On the Count of Three
On the Count of Three

On the Count of Three

by Carolyn Arnold

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Drinking and driving may be deadly in more ways than one…

“Taut, tense, crackling with psychological suspense and bursting with authentic detail, On the Count of Three is a tremendous thriller. Fans of Criminal Minds will love it and be left hungry for more.” –Andrew Grant, author of False Witness

The perfect book for fans of JT Ellison, Catherine Coulter, Allison Brennan, and Blake Pierce. On the Count of Three is an international bestselling serial-killer thriller that will have readers turning the pages to unravel every twist. Buy this international bestselling book today and hunt a serial killer alongside the FBI!

FBI Special Agent Brandon Fisher and his team join forces with Miami PD Detective Kelly Marsh to find a missing woman Kelly believes was taken by a serial killer.

From their first meeting, Brandon sees the detective as competition, and this isn’t helped by the personal history she shares with his boss. Brandon sees the similarities between Detective Marsh’s missing person case and the two cold cases: all three victims served time for vehicular homicide while driving under the influence and disappeared three days after being released from prison—but is that enough to assume the woman has been abducted by a serial killer? Brandon’s not so sure and fears his boss may have let his personal connection to Marsh cloud his judgment. Surely there isn’t any other explanation for why they jumped into an investigation less than twenty-four hours after the missing persons report was filed. Then again, maybe Brandon is letting his own differences with the detective affect his perspective. If he can’t pull himself together, the missing woman may pay with her life—and one of the team may not make it out of Miami alive.

Join the hundreds of thousands of readers who have already taken the plunge into a series that will take you into the minds of the most heinous and disturbing serial killers the world could ever imagine. It doesn’t matter if this is the first book you’re reading in the Brandon Fisher FBI series or not; all the books stand alone!

What readers have to say about On the Count of Three:

★★★★★ “The book is like having an adrenaline rush.”

★★★★★ “A psychological mystery that will have you turning page after page.”

★★★★★ “Arnold creates more than a dark, sinister killer needing to be stopped.”

★★★★★ “A superb detective thriller.”

★★★★★ “Arnold drives up the intensity to the max setting with On the Count of Three!”

★★★★★ “This is one book you really don’t want to miss reading.”

★★★★★ “It feels like you’re stepping right inside an investigation with the BAU.”

★★★★★ “Every heart-pounding moment will leave you on the edge of your seat.”

★★★★★ “A gritty, twisty murder mystery.”

★★★★★ “It is raw, gritty and nerve-wracking!”

★★★★★ “An exciting, tense, edgy, non-stop dark adventure.”

★★★★★ “A gripping story to keep you on the edge of your seat.”

★★★★★ “Disturbing and cringe-worthy scenes.”

★★★★★ “The characters are well developed in this entertaining read.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781988353746
Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
Publication date: 12/04/2018
Series: Brandon Fisher FBI Series , #7
Pages: 460
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.02(d)

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On the Count of Three 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
ReadersFavorite 21 days ago
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite On the Count of Three is the seventh book in the Brandon Fisher FBI series by Carolyn Arnold, a disturbing, psychologically strong, and emotionally rich thriller that will put readers on the edge of their seats. FBI Special Agent Brandon Fisher and his team are working together with Detective Kelly Marsh to uncover the whereabouts of a missing woman. She is believed to have been taken by a serial killer. The obvious connection between this case and other cold cases is the fact that the victims have had to serve time for vehicular homicide related to driving under the influence. Each has disappeared after their release. In a case involving a cunning serial killer, can the detectives beat personal prejudice and outsmart the killer? There is a lot at stake in this fast-paced, engrossing thriller. The author succeeds in grabbing the attention of the reader from the onset and keeps it riveted until the explosive denouement. The narration is excellent, featuring timely paragraph breaks that reinforce the strength of the drama in the story. I enjoyed the conflict between the characters, the doubts, the differences in opinions that allow these characters to evolve through the story. The plot is cunningly done, with twists and turns that readers will want to follow. On the Count of Three is exciting, a read filled with thrills. Carolyn Arnold makes sure the reader gets no moment of respite from the dynamic action that punctuates the narrative. A real page-turner.
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beckvalleybooks 8 months ago
Another brilliant and excellent psychological thriller and we are on the case again with Brandon Fisher and his acquaintances. How do you find out who is sending decapitated heads as messages? Carolyn Arnold's brilliant insight to detective lines of inquiry and thought process is second to none. The creation of smart and intelligent criminals adds to the story line with no hints as to the mastermind behind the killings or their reason for them. keeps the reader enrapt and intrigued. The book is a fast paced page turner that keeps the reader enrapt and intrigued to find out if the authorities will catch the culprit before he strikes again. I have read several novels by the author and have never been disappointed in their content, intrigue, brilliant descriptive writing and the way she draws to her conclusions. The characters go from strength to strength in every novel they appear. Having read a lot of British murder mysteries, Carolyn is becoming one of my favorites from over the pond and always look forward to her next publication and should be on any readers list. As with any good detective series I hope they make it into a TV series.
Moe926 More than 1 year ago
Another page-turner by the genius Carolyn Arnold. She manages to keep the reader on their toes. We are truly swept up in the mystery along with her wonderfully flawed and lovable characters. Ms. Arnold always leaves me anxious to get the next book. If you like suspense and well-written police procedurals, this is for you! Well done, Ms. Arnold!
hannah charlesworth More than 1 year ago
Arnold is a brilliant writer and I enjoy everything she writes. I have read a few of her Brandon Fisher series and a few of her Madison Knight series. Arnold has also started a more recent series which involves the character Matthew Conor. Every single one I have read has been a five star read and this book is no exception. A lot of hard work has gone into these books and the story lines are just so good. Arnold is very good at her detail and has you engrossed in the story line from start to finish. Although there are a large range of crime/thriller writers out there, Arnold should be one of your top go to books if not already. She should definitely be up there with some of the top writers. I also enjoy how there is always plenty of involvement with the characters in her books. Although Brandon Fisher is the main character of this series, we also get plenty of dialogue from the other characters and how their back stories intertwine with one another. This book in particular brought about quite in that aspect for our main character Brandon with it's setting in Miami. Arnold's book can all be read as stand alones which is also another great factor of all of her series. I haven't read all of the books in any of the series but I know when I start any of the books that that will not be an issue. Even though is book seven in the series, Arnold has consistently made each one just as great. I really enjoyed the story line around the serial killer in this book and the psychology with it. Overall, Arnold has delivered yet another great book in her Brandon Fisher series. I really hope she will keep it going. Also a big thank you to Hibert and Stiles Publishing for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. It is always appreciated!
TraveltoRecovery More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Power Struggle by Carolyn Arnold so couldn't wait to get stuck into On the Count of Three her new book. A decapitation got me hooked straight away wanting to know who where and why. There had already been 2 murders would there be a third or would the crime be solved in time or is it not even connected I had so many questions that needed answering. The book didnt disappoint and will have you turning the pages to find out if the case can be cracked and what else will be discovered along the way. This book is part of the Brandon Fisher FBI series but can be read stand alone. I love how there are now more books I can turn to, to find out more about this department and the people involved. I can guarantee you will want to read the others as I will definitely be adding them to my 2019 reading list I just need to decide which one to read next.
LynchburgMama More than 1 year ago
Carolyn Arnold drives up the intensity to the max setting with On The Count Of Three! I am consistently impressed with her high-quality, accurate information that doesn't bore you to tears. She twists realistic situations into a psychological mystery that will have you turning page after page. I promise, you won't stop until you reach the end. Then you'll have to go back and re-read because you'll be thinking, "how did I NOT see this alignment?!". You'll almost lose YOUR head trying to put the puzzle pieces together. Arnold creates more than a dark, sinister killer needing to be stopped - she creates character with whom you build relationships. You start to care about their personal lives, their families, and the relationships they build with one another as a team. If you haven't started this series, start from the beginning so you can get all of the back-story to the characters! I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of police/criminal dramas – CSI, NCIS, Chicago PD, Hawaii Five-0 – they’re my jam so when it comes to reading police drama related books – Carolyn Arnold is my go to recommendation. First and foremost, these books can be read as stand alone. I don’t feel you are lost among anything other than maybe personal history/backgrounds, but it’s not enough that it takes away from the thrill, suspense, and mystery of the story. Granted, reading all of the books in the series is always more fun and my preferred method, but don’t let a little thing like that stop you from enjoying an amazing read. I felt this book was darker than some of the previous in the series (or maybe my memory is bad. It’s probable.) If you have followed my book reviews at all, you know I am a big fan of John W. Mefford and the feel of this book reminded me of his stories, but with more of the FBI/police aspect than we get in John’s book. An all around winning combination if you ask me. My love of police/criminal drama is working the case right along with the agents/officers. I love taking in the details that are shared, getting stumped, running ideas – all to run down a suspect. Carolyn’s books deliver that so well that even though I am reading the book; I feel like I’m a part of the team, working the case right along with them. On the Count of Three gripped me, pulled me in, and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire ride. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it; wished it wasn’t over; but can’t wait to see what Carolyn has in store for us to read next!
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
How do you find a serial killer that waits years between decapitating his victims? That is what faces Detective Kelly Marsh and she needs Profiler Brandon Fisher’s help to catch her man. The first two victims were kidnapped three days after being released from prison for drink driving offences. Their decapitated heads were boxed up and left to be found. Now Jenna Kelter who was also released from prison three days ago for D&D has gone missing. The detectives know that they only have three days to find her before she becomes the killers next victim. With not much to go on can the detectives find a needle in a haystack and save Jenna? Once again Carolyn Arnold has written a superb detective thriller featuring one of the best modern-day fictional detectives, Brandon Fisher. He is a complex man but his job always comes first and the need to catch the bad guys is inbuilt within him. As well as watching the detectives work the case and the clues unfold we also get to spend time inside the killers head too. I had my ideas as to why he was killing, what drove him to pick these victims, and why he was decapitating them. Not your average way of killing someone. Some of my ideas did run true whilst others I missed by a long shot. The book is like having an adrenaline rush, there is so much happening and you find yourself wanting to save Jenna even though you know she has been to prison and that what she did was so wrong, yet as compassionate people we know that death isn’t the answer for her crimes, whereas the killer believes it is. If you like crime thrillers and detective novels this whole series is one of the best. The plot lines are filled with rich, well-researched storylines and the excitement throughout keeps you attached to the pages and on the edge of your seat. On the Count of Three is an intense, shocking book that you won’t want to put down once you have started.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
Carolyn Arnold’s attention to detail makes her writing so engrossing, riveting, that once I start, I am unable to stop reading until the last page is read. When the Night called to him, he felt the need to find one who is worthy of his attention. I don’t want him focusing on me. He counts down, preparing to wreak havoc on his victim, “One, Two….saved by the bell, the ringing telephone. Brandon, a special agent with the BAU woke to the ringing phone. His girlfriend Becky is a police officer so she knows the drill. Jack, Brandon, Zack and Paige are a team. But for how long? I always wonder how long a person can last in such a stressful position as the BAU? When is it time to walk away? Do they all become jaded over time? Inured to the evil they deal with? I wonder how and why the villain chose his gruesome method of murder. Serial killers have a reason for what they do, even if no one else can understand it. I am looking forward to watching Brandon’s growth from a rookie to a seasoned agent. It takes time and training and I am a patient person. I feel the agents pain as they arrive…just a little too late. It’s not all glamour, save the day action. The investigation is thorough and we go through it step by step, watching and learning. The tedium of questioning and more questioning and research. Criminal Minds is an awesome TV show that I watch religiously, but it cannot begin to cover…in realistic terms…what Carolyn Arnold covers in her novels. We are all byproducts of our experiences. It’s what each person chooses to do with those experiences that comes to define them. On The Count Of Three by Carolyn Arnold ends in hope and eagerness to see tomorrow and the next day… She writes some of the best procedural novels I have ever read I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of On The Count Of Three by Carolyn Arnold
Barb-TRC More than 1 year ago
On the Count of Three by Carolyn Arnold is the 7th book in her Brandon Fisher FBI series. Refresher: Our FBI BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit) team consists of Jack (leader), Brandon, Paige and Zach. Their cases are always violent, intense, squeamish and at times difficult for the agents, especially Brandon. We meet homicide detective Kelly Marsh, who trained under Jack to be an FBI agent, and when she investigates the case of a missing woman, she begins to see some similarities of other cases. Kelly will call Jack and ask him to come to Miami and help with this case. The team will discover that the similarities of the other missing case, which resulted in decapitation, are indeed the work of a serial killer. The victims were all sent to prison for DUI vehicular homicide, and shortly after their release, they disappeared, eventually with the head purposely showing up. Jack was Kelly’s mentor, and is pleased to have her working with them. Not so, Brandon, who seems jealous that Jack and Kelly get along so well. But Brandon will work with Jack on some investigations and Paige will work with Zach on other people. Kelly will work with either of them or on her own. As normal in this series, we get to see the POV of the killer, which adds a good element to the story, despite being also very intense. What follows is an exciting, tense, edgy, non- stop dark adventure to find the killer before they strike again. I do not want to give spoilers, as this is a story that you need to read from start to finish. This series is always intense, exciting and filled with wonderful details about how the team breaks down all the clues. No one does this better than Arnold, and she is an expert on all types of police/FBI procedurals. The end of the story looks like there will be some changes, and I will also mention that I still am not a fan of Brandon Fisher, but love the rest of the team. Carolyn Arnold once again gives us a fantastic and graphic story, which keeps us on the edge of our seats. If you have not read the earlier books of this series, which I suggest you do, this can read as a standalone.
DiiFL More than 1 year ago
Personal feelings and misgivings add an extra layer of suspense to Carolyn Arnold’s ON THE COUNT OF THREE. When a woman goes missing in Miami, a favor is called in and the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit is wheels up, enroute to the tropical paradise. In the past, two women were found decapitated and a Miami police detective has found what she thinks is a horrific and compelling link to believe this is more than a missing person case. Now it’s up to Brandon Fisher and his team to find the needle in the haystack before the latest victim becomes another statistic. Is three the unlucky charm or does this unknown monster have more bodies hidden away? The biggest lead is the fact that these women all have DUI convictions and went missing only days after their release from prison. Does someone think they haven’t paid for their crimes? Are they giving out their own brand of justice? Evil lurks in the shadows and the clock is ticking… Carolyn Arnold’s style is gritty, intense and layered in rich detail. Each scene read like a movie running across my mental screen as I sat riveted to each page. Dark, graphic and gut-clenching at times, the personal interactions among the FBI team may make this case even harder as seasoned veterans re-think their life’s work as they dance to the Unsub’s tune. Edgy and bold writing make this another hit for Carolyn Arnold and suspense lovers everywhere! I received a complimentary ARC edition from Hibbert & Stiles!
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Miami Homicide Detective Kelly Marsh calls an old acquaintance in the FBI ... Special Agent Jack Harper, the head of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit. The daughter of the mayor of Miami has disappeared and Kelly is afraid she has a serial killer on her hands. There are already two unsolved murders and this will be the third. The two previous cases disappeared and three days later their heads were found ... but never their bodies. Harper gathers up his team including Agent Brandon Fisher and Profiler ... the relative newbie. When they start investigating, they start connecting the dots. All three of the victims have served jail time for DUI Vehicular Homicide. But Brandon isn't so sure the third missing woman hasn't left on her own. This puts him at odds with Kelly .. and Kelly evidently has a special place in Harper's life. Brandon wants to start going backwards to see if there are any other victims that may have been overlooked. What they find stuns them all! The longer they investigate, the closer to the killer's identity they get .. and the killer has no intention of being caught. He will kill them first. On the Count of Three is the seventh installment in the international bestselling Brandon Fisher FBI series. Although this one reads easily as a stand alone, I highly recommend starting at the very beginning. Many thanks to the author / HIbbert & Stiles Publishing for the advanced digital copy of this crime fiction. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
MikiHope More than 1 year ago
What happens on the count of 1-2-3 will make your skin crawl. This is one sick serial killer the FBI and the Miami police have gotten together to find! As if the drama that goes on between those two branches aren't enough to make your eyes open wide. Will these dedicated professionals be able to figure all this out. We all know that drinking and driving can cause serious accidents and even death. The people found dead had just gotten out of prison for a DUI--three days later--dead. And how does a church figure into all this? And who was giving the families 30,000.00 each--Again with the number 3. This is one book you really don't want to miss reading. The emotions of all involved are dealt with in a straight forward and probably truthful way. Remember this book if you ever decide to drink and drive!