Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Review Tour & #Giveaway for In the Line of Duty by Carolyn Arnold

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In the Line of Duty
By Carolyn Arnold
Detective Madison Knight, Book 7

Publisher:  Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc
‘Release Date: September 26, 2016
Genre: Mystery/Police Procedural
Length: 362 Pages
ISBN: 978-1988353241

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About the book:

Her fellow officer has made the ultimate sacrifice, and Detective Madison Knight may have to lay it all on the line to bring his killer to justice. But with leads pointing in several directions, she has to narrow them down—and quickly—if she’s going to solve the case before anyone else gets hurt, including herself.


He devoted his life to seeking justice. But would she get any for him? 
It was an ordinary day for police officer Barry Weir. It was the end of shift, he was tired, and he just wanted to get home to his wife and kids. But someone had other plans for him—shooting him down and forcing him to make the ultimate sacrifice. 
When news of Weir’s murder reaches the precinct, it leaves Detective Madison Knight and every cop in the Stiles PD itching for revenge. It cuts Madison’s boyfriend, colleague, and Weir’s childhood friend, Troy Matthews, deepest of all, driving him away from everyone he loves, just when they need one another the most. 

With evidence pointing to a gang-related drive-by, Madison and her team investigate the town’s seedy underbelly in search of justice for their fallen brother. But the deeper they dig, the more convoluted the case becomes. Now they need to figure out if this was a random shooting as part of a gang initiation, a straight-up hate crime, or a targeted kill. But with the Stiles PD under attack, they have to do it fast…before more people pay with their lives.


Troy gripped the sink in the men’s washroom at the Stiles police station with both hands and stared at himself in the mirror. He’d lost men close to him before. The last one was two years ago, and the officer had been killed in a car accident while off duty. He’d left behind two kids and a wife. But Barry…he was different. Life always equaled death, of course. It was a simple equation to accept until it touched close to home. And that’s what Barry’s death was for him—personal.

Losing Barry made it clear just how dangerous this job could be and how fragile life was. One minute here, the next gone. Barry had just been pumping gas, a routine thing, something people did all the time without any thought to their safety. Those on the outside would say that’s the risk he took being in law enforcement. Yes, there was the chance any one of them wouldn’t return home from a shift, but it wasn’t something Troy consciously thought about before heading to work.

In fact, when serving in a SWAT capacity, he’d say it was one of the safest positions within the Stiles PD. SWAT had the toys, and when they showed up to manage a situation, it was often brought under control rather quickly. Even the majority of criminals didn’t want to tango with an AR-15 and armored vehicles. Besides, dwelling on one’s mortality wasn’t healthy. But when something like this happened to one of their own, it spurred on such self-reflection. It could have easily been him in the morgue, or one of his team members. Or Madison…

His insides quivered with rage as his heartbeat slowed with his grief. He squeezed his eyes shut.

 “I’ve got Dad’s car tonight,” Barry says. “We’ll take it out on the back roads and see what she’s really capable of.”

“Your dad’s a cop, Barry,” Troy reminds him.

“So? What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him.” Barry takes a few steps down the hall of their high school but stops and spins when Troy doesn’t follow. “Come on, man. Don’t make me take Lyman.”

Troy came back from his thoughts and opened his eyes to find himself staring at his reflection.

That night had been one of the best ever. Barry had sent the car airborne by racing over the railway tracks on the outskirts of the city. They’d even conned some seniors into getting beer for them and drank it by the tracks later that night.

Barry had made Troy feel alive…

Pain knotted in his chest, the regrets over skipping drinks with Barry last week paired with losing a part of his childhood somehow.

Troy pinched the bridge of his nose as the memories continued to rush over him.

“I just got my acceptance letter.” Barry holds the envelope in his hand. “This college has the hottest chicks… Not that it would matter to you.”

“What does that mean?”

“It’s Lauren and Troy sitting in a tree…” Barry sings.

“Seriously? You’re like a girl sometimes, you know that? A big, emotional girl.”

“Hey!” Barry punches him playfully in the arm.

Madison punched him in the arm sometimes, too…

God, what would he have done if Madison were the one who’d been killed?

 AUTHOR Bio and Links:

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling 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.

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An intense, action filled police procedural, In the Line of Duty by Carolyn Arnold, is filled with colorful characters, good dialogue, a solid mystery and plenty of emotional angst.   While this is the seventh book in the Madison Knight series, this is a book which can be read on its own.  If you like reading solid mysteries, a strong female protagonist, and police procedurals with plenty of action, this is a book and series you will definitely want to check out.

Ms. Arnold does a great job introducing her main character, Madison Knight, right from the start.  A single, female detective, Madison is a hard working detective, who is giving romance, with a fellow cop, a second chance.  I easily connected with Madison right from the start; she’s had to work hard to prove herself in a job still mainly occupied by men and has also had to deal with family, which is less than thrilled about her dangerous profession.  A fact which becomes the focus of this installment as Madison, and her fellow cops, are forced to deal with the murder of one of their own.  As Madison begins the investigation she’s upset at the loss of a fellow officer, thankful that her boyfriend Troy, the leader of the S.W.A.T. team wasn’t a victim, and filled with anger that someone would shoot a cop in the line of duty. 

The secondary characters are well developed and while most of them are recurring characters, Ms. Arnold does a good job introducing them, and their role in Madison’s life, so that new readers don’t get lost.  I especially liked getting to know Troy better, and watching Madison’s natural skills as a leader take charge.  The mystery is well developed and at the start there are plenty of suspects and possible motives.  As Madison and the rest of the squad continue to investigate the shooting, it becomes clear that gangs are involved and that the police have a target painted on their backs.

The story’s pace is fairly rapid and Ms. Arnold’s voice as an author is strong and very easy to follow.  There are several twists and turns, some that made me wonder if Madison and her team were looking at the right suspects, which kept me glued to the pages of the story. There is plenty of action and a lot of emotional angst as the officers go about the investigation while dealing with grief and the emotional fallout that this type of situation brings about. It’s hard to convince your family that others need you “to protect and serve” while someone is shooting your fellow cops and your family wonders if you will make it back home alive.

Will Madison discover who killed her fellow officer and why?  Will her romance with Troy, a fellow cop, survive the investigation?  You’ll have to read In the Line of Duty to find out, I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading the next installment in this thrilling series.

My Rating:  4.5 out of 5 Crowns

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review. My review is my opinion of the book provided.
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  1. This is a must-read!! Thank you for the reveal!

  2. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

  3. When did you first consider yourself a writer?

    1. I always took writing seriously. I never viewed it as hobby even before I made a penny from my work. I guess I considered myself a writer even when I was a teenager writing novellas and poetry.

  4. What a super review, Maria. I'm pleased that you loved IN THE LINE OF DUTY, and thank you for sharing your review with your readers.