Duplicity (Julia Gooden Mystery, #2)
In Jane Haseldine's new novel of riveting suspense, Detroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden is up against the city's most devious criminal--and her own painful past. Julia Gooden knows how to juggle different lives. A successful crime reporter, she covers the grittiest stories in the city while raising her two young boys in the suburbs. But beneath that accomplished facade is another Julia, still consumed by a tragedy that unfolded thirty years ago when her nine-year-old brother disappeared without a trace. Julia's marriage, too, is a balancing act, as she tries to rekindle her relationship with her husband, Assistant District Attorney David Tanner, while maintaining professional boundaries. David is about to bring Nick Rossi to trial for crimes that include drug trafficking, illegal gambling, and bribery. But the story becomes much more urgent when a courthouse bomb claims several victims--including the prosecution's key witness--and leaves David critically injured. Though Julia is certain that Rossi orchestrated the attack, the case against him is collapsing, and his power and connections run high and wide. With the help of Detective Raymond Navarro of the Detroit PD, she starts following a trail of blackmail, payback, and political ambition, little imagining where it will lead. Julia has risked her career before, but this time innocent lives--including her children's--hang in the balance, and justice may come too late to save what truly matters... "Haseldine has a gift for atmosphere, setting, and suspense, and the many twists and turns will keep readers guessing." --Library Journal "Haseldine uses her experience as a crime reporter to bring authenticity to this exciting and gritty tale." --Kirkus Reviews Praise for the first Julia Gooden Mystery THE LAST TIME SHE SAW HIM "A sharp, breathless thriller. From the opening scene to the last, The Last Time She Saw Him, kept me flipping the pages. I loved it! Jane Haseldine is one to watch!" --Lisa Jackson, #1 New York Times bestselling author "So visually written and chilling, with such real, believable characters and twists that shocked. A gripping story that I read in one night--I could not put it down..." --Debbie Howells, author of The Bones of You "Haseldine's first novel is a solid read that fans of Debbie Howells, Julia Dahl, and Laura Lippman will appreciate." --Library Journal "Terrific! Suspenseful, poignant, and completely surprising. Jane Haseldine's riveting story of love, danger, paranoia, and family is powerfully and emotionally authentic--and deserves a standing ovation." --Hank Phillippi Ryan, Agatha, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark award-winning author

Duplicity (Julia Gooden Mystery, #2) Details

TitleDuplicity (Julia Gooden Mystery, #2)
Author
FormatHardcover
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 28th, 2017
PublisherKensington Publishing Corporation
ISBN149670407X
ISBN-139781496704078
Number of pages352 pages
Rating
GenreMystery, Suspense, Fiction

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Duplicity (Julia Gooden Mystery, #2) Review

  • Meredith
    March 3, 2017
    3.5 starsDuplicity lives up to its title! This suspenseful mystery is filled with deceitful characters, tons of action, and some surprising twists and turns. No character is to be trusted and no one is safe. When criminal reporter Julia Gooden is tasked with finding out the details of a case her husband, David, is prosecuting, things get a little too close for comfort. The couple, who has recently reconciled, doesn’t need a case coming between them. Little does either know that this case will ch 3.5 starsDuplicity lives up to its title! This suspenseful mystery is filled with deceitful characters, tons of action, and some surprising twists and turns. No character is to be trusted and no one is safe. When criminal reporter Julia Gooden is tasked with finding out the details of a case her husband, David, is prosecuting, things get a little too close for comfort. The couple, who has recently reconciled, doesn’t need a case coming between them. Little does either know that this case will change their lives in a rather dramatic fashion. David is the prosecuting attorney for the trial of mobster Nick Rossi. When a bomb detonates at the courthouse as the same time a surprise witness in Rossi’s case is being brought in to testify, it appears that it was set off in retribution for the witnesses’ testimony. Numerous people, including David, are critically injured. Julia makes it her mission to prove that Rossi was behind the bombing.This is book two in a promising new series that I think is going to get even better as Julia’s character develops more. The city of Detroit also plays a significant role. I will definitely be keeping up to see how things play out for Julia in the future.I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Nicki
    November 17, 2016
    Firstly I would like to sincerely thank Jane Haseldine for sending me a proof copy of this book for me to read and review.Duplicity is a excellent title for this gripping story,there are more lies and back stabbing going on than you will find in any political campaign in any country around the world.After the heart pounding events that happened in The Last Time She Saw Him Detroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden is trying to rekindle her relashionship with her husband Assistant District Attorney Firstly I would like to sincerely thank Jane Haseldine for sending me a proof copy of this book for me to read and review.Duplicity is a excellent title for this gripping story,there are more lies and back stabbing going on than you will find in any political campaign in any country around the world.After the heart pounding events that happened in The Last Time She Saw Him Detroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden is trying to rekindle her relashionship with her husband Assistant District Attorney David Tanner.David is about to bring Nick Rossi a man with very powerful connections to trial for crimes including drug trafficking,illegal gambling and bribery.The trial has only just begun when a bomb explodes in the court house claiming many victims and leaving David critically wounded.Julia is certain that Rossi orchestrated the bombing and with the help of Detective Raymond Navarro she starts following a trail that will not only endanger her life but also the lives of everyone that she cares about.Julia Gooden is a very complex character,she is very stubborn but also can be very emotional and vurnerable at times.She is still very overprotective of her two sons Wills and Logan but that is understandable considering the mysterious and still unsolved disappearance of her brother Ben thirty years ago.Julia and Navarro used to be in a relationship until Julia walked out and left him, despite this they are still very close but the events in this story will test the strength of their friendship and push it too breaking point.The descriptions of the devastation and terror after the bonb blast are breath taking and shocking and there is also a couple of other action scenes that had me at the edge of my comfy reading chair totally gripped by the danger and heart pounding action that was unfolding in front of my eyes.The characters are well thought out and believable,there is twists and shocking revelations and not one page comes across as unnecessary to the story.Although this is the second book of a series and despite the continuing mystery of Ben's disappearance the book can be read and enjoyed as a stand alone.It is a very well written and gripping thriller that I enjoyed just as much as The Last Time She Saw Him and I look forward to finding out what is going to happen in book 3.Once again thanks so much to Jane Haseldine for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.
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  • Monnie
    February 24, 2017
    As someone who was in the newspaper business for more than 16 years of my adult working life (and have continued since retirement on a freelance basis), any time I can get my hands on a story about someone else in the industry, I'll give it a serious look. Throw in a little mystery, a little murder, and by golly, bring it on. Such is the case here; lead character Julia Gooden is a successful crime reporter in Detroit, and murder makes headlines from the beginning. Early on, I was reminded how mu As someone who was in the newspaper business for more than 16 years of my adult working life (and have continued since retirement on a freelance basis), any time I can get my hands on a story about someone else in the industry, I'll give it a serious look. Throw in a little mystery, a little murder, and by golly, bring it on. Such is the case here; lead character Julia Gooden is a successful crime reporter in Detroit, and murder makes headlines from the beginning. Early on, I was reminded how much life in the Motor City mirrors that of Youngstown, Ohio, where, ironically, the newspaper for which I served as managing editor for 14 years is located. Youngstown, too, was decimated by steep declines in the steel and auto industries and continues to struggle to get back on its feet. Ah, I said - another "connection" to this book solidified.This is the second in what I presume will be a continuing series (I also read and enjoyed the first, The Last Time She Saw Him). Here, Julia is separated from her husband, Assistant District Attorney David Tanner, but in part because they have two young sons, they're trying to get back together. Julia has been chasing a story about elusive gangster Nick Rossi, and now, he's finally going on trial in a case her husband is prosecuting. But as a key witness for the prosecution is escorted up the courthouse steps to testify, a bomb goes off - killing the witness as well as several innocent bystanders and putting David in the hospital.After that incident, Julia's boss orders her off the case, but she vows to keep investigating on her own with help from Detroit Police Department Detective Raymond Navarro (not incidentally, her boyfriend prior to her husband). She turns to her sources and ferrets out information on Rossi - she's convinced he ordered the bombing - that lead her to dangerous places and people who would be happy to see her rubbed out of the picture. Along the way, there's plenty of action (some of which, IMHO, seemed a bit too tightly choreographed, almost to the point of unbelievability). A number of unexpected twists, though, kept things very interesting.In hindsight, despite our career and Type A personality similarities, I realized I never totally warmed up to Julia herself. Mostly, I think, that's because she insisted on putting herself in situations any other person as intelligent as she is would have had sense enough to stay away from (especially when she's got young kids). On the other hand, there's her friend Navarro; without question, he's a keeper.In all, the book is well written and entertaining, and I'll be watching for the next installment. My thanks to the publisher for allowing me to read an advance review copy.
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  • Kristin
    November 20, 2016
    I won this book on a Goodreads giveaway.This is an action packed mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end. "Duplicity", is a great way to describe this book. Nothing and nobody are what they seem to be. Just when you think you've got it all figured out, another twist is thrown your way, shattering your theories and leaving you guessing until (almost) the very end.Julia is a great character, headstrong and fiercely independent. She has hidden layers to her personality tha I won this book on a Goodreads giveaway.This is an action packed mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the end. "Duplicity", is a great way to describe this book. Nothing and nobody are what they seem to be. Just when you think you've got it all figured out, another twist is thrown your way, shattering your theories and leaving you guessing until (almost) the very end.Julia is a great character, headstrong and fiercely independent. She has hidden layers to her personality that seem to make her come to life. Everyone she interacts with and who is featured in this novel were all amazingly written, they're all so believably "human", with hidden flaws and motivations it makes it really easy to get sucked into Julia's journey.This is a great read for fans of mysteries, thrillers, or both.
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  • Cindy Roesel
    March 28, 2017
    Julia Gooden, one of Detroit’s top crime beat reporter’s life is a mess. She’s sort of, kind of separated from her husband and she can’t locate a much-needed source for a story. Of course it doesn’t help that paranoia has been nipping at her heels 24/7, for the last thirty-years, since her family was ripped apart when her 9-year old brother went missing.In the second of Jane Haseldine’s, “Julia Gooden Mystery ” series, DUPLICITY (Kensington), Julia Gooden finds herself working on a story she hop Julia Gooden, one of Detroit’s top crime beat reporter’s life is a mess. She’s sort of, kind of separated from her husband and she can’t locate a much-needed source for a story. Of course it doesn’t help that paranoia has been nipping at her heels 24/7, for the last thirty-years, since her family was ripped apart when her 9-year old brother went missing.In the second of Jane Haseldine’s, “Julia Gooden Mystery ” series, DUPLICITY (Kensington), Julia Gooden finds herself working on a story she hopes will help her get back with her husband, Assistant District Attorney, David Tanner. While she writes about the most gruesome crimes, she worries none stop about her little boys she’s raising in the suburbs.Julia finds herself investigating a story about Detroit’s crime boss, Nick Rossi. He’s up on charges for drug trafficking, blackmail, illegal gambling and bribery.  When a bomb goes off at the courthouse killing several people, including a key witness in his trial and critically injuring David, she’s determined to find out what happened. Julia know Rossi is behind the bombing, but the state’s case against him is crumbling. Julia’s determined to learn the truth. One heads up for readers, there’s a lot happening in DUPLICITY, so pay attention or you could end up lost.I’ve read a few novels written by former news reporters recently, and having been one myself, I have to write, readers get an authentic insight to what happens in a newsroom, copshops and inside local politics. Jane Haseldine knows her stuff and DUPLICITY will have readers flipping pages from beginning to the end, as fast as they can read.Jane Haseldine is a journalist, former crime reporter, columnist, newspaper editor, magazine writer, and deputy director of communications for a governor. Jane graduated from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications with a degree in journalism. She resides in Southern California with her husband and two sons, but previously lived in Boston, San Francisco, New York, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana. You can find her at janehaseldine.com, Twitter, Goodreads, and Facebook.
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  • Sue
    March 28, 2017
    This is the first book that I've read by Jane Haseldine. Even though you can read Duplicity as a stand alone, I enjoyed it so much that I want to go back and read book 1 and am already anxious for the next book in the series.Julia Gooden is a reporter for one of the major newspapers in Detroit. She covers some of the worst stories in the city and lives in the suburbs with her two young sons. She still struggles with the memory of her brother that disappeared when he was eight years old and tries This is the first book that I've read by Jane Haseldine. Even though you can read Duplicity as a stand alone, I enjoyed it so much that I want to go back and read book 1 and am already anxious for the next book in the series.Julia Gooden is a reporter for one of the major newspapers in Detroit. She covers some of the worst stories in the city and lives in the suburbs with her two young sons. She still struggles with the memory of her brother that disappeared when he was eight years old and tries to overprotect her children because of that memory. She and her husband, David, are trying to reconcile their marriage despite the stress of him starting a big trial as lead attorney to try to convict Nick Rossi of a number of crimes. A bomb at the courthouse that critically wounds David, throws their lives and the criminal trial into chaos.This is a wonderful page turner. On a personal note I loved it because I grew up in the Detroit area and recognized many of the places that the author wrote about in the book. From a reader's perspective, once I started this book, I couldn't put it down until I was finished. Just when I thought that everything was solved, there were more revelations still to come. This was a great story and I an anxious to see where the author takes Julia (and her readers) in her next book.
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  • Jolie
    December 4, 2016
    I was so excited when Jane Haseldine contacted me to review her 2nd book in the Julia Gooden series. I had absolutely loved The Last Time She Saw Him and hoped that Duplicity would be just as good. Well, I wasn’t disappointed.The book starts off a few months after The Last Time She Saw Him ended. Julia and David are working very hard on repairing their marriage. David had flaked out during the last book and moved out when things got really tough for Julia. Plus, which was even more unforgivable, I was so excited when Jane Haseldine contacted me to review her 2nd book in the Julia Gooden series. I had absolutely loved The Last Time She Saw Him and hoped that Duplicity would be just as good. Well, I wasn’t disappointed.The book starts off a few months after The Last Time She Saw Him ended. Julia and David are working very hard on repairing their marriage. David had flaked out during the last book and moved out when things got really tough for Julia. Plus, which was even more unforgivable, he had an affair with a fellow lawyer. Julia, on the other hand, is working on getting her trust back in David, which is understandable, and is going to therapy to help get over the guilt she carried over her brother Ben’s disappearance when she was 7. So each of them have a lot to overcome.Julia is working on a story about Nick Rossi, who is on trial for a number of charges and is being tried by her husband, David. Which, to me and her editor, seems like a conflict of interest but she claims it isn’t. The same day that she is going to be in court, following the trail, her son, Logan is going on a field trip to the courthouse. She promises Logan that she will be there for the field trip.While reading a newspaper, she finds out that the identity of the key witness was leaked to press. Which means that Rossi knows who he is and there is a legit concern that he will try to take him out. She tries to call David to warn her, but he isn’t answering his phone. So she heads towards the courthouse…..when the bomb goes off. The bomb kills 13 people and injures many more, including David and the Judge presiding over the case. Luckily Logan’s bus got caught up in traffic and never made it to the courthouse.I loved the whodunit about the bomb because the author genuinely kept it under wraps and threw out red herrings left and right. Just when I thought I knew who set it, bam, it goes in a different direction. So when it was revealed who was the bomber at the end of the book, I was very surprised. Probably as surprised as Julia.I will say that David did have my sympathy during after he got hurt during the bombing. But what came to light afterwards, well let’s just say that I wouldn’t have been as nice as Julia. I probably would have beaten him in the hospital bed. Just saying.The end of the book, well starting with when Navarro and Julia were in California and going on from there, was awesome. Full of action and surprises, I was kept in suspense until the very end.**I chose to leave this review after reading an advance reader copy**
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  • Jill
    January 8, 2017
    I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway, thanks to the author Jane Haseldine and Goodreads for the opportunity. As I noted in my review of the first book in this series, which was also part of the giveaway, there is nothing I like more than a good mystery, except a good mystery that is also a series! In book two Julia Gooden is back on the beat and in the middle of all the action with her job, her husband's job, her police friends, and her two boys. There were a lot of twists and turns I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway, thanks to the author Jane Haseldine and Goodreads for the opportunity. As I noted in my review of the first book in this series, which was also part of the giveaway, there is nothing I like more than a good mystery, except a good mystery that is also a series! In book two Julia Gooden is back on the beat and in the middle of all the action with her job, her husband's job, her police friends, and her two boys. There were a lot of twists and turns towards which kept me guessing again all the way to the end. I can't wait for the third book to see where Julia is heading next!
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  • Debbie Krenzer
    March 9, 2017
    Julia Gooden is a journalist who has the connections to write the biggest story of her life and she can't write a word about it. The story involves her husband, the Assistant District Attorney who is prosecuting Nick Rossi a major gangster for crimes including drug trafficking, gambling and bribery. Of course, this is killing Julia, but she must stand by her husband and hold back on her career.Meanwhile, during the trial, a secret surprise witness is coming forth to testify against the gangster. Julia Gooden is a journalist who has the connections to write the biggest story of her life and she can't write a word about it. The story involves her husband, the Assistant District Attorney who is prosecuting Nick Rossi a major gangster for crimes including drug trafficking, gambling and bribery. Of course, this is killing Julia, but she must stand by her husband and hold back on her career.Meanwhile, during the trial, a secret surprise witness is coming forth to testify against the gangster. Rossi has received word who it is and is ready. He has made arrangements for a sniper to take the witness out as he walks up the courthouse steps. At the same time, Julia's husband is meeting the witness. Also, Julia's son's class is taking a field trip to see justice in action. They will also be at the courthouse at the same time. Julia will also be at the courthouse to as a room mother to help chaperone the students. Out of nowhere a bomb explodes. . .This was such a great read. Finding out who perpetrated the bomb and everything that happened behind the scenes was extremely rewarding as a reader. There are absolutely no spoilers above. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Once I started reading the book and the burning clues started melting that iceberg, the bottom was slushy and absolutely polar bear enjoyable. This was my first book by Jane Haseldine and it won't be my last. Huge thanks to Kensington Books for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Fictionophile
    March 21, 2017
    Review to follow after March 31st when I will be the stop in a TLC Book Tour for this title.
  • Heidi
    February 22, 2017
    I received an advance copy of Duplicity from Goodreads giveaways and from author Jane Haseldine. I was pretty excited when I received this book in mail as it was sealed in a hand written package!! Who does that? Not many authors I know, so Thank you Jane Haseldine for making me feel pretty special. Anyway, this book had me right away. I was hooked after chapter 1. I like a story that starts out with a mystery then comes back to it late in the book. I found myself towards the end of the book goin I received an advance copy of Duplicity from Goodreads giveaways and from author Jane Haseldine. I was pretty excited when I received this book in mail as it was sealed in a hand written package!! Who does that? Not many authors I know, so Thank you Jane Haseldine for making me feel pretty special. Anyway, this book had me right away. I was hooked after chapter 1. I like a story that starts out with a mystery then comes back to it late in the book. I found myself towards the end of the book going back to chapter 1 when it comes to light who the businessman and blonde were. I did find that at points I was losing interest just because of all the names I was trying to keep straight and how fast the story was moving. But once it got past all the details of all the characters and things started happening, I couldn't put it down. I am a person that has to read the series from book one and I have yet to read the first in the Gooden mystery series but was able to follow along so this book is just as good as a first read. Now that I'm hooked I look forward to finding the first book!
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  • Elvan
    March 19, 2017
    Julia Gooden is back, this time reporting on the trial of a local Detroit crime lord, Nick Rossi, who has been caught bribing officials to cover up his criminal empire focused on drug trafficking and gambling in the greater Detroit area. She is hampered by a possible conflict of interest in that her estranged husband, David Tanner is the ADA trying the prosecution’s case again Rossi. Gooden and Tanner are working on renewing their relationship but Julia is moving slowly on a possible reconciliat Julia Gooden is back, this time reporting on the trial of a local Detroit crime lord, Nick Rossi, who has been caught bribing officials to cover up his criminal empire focused on drug trafficking and gambling in the greater Detroit area. She is hampered by a possible conflict of interest in that her estranged husband, David Tanner is the ADA trying the prosecution’s case again Rossi. Gooden and Tanner are working on renewing their relationship but Julia is moving slowly on a possible reconciliation. When a bomb blows up on the steps of the courthouse killing David’s best witness and injuring David, Julia is pulled off the story by her newspaper. There are many underworld elements at play and Julia, with the help of Detective Ray Navarro attempts to track down who is responsible for the bombing and prove that the slippery Rossi is guilty of the crimes for which he has been charged. She knows she is getting close to finding answers when it becomes clear that her investigation is endangering her husband, herself and her children. This story takes a while to get going. Once Julia begins to sniff around the right bad guys and use her many unnamed sources to stay ahead of the police investigation there is lots of action, some generated by Julia herself. My biggest beef with the book is manufactured danger thanks to the risk taking actions of our cub reporter. I recognize that thrillers, to be successful need to ooze tension. Tension created because the heroine repeatedly puts herself in harm’s way only to be rescued at the last moment loses its intended punch. There were times when I wished she didn’t have children knowing how reckless and single focused she was at obtaining the truth. She was busy unmasking the duplicitous nature of those she thought she knew, racing off to prove her suspicions while her kids were left at home with a caregiver. At the hospital, even though she sees some shifty character in the hallway outside her husband’s room she worries about his safety for a millisecond and then abandons him to track down another clue. It’s hard to buy in to a story when the main character is someone you struggle to admire. Duplicity has lots of action, layers of intrigue and unexpected twists that keep you interested in who did what to whom. It is unfortunate that the star of the series appears to be oblivious to those around her and the potential consequences of her actions. eARC received with thanks from publisher via NetGalley for review.
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  • Sarah Joint
    March 27, 2017
    I did enjoy the first book in the series, and I'm glad I stuck with it because this one is even better. At this rate, the next will be a 5 star! Action packed and intense. A couple of things I wished would have happened in the first book happened in this one, I'm happy with it. Julia is again a ridiculously brave risk-taker, throwing herself in precarious situations over and over. I would have liked a little more about her kids and home life, but the first book did have more of that. A very like I did enjoy the first book in the series, and I'm glad I stuck with it because this one is even better. At this rate, the next will be a 5 star! Action packed and intense. A couple of things I wished would have happened in the first book happened in this one, I'm happy with it. Julia is again a ridiculously brave risk-taker, throwing herself in precarious situations over and over. I would have liked a little more about her kids and home life, but the first book did have more of that. A very likeable character and absorbing story. Julia is still trying to repair her fractured relationship with her assistant district attorney husband. She's determined to work things out if it ends up being what's best for their two young children. Things between them are going very well. They're soon thrown together in their professional lives as well as she covers a major trial that David is the prosecutor for. He firmly resists her attempts to get inside info on the major player on trial, but he's not her only source... the story is coming along when tragedy strikes. A bomb at the court house explodes, killing several adults and children. By chance, Julia wasn't there, but her husband David was. He lays in the hospital unconscious while Julia works on figuring out who is responsible and how it may relate to the initial case. This is the beginning of a wild and dangerous ride... for Julia, and others close to her. She thinks career criminal Rossi is behind it, and won't stop until she helps bring whoever is responsible to justice.I received an ARC of this novel from Net Galley and Kensington Books, thank you! My review is honest and unbiased.
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  • Elizabeth
    March 21, 2017
    Jane Haseldine's new novel of riveting suspense, Detroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden is up against the city's most devious criminal--and her own painful past. Julia Gooden knows how to juggle different lives. A successful crime reporter, she covers the grittiest stories in the city while raising her two young boys in the suburbs. But beneath that accomplished facade is another Julia, still consumed by a tragedy that unfolded thirty years ago when her nine-year-old brother disappeared without Jane Haseldine's new novel of riveting suspense, Detroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden is up against the city's most devious criminal--and her own painful past. Julia Gooden knows how to juggle different lives. A successful crime reporter, she covers the grittiest stories in the city while raising her two young boys in the suburbs. But beneath that accomplished facade is another Julia, still consumed by a tragedy that unfolded thirty years ago when her nine-year-old brother disappeared without a trace. Julia's marriage, too, is a balancing act, as she tries to rekindle her relationship with her husband, Assistant District Attorney David Tanner, while maintaining professional boundaries. David is about to bring Nick Rossi to trial for crimes that include drug trafficking, illegal gambling, and bribery. But the story becomes much more urgent when a courthouse bomb claims several victims--including the prosecution's key witness--and leaves David critically injured. Though Julia is certain that Rossi orchestrated the attack, the case against him is collapsing, and his power and connections run high and wide. With the help of Detective Raymond Navarro of the Detroit PD, she starts following a trail of blackmail, payback, and political ambition, little imagining where it will lead. Julia has risked her career before, but this time innocent lives--including her children's--hang in the balance, and justice may come too late to save what truly matters... What did I think of it:Unlike the the first book in this series it took me awhile to get into the story, but the more I read, the more I needed to see what was going to happen​ next . Will definitely be picking up a copy of this and of book one when I can. With that said I would love to say thinks to NetGalley for giving me the chance at reading and reviewing Duplicity I'm change for my honest opinion.
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  • Jeanne Bufkin
    March 19, 2017
    ** Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review **This is my first time reading Ms. Haseldine, but I doubt it will be my last. This was a fast-paced story, full of intrigue, drama, suspense, and double crosses. I really enjoyed this book, but I think I would've enjoyed it more if I had read the first in the series before hand. You don't really need to in order to get the story, but there was a lot of background info that was missing between Julia, Navarro, and her husband. All in all ** Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review **This is my first time reading Ms. Haseldine, but I doubt it will be my last. This was a fast-paced story, full of intrigue, drama, suspense, and double crosses. I really enjoyed this book, but I think I would've enjoyed it more if I had read the first in the series before hand. You don't really need to in order to get the story, but there was a lot of background info that was missing between Julia, Navarro, and her husband. All in all, this was a great book, and I look forward to reading more in this series.
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  • Lori Lesko
    February 21, 2017
    I so wanted to enjoy this but I knew I was in trouble when I had read 20% and was day dreaming, nodding off. JANE HASELDINE's first novel THE LAST TIME SHE SAW HIM was much better developed. I cared more for the characters.Duplicity felt forced and used shock and destruction to tell the story. I just found myself feeling lack of sympathy for the characters here.
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  • Annette
    February 23, 2017
    An enjoyable fast paced thriller featuring a new feisty heroine: Julia Gooden is a reporter on a Detroit newspaper and she is covering the trial of Nick Rossi, a local gangster. Howver there is a slight problem as her estranged husband David is the prosecutor which leads to some conflict of interest as Julia tries to get inside information.Julia has two young children and is helped at home by Helen her Polish housekeeper. David is trying to encourage her to have him back but Julia is still unsur An enjoyable fast paced thriller featuring a new feisty heroine: Julia Gooden is a reporter on a Detroit newspaper and she is covering the trial of Nick Rossi, a local gangster. Howver there is a slight problem as her estranged husband David is the prosecutor which leads to some conflict of interest as Julia tries to get inside information.Julia has two young children and is helped at home by Helen her Polish housekeeper. David is trying to encourage her to have him back but Julia is still unsure after he walked out on her.She is friends with two cops, Navarro and Russell who are investigating Rossi and give Julia insights into the case. It transpires that Navarro and Julia have had a relationship in the past and there is still a lot of romantic tension between them as the story moves along.This is a fast moving plot with lots of action. Things get even more tense when David is injured in a courthouse bomb and Julia is desparate to investigate.However nobody in the book is as they seem- duplicity is the word and the title resonates as the novel progresses.The characters are well drawn and likeable. Julia is a great heroine and not a shrinking violet. She likes to be where the action is! I am a big fan of Sue Grafton's Kinsey Milhone series and Julia Gooden reminded me of her a lot.The book was compelling with a lot happening so I read it vey quickly over the course of a couple of days. In fact I realised after a few chapters it was the second book in a series and I am now keen to read the first novel so I can fill in the blanks on Julia's background. It seems she suffered a tragic childhood with an alcoholic mother and an older brother who went missing when he was only nine years old This has had a major effect on her life and she is constantly on edge in case something happens to her own children. I loved the way she switched from action woman to soft and maternal!A great five star read. Perfect for fans of Laura Lippman, Sue Grafton and Sarah Paretsky!Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for my advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Joyce
    March 8, 2017
    This was a fascinating study of corruption, murder, and gangsters, with a small amount of good people thrown in. It was fast moving and grabbed the reader's interest from the onset. This was the first of Ms Haseldine's books that I've read. It won't be the last. Thanks to Net Galley and Kensington for an ARC for an honest review.
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  • Maranda
    February 28, 2017
    A who done it read along with a who else done it? Jane Haseldine again pairs Julia Gooden with an investigation that is right in her own backyard. Fast paced mystery murder mixed with politics, betrayal, and loyalty. In the first book of this series Julia is challenged with finding her missing child and in this one she searches to uncover her husbands secrets. Julia a journalist along with her police friends move through personal danger to uncover the events of a courthouse bombing. Julia is lik A who done it read along with a who else done it? Jane Haseldine again pairs Julia Gooden with an investigation that is right in her own backyard. Fast paced mystery murder mixed with politics, betrayal, and loyalty. In the first book of this series Julia is challenged with finding her missing child and in this one she searches to uncover her husbands secrets. Julia a journalist along with her police friends move through personal danger to uncover the events of a courthouse bombing. Julia is like Richard Castle supplying insight to the police to arrive at the truth. Love that show and this book. Copy received from Kensington Books and author via Netgalley. Review freely given.
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  • R J Mckay
    February 6, 2017
    I received this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review.The leaked name of a surprise witness is all it took to set the wheels in motion.Journalist Julia Gooden is trying to find a different slant to report on the Rossi trial. Unfortunately, her husband, David Tanner, is the lead prosecutor. With their marriage, still on shaky ground, she can’t ask him for any details about the case. But when a bomb explodes in the courthouse on the opening day of the trial, just as the mystery witness was I received this book from Goodreads in exchange for a review.The leaked name of a surprise witness is all it took to set the wheels in motion.Journalist Julia Gooden is trying to find a different slant to report on the Rossi trial. Unfortunately, her husband, David Tanner, is the lead prosecutor. With their marriage, still on shaky ground, she can’t ask him for any details about the case. But when a bomb explodes in the courthouse on the opening day of the trial, just as the mystery witness was expected to arrive, everything points to the defendant, Nick Rossi, as the one responsible. With many severely injured, including her husband, as well as several casualties, nothing is going to stop Julia from bringing the person responsible to justice. Her past connection with Raymond Navarro, a cop with the Detroit PD, gets her a front line pass into the investigation. But what she finds out will shock even her.Riveting, consuming, un-put-downable. This book will grab your attention and not let you go.
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  • Sherry Lynn
    March 18, 2017
    As I thought about what I wanted to say about this book I began to think about the main characters Julia and her husband the D.A. David Tanner. I thought about the suspense and twists and turns in the story. Then I thought about the title and how it fit into the characters and the story. And I realized the definition of 'Duplicity' tells it all. . . du·plic·i·tyd(y)ooˈplisədē/noun1.deceitfulness; double-dealing.synonyms: deceitfulness, deceit, deception, double-dealing, underhandedness, dishones As I thought about what I wanted to say about this book I began to think about the main characters Julia and her husband the D.A. David Tanner. I thought about the suspense and twists and turns in the story. Then I thought about the title and how it fit into the characters and the story. And I realized the definition of 'Duplicity' tells it all. . . du·plic·i·tyd(y)o͞oˈplisədē/noun1.deceitfulness; double-dealing.synonyms: deceitfulness, deceit, deception, double-dealing, underhandedness, dishonesty, fraud,fraudulence, sharp practice, chicanery, trickery, subterfuge, skulduggery, treachery;The story line is filled with characters that are dishonest, double-dealing, deceitful etc. etc. which for me made for a good story. Not necessarily a story that had me interested in becoming friends with or have coffee with a few of the characters. I enjoyed the story. It was a little slow in the beginning but there was a steadiness that kept me interested enough to stick with it till the tempo sped up to the roller coaster ending. I have no desire to 'spill the beans.' I just suggest if you like a good suspenseful story you'll enjoy Duplicity.There are a few bedroom seems. In fact the story begins with a scene that some people might read and stop then and there. That is not the theme of the book. Its a short part that sets the story into motion. There are a few descriptions of some sexual acts further into the story that are described by the police as a video tape is watched while the are gathering evidence. And there is a little graphic detail in some of the crimes that are committed. This didn't bother me. I just mention it because some people might wish to have a heads up. Overall I really liked Duplicity and look forward to reading additional books in the Julie Gooden series.I received a complimentary copy from TLC book tours. This review will appear on retail sites where the book is available.This review will appear on My Journey Back and Good Reads.
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  • Sharon May
    March 5, 2017
    Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and author for the opportunity to read and review this great book!This is the second in this series of mysteries involving Julia Gooden, a crime beat journalist in Detroit. The first book, The Last Time She Saw Him, was a great story and highly recommended that you start with that book to get the background of these characters and the story. However, it would read well as a stand-alone novel also.In this story, Julia's husband, David, an Assistant District Atto Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher and author for the opportunity to read and review this great book!This is the second in this series of mysteries involving Julia Gooden, a crime beat journalist in Detroit. The first book, The Last Time She Saw Him, was a great story and highly recommended that you start with that book to get the background of these characters and the story. However, it would read well as a stand-alone novel also.In this story, Julia's husband, David, an Assistant District Attorney in Detroit, is starting a new trial against a crime mob boss, Nick Rossi, accused of drug trafficking, bribery, among other crimes. Just as the trial begins, David has a surprise witness that is set to turn on Rossi and make the case against him stick. Julia and David are still walking a tightrope in their marriage but things are looking promising that he will return home to Julia and their two sons. Then the unthinkable happens, a bomb goes off at the courthouse just as the surprise witness is being brought in as well as Julia's son, there on a class field trip.After the dust settles, Julia is intent on proving that Rossi was behind the bombing and she throws caution to the wind to investigate on her own. Returning characters of police detectives Navarro and Russell are back to investigate all the goings-on. In addition, Julia's brother, Ben, who has been missing since he was a child and has had such an impact on her life, is never far from her mind.This is a high-action mystery with interesting, well-developed characters, realistic action, and great gritty setting in Detroit - wonderful follow up to the first in the series and I can't wait to read the next book!
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  • Emily Carter-Dunn
    March 22, 2017
    I received a free copy of the book via Netgalley.I wasn't sweet on this at the beginning; the tense and the writing being very odd for me and not something I am accustomed to. However, the more I read, the more I invested in the story.Julia Gooden is covering the trial of Nick Rossi, a gang lord who is accused of many crimes, which her husband is prosecuting. On the first day of the trial there is a bomb that kills the key witness and severely injures her husband. Gooden then tries to find evide I received a free copy of the book via Netgalley.I wasn't sweet on this at the beginning; the tense and the writing being very odd for me and not something I am accustomed to. However, the more I read, the more I invested in the story.Julia Gooden is covering the trial of Nick Rossi, a gang lord who is accused of many crimes, which her husband is prosecuting. On the first day of the trial there is a bomb that kills the key witness and severely injures her husband. Gooden then tries to find evidence that Rossi is behind the attack so he can finally be put behind bars.I devoured this book and I found it a very easy read in the end. It is not as gritty as many other crime novels, but did have many twists and turns that kept me engaged.There were a few reasons why this did not score a 5 for me: blatant sexual harassment that is ignored and accepted as the norm (not cool), many unbelievable elements of the story (e.g. the rapper remembering exact distances, co-ordinates etc of a map he saw once ages ago), and the ending which made no sense considering Isabella's confession.I will read the next in the series (if there is one) as I enjoyed the characters.
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  • Paula
    March 18, 2017
    Julia is trying to put her life back together after her son's kidnapping and a separation from her husband. She and David still have a fragile marriage that is tough to piece back together. David, the Assistant District Attorney, is working on a high profile case when a bomb goes off in front of the courthouse. David is critically injured and unable to tell the police what he knows. Julia is convinced the bomb was placed under the orders of Rossi, the man her husband is trying to convict. Julia Julia is trying to put her life back together after her son's kidnapping and a separation from her husband. She and David still have a fragile marriage that is tough to piece back together. David, the Assistant District Attorney, is working on a high profile case when a bomb goes off in front of the courthouse. David is critically injured and unable to tell the police what he knows. Julia is convinced the bomb was placed under the orders of Rossi, the man her husband is trying to convict. Julia uses her experience as a reporter to untangle the web of evidence and prove that Rossi is responsible. Loyalty runs deep in the criminal world and Julia puts her own life in danger to solve the case. In my opinion, this book was better than the first book. I wasn't thrilled with the conclusion of the first book because it seemed too coincidental. In this one, however, I loved the flow of the evidence leading to the conclusion. It was suspenseful with an unsuspected ending. I recommend this one to fans of crime thrillers. I received this book from Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Netgalley.com, to Kensington Books, and to Jane Haseldine.
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  • Bernette Beals
    March 22, 2017
    Duplicity is the second book in the Julia Gooden Mystery series written by author Jane Haseldine. I hope there's a third book. Great character. Thanks to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the advance copy.
  • Irene
    January 23, 2017
    Very good read. Fast-paced and a real page turner for me. Great suspense thriller.Definitely recommend for mystery enthusiasts.
  • Georgette
    March 22, 2017
    Received this book free from Goodreads. Really enjoyed it. Read it in one day. Want to read Jane Haseldine first book The Last Time She Saw Him. looking forward to the next book in the Julia Gooden Mystery.
  • Sarah
    March 16, 2017
    Thank you NetGalley for the ARC of Duplicity by Jane Haseldine that I read and reviewed.This book was full of all kinds of twist and turns that had you going oh wow throughout the entire book. I was a bit surprised with some of the paths the author decided to take with the characters but in the end I was very happy with the ending and I can't wait to see if Haseldine comes out with another book after some of the things that took place.Julia grew as a character by leaps and bounds from the first Thank you NetGalley for the ARC of Duplicity by Jane Haseldine that I read and reviewed.This book was full of all kinds of twist and turns that had you going oh wow throughout the entire book. I was a bit surprised with some of the paths the author decided to take with the characters but in the end I was very happy with the ending and I can't wait to see if Haseldine comes out with another book after some of the things that took place.Julia grew as a character by leaps and bounds from the first book and because of that I really loved this story so much more then the first one in the series. I was so happy with the way things turned out in this book as well. I am not going to give spoilers but things ended up the way I wanted them too.I am giving Duplicity four out of five stars.
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  • Jessica
    March 20, 2017
    Full review to follow
  • Everydayreader1
    March 11, 2017
    Once again, Jane Haseldine has crafted a great read. I was looking forward to seeing what Julia Gooden was up to next, and this adventure was every bit as riveting as the first one.Like most women today, Julia is juggling her job as a newspaper crime reporter, wife and mother. Her husband, David, and Assistant District Attorney, is about to prosecute an accused criminal, Nick Rossi. Julia is covering the trial. Things quickly spiral out of control, and, suddenly, their lives are in danger, and s Once again, Jane Haseldine has crafted a great read. I was looking forward to seeing what Julia Gooden was up to next, and this adventure was every bit as riveting as the first one.Like most women today, Julia is juggling her job as a newspaper crime reporter, wife and mother. Her husband, David, and Assistant District Attorney, is about to prosecute an accused criminal, Nick Rossi. Julia is covering the trial. Things quickly spiral out of control, and, suddenly, their lives are in danger, and staying alive becomes almost like a game of chess.The plot is well thought out, filled with surprises, and I was involved in the story from the very beginning. Very much looking forward to Julia's next adventure.I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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