Killing Jane

Killing Jane

WHAT IF EVERYTHING YOU’VE EVER HEARD ABOUT JACK THE RIPPER IS WRONG …A young woman is brutally murdered in Washington D.C., and the killer leaves behind a calling card connected to some of the most infamous murders in history.JACK THE RIPPERRookie homicide investigator Erin Prince instinctively knows the moment she sees the mutilated body that it’s only a matter of time be...

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Title:Killing Jane
Author:Stacy Green
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ISBN:1944109293
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition
Number of Pages:322 pages

Killing Jane Reviews

  • Yellagirlgc
    Jan 24, 2017

    Erin Prince is a homicide detective with family issues working an important case. She believes a serial killer taking inspiration from Jack the Ripper is killing people. The new killer calls themself Jane. Erin was more emotional than I like and kind of naive to the differences between the rich and the poor. I still liked the book. The story read easily. Stacy Green also threw in a few surprises through the book. A solid 4 star read.

    I received a copy from NetGalley for an honest review.

  • Vikki
    Feb 04, 2017

    What if Jack the Ripper was actually a woman? The theory has been put out there throughout the years but she was always referred to as "Jill the Ripper." When Erin Prince, a D.C. detective recently moved from sex crimes to homocide, responds to a murder of a woman who has been brutally murdered in a fashion similar to a Jack the Ripper but finds a note from " Jane the Ripper," she is puzzled by the meaning of it. Is it meant to throw the police off the real killers trial or is the killer really

    What if Jack the Ripper was actually a woman? The theory has been put out there throughout the years but she was always referred to as "Jill the Ripper." When Erin Prince, a D.C. detective recently moved from sex crimes to homocide, responds to a murder of a woman who has been brutally murdered in a fashion similar to a Jack the Ripper but finds a note from " Jane the Ripper," she is puzzled by the meaning of it. Is it meant to throw the police off the real killers trial or is the killer really a woman who is a fan of the female serial killer theory of Jack the Ripper? And does that mean they have a serial killer on the loose that could strike again? As Erin and her new partner, Beckett, dig deeper into the life of the victim, the possible theories of the case become more improbable and the detectives feel like they are hitting dead end after dead end. Then another brutal murder with the Jane the Ripper signature brings more questions than answers. Can they stop this killer before he or she strikes again?

    I loved the historical fiction/ mystery about Jack the Ripper as well as the possible serial killer on the loose throughout the book. It made me read faster since I could not figure out who the killer was until near the end of the book. Erin's backstory and human foibles made her a relatable character that you were rooting for. I would definitely recommend for mystery/crime readers as well as psychological thriller and historical fiction lovers as well.

    I gave this 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.

    I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration.

  • Louise Wilson
    Jan 22, 2017

    A young woman has been brutally murdered in Washington D.C. The killer leaves behind a calling card connected to some of the most infamous in history.

    Rookie Homicide Investigator Erin Prince knows the moment she sees the mutilated that it's only a matter of time before someone else dies. Erin and her partner Todd Beckett are on the trail of a madman. A serial killer is searching the streets for his next victim. Will Erin & Todd catch the killer before the next victim is sacrificed?

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    A young woman has been brutally murdered in Washington D.C. The killer leaves behind a calling card connected to some of the most infamous in history.

    Rookie Homicide Investigator Erin Prince knows the moment she sees the mutilated that it's only a matter of time before someone else dies. Erin and her partner Todd Beckett are on the trail of a madman. A serial killer is searching the streets for his next victim. Will Erin & Todd catch the killer before the next victim is sacrificed?

    With gruesome murders and curve balls sending you in the wrong direction. Even if like me manage to guess the identity of the killer, I'm sure it won't stop you enjoying this book.

    I would like to thank NetGalley, Vesuvian Books and the author Stacy Green for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • Holly
    Nov 01, 2016

    This thriller (or as Amazon has called Stacy Green's books, an "assassination thriller") had so many twists, but all very well resolved by the end, even if the end was chilling! There really can't be "happy" endings in crime thrillers... things just need to end less overtly bloody than they began :) But really was impressed with how things were resolved, even for the people who died who WEREN'T murdered...

    I particularly appreciated the credibility of everything in this book, from the characters

    This thriller (or as Amazon has called Stacy Green's books, an "assassination thriller") had so many twists, but all very well resolved by the end, even if the end was chilling! There really can't be "happy" endings in crime thrillers... things just need to end less overtly bloody than they began :) But really was impressed with how things were resolved, even for the people who died who WEREN'T murdered...

    I particularly appreciated the credibility of everything in this book, from the characters to the procedures. I don't know much about law enforcement procedures and I don't watch much crime TV, but I was never sitting here wondering "would that really happen?" I do know a bit more about medical procedures so I was very pleased to never be harassed with the thought "that's not right!"

    One thing that was initially hard for me was relating to the main character, Erin Prince, because I personally had nothing in common with her-- she comes from a very wealthy political family but loathes that lifestyle. However, she did end up growing on me as I learned a little bit more about her past (her story wasn't simply "rich girl wants to be one of the tough guys" as I initially feared). Also, she isn't a perfect 6 ft tall slender model with awesome hair and makeup like you'd see on crime procedural shows; I'll admit I appreciated her character description as 5'2 or so on a good day and chronically carrying 10 extra pounds :)

    One thing I really loved but I actually anticipate some readers not understanding was Detective Todd Beckett's (Erin's partner) possibly above average intel on Jack the Ripper right away at the first crime scene. And again I'm anticipating how other people might think, but I personally appreciated a character having some idea instead of everyone standing around going "nothing this horrible has ever happened before oh golly gee what could it be?" Come on. We all have been down the Wikipedia rabbit hole, plus you can tell from the book jacket that The Ripper story is in there somewhere-- I hate spending half the book knowing what I read from the jacket and the characters being oblivious to it. Anyway, Beckett turned out to be my favorite character, and I am even more excited to finish the Lucy books now.

    Also, slight spoiler... But I also hope no one is confused about what may or may not happen to a certain relation of Erin's... The point of what may or may not happen to that character is definitely there at the end of the book, when Erin goes to visit a place where the relation may or may not be and has some contemplations... :D

    I have purchased several Stacy Green novels but until this one, had only finished Into The Devil's Underground, although I had started the Lucy Kendall books. You can definitely start this new series without having read the Lucy books, but I had read enough of them before starting this that I was treated to a few Easter Eggs.

    I was able to get ahold of an Advance Reader Copy through a friend of a friend with no expectations to write a review, good or not. Also, if anyone who got an ARC noted "typos," they should know this is not the final copy. I personally didn't notice any typos (not saying I'm an expert but I have worked as proofreader...). You can tell this book has a professional editorial staff.

  • Purple Country Girl (Sandy)
    Jan 30, 2017

    I received a copy of Killing Jane from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Vesuvian Books, Netgalley and Stacy Green for the opportunity to read this e-ARC.

    A young woman is discovered brutally murdered in her home. The scene is horrifying: the victim has been slashed dozens of times. When a disturbing note is found at the scene, signed JTR 31 August 1888, the detectives believe they may have a Jack the Ripper copycat on their hands. There is an additional note that says Abberl

    I received a copy of Killing Jane from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Vesuvian Books, Netgalley and Stacy Green for the opportunity to read this e-ARC.

    A young woman is discovered brutally murdered in her home. The scene is horrifying: the victim has been slashed dozens of times. When a disturbing note is found at the scene, signed JTR 31 August 1888, the detectives believe they may have a Jack the Ripper copycat on their hands. There is an additional note that says Abberline was right, signed Jane, referring to Inspector Abberline, who was part of the investigation into the Ripper murders, and his theory that the Ripper was actually a woman (a theory I’ve not heard before so I’m not sure if this is based in fact). Are the modern day police dealing with someone - possibly a woman - inspired by Jack the Ripper? Or, is the Ripper calling card a red herring?

    The protagonist, Erin Prince, is newly promoted to homicide detective, after serving as a sex crimes investigator. Her family is wealthy, members of the Washington, DC, Elite, something Erin tries to distance herself from but the connection is always following her, especially with the nickname “Princess” used by colleagues and the media. Erin is the lead on the case and little she says or does inspires much confidence - in this reader anyway. She also has a new partner, Todd Beckett, who has transferred from Philadelphia, seemingly with some issues following a case but not much is explored in depth with him. I find that a shame as he is the more interesting and likeable character, mustache and all. Also, his girlfriend, Lucy, is apparently a character in another series by Green, and I’m guessing Todd is in that series as well.

    It’s clear, as Erin and Todd investigate, that Erin is a bit out of her depth while Todd is much more experienced but he does not try to take over or make Erin feel inadequate. He tries hard to assist her and get her to see things without being condescending. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of Erin as she becomes more and more insecure and immature. She’s unprofessional throughout, alienating witnesses by being combative and rude. Todd is a good foil, remaining calm and mature.

    During the investigation, Erin begins to get unnerving phone calls from a little girl named Mina who is terrified and is apparently somehow connected to the killer. Erin desperately wants to find Mina before she is another victim but it proves an impossible task. When a second female victim is discovered, at another gruesome scene with yet another note, things get even more heated with the media and family demanding answers on why the killer is still at large committing more murders. Is “Princess” really up to the job? With a third body and more calls from Mina, the pressure is on to find the killer but there are many twists and turns in the investigation and a lot of self-doubt from Erin.

    I’m torn on how to rate this one. For about the first half, it was a good 4 or 4.5 star read - it’s an excellent story with a lot of twists into some uncomfortable territory and I’m also a sucker for Jack the Ripper-themed/inspired stories. Unfortunately, the honeymoon began to wear off, mainly due to Erin. She started off fairly strong but at some point, she changed into this insufferable, bratty character. I wish Green had used Todd Beckett’s perspective in addition to Erin’s to offer more depth and to give the reader a break from Erin. It’s not just her attitude that bothers me, it’s also her inexperience and annoyance at others because she misses things that are obvious to others. I have a difficult time believing such an inexperienced detective would be allowed to be the lead detective on what eventually turns out to be a serial killer case. She treats witnesses and suspects alike terribly. I really disliked her by the end. Unless the character is given a lobotomy, I’m not sure I’d read another book featuring Erin, which is a shame because the story is strong and the other characters are well-drawn and interesting. The ending surprised me but I liked it - it was pretty twisted! I will say the story line revolving around someone very close to Erin really ticked me off and it felt quite unnecessary, pretty much just serving to make Erin more of a wounded individual.

    It’s a pretty gruesome but intriguing story that is well-written and full of tension. I plan on checking out some of Green’s other books but I’d have to read some reviews on any future Erin Prince books to see if she has improved before reading another in this series.

    3.5 stars overall

    4.5 stars for the mystery

    4 stars for Beckett

    2.5 stars for Erin

  • Alexandrea Weis
    Jan 17, 2017

    Intriguing story with a tantalizing blend of intrigue, horror and good ole detective work. I enjoyed the pace of the story and the determination of the Erin. A strong female lead with heartfelt passion. This is one to snap up and savor. The twists and turns are simply captivating. A great read.

  • Christine
    Feb 13, 2017

    4.5 stars

    Man, I have really missed Stacy Green! Ms. Green’s Lucy Kendall series is a huge favorite of mine. It’s been well over a year since that series wrapped up, and I’ve missed Lucy’s stories tremendously. I was therefore excited to finally be able to purchase a copy of the first book in Ms. Green’s new Erin Prince series, Killing Jane. I have to say it was well worth the wait.

    Killing Jane is an outstanding read. The protagonist is a new homicide investigator in Washington D.C. I was thrille

    4.5 stars

    Man, I have really missed Stacy Green! Ms. Green’s Lucy Kendall series is a huge favorite of mine. It’s been well over a year since that series wrapped up, and I’ve missed Lucy’s stories tremendously. I was therefore excited to finally be able to purchase a copy of the first book in Ms. Green’s new Erin Prince series, Killing Jane. I have to say it was well worth the wait.

    Killing Jane is an outstanding read. The protagonist is a new homicide investigator in Washington D.C. I was thrilled to see her paired up with a character from the Lucy series, Todd Beckett. Todd plays a big role here as Erin’s partner. Todd is highly competent and helps keep Erin grounded. Erin grew up in a privileged family with all the trappings thereof; her colleagues call her Princess. Her self-esteem is not the best and she tends to put her frustrations out there, often mistargeting Todd, one of her strongest allies. My only issue with the story is that Erin is sometimes not very likeable, though to Ms. Green’s credit, the characterization is such that it is pretty clear why Erin is that way.

    The tale pulled me in from the first sentence of the first chapter. This is not unusual for a Stacy Green novel. The plot is involved, yet highly engrossing. Erin and Todd are the leads on a very perplexing case involving multiple murders with a Jack (Jane?) the Ripper angle. Seemingly every time they discover a clue, it only goes to making the situation that more complex. By the time the end was approaching, I felt like a spinning top trying to get my bearings, so much was happening from multiple directions. The finish was a shocker, and all I could think of when the dust finally settled was “damn, that was good!”

    Back to the protagonist, Erin. As ambivalent as I felt about her, I have to say she was different. Her insecurities come from a different place than what we usually see in crime thriller protagonists, which is a definite plus. I think what I disliked the most was her lack of a filter on her mouth. Her anxieties led her to lash out at others, particularly Todd, reminiscent of an angry child. She was forever apologizing to Todd, which got old. Hopefully, she will gain confidence as the series progresses, which should bolster her maturity and the quality of her interpersonal relationships.

    My issues with Erin were not as big as they probably sound here, and I thoroughly enjoyed the ride of Killing Jane. I will be first in line when book 2 becomes available. By the way, Ms. Green has been approached by television producers who hope to turn the Erin Prince stories into a TV series. I think it will adapt well, and I can’t wait to see how this all plays out. I strongly recommend Killing Jane to all thriller/crime fiction fans.

    Great job, Ms. Green, and I am so happy to have you back with a new series!

  • Jo Ann Reinhold
    Feb 16, 2017

    I have to say that when I pick up a book by this author I know I'm going to be blown away by the story and the writing. Stacy Green has a distinct voice in her writing and is superb in weaving a suspenseful web of intrigue around her readers and this book is no exception. This story is spine-chilling good and will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to the end with a cast of characters that are complex and well developed.

    Another great job Ms. Green!

  • Tulay
    Feb 09, 2017

    Brutal murders, they are described just enough for us to understand, but not all the gruesome details. Erin Prince grow up with famous and very rich father, now trying to make her way. Living with her twin brother and raising her daughter. She was sexually abused by close relative, also her cousin by the same person. They didn't get much help from their families. In the mix is Jack the Ripper and pages of dairies found at the murder scenes. Rookie homicide detective trying to do he

    Brutal murders, they are described just enough for us to understand, but not all the gruesome details. Erin Prince grow up with famous and very rich father, now trying to make her way. Living with her twin brother and raising her daughter. She was sexually abused by close relative, also her cousin by the same person. They didn't get much help from their families. In the mix is Jack the Ripper and pages of dairies found at the murder scenes. Rookie homicide detective trying to do her job. Her resentments against her parents and how she grow up again and again written. This aspect of her growing up drilled to my brain, after couple explanation it was way too much. Lots of family secrets some are very old, drugs, porn and politics.

  • Jean
    Feb 21, 2017

    Erin Prince is an insecure rookie homicide detective who is trying hard – too hard – to overcome her poor little rich girl upbringing, and she rubs some (including readers) the wrong way. All I am saying is give Prince a chance! If I didn’t already have a history with Stacy Green, I might have searched my Kindle for another book to read. However, I went into

    knowing how well Ms. Green can write. I’ve read her Lucy Kendall series and her Cage Foster books; all are excellent. This hel

    Erin Prince is an insecure rookie homicide detective who is trying hard – too hard – to overcome her poor little rich girl upbringing, and she rubs some (including readers) the wrong way. All I am saying is give Prince a chance! If I didn’t already have a history with Stacy Green, I might have searched my Kindle for another book to read. However, I went into

    knowing how well Ms. Green can write. I’ve read her Lucy Kendall series and her Cage Foster books; all are excellent. This helped me to be more patient with Inspector “Princess” than I might normally have been. It reinforced the notion it

    possible to

    like a book in which the protagonist rubs me the wrong way! The story takes time to find its rhythm. Certain facts and ideas are repeated perhaps more than necessary. I’m not sure at what point I got on board with this story, but once it hits its stride, it really takes off.

    It also didn’t help that the opening murder scene is quite gruesome. It seemed like overkill, if you’ll pardon the expression. The victim has been ripped to shreds, and the killer leaves a hint: JACK THE RIPPER. Erin and her partner, Todd Beckett, are racing the clock to catch a vicious murderer before the bodies pile up. Todd Beckett? Indeed. That Todd Beckett. The cop who hunted serial killer Mary Weston in Green’s Lucy Kendall series. Lucy is now his girlfriend – that in itself is an unlikely relationship that had its beginning in that series. Lucy doesn’t make an appearance in this book, but she’s mentioned, and although it’s not essential to have read those thrillers, it came in handy for me to have read that series. Speaking of strange pairings – Prince and Beckett are working their first case together, and Beckett becomes something of a mentor to Prince, who has the lead in a case for the very first time. Erin is green, anxious to impress, and eager to show that she got where she is on merit, not because of who her father is – a wealthy and influential man. Todd does his best to keep her focused on the task at hand, but he has a history too. Does his past experience color his judgment?

    Prince and Beckett stumble along for a while trying to establish a rapport. Prince’s self-doubts and lack of experience get in the way during interviews, squeezing Beckett in a damned if I do/damned if I don’t situation when it comes to offering advice or criticism. I admired his patience! Stacy Green lays out Erin’s background so that we understand why she struggles with her self-confidence and comes across as pushy when she strives to prove herself. Despite her whiny, even abrasive personality and numerous mistakes, Erin does show self-awareness. She wants to be a competent investigator. She wants to be a loving mother. She has a great relationship with one family member, her twin brother Brad. She grows into her role throughout the book, and this character does show promise. The change by her final grand scene was remarkable. It was stunning! I sort of did a double take, because at that point, I still wasn’t sure she had it in her.

    Ms. Green does the same with the first victim, Bonnie, as well as with suspects and witnesses alike. She wants us to know these people. She has spun a number of complex characters into this web of multiple murders, sexual abuse, pornography, and lies. There are wonderful twists and tangles – the biggest one of all, surprisingly, didn’t shock me at all. I can’t say that I “knew,” but it wasn’t altogether unexpected either. It just made perfect sense.

    4 stars