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The Cold Room (Taylor Jackson #4)

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Homicide detective Taylor Jackson thinks she's seen it all in Nashville—but she's never seen anything as perverse as The Conductor. Once his victim is captured, he contains her in a glass coffin, slowly starving her to death. Only then does he give in to his attraction.

Later, he creatively disposes of the body by reenacting scenes from famous paintings. Strangely
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Mira
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Robert
J.T. Ellison knows how to spin a tale with Taylor Jackson, a tough-as-nails main character who never seems to lack for passion. She finds it in both her professional and personal life. The Cold Room gripped me from the first page, and it didn’t let me go until I had reached the end. The chilling nature of the tale kept me in rapt attention, and while the plot may have seemed a bit farfetched to some, I found it to be both heavily researched and a compelling read.

I found myself intrigued by the d
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Michael
Reading J.T. Ellison's Nashville-set mystery series, I always find myself wanting to love the books more than I do when the final page is turned.

It's not that they're bad, per se. It's just that the stories can be so unfocused that it makes for a frustrating reading experience.

Unfortunately, "The Cold Room" is no exception. Starting off with a serial killer who poses his victims after famous works of art is an intriguing staring point. Removing Taylor Jackson for her team and comfort zone as she
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Saturnus
En bra uppföljare till Judas Kyss- dock inte lika spännande.
Däremot har den här boken sånna konstnärliga drag att man bara måste läsa tills den är slut. En mördande necrofil som lämmnar tillbacka alla sina offer efter konstverk, med en hemlig tvilling han inte ens visste om i Italien- som dessutom också är necromfil!
Och sen har vi ju som vanligt allas våran lilla Taylor; lika spännande som alltid, och visst måste man avundas henne för killen, men BU för den andre som stöter på henne!
Trisha W.
This book creeped me out and gave me chills as I was reading it. In a good way. It creeped me out because I can not imagine what the girls went through to be locked in a glass box and starved to death and then having the killer do horrible things to their bodies after they were dead. It gave me chills to think of this and knowing that someone out there is sick enough to actually do something like this.
This is my first novel my Ellison and also my first novel featuring detective Taylor Jackson. I
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Christy
Due to restructuring of the Nashville Metro Police Department, homicide detective Taylor Jackson’s been demoted from her prior position of lieutenant. If that isn’t bad enough, she’s being pursued by a serial killer called the Pretender. Now another serial killer’s in Nashville, one who abducts young black women, starves them to death and, after performing necrophilia, poses them per scenes from famous paintings. It isn’t long before Jackson’s fiancé, FBI profiler Dr. John Baldwin, connects Jack ...more
Victoria
This fourth installment in the Taylor Jackson series is another quick and exciting read! The pacing moves along quite steadily, though this one has an almost different sort of style than some of the previous books in the series. The killer’s perspective is offered early into the novel, making this more of a true thriller in the way it really adds to the excitement. The overall mystery is lessened, but the plot still manages to hold onto a few surprises. Though perhaps most surprising is just how ...more
Jaime
This was a mostly solid mystery. Ellison gives us an unusual crime, committed by an unusual criminal in an unusual way. And, I’m always excited to read a police procedural that isn’t set in New York or southern California. But there were a few pieces that bothered me.

One was Memphis. I didn’t quite get his obsession with Taylor, and would have liked a bit more a clue. Also, I didn’t think the reason he was sent to the U.S. was very good — he spent more time tagging along with Taylor and Baldwin
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Chuck Driskell
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Sheila Beaumont
A chilling serial-killer mystery, in which Nashville police detective Taylor Jackson and her fiancé, FBI profiler John Baldwin, must track down the perpetrators of two series of extremely macabre murders, one in Europe and one in the USA. Their lives are further complicated by a Scotland Yard detective called in to help with the investigation, James "Memphis" Highsmythe, who becomes obsessed by Taylor at first sight and is not reticent about showing his feelings toward her.

Fast pacing, a rivetin
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Elvan
Necrophilia aside, I really enjoyed this book. The creepy factor is high, but I liked the personal development in the characters. Taylor demoted to Detective grows the most when she is forced to work with a new partner (I liked him too), but even Baldwin's character gets fleshed out a little more. I'm still not convinced he's the best profiler out there as he always seems to be a step behind Jackson and her basic police work. In this book what shines the most is how many people contribute to the ...more
Bigd_041555
Well, what a thriller this book is - another OMG - great story line, very sick and twisted (just the way I like them). Some good twists and turns and conflicts thrown in - J.T. Ellison really knows how to tell a good story and keep you interested!
Courtney
Another incredible outing in this series. Taylor Jackson has moved right up there with Eve Dallas as a contemporary mystery/thriller heroine. The obstacles and injustices that the author forces her to overcome make you feel horrible for her (like the unjust demotion that she suffers through in this book) while your admiration for her indomitable spirit grows and grows. I fear for the ultimate evil that is lurking around her and where that will ultimately take her. What a series. Binge-read mater ...more
Barbara ★
This is the second Taylor Jackson book I've read so the references so I had no idea who The Pretender was except that he was a criminal who got away in a previous book. I liked the mystery of who was starving and murdering women in Tennessee (and Italy). I liked having chapters from the killer's perspective as it tells you the why as opposed to just being creeped out by the thought of necrophilia. Yup this serial killer was a freaky dude. Everything gets explained eventually and you understand w ...more
Peace Love and Reviews
The Conductor is a sick human being. That is a huge statement coming from me. I often watch gory and truly horrifying films (both paranormal and twisted demented minds of a serial killer) my cousin-in-law and I, would watch three consecutive films every other saturday and would have a lengthy discussion of what happened to the characters, the camera angles and the acting, etc. With that I rarely get the urge to buy a book a read them up. But when The Cold Room was offered to me, the blurb intrig ...more
Bklynbella
This book had so much potential, and it started off so well... then it just fizzled. I was highly disappointed because the first few chapters of this book had everything. It was gripping, mysterious, and thought provoking. The charcters were exciting, intriguing, and likable. Then all of a sudden everything started to unravel which is weird since it was done so neatly. By neat it was complete chaos but alls well ends well. There was no more excitement, no more police work because everything magi ...more
Tricia
The Cold Room by J.T. Ellison

The Cold Room is the fourth book in the Taylor Jackson series.
I loved to read this series initially because I like the strong character of Taylor Jackson.
Ellison writes a good plot and her characters, for the most part, evolve with each book.
After reading this book though I was a little disappointed in the plot and the main character, Taylor Jackson.
I felt like the plot was dragging a little and could have been wrapped up sooner. The plot unfolded nicely but the
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Nichole
What a disturbing crime thriller- I thought it was great!! Without giving anything away, the mind of the criminal in this book are astonishing and so sick and twisted. This is the first Detective Jackson book I've read, but from the beginning, I became extremely interested in wanting to learn more, curious about what else lies out there for her and Baldwin and will they ever accomplish their own personal goal. The writing was fantastic as I was easily able to picture each character and each scen ...more
Dotti Elrick
WOW! I just finished The Cold Room. I still haven't caught my breath. That was one amazingly intense story. I read it in one sitting, I couldn't put it down.
The Cold Room is the fourth book in the Taylor Jackson series. After she was demoted in the previous book, Taylor is trying to deal with being just a rank and file detective again. Her team has been broken up and all working in different parts of Nashville. She has a new partner who has been a detective for all of one month. And she has a ne
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Cheryl
Homicide Detective Taylor Jackson is back.

Taylor has her hands full with the latest case…a serial killer, who kidnaps women and leaves their dehydrated bodies for the authorities to find. When Taylor’s boyfriend and FBI profiler, Dr. John Baldwin helps on the case, he realizes that Taylor has no ordinary serial killer on her hands. Jack has seen this type of work before on a previous case he worked on. The killer was known as “The Conductor”.

Jack calls in some reinforcements in the form of New
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Doug Bower
Do not miss this author! I snagged this through early reviewers with no preconceived ideas and having read none of the earlier books. This book had all the components of a great psychological thriller - great characters (with incredibly sick villians), a great story, and a writing style that makes you feel in the moment. I am definitely going to go back and read the earlier books in the series. A few additional comments - 1) It took a few chapters to get caught up to the characters since it is t ...more
Donna Wilkins
This is the fourth book in the series and I found it the weakest. Without her team`s banter and some annoying new characters this book did not get going until the end. The British detective was ridiculous addition. The crime story itself was ok an the twin idea interesting. Hope this is just a blip!
Linda Parks
Now that I have read my first J.T. Ellison book, I'm dying (no pun intended) to go back and read the first three in what's sure to be an incredible series. Let me say I LOVE creepy stuff and The Cold Room stars one of the creepiest characters imaginable. The writing was excellent! The undoubtedly well researched procedures and investigative methods were elaborated on with just the right amount of depth, the storyline was both believable and utterly horrifying and the good guys - well - you're ju ...more
Sally
Taylor Jackson is having a hard time adjusting to her recent demotion back to detective and the break up of her homicide detective crew. She has a new boss and a new partner and now a new serial killer to contend with. Taylor hasn't seen anything like this killer before - killing in Italy, the UK and now in Nashville. Not only does this killer change locations, but he has been changing his MO; highly unusual for a serial killer. With the help of her FBI boyfriend and a detective inspector on loa ...more
Mindy
It started out good. I loved this serial killer's style, but the coincidences and all the intertwining story lines drove me crazy. It was too predictable, and the whole love triangle... was that really necessary? A little romance is okay, but it took more time in the book than I would've liked. There didn't seem to be very much solving... It was like things magically presented themselves to the detectives and whatnot. I brought this with me on a trip. It took me the entire six weeks to actually ...more
Irma
Escribir sobre un tema como este requiere de mucha investigación y detalle y aun así suena poco probable. ¿Qué conexión existe realmente entre gemelos idénticos a pesar de haber sido separados y dados en adopción?
Joe O'c
Very Good; Continuing characters: Taylor Jackson and John Baldwin; emaciated girls turn up dead in Nashville and before long its tied to similar killings in Europe
Sally Pearce
Just finished this one last night. I really liked it. If you are a crime fiction lover, you can't not really like anything J.T. writes. Once again her grammar and vocabulary stood out from the pack. I have to admit that I liked her first three books better. I don't think adding the Brit. enhanced the book at all and, in fact, diminished Taylor's integrity. J.T. has built a wonderful character in Taylor Jackson. Her relationship with John Baldwin has always been SO strong and this little foray in ...more
Sara
Due to her recent demotion to Detective in the last book, Taylor Jackson finds herself with a new partner and a new serial killer on hands. Though I really enjoyed the creepiness of the killer and the murders in this book, the one thing that bumped my rating down to three stars was the Brit, Memphis. I didn't like how he instantly fell in love with Taylor and became flirty with her, right under Baldwin's nose. Plus, even worse, I didn't like how she has undetermined feelings for him. The whole c ...more
Leslie (That Chick That Reads)
This is the fourth novel in a series but I could honestly say that it could serve as a stand alone novel. I hadn’t read any of the previous novels but I still found it incredibly easy to read. It’s full of suspense and romance, which I found incredibly awesome! The story overall just gave me chills, from the first chapter, up until the end. Oh and not to mention nightmares haha but it’s one of those “I couldn’t stop thinking of the novel so I even dreamt about it” Anyway, so don’t hesitate to re ...more
Pam
The crazier the book the more I like it - this is now one of my favorite books. Ever.
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