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New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones brings a fresh, modern take to the thriller genre that will keep you guessing until the very end. “The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.” -Jean Cocteau Some call him friend or boss. Some call him husband or dad. Some call him son, even a favorite son. But the only title that matters to him is the one the media has giv New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones brings a fresh, modern take to the thriller genre that will keep you guessing until the very end. “The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.” -Jean Cocteau Some call him friend or boss. Some call him husband or dad. Some call him son, even a favorite son. But the only title that matters to him is the one the media has given him: The Poet. A name he earned from the written words he leaves behind after he kills that are as dark and mysterious as the reason he chooses his victims. One word, two, three, a story in a poem, a secret that only Detective Samantha Jazz can solve. Because he’s writing this story for her. She just doesn’t know it yet.


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New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones brings a fresh, modern take to the thriller genre that will keep you guessing until the very end. “The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.” -Jean Cocteau Some call him friend or boss. Some call him husband or dad. Some call him son, even a favorite son. But the only title that matters to him is the one the media has giv New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones brings a fresh, modern take to the thriller genre that will keep you guessing until the very end. “The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.” -Jean Cocteau Some call him friend or boss. Some call him husband or dad. Some call him son, even a favorite son. But the only title that matters to him is the one the media has given him: The Poet. A name he earned from the written words he leaves behind after he kills that are as dark and mysterious as the reason he chooses his victims. One word, two, three, a story in a poem, a secret that only Detective Samantha Jazz can solve. Because he’s writing this story for her. She just doesn’t know it yet.

30 review for The Poet

  1. 4 out of 5

    Farrah

    The sexy little cover and blurb for this book made me think it was gonna be a wicked and intense thriller but it's actually a police procedural, and it's a pretty good one too 3.5⭐ There's a serial killer on the loose and as the body count keeps rising the only thing the victims seem to have in common is the piece of paper with lines of poetry that have been stuffed in their mouths. The lead investigator in the case has gone mysteriously MIA so badass Detective Samantha Jazz takes over and sudden The sexy little cover and blurb for this book made me think it was gonna be a wicked and intense thriller but it's actually a police procedural, and it's a pretty good one too 3.5⭐ There's a serial killer on the loose and as the body count keeps rising the only thing the victims seem to have in common is the piece of paper with lines of poetry that have been stuffed in their mouths. The lead investigator in the case has gone mysteriously MIA so badass Detective Samantha Jazz takes over and suddenly the murders and poems seem to be personal, like the killer is sending her messages.... I felt totally invested in the story and wanted to catch the killer has badly as Samantha did. But what this book is lacking is heart, feelings. Detective Jazz is a cop. Full stop. She has relationships with others - her ex, her mom - but it's only shown in how it affects her as a cop and I'd have liked to see another side to her personality. The killer is written the same way. They're just the killer. This is a book, this is my escapism so when the killer was finally revealed I was ready to have all my questions answered. Me: why do they kill, what's their motivation and what part of their vague connection to Jazz made them target her?? Book: .... blink.. blink.... 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘕𝘦𝘵𝘎𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘱𝘺. 𝘋𝘶𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘶𝘣𝘭𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘯 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘤𝘩 9/21

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    Another exciting, heart throbbing, gripping wild train ride! A serial killer nicknamed “Poet” because of the written words who left behind during the crime scenes and Detective Samantha Jazz, a corrupt police’s daughter is assigned the case after the first detective investigates the case vanished into thin air! Samantha knows about poetry and as soon as she starts digging more, getting closer to finish the puzzle the murderer behind she realizes she might know the perpetrator and from the begin Another exciting, heart throbbing, gripping wild train ride! A serial killer nicknamed “Poet” because of the written words who left behind during the crime scenes and Detective Samantha Jazz, a corrupt police’s daughter is assigned the case after the first detective investigates the case vanished into thin air! Samantha knows about poetry and as soon as she starts digging more, getting closer to finish the puzzle the murderer behind she realizes she might know the perpetrator and from the beginning she might be the prey for him : all those poems he left behind indicate a pure obsession of him to drag Samantha into the trap. I read a few erotic romance/ thriller novels of the author before. This time she chose to write in crime thriller/ mystery genres. This is dark, intriguing serial killer story. It was a little wordy and there are some loop holes. But it was still action packed, balanced paced , quite readability cat-mouse game! I’m rounding up my 3.5 stars to 4 interesting, moving, page turner stars! Special thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing LLC/ Entangled Amara for sharing this digital reviewer copy with me in exchange my honest opinions.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    The Poet was a slow read for me. Not sure what it was but I really couldn’t connect with the main characters. It starts off with a murder in a bookshop so right up my alley. A serial killer with a love of poetry and an obsession with the lead Detective. It felt like the police were so focused on one suspect for most of the book. The ending was ok but it wasn’t a book that I would want to read a sequel to. Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for my copy of this book to read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris C - A Midlife Wife

    Oh yeah! Jones at a whole different level. Excellent cop thriller. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Jones takes us on a journey that will grab a hold and take you for a wide ride with The Poet. While it seems to start a bit slow and come off as a simple cop fiction novel, don't let that fool you. Typical of Jones, the further you get into this story, the more things change and twist around. What seems to be a dead-end all of a sudden becomes something more sinister and dives right into the psychological genre of a Oh yeah! Jones at a whole different level. Excellent cop thriller. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Jones takes us on a journey that will grab a hold and take you for a wide ride with The Poet. While it seems to start a bit slow and come off as a simple cop fiction novel, don't let that fool you. Typical of Jones, the further you get into this story, the more things change and twist around. What seems to be a dead-end all of a sudden becomes something more sinister and dives right into the psychological genre of a thriller. Her lead character, Detective Sam Jazz, has some interesting ties, quirks, and friendships. I love the complexity of all of her layers and issues, her humorous and tight work relationship with her partner, and especially her non-boyfriend, Wade, who totally gets her. Jones has authored a story complete with all things we look for in a police procedural thriller. Multiple streams of suspects; plenty of twists and added crime to muddy the waters; and the raw descriptions that bring us right into the story. The pacing is right on track and by the end, she throws in one more spiral to taking down this serial killer. Detective Jazz is a complex character that will make a fabulous lead in which to build a series. Do I miss the romance portion? Not really, but maybe there is something building and growing here. Fingers crossed! The Poet is a gripping, gritty, and raw look at murder and obsession that will raise your hackles a few times. * copy received for review consideration Full review - https://amidlifewife.com/the-poet-by-...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Jones

    THE POET IS LIVE! I can't believe this day is finally here! THE POET is HERE! It's on bookshelves everywhere (Walmart, Target, B&N, etc.), it's available on your ereader, and it's available to listen to (narrated by the amazing Scott Brick and Brittany Pressley). This book is such a labor of love of mine. Yes, it's a thriller, but it very much has my voice intact. I hope you'll take a chance on this book and help share in my celebration this week! Don't miss the amazing giveaway I have down below f THE POET IS LIVE! I can't believe this day is finally here! THE POET is HERE! It's on bookshelves everywhere (Walmart, Target, B&N, etc.), it's available on your ereader, and it's available to listen to (narrated by the amazing Scott Brick and Brittany Pressley). This book is such a labor of love of mine. Yes, it's a thriller, but it very much has my voice intact. I hope you'll take a chance on this book and help share in my celebration this week! Don't miss the amazing giveaway I have down below for four super fabulous promo boxes! ​And if you pick up The Poet this week, I hope you'll let me know what you think! BUY THE POET EVERYWHERE EBOOK Kindle → http://mybook.to/ThePoet AppleBooks → https://apple.co/2UbRb9K Nook → https://bit.ly/33Gyxtz Kobo → https://bit.ly/3aiRjtC Google → https://bit.ly/39gWf0G Audible → https://adbl.co/33NodjK MASS MARKET PAPERBACK Walmart → https://bit.ly/31rS41Y Target → https://bit.ly/2wwwvAc Books-A-Million → https://bit.ly/3b8N9EW Amazon → http://mybook.to/ThePoetPaperback ABOUT THE POET New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones brings a fresh, modern take to the thriller genre that will keep you guessing until the very end. “The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.” -Jean Cocteau Some call him friend or boss. Some call him husband or dad. Some call him son, even a favorite son. But the only title that matters to him is the one the media has given him: The Poet. A name he earned from the written words he leaves behind after he kills that are as dark and mysterious as the reason he chooses his victims. One word, two, three, a story in a poem, a secret that only Detective Samantha Jazz can solve. Because he’s writing this story for her. She just doesn’t know it yet. ​GIVEAWAY! FIND THE POET OUT IN THE WILD! I'm giving away 4 (FOUR) of these promo boxes (pictured below), they are packed with tons of fun swag! ​To be entered to win one of the four boxes:​ 1) Take a picture of you and THE POET out in the wild at your local Walmart, Target, Barnes & Noble etc.! 2) Post the pic to Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #THEPOETISHERE 3) Email a screenshot of your post, or your post link to [email protected] ​Winner will be announced in my newsletter next week! Giveaway ends March 14th.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ludwig Reads

    3.5 stars. The Poet follows a detective who takes on a case where the murder victim had been found with a piece of paper crumpled inside his mouth, containing a sinister 3-line poem. This was a good read. The identity of the killer wasn’t as surprising as I’d hoped it would be but the police procedural part was well-executed.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Dana-Adriana B.

    I like how the characters were presented, but I did not feel it's a thriller, more police procedural/crime. Detective Jazz has to solve a complicated case, a serial killer that loves poetry. Not many people understand pietry, thats why Samanta Jazz is called to find the killer. I liked the plit, but, in my opinion, to much talk, less action. Thank you Netgalley for this Arc. I like how the characters were presented, but I did not feel it's a thriller, more police procedural/crime. Detective Jazz has to solve a complicated case, a serial killer that loves poetry. Not many people understand pietry, thats why Samanta Jazz is called to find the killer. I liked the plit, but, in my opinion, to much talk, less action. Thank you Netgalley for this Arc.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    *Thanks to Entangled Publishing for an advance review copy!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nadine Bookaholic

    Edge of your seat, heart racing suspense! Have you read the Lilah Love Series by Lisa Renee Jones? If you have you're going to want to dive into this one as well. This series starts off with Detective Samantha Jazz being assigned a case to find a serial killer after the Detective that was on the case suddenly relocates to a different town. Sam has a special skill set that makes her perfect for this case, she knows her Poetry better than anyone else on the force. There is a killer on the loose and Edge of your seat, heart racing suspense! Have you read the Lilah Love Series by Lisa Renee Jones? If you have you're going to want to dive into this one as well. This series starts off with Detective Samantha Jazz being assigned a case to find a serial killer after the Detective that was on the case suddenly relocates to a different town. Sam has a special skill set that makes her perfect for this case, she knows her Poetry better than anyone else on the force. There is a killer on the loose and he's leaving a calling card, A poem inside of the victims mouth. What does it mean? Is there a connection between the victims? Who is the killer? And more importantly what does he want with Detective Jazz? Normally I like my books steamy, actually the steamer the better but I have to say I didn’t miss it at all in this book. I was so engrossed in trying to figure out who The Poet was along with Detective Samantha Jazz that I didn’t want to put the book down, actually my kindle died on me which was the only way I was going to stop reading for the night. I will admit that the prologue did help a bit with figuring out who the killer was but since we didn't have a name to go on we could only put the clues together. I really enjoyed this book and I hope to see more of Detective Jazz in the future. If you enjoy Mystery Suspense Reads you're going to want to grab this one. Happy Reading!!! Read an Excerpt here: http://bit.ly/NBReviewTP1 **I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books** You can find me here:  https://linktr.ee/NadineBookaholic

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vickie

    I love mysteries, so I was happy to get this one to read in advance. My joy, however, was short-lived because the mystery fell flat for me. It was all a very dark story involving a quirky police detective named Samantha Jazz and a serial killer nicknamed The Poet. Samantha is basically a loner, with few relationships and kind of a flat character. The Poet is crafty and determined to capture Samantha in his net, since she is his ultimate victim. I liked the varying points of view, from Samantha t I love mysteries, so I was happy to get this one to read in advance. My joy, however, was short-lived because the mystery fell flat for me. It was all a very dark story involving a quirky police detective named Samantha Jazz and a serial killer nicknamed The Poet. Samantha is basically a loner, with few relationships and kind of a flat character. The Poet is crafty and determined to capture Samantha in his net, since she is his ultimate victim. I liked the varying points of view, from Samantha to the killer. I liked the complicated plot, but I never really figured out a lot of the twists. The pacing seemed very slow to me; at times, I just wanted the author to move the story along. Part police procedural and part crime mystery, the book had plenty of suspects but it really did not grab my interest as I had expected. It was a decent mystery, but not compelling or riveting, so I don’t think I would opt to read a sequel. Disclaimer Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive book review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

  11. 5 out of 5

    Zita

    A crime that is a poetic challenge… A man is killed in Austin, Texas in a strange fashion, by a killer who leaves no traces. The assigned detective mysteriously leaves the force after just three days on the case and cannot be reached. The next detective is assigned for one reason, her employment records said she ran a poetry club in college. Detective Samantha Jazz has not only an interesting last name, she has an appreciation for and a deep understanding of poetry. Her years of decoding the meani A crime that is a poetic challenge… A man is killed in Austin, Texas in a strange fashion, by a killer who leaves no traces. The assigned detective mysteriously leaves the force after just three days on the case and cannot be reached. The next detective is assigned for one reason, her employment records said she ran a poetry club in college. Detective Samantha Jazz has not only an interesting last name, she has an appreciation for and a deep understanding of poetry. Her years of decoding the meaning of words help her mind solve the puzzles that are crimes. This is a unique trait in a detective and one necessary against a villain who leaves lines of poetry with his victims. Is it randomness that this villain is pitted against this knowledgeable detective or is there something more at play? From the blurb, their meeting of the minds is the destined plan of a killer, one years in the making. Samantha will wonder why she, in particular, is this killer’s obsession, figuring that out will inevitably lead her to the villain’s identity. But will she follow the path he has planned for her? The arrogance he exudes in occasionally shared points of view believes she will. As the daughter of the former police captain, one recently deceased with a black mark against him, Samantha has a lot to prove. She’s an intriguing character with a family history that she fights against, that she has father and relationship issues is understandable. Throughout this exasperating case that taxes her emotionally, this detective will evolve personally as she comes to a greater understanding of herself and the type of future she wants. This reader loves it when there is character growth. As for the villain, let’s just say that he is truly poetically twisted. An advanced reading copy was obtained from the author.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joan

    Review of Advance Reading Copy eBook A serial killer stalks the city, leaving a paper containing bits of poetry in the mouths of his victims. Austin Detective Samantha Jazz, assigned to the case after the original investigator vanishes, soon identifies a suspect and relentlessly sets out to prove her case. But what if her suspect is not the culprit, after all? And what will happen when Sam finally realizes that the poetry messages left at the scene of each crime are messages to her? Told from the v Review of Advance Reading Copy eBook A serial killer stalks the city, leaving a paper containing bits of poetry in the mouths of his victims. Austin Detective Samantha Jazz, assigned to the case after the original investigator vanishes, soon identifies a suspect and relentlessly sets out to prove her case. But what if her suspect is not the culprit, after all? And what will happen when Sam finally realizes that the poetry messages left at the scene of each crime are messages to her? Told from the viewpoints of Detective Jazz and The Poet, the story is dark and, in the beginning, intriguing. However, the minutia of the investigation, clearly detailed in the comprehensive police procedurals related in the story, tends to bog down the flow of the story for the reader. Once Sam’s inquiries and research identify a person of interest, she feels certain this is the culprit and her investigation seems to move from harassment to something bordering on obsession, which is particularly frustrating in light of the oft-repeated claim of her singular proficiency as a detective. In addition, it tends to make the story a bit predictable and does nothing to keep the reader invested in the telling of the tale. The characters, particularly Sam, Ethan Lang, and Wade Miller, are well-drawn and believable. The idea of the narrative is captivating; however, the ending feels a bit like having a peripheral character tossed into the story to tie up the plot and, as a result, keeps the narrative from being truly compelling. I received a free copy of this eBook from Entangled Publishing LLC/Entangled Amara and NetGalley #ThePoet #NetGalley

  13. 5 out of 5

    Brittney

    This is a great page turner! It's fast-paced when it needs to be and slower-paced when it should be. I liked the relationship between Lang and Jazz, their dialogue was for the most part funny and has a lot of crude humor. I will say that a lot of the book is spent on someone who is clearly not the correct suspect and a lot of bad goes down because of this mistake and I spent most of those sections saying (out loud) WHY ARE THEY GOING AFTER THIS PERSON WHO IS OBVIOUSLY NOT THE RIGHT PERSON!??? I fo This is a great page turner! It's fast-paced when it needs to be and slower-paced when it should be. I liked the relationship between Lang and Jazz, their dialogue was for the most part funny and has a lot of crude humor. I will say that a lot of the book is spent on someone who is clearly not the correct suspect and a lot of bad goes down because of this mistake and I spent most of those sections saying (out loud) WHY ARE THEY GOING AFTER THIS PERSON WHO IS OBVIOUSLY NOT THE RIGHT PERSON!??? I found this to be reminiscent of Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli & Isles series, which I absolutely love by the way, but The Poet is a lot more tame in describing the crime scenes. It's amazing that Lisa Renee Jones had so many people to call on for information that helped her write out parts of her book so it is more accurate as to procedures and how things really go down. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 I recommend The Poet if you enjoy - • Strong female lead • Sass • Snarky dialogue Trigger Warning: Domestic abuse (mentioned), pedophilia (mentioned), drug abuse, language. Thank you Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for the eARC. All opinions are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Caroline Bertaud

    After a prologue and two chapters of this book, I returned to NetGalley to check the reviews, blinking, confused. Not many feedbacks there, but then again, maybe this novel was recently added. I’d been drawn to this book by its eye-catching cover and its promising, intriguing blurb, and I want to be grabbed by it the same way—kidnapped, holding tight to my chair, my knuckles white, maybe breathing hard—but so far it’s not happening. 5% in and I already want out. This rarely happens to me. I pers After a prologue and two chapters of this book, I returned to NetGalley to check the reviews, blinking, confused. Not many feedbacks there, but then again, maybe this novel was recently added. I’d been drawn to this book by its eye-catching cover and its promising, intriguing blurb, and I want to be grabbed by it the same way—kidnapped, holding tight to my chair, my knuckles white, maybe breathing hard—but so far it’s not happening. 5% in and I already want out. This rarely happens to me. I persevere, keep pushing forward. Two more chapters. Three. But no, nothing changes. I’m bored, I don’t care about Samantha Jazz and her colleagues, and I’ve barely learned anything about “the poet”. I find the characters shallow, the action too slow, the mystery nonexistent. By now, I’m 9% in, but I can’t go on. This isn’t for me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carvanz

    Oh my gosh! This was one intense read! Samantha was one gutsy heroine. I loved that she wasn’t so hardened and crude as some heroines in law enforcement are created to be. She was fierce enough to know she could get the job done, but never mean or rude to those around her. Her relationship with her partner and her ex shed a light on who she truly was inside and I liked everything about her. This has a lot of drama to it. Once it starts there is no slowing down. It never bogs or gets repetitive. In Oh my gosh! This was one intense read! Samantha was one gutsy heroine. I loved that she wasn’t so hardened and crude as some heroines in law enforcement are created to be. She was fierce enough to know she could get the job done, but never mean or rude to those around her. Her relationship with her partner and her ex shed a light on who she truly was inside and I liked everything about her. This has a lot of drama to it. Once it starts there is no slowing down. It never bogs or gets repetitive. Instead, it’s like a snowball rolling down hill. When the plot hits a certain point, it picks up speed and there was no way I was closing this book until I knew how it all ended. My heart was racing and each time I reached one of those amazing LRJ twists, I was gasping and clutching at my Kindle. This is not a romance, although there is a love interest involved. Only to the very smallest degree is their relationship brought into the mix. I wouldn’t mind seeing more of this couple if there are any future books. And I have to confess I was thrilled that this didn’t drop me off a cliff! I actually want another book although it’s not required! Heroine and Villain POV Safe (view spoiler)[not romance but if it should eventually have future books with it involved: nothing is said here about them being with anyone else (hide spoiler)] Triggers (view spoiler)[no apparent triggers (hide spoiler)]

  16. 4 out of 5

    Blagica

    hate that life gets in the way when you want to tell the world how obsessed you are about a book. I LOVED THE POET! This is my second book by Lisa Renee Jones. I did read If I Were You in 2015 and inhaled it in two days and this has just reignited my need for more by the author. The Poet was an extraordinary gripping read that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time from page one to the very last. I finished the first 68% in two days then life got in my way and I needed to put it down. Sa hate that life gets in the way when you want to tell the world how obsessed you are about a book. I LOVED THE POET! This is my second book by Lisa Renee Jones. I did read If I Were You in 2015 and inhaled it in two days and this has just reignited my need for more by the author. The Poet was an extraordinary gripping read that kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time from page one to the very last. I finished the first 68% in two days then life got in my way and I needed to put it down. Sam is strong and she is determined to bring the Poet down. She's the brainy, intuitive and methodical one. He is the charmer, the sounding board, and the protective voice of reason. You will love the banter that takes part between Sam and Lang and the chemistry between FBI boyfriend Wade adds so much to the story you will love the dynamic between the three of them. Sam is a strong independent woman who does not turn her brain off until the case is solved and it is fantastic. The twists and turns in the story are not predictable and make you more invested in the story. Just about the time you think you have figured it out the plot takes a right turn and off you go in a different direction. I was so thrilled that Goodreads shows this as book 1 in the Samantha Jazz series because after the last page I was sad that it was over. This book gave me Women’s Murder Club vibes which I inhaled up until book 15 so I need a replacement for a great crime-fighting duo or group and the female lead is amazing! I am totally obsessed with this read everyone needs to read it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    He watches her from afar, the master teaching the student. Sometimes he punishes her, other times her rewards her, all the time he tortures her. The Poet leaves them naked and bound with poetry shoved in their mouths. A gift to Detective Jazz, a special message just for her. The Poet is a serial killer obsessed with Jazz and as the bodies pile up, she begins to see, how deep this obsession goes. The Poet is deeply disturbing, and a total mind game, that makes your head spin. The Passages writte He watches her from afar, the master teaching the student. Sometimes he punishes her, other times her rewards her, all the time he tortures her. The Poet leaves them naked and bound with poetry shoved in their mouths. A gift to Detective Jazz, a special message just for her. The Poet is a serial killer obsessed with Jazz and as the bodies pile up, she begins to see, how deep this obsession goes. The Poet is deeply disturbing, and a total mind game, that makes your head spin. The Passages written in the Poets point of view are creepy and deranged. Every chapter I was unsure who the poet was. This one held its secrets until the end. Detective Jazz is a badass female lead that is strong and unfortunately emotionally charged. She lets her emotions get the best of her in some situations and her stupidity as a detective pissed me off. The writer made me want to yell at her and there were time I was mumbling stuff to myself. If you are a mystery, thrillers, psychological thrillers, and police procedurals lover you need to read this!! It combines them all into a disturbing story that will keep you on the edge of your seat guessing until the last moment!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Marija

    Young detective, a corrupted cop daughter, is called to take over one murder case from a detective that vanished into thin air. It is potential serial murder where murderer is leaving lines from poems and she is the only in the police that has education in poetry. From that point we have a police procedural story where Detective Samantha Jazz is solving The poets secret. with help of her partner and colleagues. The murderer is watching her, stalking her, and murders that are happening are somehow Young detective, a corrupted cop daughter, is called to take over one murder case from a detective that vanished into thin air. It is potential serial murder where murderer is leaving lines from poems and she is the only in the police that has education in poetry. From that point we have a police procedural story where Detective Samantha Jazz is solving The poets secret. with help of her partner and colleagues. The murderer is watching her, stalking her, and murders that are happening are somehow connected to her. They have one suspect but is it him or just another evil man that fits into the puzzle? Samantha is pushed to the limits with her obsession to catch him, she even puts her job into jeopardy... I myself was invested in thinking who the killer is, that kept me glued to my kindle until I finished the book. This book offers a lot of mind games, thinking, poetry insights, running and rushing around, a bit of good twists and turns and unexpected killer 4.3/5

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jaymi The OC Book Girl

    Police procedural/thriller - on book tour. Detective Samantha Jazz has a new case and it’s because she has a poetry background. The killer left his victim dead with a few lines of poetry placed in their mouth. Her partner is Ethan Langford and they have a good working relationship. He’s protective of her because her cop father died and he turned out to be corrupt. The story had a lot of potential, a murder at a bookstore, poetry analysis and a smart female detective who lives on popcorn, wine and Police procedural/thriller - on book tour. Detective Samantha Jazz has a new case and it’s because she has a poetry background. The killer left his victim dead with a few lines of poetry placed in their mouth. Her partner is Ethan Langford and they have a good working relationship. He’s protective of her because her cop father died and he turned out to be corrupt. The story had a lot of potential, a murder at a bookstore, poetry analysis and a smart female detective who lives on popcorn, wine and chocolate. Sam is a good detective with great instincts and she quickly narrows the field of suspects to a professor who is creepy and evil. We also get to hear from the killer in a few short chapters scattered through the book and we learn that he has a god complex and an obsession with poetry, specifically TS Elliott.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rubie Clark

    The Poet.... this book is a Detective thriller. Sam Jazz is chasing a serial killer. But little does she know he has plans for her! I enjoyed this book. For some odd reason it took me awhile to finish it. I thought I was never going to finish it. LoL The characters I just loved Detective Lang I absolutely loved his role in the story. Sam & Langs relationship was nice (brother/sister) type. Even tho I found myself wishing they would hook up. (A can dream right)? These were type of characters I cou The Poet.... this book is a Detective thriller. Sam Jazz is chasing a serial killer. But little does she know he has plans for her! I enjoyed this book. For some odd reason it took me awhile to finish it. I thought I was never going to finish it. LoL The characters I just loved Detective Lang I absolutely loved his role in the story. Sam & Langs relationship was nice (brother/sister) type. Even tho I found myself wishing they would hook up. (A can dream right)? These were type of characters I could imagine in real life. Just loved. The story in general was good! I wished the suspect was someone else I guess I was wanting it to be a complete shocker sorta thing but it wasn't. Overall it was a good book! I enjoyed! Thanks NetGalley. Publisher and Author. I loved how The Poet was brought into it all for arc.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Carissa

    Being that this is a murder mystery/thriller only it was ok. I can tell Lisa did her research and getting into the killers head...she really did a good job. Sadly I think we can all guess the killer from the prologue. It just wasn't surprising at all. I'll still check out Lisa's work. I LOVE this cover! I received this book at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Being that this is a murder mystery/thriller only it was ok. I can tell Lisa did her research and getting into the killers head...she really did a good job. Sadly I think we can all guess the killer from the prologue. It just wasn't surprising at all. I'll still check out Lisa's work. I LOVE this cover! I received this book at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Shiraz

    3.5 stars. I was invested in who the killer was, but I think the book could have been pared down a lot. A lot of time was spent on phone calls and dead end leads, which suggests that a lot of research went into how police handle such cases, but doesn't necessarily make for the best read. Halfway through, I felt as though I were reading in order to get to the reveal just because there was a lot of unnecessary footwork involved. This was a pretty straightforward serial killer mystery with interest 3.5 stars. I was invested in who the killer was, but I think the book could have been pared down a lot. A lot of time was spent on phone calls and dead end leads, which suggests that a lot of research went into how police handle such cases, but doesn't necessarily make for the best read. Halfway through, I felt as though I were reading in order to get to the reveal just because there was a lot of unnecessary footwork involved. This was a pretty straightforward serial killer mystery with interesting characters and plot.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ilana

    First off, I need to thank Netgalley for getting me a copy of this book soo soo early. I’m going to start off by saying that I had no idea that one of my favorite ‘Romance’ writers also wrote in other genres. Perhaps I should have dug into her more, but Lisa Renee Jones has managed to keep me so entertained over the years that I felt no need until I ran out of series to follow. Anyhow, we have a thriller on our hands here, The Poet is a murder / serial killer mystery that takes so many different First off, I need to thank Netgalley for getting me a copy of this book soo soo early. I’m going to start off by saying that I had no idea that one of my favorite ‘Romance’ writers also wrote in other genres. Perhaps I should have dug into her more, but Lisa Renee Jones has managed to keep me so entertained over the years that I felt no need until I ran out of series to follow. Anyhow, we have a thriller on our hands here, The Poet is a murder / serial killer mystery that takes so many different twists and turns. We start off years in the past at what likely is the beginning of it all, when we’re in a classroom watching a student struggle to read a poem, which them turns into a bullying situation after class and interestingly a dead body being found the next morning. We fast forward into the future where our main character is a Detective who’s one of the best at solving murder cases. Detective Samantha Jazz is the daughter of the Police Captain who was just murdered 3 months prior, and the goddaughter of the Police Chief, so she’s connected but she’s gotten to where she is on her own merit. When she’s back from leave from her father’s death, she’s quickly back into things where she’s called to sub in on a case where the killer left a poem in the victim’s mouth, an no one knows what it means. Sam is a Poet Master of sorts, ran a poetry club in college etc, and now she’s putting all that good learning to use. The journey in this book is a complex one. We see the road that Sam has to go down to heal from her father’s death, and on top of that, she learned that her father wasn’t the cleanest of cops so there’s the stigma that comes along with that. She’s also trying to find her footing when she’s not exactly sure where she fits in anymore. She’s recently in limbo in a relationship and she’s not sure who she can trust. The research that our author clearly did to make this story come to life was intense. We watch the process of examining a case from all angles, from the cops to the ME to the DA etc. We also watch how they form their hypothesis of who’s the suspect and how to track them down. We’re drawn down path after path on certain characters, never quite knowing if they are the culprit or not. On top of this though, there’s the fact that the detective who was assigned to the case previously is now missing and no one knows where he’s gone and if he’s alive. Characters that we want to believe on our side are set up to seem as though they could be dirty or suspect. There’s a detective named Jackson that Sam wants to bring into the team but she gets an off feeling and he’s always where he’s not supposed to be, and at the same place as the presumed suspect. making him suspect. While they’re trying to solve this murder mystery, there’s also a bit of romance to keep things on the same tone as what we get from LRJ, although not nearly as ‘erotic’ for lack of a better word. Sam’s ‘ex’ of sorts, Wade, comes back to help both professionally and personally since he’s FBI. We see that relationship take on a new form and want to have hope for the future. What I will say about this story is that the path to the killer uncovers quite a bit of interesting ‘stuff’. No one is innocent and yet there’s a surprise twist nonetheless. I think you guys should definitely try to find this book when it’s out in March because I could NOT put it down

  24. 5 out of 5

    Cinta

    Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for letting me read an ARC of this book. The premise was quite interesting and sounded exciting, and that's why I requested a copy of this book. But I had a hard time getting into it. It took me forever to read the first 25% of the book, because it didn't have a lot of action and it started sounding repetitive. It was also a bit confusing, to the point that I didn't know what they were talking about at times. Jumping from one case to the other, from on Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for letting me read an ARC of this book. The premise was quite interesting and sounded exciting, and that's why I requested a copy of this book. But I had a hard time getting into it. It took me forever to read the first 25% of the book, because it didn't have a lot of action and it started sounding repetitive. It was also a bit confusing, to the point that I didn't know what they were talking about at times. Jumping from one case to the other, from one person to another, talking about the past, talking about the present... It was way too convoluted and complicated, while at the same time not saying a lot. As for the main character, Detective Jazz, I didn't like it. I didn't feel any kind of connection or sympathy towards her. I think the book could improve with way less of her inner thoughts, which tend to be the same thing over and over again. Yeah, we get it, you went through a traumatic event and felt betrayed. Time to move on. The rest of the characters were okay, but not memorable. By halfway reading the book, I was mixing them up; their voices were too similar. And the murderer character wasn't intriguing enough for me. Plot wise, there were some details that irritated me, but I cannot elaborate more without revealing spoilers. I will just say that some things felt too convenient, others too random, and the moments when some of the characters had a sudden revelation felt too forced. Overall, it didn't get my attention and I ended up skipping huge parts of the book to get to the end. Over one hundred chapters seems overkill to me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Mags

    4.5⭐ The Poet is a well-written and plotted police procedural. That captured my interest from the start, as Detective Samantha Jazz takes over the hunt for a serial killer she has nicknamed 'The Poet'. And with an interesting mix of characters, police politics, and the recent death of Sam's dad, who happened to be a dirty cop. This was a captivating read; and one that certainly kept me guessing. Would happily recommend. **I was kindly provided with an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest rev 4.5⭐ The Poet is a well-written and plotted police procedural. That captured my interest from the start, as Detective Samantha Jazz takes over the hunt for a serial killer she has nicknamed 'The Poet'. And with an interesting mix of characters, police politics, and the recent death of Sam's dad, who happened to be a dirty cop. This was a captivating read; and one that certainly kept me guessing. Would happily recommend. **I was kindly provided with an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**

  26. 4 out of 5

    Alisa

    There is a serial killer who leaves words of poetry in the victim's mouths. Detective Samantha Jazz is tasked with investigating this case after the previous detective goes missing. She names this killer The Poet. What she doesn't know though is that he is doing all of it for her. I have mixed feelings on this one. Okay,starting with the things I liked. I really liked Sam as the protagonist. Cold and distant when she needs to be but still very human at heart. I liked her partner Lang and the dyna There is a serial killer who leaves words of poetry in the victim's mouths. Detective Samantha Jazz is tasked with investigating this case after the previous detective goes missing. She names this killer The Poet. What she doesn't know though is that he is doing all of it for her. I have mixed feelings on this one. Okay,starting with the things I liked. I really liked Sam as the protagonist. Cold and distant when she needs to be but still very human at heart. I liked her partner Lang and the dynamics between them. They really understood each other and had each other's backs. Also,the banter was great and provided a much needed relief from the dark stuff. I liked Sam's sort of boyfriend Wade. The relationship there was also pretty great and interesting to read about. What I didn't enjoy so much was the ending and also partially how we got there. For most of the book Sam was convinced that she knows who the killer is and that definitely clouded her judgment. I understand that it was because The Poet got inside her head but it was still frustrating. I also thought the book should have been shorter,the middle part dragged. And then the ending was anticlimactic. We spent like 85 % of the book focused on someone else but then once that is forgotten the plot moves super quickly and we have our killer suddenly. I mean if it was that easy Sam should have caught him ages ago. So,I have complaints but overall I enjoyed this book. If it turns out to be the first book in a series I would definitely read the next one. Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    BookNerdsBrainDump

    Short Take: Like a porn with no nudity. Duckies, the weather is gross, this book was dumb, and I am over EVERYTHING. I’ve spent almost two weeks trying to read this thing, and I finally decided to just power through & hope it would redeem itself in the end, but it didn’t. The only good thing about having so little payoff is that there wasn’t much buildup either. In The Poet, Detective Samantha Jazz (and I just can’t with that name, good grief) is hunting a serial killer with a fixation on poetry. Short Take: Like a porn with no nudity. Duckies, the weather is gross, this book was dumb, and I am over EVERYTHING. I’ve spent almost two weeks trying to read this thing, and I finally decided to just power through & hope it would redeem itself in the end, but it didn’t. The only good thing about having so little payoff is that there wasn’t much buildup either. In The Poet, Detective Samantha Jazz (and I just can’t with that name, good grief) is hunting a serial killer with a fixation on poetry. She’s joined by her muscle-bound partner Lang and her occasional boyfriend FBI agent Wade. Sam is also haunted by memories of her father, a crooked cop who was shot right in front of her. Seem overly simple? It is. This book does not deserve the nearly 400 pages it has. Sam could have been an interesting character, but the author’s biggest mistake was writing Sam’s chapters in the first person. Because despite the thousands and thousands of words devoted to Sam’s thoughts, we never get a sense of her feelings. It’s page after page of what she does, and occasionally what she thinks, but never ever what she feels. Sam and her partner flirt with each other a lot. Does she find him attractive? We don’t know, she never says. She loved her father, and stopped idolizing him when she figured out he was corrupt, but did she grieve when he died? Does she miss fun things they did together, is she still angry with him? No clue. (I should note that this book takes place about 3 months after her father’s death, it’s not exactly the distant past). It makes it impossible to engage with the character, to feel much of anything with or for her. To quote someone who shows about the same level of emotion - I really don’t care, do u? Samantha is also unlikable and not in a fun way. She’s a woman cop, daughter of a disgraced cop, and that obviously comes with a truckload of baggage in the police department. Sam’s way of dealing with this seems to be to be pushy and rude to anyone she encounters. It would be understandable and even interesting if we saw a bit of the insecurity that usually underlies behavior like that, but nope. She just is one of those people who insists they are always right and refuses to hear anything to the contrary, but Ms. Jones lets her always be right. She’s an expert on poetry and profiling and some kind of semi-psychic who can actually SENSE EVIL and whatever else she needs to be or do at the moment. I’ve mentioned a few dozen times before how boring perfection is in a character, right? Oh yeah, and we’re told explicitly (and apropos of absolutely nothing) that Sam TOTALLY HATES overweight and out of shape cops. It’s definitely not in a body-shaming way though, you guys! But lest we all think she’s just some soulless basic pretty white girl who is grossed out by fat coworkers and uses the word “cute” to describe real estate (she is and she does), we’re told approximately 47 times that she really likes chocolate. She’s just like us, y’all!! A bad good guy in a book could probably be sufficiently offset by a good bad guy, but we don’t get that either. The chapters from the killer’s POV are cheesy and lame. He’s a bad stereotype, a Hannibal Lecter ordered from Wish. Super genius, super rich and handsome and married with a wife and kids who don’t suspect a thing because although his obsession is uncontrollable, he can easily control it around them. On the plus side, the chapters are super short, otherwise, it might have been even more of a slog. The Nerd’s Rating: TWO HAPPY NEURONS (and does anyone have a recipe for a vodka and snow cocktail? This crap has to be good for something other than “cold, wet, and miserable”.)

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ilana

    First off, I need to thank Netgalley for getting me a copy of this book soo soo early. I’m going to start off by saying that I had no idea that one of my favorite ‘Romance’ writers also wrote in other genres. Perhaps I should have dug into her more, but Lisa Renee Jones has managed to keep me so entertained over the years that I felt no need until I ran out of series to follow. Anyhow, we have a thriller on our hands here, The Poet is a murder / serial killer mystery that takes so many different First off, I need to thank Netgalley for getting me a copy of this book soo soo early. I’m going to start off by saying that I had no idea that one of my favorite ‘Romance’ writers also wrote in other genres. Perhaps I should have dug into her more, but Lisa Renee Jones has managed to keep me so entertained over the years that I felt no need until I ran out of series to follow. Anyhow, we have a thriller on our hands here, The Poet is a murder / serial killer mystery that takes so many different twists and turns. We start off years in the past at what likely is the beginning of it all, when we’re in a classroom watching a student struggle to read a poem, which them turns into a bullying situation after class and interestingly a dead body being found the next morning. We fast forward into the future where our main character is a Detective who’s one of the best at solving murder cases. Detective Samantha Jazz is the daughter of the Police Captain who was just murdered 3 months prior, and the goddaughter of the Police Chief, so she’s connected but she’s gotten to where she is on her own merit. When she’s back from leave from her father’s death, she’s quickly back into things where she’s called to sub in on a case where the killer left a poem in the victim’s mouth, an no one knows what it means. Sam is a Poet Master of sorts, ran a poetry club in college etc, and now she’s putting all that good learning to use. The journey in this book is a complex one. We see the road that Sam has to go down to heal from her father’s death, and on top of that, she learned that her father wasn’t the cleanest of cops so there’s the stigma that comes along with that. She’s also trying to find her footing when she’s not exactly sure where she fits in anymore. She’s recently in limbo in a relationship and she’s not sure who she can trust. The research that our author clearly did to make this story come to life was intense. We watch the process of examining a case from all angles, from the cops to the ME to the DA etc. We also watch how they form their hypothesis of who’s the suspect and how to track them down. We’re drawn down path after path on certain characters, never quite knowing if they are the culprit or not. On top of this though, there’s the fact that the detective who was assigned to the case previously is now missing and no one knows where he’s gone and if he’s alive. Characters that we want to believe on our side are set up to seem as though they could be dirty or suspect. There’s a detective named Jackson that Sam wants to bring into the team but she gets an off feeling and he’s always where he’s not supposed to be, and at the same place as the presumed suspect. making him suspect. While they’re trying to solve this murder mystery, there’s also a bit of romance to keep things on the same tone as what we get from LRJ, although not nearly as ‘erotic’ for lack of a better word. Sam’s ‘ex’ of sorts, Wade, comes back to help both professionally and personally since he’s FBI. We see that relationship take on a new form and want to have hope for the future. What I will say about this story is that the path to the killer uncovers quite a bit of interesting ‘stuff’. No one is innocent and yet there’s a surprise twist nonetheless. I think you guys should definitely try to find this book when it’s out in March because I could NOT put it down

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dee Arr

    In the last third of the book, Detective Samantha Jazz thinks “…something about this doesn’t feel like the end. Something feels wrong.” That statement describes how I felt throughout the entire book. The novel felt like it was simply following a chosen narrative, merely going through the motions as all the pieces were fit into a specific template. Samantha tells us all about who she is during regular info dumps. Overall, she falls into the category of super smart (at one point she states “I have In the last third of the book, Detective Samantha Jazz thinks “…something about this doesn’t feel like the end. Something feels wrong.” That statement describes how I felt throughout the entire book. The novel felt like it was simply following a chosen narrative, merely going through the motions as all the pieces were fit into a specific template. Samantha tells us all about who she is during regular info dumps. Overall, she falls into the category of super smart (at one point she states “I have the highest solve rate of the department and one of the highest solve rates in the country”). This is supposed to set her up as a worthy adversary of the killer (who is also extremely intelligent). She continually examines her own motives but only in a superficial way, thus causing the character revelations to appear forced rather than functioning as natural occurrences. Some might feel I am revealing too much about the plot, so those worried about potential spoilers should not move on to paragraph four. My overall feeling on this book is that it is predictable and that the police procedural scenes resemble those television shows and movies that might be entertaining but have few roots in everyday reality. It is also obvious when the author is pushing us in the wrong direction in order to set up the Big Reveal. POTENTIAL SPOILERS: The errors in the book battle credibility. The author’s detectives are chomping at the bit, ready to arrest a suspect based on hunches alone and not a thread of evidence. Detective Jazz enters a murder scene first, then tells the CSI team they cannot enter until she has completed her personal search of the crime scene. Samantha also removes crucial evidence around in the crime scene, negating the effect of matching two different murders to one potential suspect. Additionally, her disregard for proper chain of evidence is mindboggling. If Samantha was truly in charge of the crime scene, her focus would have been more on observations and then preserving it rather than personally disturbing it. The conversation with medical examiner Hazel Lee would lead one to believe that those in Lee’s profession travel to every murder scene, while reality is that the majority of their work is performed away from the scene of the crime. Actions of the characters in this book reflect what television and movies would have us believe. And as there is no evidence against her main suspect, why would Samantha and her partner Langford talk seriously about shooting someone who was fleeing from a murder scene? Whether she shot while facing him or at his back, there was still no legal justification for doing so, yet Samantha more than once berates herself for missing this “opportunity.” Ms. Jones sets up evidence to lead us in the wrong direction, but it’s so heavy-handed that a reader can’t miss that she is leading us in the wrong direction rather than dropping clues and allowing us to pursue the red herrings we choose to follow. I prefer when an author drops clues but they are left so casually, many times I miss them. Unfortunately, this did not happen in “The Poet.” Combined with convenient coincidences and the police procedural errors, it is difficult to award this book more than two-and-a-half stars. My thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing, LLC for a complimentary electronic copy of this book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mason Adey

    The Poet is a gripping first entry into a new detective series that I will be sure to return to once there are more available. After reading the description I was interested but I didn't get my hopes too high as some crime novels can be somewhat dissappointing at times however The Poet exceeded my expectations by a long shot. It had a great pace that kept me interested, as well as a highly enjoyable plot that had me double checking that my doors were locked at night. Samantha Jazz was a pretty l The Poet is a gripping first entry into a new detective series that I will be sure to return to once there are more available. After reading the description I was interested but I didn't get my hopes too high as some crime novels can be somewhat dissappointing at times however The Poet exceeded my expectations by a long shot. It had a great pace that kept me interested, as well as a highly enjoyable plot that had me double checking that my doors were locked at night. Samantha Jazz was a pretty likeable character who was only occasionally prone to "Everything Is My Fault" syndrome although considering the actual nature of the case she is investigating this is actually more understandable than in other books. I liked that she has a very strong personality and she doesn't have time for anybody's BS standing up for herself and speaking her mind on multiple occasions. It was enjoyable to get to know her and her somewat troubled recent history and thought the depiction of the relationship with her father and the way she views him was very interesting. The interactions that she has with the people around her are always packed with snippy banter and Ireally enjoyed the dynamics she has with her partner Lang who has an equally strong personality. they are constantly butting heads over one thing or another but it never got frustrating. I actually thought that it seemed like a fairly realistic depiction of what two detectives might actually be like when they are on the job together and also navigating a friendship. I listened to this book via Audible and I thought that both the narrators were pretty good although I have to say that I thought Scott Brick was the better of the two. The intensity that he brings to The Poet is palpable, It really did come across as creepy because he always sounds so animated, excited and passionate. Britney Prestly also did a very good job and for the most part I thought that she brought a likeability to Detective Jazz. I think that when Jazz is being sarcastic and witty or determined and emotional it works really well but unfortunately I did feel that it was difficult to distinguish the male voices from one another and occasionally I thought one character was talking when it was an entirely different one. I feel like I had learnt to tell the subtle differences by the end of the book though. I thought this was a wel thought out, tense and exciting case and if this is the first entry I am very excited for what comes next. My one complaint, other than the fact that Jazz refers to herself as a badass on multiple occasions and I hate it when characters do that, is that the ending came very suddenly and I felt like I had whiplash from the brakes being slammed on. I'm willing to forgive that though because of how much I liked the rest of the book. I would highly recommend this for anyone who is a sucker for a good detective story.

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