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#Review o Power Struggle (a Detective Madison Knight book, #8) by Carolyn Arnold w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @Carolyn_Arnold

POWER STRUGGLE

by Carolyn Arnold

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GENRE: Suspense/Mystery

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BLURB:

One hit man who’s back for revenge.

One detective who’s not going down without a fight.

It’s been ten months since Detective Madison Knight almost died at the hands of Russian Mafia hit man Constantine Romanov. She hasn’t seen hide nor hair of him since he escaped police custody and fled to Russia soon after his arrest, except now her latest murder investigation gives her reason to believe he’s back in town. Seeing as the victim is the man who killed her grandfather, her perspective may be a little skewed, but with the MO smacking of Constantine and the victim’s connections to the mob, she finds it hard to be objective. Still, she’s doing her best to consider all the evidence.

When she receives a threatening letter from Constantine, however, her suspicions are confirmed. And he’s made it abundantly clear that not only does he plan to finish what he started but he has her family and loved ones in the crosshairs, too. Madison vows to do whatever it takes to save them, but as the hours race by, the body count rises. And the stakes only get higher when Madison’s sister, Chelsea, goes missing.

Now, Madison’s only play is to take Chelsea’s disappearance for what it really means: Constantine is calling Madison out for one final showdown. And they won’t both survive…

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Excerpt Three:

This was really happening. Constantine was back for her and her family. Her first thought went to Troy but was followed quickly with images of her sister and her nieces. Her parents lived in Florida and should at least be safely out of his reach, but the rest of them? She fumbled as she tried to get her phone out of her coat pocket.

God, who should she call first? She needed to make sure everyone was safe—right now. Maybe if she called Troy and then the station, she could have officers go by her sister’s, to her nieces’ school and the youngest one’s daycare, to her brother-in-law’s office, and after that, she could make a call to the local Florida cops to check in on her parents, just in case.

She pressed the speed dial for Troy and let her gaze continue to skitter over the parking lot for any sign of Constantine. She was too exposed and vulnerable standing there, and tremors shot through her. But if he was just going to pull a trigger, why the taunting note? She had a horrible feeling a single bullet wouldn’t inflict enough torture for Constantine’s liking.

Troy’s phone continued ringing in her ear.

“Pick up!” she cried out.

Two women were walking toward her with quizzical expressions on their faces. Madison made eye contact with one of them.

“Are you okay?” the woman asked.

Madison bit down on her bottom lip and ran a hand through her hair. She nodded. “I’ll be fine. Thanks.”

The one who’d asked how she was shrugged and bugged out her eyes at her friend as if Madison was crazy. They kept walking toward a sedan parked two down from Madison’s Mazda and got in.

“You’ve reached the voice mail of—”

Madison hung up, gripping her phone tightly. Why wasn’t he answering?

Troy had the day off. He was planning to go into the station later for her meeting with Winston and the police chief, but otherwise, he could be anywhere. If Constantine knew where to find her this morning, he’d likely tailed her from Troy’s house.

She got into her car and tugged on her seat belt.

Maybe Troy was just busy, or his phone was on mute, or…

She tried him again, and it rang to voice mail once more.

This time she left a message. “Troy, it’s me. Call me back the second you get this,” she rushed out. “Constantine’s back.”

She ended the call and thrust the key into the ignition, ready to tear out of the lot, but there was one more number she could try to reach him. It was primarily reserved for his boss in case a call came in requiring Troy’s SWAT team since he was on call 24-7, even on his days off.

She tried that number. It went to voice mail, too.

She pressed her phone to her forehead.

Please don’t tell me he’s…

Madison put the car into gear, and her phone rang. She answered quickly. “Troy?”

“You got the T part right, but this is—”

“Terry, something’s happened,” she blurted out, panic shredding her insides. She pushed the button on the kiosk to lift the barricade at the parking lot’s exit.

“What is it?” Terry sounded nauseated, as if he’d already been struck with bad news. “Are you all right? Where are you?”

“I’m fine, but—” She checked her mirrors. Constantine could be watching her right now.

“Maddy?” Terry prompted. “You’re scaring me.”

She pulled out onto the street. “Constantine’s back.” She swallowed the mouthful of bile that had risen in her throat. The sour taste hit her tongue, but it was nothing compared to the unsettled and knotted ball in the pit of her stomach, nor the one in her chest. What if he had… No, she couldn’t even finish the thought. She just had to get to Troy. She floored it through a yellow light.

So I’m back with a review of a mystery/thriller w/romantic elements and to say that I’m hooked on Madison Knight would be an understatement.  This is the first book that I’ve read by Ms. Arnold and it will not be my last. To say that my pulse pounded in my throat, my anxiety hit the roof and I could not put this book down until the very end.  Yep, this is that book.  True, I read a lot of romantic suspense, mysteries, mystery/thrillers but I got much more than that in this book.

Madison Knight is a detective in a major crimes division (LOVE the show Major Crimes) and is the only female.  Her boyfriend, Troy is part of the S.W.A.T. team and they have their ups and downs in regards to their relationship.  She has confidence issues that need to be dealt with in regards to Troy and let’s not forget that she also has to deal with a mother that still can’t accept the fact that she’s a cop.  To say that Madison has some things outside her job would be a lie.  But that’s what makes Madison so human and real to me.  I felt like I knew her.  And yet, I didn’t know her.

But what really got me about this book is how real and authentic to felt.  I watch a lot of cop shows on television and no one can match my love for Jack Ryan/Tom Clancy but Ms. Arnold has written one of the best female cops that I’ve ever read.  And yes, I love Eve Dallas and her yummy Roarke but I connected with Madison on a more personal level.  She cares too much for her family and after everything that she has been dealt with Constantine, it is still raw for her.  I liked how Ms. Arnold didn’t shy away from the effects of how Madison is dealing with it.  Most authors wouldn’t go that far but Ms. Arnold does and its brilliant.

I swear this book near lets up.  I didn’t take a break until I absolutely had to go the bathroom.  That’s how involved I was with it and I never wanted it to end.  That said, it did and it totally blew me away.  I have got the first book in the series to read and I can’t wait to see how it all began for Madison.  Madison is just one of those characters that will stay with you after you finish.  Not to mention the story itself.  Ms. Arnold writes a fast-paced, taunt, thrill ride that you will not forget.  Just remember not to drink anything so you can read right through.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

 

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small 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.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.

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Review of The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths by Harry Bingham

the strange death of fionaThe Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths bcc:

British author, Harry Bingham, blew critics and readers away with his crime debut, Talking to the Dead. His second novel, Love Story, with Murders, established DC Fiona Griffiths as the most compelling heroine in crime fiction. With this, the third novel in the series, comes Fiona’s darkest, strangest and most challenging assignment yet . . .

It started out as nothing much. A minor payroll fraud at a furniture store in South Wales. No homicide involved, no corpses. Detective Constable Fiona Griffiths fights to get free of the case, but loses. She’s tasked with the investigation.

She begins her enquiries, only to discover the corpse of a woman who’s starved to death. Looks further, and soon realizes that within the first, smaller crime, a vaster one looms: the most audacious theft in history.

Fiona’s bosses need a copper willing to go undercover, and they ask Fiona to play the role of a timid payroll clerk so that she can penetrate the criminal gang from within.

Fiona will be alone, she’ll be lethally vulnerable – and her fragile grip on ‘Planet Normal’ will be tested as never before …

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harry binghamHarry Bingham Bio:

Harry is currently writing a crime series, featuring a young Welsh detective, Fiona Griffiths. The series has sold to publishers in the UK (Orion), the US (Random House), as well as FranceGermanyItalySpain, the Netherlandsand elsewhere. The first novel was televised by Bonafide and broadcast onSky Living. The novels are notable mostly for the strong voice and strange character of their protagonist. The first three titles in the series are Talking to the Dead, Love Story with Murders, and The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths.

 

The books have had nice reviews in the BooksellerPublishers Weekly,KirkusNew York TimesNew York Daily NewsBoston GlobeSeattle Times,Washington PostDaily MailTelegraph, Times, Sunday Times, Western Mail (all behind paywall) Shelf Awarenesscrimefictionlover, and many more fine publications.

 

Links

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Twitter https://twitter.com/harryonthebrink

review

You know I’m so glad that I read other books that aren’t associated with romance.  Don’t get me wrong, I love romance books but every once in a while I need to read something that I wouldn’t normally read and The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths certainly filled that bill.  Crime Thriller, mystery, suspense and not a lick of romance.  Oh and did I mention that the setting is Wales?  No.  You are in for a treat then.  Great location written by a brilliant author.

Everything about this book is brilliant.  A little slow in the beginning but once I got into the story you will not be able to put it down.  Fiona isn’t normal at all.  She has mental issues that make her seem almost robotic and unfeeling but trust me, keep reading.  It will all make sense in the end.  Absolutely fascinating character and Mr. Bingham lets the reader slowly into her mind and what makes her normal.  She’s a misfit in a way but it works.  Being a detective isn’t the easiest job but she makes it seem easy.  I would almost put her on the level as Sherlock Holmes in terms of her temperament and the ability to connect with the victim and NOT her co-workers.

The plot is sick and twisted so don’t let the blurb fool you.  🙂  Fiona finds herself in one situation after another and you will definitely be holding your breath until the bitter end.  Word to the reader, it is written in first person (I love).  Personally, I don’t think it could have been any other way.  Mr. Bingham has a written a character that with all of her “quirks”, you will fall in love with her.

I will say that I didn’t read the first two books in the series but you can read this one has a standalone.  Of course, since I have found a different kind of character to read and follow, I will be getting the first two books in the series.  Yes, the book is that good but will grab you is the writing.  Taunt, thrilling, and perfectly paced.  I know, I said it was slow in the beginning but that’s the point.

Do yourself a favor dear readers.  Read outside your romance comfort zone.  Oh yes, I still read Clancy (RIP) and Grisham.  Plus, I still read Danielle Steele.  Shoot me.  As you know, I don’t conform to most romance bloggers read and The Strange Death of Fiona Griffiths is proof of that.

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Excerpt from Hand of Fatima by Myrna Sokoloff w/a $15 GC giveaway!

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Hand of Fatima

by Myrna Sokoloff

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It had been a year since the sealed casket of Holly’s beloved husband Jake had been flown from the war zone to Dover Air Force Base with an honor guard. The American flag and the music didn’t lesson the agony of his death for her.

 

Nobody ever told Holly what had really happened on that classified mission in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

 

The painful memory of his death came crashing in on her when Alex, a former special-warfare operator, approached her on a clear autumn day. Alex and his teammate TJ had been wounded on the same raid with Jake.

 

These tough wounded warriors were determined to find out the facts, but they knew for sure that the SEALS had been betrayed.

 

By uncovering the treacherous truth about the Helmand mission, this group of patriots and their friends discover an even more sinister plot that will put the country in danger . . . and it leads straight to the White House.

Excerpt One:

 

Chapter 8 – THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE

 

Alex paced in front of D.C.’s Union Station. He had worked with Susanna and trusted her but she still worked for the President he did not trust.

 

Susanna saw Alex, took a deep breath and walked towards him. “Alex,” she whispered.

 

He turned and walked into the station and got lost in the crowds surrounding the fast food restaurants and sat at on a bench.

 

Alex started, “Tariq betrayed us.”

 

Susanna gasped, “How do you know this?”

 

“We’ve tracked him since the attack in Helmand Province,” Alex said breathlessly, waiting to see Susanna’s reaction.

 

Susanna looked stunned.

 

“Tracked him—how could you track him? Do you have mercenaries in the field or is TJ’s dad at NSA going outside the wire?”

 

“Tariq was there on the day of the attack.” Susanna’s mouth fell open.

 

Alex leaned close to her. “I’m not telling you the details because then you don’t know anything to testify to in case…”

 

“Testify,” she shouted. “What do you mean? How do you know he was at the site of the attack?”

 

Alex looked glum. “I saw him!”

 

Susanna gasped. “Are you sure it was Tariq?”

 

“Yes absolutely. You forget I was observing his interrogation at Gitmo. You know what this means Susanna?” he carefully said.

 

Susanna sighed and leaned back on the bench, “The President’s poster boy for Gitmo releases reverts to his old ways…he’s still a terrorist.”

 

“And worse, he set us up. He just didn’t escape into thin air—he led us into a trap by giving us false info in order to kill us. He was laughing at us!” Alex was intent on making her see the danger.

 

Susanna got up and started walking, pulling her coat around her against the chill autumn wind. Alex followed but hung behind giving her some space. Her pace slowed as she faced him.

 

Alex pleaded, “We need to tell Holly, wife of a dead SEAL and a respected analyst.”

 

“Holly is not political and she was devastated by Jake’s death. To bring it up again is cruel, especially if she finds out it was avoidable. I am speaking as her friend!” cried Susanna.

 

“Don’t you think she would want to know? And if her best friend knew something, don’t you think she’d be mad if you kept it from her?” asked Alex.

 

Susanna looked exasperated. But what he said made her feel unsure of her position. Maybe Holly would want to know.

 

“I tried to talk to her at Temple, but she was with family and besides, I lost my nerve,” he said, embarrassingly.

 

“I know how we can all meet away from prying eyes. It’s Sukkot Thursday night.” Alex looked stunned and smiled.

 

“I didn’t know you were Jewish!” he laughed.

 

“Holly always invites this Catholic to her sister’s Sukkah in her backyard in Connecticut. There will be lots of people all unrelated to our work. Holly said I could bring guests. Ask TJ. We’ll take the train.” Alex grinned and nodded his head.

 

Alex walked out of the station, happy he had met with Susanna. And he was glad he was going to see Holly again but he didn’t want to think of her in personal terms.

 

His thoughts went to Tariq. He was sure he had seen him at the edge of the staging area, which didn’t surprise him. After all, he had provided the intel. Then he thought he made a mistake and then everything was explosions, pain and darkness.

 

Alex was wounded. In the hospital room and in therapy, he felt like he had forgotten something important. But he was confused and the doctors told him some memory loss was perfectly normal after an explosion.

 

But it came back to him one night when he was watching The Godfather, and he called TJ.

 

“TJ, remember the scene in The Godfather when Michael was hiding out in Sicily after killing Sollozo and McClusky. His beautiful Sicilian wife—what was her name?”

 

“Appollonia…yeah I remember her,” said TJ.

 

Alex continued dramatically, “She was about to start the car. Michael called to his bodyguard Fabrizio. He looked back at Michael and then ran. In that instant Michael knew he had been betrayed and then his wife turned on the ignition and blew up. It had been meant for him.”

 

“Yeah, yeah I get it, but…,” interjected TJ.

 

“When I was watching that scene it came back to me. I saw Tariq that day and when I called to him he looked back with the same expression and then ran just like Fabrizio and then the explosions started.”

 

“We can’t use The Godfather as a reason you remembered Tariq. They’ll have you back in psych evaluation and think you are confusing life with a movie.”

 

“You do it all the time,” laughed Alex.

“Yeah, I know, but not at a debriefing.” TJ sighed.

 

Author Bio:

I grew up in the beautiful suburb of Westport Connecticut. After Boston University, I moved to New York City. In Manhattan I spent time in many political campaigns as fundraiser and writer. New York was a Democratic September 11th, 2001, changed me and I had to re-evaluate my politics. I used to work in lower Manhattan and saw on TV the streets and buildings covered with dust and so many people killed in an instant. In LA, I volunteeretown. We never fought with Republicans, we fought with each other! It was exciting and I thought I was making a contribution. When I moved to California, my connections helped me transistion into the political world in LA.
D for the USO at LAX and watched Marines from Camp Pendleton fly out to their next training base. I also served an Army Family Readiness unit near me.I called families of deployed soldiers to check if they needed anything and helped with the Army Christmas parties for the kids. It didn’t seem enough. I had to find another way to express my ideas and support the troops. I made political commercials and wrote articles.

In 2008 I was the co-writer and executive producer of the political comedy feature ‘An American Carol’

I decided to write my first novel ‘Hand of Fatima’ because I was angry about the lies surrounding Benghazi, the terrorist attack that occurred in 2012. The four men that died that day had families and friends who loved them. Our leaders acted as if it was a political mess to get passed and forgotten. The novel is a thriller about terrorism and how it affects real people.

 

 

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Myrna-Sokoloff/e/B00GLDOL2S/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1413853834&sr=8-1

 

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