Malice by Lisa Jackson

The scent is unmistakable – gardenias, sweet and delicate, the same perfume that his beautiful first wife, Jennifer, always wore. Opening his eyes in the hospital room where he’s recovering from an accident, New Orleans detective Rick Bentz sees her standing in the doorway. Then Jennifer blows him a kiss and disappears. But it couldn’t have been Jennifer. She died twelve years ago...

Bentz begins to see Jennifer everywhere, haunting and taunting him, then vanishing without a trace. Could she still be alive? He’s never doubted it – until now. He can’t tell his new wife, Olivia, about the sightings or his secret fear that he’s losing his mind, even though he knows she suspects something is wrong. But Olivia is also hiding a secret...

When a copy of Jennifer’s death certificate arrives in the mail, emblazoned with a red question mark, Bentz follows the postmark trail to Los Angeles, returning to the painful memories he’s tried so hard to forget, and straight into a killer’s web. Reconnecting with his former LAPD colleagues, Bentz begins to piece together Jennifer’s last days. Then the murders begin, each victim a part of Jennifer’s past, each grisly corpse pointing to Bentz as the prime suspect.

Someone’s been waiting patiently, silently. Someone who knows exactly what happened that night twelve years ago and has been anticipating Bentz’s every move. Soon it will be Bentz’s turn to suffer for his sins. But he won’t be the only one made to pay the ultimate price. For a diabolical killer has now made Olivia the prime target...

For the most part I liked the book. I would have been happy with less of the chasing his ex-wife ghost around Los Angeles. I had no idea that Malice is the sixth book in Lisa Jackson's New Orleans series, since I haven’t read any of the other books I was able to follow along fine. The ending wrapped up fairly quickly and I was surprised who the killer was.

Thanks for visiting ~ Jovi


  1. Jovi,
    I really appreciate your synopsis and critique of the books you've read. It's inspiring me to get a couple and read them.

  2. Thank you for the reviews. I like the same type of books as you, and I found this review interesting and helpful.

  3. East of Eden is one of my all time favorite books - thanks for the great reviews! I'm sure to find some new favorites now!