Count to Ten

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In all his years in the Chicago Fire Department, Lieutenant Reed Solliday ahs never experienced anything like this recent outbreak of house fires - devastating, vicious and in one case, homicidal. He has another problem - his new partner, Detective Mia Mitchell. She's brash, bossy, and taking the case in a direction he never imagined.


Mia's instincts tell her the arsonist is making this personal. And as the ...

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Overview

In all his years in the Chicago Fire Department, Lieutenant Reed Solliday ahs never experienced anything like this recent outbreak of house fires - devastating, vicious and in one case, homicidal. He has another problem - his new partner, Detective Mia Mitchell. She's brash, bossy, and taking the case in a direction he never imagined.


Mia's instincts tell her the arsonist is making this personal. And as the infernos become more deadly, one look at the victims' tortured faces convinces her and Reed that they must work closer to catch the killer. With each new blaze, the villain ups the ante, setting firetraps for the people Reed and Mia love. The truth is almost too hot to handle: This monster's desire for death and destruction is unquenchable ... and for Mia he's started the countdown to an early grave.

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Rose cranks up the heat in more ways than one for recurring heroine Det. Mia Mitchell, last seen in You Can't Hide, to deliver another winning romantic mystery thriller. When a series of arsons turns out to hide a homicide, Mia teams up with Chicago Fire Department Lt. Reed Solliday to track down the firebug killer. Still reeling from her father's death and her last case, which landed her partner, Abe, in the hospital, Mia's not pleased to be teaming up with someone new—especially with Abe's assailant still on the loose. Reed has his doubts as well, suspecting that Mia isn't ready to be back on assignment. As the investigation proceeds and the two divulge their troubled pasts, they find themselves warming to each other—just in time for Mia to become the next target for the flame-happy madman. Rose's characters aren't exactly fresh—she's the tough-but-vulnerable cop's daughter, he's the gruff-but-lovable heavy—but Rose gives them plenty of room to develop as the tense procedural escalates. Emotional subplots, engaging secondary characters and a string of red herrings will keep readers hooked. (Feb.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446616904
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 120,286
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Rose is a RITA Award-winning author who fell in love with books from the time she learned to read, with Jo from Little Women and Nancy Drew becoming close childhood friends. A former chemical engineer and high school chemistry and physics teacher, Karen lives in Florida with her husband of twenty years, their two children, and the family cat, Bella. For more information, visit her website: www.karenrosebooks.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2008

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    I could not put this book down. Even though it was quite lengthy with 550 pages, there wasn't a single page wasted with unnecessary rambling. Count to ten truly had me on the edge of my seat. This was my second Karen Rose novel, the first being Die for me. When I read Die for me I was wanting romantic suspense...after all that's what it says on the books' spine....though I found little romance in that particular book. When I picked up Count to ten, I did so intending just to read a good suspense novel and I was pleasantly surprised that the romance with this book was close to being on equal footing with the suspense. Karen Rose is brilliant. I wasn't even finished with this book when I came to the B&N website and ordered 5 more K. Rose books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2012

    Karen Rose's Count to Ten

    Karen Rose is always a page turner and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it!

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

    Another heart stopping story by Karen Rose. I have come to unde

    Another heart stopping story by Karen Rose. I have come to understand that I will probably not sleep well at night when I read her books. She has a way of writing, that puts you in the midst of the craziness. I enjoyed this book, it didn't take long to figure out who was the fire bug, and I wasn't sure when the book started if I could follow it. When it started and throughout the book, you switch between story lines, and at first, I wasn't sure there was much connection, and that kind of threw me a little, but once the puzzle pieces were trickling in, I completely enjoyed it.

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  • Posted May 26, 2012

    Back when I was reading Abe and Kristen’s story in I&rsquo

    Back when I was reading Abe and Kristen’s story in I’M WATCHING YOU, I remember thinking how much I would enjoy reading a story with Mia as the lead character. Well, the book gods were listening and the ultra-talented Karen Rose has delivered not just another suspenseful tale that is becoming Ms. Rose’s trademark, but another story filled with characters the reader will fall in love with and cheer for.

    When Reed and Mia first meet, it’s her first day back from an on the job injury. Mia is just as stubborn and obstinate as I remember her. She shouldn’t be back but she’s determined to get the hoodlums who put her and her partner out of commission. Saying she’s less than happy upon learning she is being partnered with Reed is an understatement. Adding to her injury, Mia has a chip on her shoulder the size of Chicago and the last thing she wants to deal with is a partner. Reed isn’t too happy with the situation either as they get off on the wrong foot. I am glad there was friction between the two in the beginning. I like a realistic story and a cynical detective returning to duty, trying to keep the pain at bay and deal with a lot of additional personal baggage on top of that just isn’t going to be all sunshine and happiness. I liked that Reed doesn’t let Mia push him around or intimidate him. Even though he’s not a police officer, he holds his own very well when the situation calls for it.

    I suspected who the killer was as soon as he was introduced but wasn’t confirmed until much later in the story. With each of Karen Rose’s books, I get more drawn into the characters. She writes such compelling characters that it is impossible for the reader to remain detached. The villains, as well, draw you in with their complexity, even as you are despising them and what they are doing. There are several supporting characters that I really enjoyed meeting and who have a huge impact on Mia. Several of the characters from previous books make an appearance and it’s always a nice treat when that happens as the reader is given an update on what these characters have been up to without drawing the focus away from the main storyline.

    The mark of an excellent story is when it can evoke multiple emotions from the reader. This one did that for me. Blended into the spine-tingling suspense, I found myself laughing a few times, getting angry several times and crying a few times throughout the book. If you haven’t read any of Karen Rose’s work, you are missing out on some of the best stories out there. Don’t make the mistake I did and wait too long to get started…the clock is ticking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2007

    Gory

    For a romance novel I found this book to gory for me. A good writer does not need to dwell on gore to make a good book. Disappoining read.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2007

    A wonderful mix of suspense and romance

    A fast paced mystery that brings out every emotion in you as things unfold. I even sympathized with the killer. It's also an eye opener to what goes on with the foster kids in our not-so-perfect-system.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2007

    Count To Ten Rocks

    Count To Ten By Karen Rose will keep you on the edge of your seat till the very last page. Detective Mia Mitchell is back to work after being shot in the line of duty. She is still reeling from her partner Abe Reagan being seriously injured in the same shooting. On Mia¿s first day back she is temporarily assigned to work with Lt. Reed Solliday of the fire department. Seems some one is killing people then setting fire to their homes. Reed and Mia form a partnership to bring down a killer but Mia finds her self attracted to Reed like no other man before. Reed Solliday isn¿t used to a partner like Mia, besides being aggressive and tough as nails, she is a knockout. Reed wasn¿t planning on having romantic thoughts when he agreed to work with the police department. As the killer targets grow daily, Reed and Mia rush to figure out who is next on the list. When the danger strikes close to them both, it makes them realize what they have found as a couple is worth fighting for. Karen Rose is a force to be reckoned with in the field of romantic suspense. The tension is riveting, each page brings the terror to a fever pitch. The romance between Reed and Mia is as compelling and moving as any book out there. You feel like you know these people and can feel their joy and their sorrow. Another Karen Rose book cannot come out soon enough for this reader. Kudos

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2007

    Avid Romance Suspense Reader

    This book grabbed me from the first page and didnt let go. I read straight thru for 22 hours. I could not put this book down. It has everything.... murder/mayhem, suspense, kids, family, a cat, a dog and a wonderful romance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2007

    'Count To Ten' is HOT

    This is a fast-paced novel with great suspense, and the right balance of romance. The characters jump off the page and you will find yourself rooting for Mia -that she will find the killer, and hoping her pain will begin to heal.

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