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A Killing Tide

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by P. J. Alderman

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Kaz Jorgensen is used to fear--the anxiety of negotiating treacherous currents as she captains her family’s fishing trawlers, the terrifying nightmares of the day she almost lost her life on the river. But now a man is dead, an arsonist has set the Anna Marie ablaze and her brother is missing, accused of both crimes. How much more can she take?

Michael Chapman


Kaz Jorgensen is used to fear--the anxiety of negotiating treacherous currents as she captains her family’s fishing trawlers, the terrifying nightmares of the day she almost lost her life on the river. But now a man is dead, an arsonist has set the Anna Marie ablaze and her brother is missing, accused of both crimes. How much more can she take?

Michael Chapman knows how to take the heat--as fire chief he’s dealt with more than his share. No way can he afford to get involved with the sister of a suspect. But the scorching attraction between him and Kaz burns out of control. Whatever happens, he can’t allow another woman to die because of him.

Editorial Reviews

Debbie Wiley
A KILLING TIDE is a phenomenal romantic suspense! This reviewer is simply stunned with the realization that this is P J Alderman’s first published book as the writing style is so polished. P J Alderman is definitely a new talent on the rise! "Excellent" --Debbie Wiley
Harriet Klausner
A KILLING TIDE is a strong investigative romance that will bring kudos to new author P.J. Alderman.-------------- Five Stars, Harriet Klausner
Marilyn Rondeau
Alderman’s descriptions of the Pacific Northwest town of Astoria, Oregon and the hazards of navigating a boat over the Columbia bars to the open sea of the Pacific were skillfully crafted and absolutely riveting in intensity. Kaz was a remarkable heroine. Five Stars --Marilyn Rondeau
Amy Wolff Sorter
A phenomenal debut novel combining suspense and romance amid the backdrop of the sea. --Five Stars, Amy Wolff Sorter
Autumn Harrison
Alderman's debut is a heart-thumping, quick-paced novel that will keep you on your toes. With an intricate plot, a complicated love story and strong characters, this book possesses the winning formula for this genre.
Sandra Wurman
"P.J. Alderman's ...characters are very real and kind of rough around the edges, which is what makes them so wonderful to get to know... Alderman... paints a wonderful picture of the lives and trials of the fishermen born into a life aboard the trawlers and have to circumnavigate treacherous waters."

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Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
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4.20(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

New York Times bestselling author P. J. Alderman has spent more than two decades in the Pacific Northwest port towns that inspire her romantic thrillers and mysteries. Alderman's contemporary Columbia River thriller, A Killing Tide, was on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists for eight weeks. Her Port Chatham cozy mysteries, also bestsellers, take readers on a journey back in time to a lawless nineteenth century waterfront, blending history, murder, and present-day supernatural sleuthery.

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Killing Tide 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 246 reviews.
StaceyJoyNetzelSN More than 1 year ago
With a little extra time after dinner, I sat down to start A Killing Tide and finished the book just before midnight. Great characters, wonderful imagery, and a tightly woven plot kept me turning the pages. Not quite what I'd planned for my evening, but I just couldn't put it down it was so good. My only issue with PJ Alderman is that after reading the prologue and first chapter of the follow up book, I want to read it NOW! :) Please tell me it'll be available soon?
Erin_Enterprises More than 1 year ago
I love nothing better than a rainstorm when I'm inside with a cup of hot tea and a new book by a new, to me, author. Today I got to discover A Killing Tide by PJ Alderman. The great state of Oregon and the city of Astoria are as much characters in the story as are Kaz Jorgensen captains her family's fishing trawler, her best friend Lucy McGuire Astoria police detective, Michael Chapman the new fire chief/arson investigator, and the all important Zeke, German Shepherd and canine companion. The descriptions of rain and the kinds of rain that fall in Oregon and along the coast made me want to make sure I had an umbrella handy; the rain falls and just keeps coming. A Killing Tide raised several questions: Small towns are supposed to be safe places where people look out for each other, but do they really? Who will fall prey to corruption and why? Can people remain unbiased in the face of the facts that don't quite add up and local prejudices? Will a family business survive despite the odds? The women hold the whole piece together. The fact Kaz and Lucy are strong, have 'non-traditional' careers and do them well, and are loyal. These women play with the big boys and hold their own in very credible ways. The story starts with a strong premise and just keeps building. If it were a piece of music, you could hear the tympani projecting a strong beat in the background in the beginning. By the time you get to the crescendo, the beat has turned into a long roll across three kettle drums. The further I read, the more powerful the story, characters, and interactions became. By the time I got to the climax, I didn't want to put it down. I wanted to know all of the details: Who was involved and for how long? Who would be scarred from the experience? Who would heal and how long it would take? Rumor has it that this is the beginning of a series. I can't wait to find out: Does the coffee get any better? Will Lucy wind up with Gary? Will Zeke be part of future investigations? I, for one, am looking forward to more from this author.
KateHess14 More than 1 year ago
Fast moving, great setting, engaging characters, just altogether the kind of involving story that keeps you reading. Fun to learn more about the Pacific Northwest and the Columbia River. Just enough romance to keep you caring about the characters, and even a great dog! Highly recommend.
Joyce36 More than 1 year ago
This book moves right along keeping you wanting to turn the next page to read more. A very great read....
Lessie Wilson More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for River Phantom to be released
Joe05 More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. But before you start reading it make sure you have nothing to do for a while because you will not want to put it down. I sure hope this turns into a series of books.
BrutSB More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. The characters were well written Great story line. Romance and mystery. Had everything.
Kim_and_Hement More than 1 year ago
upnorth43 More than 1 year ago
Great story. Would be a good movie, hard to stop reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The mystery was suspenseful, it was well written, and characters were well developed. Definitely worth the read.
ColleenJo More than 1 year ago
Excellent, Excellent Book....Couldn't put it down.
erlovesbooks More than 1 year ago
It's hard to believe this is a first book, it's so good. Alderman did everything right and I didn't want to stop reading. Kaz Jorgensen takes time out from her successful business in San Francisco to return home to Astoria, Oregon to help save her twin brother's fishing business. Then her twin's best friend is killed, he's the suspect and nowhere to be found. Kaz can't believe he did it, and sets out to prove it. Michael Chapman, the town's new fire chief, is a former top arson investigator from Boston. He came to Astoria to escape memories of his fiancée dying in a fire set by a revengeful arsonist. Now he's falling for another woman whose life might be in danger, and he'll do anything to save her. The characters come to life with strengths and flaws and layers. Alderman peels off the layers sloooowly, keeping the reader in page-turning suspense. The description is evocative, so well done I could see it in my mind. The romantic tension builds naturally, from a spark to a flame. And the writing is brilliant. I'd love to read more stories about Astoria and the other characters in the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I finished the book, I was disappointed there wasn't an excerpt from the next book at the back. This first offering from the author is excellent! I find myself wanting to read Gary's story as well as Michael's cop friend's story. Bravo to J.P. for an excellent read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just an okay kinda book. No real threals in this book. It read good, but no moments where you couldnt put the book down or call in sick at work to continue to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't seem to put this book down. There were so many twist in the plot that kept you on the edge of your seat. It had a nice balance of thrill and romance. I look forward to the squeal this summer!
sworm76 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The characters were great and I could not put it down. Author is very good, will look for more from P.J. Alderman. Highly recommend reading this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book and author got my attention right away from the first chapter. Kept me guessing all the way till the end with the suspense of both the killings and the romance. I will definitely want to read more of this author.
violetcats More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. I hate to pay full price for anything and was looking for something with great reviews/low cost. Almost felt guilty for the low price because this book is awesome. I will read everything PJ Alderman writes, as I do with the other authors I love, Janet Evanovich, David Baldacci, Lilian Jackson Braun. If you like them, you will love this book. Full of intrigue, mystery and the northwest with a love story too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Author, P.J. Alderman comes off the starter¿s block with a powerful novel, hardly showing this is her first book. Many first-time novelists want to tell too much, flood the first part of a novel with back-story it¿s only when you get into the action of the plot do the books come alive. You won¿t find that in Alderman¿s book. She is a strong writer, with a clear voice that only leaves you to wonder how much better can she get. Kaz Jorgenson is consultant for a high-powered company in San Francisco. She loves her posh job and living on the bay. Only, as families sometimes do, ¿just when you thought you were free they pull you back in¿. Kaz is called home to Astoria, Oregon. Her brother Gary is in trouble. When she gets there, she finds a family friend murdered and her brother is blamed. Then he vanishes, leaving Kaz to solve just what is going on in the small town. This brings her into conflict with Boston-bred Michael Chapman. He is the new fire chief and is investigating the murder-arson for which her brother is accused. The attraction is instant, but neither wants to trust the other. This man could harm Gary, so Kaz mistrusts his actions. Michael feels Kaz might be using him just to interfere with a case that is leading straight to the missing brother. Alderman skillfully plays this romance against a strong mystery, keeping each element in balance and not to over shadow the other. Sometimes, Suspense loses its punch because the mystery overshadows the romance. Other times, Romance takes over and makes the mystery just a week subplot. Not under the skillful direction of Alderman. This is a powerful mystery, yet the characters falling in love develop in a believable and strong fashion, keeping both Suspense readers and Romance readers well satisfied. The characters are ¿real¿, flawed, with all the baggage from the past that gives them layers to their actions. The hero and heroine are well-supported with a cast of secondary characters that make this debut novel near flawless in its execution. I eagerly look for more works from this author.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Only for family would Kaz Jorgenson leave her consultanting job in San Francisco to return to her hometown of Astoria, Oregon, but she drops everything when her twin brother Gary needs help. However, her greeting upon her arrival is a fire on one of her family¿s fishing ships. Once the blaze is contained a bigger shock hits home when the corpse of family friend Ken Lundquist is found on board. The police suspect Gary, who has vanished, killed him and set the fire to hide the evidence.--------------- Michael Chapman left scandal and a suspicious death behind in Boston when he came to Astoria as the new fire chief. He is also an experienced trained arson investigator, who begins making inquiries into the deadly blaze. He and Kaz are attracted to one another, but neither plans to act on their feelings. He refuses to have anything to do with the sister of the prime suspect especially after the fiasco back in New England with his former fiancée she assumes he wants to hang her brother so she rejects Michael in order to not betray Gary.------------- The key to this exhilarating romantic whodunit is the strong cast starting with the lead couple who have flaws, struggle with feelings and the investigation, and fear what they will eventually uncover. In other words, they seem very real. The support characters also feel genuine whether they are friends of the family or Gary (mostly seen through the eyes of others). A KILLING TIDE is a strong investigative romance that will bring kudos to new author P.J. Alderman.-------------- Harriet Klausner
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1dachsmom More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend. Couldn't put this book down. Do yourself a favor -- you won't regret it.