I have just discovered Tamara Silar Jones.
I was intrigued by the blurb of her first book, which seemed to be offering a cross-over genre of a hard-core detective/mystery book set in in a medievalesque fantasy world. What I got was EXACTLY that, but I was surprised by the level of ghastly violent gore in the story. Being me, I kind of enjoyed it. I felt sick to my stomach once or twice, but otherwise enjoyed the ride. But if I had to choose, I'd actually file this book in the Horror shelves of a bookstore, not Fantasy, nor Mystery.
Ghost in the Snow is the first book. Excellent writing. Good plot if you can cope with the gore. I don't know if the author was consciously inspired by the Jack the Ripper case, but the escalating mutilations reminded me of it. Excellent characterisations. I really fell in love with the main characters, and was interested in them enough that I immediately bought the second and third books.
* Ghosts in the Snow (October 2004, ISBN 0-553-58709-9)
* Threads of Malice (October 2005, ISBN 0-553-58710-2)
* Valley of the Soul (October 2006, ISBN 0-553-58711-0)
Threads of Malice came next, and my God the author pulled no punches. This one was full of extreme sexual violence mostly perpetrated against male children. Again I was absorbed in my sympathy with the main characters. Absorbed with the story. I don't apologise for enjoying a fictional account of such horrible depravity, such tortures inflicted upon characters. But I understand why this book attracted a review that reviled the entire book for its storyline. There are certain readers that would find this book making them sick, and nothing but sick.
I am taking a break before reading Valley of the Soul. But if you like Horror and gore, or you can cope with it in order to meet sympathetic characters... I recommend this series.