Review: Worth Killing For by Jane Haseldine

About Worth Killing For

Hardcover:352 pages
Publisher:Kensington (March 27, 2018)

Detroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden returns in 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.

Praise for the Julia Gooden Mystery Novels

Worth Killing For

A first-rate thriller filled with several plot twists, heinous villains and an explosive ending. RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars, Top Pick

A complex, highly suspenseful tale of murder, revenge, and redemption. Kirkus Reviews

This exciting third installment in the series effectively mixes gritty crime and involving domestic drama. Booklist

An alluring mystery. Fans are certain to enjoy the complex plot and Julia and Ray’s evolving relationship. Publisher’s Weekly


Haseldine uses her experience as a crime reporter to bring authenticity to this exciting and gritty tale. Kirkus Reviews

Julia is ferociously bold and persistent in this action-packed, plot-driven mystery. Booklist

Haseldine has a gift for atmosphere, setting, and suspense, and the many twists and turns will keep readers guessing. Library Journal

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

A ferocious thriller . . . no one will stop reading. Booklist

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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.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for my review copy.

About Jane Haseldine

Jane Haseldine writes the Julia Gooden Mystery Series for Kensington Publishing. Jane is a journalist and former crime reporter who also previously worked in politics as a 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 currently resides in Southern California with her husband and two sons, but previously lived in Boston, San Francisco, New York, Delaware, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana. You can find her at,Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook and on Instagram @janehaseldineauthor.

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