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Really enjoyed this book as a beach holiday read The story involves a couple of gruesome murders, romantic angst etc The dashing English hero is DCI Jack Hawksworth who must solve the murder mysteries and time is running out as the bodies pile up Interesting storyline, strong characters with a couple of annoying ones as well Pace was good,plot interesting and overall a great whodunit. oh this is such a good book I took it to work and read it during my breaks rather than having coffee and talking to people it s that good I am aching for books in these series.It s one of those rare stories when you do not really label anyone as clearly good or bad.It s one where you love all of the characters and hate them as well.It s a heart wrenching story as well as a good suspenseRead on,Fiona, write on In separate parts of England two bodies have been found both of them horribly mutilated, ritually humiliated but strangely, it seems, most of the worst of the atrocities are committed after the men were heavily drugged Aside from the method, which indicates a single killer, there s precious little obvious connection between these two victims, and Scotland Yard is called in to take over the investigation DCI Jack Hawksworth is put in charge of the investigation, despite an horrendous outcome in his last case He puts together a team of investigators many of whom he has worked with before DI Kate Carter is smart, ambitious, attractive and excited to be included in that team Sure she has always found herself attracted to Hawk, but they have worked together before, and she s now engaged and planning her wedding Surely they can work together Meanwhile the killer they seek is after vengeance for crimes past and it is not until Hawk and his team can work that out, that they have a chance of stopping the deaths BYE BYE BABY is the first crime novel by well known Australian Fantasy author Fiona McIntosh, which makes the reading of this supposedly debut novel make a lot sense There s an aplomb about the structure of the story and accomplishment to the writing that can sometimes be less obvious in a debut novel There s also some elements in BYE BYE BABY that did stand out as the mark of a debut crime novelist This dichotomy makes reviewing this book quite a challenge There s a bit of tweaking of common crime fiction cliches in BYE BYE BABY Jack Hawksworth is the gorgeous, much coveted DCI haunted by romantic attachments in the past and the death of a policeman in his last case these events still threaten his career He is counseled by his senior officers to take care in his relationships with his new team especially put together to track down this killer Kate Carter is attractive in her own right, but she s finding herself questioning her own marriage plans and increasingly feeling attracted to Jack and cannot control jealous reactions when he is encouraging of the younger, female DS in their team There s also the source of the original crime the event that triggered this killer s reactions and the killer themselves Suffice to say there s a twist in there that you can see coming pretty early in the book There are quite a few elements to the plot that are revealed to the reader much earlier than the police come across the detail which sort of gives the reader a bit of a pantomime feeling you sort of find yourself wanting to yell he s behind you or the literary equivalent at points throughout the book There is also some interesting characterisations going on there are points in this book that I sincerely disliked every single person police, victims, killer, families and all There were other points when it was possible to empathise, to understand but most of the time you weren t too sure whose side you were on What s really interesting was that you d think that some the clunky plot elements, some of the romantic tension, the angst over personal lives, the almost voyeuristic feeling that the reader has in knowing what s going on a long time before the police work it out would detract considerably from the book But it doesn t totally turn you off The aplomb of the writing, the tension of the story and the plot, the compassion you can feel for the killer keeps the reader occupied and engaged and just ever so slightly conflicted about what is really justice The final twist ending was, to tell the truth, hard to decide on Was it intriguing, and in a strange way, a form of ultimate justice, or was it a convenient cop out a desire by the author to throw that final massive twist the reader s way It s one of those endings that some readers are going to hate, and others are going to like. Fantastic bookCouldn t put it down Just when I thought I had discovered my new favourite book series in Gary Disher, along comes Fiona McIntosh Bye Bye BabyOnce again from Fiona McIntosh, an enjoyable read that you won t want to put down until you finish.Dashing DCI Jack Hawksworth is tasked to lead a criminal investigation that leads to a serial killer who drugs and mutilates his victims in the most shocking way The male victims die with blue paint on their faces, what is the significance of this Time is running out to piece the clues together before another life is lost.Could an unbelievably shocking crime committed 30 years before be a connection It s strange that I emphasise with a serial killer but I found myself hoping the killer wouldn t be caught I can t wait to read the 2nd in the Jack Hawksworth series Beautiful Death. I bought this book expecting a British crime detective story For me it had too much concentration on how good looking the main character was and how his two female co workers kept getting distracted by how good looking he was Then one of the co workers admitted to him how infatuated she was with him, had a fight with her fiance about this who then stalked the main character to confront him about this , even the plot line was tied in to how good looking Jack was I will say that the plot had good points rather graphic for a romantic crime drama but showed promise For those who like crime novels with a romantic story line, I would recommend it For those looking for a true British crime mystery give this one a miss. Before Fiona McIntosh made her name and the bestseller list with historical romantic fiction, she tried her hand at a couple of mystery thrillers I picked up this one, the first of a shortlived series, cheaply and thought I d give it a go It s not a bad book overall but I can perhaps see why she switched genres The story revolves around DCI Jack Hawksworth who is heading up the team on the hunt for a murderer who might just be a serial killer, given that two men have been found murdered in very similar ways Jack is an okay character but maybe a bit bland We also get quite a lot from the killer s point of view, including their background and motivation for killing I m not sure what I thought about this I almost found some of the details were a little far fetched I wasn t sure about the romantic B plot either Basically Jack has two potential suitors Kate, one of his underling detectives, and Sophie, his neighbour It turns into of a love quadrangle than triangle actually as Kate is already engaged to another man None of it really works completely for me but I guess some of it might be explored further in the second book.The length of this book is crazy It s a huge 573 pages Obviously there were a lot of scenes that could have been cut I ll say the endless repeating of the background story of the killer it felt like McIntosh went over it again and again.Also, despite the book s size, the mystery plot wasn t that complicated In fact, one important plot point was glaringly obvious The book detectives too, must have thought the same as they seemed to solve things and reach conclusions with apparent ease I ve got to mention too that McIntosh came across as someone with a bit of an issue with appearances She probably spent 200 of those 573 pages telling how handsome Jack was and how beautiful Sophie was We also got passages and passages dedicated to how fat one of the other characters was, how handsome one of the victims was, and how one of the other potential victims was not handsome My care factor was low I hope her historical fiction books don t always have these extremely cliched beautiful characters in them but I guess they probably do sigh The Brighton area, on the other hand, doesn t really come out looking good The old disused pier actually sounded horrid and the description of flocks of starlings living there only evoked thoughts of stinky bird dropping, I m afraid.I probably will read the sequel though One advantage of McIntosh abandoning the genre does mean it s not too much of an effort to read a series of two books However, I ve checked and it s crazy long too at almost 500 pages sigh I guess I d give this 3 out of 5 `READ DOWNLOAD ↡ Bye Bye Baby ↚ It all began in Brighton Now there is a killer on the loose Scotland Yard s brightest talent is chosen to head up the high profile taskforce, a DCI who must confront his own past as the body count risesThere are few leads and Jack Hawksworth can only fall back on instinct and decades old cold cases for any clue to the killer s motive and identityWith his most loyal team member threatening to betray him, a Chief Inspector pushing for results, a hungry British media clamouring for information, and a restless public eager for a conviction, the high pressure operation can only end in a final shocking confrontation