the titles over on Overdrive, I came upon this. The title completely grabbed my attention. Even though this was the third book in the series (and I don't like to read books out of order), I couldn't help but listen to this one. I was in a reading slump the last month and I needed an audio that will get me back into the swing of things. This audio did the trick.

Being the third book in a series, Judas Kiss could be a stand-alone. There were mentions of things th
Jul 17, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
I picked this book up at a used book sale and didn't realize that it was the third in a series all featuring the same main character, Lt. Taylor Jackson. I am going to have togo back now and read the first two. You can still read this as a stand-alone book and it works, but the characters and the plot were so compelling that I will have to check out the rest of the series. A strong, smart, interesting female main character, and yet the author didn't do what some crime series writers do and make ...more
Aug 12, 2012 Maureen rated it liked it
This is the second of Ellison's books that I have read. I am getting the gist that her storytelling is more about the main character's life than it is about actual crime solving ala Janet Evanovich. The crimes that the books start out with have a really good premise and if she invested more time in fleshing out those parts of the story rather than focusing on the "life" of Taylor Jackson (I think that's her name, unfortunately even after two books I care so little about this character I have a h ...more
Feb 08, 2012 Sally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Judas Kiss, book three of J.T. Ellison’s Taylor Jackson series doesn’t disappoint. I’ve never been one to cheer the bad guy, however, in this story, Ellison got me to do just that. I’ll not say more, it will ruin the story for you.

Taylor Jackson is called out to a brutal murder of Corrine, a young pregnant mother, who seemed to have it all. In no time, the investigation spreads out to include illegal pornography and adultery and on top of that, Taylor gets suspended while the self-defense killin
Feb 26, 2015 Pam rated it it was amazing
This book sealed the deal that JT Ellison is now in my top 5 authors. I just couldn't put this book down. Even if you had an idea as to "who done it" there are way too many twists to be 100%. I'm hooked. Onto book #4
Mar 11, 2010 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery--series
This is the first time I have read tis author, J. T. Ellison. While the story, as a whole, was very enjoyable I would have preferred to have known ahead of time that a young child was involved. A mother myself I have come to despise any book involving children. As in this book the child doesn't have to be abused even for me to look for my reading pleasure else where.

This is a series dubbed "A Taylor Jackson Novel". I believe it i third. Earlier boks of the series are: "All the Pretty Girls" &
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