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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 May 10, 2012

    Great

    An easy flowing read

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  • Posted May 4, 2012

    I couldn't put it down... great read!

    I couldn't put it down... great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2012

    quick read

    I enjoyed this book tremendously .. i have not been able to actually get entertained by a book in awhile and this was a page turner...i am going to love to read this authors next book(s)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Great detective story

    Fun fast read. Good twists and story line. This book is not for the easily offended. It is full of swearing and shady characters but this does add to the character personalities and your feelings toward each.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Excelent

    It was thrilling with enough mystery and romance to satisfy the craving.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Interesting main character

    Story started with the narrative in full force. Definitly a hit you hard and keep on beating type of story. Much like the main character.

    Twisty plot, interesting characters, and settings, well told and kept me ereading non stop.

    I am looking forward to reading more of the authors work.

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  • Posted February 1, 2012

    Riveting!!!!!!!!!!

    Will be my new favorite series - can't wait to read more. Excellent twists - turns and tough girl main character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Good who done it.

    Kept me interested until the last page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Good

    The dark side of the black hills-fast read but interesting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Good

    Not what i expected. Enjoyed the wholeseries and waiting fir thenext installment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    Good Read

    Although I Still have a few unanswered questions, I would still recommend this book. Can some one please tell me what the rest of the series is?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Enjoyable, quick read

    Enjoyed the entire series! Loved the main character, with all her many faults. Good book and an easy read. Each book in the series gets better and better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2012

    Better than expected

    The first few pages of this book started out slow but as it continued it got better and the ending was good. I'll read more by this author

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  • Posted December 25, 2011

    Great read!

    Although it was a little slow in the very beginning it didn't take long for me to love this book. I look forward to reading the next in the series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    Nice!

    Good read!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    Entertaining

    While I wouldn't characterize this as great literature, this book made for an entertaining and engaging read. It was perfect for my commute. Perhaps the characters were a bit too flawed?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2011

    Tight writing and a gutsy lead

    Lori Armstrong's whodunnit is punchy and tightly written. Although her characters live in a world far removed from mine, I am willing to go along for the ride. Good work Lori!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2011

    Interesting

    Good book. Go for it

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  • Posted November 28, 2011

    Excellent Read

    This is one of those books that makes you want to read the next one! The characters are well thought out without getting into to much explaining. The plot is very well done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2011

    Blood ties

    I liked this book with the whitty phrases and comparrisons.

    A nice who done it with some nice twists.

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