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Blood Ties (Julie Collins Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

fantastic small town thriller

Julie Collins left her well paying job in Minneapolis to take a position in the Bear Butte County Sheriff¿s Office in the hopes of finding the person who killed her half-brother Ben Stalking Elk. Over the last five years five Native Americans like Ben have been murdere...
Julie Collins left her well paying job in Minneapolis to take a position in the Bear Butte County Sheriff¿s Office in the hopes of finding the person who killed her half-brother Ben Stalking Elk. Over the last five years five Native Americans like Ben have been murdered, but his is different as he was the only one whose throat was slashed to death; the others were drowned though his corpse was also found like the other victims in Bear Butte Creek. --- The body of a sixteen years old girl with her throat slashed is found in Rapid Creek. Julie¿s friend private detective Kevin Wells was hired to find out where Samantha went after her father kicked her out of their home following her mother confiding to both that she was sired by a rapist. A few days later, Samantha¿s mother is found dead in her car, supposedly a suicide. Kevin and Julie investigate together believing that the killer is one of the men who raped her mother, but he intends to keep that secret concealed and he will do whatever it takes to make sure it stays buried. --- BLOOD TIES is a fantastic small town thriller with a protagonist who acts tough because she feels she must do so to solve her quest and has no one to call a friend except Kevin. Her need almost obsessive to bring justice to Samantha and her mother serves as a temporary replacement and solace for failing to do so for Ben. Lori G. Armstrong provides a fabulous mystery starring an intriguing protagonist with a climax that will stun the audience. --- Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 9, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

26 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

BLOOD TIES

I eagerly dove into this book because I love stories of the West and anything to do with the Lakota Indians. Within the first few pages I was sorely disappointed but I stayed with it hoping that as the story continued it would improve. I am sad to say that it did not. W...
I eagerly dove into this book because I love stories of the West and anything to do with the Lakota Indians. Within the first few pages I was sorely disappointed but I stayed with it hoping that as the story continued it would improve. I am sad to say that it did not. While others may find this fiction work wonderfully written I found the main character to be most annoying. The story gives the impression that it will deal with the Lakota much more than it does when in fact they are nothing more than mere mentions throughout the story. The main character comes off acting much too tough (in my opinion) and is extremely insecure throughout the whole story. She is belligerent where and when she doesn't need to be and most times I found myself not even caring about any of her predicaments. When you finish a story you should be happy for the main character and also not want it to end. With BLOOD TIES I did not feel for the main character and I was glad it finally did end.

For me I cannot recommend this story to anyone. I am terribly disappointed in it. I did not find the plot to be exceptional nor was the drama captivating. In a word this story is annoying at best and boring at worst. The second series deals with the same characters and did not improve any better than the first book.

posted by The_Writer_025 on May 12, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    Great book

    I love julie. She is a kick butt chick.

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

    OK Read. Glad I didn't pay for it.

    The actual mystery was good, the ending was mostly unexpected. But the constant self-deprecation of the main character was too much of a wet blanket to let the book be enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    Entertaining story

    It was an entertaining story. Nothing too deep or thoughtful but something to keep your attention. It was also a good book for free but I don't know that I would buy it.

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  • Posted November 20, 2011

    Great Easy & Suspense Read!

    Loved the main character, Julie and her thirty-something life issues - we can all relate! The suspense was enough to make you keep guessing but it was a short fun read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2011

    Not a bad read

    This was better than I thought for a free book. I will try the next in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2011

    Good

    Not bad for a freebie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2011

    Inappropriate for young readers.

    Entertaining

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    so-so

    dwells to much on brother's death which happen in the past. Not enough of the here & now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2011

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    The story was alright... I'm glad it was free... characters seemed believable enough....& were interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    Pretty good..

    I like detective PI stuff... able to get through it pretty fast... ok. Steve Hamilton's stuff better

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Enjoyable and Predictable

    Quick and colorful read with some gruesome topics littering the plot. Although the "who did it?" could be guessed mid story there were twists and turns that kept the pages turning. An unpredictable and enticing love/friendship is also perfectle woven into the murder mystery.

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  • Posted October 24, 2011

    Good suspense mystery

    Writer needs to cut down on the metaphors. The first 25% of the book contained almost one per sentence (exaggeration); however, with that said, is was an absorbing read.

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