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Secrets to Die for (Detective Jackson Mystery #2)

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Detective Wade Jackson investigates a series of rapes and rape-murders in Eugene, Oregon.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published January 28th 2011 by Spellbinder Press (first published 2009)
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Jim
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another very good mystery that was well developed from several different angles. Nothing is quite what it seems. A little more information changes the picture quite a bit & the ending was very good. This one centers around rape, murder, & lesbians. The latter specifically in the way people react to homosexuality: the gays, those who don't care, & those who think it is a sin. The setting & author both seem to be quite liberal, so I wasn't surprised that the MC was upbraided for be ...more
Jim Thomsen
I'm of mixed feelings about "Secrets To Die For." On the one hand, it's a fast-paced police procedural, with lots of authenticity and plenty of crisp plotting. On the other hand, it feels like a triumph of craft over art, a perfunctory product of how-to-write-a-mystery exercises, workshops and how-to books.

There's no original writer's voice here, no dialogue or descriptions that make you say "Wow!" and no characters that developed well enough to inspire ongoing emotional connections for readers
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Milissa
Apr 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Amazing Series!

A rapist is targeting homosexual women. Detective Jackson is asked to investigate. A CSA volunteer is found murdered. Are the cases connected?

The characters are likeable. There is an unexpected twist near the end. I plan on reading all this Author's books.
David Highton
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A second book in the Wade Jackson series, with two rapes and a murder to solve. A good police procedural, with a twist in the plot at the end. I will carry on reading this series
Sarah
Apr 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
Secrets to Die For. L.J. Sellers. 2010. Echelon Press. 286 pages. ISBN 1-59080-654-9.

L.J. Sellers' Secrets to Die For is an incredibly dark murder mystery about a serial rapist who targets homosexual women. Secrets to Die For is very unpredictable, and will have you turning the pages with rapt anticipation and genuine interest!

Detective Wade Jackson investigates the murder of a young social worker, Raina Hughes, who is found brutally raped and left for dead near the home of a meth addict whose s
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Susan Moore
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ONE OF SELLERS' BEST IN THE DET. JACKSON SERIES

THIS WAS A FLUID FAST MOVING PAGE TURNER. JUST WHEN I THOUGHT I KNEW WHO DID WHAT, ANOTHER CURVE BALL WAS TOSSED. GOOD CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, PLOTS, AND A MORALITY/BIOLOGICAL ISSUE THAT MAKES YOU THINK HOW YOU AND OTHERS VIEW HOMOSEXUALITY. ALTHOUGH, MOST PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY MADE UP THEIR MINDS ON THE ISSUE, SELLERS INSERTS GOOD ARGUMENTS THROUGH HER CHARACTERS FOR ACCEPTANCE. I STRONGLY DISLIKE THE EUPHEMISMS USED FOR LESBIANS. I KNOW SOME MEN WHO
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David
Dec 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
I bought this one after finishing the first book in the series (The Sex Club) and I have to say it only gets better.

This second book in the series provides a tighter and more compelling story as Detective Jackson works his way through a complex and frustrating case that challenges his own assumptions about society.

Nothing is as it seems in this case, where a young woman social worker has been brutally murdered and raped, following on from two possibly linked rapes. Sellers keeps the suspence r
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Cathi
Mar 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book does well as a fast paced police investigative story and that was my only expectation thus the four star rating. There is a good deal of believable detail for the crimes and solutions.

If you're looking for more depth of character and location ambiance, you will likely be disappointed. Some effort is made to portray Eugene as the setting but it lacks enough attention to give depth. Characters are mostly flat and the opportunities to add dimension are mostly avoided, noticeably so. It f
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Black Butterfly
Oct 27, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: BOOKBUB
Shelves: mysteries
I WAS REALLY LIKING THIS BOOK, UP TO ABOUT 85 OR 86%, THEN IT STARTED GETTING STUPID. I THOUGTH
"DOES EUGENE, OREGON HAVE KEYSTONE COPS"? IF POLICE ACTUALLY BEHAVE LIKE THIS NO CRIME WOULD EVER GET SOLVED. OMG! WTF? THE STORYLINE WAS WORKING FOR ME EVEN WITH THE SOAPBOXISH DIALOG REGARDING GAY MISTREATMENT, UNTIL EVERYTHING GOT STUPID. SINCE THIS IS A SREIES I GUESS I WON'T FIND OUT HOW DETECTIVE JACKSON'S PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP TURNS OUT, 'CAUSE I AM SO D.O.N.E. ;<
Jessica
Apr 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I signed up for this book and won it from the giveaways. When I first started to read the book, it was very dark and I almost didn't want to finish it because I didn't think that it would end happy. I'm glad I did because this was one of the bes mysteries that I've read and I've already recommended it to all of my friends.
Tracey
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like the fast pace of this book and although I had figured out what had happened it didn't spoil the story for me. Will definitely continue the series.
Kim
Aug 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-read
Another great crime thriller featuring Detective Jackson and the town of Eugene, Oregon. Gripping and exciting read - 9/10.
Laura
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was definitely book two in the series. Great story line. At the very end, I thought I was going to get the answer to the cliffhanger in book one...nope...on to book three!!!
Ellen White
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SECRETS TO DIE FOR. by LJ Sellers "Detective Jackson" # 2
A domino effect, when a social worker, with attention for the child,,lets go of her safety area. Which led to secrets, lies and murder, would Jackson find the common thread. How far does one go to protect their children.
A thriller that has several themes that come together, of the young figuring out who they are. Readers will get a tense flowing plot to the end.
Amy Dexter
3.75*s - The second book in the series and it's not bad. I quite like the way the author makes the detectives that little bit human and go wrong - not sensationalized. This story is all about a rapest who is attacking woman with what would appear to have no common traits or connections. The rapest then appears to escalate in violence into murder. Nothing as it appears, quite a few good twists - frustrating sideline with detective Jackson's girlfriend - hope that resolves in next book!
Suprina Bracey
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow

I love this series so far! Det. Jackson is always on the case! Can't wait to see what's coming next!!!!
Kat
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, I definitely won't be continuing the series. Detective Wade Jackson was just too much of a cliche for me. The way he bounded from clue to clue that had very little connecting them ruined the illusion that this was a real detective and that this was an actual occurrence. I wasn't able to suspend my disbelief.
The reporter drove me insane. She seemed so fake an had few redeeming qualities. Again, the bounding for clue to clue bothered me beyond belief.
This book opens with Raina visiting her
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Maureen Mullis
Detective Jackson is quickly becoming one of my favorites! This is the second book featuring the Eugene, Oregon homicide detective that I've read, and L.J. Sellers is one of those writers I'm going to keep following.

When a series of rapes in the city of Eugene suddenly turns to murder, Detective Wade Jackson and his team are on the case. But what they at first thought were crimes against women soon reveal themselves to be much darker hate crimes. Jackson begins to question himself in this book,
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Stephen
Oct 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L.J.Sellers, is an underappreciatated author, who is well known on the West Coast but whose talent has not reached the East Coast. Sellers is a solid writer , whose Detective Jackson mysteries are the type that are read in one sitting. This is a good example of that.
Wade Jackson is faced with a brutal rape and murder with the evidence seeming to point to an obvious perp. Raina Hughes' body is found near the trailer home of a boy she was visiting in her work as a child advocate. Bruce and Cindy
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Rogue Reader
LJ Sellers printed The Sex Club in 2007. It was a controversial thriller that opened with the bombing of a birth control clinic, a young woman dead in a dumpster and, as Sellers says, a Bible study group that shared more than Good News. Who knew that Sellers' first quiet effort would be followed by a series so successful that she now writes full time.

The Sex Club was a written as a stand alone, and introduced Detective Jackson, an investigator that's stood the test of the series. Secrets to Die
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Patricia
Sep 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Raina Hughes attempts to make a final visit to Josh Gorman, son of Bruce and Cindy Gorman, Bruce orders her off his property. Raina is a children’s support advocate and Josh has just been returned to the custody of his parents. Raina and her best friend Jamie are volunteers. Raina had hoped to say good-bye to Josh and find him happy.

Detective Wade Jackson is sharing a Valentine dinner with Kera, a nurse at Planned Parenthood. Wade met Kera while investigating a bombing at the clinic. Their
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Bud Mallar
This, and the first, are nice little whodunits - sometimes with a crazy twist.

They each have set up the 'mystery' based upon major social issues - this one gay women and how they are, or aren't, accepted.

As a whodunit, it was a wild ride - false trails, red herrings, and good police work winning out in the end, so from that viewpoint, no reason not to read the next in the series.

But there might be a reason why Amazon is selling the whole series for $1.99

Both books have had one or two characters,
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Jeff Bottrell
Feb 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the series of police procedurals by L.J. Sellers. She has based these books around Eugene, Oregon, with gruff, good-hearted Detective Jackson as her protagonist. Sellers has a gift for creating a compelling narrative that swiftly moves the reader through the plot without a lot of fluff. The story plays out just as a good police investigation. There are red herrings, blind alleys, and department politics to contend with. The book reads like an episode of Law and Order, compl ...more
Kathleen Hagen
Secrets to Die For, by L. J. Sellers, a-minus, Narrated by Damon Abdallah, Produced by Books in Motion, downloaded from audible.com.

Raina Hughes, a social worker, goes to an isolated trailer to check on a boy who has just been returned to his parents. The father, high on meth, won’t let her in and she leaves the property. But as she is on her way home, she is attacked, badly beaten, and killed. Wade Jackson at first thinks that it is the father whose house she left and arrests him, but things ar
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Jennifer W
Mar 31, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I finally got started on this book that I won here on goodreads. It looks to be a good mystery book that will keep me up too late reading it. :)

It was pretty good. I didn't have all the pieces figured out way ahead of time like I usually do with murder mysteries, so that was good. The only major detraction was how the detective pulled the right conclusion from thin air at the end of the book. There were no clues leading up to this, and by that time, the reader had already been told through other
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T.L. Cooper
Secrets to Die For by L. J. Sellers delves into issues that remind us of our humanity and our human failings. Sellers explores attitudes toward homosexuality and rape through an investigation into a murder than has Detective Jackson questioning biases he didn't realize he held. As the investigation uncovers one suspect and then another, Sellers keeps the reader wondering what will happen next. As Jackson juggles his personal and professional lives, the reader feels his frustration and desire to ...more
Paul
Dec 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book from LJ Sellers.

I read this immediately after finishing The Sex Club. In fact, there was about a two minute gap between me finishing one and starting the next.

Kera, who played a main part in the first book, is relegated to a bit part in this second installment, with the lead being taken over well and truly by Detective Jackson.

It is another well-crafted book by a very competent author. If you've not read The Sex Club I would start with that as one book leads on nicely from the
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Kelly
Feb 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
Second in the series I just had to delve back into Jackson's world and find out what he was investigating next. I love that his personal life carrys on where we left it and I'm beginning to quite fancy the man I've created in my head! This time Jackson investigates the rape and murder of a young college student and social work volunteer. Of course what appears to be an open and shut case becomes more complicated when the case is linked to two previous rape cases. I love that once again I was sur ...more
Marva
Oct 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like L.J. Sellers' Detective Jackson books mostly because I live in Eugene, the setting for the stories. However, even if I wasn't a hometown resident, I'd still enjoy the crispness and accuracy of these mysteries. So much for CSI! You're not getting that DNA match in thirty seconds.

It's good to read a mystery/crime book firmly based in the real world.

L.J. takes on controversial topics with sincerity and aplomb. I enjoyed The Sex Club, so picked up the second in the series. I'm ready to find o
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Kitty
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adrenaline-rush
I'm torn on how to rate this one. I feel that it's at least a four-star book, but just not "my" kind of book. I enjoyed the first book in this series, and knew I wanted to give the second one a chance, despite venturing out of my comfort zone. This one just went a little too far for me.

The suspense is there... the mystery is there... I still really like Detective Jackson... but this one is definitely more disturbing - at least to me - than the first one.

I think that this book puts out a positiv
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