You Fit The Pattern (Julia Gooden Mystery #4) by Jane Haseldine, Emily Woo Zeller (Narrator)
Published March 26th 2019 by Kensington Publishing
Audiobook published March 26th 2019 by HighBridge
Crime writer Julia Gooden has just completed the most important story of her life—a book about her beloved brother’s childhood abduction and how she found his killer after thirty years. But that hasn’t taken her focus off her day job—especially with what looks to be a serial killer terrorizing the city. Female runners are being snatched off jogging trails, then slaughtered in abandoned churches.
As Julia begins investigating, with help from Detective Raymond Navarro, she realizes just how personal this case has become. The murders, planned and executed with uncanny precision, are of women who share traits with Julia. Now he’s contacting her directly, insisting things will get much worse unless Julia makes him famous through her writing.
But no matter how skillfully she plays along, her opponent’s ultimate goal is clear. And only by unraveling the threads that link a killer’s twisted mind to her own dark past can Julia prevent herself from becoming his final victim . . .
Jane Haseldine’s “You Fit the Pattern” is the fourth book in the Julia Gooden series but can be read as a standalone. With the discovery of what happened to Julia’s brother Ben happening in the last book, this one finds Julia involved in a very different investigation. There is a serial killer on the loose in Detroit and he is targeting size 2 women who run and are single mothers. The victims found were wearing a long brown wig and blue dress, looking eerily like journalist Julia Gooden. The murders are vicious, the victims unrelated, except that they are all joggers with the same build as Julia. There are also clues left behind that incorporate elements of voodoo and black magic. When Julia starts getting calls from the Magic Man Killer, things heat up. With a friend of Julia’s missing and her body not yet found, the clock is ticking to find the killer.
I found this book even better than the first three in the series. It was fast paced and drew me in right from the opening chapter. I liked that there was more than one suspect and I was kept guessing until the last quarter of the book. I did figure out who the killer was before it was revealed, but the final showdown was still gripping. The characters in the story are well-developed and as Julia’s boys get older, the Ms. Haseldine has given them more involvement in the plot. I like how the relationship with Julia and Ray is developing and that her children and housekeeper like him. I love her housekeeper Helen. She is quite outspoken and takes care of Julia, the boys and the house well. She played a nice part in this story. Overall a wonderful story that I really enjoyed, listening to it in one day. The narrator does a great job giving voices to the characters that are easily recognizable to the listener. I will continue to watch for audiobooks narrated by Emily Woo Zeller.
About the Author: Jane Haseldine writes the Julia Gooden mystery series for Kensington Publishing, including The Last Time She Saw Him, Duplicity, and Worth Killing For, which will be published in March 2018. Jane is a journalist, former crime reporter and also worked as a deputy director of communications for a governor. Jane lives in Southern California with her husband and two sons.
About the Narrator: Emily Woo Zeller began her voice-over career by voicing animation in Asia. She returned to the United States in 2009 and found a natural fit as an audiobook narrator. Described by AudioFile magazine as doing “an extraordinary job of varying the voices in the dialogue without losing the intimacy of the story,” Emily’s multilingual, multicultural framework brings a particularly unique, clear-eyed, and intimate perspective into Asian American narratives. While she specializes in Asian American narratives, Emily’s work spans a broad spectrum, including young adult fiction and such titles as The Whites of Their Eyes by Jill Lepore and The Sex Diaries Project by Arianne Cohen. She also narrated Gulp by Mary Roach, for which she won an AudioFileEarphones Award.
There is a great interview with Emily found here: https://janiechang.com/2015/02/18/blog-ewz-audiobooks/