A Jessica James Mystery

Fiction - Mystery - Sleuth
364 Pages
Reviewed on 05/29/2017
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Author Biography

Kelly Oliver is the award-winning author of The Jessica James Mystery Series, including WOLF (July 2016), COYOTE (August 2016), and most recently FOX (May 2017). Her first novel, WOLF won the IPPY Gold Medal for best Thriller/Mystery, is a finalist for the Forward Magazine award for best mystery, and was voted number one Women's Mysteries on Goodreads. When she’s not writing novels, Kelly is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, and the author of thirteen nonfiction books, and over 100 articles, on issues such as campus rape, reproductive technologies, women and the media, animals and the environment. Her work has been translated into eight languages. She has published in The New York Times and The Los Angeles Review of Books, and been featured on ABC news, CSPAN books, the Canadian Broadcasting Network, and various radio programs.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite

Young female medical students are victims of sinister and aberrant crimes with an unnatural aspect in the sleuth mystery novel, F. O. X. (A Jessica James Mystery) by Kelly Oliver. Who is behind them? What is their agenda? Psychology student Jessica wakes up behind a dumpster near the medical school she attends. She is naked and nearly frozen. In shock and frightened, she makes her way to the nearby hospital. After an examination, Jessica returns to the dumpster to find and retrieve her belongings. Horrified, she discovers the body of another girl in the same situation she had been in a few hours earlier. Unfortunately, this girl didn't survive the ordeal. More girls from the medical school are being drugged, abducted, disrobed and left for dead in the frigid wintry Chicago nights. Strangely, all of their rape kits are returning negative. What is the purpose of the kidnappings and what does the abductor want with his victims? Jessica is determined to find out. But what will it cost her?

F. O. X. (A Jessica James Mystery) by Kelly Oliver is an intriguing sleuth mystery about idiosyncratic crimes taking place near a medical school in Chicago. It is an exciting and mind-boggling story that kept me on the edge of my seat. The intricacies of the plot are so diverse and captivating that I was completely engrossed in the story and was unable to put it down. The bizarre subject matter is thought-provoking, lending insight to some of the new medical technology that is being researched, and the importance of its future. Because of the reality of the scientific details in the book, it made the crimes even more disturbing. Blending the unsettling and deviant aspects of the crimes together with unique characters developed an intense and thrilling storyline. Each character has their own quirky and distinctive personalities, giving the story a realistic quality. The author has created a brilliant amateur sleuth novel, and I recommend it to those who love an intriguing mystery interlaced with scientific technology.