The Best Bad Things

The Best Bad Things

?A brazen, brawny, sexy standout of a historical thrill ride, The Best Bad Things is full of unforgettable characters and insatiable appetites. I was riveted. Painstakingly researched and pulsing with adrenaline, Carrasco?s debut will leave you thirsty for more.? ?Lyndsay Faye, author of The Gods of Gotham A vivid, sexy barn burner of a historical crime novel, The Best Bad ?A brazen, brawny, sexy standout of a historical thrill ride, The Best Bad Things is full of unforgettable c...

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Title:The Best Bad Things
Author:Katrina Carrasco
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Genres:Historical
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Number of Pages:400 pages pages

The Best Bad Things Reviews

  • Heidi
    Nov 24, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...

    3.5 Stars. ...

    This was not for me. Alma Rosales was a completely unbelievable character, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I wanted to love this book and the description attracted me mostly because of Alma. She isn't like anybody I've read about before and that appealed to me--I'd love to read mo...

    The highest compliment I can pay this book is to say that it completely consumed my brain while I was reading it -- everything that happened in my day made me think of it, and I spent most of my waking moments at least 15% in its world. Everything in that world is distinctive and fully...

    This book sounded like it was tailor-made for me. Female Pinkerton agent in pre-statehood Washington (Port Townsend, to be exact), AND she likes the ladies? I've never wanted Netgalley to approve me for a book than this one. It did not disappoint! While it has a strong mystery plot ...

    3.5 Stars Alma Rosales is a new sort of heroine. She?s smart. She?s brash. She?s a snoop and a spy. She?s daring, sharp-tongued and maybe a little too full of herself. Her self-confidence is both a blessing and a curse as she sets off on high-adrenaline historical fiction s...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Alma Rosales is searching for stolen opium. Shifting between a lady and her male persona Jack Camp, she lies, cheats and kills to find what she is looking for. It was an effort to get through this, having to read over ...

    This bloody, thrilling, mysterious book left me breathless and wanting more. It?s unlike anything else, a remarkable and revelatory debut tackling the intersections of gender, violence, lust, greed, and power against the historical backdrop of late 19th century Washington State in th...

  • Kaijsa
    Aug 02, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...

    3.5 Stars. ...

    This was not for me. Alma Rosales was a completely unbelievable character, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I wanted to love this book and the description attracted me mostly because of Alma. She isn't like anybody I've read about before and that appealed to me--I'd love to read mo...

  • Geonn Cannon
    May 15, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...

    3.5 Stars. ...

    This was not for me. Alma Rosales was a completely unbelievable character, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I wanted to love this book and the description attracted me mostly because of Alma. She isn't like anybody I've read about before and that appealed to me--I'd love to read mo...

    The highest compliment I can pay this book is to say that it completely consumed my brain while I was reading it -- everything that happened in my day made me think of it, and I spent most of my waking moments at least 15% in its world. Everything in that world is distinctive and fully...

    This book sounded like it was tailor-made for me. Female Pinkerton agent in pre-statehood Washington (Port Townsend, to be exact), AND she likes the ladies? I've never wanted Netgalley to approve me for a book than this one. It did not disappoint! While it has a strong mystery plot ...

  • Martha
    Nov 21, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...

    3.5 Stars. ...

    This was not for me. Alma Rosales was a completely unbelievable character, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I wanted to love this book and the description attracted me mostly because of Alma. She isn't like anybody I've read about before and that appealed to me--I'd love to read mo...

    The highest compliment I can pay this book is to say that it completely consumed my brain while I was reading it -- everything that happened in my day made me think of it, and I spent most of my waking moments at least 15% in its world. Everything in that world is distinctive and fully...

  • Patty
    Dec 22, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...

    3.5 Stars. ...

    This was not for me. Alma Rosales was a completely unbelievable character, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I wanted to love this book and the description attracted me mostly because of Alma. She isn't like anybody I've read about before and that appealed to me--I'd love to read mo...

    The highest compliment I can pay this book is to say that it completely consumed my brain while I was reading it -- everything that happened in my day made me think of it, and I spent most of my waking moments at least 15% in its world. Everything in that world is distinctive and fully...

    This book sounded like it was tailor-made for me. Female Pinkerton agent in pre-statehood Washington (Port Townsend, to be exact), AND she likes the ladies? I've never wanted Netgalley to approve me for a book than this one. It did not disappoint! While it has a strong mystery plot ...

    3.5 Stars Alma Rosales is a new sort of heroine. She?s smart. She?s brash. She?s a snoop and a spy. She?s daring, sharp-tongued and maybe a little too full of herself. Her self-confidence is both a blessing and a curse as she sets off on high-adrenaline historical fiction s...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Alma Rosales is searching for stolen opium. Shifting between a lady and her male persona Jack Camp, she lies, cheats and kills to find what she is looking for. It was an effort to get through this, having to read over ...

    This bloody, thrilling, mysterious book left me breathless and wanting more. It?s unlike anything else, a remarkable and revelatory debut tackling the intersections of gender, violence, lust, greed, and power against the historical backdrop of late 19th century Washington State in th...

    I came for a great read and I got a major motion picture in my head! Reading The Best Bad Things is like being plunged into a queer historical action-adventure movie, with the character-driven nuance of prestige TV?and literary fiction. To say that this novel pulses with life is as...

    This book started off with a bang and I remember thinking, "Oh man...this is going to be an awesome book." Sadly though, for me personally, things started to go downhill shortly thereafter and I could barely sustain enough interest to finish it. To be clear, I don't think this is n...

    A novel set in 1887 in Port Townsend, Washington, starring Alma Rosales: ex-Pinkerton detective, current opium smuggler. Alma is newly arrived in Port Townsend, and is there on a mission. Part One: figure out who is the head of the opium game in town. Part Two: take his place. As you m...

  • Jennifer
    Oct 05, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...

    3.5 Stars. ...

    This was not for me. Alma Rosales was a completely unbelievable character, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I wanted to love this book and the description attracted me mostly because of Alma. She isn't like anybody I've read about before and that appealed to me--I'd love to read mo...

    The highest compliment I can pay this book is to say that it completely consumed my brain while I was reading it -- everything that happened in my day made me think of it, and I spent most of my waking moments at least 15% in its world. Everything in that world is distinctive and fully...

    This book sounded like it was tailor-made for me. Female Pinkerton agent in pre-statehood Washington (Port Townsend, to be exact), AND she likes the ladies? I've never wanted Netgalley to approve me for a book than this one. It did not disappoint! While it has a strong mystery plot ...

    3.5 Stars Alma Rosales is a new sort of heroine. She?s smart. She?s brash. She?s a snoop and a spy. She?s daring, sharp-tongued and maybe a little too full of herself. Her self-confidence is both a blessing and a curse as she sets off on high-adrenaline historical fiction s...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Alma Rosales is searching for stolen opium. Shifting between a lady and her male persona Jack Camp, she lies, cheats and kills to find what she is looking for. It was an effort to get through this, having to read over ...

    This bloody, thrilling, mysterious book left me breathless and wanting more. It?s unlike anything else, a remarkable and revelatory debut tackling the intersections of gender, violence, lust, greed, and power against the historical backdrop of late 19th century Washington State in th...

    I came for a great read and I got a major motion picture in my head! Reading The Best Bad Things is like being plunged into a queer historical action-adventure movie, with the character-driven nuance of prestige TV?and literary fiction. To say that this novel pulses with life is as...

    This book started off with a bang and I remember thinking, "Oh man...this is going to be an awesome book." Sadly though, for me personally, things started to go downhill shortly thereafter and I could barely sustain enough interest to finish it. To be clear, I don't think this is n...

  • Kasa Cotugno
    Sep 18, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...

  • Stacia
    Dec 31, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...

    3.5 Stars. ...

    This was not for me. Alma Rosales was a completely unbelievable character, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I wanted to love this book and the description attracted me mostly because of Alma. She isn't like anybody I've read about before and that appealed to me--I'd love to read mo...

    The highest compliment I can pay this book is to say that it completely consumed my brain while I was reading it -- everything that happened in my day made me think of it, and I spent most of my waking moments at least 15% in its world. Everything in that world is distinctive and fully...

    This book sounded like it was tailor-made for me. Female Pinkerton agent in pre-statehood Washington (Port Townsend, to be exact), AND she likes the ladies? I've never wanted Netgalley to approve me for a book than this one. It did not disappoint! While it has a strong mystery plot ...

    3.5 Stars Alma Rosales is a new sort of heroine. She?s smart. She?s brash. She?s a snoop and a spy. She?s daring, sharp-tongued and maybe a little too full of herself. Her self-confidence is both a blessing and a curse as she sets off on high-adrenaline historical fiction s...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Alma Rosales is searching for stolen opium. Shifting between a lady and her male persona Jack Camp, she lies, cheats and kills to find what she is looking for. It was an effort to get through this, having to read over ...

    This bloody, thrilling, mysterious book left me breathless and wanting more. It?s unlike anything else, a remarkable and revelatory debut tackling the intersections of gender, violence, lust, greed, and power against the historical backdrop of late 19th century Washington State in th...

    I came for a great read and I got a major motion picture in my head! Reading The Best Bad Things is like being plunged into a queer historical action-adventure movie, with the character-driven nuance of prestige TV?and literary fiction. To say that this novel pulses with life is as...

    This book started off with a bang and I remember thinking, "Oh man...this is going to be an awesome book." Sadly though, for me personally, things started to go downhill shortly thereafter and I could barely sustain enough interest to finish it. To be clear, I don't think this is n...

    A novel set in 1887 in Port Townsend, Washington, starring Alma Rosales: ex-Pinkerton detective, current opium smuggler. Alma is newly arrived in Port Townsend, and is there on a mission. Part One: figure out who is the head of the opium game in town. Part Two: take his place. As you m...

    This was one of final books I read in 2018, (well I listened to the audiobook, although I have also bought the book and will be reading it the traditional way very soon) but even before I finished it, The Best Bad Things shot rapidly to the joint top of my books of the year list. Every...

    Hm. Some things are better than the sum of their parts, like the 2016 Super Bowl Champion NE Patriots. This book is the opposite. Everything is in place for a terrific historical suspense thriller ? a compelling protagonist, a richly researched time and place, a dramatic plot with a ...

    Its easy to dismiss some of the violent, gritty periods in history as the product of excess testosterone and insufficient civilization. But the story of the women who chose to dress as men, and swagger their way through the early part of the century defies that explanation. Alma Ro...

    Who knew that sleepy Port Townsend could ever have been so exciting? This was compelling reading and I never considered putting it down, but this is a brutal book. There is a lot of sex, a lot of violence, and a lot of mixing of the two. If any of that bothers you, consider this a warn...

    Queer bisexual mystery of my dreams, where have you been all my life?! I love queer, subversive characters. Gritty mysteries. Well-written sexual tension. Yet I've never gotten all three in one book -- until The Best Bad Things. I found myself constantly delighted by how Carrasco's...

    108 pages in but I wasn't hooked by the characters or the plot. The story features a woman who goes undercover as Alan to sniff out the snitches in 1870s west coast. I had trouble following all the characters and who was double-crossing whom. After reading a few other reviews that shar...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway, and I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy. Carrasco's historical novel, thickly plotted and populated with disreputable characters, tells a story of violence and backstabbing amid nineteenth-century America's western...

    Probably 3.5 stars. Gritty & gripping. (Sometimes too gritty.) I enjoyed the feminist bent to the story, but that piece of it didn't feel fully authentic in a few spots. Could have been trimmed a bit to make the story tighter. The atmosphere tied in well with other books I've read ...

  • Liz
    Oct 25, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

  • Paula Lyle
    Nov 04, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...

    3.5 Stars. ...

    This was not for me. Alma Rosales was a completely unbelievable character, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I wanted to love this book and the description attracted me mostly because of Alma. She isn't like anybody I've read about before and that appealed to me--I'd love to read mo...

    The highest compliment I can pay this book is to say that it completely consumed my brain while I was reading it -- everything that happened in my day made me think of it, and I spent most of my waking moments at least 15% in its world. Everything in that world is distinctive and fully...

    This book sounded like it was tailor-made for me. Female Pinkerton agent in pre-statehood Washington (Port Townsend, to be exact), AND she likes the ladies? I've never wanted Netgalley to approve me for a book than this one. It did not disappoint! While it has a strong mystery plot ...

    3.5 Stars Alma Rosales is a new sort of heroine. She?s smart. She?s brash. She?s a snoop and a spy. She?s daring, sharp-tongued and maybe a little too full of herself. Her self-confidence is both a blessing and a curse as she sets off on high-adrenaline historical fiction s...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Alma Rosales is searching for stolen opium. Shifting between a lady and her male persona Jack Camp, she lies, cheats and kills to find what she is looking for. It was an effort to get through this, having to read over ...

    This bloody, thrilling, mysterious book left me breathless and wanting more. It?s unlike anything else, a remarkable and revelatory debut tackling the intersections of gender, violence, lust, greed, and power against the historical backdrop of late 19th century Washington State in th...

    I came for a great read and I got a major motion picture in my head! Reading The Best Bad Things is like being plunged into a queer historical action-adventure movie, with the character-driven nuance of prestige TV?and literary fiction. To say that this novel pulses with life is as...

    This book started off with a bang and I remember thinking, "Oh man...this is going to be an awesome book." Sadly though, for me personally, things started to go downhill shortly thereafter and I could barely sustain enough interest to finish it. To be clear, I don't think this is n...

    A novel set in 1887 in Port Townsend, Washington, starring Alma Rosales: ex-Pinkerton detective, current opium smuggler. Alma is newly arrived in Port Townsend, and is there on a mission. Part One: figure out who is the head of the opium game in town. Part Two: take his place. As you m...

    This was one of final books I read in 2018, (well I listened to the audiobook, although I have also bought the book and will be reading it the traditional way very soon) but even before I finished it, The Best Bad Things shot rapidly to the joint top of my books of the year list. Every...

    Hm. Some things are better than the sum of their parts, like the 2016 Super Bowl Champion NE Patriots. This book is the opposite. Everything is in place for a terrific historical suspense thriller ? a compelling protagonist, a richly researched time and place, a dramatic plot with a ...

    Its easy to dismiss some of the violent, gritty periods in history as the product of excess testosterone and insufficient civilization. But the story of the women who chose to dress as men, and swagger their way through the early part of the century defies that explanation. Alma Ro...

    Who knew that sleepy Port Townsend could ever have been so exciting? This was compelling reading and I never considered putting it down, but this is a brutal book. There is a lot of sex, a lot of violence, and a lot of mixing of the two. If any of that bothers you, consider this a warn...

  • Ed Bernard
    Jan 08, 2019

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...

    3.5 Stars. ...

    This was not for me. Alma Rosales was a completely unbelievable character, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I wanted to love this book and the description attracted me mostly because of Alma. She isn't like anybody I've read about before and that appealed to me--I'd love to read mo...

    The highest compliment I can pay this book is to say that it completely consumed my brain while I was reading it -- everything that happened in my day made me think of it, and I spent most of my waking moments at least 15% in its world. Everything in that world is distinctive and fully...

    This book sounded like it was tailor-made for me. Female Pinkerton agent in pre-statehood Washington (Port Townsend, to be exact), AND she likes the ladies? I've never wanted Netgalley to approve me for a book than this one. It did not disappoint! While it has a strong mystery plot ...

    3.5 Stars Alma Rosales is a new sort of heroine. She?s smart. She?s brash. She?s a snoop and a spy. She?s daring, sharp-tongued and maybe a little too full of herself. Her self-confidence is both a blessing and a curse as she sets off on high-adrenaline historical fiction s...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Alma Rosales is searching for stolen opium. Shifting between a lady and her male persona Jack Camp, she lies, cheats and kills to find what she is looking for. It was an effort to get through this, having to read over ...

    This bloody, thrilling, mysterious book left me breathless and wanting more. It?s unlike anything else, a remarkable and revelatory debut tackling the intersections of gender, violence, lust, greed, and power against the historical backdrop of late 19th century Washington State in th...

    I came for a great read and I got a major motion picture in my head! Reading The Best Bad Things is like being plunged into a queer historical action-adventure movie, with the character-driven nuance of prestige TV?and literary fiction. To say that this novel pulses with life is as...

    This book started off with a bang and I remember thinking, "Oh man...this is going to be an awesome book." Sadly though, for me personally, things started to go downhill shortly thereafter and I could barely sustain enough interest to finish it. To be clear, I don't think this is n...

    A novel set in 1887 in Port Townsend, Washington, starring Alma Rosales: ex-Pinkerton detective, current opium smuggler. Alma is newly arrived in Port Townsend, and is there on a mission. Part One: figure out who is the head of the opium game in town. Part Two: take his place. As you m...

    This was one of final books I read in 2018, (well I listened to the audiobook, although I have also bought the book and will be reading it the traditional way very soon) but even before I finished it, The Best Bad Things shot rapidly to the joint top of my books of the year list. Every...

    Hm. Some things are better than the sum of their parts, like the 2016 Super Bowl Champion NE Patriots. This book is the opposite. Everything is in place for a terrific historical suspense thriller ? a compelling protagonist, a richly researched time and place, a dramatic plot with a ...

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Oct 06, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

  • Paul
    May 09, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

  • Stephanie
    Dec 07, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...

    3.5 Stars. ...

    This was not for me. Alma Rosales was a completely unbelievable character, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I wanted to love this book and the description attracted me mostly because of Alma. She isn't like anybody I've read about before and that appealed to me--I'd love to read mo...

    The highest compliment I can pay this book is to say that it completely consumed my brain while I was reading it -- everything that happened in my day made me think of it, and I spent most of my waking moments at least 15% in its world. Everything in that world is distinctive and fully...

    This book sounded like it was tailor-made for me. Female Pinkerton agent in pre-statehood Washington (Port Townsend, to be exact), AND she likes the ladies? I've never wanted Netgalley to approve me for a book than this one. It did not disappoint! While it has a strong mystery plot ...

    3.5 Stars Alma Rosales is a new sort of heroine. She?s smart. She?s brash. She?s a snoop and a spy. She?s daring, sharp-tongued and maybe a little too full of herself. Her self-confidence is both a blessing and a curse as she sets off on high-adrenaline historical fiction s...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Alma Rosales is searching for stolen opium. Shifting between a lady and her male persona Jack Camp, she lies, cheats and kills to find what she is looking for. It was an effort to get through this, having to read over ...

    This bloody, thrilling, mysterious book left me breathless and wanting more. It?s unlike anything else, a remarkable and revelatory debut tackling the intersections of gender, violence, lust, greed, and power against the historical backdrop of late 19th century Washington State in th...

    I came for a great read and I got a major motion picture in my head! Reading The Best Bad Things is like being plunged into a queer historical action-adventure movie, with the character-driven nuance of prestige TV?and literary fiction. To say that this novel pulses with life is as...

    This book started off with a bang and I remember thinking, "Oh man...this is going to be an awesome book." Sadly though, for me personally, things started to go downhill shortly thereafter and I could barely sustain enough interest to finish it. To be clear, I don't think this is n...

    A novel set in 1887 in Port Townsend, Washington, starring Alma Rosales: ex-Pinkerton detective, current opium smuggler. Alma is newly arrived in Port Townsend, and is there on a mission. Part One: figure out who is the head of the opium game in town. Part Two: take his place. As you m...

    This was one of final books I read in 2018, (well I listened to the audiobook, although I have also bought the book and will be reading it the traditional way very soon) but even before I finished it, The Best Bad Things shot rapidly to the joint top of my books of the year list. Every...

    Hm. Some things are better than the sum of their parts, like the 2016 Super Bowl Champion NE Patriots. This book is the opposite. Everything is in place for a terrific historical suspense thriller ? a compelling protagonist, a richly researched time and place, a dramatic plot with a ...

    Its easy to dismiss some of the violent, gritty periods in history as the product of excess testosterone and insufficient civilization. But the story of the women who chose to dress as men, and swagger their way through the early part of the century defies that explanation. Alma Ro...

    Who knew that sleepy Port Townsend could ever have been so exciting? This was compelling reading and I never considered putting it down, but this is a brutal book. There is a lot of sex, a lot of violence, and a lot of mixing of the two. If any of that bothers you, consider this a warn...

    Queer bisexual mystery of my dreams, where have you been all my life?! I love queer, subversive characters. Gritty mysteries. Well-written sexual tension. Yet I've never gotten all three in one book -- until The Best Bad Things. I found myself constantly delighted by how Carrasco's...

    108 pages in but I wasn't hooked by the characters or the plot. The story features a woman who goes undercover as Alan to sniff out the snitches in 1870s west coast. I had trouble following all the characters and who was double-crossing whom. After reading a few other reviews that shar...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway, and I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy. Carrasco's historical novel, thickly plotted and populated with disreputable characters, tells a story of violence and backstabbing amid nineteenth-century America's western...

    Probably 3.5 stars. Gritty & gripping. (Sometimes too gritty.) I enjoyed the feminist bent to the story, but that piece of it didn't feel fully authentic in a few spots. Could have been trimmed a bit to make the story tighter. The atmosphere tied in well with other books I've read ...

    A wild, violence-filled ride full of the most colorful characters and a real sense of how wild the wild west used to be. THE BEST BAD THINGS suffers from being too: too gritty, too in your face, too over the top, even as Alma is a fascinating character I'd be interested in reading more...

  • Jennifer
    Jan 16, 2019

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...

    3.5 Stars. ...

    This was not for me. Alma Rosales was a completely unbelievable character, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I wanted to love this book and the description attracted me mostly because of Alma. She isn't like anybody I've read about before and that appealed to me--I'd love to read mo...

    The highest compliment I can pay this book is to say that it completely consumed my brain while I was reading it -- everything that happened in my day made me think of it, and I spent most of my waking moments at least 15% in its world. Everything in that world is distinctive and fully...

    This book sounded like it was tailor-made for me. Female Pinkerton agent in pre-statehood Washington (Port Townsend, to be exact), AND she likes the ladies? I've never wanted Netgalley to approve me for a book than this one. It did not disappoint! While it has a strong mystery plot ...

    3.5 Stars Alma Rosales is a new sort of heroine. She?s smart. She?s brash. She?s a snoop and a spy. She?s daring, sharp-tongued and maybe a little too full of herself. Her self-confidence is both a blessing and a curse as she sets off on high-adrenaline historical fiction s...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Alma Rosales is searching for stolen opium. Shifting between a lady and her male persona Jack Camp, she lies, cheats and kills to find what she is looking for. It was an effort to get through this, having to read over ...

    This bloody, thrilling, mysterious book left me breathless and wanting more. It?s unlike anything else, a remarkable and revelatory debut tackling the intersections of gender, violence, lust, greed, and power against the historical backdrop of late 19th century Washington State in th...

    I came for a great read and I got a major motion picture in my head! Reading The Best Bad Things is like being plunged into a queer historical action-adventure movie, with the character-driven nuance of prestige TV?and literary fiction. To say that this novel pulses with life is as...

    This book started off with a bang and I remember thinking, "Oh man...this is going to be an awesome book." Sadly though, for me personally, things started to go downhill shortly thereafter and I could barely sustain enough interest to finish it. To be clear, I don't think this is n...

    A novel set in 1887 in Port Townsend, Washington, starring Alma Rosales: ex-Pinkerton detective, current opium smuggler. Alma is newly arrived in Port Townsend, and is there on a mission. Part One: figure out who is the head of the opium game in town. Part Two: take his place. As you m...

    This was one of final books I read in 2018, (well I listened to the audiobook, although I have also bought the book and will be reading it the traditional way very soon) but even before I finished it, The Best Bad Things shot rapidly to the joint top of my books of the year list. Every...

    Hm. Some things are better than the sum of their parts, like the 2016 Super Bowl Champion NE Patriots. This book is the opposite. Everything is in place for a terrific historical suspense thriller ? a compelling protagonist, a richly researched time and place, a dramatic plot with a ...

    Its easy to dismiss some of the violent, gritty periods in history as the product of excess testosterone and insufficient civilization. But the story of the women who chose to dress as men, and swagger their way through the early part of the century defies that explanation. Alma Ro...

    Who knew that sleepy Port Townsend could ever have been so exciting? This was compelling reading and I never considered putting it down, but this is a brutal book. There is a lot of sex, a lot of violence, and a lot of mixing of the two. If any of that bothers you, consider this a warn...

    Queer bisexual mystery of my dreams, where have you been all my life?! I love queer, subversive characters. Gritty mysteries. Well-written sexual tension. Yet I've never gotten all three in one book -- until The Best Bad Things. I found myself constantly delighted by how Carrasco's...

    108 pages in but I wasn't hooked by the characters or the plot. The story features a woman who goes undercover as Alan to sniff out the snitches in 1870s west coast. I had trouble following all the characters and who was double-crossing whom. After reading a few other reviews that shar...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway, and I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy. Carrasco's historical novel, thickly plotted and populated with disreputable characters, tells a story of violence and backstabbing amid nineteenth-century America's western...

    Probably 3.5 stars. Gritty & gripping. (Sometimes too gritty.) I enjoyed the feminist bent to the story, but that piece of it didn't feel fully authentic in a few spots. Could have been trimmed a bit to make the story tighter. The atmosphere tied in well with other books I've read ...

    A wild, violence-filled ride full of the most colorful characters and a real sense of how wild the wild west used to be. THE BEST BAD THINGS suffers from being too: too gritty, too in your face, too over the top, even as Alma is a fascinating character I'd be interested in reading more...

    DNF @ 10% ...

  • Abby
    Dec 08, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...

    3.5 Stars. ...

    This was not for me. Alma Rosales was a completely unbelievable character, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I wanted to love this book and the description attracted me mostly because of Alma. She isn't like anybody I've read about before and that appealed to me--I'd love to read mo...

    The highest compliment I can pay this book is to say that it completely consumed my brain while I was reading it -- everything that happened in my day made me think of it, and I spent most of my waking moments at least 15% in its world. Everything in that world is distinctive and fully...

    This book sounded like it was tailor-made for me. Female Pinkerton agent in pre-statehood Washington (Port Townsend, to be exact), AND she likes the ladies? I've never wanted Netgalley to approve me for a book than this one. It did not disappoint! While it has a strong mystery plot ...

    3.5 Stars Alma Rosales is a new sort of heroine. She?s smart. She?s brash. She?s a snoop and a spy. She?s daring, sharp-tongued and maybe a little too full of herself. Her self-confidence is both a blessing and a curse as she sets off on high-adrenaline historical fiction s...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Alma Rosales is searching for stolen opium. Shifting between a lady and her male persona Jack Camp, she lies, cheats and kills to find what she is looking for. It was an effort to get through this, having to read over ...

    This bloody, thrilling, mysterious book left me breathless and wanting more. It?s unlike anything else, a remarkable and revelatory debut tackling the intersections of gender, violence, lust, greed, and power against the historical backdrop of late 19th century Washington State in th...

    I came for a great read and I got a major motion picture in my head! Reading The Best Bad Things is like being plunged into a queer historical action-adventure movie, with the character-driven nuance of prestige TV?and literary fiction. To say that this novel pulses with life is as...

  • Authentikate
    Apr 20, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...

    3.5 Stars. ...

    This was not for me. Alma Rosales was a completely unbelievable character, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I wanted to love this book and the description attracted me mostly because of Alma. She isn't like anybody I've read about before and that appealed to me--I'd love to read mo...

    The highest compliment I can pay this book is to say that it completely consumed my brain while I was reading it -- everything that happened in my day made me think of it, and I spent most of my waking moments at least 15% in its world. Everything in that world is distinctive and fully...

    This book sounded like it was tailor-made for me. Female Pinkerton agent in pre-statehood Washington (Port Townsend, to be exact), AND she likes the ladies? I've never wanted Netgalley to approve me for a book than this one. It did not disappoint! While it has a strong mystery plot ...

    3.5 Stars Alma Rosales is a new sort of heroine. She?s smart. She?s brash. She?s a snoop and a spy. She?s daring, sharp-tongued and maybe a little too full of herself. Her self-confidence is both a blessing and a curse as she sets off on high-adrenaline historical fiction s...

  • Shannon Dyer
    Dec 04, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...

    3.5 Stars. ...

    This was not for me. Alma Rosales was a completely unbelievable character, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I wanted to love this book and the description attracted me mostly because of Alma. She isn't like anybody I've read about before and that appealed to me--I'd love to read mo...

    The highest compliment I can pay this book is to say that it completely consumed my brain while I was reading it -- everything that happened in my day made me think of it, and I spent most of my waking moments at least 15% in its world. Everything in that world is distinctive and fully...

    This book sounded like it was tailor-made for me. Female Pinkerton agent in pre-statehood Washington (Port Townsend, to be exact), AND she likes the ladies? I've never wanted Netgalley to approve me for a book than this one. It did not disappoint! While it has a strong mystery plot ...

    3.5 Stars Alma Rosales is a new sort of heroine. She?s smart. She?s brash. She?s a snoop and a spy. She?s daring, sharp-tongued and maybe a little too full of herself. Her self-confidence is both a blessing and a curse as she sets off on high-adrenaline historical fiction s...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Alma Rosales is searching for stolen opium. Shifting between a lady and her male persona Jack Camp, she lies, cheats and kills to find what she is looking for. It was an effort to get through this, having to read over ...

    This bloody, thrilling, mysterious book left me breathless and wanting more. It?s unlike anything else, a remarkable and revelatory debut tackling the intersections of gender, violence, lust, greed, and power against the historical backdrop of late 19th century Washington State in th...

    I came for a great read and I got a major motion picture in my head! Reading The Best Bad Things is like being plunged into a queer historical action-adventure movie, with the character-driven nuance of prestige TV?and literary fiction. To say that this novel pulses with life is as...

    This book started off with a bang and I remember thinking, "Oh man...this is going to be an awesome book." Sadly though, for me personally, things started to go downhill shortly thereafter and I could barely sustain enough interest to finish it. To be clear, I don't think this is n...

    A novel set in 1887 in Port Townsend, Washington, starring Alma Rosales: ex-Pinkerton detective, current opium smuggler. Alma is newly arrived in Port Townsend, and is there on a mission. Part One: figure out who is the head of the opium game in town. Part Two: take his place. As you m...

    This was one of final books I read in 2018, (well I listened to the audiobook, although I have also bought the book and will be reading it the traditional way very soon) but even before I finished it, The Best Bad Things shot rapidly to the joint top of my books of the year list. Every...

    Hm. Some things are better than the sum of their parts, like the 2016 Super Bowl Champion NE Patriots. This book is the opposite. Everything is in place for a terrific historical suspense thriller ? a compelling protagonist, a richly researched time and place, a dramatic plot with a ...

    Its easy to dismiss some of the violent, gritty periods in history as the product of excess testosterone and insufficient civilization. But the story of the women who chose to dress as men, and swagger their way through the early part of the century defies that explanation. Alma Ro...

    Who knew that sleepy Port Townsend could ever have been so exciting? This was compelling reading and I never considered putting it down, but this is a brutal book. There is a lot of sex, a lot of violence, and a lot of mixing of the two. If any of that bothers you, consider this a warn...

    Queer bisexual mystery of my dreams, where have you been all my life?! I love queer, subversive characters. Gritty mysteries. Well-written sexual tension. Yet I've never gotten all three in one book -- until The Best Bad Things. I found myself constantly delighted by how Carrasco's...

    108 pages in but I wasn't hooked by the characters or the plot. The story features a woman who goes undercover as Alan to sniff out the snitches in 1870s west coast. I had trouble following all the characters and who was double-crossing whom. After reading a few other reviews that shar...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway, and I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy. Carrasco's historical novel, thickly plotted and populated with disreputable characters, tells a story of violence and backstabbing amid nineteenth-century America's western...

    Probably 3.5 stars. Gritty & gripping. (Sometimes too gritty.) I enjoyed the feminist bent to the story, but that piece of it didn't feel fully authentic in a few spots. Could have been trimmed a bit to make the story tighter. The atmosphere tied in well with other books I've read ...

    A wild, violence-filled ride full of the most colorful characters and a real sense of how wild the wild west used to be. THE BEST BAD THINGS suffers from being too: too gritty, too in your face, too over the top, even as Alma is a fascinating character I'd be interested in reading more...

    DNF @ 10% ...

    The premise is great, but the choppy style of the writing was offputting. ...

  • Melissa Dee
    Nov 15, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...

    3.5 Stars. ...

    This was not for me. Alma Rosales was a completely unbelievable character, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I wanted to love this book and the description attracted me mostly because of Alma. She isn't like anybody I've read about before and that appealed to me--I'd love to read mo...

    The highest compliment I can pay this book is to say that it completely consumed my brain while I was reading it -- everything that happened in my day made me think of it, and I spent most of my waking moments at least 15% in its world. Everything in that world is distinctive and fully...

    This book sounded like it was tailor-made for me. Female Pinkerton agent in pre-statehood Washington (Port Townsend, to be exact), AND she likes the ladies? I've never wanted Netgalley to approve me for a book than this one. It did not disappoint! While it has a strong mystery plot ...

    3.5 Stars Alma Rosales is a new sort of heroine. She?s smart. She?s brash. She?s a snoop and a spy. She?s daring, sharp-tongued and maybe a little too full of herself. Her self-confidence is both a blessing and a curse as she sets off on high-adrenaline historical fiction s...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Alma Rosales is searching for stolen opium. Shifting between a lady and her male persona Jack Camp, she lies, cheats and kills to find what she is looking for. It was an effort to get through this, having to read over ...

    This bloody, thrilling, mysterious book left me breathless and wanting more. It?s unlike anything else, a remarkable and revelatory debut tackling the intersections of gender, violence, lust, greed, and power against the historical backdrop of late 19th century Washington State in th...

    I came for a great read and I got a major motion picture in my head! Reading The Best Bad Things is like being plunged into a queer historical action-adventure movie, with the character-driven nuance of prestige TV?and literary fiction. To say that this novel pulses with life is as...

    This book started off with a bang and I remember thinking, "Oh man...this is going to be an awesome book." Sadly though, for me personally, things started to go downhill shortly thereafter and I could barely sustain enough interest to finish it. To be clear, I don't think this is n...

    A novel set in 1887 in Port Townsend, Washington, starring Alma Rosales: ex-Pinkerton detective, current opium smuggler. Alma is newly arrived in Port Townsend, and is there on a mission. Part One: figure out who is the head of the opium game in town. Part Two: take his place. As you m...

    This was one of final books I read in 2018, (well I listened to the audiobook, although I have also bought the book and will be reading it the traditional way very soon) but even before I finished it, The Best Bad Things shot rapidly to the joint top of my books of the year list. Every...

    Hm. Some things are better than the sum of their parts, like the 2016 Super Bowl Champion NE Patriots. This book is the opposite. Everything is in place for a terrific historical suspense thriller ? a compelling protagonist, a richly researched time and place, a dramatic plot with a ...

    Its easy to dismiss some of the violent, gritty periods in history as the product of excess testosterone and insufficient civilization. But the story of the women who chose to dress as men, and swagger their way through the early part of the century defies that explanation. Alma Ro...

  • Michelle
    Nov 18, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

  • Sarah
    Oct 26, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

  • Karen Kay
    Oct 26, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...

    3.5 Stars. ...

    This was not for me. Alma Rosales was a completely unbelievable character, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I wanted to love this book and the description attracted me mostly because of Alma. She isn't like anybody I've read about before and that appealed to me--I'd love to read mo...

    The highest compliment I can pay this book is to say that it completely consumed my brain while I was reading it -- everything that happened in my day made me think of it, and I spent most of my waking moments at least 15% in its world. Everything in that world is distinctive and fully...

    This book sounded like it was tailor-made for me. Female Pinkerton agent in pre-statehood Washington (Port Townsend, to be exact), AND she likes the ladies? I've never wanted Netgalley to approve me for a book than this one. It did not disappoint! While it has a strong mystery plot ...

    3.5 Stars Alma Rosales is a new sort of heroine. She?s smart. She?s brash. She?s a snoop and a spy. She?s daring, sharp-tongued and maybe a little too full of herself. Her self-confidence is both a blessing and a curse as she sets off on high-adrenaline historical fiction s...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Alma Rosales is searching for stolen opium. Shifting between a lady and her male persona Jack Camp, she lies, cheats and kills to find what she is looking for. It was an effort to get through this, having to read over ...

  • Robin Bonne
    Jan 15, 2019

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...

    3.5 Stars. ...

  • Kylie
    Jan 12, 2019

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...

    3.5 Stars. ...

    This was not for me. Alma Rosales was a completely unbelievable character, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I wanted to love this book and the description attracted me mostly because of Alma. She isn't like anybody I've read about before and that appealed to me--I'd love to read mo...

    The highest compliment I can pay this book is to say that it completely consumed my brain while I was reading it -- everything that happened in my day made me think of it, and I spent most of my waking moments at least 15% in its world. Everything in that world is distinctive and fully...

    This book sounded like it was tailor-made for me. Female Pinkerton agent in pre-statehood Washington (Port Townsend, to be exact), AND she likes the ladies? I've never wanted Netgalley to approve me for a book than this one. It did not disappoint! While it has a strong mystery plot ...

    3.5 Stars Alma Rosales is a new sort of heroine. She?s smart. She?s brash. She?s a snoop and a spy. She?s daring, sharp-tongued and maybe a little too full of herself. Her self-confidence is both a blessing and a curse as she sets off on high-adrenaline historical fiction s...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Alma Rosales is searching for stolen opium. Shifting between a lady and her male persona Jack Camp, she lies, cheats and kills to find what she is looking for. It was an effort to get through this, having to read over ...

    This bloody, thrilling, mysterious book left me breathless and wanting more. It?s unlike anything else, a remarkable and revelatory debut tackling the intersections of gender, violence, lust, greed, and power against the historical backdrop of late 19th century Washington State in th...

    I came for a great read and I got a major motion picture in my head! Reading The Best Bad Things is like being plunged into a queer historical action-adventure movie, with the character-driven nuance of prestige TV?and literary fiction. To say that this novel pulses with life is as...

    This book started off with a bang and I remember thinking, "Oh man...this is going to be an awesome book." Sadly though, for me personally, things started to go downhill shortly thereafter and I could barely sustain enough interest to finish it. To be clear, I don't think this is n...

    A novel set in 1887 in Port Townsend, Washington, starring Alma Rosales: ex-Pinkerton detective, current opium smuggler. Alma is newly arrived in Port Townsend, and is there on a mission. Part One: figure out who is the head of the opium game in town. Part Two: take his place. As you m...

    This was one of final books I read in 2018, (well I listened to the audiobook, although I have also bought the book and will be reading it the traditional way very soon) but even before I finished it, The Best Bad Things shot rapidly to the joint top of my books of the year list. Every...

    Hm. Some things are better than the sum of their parts, like the 2016 Super Bowl Champion NE Patriots. This book is the opposite. Everything is in place for a terrific historical suspense thriller ? a compelling protagonist, a richly researched time and place, a dramatic plot with a ...

    Its easy to dismiss some of the violent, gritty periods in history as the product of excess testosterone and insufficient civilization. But the story of the women who chose to dress as men, and swagger their way through the early part of the century defies that explanation. Alma Ro...

    Who knew that sleepy Port Townsend could ever have been so exciting? This was compelling reading and I never considered putting it down, but this is a brutal book. There is a lot of sex, a lot of violence, and a lot of mixing of the two. If any of that bothers you, consider this a warn...

    Queer bisexual mystery of my dreams, where have you been all my life?! I love queer, subversive characters. Gritty mysteries. Well-written sexual tension. Yet I've never gotten all three in one book -- until The Best Bad Things. I found myself constantly delighted by how Carrasco's...

  • - ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
    Oct 07, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

  • Davada
    Oct 25, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...

    3.5 Stars. ...

    This was not for me. Alma Rosales was a completely unbelievable character, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I wanted to love this book and the description attracted me mostly because of Alma. She isn't like anybody I've read about before and that appealed to me--I'd love to read mo...

    The highest compliment I can pay this book is to say that it completely consumed my brain while I was reading it -- everything that happened in my day made me think of it, and I spent most of my waking moments at least 15% in its world. Everything in that world is distinctive and fully...

    This book sounded like it was tailor-made for me. Female Pinkerton agent in pre-statehood Washington (Port Townsend, to be exact), AND she likes the ladies? I've never wanted Netgalley to approve me for a book than this one. It did not disappoint! While it has a strong mystery plot ...

    3.5 Stars Alma Rosales is a new sort of heroine. She?s smart. She?s brash. She?s a snoop and a spy. She?s daring, sharp-tongued and maybe a little too full of herself. Her self-confidence is both a blessing and a curse as she sets off on high-adrenaline historical fiction s...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Alma Rosales is searching for stolen opium. Shifting between a lady and her male persona Jack Camp, she lies, cheats and kills to find what she is looking for. It was an effort to get through this, having to read over ...

    This bloody, thrilling, mysterious book left me breathless and wanting more. It?s unlike anything else, a remarkable and revelatory debut tackling the intersections of gender, violence, lust, greed, and power against the historical backdrop of late 19th century Washington State in th...

    I came for a great read and I got a major motion picture in my head! Reading The Best Bad Things is like being plunged into a queer historical action-adventure movie, with the character-driven nuance of prestige TV?and literary fiction. To say that this novel pulses with life is as...

    This book started off with a bang and I remember thinking, "Oh man...this is going to be an awesome book." Sadly though, for me personally, things started to go downhill shortly thereafter and I could barely sustain enough interest to finish it. To be clear, I don't think this is n...

    A novel set in 1887 in Port Townsend, Washington, starring Alma Rosales: ex-Pinkerton detective, current opium smuggler. Alma is newly arrived in Port Townsend, and is there on a mission. Part One: figure out who is the head of the opium game in town. Part Two: take his place. As you m...

    This was one of final books I read in 2018, (well I listened to the audiobook, although I have also bought the book and will be reading it the traditional way very soon) but even before I finished it, The Best Bad Things shot rapidly to the joint top of my books of the year list. Every...

    Hm. Some things are better than the sum of their parts, like the 2016 Super Bowl Champion NE Patriots. This book is the opposite. Everything is in place for a terrific historical suspense thriller ? a compelling protagonist, a richly researched time and place, a dramatic plot with a ...

    Its easy to dismiss some of the violent, gritty periods in history as the product of excess testosterone and insufficient civilization. But the story of the women who chose to dress as men, and swagger their way through the early part of the century defies that explanation. Alma Ro...

    Who knew that sleepy Port Townsend could ever have been so exciting? This was compelling reading and I never considered putting it down, but this is a brutal book. There is a lot of sex, a lot of violence, and a lot of mixing of the two. If any of that bothers you, consider this a warn...

    Queer bisexual mystery of my dreams, where have you been all my life?! I love queer, subversive characters. Gritty mysteries. Well-written sexual tension. Yet I've never gotten all three in one book -- until The Best Bad Things. I found myself constantly delighted by how Carrasco's...

    108 pages in but I wasn't hooked by the characters or the plot. The story features a woman who goes undercover as Alan to sniff out the snitches in 1870s west coast. I had trouble following all the characters and who was double-crossing whom. After reading a few other reviews that shar...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway, and I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy. Carrasco's historical novel, thickly plotted and populated with disreputable characters, tells a story of violence and backstabbing amid nineteenth-century America's western...

    Probably 3.5 stars. Gritty & gripping. (Sometimes too gritty.) I enjoyed the feminist bent to the story, but that piece of it didn't feel fully authentic in a few spots. Could have been trimmed a bit to make the story tighter. The atmosphere tied in well with other books I've read ...

    A wild, violence-filled ride full of the most colorful characters and a real sense of how wild the wild west used to be. THE BEST BAD THINGS suffers from being too: too gritty, too in your face, too over the top, even as Alma is a fascinating character I'd be interested in reading more...

    DNF @ 10% ...

    The premise is great, but the choppy style of the writing was offputting. ...

    Rating: 4.5 stars This book is bursting with personality. You know when an author merely tells a story with their writing? In The Best Bad Things, Carrasco's writing is the story. This book is fierce, loud, and unforgettable. The characters are not cardboard cutouts. Our main ch...

  • Jennifer Myers
    Dec 10, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...

    3.5 Stars. ...

    This was not for me. Alma Rosales was a completely unbelievable character, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I wanted to love this book and the description attracted me mostly because of Alma. She isn't like anybody I've read about before and that appealed to me--I'd love to read mo...

    The highest compliment I can pay this book is to say that it completely consumed my brain while I was reading it -- everything that happened in my day made me think of it, and I spent most of my waking moments at least 15% in its world. Everything in that world is distinctive and fully...

    This book sounded like it was tailor-made for me. Female Pinkerton agent in pre-statehood Washington (Port Townsend, to be exact), AND she likes the ladies? I've never wanted Netgalley to approve me for a book than this one. It did not disappoint! While it has a strong mystery plot ...

    3.5 Stars Alma Rosales is a new sort of heroine. She?s smart. She?s brash. She?s a snoop and a spy. She?s daring, sharp-tongued and maybe a little too full of herself. Her self-confidence is both a blessing and a curse as she sets off on high-adrenaline historical fiction s...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Alma Rosales is searching for stolen opium. Shifting between a lady and her male persona Jack Camp, she lies, cheats and kills to find what she is looking for. It was an effort to get through this, having to read over ...

    This bloody, thrilling, mysterious book left me breathless and wanting more. It?s unlike anything else, a remarkable and revelatory debut tackling the intersections of gender, violence, lust, greed, and power against the historical backdrop of late 19th century Washington State in th...

    I came for a great read and I got a major motion picture in my head! Reading The Best Bad Things is like being plunged into a queer historical action-adventure movie, with the character-driven nuance of prestige TV?and literary fiction. To say that this novel pulses with life is as...

    This book started off with a bang and I remember thinking, "Oh man...this is going to be an awesome book." Sadly though, for me personally, things started to go downhill shortly thereafter and I could barely sustain enough interest to finish it. To be clear, I don't think this is n...

    A novel set in 1887 in Port Townsend, Washington, starring Alma Rosales: ex-Pinkerton detective, current opium smuggler. Alma is newly arrived in Port Townsend, and is there on a mission. Part One: figure out who is the head of the opium game in town. Part Two: take his place. As you m...

    This was one of final books I read in 2018, (well I listened to the audiobook, although I have also bought the book and will be reading it the traditional way very soon) but even before I finished it, The Best Bad Things shot rapidly to the joint top of my books of the year list. Every...

    Hm. Some things are better than the sum of their parts, like the 2016 Super Bowl Champion NE Patriots. This book is the opposite. Everything is in place for a terrific historical suspense thriller ? a compelling protagonist, a richly researched time and place, a dramatic plot with a ...

    Its easy to dismiss some of the violent, gritty periods in history as the product of excess testosterone and insufficient civilization. But the story of the women who chose to dress as men, and swagger their way through the early part of the century defies that explanation. Alma Ro...

    Who knew that sleepy Port Townsend could ever have been so exciting? This was compelling reading and I never considered putting it down, but this is a brutal book. There is a lot of sex, a lot of violence, and a lot of mixing of the two. If any of that bothers you, consider this a warn...

    Queer bisexual mystery of my dreams, where have you been all my life?! I love queer, subversive characters. Gritty mysteries. Well-written sexual tension. Yet I've never gotten all three in one book -- until The Best Bad Things. I found myself constantly delighted by how Carrasco's...

    108 pages in but I wasn't hooked by the characters or the plot. The story features a woman who goes undercover as Alan to sniff out the snitches in 1870s west coast. I had trouble following all the characters and who was double-crossing whom. After reading a few other reviews that shar...

  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    Aug 10, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

  • Aj Smith
    Dec 27, 2018

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...

    3.5 Stars. ...

    This was not for me. Alma Rosales was a completely unbelievable character, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I wanted to love this book and the description attracted me mostly because of Alma. She isn't like anybody I've read about before and that appealed to me--I'd love to read mo...

    The highest compliment I can pay this book is to say that it completely consumed my brain while I was reading it -- everything that happened in my day made me think of it, and I spent most of my waking moments at least 15% in its world. Everything in that world is distinctive and fully...

    This book sounded like it was tailor-made for me. Female Pinkerton agent in pre-statehood Washington (Port Townsend, to be exact), AND she likes the ladies? I've never wanted Netgalley to approve me for a book than this one. It did not disappoint! While it has a strong mystery plot ...

    3.5 Stars Alma Rosales is a new sort of heroine. She?s smart. She?s brash. She?s a snoop and a spy. She?s daring, sharp-tongued and maybe a little too full of herself. Her self-confidence is both a blessing and a curse as she sets off on high-adrenaline historical fiction s...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Alma Rosales is searching for stolen opium. Shifting between a lady and her male persona Jack Camp, she lies, cheats and kills to find what she is looking for. It was an effort to get through this, having to read over ...

    This bloody, thrilling, mysterious book left me breathless and wanting more. It?s unlike anything else, a remarkable and revelatory debut tackling the intersections of gender, violence, lust, greed, and power against the historical backdrop of late 19th century Washington State in th...

    I came for a great read and I got a major motion picture in my head! Reading The Best Bad Things is like being plunged into a queer historical action-adventure movie, with the character-driven nuance of prestige TV?and literary fiction. To say that this novel pulses with life is as...

    This book started off with a bang and I remember thinking, "Oh man...this is going to be an awesome book." Sadly though, for me personally, things started to go downhill shortly thereafter and I could barely sustain enough interest to finish it. To be clear, I don't think this is n...

    A novel set in 1887 in Port Townsend, Washington, starring Alma Rosales: ex-Pinkerton detective, current opium smuggler. Alma is newly arrived in Port Townsend, and is there on a mission. Part One: figure out who is the head of the opium game in town. Part Two: take his place. As you m...

    This was one of final books I read in 2018, (well I listened to the audiobook, although I have also bought the book and will be reading it the traditional way very soon) but even before I finished it, The Best Bad Things shot rapidly to the joint top of my books of the year list. Every...

  • Ryan
    Jan 10, 2019

    *Trigger Warning, book contains very explicit content and violence.* Inspired by one of the busiest seaports on the West Coast in the US, Townsend was a well-documented hot spot for smuggling in the late 1880?s. This makes it a perfect setting for a historical fiction novel wi...

    So, I?m a fan of mysteries and historical fiction. The idea of a mystery taking place in the 1880s sounded right up my alley. Add in a female protagonist and I was all set to like it. Unfortunately, it didn?t engage me the way I hoped. The writing was as dense as pea soup. Al...

    I was pleasantly surprised by Katrina Carrasco's The Best Bad Things which I picked up through NetGalley. I thought the premise behind this story was new and refreshing. Set in America's Gilded Age, The Best Bad Things illustrates how women were treated during that time, the juxtaposit...

    I was so excited to read this one, but it really ended up being a let down for me! I couldn't finish it. I found the writing really dense and dry and I was just so bored. Apparently fighting and opium smuggling are not my thing. A lot of people clearly had a much better experience, so ...

    A vivd cast of characters, a strong decisive style, and a burning tension throughout make The Best Bad Things a book I can highly recommend. Alma Rosales is a smart, savvy character who will not be forgotten any time soon. A great debut novel. Thank you to NetGalley, Farrar, Straus,...

    Washington Territory, 1887: Alma Rosales has been dismissed from the Pinkerton's Detective Agency for her questionable behavior and after a brief stint in California as a P.I., she's working for her former lover Delphine, the head of an opium smuggling ring. Disguised as a man named...

    . : ?? ? 3 ? READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!! https://bit.ly/2C22f0r ARC provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review (thank you Farrar, Straus and Giroux!!) The Best Bad Things follows Alma Rosales, a gender-fluid, half Mexican, bisexual ...

    A shape shifting Pinkerton operator in Port Townsend, before Washington became a state. Well written with much mystery and enough intrigue. Hopefully there will be more from this author in a series that promises originality and style. ...

    3.5 Stars. ...

    This was not for me. Alma Rosales was a completely unbelievable character, and I couldn't suspend my disbelief. I wanted to love this book and the description attracted me mostly because of Alma. She isn't like anybody I've read about before and that appealed to me--I'd love to read mo...

    The highest compliment I can pay this book is to say that it completely consumed my brain while I was reading it -- everything that happened in my day made me think of it, and I spent most of my waking moments at least 15% in its world. Everything in that world is distinctive and fully...

    This book sounded like it was tailor-made for me. Female Pinkerton agent in pre-statehood Washington (Port Townsend, to be exact), AND she likes the ladies? I've never wanted Netgalley to approve me for a book than this one. It did not disappoint! While it has a strong mystery plot ...

    3.5 Stars Alma Rosales is a new sort of heroine. She?s smart. She?s brash. She?s a snoop and a spy. She?s daring, sharp-tongued and maybe a little too full of herself. Her self-confidence is both a blessing and a curse as she sets off on high-adrenaline historical fiction s...

    I received this from netgalley.com in exchange for a review. Alma Rosales is searching for stolen opium. Shifting between a lady and her male persona Jack Camp, she lies, cheats and kills to find what she is looking for. It was an effort to get through this, having to read over ...

    This bloody, thrilling, mysterious book left me breathless and wanting more. It?s unlike anything else, a remarkable and revelatory debut tackling the intersections of gender, violence, lust, greed, and power against the historical backdrop of late 19th century Washington State in th...

    I came for a great read and I got a major motion picture in my head! Reading The Best Bad Things is like being plunged into a queer historical action-adventure movie, with the character-driven nuance of prestige TV?and literary fiction. To say that this novel pulses with life is as...

    This book started off with a bang and I remember thinking, "Oh man...this is going to be an awesome book." Sadly though, for me personally, things started to go downhill shortly thereafter and I could barely sustain enough interest to finish it. To be clear, I don't think this is n...

    A novel set in 1887 in Port Townsend, Washington, starring Alma Rosales: ex-Pinkerton detective, current opium smuggler. Alma is newly arrived in Port Townsend, and is there on a mission. Part One: figure out who is the head of the opium game in town. Part Two: take his place. As you m...

    This was one of final books I read in 2018, (well I listened to the audiobook, although I have also bought the book and will be reading it the traditional way very soon) but even before I finished it, The Best Bad Things shot rapidly to the joint top of my books of the year list. Every...

    Hm. Some things are better than the sum of their parts, like the 2016 Super Bowl Champion NE Patriots. This book is the opposite. Everything is in place for a terrific historical suspense thriller ? a compelling protagonist, a richly researched time and place, a dramatic plot with a ...

    Its easy to dismiss some of the violent, gritty periods in history as the product of excess testosterone and insufficient civilization. But the story of the women who chose to dress as men, and swagger their way through the early part of the century defies that explanation. Alma Ro...

    Who knew that sleepy Port Townsend could ever have been so exciting? This was compelling reading and I never considered putting it down, but this is a brutal book. There is a lot of sex, a lot of violence, and a lot of mixing of the two. If any of that bothers you, consider this a warn...

    Queer bisexual mystery of my dreams, where have you been all my life?! I love queer, subversive characters. Gritty mysteries. Well-written sexual tension. Yet I've never gotten all three in one book -- until The Best Bad Things. I found myself constantly delighted by how Carrasco's...

    108 pages in but I wasn't hooked by the characters or the plot. The story features a woman who goes undercover as Alan to sniff out the snitches in 1870s west coast. I had trouble following all the characters and who was double-crossing whom. After reading a few other reviews that shar...

    I received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway, and I would like to thank the publisher for sending me a copy. Carrasco's historical novel, thickly plotted and populated with disreputable characters, tells a story of violence and backstabbing amid nineteenth-century America's western...