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If She Wakes by Erik Therme – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book If She Wakes by Erik Therme to review. You may find out more about the author on his website.

If She Wakes by Erik Therme

Here is the book blurb.

Who do you trust when everyone is lying?

My name is Tess Parker.

Two days ago, I was in a car accident with my sister-in-law, Torrie. Before she slipped into a coma, she asked my husband and me to care for her four-month-old son, Levi.

Yesterday, a woman claiming to be Torrie’s estranged sister knocked on our door. But Torrie has no siblings . . . or so she said. She and my brother were only together a short time before he left, and Torrie has clearly been keeping secrets.

Today, another of Torrie’s “sisters” has come to town. Both say the other is lying about who they are.

Neither of them is telling the truth.

Both of them want Levi.

If She Wakes is the sequel to If She Dies which I reviewed last year.

The story begins with a prologue to link the two stories together followed by a car accident in chapter 1. Tess just has superficial injuries but her sister-in-law Torrie suffers a head injury and is kept in the hospital over night. Meanwhile Tess and husband Josh look after 4-month old Levi for Torrie.

But when she pops round to Torrie’s house to collect nappies etc for Levi, a visitor arrives, Jessie, who claims to be Torrie’s sister. Tess is surprised as Torrie had previously said she had no family, but she recognises the name Jessie. Last night after the accident Torrie had been upset by a voicemail and had been talking incoherently including mentioning the name Jessie.

Back at the hospital, Torrie has slipped into a coma. And Jessie wants to meet Levi.

Things get even more complicated the next day when Tess gets a phone call from Mia, another sister, who warns her about Jessie. And then Jessie says the same about Mia.

Who should Tess believe? Is Levi safe? Will Torrie recover? And other strange things are happening too. Where is this heading? Things are not as they seem.

If She Wakes is available on Amazon in paperback, hardback, audiobook and kindle format. A suspenseful read, with twists and turns.

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Black Orchid Girls by Carolyn Arnold – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book Black Orchid Girls by bestselling author Carolyn Arnold to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

Black Orchid Girls by Carolyn Arnold

Here is the book blurb.

The first rays of sun filter through the tall trees, casting a faint light on the girl lying at the water’s edge. Her tears have frozen on her pale face, a black orchid rests against her cold white skin.

When hikers find the body of a beautiful young girl on the banks of the Potomac River, Detective Amanda Steele is shaken and confused. What is the significance of the delicate flower resting on the girl’s torso? A sign of affection, or a twisted killer’s calling card?

The girl is Chloe Somner, a local nineteen-year-old ecology student well-known to the park rangers and loved by all her classmates. Searching Chloe’s home, Amanda can’t work out who could have tempted her to the water in the early hours of the morning, but a long night hunting through cold cases gives her a possible lead: twenty years ago another local girl was murdered, a red rose left on her body. But why would this killer strike again now?

Focused on the past, the last thing Amanda expects is the news that Chloe’s roommate has been found dead, another black orchid left. Terrified that more innocent victims will follow, can Amanda uncover the significance of the flowers and stop this cold-hearted killer before he returns for the next orchid girl…?

This is the fourth title in the Detective Amanda Steele series and here are the links to my reviews of the previous titles.
The Little Grave
Stolen Daughters
The Silent Witness

The story begins with a murder of a young girl in the park, left naked by the Potomac river with a black orchid on her chest. Who is the victim and could the flower signify a serial killer?

We learn that a black orchid can symbolise bad luck, death, black magic, strength, virility, sexual desires or success. Does one of these present a message?

The park rangers recognise her as a regular vistitor but don’t know her name. Soon she is identified as 19 year old Chloe Somner, a student at Geoffrey Michaels University.

Detective Amanda Steele and partner Trent try to unravel the mystery, interviewing Chloe’s classmates and friends. A number of potential suspects are considered, and they also review a 20 year old cold case, where another murdered girl was left with a red rose. Could there be a link?

But then there is a second murder, this time it is one of Chloe’s housemates Jayne and again she has been left naked with a black orchid. Can they identify the killer before there are more deaths?

Meanwhile a sub-story runs through the book based on Amanda’s personal life, featuring 6 year old Zoe whom Amanda is fostering and hoping to adopt. This links it to the previous title in the series when Zoe’s parents were murdered, but this book works perfectly as a stand-alone read too.

Black Orchid Girls is available on Amazon. A brilliant book with plenty of twists and turns. Highly recommended. Although I have loved all the titles I have read by Carolyn Arnold, I think the Amanda Steele series are my favourites, possibly because it is the only series I have read from the start. And this one certainly lived up to my expectation.

About the Detective Amanda Steele Series
Gritty. Raw. Unapologetic.

Immersive crime fiction for fans who love their mysteries set in a small town and hard-boiled to perfection. From the murder scene to the morgue, interrogation of suspects and following down leads, you’ll feel like you’re part of the investigation. Realistic and complex characters, accurate police procedures and forensics paired with tight, serious writing make these books read more like true crime than fiction. Meet Homicide Detective Amanda Steele with the Prince William County Police Department in Woodbridge, Virginia. She’s smart, motivated, and real. Her tragic past has her claiming to be no one’s mentor, but she’s more hero than she thinks.

Here are the links to my reviews of other books by Carolyn Arnold.
Remnants
Power Struggle
The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh
On the Count of Three
Shades of Justice
Exercise is Murder
Past Deeds
The Legend of Gasparilla and his Treasure
What We Bury
One More Kill


About the author

Carolyn Arnold was born in a small Canadian town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower. As an international bestselling and award-winning author, she has several continuing fiction series, including her popular Detective Madison Knight series. She offers readers nearly three dozen published books in genres ranging from crime thrillers and hard-boiled mysteries to cozy mysteries and action adventures. She currently lives north of London, Ontario, with her husband and two beagles.


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May It Please The Court by Daniel Maldonado – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book May It Please The Court by Daniel Maldonado to review. You may find out more about the author on his website.

May It Please The Court by Daniel Maldonado

Here is the book blurb.

After a Sweet Sixteen ceremony, Reyna Clifton – the mother of the birthday girl – is found severely injured at the bottom of the grand staircase of the Regal Phoenix Resort and Spa.

The Clifton family blames the resort for Reyna’s fall, and sues for negligence. Daniel Mendoza and his firm are called in to defend the lawsuit, but when Mrs. Clifton is found dead in her hospital room, Daniel’s suspicions arise.

With the help of his legal team and a private investigator, Daniel is determined to find out what really happened to Mrs. Clifton. But who would have wanted to murder her, and is there some other foul play involved?

The book is mainly set in the US, but with a strong Puerto Rican culture running through it. The story starts at a “Sweet Sixteen” party held at the Regal Phoenix hotel for Alejandra, daughter of Reyna and Anthony Clifton with lots of family and friends there. However I found this party to be so unrealistic that it put me off the book before I had even got into it. I have never come across anyone who spends a fortune on such a glitzy affair which is more choreographed than most people’s weddings. And when I was that age, there would have been no way I would have wanted my friends to meet my immediate family, let alone my other relatives.

But to give it the benefit of doubt, perhaps this type of party is typical of Puerto Rican customs, as the author goes into a lot of descriptive detail on the dances and cuisine. Or maybe it is a US thing which hasn’t made it over to this side of the pond.

The second chapter didn’t help to put me in the mood for this book when the reader is introduced to Dana, Anthony’s old girl friend from years ago, who wants him back. I would have been siding with the strangers who didn’t believe Dana needed her dog to be categorised as an “emotional support” dog.

Plenty going on at the party from stolen kisses to outrage to tears to secrets. And then disaster as Reyna falls down the stairs and is badly injured.

Weeks in hospital. Can things get worse? In a word yes!

We’re already about a quarter of the way through the book before we get introduced to Daniel Mendoza who you would assume to be the main character, being named on the cover. Daniel has been hired by the hotel chain to defend against a negligence claim.

So was the hotel at fault or was it something more sinister?

May It Please The Court is available on Amazon in paperback, hardback, ausiobook and kindle formats. A legal thriller which sadly did not hit the spot for me.

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Regardless of the Consequences by L D Lauritzen – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book Regardless of the Consequences by L D Lauritzen to review. You may find out more about the author on his website.

Regardless of the Consequences by L D Lauritzen

Here is the book blurb.

Sheriff Lance Tallbear’s half-blood Apache heritage leaves him struggling to find his place in a world where neither white nor Indian wants or readily accepts him. He faces the world his shaman father turned away from and acknowledges the one his shaman grandfather prays he’ll return to.

Tallbear’s new case uncovers a mysterious plane wreck discovered in the Superstition Mountains that turns out to stir both his life decisions and ultimate direction. Along with his troubled FBI partner, Brad Hanley, they face a myriad of obstacles in their journey to the truth.

The skeletons at the site hold the clues to not only who the killers were but also why the people died. Tallbear quickly find the crash site hides a deadly secret that reaches out of the distant past to threaten the lives of all who seek it. He will need to use all his skills and experience to discover the answers and stay alive.

The story set in Arizona starts at Hawk’s cleansing ceremony by introducing us to Sheriff Lance Tallbear who is torn between his police career and family duty as the heir-apparent to his Apache shaman grandfather Gray Eagle.

But not long after Hawk discovers a hidden plane containing corpses, in the Superstition Mountains, which has crashed long ago. The case ends up with Tallbear who discovers that the crash victims have been shot.

The story then jumps to California. Meanwhile Thomas Kane from the CIA and FBI Agent Brad Hanley want in on the investigation. Who has jurisdiction? Why are they interested in deaths over 50 years ago? Tallbear refuses to hand over the case to Kane but finds an ally in Hanley.

Plenty of twists and turns in this page turner as the victims are identified and we get introduced to more characters. Secrets abound. More deaths follow. Culture is woven in.

Regardless of the Consequences is available on Amazon in paperback and kindle formats. A compelling read indeed..

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One More Kill by Carolyn Arnold – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book One More Kill by bestselling author Carolyn Arnold to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

One More Kill by Carolyn Arnold

Here is the book blurb.

He told her to run. And she did. As fast as her legs would take her, but it wasn’t fast enough…

The bodies of a husband and wife are found in a patch of woods in small-town, rural Arkansas by a neighboring farmer. They were shot with an arrow, gutted, and left to bleed out. The killer also removed their eyes and replaced them with large cat’s-eye marbles. The murder method and signature are too bizarre to point toward an isolated incident, and FBI Special Agent Brandon Fisher recognizes this right away. His boss with the Behavioral Analysis Unit, Supervisory Special Agent Jack Harper, confirms that he’s crossed paths with this killer several years ago, and he has a voracious appetite for blood. In fact, Jack’s seen his work firsthand—six times, three couples, in three states.

Brandon, Jack, and the rest of the team head to Arkansas for one purpose: to bring down the ruthless and elusive serial killer who calls himself “the Leopard.” Versatile and adaptive, this madman hunts his prey like a wild, hungry cat—tracking them, then striking with swift viciousness. But just as the FBI think they might finally be getting closer to the Leopard’s true identity, he adapts his method and starts killing people faster than ever before.

Racing to catch up, and struggling to get one step ahead, the FBI comes to uncover buried family secrets that aid the investigation—while at the same time, flipping it on its head. Suddenly, the hunters are now the hunted. And while this case has haunted Jack since he joined the Bureau, things are about get more personal and dangerous than he ever would have imagined. If he and his team aren’t careful, one of them—or someone they love—may become the Leopard’s next victim.

This is book 9 in the Brandon Fisher FBI series, but also works well as a stand-alone read. I’ve been following this series since book 6 but haven’t read the earlier titles yet.

The story starts with the gruesome killing of a couple Mark and Stephanie Duran in rural Arkansas. The FBI team from the Behavioural Anaylsis Unit of Brandon, Jack, Paige and Kelly are called in to investigate. Jack recognises this as being the work of an elusive serial killer, nicknamed the Leopard, who seems to have been dormant for 15 years. Why?

Plus this time the killer has deviated from his usual patterns? Again why?

And then things get even more personal as the killer changes tactics and leaves them a note.

One More Kill is newly published on Amazon today. Wow. This gripping page turner had me on the edge of my seat. Highly recommended.

Here are the links to my reviews of other books by Carolyn Arnold.
Remnants
Power Struggle
The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh
On the Count of Three
Shades of Justice
Exercise is Murder
Past Deeds
The Legend of Gasparilla and his Treasure
What We Bury
The Little Grave
Stolen Daughters
The Silent Witness


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One More Kill by Carolyn Arnold

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Dark Ride Deception by Mark S Bacon – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book Dark Ride Deception by Mark S Bacon to review. You may find out more about the author on his website.

Dark Ride Deception by Mark S Bacon

Here is the book blurb.

Is Tom Wyrick Dead? The computer genius is missing. So are his priceless tech secrets. Time for Lyle to go undercover again.

Tom Wryick’s mind-bending technology will rocket Nostalgia City theme park decades ahead of the competition. But the computer genius is missing. So are his secrets. Is he dead? On the run? His billion-dollar, breathtaking discovery is the Perception Deception Effect.

An FBI agent theorizes the People’s Republic of China is responsible for the disappearance.The Nostalgia City CEO, however, is convinced a rival theme park is behind the theft. He drafts ex-cop turned theme park cab driver Lyle Deming to fly to Florida to find the missing computer scientist and recover his secrets.

Does this have anything to do with the severed human finger Lyle finds in his cab?

Back in Nostalgia City, park executive, 6’ 2” Kate Sorensen, a former college basketball star, is persuaded to investigate the death of an actor starring in a Vietnam-era crime movie being filmed at the Arizona park. Nostalgia City is a meticulous re-creation of a 1970s small town.

Shrugging off jet lag, anxiety, and oppressive Florida humidity, Lyle goes undercover using a parade of false identities to snoop behind the scenes at another theme park’s engineering and computer offices. He’s forced to jump from one covert scheme to another as his identity is exposed, his safety jeopardized.

In the meantime, Kate confronts a mentally unstable actor—fresh out of rehab. But she may be forced to give up the murder case—Lyle needs help.

Kate and Lyle have little time to explore their nascent romantic relationship as both their investigations turn deadly, threatening them and the future of Nostalgia City.

Dark Ride Deception is the fourth title in the Nostalgia City series, but it works perfectly as a stand-alone read. I haven’t read any of the earlier titles yet.

Nostalgia City is a theme park in Arizona based on a full-size recreation of a 1970s small town, so everyone is discouraged from visibly using their mobile phones and other modern technology.

The book starts with taxi driver Lyle discovering a human finger whilst cleaning the back of his cab, not the usual sort of thing for a fare to leave behind. And certainly a new way to try to hook the reader into a story.

Meanwhile Lyle’s girlfriend Kate who works on Nostalgia City’s PR is coordinating arrangements for a movie to be filmed at the theme park, including smoothing things out with some of the actors.

Lyle is an ex-cop and Max Maxwell, CEO of the park lets him in on the secret that future park technology plans have been stolen and the developer Tom Wyrick is missing too. Max wants Lyle to find Tom.

But when one of the actors dies, allegedly a suicide, Kate’s friend Steph believes he was murdered and asks Kate to investigate.

As the book progresses, it feels like two stories intertwined, from both Lyle and Kate’s viewpoints. Is there a connection?

Dark Ride Deception is available on Amazon in kindle format. A thrilling mystery with plenty of twists and turns. I can definitely recommend this read.

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The Silent Witness by Carolyn Arnold – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Silent Witness by bestselling author Carolyn Arnold to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

The Silent Witness by Carolyn Arnold

Here is the book blurb.

It’s 4 a.m. when her mom shakes her awake. “Get up baby, we’re going to play hide and seek.” The little girl presses back into the dark space, holding her breath as she hears the shots ring out. She knows she’s next…

When the bodies of a local family are discovered on a quiet street in the small town of Dumfries, Virginia, Detective Amanda Steele takes charge of the case. Brett and Angela Parker were shot three times each, leaving no hope of survival, and their tidy suburban home has been ransacked. But there is no sign of their beloved six-year-old, Zoe.

Zoe is the same age as Amanda’s daughter was when she died, and Amanda can’t bear the thought of another little girl in danger. She’s organizing a search for the child, when she notices something strange about the ottoman at the foot of the Parkers’ bed. She opens it to find Zoe, mute and traumatized, but alive.

With Zoe completely uncommunicative, Amanda must find another way to untangle what destroyed this seemingly perfect family. It’s clear that the killer is searching for something the Parkers had, and until she has this monster behind bars, Amanda fears that he may return for Zoe. When she learns that Brett Parker cut short the family’s recent lakeside vacation, she wonders why. What happened at that lake house, and did it ultimately get them killed?

Amanda heads out to Lake Chesdin on the feeling it might be key to the case, and when she finds a cell phone in the murky waters next to the Parker cabin, she knows she’s made a breakthrough. But then terrible news reaches her from Dumfries; Zoe has been taken from her school playground.

Someone wants to silence the Parker family for good, can Amanda catch them before the little girl she’s desperate to protect pays the price?

This is the third title in the Detective Amanda Steele series and here are the links to my reviews of the previous two titles.
The Little Grave
Stolen Daughters

This story starts with married couple Brett and Angela being murdered in their own home by a night-time intruder. They had just seconds to hide their 6 year old daughter Zoe in the ottoman. Their house has been ransacked. Why have they been targetted?

Their bodies are dicovered the next afternoon by Angela’s friend (and Zoe’s godmother) Libby. But Zoe is missing. Has she been taken?

Detective Amanda Steele and partner Trent are assigned to the case. Amanda discovers Zoe traumatised hiding in the ottoman whilst the crime scene invesigators are busy around. She doesn’t utter a word. Has she witnessed the murders? A child psychologist will be needed. Can they get any answers from Zoe? Who will look after her?

As Amanda and Trent piece together their investigation, one angle is why did the family cut short their vacation last week?

Other strands get woven into the story. And then even with police protection in place, Zoe disappears. Can they find her in time?

The Silent Witness, newly published today, is available on Amazon. A compelling read which had me hooked. Highly recommended. This book works well as a stand-alone read but I’m particularly enjoying the continuity thread that runs through this series. I certainly hope there will be more titles to come.

About the Detective Amanda Steele Series
Gritty. Raw. Unapologetic.

Immersive crime fiction for fans who love their mysteries set in a small town and hard-boiled to perfection. From the murder scene to the morgue, interrogation of suspects and following down leads, you’ll feel like you’re part of the investigation. Realistic and complex characters, accurate police procedures and forensics paired with tight, serious writing make these books read more like true crime than fiction. Meet Homicide Detective Amanda Steele with the Prince William County Police Department in Woodbridge, Virginia. She’s smart, motivated, and real. Her tragic past has her claiming to be no one’s mentor, but she’s more hero than she thinks.

Here are the links to my reviews of other books by Carolyn Arnold.
Remnants
Power Struggle
The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh
On the Count of Three
Shades of Justice
Exercise is Murder
Past Deeds
The Legend of Gasparilla and his Treasure
What We Bury


About the author

Carolyn Arnold was born in a small Canadian town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower. As an international bestselling and award-winning author, she has several continuing fiction series, including her popular Detective Madison Knight series. She offers readers nearly three dozen published books in genres ranging from crime thrillers and hard-boiled mysteries to cozy mysteries and action adventures. She currently lives north of London, Ontario, with her husband and two beagles.


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If She Dies by Erik Therme – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book If She Dies by Erik Therme to review. You may find out more about the author on his website.

If She Dies by Eric Therme

Here is the book blurb.

How far would you go to right a wrong?

Nine months ago, Tess’s five-year-old daughter was killed in a car accident. The driver, Brady Becker, was sentenced to two years in prison. It didn’t make Tess’s pain go away.

Brady also has a daughter: A twelve-year-old named Eve who walks to Chandler Middle School every day. Tess knows this because she’s been watching Eve for the last three weeks. It isn’t fair that Brady’s daughter gets to live, while Tess’s daughter does not.

When Eve goes missing, all eyes turn to Tess, who doesn’t have an alibi. But Tess isn’t guilty.

Or so she believes.

The story starts creepily with Tess stalking a 12 year old girl Eve, persuading the reader to think the worst of her. Eve is the step-daughter of the driver responsible for killing Lily, Tess and Josh’s five year old daughter in a car accident, which Tess cannot come to terms with.

Meanwhile who is sending Tess anonymous mail? Who has desecrated Lily’s grave? Who is spying on her? And who is snooping around outside their house? Why is she lying to Josh? Has he moved on? Is he hiding something from her? Is Tess getting paranoid about everything?

This book is very much a slow burner as we gradually get introduced to other characters integral to the story. And then Eve disappears…….

If She Dies is available on Amazon in hardback, paperback, audiobook and kindle formats. A compelling read indeed..

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Stolen Daughters by Carolyn Arnold – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book Stolen Daughters by bestselling author Carolyn Arnold to review. To find out more about the author you may visit her website.

Stolen Daughters by Carolyn Arnold

Here is the book blurb.

The girl looked so peaceful, she could have been asleep. Except her eyes were open, blankly reflecting the flickering flames spreading towards her…

When firefighters discover the body of a teenage girl at an abandoned house, Detective Amanda Steele hurries to the scene. Dumfries, Virginia is a small town, yet no one seems to have any idea who the dead girl is until Amanda finds a dragonfly pin with the name Crystal engraved on it.

Working tirelessly, Amanda traces the pin to Crystal Foster, a thirteen-year-old who disappeared three years ago from her wealthy parents’ home. Breaking the news to the distraught parents won’t be easy, but the loss of her own daughter still haunts Amanda, and she knows this will bring them closure. But when Amanda goes to see the Fosters, they do not recognize the girl. She isn’t Crystal.

Before Amanda can react to this new development, she gets an urgent call. A fire has consumed another vacant house, and the remains of two more girls have been found. Who are these girls, and why are they being picked off? Amanda must stop this killer before the pattern continues, and the death toll climbs.

When Amanda receives a taunting note from the killer, she realizes that she holds the missing piece of this puzzle. The victims are connected to Amanda’s past, to a case she can never forget, and which almost claimed her life. As she follows the clues to their deadly conclusion, can she save more innocent lives… even if it risks her own?

This is the second title in the Detective Amanda Steele series and you may see my review of the first title The Little Grave here.

The story starts with a murder and arson in a vacant property. Who is the dead teenage girl? Detective Amanda Steele and partner Trent are assigned to the case. Meanwhile Sergeant Malone warns Amanda to tread carefully as Lieutenant Hill hates her and is trying to get her demoted.

A tattoo on the girl’s body reveals she was a victim of sex trafficking before she was a murder victim, linking this to Amanda’s earlier case. Then Amanda finds a note from the killer on her daughter’s grave. This is getting too close for comfort. More deaths follow and a false identification.

How can Amanda solve this case? What clues are there? How can she stop the reporters interfering?

Stolen Daughters is available on Amazon. A gripping page turner which i couldn’t put down. Highly recommended.

Detective Amanda Steele Series by Carolyn Arnold

About the Detective Amanda Steele Series
Gritty. Raw. Unapologetic.

Immersive crime fiction for fans who love their mysteries set in a small town and hard-boiled to perfection. From the murder scene to the morgue, interrogation of suspects and following down leads, you’ll feel like you’re part of the investigation. Realistic and complex characters, accurate police procedures and forensics paired with tight, serious writing make these books read more like true crime than fiction. Meet Homicide Detective Amanda Steele with the Prince William County Police Department in Woodbridge, Virginia. She’s smart, motivated, and real. Her tragic past has her claiming to be no one’s mentor, but she’s more hero than she thinks.

Here are the links to my reviews of other books by Carolyn Arnold.
Remnants
Power Struggle
The Secret of the Lost Pharaoh
On the Count of Three
Shades of Justice
Exercise is Murder
Past Deeds
The Legend of Gasparilla and his Treasure
What We Bury


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The Judas Robe by Larry Rodness – book review

Disclosure.  This post is a review of an ebook I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

I have received a free e-copy of the book The Judas Robe by Larry Rodness to review. You may find out more about the author on his website.

The Judas Robe by Larry Rodness

Here is the book blurb.

At the height of the Spanish Inquisition a ruthless inquisitor by the name of Bishop Promane tortures a fellow priest, Father Sanchez, for information about the whereabouts of a relic known as the Judas Robe, rumored to be the only piece of physical evidence of God on earth. Promane succeeds in recovering the robe only to lose it to Sanchez’s saviors, knights belonging to The Order of Christ.
In the Present Day, Joel Gardiner, a pre-med student, is attacked by a group of religious zealots after leaving a campus pub. A young woman calling herself Sophia rescues Joel and reveals that he is descended from of the Order of Christ who still has the Judas Robe in their possession. Joel dismisses it as a hoax or farce, but zealots renew their efforts to seize the robe. Joel and Sophia embark on a quest to verify the existence of the so-called relic while trying to elude the murderous cabal.

The story starts back in history at the time of the Spanish Inquisition when Bishop Promane is torturing Father Sanchez in an attempt to discover where the Judas Robe relic is. Father Sanchez gives in when the Bishop releases him and ties one of his young charges to the rack instead. But the Bishop only gets his hands on the precious relic for minutes before he sees his men slain by knights of The Order of Christ. The captain saves Father Sanchez and his young charge but takes the relic and departs.

In chapter 2, we fast forward to the present day, where Joel a medical student, is juggling his time between his studies and a part-time intern research job at the Biopharm lab. But on his way home one evening from the lab he is mugged, however a young woman Sophia nearby tazers the thugs and rescues Joel, driving him to a pharmacy and patching up his cuts. She reveals she has been tracking the thugs who are religious zealots after The Judas Robe, the one physical proof of God on earth.

(Proof reading appears to have skipped the blurb. which says pub rather than lab).

Joel is nonplussed by this, what does it have to do with him? And who is Sophia really? But when his girlfriend Lisa is also intimidated by thugs, he puts two and two together. Is it anything to do with his mother Natalie, a religious fanatic who now lives in a convent?

We get to meet plenty more characters as the story progresses. A real page turner as more is revealed and I certainly couldn’t have predicted the ending.

The Judas Robe is available on Amazon in both kindle format and paperback. A good thriller, with some great twists.

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