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Detroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden returns in a twisting, superbly assured new mystery, where a brutal murder and a father's sudden return may provide the answers she's spent decades searching for . . . or lead deep into a fatal trap. The past never really leaves us. Crime reporter Julia Gooden sees proof of this every day in her stories. A dark childhood, a negligent Detroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden returns in a twisting, superbly assured new mystery, where a brutal murder and a father's sudden return may provide the answers she's spent decades searching for . . . or lead deep into a fatal trap. 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. But now, after three decades of absence, Julia's conman father has resurfaced to throw her life into turmoil again. Julia was only seven when Duke Gooden abruptly left. Barely a month later, her nine-year-old brother, Ben, disappeared. Ben was her hero and protector, and though the case is cold, Julia has never given up hope of finding him. Duke's return offers vital clues--but it also makes her a target of those who intend to see Duke punished for his many sins. When Julia investigates the death of a city councilman's young nephew, she finds links to a string of other murders . . . and to a web of greed and kidnapping that stretches back decades. At long last, Julia may be able to discover what happened to Ben all those years ago, but only if she's willing to risk everything in her present . . .


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Detroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden returns in a twisting, superbly assured new mystery, where a brutal murder and a father's sudden return may provide the answers she's spent decades searching for . . . or lead deep into a fatal trap. The past never really leaves us. Crime reporter Julia Gooden sees proof of this every day in her stories. A dark childhood, a negligent Detroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden returns in a twisting, superbly assured new mystery, where a brutal murder and a father's sudden return may provide the answers she's spent decades searching for . . . or lead deep into a fatal trap. 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. But now, after three decades of absence, Julia's conman father has resurfaced to throw her life into turmoil again. Julia was only seven when Duke Gooden abruptly left. Barely a month later, her nine-year-old brother, Ben, disappeared. Ben was her hero and protector, and though the case is cold, Julia has never given up hope of finding him. Duke's return offers vital clues--but it also makes her a target of those who intend to see Duke punished for his many sins. When Julia investigates the death of a city councilman's young nephew, she finds links to a string of other murders . . . and to a web of greed and kidnapping that stretches back decades. At long last, Julia may be able to discover what happened to Ben all those years ago, but only if she's willing to risk everything in her present . . .

30 review for Worth Killing For

  1. 5 out of 5

    Nicki

    Many many thanks to Jane Haseldine for sending me a proof copy of this gripping,riveting mystery. Over thirty years ago when crime reporter Julia Gooden was seven years old,her nine year old brother Ben disappeared.Ben was Julia`s hero and protector and had promised that he would always take care of her.Even though the case went cold a long time ago,Julia has never given up hope of finding him. Now the sudden reappearance of Julia`s conman father after three decades of absence offers vital clues b Many many thanks to Jane Haseldine for sending me a proof copy of this gripping,riveting mystery. Over thirty years ago when crime reporter Julia Gooden was seven years old,her nine year old brother Ben disappeared.Ben was Julia`s hero and protector and had promised that he would always take care of her.Even though the case went cold a long time ago,Julia has never given up hope of finding him. Now the sudden reappearance of Julia`s conman father after three decades of absence offers vital clues but also makes Julia a target for those who intend to see Duke Gooden punished for his many crimes. During the investigation into the death of a city councilman`s young nephew,Julia finds links to a string of other murders....and to a web of greed and kidnapping that stretches back decades.Is Julia finally going to discover what happened to Ben all those years ago and how much of her present is she willing to risk to get the answers she craves so badly? OMG,this really is a very very good book,gripping,riveting,packed full of breath taking,heart pounding tension and danger.More twists and turns than a roller coaster including one major unexpected reveal that left me sitting in my comfy chair with my mouth hanging open in total shock.Riveting from the first page right through to the heart breaking,emotionally charged ending,the story saw me going through a mixed bag of emotions from anxiety,sadness and disgust to total disbelief at the lengths that some of the characters where willing to go to get from Julia the information they thought she knew about her father.Many of the characters in this story are not who they seem,some of them are very nasty,twisted individuals.I really like Julia,she`s tough and feisty but also has a vulnerable side due to her past.She can also find herself in some very dangerous situations due to her stubbornness and lack of regard for her own safety.Not that I'm complaining,as far as I'm concerned,the more action and dangerous,life threatening situations the more I like the book. I love this brilliant series.Jane Haseldine`s words flow from the page with ease,taking the reader into Julia`s world,making you want to invest your time in her story and leaving you emotionally drained but wanting more when you finish the book.As I said,I love this series and can't wait to find out what Jane Haseldine has planned for Julia`s next adventure.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    So I find my self once again jumping into a new series without reading the previous books, and honestly, I’m wondering why I didn’t do this years ago! I’ve heard nothing but fantastic things about the Julia Gooden series so I knew I had to take a chance and I’m really glad that I did because I loved this book! Julia is a journalist which is always an angle that I like in crime fiction, it’s a unique viewpoint and provides a fresh perspective and usually the reporters are assertive and daring, whi So I find my self once again jumping into a new series without reading the previous books, and honestly, I’m wondering why I didn’t do this years ago! I’ve heard nothing but fantastic things about the Julia Gooden series so I knew I had to take a chance and I’m really glad that I did because I loved this book! Julia is a journalist which is always an angle that I like in crime fiction, it’s a unique viewpoint and provides a fresh perspective and usually the reporters are assertive and daring, which always keeps things exciting. Julia was a really interesting lead, her past is messy and this time the story she’s pursuing may have links to the disappearance of her brother, Ben. When a character has a personal connection to a case I’m all in, there’s something about the emotional component this stirs up that just speaks to me. I also really liked Julia and found her to be realistic, Haseldine herself is a former crime reporter so the authenticity is top notch making you feel like you’re reading about real people and not just fictional characters. This was a twisty little read, more often than not I can see where a story is headed right before I actually get there but this time I really didn’t work anything out on my own, always a bonus! And though it definitely had twists and turns they were unrealistic or an easy cop out but they all actually made sense and added depth to the already strong storyline. I’ll be following this series closely now, there was enough left up in the air in the end that I’m definitely intrigued and eager to see what happens next. Worth Killing For in three words: Assured, Unique and Strong.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maranda

    "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 N "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."

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Thanks to Kensington Books and TLC Book Tours for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. Check out my blog for more about the author. It seems that lately I haven't been very good at starting series when I should and I end up jumping in wherever I can. However, for WORTH KILLING FOR by Jane Haseldine, I've actually read one of the other books in the series! Last year I read book two, DUPLICITY, in the Julia Gooden series, and I loved it. I still haven't read the first book in the se Thanks to Kensington Books and TLC Book Tours for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review. Check out my blog for more about the author. It seems that lately I haven't been very good at starting series when I should and I end up jumping in wherever I can. However, for WORTH KILLING FOR by Jane Haseldine, I've actually read one of the other books in the series! Last year I read book two, DUPLICITY, in the Julia Gooden series, and I loved it. I still haven't read the first book in the series, but I'm loving the continuation! Typically in crime fiction novels we get to see strictly through the perspective of the investigating police officers, or the agents that are tryng to solve the case. Here, we follow Julia Gooden, a journalist. This brings a refreshing angle to the crime fiction genre! Haseldine's background and experience as a former crime reporter shines through in this novel. I feel like we got some extra insight that we may not have gotten otherwise.  Julia Gooden finds herself pulled into a new case. 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. Is there a potential link to her little brother's disappearance all those years ago? How far is she willing to go to find out the truth? I think that you could read this one as a standalone just fine without missing out on too much. I would recommend picking up DUPLICITY though and get to know our fantastic lead, Julia. Haseldine has created a solid female lead - she's flawed, authentic, and just won't quit. I felt that she was incredibly relatable and you really feel for her when it comes to the struggle of wanting to know what happened to her brother.  Overall, I would recommend starting the Julia Gooden series! It's a refreshing perspective with a strong female lead. I can't wait for more with this series.  I give this 4.5/5 stars - rounded up for rating

  5. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    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 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!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    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 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. Once again, I listened to the audiobook narrated by Emily Woo Zeller. I enjoy her voices, especially Julia's and after three books, I feel like I know her. She is able to give each character a distinctive voice, including the male characters. I am looking forward to listening to the next book in this series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kaleena Zagrzebski

    Worth Killing For is the story of crime reporter, Julia Gooden’s, search for her brother who disappeared over thirty years ago. Growing up, Julia’s family didn’t have much. Her mother was an alcoholic, and her father was unreliable, but her brother Ben, was always there for her. When her dad walks out on their family, and her brother disappears one month later, Julia and her other sister Sarah, end up living with their aunt. Thirty years later, Julia is a crime reporter, and after looking into t Worth Killing For is the story of crime reporter, Julia Gooden’s, search for her brother who disappeared over thirty years ago. Growing up, Julia’s family didn’t have much. Her mother was an alcoholic, and her father was unreliable, but her brother Ben, was always there for her. When her dad walks out on their family, and her brother disappears one month later, Julia and her other sister Sarah, end up living with their aunt. Thirty years later, Julia is a crime reporter, and after looking into the murder of a city councilman’s nephew, it leads to the discovery of multiple murders, and much more. But will it lead to the discovery of what happened to her brother? And is he still alive? I find that when I first start reading a book, it often takes me a bit to get into it. With Worth Killing For, I was hooked from the beginning, and finished it in one sitting. I literally could not put this one down! Highly recommend for any of the mystery/thriller lovers out there.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Book Him Danno

    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 Kensingto 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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    A sign of a well written series is the ability of any one book in that series to stand alone. Jane Haseldine’s WORTH KILLING FOR is one such book in her Julia Gooden mystery series. Although this is her third book in the series and I haven’t read either of the first two, Haseldine did not leave me in the dark but ensured that I always knew at least what Julia knew. There, again, is a sign of a good mystery, that the reader makes discoveries along with the main character. Julia is a newspaper repo A sign of a well written series is the ability of any one book in that series to stand alone. Jane Haseldine’s WORTH KILLING FOR is one such book in her Julia Gooden mystery series. Although this is her third book in the series and I haven’t read either of the first two, Haseldine did not leave me in the dark but ensured that I always knew at least what Julia knew. There, again, is a sign of a good mystery, that the reader makes discoveries along with the main character. Julia is a newspaper reporter. Her parents abandoned her, along with her brother and sister, when she was 7 years old. Her 9-year-old brother, Ben, was kidnapped, and she never saw him again. With the sudden appearance of her father, it now looks like she may be able to learn what happened to Ben. She is assisted in doing so by her boyfriend, a detective with the Detroit Police Department, and they run across all sorts of crooks. But, until the end, it's never apparent who’s a bad guy, who’s a friend, and who’s telling the truth or only part truth. WORTH KILLING FOR is a sure winner of a Michigan Notable Book Award. The locations in this story are all in Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties in Michigan.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Wow! I am the biggest fan of the heroine Julia Golden, a tough crime reporter, devoted Mom, and truth seeker who battles her past and present but always does the right thing, even when putting herself in danger. This time her past comes back to haunt her when she teams up with her con man father, and her estranged sister. All have their own motives but Julia is ever closer to finding out what happens to her brother when they were children and he was taken. So much intrigue in this story and the Wow! I am the biggest fan of the heroine Julia Golden, a tough crime reporter, devoted Mom, and truth seeker who battles her past and present but always does the right thing, even when putting herself in danger. This time her past comes back to haunt her when she teams up with her con man father, and her estranged sister. All have their own motives but Julia is ever closer to finding out what happens to her brother when they were children and he was taken. So much intrigue in this story and the ending will leave you emotionally drained. Rich characters and an original plot that keeps you guessing drive this story. Go Julia!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Tense, smart and plot with a twist that makes sense. I liked that Julie worked wit the police instead of some characters having a me against them attitude. The point was solving the case. Not ‘I’m smarter than you’

  12. 5 out of 5

    Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews

    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 remembe 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?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    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 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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Diane Saul

    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 thi 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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sue Em

    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 was destroyed 30 some years ago when her mother was killed, her criminal father took off and her brother Ben, hero and protector, disappeared. His disappearance still 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. Thanks to netgalley and the 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 was destroyed 30 some years ago when her mother was killed, her criminal father took off and her brother Ben, hero and protector, disappeared. His disappearance still 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. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Patricia Romero

    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 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

  17. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Tobey

    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. Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy via NetGalley for my voluntary review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tami

    I love this series! Julia Gooden is one tough journalist. Her story is interesting and held my attention throughout all three books. In Worth Killing For, Julia finds out more about her brothers kidnapping and her long lost father’s whereabouts are revealed when his past associates come looking for him putting Julia’s family in danger once again. Fast-paced and action-packed just like I like them.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Illustrious Illusions

    **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.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Thank you to the author for providing me a free copy of he book in exchange for an honest review. Full disclosure: I geeked out like a kid at Christmas when I found Worth Killing For in my mailbox. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this is one of my all-time favorite mystery series. Ever. Haseldine has created an amazingly kickass character in Julia Gooden, and I’m always excited to see what adventure she’s going to get herself involved in next. (Although I’m not sure Julia would consid Thank you to the author for providing me a free copy of he book in exchange for an honest review. Full disclosure: I geeked out like a kid at Christmas when I found Worth Killing For in my mailbox. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this is one of my all-time favorite mystery series. Ever. Haseldine has created an amazingly kickass character in Julia Gooden, and I’m always excited to see what adventure she’s going to get herself involved in next. (Although I’m not sure Julia would consider getting shot at, chased by vehicles, or abducted to be “adventures”.) Ok, so about this book. . . I was literally sitting on the edge of my seat as I read through the last quarter of it. Literally. And I completely checked out from the real world as I started tearing through the pages. Now let me clarify: this entire book kept me enthralled. I was constantly trying to sneak away to read just a few more pages because it’s such an active storyline. But things got super crazy as the storyline culminated, and all bets were off. So was dinner. One other thing I want to mention about this book and series: it’s not stagnant. I’ve come across plenty of series that get boring and repetitive, and seem to dip after the initial installment or two. The Julia Gooden series is not one of them. I have been energized and excited by every single book in this series, and I know I’m going to be just as jazzed by the next book. (Because there’s going to be another book. Right, Jane??)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Bruso

    Family feuds and a sequence of murders are at the heart of Jane Haseldine’s satisfying third Julia Gooden Mystery, “Worth Killing For.” Crime reporter Julia Gooden, who never stopped looking for her brother’s killer, sets out to investigate a cold case involving her older brother Ben who disappeared three decades earlier. While working a case involving the death of a city councilman’s nephew, Angel Perez, Julia’s past comes back to haunt her when her father, Duke, arrives in town and throws a monk Family feuds and a sequence of murders are at the heart of Jane Haseldine’s satisfying third Julia Gooden Mystery, “Worth Killing For.” Crime reporter Julia Gooden, who never stopped looking for her brother’s killer, sets out to investigate a cold case involving her older brother Ben who disappeared three decades earlier. While working a case involving the death of a city councilman’s nephew, Angel Perez, Julia’s past comes back to haunt her when her father, Duke, arrives in town and throws a monkey wrench into the investigation, muddying the already murky waters. Amidst the family turmoil, Julia will do whatever it takes to find out what happened to her brother. The complex investigation intensifies when Julia learns that Duke has an important piece of the puzzle, and may have been involved in Ben’s death. While investigating Angel Perez’s murder, raising two kids on her own and finding out if her father is involved in her brother’s murder, the Detroit-raised reporter is on the run in this fast-paced novel. “Worth Killing For” is the strongest entry in the ongoing Julia Gooden series, and Haseldine is at the top of her game. An enjoyable read for a lazy afternoon.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Laura Rash

    I’ve read all three books in this series and have enjoyed all of them. Each one is actually quite different & unique but all containing a joining storyline & amazing characters. Each one could also be read perfectly fine as a stand alone but it’s better knowing more of the back story with each book. Julia Gooden is one kick ass heroine! Thanks so much to the author & publisher for this early copy:) I’ve read all three books in this series and have enjoyed all of them. Each one is actually quite different & unique but all containing a joining storyline & amazing characters. Each one could also be read perfectly fine as a stand alone but it’s better knowing more of the back story with each book. Julia Gooden is one kick ass heroine! Thanks so much to the author & publisher for this early copy:)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lori L (She Treads Softly)

    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 fath 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

  24. 5 out of 5

    AmAtHome

    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 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.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Renee

    This is a first! I don't think I've ever cried while reading a mystery. My goodness, Jane Haseldine sure knows how to make the connection between characters and reader! She has a hit on her hands with this one. While I loved the previous book in this series, Worth Killing For pretty much gutted me (in a good way!). It offers readers a look at Julia's childhood and all the pain and hurt that shaped her as a child and now as an adult. Ms. Haseldine brings a sense of authenticity to the character th This is a first! I don't think I've ever cried while reading a mystery. My goodness, Jane Haseldine sure knows how to make the connection between characters and reader! She has a hit on her hands with this one. While I loved the previous book in this series, Worth Killing For pretty much gutted me (in a good way!). It offers readers a look at Julia's childhood and all the pain and hurt that shaped her as a child and now as an adult. Ms. Haseldine brings a sense of authenticity to the character that is unlike any I've read in a very long time. I don't gush over mysteries. As a matter of fact, I don't usually seek them out to read, but these Julia Gooden Mystery novels are just spectacular. The action and suspense are tempered with just a glimmer of hope and romance, which is Renee catnip. I was hanging onto that sense of hope like it was a lifeline! Honestly. I was devastated for Julia by the end of the book. I don't think I've ever read a mystery I've enjoyed more! I hope this isn't the last we've seen of these characters. ~ My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars! ~ *I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*

  26. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    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 Be 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.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Janie Hickok Siess

    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 drive 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. Read my full review: http://www.jhsiess.com/2018/03/26/boo... Thanks to Jane Haseldine and NetGalley for an Advance Reader's Copy of the book!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sum

    So excited to receive this book and will be updating my review after reading. I will also recommend this to my friends and cousins.❤️👍🏻

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bernie

    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.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gene Desrochers

    Jane Haseldine has written an intricate tale of deception weaved by a father, Duke Gooden, around his three children Sarah, Ben, and Julia. None of them has managed to escape the web, but Julia has become a dogged reporter for a Detroit newspaper. The book is well-plotted and I thought the sinister characters in Ahote and others who will remain unnamed was excellent. The book was a fast read with a lot going on, sometimes almost too much, but it makes for a realistic and moving portrayal of a dy Jane Haseldine has written an intricate tale of deception weaved by a father, Duke Gooden, around his three children Sarah, Ben, and Julia. None of them has managed to escape the web, but Julia has become a dogged reporter for a Detroit newspaper. The book is well-plotted and I thought the sinister characters in Ahote and others who will remain unnamed was excellent. The book was a fast read with a lot going on, sometimes almost too much, but it makes for a realistic and moving portrayal of a dysfunctional family led by a flawed, but charismatic man who ultimately was not meant for fatherhood.

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