Worth Killing For

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This is the third book in the Julia Gooden Mystery Series and I recommend that you read them in order. There is an ongoing story in these books and there is a lot of character development that will be missed if you don't. Having said that, some readers have jumped in and had not problems with the story.

Julia is a crime reporter which gives this mystery a unique viewpoint and perspective. Julia is a flawed character who is smart, assertive and daring. The story of the disappearance of her brother, Ben, is woven throughout this story and perhaps, the ties to that crime might come to the forefront in this outing. Her new story involves the death of the young nephew of a city councilman. The deeper she digs she begins to find connections to a string of past murders and kidnappings. Then there is the man who looks familiar to her, is it who she thinks it is? As her past catches up with her present, will Julia finally learn the answers she has been seeking.

I really like Julia's character and find her to be realistic. Haseldine's former life as a crime reporter gives the story authenticity. A good reporter and a mind for unraveling puzzles Julia also has an in with the police department through her boy friend Raymond Navarro. Ray is very protective of Julia and her boys and I was happy to see them take their relationship to the next level. This was a well-written story that held my attention from the first page. There were lots of twists and turns that led down a crooked trail revealing several other murders along with greed, corruption, blackmail, art crimes, kickbacks, and some psychopaths. When Julia finally comes to the end of the story, she finally gets some closure to the search for her brother. I really enjoyed this story and am looking forward to the next, new case that Julia investigates.
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I was given an electronic copy of Worth Killing For via NetGalley.  I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

Crime reporter Julia Gooden has never quite let the turmoil of her past go, especially regarding the disappearance of her beloved older brother Ben.  When the murder of a city councilman's nephew leads police to discover similarities to other cold case killings, will a tenuous link back to her family allow Julia to find the information she needs?

This is the third novel featuring main character Julia Gooden, but it is by no means redundant or boring.  As the author delves deep into Julia's past, which has previously been explained but not explored, readers are given a true picture as to the events and situations which molded her.  The aspect of the novels that I have liked the most is the fact that Julia always loops law enforcement in when she follows a lead that becomes fruitful.  Her relationship with the police has served Julia well and shows how mutual cooperation between different entities can help the public.

Although reading the previous novels is not strictly necessary, there is a story arc that ties all of them together.  I recommend Worth Killing For to those who like mystery thrillers, as this novel features a strong main character with a good moral compass and great investigative skills.
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**I haven't read the first two books in the series, and while Wirth Killing For is enjoyable without them , it would have made the book a little better :) 

Good storyline, I love the locations and well done descriptions.
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3rd in the series about Julia Gooden, a Detroit crime reporter, but even though I hadn't read the first two, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Julia's family wad blown up 30 some years ago when her mother was killed, her criminal father takes off and her brother Ben, hero and protector, disappears. His disappearance haunts her and when her father shows up again, she hopes she will finally solve this mystery.  Thumbs up on this one, now I'll go back and read the first two.
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We may sometimes feel like we're living in the age of facades, charades, fantasy that is full of deceit, trickery, manipulation on a daily basis.
Mark my words, Good Trumps Evil and Love Trumps Hate. One thing you can never outrun is the truth!
Now on with the show...
"Blood is loyal, baby" Could you put a price tag on someone's life? Could you risk losing a loved one to pay a debt to society? Would you use children as pawns in a crazy as shite game of chess?
Could you abandon a family and risk jail time for a chance to be wealthy?
This small time player winds up becoming a big time fugitive and needs to be stopped but who has the guts to stop him?
Can you imagine paying the ultimate price for another man's sins! Can you imagine if this man was a blood relative? Can you imagine this man may have been someone's parent?
Worth Killing For was a magic carpet ride through the dark and disturbed woods with no way to get off unless you jumped.
This was one hell of a ride, with superb characters and a plot that thickened better than my momma's gravy.
Julia is the main character who is determined to bring her brother home (dead or alive) and learn the truth.
She knows her parents were not saints but sinners. Her mother was a drunk her dad (Duke) a con artist. With negligent parents, abandonment, coupled with a disturbing childhood it's not a question of if but when will these young individuals fine peace? 
So no wonder her sister Sarah had also had her fair share of issues with drug addiction.
Now as a Detroit newspaper reporter Julia our heroine knows time is not kind to cold cases as she seeks to find the connection between her father and her brother's disappearance.
As if things couldn't be more complicated her father resurfaces after everyone assumed he was dead causing quake waves to ripple through the fabrics of their lives.
As the story unravels clues begin to add up but everyone seems to be protecting their own rear ends.
As she investigates she uncovers the death of the city councilman's nephew leading to a whole hosts of other murders along with greed, corruption, blackmail, art crimes, kickbacks, and a boat load of information.
I'm so glad this was available as an ARC e-read because I'd have a paper cut by now flipping these pages. 
I could not wait to get to the end to uncover the truth once and for all.
I'm sure readers will feel the same as the element of surprise is lurking behind every corner. 
When facing life or death with the barrel of a gun you'd be surprised how quick the truth spews out quite literally.
Loved this powerful ending as Jane has shown how even broken crayons still color.
Spread those wings and fly....
Thank you Jane Haseldine for not only providing this e-copy but in providing me 2 of your other works (signed) after losing a goodreads giveaway of an earlier work in shipment.
It's so refreshing and a blessing to know that humanity still exists in this beautiful world. Even though the post office was at fault you stepped up and offered me not one but two more books and reshipped free of charge.
I'm eternally grateful for this act of kindness and honored to have reviewed this wonderful new novel.
Thank you also to NetGalley and Aldiko for this e-copy in exchange for this honest review.
Grab this one when you see it as it will fly off the shelves I have no doubt!
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Worth Killing For by Jane Haseldine is the 3rd book in the Julia Gooden Mystery series, and another great addition.  Wow, this book is a roller coaster ride from start to finish. I really enjoyed this book and strongly recommend it for people who enjoy a good mystery/thriller. I also enjoyed the first two books in the series, The Last Time She Saw Him and Duplicity.  Worth Killing For can be read as a stand alone, but you get a deeper understanding by reading the books in order. Looking forward to the next book by this author.  This book concentrates on Julia's brothers unsolved disappearance, which took place when they were children. 

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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The past never really leaves us. Crime reporter Julia Gooden sees proof of this every day in her stories. A dark childhood, a negligent parent, early abandonment--any one of them can seal a person's fate as either a villain or victim. Julia, who experienced all three, seems to have beaten the odds, finding happiness raising her two sons and a blossoming relationship with detective Raymond Navarro.


This is the third book in the Julia Gooden series. While it can read as a standalone, I’m glad I’ve been able to read the other books for a fuller understanding of the characters and events leading to this installment.

Julia hasn’t seen her father, Duke Gooden, in decades. Her conman father abandoned Julia and her sister Sarah shortly before the disappearance of their 9 year old brother, Ben. Julia always knew Ben would protect her, and after the disappearance Julia’s life was changed forever. It gave her strength, courage, and the driving force to find out what happened to Ben that night. Julia is also very protective of her 2 young sons, the lingering fear of what happened to Ben along with her dangerous career as an investigative reporter, drives her every day to keep them safe. Her romantic relationship with Detective Ray Navarro is growing deeper, and bringing him further into her family seems to be something good for them all.

When Julia catches a look at a man with the same piercing blue eyes as Duke, she knows it’s him. No matter what everyone says happened to him all those years ago, Julia wouldn’t forget the charismatic but selfish man who was her dad. This book in the series goes deeper into Julia’s family history, and leads her to working with Duke and her estranged sister, Sarah to get to the bottom of who’s the killer currently hunting his victims with a bow and arrow – and how the tangled web involves Julia’s family history, especially her father’s greed and penchant for bringing danger to everyone around him.

The book has a quick pace, plenty of mystery, and full character development. I received an ARC from NetGalley and wanted to share my opinion.
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Julia Gooden has been a crime reporter in Detroit for nearly 15 years. Julia is still haunted by the abduction of her older brother Ben thirty years ago. Julia is trying to focus on her latest story - murder of a city councilman's nephew which could be the work of a serial killer. However, she is distracted when has a chance meeting with a man she hasn't seen in many years, which brings up old memories and makes more determined than ever to finally find the truth about what really happened to Ben.

"Worth Killing For" is the third book in the Julia Gooden series. I enjoyed the first book, but missed the second. The book refers to events in the prior books, but could be enjoyed without reading the first two books.  This installment is just as good as the first, but Julia bothered me more in this book. I like that she is smart and determined, but she is independent to the point of being reckless. It seems all her detective boyfriend has to do is ask her not to do something and she immediately rushes to do it, regardless of the danger. This happens over and over throughout the book and becomes frustrating. 

The plot of the book is complex and some developments are overly complicated and slow the pace, but overall the book is suspenseful and enjoyable. Julia encounters more than one unpleasant person as she seeks information about her missing brother, but the main villain is very creepy and scary. Julia may not have liked the way everything turned out, but all of the unanswered questions in the book are resolved by the end.

I received this book from NetGalley through the courtesy of Kensington. The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
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Julia Golden is a crime reporter in Detroit. Her brother Ben was kidnapped when he was 9 and Julia was 7.  Julia was in the same room but has no memories of the kidnapping. She has been trying to find her brother ever since. Now Julia’s con man Father has showed up after disappearing 30 years ago. Her Father has enemies and Julia is now a target.  When he disappeared her Father stole something very valuable from some very dangerous people who will stop at nothing to get it back.  

I wasn’t aware this book was the third in a series so obviously it can be read as a stand alone.  The book grabbed me right from the first page. Just as the bad guys won’t stop, neither will Julia. Her family situation as a child wasn’t good and even tho her brother was only 9 when he was taken, he looked out for her. Julia feels like she owes it to him to find out the truth about what happened, but the closer she gets to the truth the more danger she is in.  There are lots of twists in this story and you don’t know which direction to turn or who to trust. I figured out part of it but was completely caught off guard by another twist to the story.  Thank you to net galley for an advanced readers copy for a fair and honest review.
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Worth Killing For by Jane Haseldine is a highly recommended suspenseful, tense mystery and the third book in the Julia Gooden series.

Detroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden's editor assigns her to cover the bow-and-arrow murder of Angel Perez, a college student. Detective Raymond Navarro's partner informs Julia that there were similar crimes in the past and this may be indicative of a serial killing becoming active again. After leaving the scene, Julia is shocked when she sees her estranged father at a gas station and she immediately begins looking for him in hopes of discovering answers to explain her brother Ben's abduction that occurred three decades earlier when he was nine and she was only seven years old.  At that time her father, Duke Gooden, was a con man and her mother, Marjorie, was an alcoholic. Both parents left separately, Ben disappeared, and Julia and her older sister, Sarah, were thrown into the system.

Julia is sure that Duke's return means she will be able to find new clues to Ben's disappearance. But Duke is back to collect something valuable he's hidden in the area, and there are dangerous men who know he is back and are also looking for him. Now Julia is right in the line of fire for these nefarious characters who would kill her, or her sons, to punish Duke. Additionally, the investigation may jeopardize her burgeoning relationship with Navarro.

From the opening of this well-written, suspenseful novel, we know that Ben's disappearance has a connection to Angel's murder, but it is unclear if Duke's return can provide any information or just cause Julia even more pain and vulnerability. The mystery that unfolds is complex, twisty, and treacherous. Threats seem to be around every corner and the path to the truth is obscure and complicated, full of murder and revenge. Haseldine keeps the pace moving quickly along as more information and new leads are found, which will keep you engaged and invested in Julia's investigation and what she unearths.

Worth Killing For will hold your attention from beginning to end. While this is the third novel in a series, don't hesitate to read Worth Killing For. I haven't read the first two novels and felt like enough background information was provided so that I didn't feel like I was missing a piece of the story. 

Disclosure: I received an advanced reading copy of this book from Kensington and TLC Book Tours. 
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Okay, I've had time to think about WORTH KILLING FOR, the third in Jane Haseldine's Julia Gooden Mystery series, and I confess I'm struggling to keep this review spoiler-free.

The good: Readers get to meet Julia's dad and sister, for better or worse, when circumstances bring them back into Julia's life.

The better: Julia's personal life is improving in the months since the death of her husband. Detective Raymond Navarro continues to be a stand-up guy and is worthy of Julia Gooden's love.

The best: Readers find a resolution to the underlying mystery that began in THE LAST TIME SHE SAW HIM: the disappearance of Julia's brother, Ben, when he was nine years old.

I can't recommend this book -- and the first two in the series as well -- enough. Haseldine has crafted a novel that is hard to put down as she gets closer to solving the mystery that has plagued her for more than thirty years. The biggest question I have is if we will see more of Julia Gooden. As an investigative journalist there certainly must be other mysteries awaiting her -- and Haseldine's readers.

I received a copy from Kensington through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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Worth Killing For is a worthy follow-up to the first two Julia Gooden mysteries from Jane Haseldine, the Last Time She Saw Him and Duplicity. Worth Killing For is an entertaining thriller, at the heart of which is Julia, an empathetic protagonist to whom, as her oldest son puts its, “stuff always seems to keep happening.” It is impossible not to cheer for Julia, her young sons, their cantankerous but loyal housekeeper and nanny, Helen, not to mention the devoted Detective Navarro. Julia is driven to finally resolve the case of her missing brother, Ben, who was abducted from the bedroom she shared with him when he was just 9 years old and Julia was 7. The kidnapping occurred shortly after their conman father, Duke, abandoned the family and it isn't long until their mother is gone, as well. Julie and her older sister, Sarah, take entirely divergent paths in life and have been estranged for some time. But as Julia investigates the bizarre murder of a local politician's nephew, a chance encounter dredges up feelings she has carried for 30 years about Ben, his disappearance, and her long-held suspicion that their father could have played a part in Ben's kidnapping. Julia, a tenacious reporter, embarks on a dangerous, fast-paced quest to learn the truth and finally either bring Ben home, if he is still alive, or come to terms with what actually happened to him. Worth Killing For is definitely worth reading.
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I absolutely loved this book! Julia Gooden is one of my favorite literary characters... she's human, flawed, desperate to solve the past, trying to be a great Mom for her boys -- and in love. This book is loaded with action and so many twists and turns... it covers a difficult topic and does so with grace and honor. The relationship between Julia and Ray is true - the reader can understand her dilemma whilst trying to say true to herself and her story, along with maintaining her relationship and family. This book is easily one of my favorites - and I can't wait to read more from the author!
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Had to dry my tears before I could write a review. The brutal murder in the first chapter almost had me quit reading. But then I had to keep reading, faster and faster, so this evil person could be stopped. Interesting family issues.
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This is the first in the series and while it is number 3 it can be read as a stand alone novel as well. 

The Author has the ability to keep readers engaged with a mystery that keeps readers wondering who is the con man and what happened to her brother.

Jane Haseldine has the ability to write a story that pulls at readers heart string while keeping them on their toes as the Julia digs deeper into her past.

Readers will not want to put this book down.

Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher Kensington Publisher for the advance copy of Worth Killing For By Jane Haseldine for my honest review.
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"Worth Killing For" is the third in the Julia Gooden Mystery series and is just as good as Haseldine's prior two installments.  Must read all in series to really absorb the depth of her characters and understand the complexity of these mysteries. Julia Gooden is a crime reporter who has had tragedy in her family history but has also been blessed with two amazing sons.  A good reporter and a mind for unraveling puzzles Julia also has an in with the police department through her boy friend Raymond Navarro. Dynamics of Haseldine's characters and the twining of the plot make this a fantastic series worth picking up.  "A copy of this book was provided by Kensington Books via Netgalley with no requirements for a review.  Comments here are my honest opinion."
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This is the third Julia Gooden mystery. 

Julia is a crime reporter. She sees things every day that haunt her. Not the least of which is her own childhood. A con man father who abandons them, a mother who climbs into a bottle and neglects her children. And the most haunting of all, the disappearance of her brother Ben when she was 7 and he was 9. He was more that a brother. He was her protector, her person.

After the drama of everything that has happened to this point, Julia has found a man who she loves and trusts. Her two sons are still raw from the death of their father and his secrets. But with help from a new love and a few good friends, they're getting by.

When Julia starts investigating the murder of a young man, the nephew of a city councilman, she uncovers a string of murders that all look the same and suddenly her very life as well as her children's are in danger.

And after 30 years her father has slithered back on the scene, setting them all up to be murdered unless Julia can figure out what really happened all those years ago and what really happened to Ben.

I really enjoy these Julia Gooden mysteries. She is such a strong, intelligent woman and at the same time such a loving and capable mother. 

This is a must read!

NetGalley/March 27th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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This is  the first book that I have read by this author and I did enjoyed it, but I didn't. like it is the THIRD in a series. I should have know that by looking this up on GR but I didn't because the cover and blurb sang to me. I found the story well written.There were no cliff hanger, which, is something that I really enjoyed about this book. unfortunately if I were to be asked about this one in the future, I would probably have forgotten about it by then, It had nothing that Wowed me to remember it. Does that make sense?
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Worth Killing For is the excellent third book in the Julia Gooden Mystery Series written by author Jane Haseldine. Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the advance copy.
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Julia Gooden, Detroit newspaper crime reporter, investigates the death of a city councilman's young nephew, and finds a string of murders going back years. The kidnapping and disappearance of her brother, Ben, thirty years ago, is never far from her thoughts. And, in a bizarre set of circumstances, what is happening now may be linked to her past--if she can just fit all of the pieces together and solve the puzzle. But doing so may cost her her life, and maybe the lives of her two young sons, if she isn't careful.

This is the third gook in the Julia Gooden Mystery Series. The better I get to know Julia, the more I like her. She has courage and heart. She is smart and tenacious. She is also quite a risk taker, but that only serves to make her more human. With Julia, there is never a dull moment. Jane Haseldine write stories with unexpected plot twists and turns. You're never sure what is around the corner on the next page.
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