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“They don’t fear me, quite the opposite. It makes it twice as fun… I know the next time will be soon, I’ve learnt to recognise the signs. I think I even know who it will be. She’s oblivious of course, just as she should be. All the time, I watch and wait and she has no idea, none at all. And why would she? I’m disguised as myself, the very best disguise there is.” A known “They don’t fear me, quite the opposite. It makes it twice as fun… I know the next time will be soon, I’ve learnt to recognise the signs. I think I even know who it will be. She’s oblivious of course, just as she should be. All the time, I watch and wait and she has no idea, none at all. And why would she? I’m disguised as myself, the very best disguise there is.” A known prostitute is found stabbed to death in a shabby corner of Abbeyford. Detective Sergeant Kate Redman and her partner Detective Sergeant Olbeck take on the case, expecting to have it wrapped up in a matter of days. Kate finds herself distracted by her growing attraction to her boss, Detective Chief Inspector Anderton – until another woman’s body is found, with the same knife wounds. And then another one after that, in a matter of days. Forced to confront the horrifying realisation that a serial killer may be preying on the vulnerable women of Abbeyford, Kate, Olbeck and the team find themselves in a race against time to unmask a terrifying murderer, who just might be hiding in plain sight…


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“They don’t fear me, quite the opposite. It makes it twice as fun… I know the next time will be soon, I’ve learnt to recognise the signs. I think I even know who it will be. She’s oblivious of course, just as she should be. All the time, I watch and wait and she has no idea, none at all. And why would she? I’m disguised as myself, the very best disguise there is.” A known “They don’t fear me, quite the opposite. It makes it twice as fun… I know the next time will be soon, I’ve learnt to recognise the signs. I think I even know who it will be. She’s oblivious of course, just as she should be. All the time, I watch and wait and she has no idea, none at all. And why would she? I’m disguised as myself, the very best disguise there is.” A known prostitute is found stabbed to death in a shabby corner of Abbeyford. Detective Sergeant Kate Redman and her partner Detective Sergeant Olbeck take on the case, expecting to have it wrapped up in a matter of days. Kate finds herself distracted by her growing attraction to her boss, Detective Chief Inspector Anderton – until another woman’s body is found, with the same knife wounds. And then another one after that, in a matter of days. Forced to confront the horrifying realisation that a serial killer may be preying on the vulnerable women of Abbeyford, Kate, Olbeck and the team find themselves in a race against time to unmask a terrifying murderer, who just might be hiding in plain sight…

30 review for Imago

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susanne Gulde

    Once again, it's a series that starts with a strong female character who turns into a simpering fool yearning for her superior officer. I want mystery/intrigue, not ROMANCE.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lucy

    Suspenceful police procedural This is the third or fourth Kate Redmond mystery that I have read. Celina Grace has a talent for gripping one's attention. One anomaly has me puzzled: the author has an idiosyncratic misuse of the past tense. I've found this in all books so far read. Usually this the use of the simple past tense, e.g. "sat" after the word "was," where one would expect the past participle "sitting," instead-was sitting, not was sat. Never have I heard anyone else use this particular e Suspenceful police procedural This is the third or fourth Kate Redmond mystery that I have read. Celina Grace has a talent for gripping one's attention. One anomaly has me puzzled: the author has an idiosyncratic misuse of the past tense. I've found this in all books so far read. Usually this the use of the simple past tense, e.g. "sat" after the word "was," where one would expect the past participle "sitting," instead-was sitting, not was sat. Never have I heard anyone else use this particular error, but it is consistent with this author, occurring at least a handful of times in this book. Distracting, puzzling, and interesting, if it is customary in an English dialect I have never heard. I'd like to know where this usage came from. In spite of this and other proofreading errors, the tale is gripping. I'll no doubt find myself sitting late at night again, as I sit and read more of her work. Tonight I was sitting, reading this one till well after midnight!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    This is a procedural set in England. Kate Redman is a Detective investigating the death of a young woman. In the course of her investigation other young women of a similar body type are also murdered in the same manner. The novel also delves into a bit of Kate’s personal life while following her investigations. There were enough twists to keep most readers of the genre interested and Kate’s development was well done. All in all a very good read. Thanks to the Author and Publisher for an e-Galley This is a procedural set in England. Kate Redman is a Detective investigating the death of a young woman. In the course of her investigation other young women of a similar body type are also murdered in the same manner. The novel also delves into a bit of Kate’s personal life while following her investigations. There were enough twists to keep most readers of the genre interested and Kate’s development was well done. All in all a very good read. Thanks to the Author and Publisher for an e-Galley for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  5. 5 out of 5

    Bob

    This was a decent book, but not a memorable book, meaning it kept my interest and moved along at a nice pace, but now that it's a day removed in my memory, it's pretty much faded. Nothing outstanding remains other than a rather vague idea of plot, which i'm sure will completely fade in another day or two. The plot revolved around a detective, Kate, who is simultaneously trying to solve a serial killing and trying to decide what to do about having the hots for her boss. All is resolved eventually This was a decent book, but not a memorable book, meaning it kept my interest and moved along at a nice pace, but now that it's a day removed in my memory, it's pretty much faded. Nothing outstanding remains other than a rather vague idea of plot, which i'm sure will completely fade in another day or two. The plot revolved around a detective, Kate, who is simultaneously trying to solve a serial killing and trying to decide what to do about having the hots for her boss. All is resolved eventually while still leaving a couple question marks for sequels.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alfredia Haynes

    Could have been a great read but.. I really wanted to enjoy this book but I just couldn't finish it due to the foul language. I just don't like, no make that I hate all the profanity in my entertainment. It's bad enough to have to deal with it in real life but prefer to avoid it in my reading for enjoyment.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Donald Schmitt

    Kate I cannot see Kate as a detective. She is much too emotional. Kate did not solve the murder, She merely fell into it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    mohan raj cpm

    Suspenseful A truly entertaining read and a look into the minds of cops and their hopes and aspirations in a stressful world.

  9. 4 out of 5

    John Olson

    An interesting book. I found difficult to follow but it was good. Good story that was a bit surprising. Came together fast. Enjoyable

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cleopatra Pullen

    I have been eagerly awaiting the third instalment in the Kate Redman series written by Celina Grace. Kate a policewoman with a difficult past is called to investigate the murder of a young prostitute found stabbed on wasteland outside a disused warehouse. Kate is determined to find the killer but with few clues left at the scene her and the team have to put in plenty of leg-work interviewing known associates. Interestingly the book is punctuated with excerpts from the killer’s diary which gives u I have been eagerly awaiting the third instalment in the Kate Redman series written by Celina Grace. Kate a policewoman with a difficult past is called to investigate the murder of a young prostitute found stabbed on wasteland outside a disused warehouse. Kate is determined to find the killer but with few clues left at the scene her and the team have to put in plenty of leg-work interviewing known associates. Interestingly the book is punctuated with excerpts from the killer’s diary which gives us a fighting chance of working out which of the characters is the killer. On the down-side there appears to be a few candidates. Celina Grace plots have proved to be interesting, well thought out with all the loose ends neatly tucked up by the end of the story and this one is no exception. The book moves at a pace, and although this is a fairly short book I didn’t feel cheated. As in the previous episodes there is plenty of interaction between Kate and her colleagues although I can’t help but think she may just have stored up a whole load of problems with one of them….

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lynda Kelly

    Another good story in this series although this one seemed to have a couple of baffling continuity mistakes where things were mentioned we were supposedly already having knowledge of........and we didn't !! So it became a bit confusing as I flicked back and needed to convince myself I'd not missed something. Once was knowing Claudia worked at Boots and heading off there-I was wondering why they picked Boots but there hadn't been any prior mention and then they were at one point heading off to in Another good story in this series although this one seemed to have a couple of baffling continuity mistakes where things were mentioned we were supposedly already having knowledge of........and we didn't !! So it became a bit confusing as I flicked back and needed to convince myself I'd not missed something. Once was knowing Claudia worked at Boots and heading off there-I was wondering why they picked Boots but there hadn't been any prior mention and then they were at one point heading off to interview a foster family we'd again heard nothing at all about. These cost it one star for me. I did say "ouch" aloud on page 8 when she used spends when it should've been spend ! The odd words were dropped from sentences like or (or my) or a, would used when wouldn't was meant. However, it was still another great tale in the series and I look forward to more of them.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I enjoyed this book and the suspense and twist at the end. I know this is part of a series but there were several aspects that were never explained or was described but not resolved. I suspect because they were covered more in previous books or 'completed' in upcoming books. This didn't happen once but several times which made the book uneven. The main character, Kate, was at times smart and capable then other times she acted like a cliched female incapable of taking care of herself or thinking I enjoyed this book and the suspense and twist at the end. I know this is part of a series but there were several aspects that were never explained or was described but not resolved. I suspect because they were covered more in previous books or 'completed' in upcoming books. This didn't happen once but several times which made the book uneven. The main character, Kate, was at times smart and capable then other times she acted like a cliched female incapable of taking care of herself or thinking clearly. I suspect some of the aspects that wasn't covered fully would explain this, but without them it makes Kate a character that is not easy to like or get behind. which in turn makes a new reader indifferent to read additional books in th series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Robert C. smith

    Overall an Enjoyable Mystery Although overall a good action-packed, fast-paced mystery, the final scene describes Kate, the female cop, in an unrealistic scenario: being attacked by an old woman with a knife and trying to get away, where was her gun, and didn't she learn any defense and disarming skills at the police academy? That unrealistic scene discredited the story's association with reality. A good technical editor or police consultant could have corrected this disappointing scene.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    Okay, I was starting to enjoy this series...until now. This book wasn't bad, it was just okay but the inconsistencies and spelling mistakes just got in the way of my enjoyment. I also didn't like the main character, Kate, as much as I used to. In this book, she spends more time mooning over her boss than any actual police work and it was not necessary in my opinion. The plot itself was a bit weak and when the killer was revealed, my first reaction was disbelief rather than surprise. I'll have to Okay, I was starting to enjoy this series...until now. This book wasn't bad, it was just okay but the inconsistencies and spelling mistakes just got in the way of my enjoyment. I also didn't like the main character, Kate, as much as I used to. In this book, she spends more time mooning over her boss than any actual police work and it was not necessary in my opinion. The plot itself was a bit weak and when the killer was revealed, my first reaction was disbelief rather than surprise. I'll have to think about whether I am going to continue with this series.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Todd

    My first Kate Redman read, and likely my only. Written as a mystery novel (more a novella, I would say) it seemed to lean more toward a romance novel in content. This caused the main character to come off as distracted and emotional. And not emotional in a way that could appear positive when the crime being solved is as disturbing as this. I actually found the writing to be entertaining, and the plot had real promise, but given the length of the book, there was just not enough content for depth. My first Kate Redman read, and likely my only. Written as a mystery novel (more a novella, I would say) it seemed to lean more toward a romance novel in content. This caused the main character to come off as distracted and emotional. And not emotional in a way that could appear positive when the crime being solved is as disturbing as this. I actually found the writing to be entertaining, and the plot had real promise, but given the length of the book, there was just not enough content for depth. I ended up feeling like it was forced and overly cliche'd.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    I enjoyed reading this book. It was fast paced and easy to read. This is the third book in the series, but the first one I have read. At times Kate was a little too wishy washy for me, especially regarding her feelings toward Anderton, her love interest/boss. The identity of the murderer was completely unexpected.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joe Vitucci

    i liked it. I thought it was a little slow at times, but it kept you guessing. Written by a woman, with a woman as the hero and another woman as the serial killer, although not even suspected at the time. All of the victims were women. Commented that the master bedroom is a sexist term, which I thought was pretty funny. I will read other books by this author.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tulay

    Perfect mystery. Kate Redman is very strong woman, she knows what she wants and needs. Like this character very much. Stabbing death of women in London, she is trying to find this serial killer. Ending was shocking, couldn't go to sleep without finding out who the killer was.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mindy M.

    Solid mystery 3rd installment in Kate Redman series, fast-paced mystery with some unexpected twists and turns, very enjoyable and a quick and easy read

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kati

    Meh. I did not like the MC at all.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Joan Thompson

    Celine Grace is an excellent Indie author and worth reading if you enjoy murder mysteries.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ms Kathryn Pizar

    Imago, an interesting title.... I hadn't heard the word 'Imago' before, so I looked it up. Amongst a few meanings was included, 'an unconscious idealised mental image of someone especially a parent, which influences a persons behaviour. Then the meaning fitted the plot, which was very clever. There are just enough characters in this book to remember who everyone is. Some books have so many, it gets confusing and it's easy to lose track of who is who. Kate is on a slippery slope by sleeping with he Imago, an interesting title.... I hadn't heard the word 'Imago' before, so I looked it up. Amongst a few meanings was included, 'an unconscious idealised mental image of someone especially a parent, which influences a persons behaviour. Then the meaning fitted the plot, which was very clever. There are just enough characters in this book to remember who everyone is. Some books have so many, it gets confusing and it's easy to lose track of who is who. Kate is on a slippery slope by sleeping with her boss, which apparently she has done before. Not a thing to keep quiet very easily I should imagine, especially in the police. One of the other people in her team appears to know about her first indiscretion, and picks her up on this and her promotion when they're all out one evening for a drink, albeit when they're on their own together. Sparks (or wine) fly. The murders are of three young women who are all similar in looks, height and build, and this is where the title comes into it. After much deliberation, Kate and co get their 'man', but only after Kate gets injured in the process. For me personally the last two chapters are a little rushed, and although it all becomes clear in the end, I feel more could have been made of finding Kate and the murderer, the ensuing arrest, and the reasoning behind the murders. I did however enjoy it, and will continue to read more in this series.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Lloyd

    Having read two other books in this series (though not in the right order!) I knew I would enjoy meeting this hard-working, compassionate policewoman again. This time Kate Redman, her friend Detective Sergeant Mark Olbeck and her boss, Detective Chief Inspector Anderton have to solve the murder of a young prostitute, stabbed with a steak knife, and soon they begin to wonder if the crime has been committed by a serial killer. As Mark settles down in domestic harmony with his partner, Kate begins t Having read two other books in this series (though not in the right order!) I knew I would enjoy meeting this hard-working, compassionate policewoman again. This time Kate Redman, her friend Detective Sergeant Mark Olbeck and her boss, Detective Chief Inspector Anderton have to solve the murder of a young prostitute, stabbed with a steak knife, and soon they begin to wonder if the crime has been committed by a serial killer. As Mark settles down in domestic harmony with his partner, Kate begins to realise how lonely she is, but she tries to keep to herself the growing feelings she has for her boss. Meanwhile she is trying to build up her fitness to participate in a half marathon and at the same time, deal with the hostility of Jerry, an older police constable who resents her. This book is filled with tension and thrilling episodes. We read the murderer’s diary, looking for clues and motive. The reason for the title of this novel is intriguing. The plot builds up to an exciting climax, as Kate thinks she has identified the killer and there is an exciting final twist to the story which will keep you on the edge of your seat.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    This was book 3 in the Kate Redman series, and I'm pulling the plug. There are several more books in the series (a couple of which I have obtained free), but I'm done. These are quick reads, but they are just way too predictable and formulaic. And I've really gotten to loathe the main character's inner monologue. She is constantly talking in her head (like we all are), and I just don't think it adds anything to the book. If anything it detracts from the plot since we get hung up waiting for the This was book 3 in the Kate Redman series, and I'm pulling the plug. There are several more books in the series (a couple of which I have obtained free), but I'm done. These are quick reads, but they are just way too predictable and formulaic. And I've really gotten to loathe the main character's inner monologue. She is constantly talking in her head (like we all are), and I just don't think it adds anything to the book. If anything it detracts from the plot since we get hung up waiting for the character to finish a thought. It's like she blacks out for a minute, and we get stuck with her in that hole until she snaps herself out it. We can already guess her weaknesses and observe her vulnerabilities. We see her in action, and so we don't need the author to constantly clue us into to them by getting to "hear" the storms of emotions inside Kate. We get it...she's troubled and has a lot of baggage she carries with her every day. Her past is still haunting her, but this isn't a new perspective on our existence on this planet. This is reality. Deal with it.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Will Decker

    Maybe I missed the part where the characters were developed because this isn't the first book in the series. However, by the end of the story I think I know what Kate looks like, but the other players, not so much. There was a decent mystery going on here, but there was no detective work involved in the solving of it which was rather disappointing. And though I cut English authors a lot of slack in the grammar and proofing department, this one has a lot of typos and unnecessary words. With all t Maybe I missed the part where the characters were developed because this isn't the first book in the series. However, by the end of the story I think I know what Kate looks like, but the other players, not so much. There was a decent mystery going on here, but there was no detective work involved in the solving of it which was rather disappointing. And though I cut English authors a lot of slack in the grammar and proofing department, this one has a lot of typos and unnecessary words. With all that said, DS Kate needs to grow a set. She's way too weak in the confidence department to be a copper.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Richard Gizynski

    Good stand alone. One of the things I dislike about serials is what I call the soap opera effect. That is, if you miss an edition you can't follow significant parts of the story. That is not the case here. The story flows along just fine without ever having read any of the previous volumes. There are, however, just enough allusions to the past to entice you to explore the history of the characters. In this tale the characters are real. The plot is believable, but the twists will keep you going ri Good stand alone. One of the things I dislike about serials is what I call the soap opera effect. That is, if you miss an edition you can't follow significant parts of the story. That is not the case here. The story flows along just fine without ever having read any of the previous volumes. There are, however, just enough allusions to the past to entice you to explore the history of the characters. In this tale the characters are real. The plot is believable, but the twists will keep you going right up to the end. Definitely a good read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mel Fouch

    The first two in this series were pretty solid police procedurals that seemed rooted in reality and had a credible main character and reasonably well-drawn background characters. This one just went completely off the rails with the heroine making some spectacularly silly personal choices and an unconvincing and rather overblown plot. I've already got the fourth and fifth books in the series and maybe I'll give them a go at some point in the future in case this one is just a blip, but it may have p The first two in this series were pretty solid police procedurals that seemed rooted in reality and had a credible main character and reasonably well-drawn background characters. This one just went completely off the rails with the heroine making some spectacularly silly personal choices and an unconvincing and rather overblown plot. I've already got the fourth and fifth books in the series and maybe I'll give them a go at some point in the future in case this one is just a blip, but it may have put me off the series altogether.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Liette

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Kate Redman once again puts her life on the line to solve a murder investigation. This time the killer might be closer than expected and not easy to find. In the course of this investigation, Kate makes some discoveries about a colleague and thinks hom guilty of murder until that final face off with the real murderer. And, in the meantime, her attraction to her boss comes into play and might distract her from her goal. Now, I have to read the rest of the series during my Christmas break to finally Kate Redman once again puts her life on the line to solve a murder investigation. This time the killer might be closer than expected and not easy to find. In the course of this investigation, Kate makes some discoveries about a colleague and thinks hom guilty of murder until that final face off with the real murderer. And, in the meantime, her attraction to her boss comes into play and might distract her from her goal. Now, I have to read the rest of the series during my Christmas break to finally find what will happen between Kate and her boss.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    This is the third in the Kate Redman series and follows the team as they track down a serial killer targeting vulnerable women, leaving few clues and even less evidence. We also find Redman's and Anderton's relationship evolving complete with some slightly annoying internal monologue from Redman that doesn't really seem to fit with her character but with hints that there is something else behind her insecurities. The story does flow well and the climax is really good and certainly surprised me.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    I did not like this book as much as the first 2 in the series, but it was still mostly enjoyable. I found the murderer's diary entries to be very disturbing and difficult to read. The sections about Kate and the investigation were good and I was surprised by the ending, so I guess it was a pretty good mystery. Kate came across as a little flaky and unfocused in this book. Hopefully she will be a more capable heroine in the future installments in this series.

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