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Malice (New Orleans #6)

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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  7,022 ratings  ·  303 reviews
The scent is unmistakable gardenias, sweet and delicate, the same perfume that his beautiful first wife, Jennifer, always wore. Opening his eyes in the hospital room where he's recovering from an accident, New Orleans detective Rick Bentz sees her standing in the doorway. Then Jennifer blows him a kiss and disappears. But it couldn't have been Jennifer. She died twelve yea ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published April 1st 2009 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2009)
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Rebecca
I swore off murder books a while ago but every so often I pick one up again just to be reminded why I hate this genre.

Bentz a sexy, successful cop, who apparently no one likes, is recovering from an accident when he starts having visions of his ex-wife, Jennifer. Jennifer was a two-timing skank who cheated on Bentz with his step brother, a priest. Why anyone feels bad about this woman's death is beyond me and yet the characters pretend to so the plot can advance.

Bentz leaves his very nice seco
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Kim
I love those mysteries that keep you guessing until the very end; something relatively hard to achieve. This was one of those 'whodunnits' I so enjoy. Sometimes it seemed to rattle on a bit and I would temporarily lose interest, but the story would draw me back in quickly. I didn't realize this book was part of a series until I came here to Goodreads to add it to my read shelf. That it was number 7 in a series totally makes sense as there were parts with references to things I didn't know anythi ...more
Andrea
Page 216 - halfway through:
I'm a bit confused - has the actual stalker been introduced yet? Is there any kind of background or will it be brought to light at the end of the book? I'm not a fan of that - you seem to be left in the dark for the entire book with no actual "part to play", no room to guess who these people are or how things are connected. The story seems so disjointed.

The overabundance of adjectives and descriptions for every scene (especially those that hold no true bearing on the
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Susan
What sounded like a promising story sort of degenerated into 'how many bad things can happen to the main character in one single book' by about the third or fourth chapter.

Lisa Jackson definitely has the earmarks of a good writer, but the massive tragedy that was the life of this poor cop in her book ended up detracting from the character and the story far more than adding to it. The setup of his wife cheating on him, then him leaving her, getting back together and her cheating on him again, wit
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Su
I was expecting more from this writer than I received. The mystery centered on a policeman whose first wife supposedly committed suicide, and now that he has relocated and remarried, the first wife starts "appearing" in all sorts of places. Good idea maybe, but the plot line just was so weak and feeble! Plus, the author really, really overused the B@#%$ word, which I found totally unnecessary and boring.
Jodie
I like my suspense more straightforward. I'm not much a fan of police procedure being tampered with either. There were too many things that just didn't really add up here. The characters were sterotypical and one note. It took quite a long time for this book to ramp up and then it meandered along until it was all too hastily and conveniently wrapped up in the last few pages.
Becky
I'm a little jumbled over this one. While I liked the book and didn't ever think about stopping, I found myself tuning out. It seemed at times to go on and on and on and on....... I wasn't sure that I'd never make it to the solution of the mystery! I liked that the settings were well defined and the characters were well established, but there seemed to be more detail in places that was necessary. I wanted to shout "get on with it already!" more than once. There were several murders and many twis ...more
Denise
4.0 out of 5 stars Predictable but get it anyway!, May 28, 2009

This review is from: Malice (Hardcover)
Yes, this is a formulaic thriller, but it isn't as straightforward and obvious as most. I was hard-pressed to guess the perpetrator of the hoax and I consider myself a pretty good sleuth!

This Lisa Jackson suspense thriller is fast paced and interesting -- Rick Bentz is stalked by a woman posing as his ex-wife -- wreaking havoc and determined to cause him ill. The only problem is -- his ex wife
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Midnyte Reader
I took this out of the library because I had hopes it would be a ghost story. I was a bit disappointed that it wasn’t, but I figured I would finish listening because I did become invested in the story and I wanted to find out what was going on.

Unfortunately, I didn't connect with the male protagonist, Rick Bentz. He is emotional and shows his feelings, but I guess I would have liked to have known a more compassionate side of him. I think it may have to do with the fact that the author focused p
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Alasandra Alawine
Rick Bentz wakes from a near fatal accident with a vision of his ex-wife who has been dead for 12 years. As he slowly recovers he spots "Jennifer" more and more until a package it mailed to him with recent pictures of the Jennifer look alike and her death certificate with a huge question mark.

Determined to discover if his ex is still alive he leaves for Los Angeles and begins talking to Jenifer's friends. Each reveals new information about Jennifer and Bentz begins to investigate the leads but t
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Bronte
This is the first book I picked up in the mystery genre so I was definitely surprised at what I was reading. There is so much detail and information piled behind character narration. But I have to say, it literally felt like I was sitting in the senerios and situations with each narrator, how much detail that should be deemed unnecessary, but paints very vivid images of normal moments. I did like Rick Bentz, a lot... though I found it weird that everyone else despised him like he was diseased or ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
This is the 6th book in the New Orleans Series and we meet Detective Bentz, who has resigned from the LA Police Department after the death of his ex-wife. He moved to Louisiana leaving behind an unresolved murder of twin sisters.
He now works for the New Orleans Police Department and married Olivia, a beautiful woman and living happily together.
Recovering from an accident he starts seeing Jennifer, his dead ex-wife. He begins doubting his sanity and with the help of Detective Montoya….I love this
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Nancy
Mysteries are not my favorite genre and this is not a book I would have chosen myself. That said, it was a quick read and kept my interest.

I think that my aversion to mysteries like this is that there isn't enough in-depth story. By nature, there has to be a lot of characters to have a lot of suspects. The multitude of characters can be confusing. In this book, I thought that many of the characters weren't really "fleshed-out." Although the author kept referencing Jennifer's relationship with th
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Darren L.
Lisa Jackson at her absolute worst is still pretty darned good. And this is the least favorite novel I've read by her. It just seemed to drag. On and on. I've never struggled with one of her novels until this one. One full year, three startovers and one long push from p. 250 forward, but I did it. Maybe the problem was me. I can't say really, but I know that the other New Orleans novels zipped fast and furious without any pauses. This seemed like it took forever just to go three pages, and the w ...more
SueAnn
May 25, 2012 SueAnn added it
I just said this of the book 'The Sixes': This book would have been better if 'damn' was used in the dialogue and narrative less often, it was just repetitive and distracting. All of the characters said it several times so it made the characters seem less individual and unique. It was like listening to just one voice, instead of hearing the thoughts of the different characters. (See how my use of the 'character' over and over is annoying?)

This book was the same - it seems to me that there are se
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Toni Koster
Boring. This book is too dragged out and gets you hooked in the beginning but fails to keep you captivated halfway. Way too much unnecessary detail, explaining and dialogue . I expected a lot more when I started reading it. This book is seriously not for everyone, if you have the patience to stick through a plus minus 250-300 page dry spell then by all means attempt this book , otherwise don't waste your time. Also there is a lot of unnecessary police stuff. That in the end just bores the reader ...more
Angela
This was a good read, I did like the book! But I only gave it four stars because it isn't one I am going to run out and buy to have forever. I checked it out at the library after seeing it inthe stores - and it sounded good.

The main characters dead wife all the sudden reappears 12 years later. And its a good page turner, I will admit my suspision all along was wrong. I thought the dead wife had an identical twin no one knew about - so the book did catch me off guard there! I did like this author
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T
Oh what an arduous, strenuous, taxing task it was to get to the end of this book! I'm feel slightly faint from the effort. Alright, I exaggerated a bit, but I actually found the time to read two other books while reading this one. I'll put it this way: have you every listened to a really good story being told by a very LOOOOONG winded orator who gave WAAAAAAAAAAYYY too many details before concluding the story. The story suffers as it looses much of its appeal and becomes quite simply boring. Tha ...more
Jennifer
“Malice” is the sixth book in the New Orleans series and follows Detective Bentz as he investigates the “reappearance” of his long dead ex-wife, Jennifer. Recovering from an accident that has left him with an injured leg, Detective Bentz has been recovering at home when he receives an envelope with pictures of his ex-wife and a modified death certificate. When a New Orleans lab determines that the pictures haven’t been cropped or modified in any way, Bentz begins to believe that the woman he had ...more
Leah
What is with these authors that have many books in print, but apparently have NO editors? It drives me crazy to read books with spelling, grammatical, or just plain word-usage errors. This was one of those books, and the story wasn't fascinating enough for me to overlook it. Apparently this is the seventh book in a series. I hadn't read any of the others, but I don't think I missed much.
Michelle
My one star is for the first 1/2 of the book. Usually I'm fairly entertained by Jackson's material, but I found Malice to be very boring and lacking any sort of intrigue that would keep me flipping the pages.

I'm going to write this one off as a mistake buy--and be glad I only paid trade paper back price for it.
Jahnn Alexis
This book was superbly put together, in my opinion. I've been used to books where I pretty much KNOW who "did it" and I'm just waiting to see who figures them out or how far they get before they get caught. This book frustrated me (in a good way) because I had to shift my suspicions constantly; every chapter had me thinking it was someone else. The characters were very real, even if the apparent premise seemed fantastic at first. By the end, I was amazed, shocked, surprised, but most of all impr ...more
Cactuskid
This was one I couldn't figure out ahead of time. Not a lot of twists, just "who did it"? Sure kept me interested as to what all was happening and how it was going to be explained in the end. Not a lot of trash in it either, just a good "who done it".
This cop keeps seeing his dead ex-wife and thinks he is really losing it, but can't give up the idea that it is (but it can't be) his ex. His present wife is understanding and doesn't try to stop him from trying to find out what is going on and she
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Wendy Hines
Before DNA testing was available, victims were identified by their belongings and looks. Rick Bentz is either seeing a ghost, or he buried the wrong woman. Now that DNA testing is available, it may be time for an exhumation.

New Orleans Detective Rick Bentz is recovering from a spinal injury so he is currently off-duty. However, he keeps seeing his ex-wife Jennifer appear everywhere. He can’t believe what his eyes are showing him, as he knows he buried Jennifer twelve years ago. Either someone is
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Stasha
I enjoyed "Malice" a lot. It felt great becoming reacquainted with Bentz and Montoya once again. I liked the fact that Ms. Jackson's approach to the story was different to her other novels which I have read -- a different city, unusual plot and definitely a type of serial killer. It's amazing how she wrote the story from the different perspectives of all the main characters involved. Also,I thought I knew who the killer was in the beginning, but boy was I wrong when the truth was revealed near t ...more
Tammy Klain
New Orleans detective Rick Bentz is seeing his ex-wife, Jennifer, everywhere. The problem is that Jennifer died in LA twelve years earlier. Bentz knows it's not his imagination, but how could Jennifer be alive? He's the one that identified her body. After receiving an envelope with recently dated photos of Jennifer or someone that's a dead ringer for her, taken in LA looking alive and well, Bentz is off to LA to find out who is messing with him and why.

Malice is the sixth book in Lisa Jackson's
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Cheryl
Detective Rick Bentz has come out of his coma and is back at home now, after being stuck by a tree in the prior novel Lost Souls. Something isn't right about Rick. He has changed. He says that while in the hospital that he was visited by his ex-wife, Jennifer. The funny thing is that Jennifer died twelve years ago. She committed suicide and drive her car straight into a tree.

Detective Montoya hands a package to Rick. It was delivered to Rick at the police station. Inside the package are some ph
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Wanzhen Liu
Not a good read. Firstly, there were a lot of repetitions, it was as if the characters had a limited vocabulary. Secondly, it was just too draggy! It felt like eons reading through the evil plot of the murderess. Finally, what's that with adding in the 21 killers? No relation to the story, it was as if they had to add something so that the LAPD would seem more busy! If you have time, try her other books and skip this!
Deb
Rick Bentz is a cop with a sad history. His first wife, Jennifer, cheated on him with his own brother, producing a daughter he's raised as his own. Jennifer came across and a nypho that needed constant validation of her beauty by seeking passions outside her marriage even though she loved Rick and hating disappointing him. A terrible car accident killed her but as she died, she was sure Rick was at fault for it.

12 years later, Rick's happily remarried, but suddenly he starts seeing Jennifer ever
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Phillipa
Okay, so this was a bit of a weird one. It's a pretty decent story as murder mystery's go, but I spent a lot of time thinking I'd read it before. But I mean like years ago. But when I checked the front of the book, I saw it was only published in 2009. Weird ... and annoying. It's not bad, but this book just didn't grip me for some or other reason.
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Lisa Jackson and her sister, Nancy Bush, grew up in a small timber town in Oregon. She attended Oregon State University and later worked in the banking industry.
In 1983, Jackson's first novel, A Twist of Fate, was published by Silhouette Books. Currently, Jackson writes contemporary romantic suspense novels for Kensington Books and medieval romantic suspense novels for Onyx Books. Her books regul
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