A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Karen Vail (#6) Spectrum by Alan Jacobson

Spectrum by Alan Jacobson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Kindle Edition, 438 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Open Road Media
Source: purchased at kindle store

Karen Vail (#6)

This is totally 100% excellent! I loved it! And I loved the way it was written! This is Karen Vail's origin story going back to the 1990s when she was a rookie and her first day on the job. She shows up at a crime scene which turns out to be the first work of a serial killer that Karen will end up chasing for the next twenty years. The book starts off with alternating chapters between a crime taking place in the 1970s and Karen's work in the 1990's. Karen's story then progresses straight through the 2000s to the present day. What is absolutely cool is that chapters hit upon her checking in with this serial killer case while she's on the job with cases we've read in the previous five Karen Vail books! Every character we've met to date through the series is either a major character or does a cameo making this book just a whole lot of fun to read. The case itself is good: Greek women are being found displayed in a provocative manner with their fingers superglued into position, eyes slashed and a piece of glass stuck in the neck. It's a wild ride with plenty of action, lots of profiling and real-life FBI profiler Mark Safarik shows up as himself, too. Really enjoyed this!

Jacobson has Vail taking part in his other series about terrorists, conspiracy theories and black ops; while the characters from that series make appearances in the Vail books. I hope he continues on writing strictly Karen Vail books, though as the other series doesn't appeal to me.

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