The Murder Book

The Murder Book

by Lissa Marie Redmond


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Cold case detective Lauren Riley wakes up in the hospital certain of two things: she was stabbed and left for dead...and the person who did it was a cop.

After being brutally stabbed at her desk late one night, Lauren Riley works her way backwards through the haze to piece together who attacked her and why. A mysterious phone message forces her to enlist the help of a retired lieutenant to track down a witness who is desperate not to be found. As she digs into the Buffalo Police Department's hidden past she uncovers a terrible secret, one a fellow officer would kill to protect.

Packed with suspense and featuring a detective who "relentlessly—and with morbid humor—gets the job done" (Booklist), The Murder Book continues a series praised by Kirkus Reviews as "an excellent police procedural combined with a psychological thriller."

Praise for The Murder Book:

An Amazon and Barnes and Noble Bestseller

"A simply riveting read from cover to cover."—Midwest Book Review

"Fans of contemporary police procedurals will want to see more of the plucky Lauren."—Publishers Weekly

"A pulse-racing pace, well-chosen details of Buffalo's mixed industrial landscape and characters to bleed for make this a stunningly good second book. Highly recommended."—Kingdom Books

Praise for A Cold Day in Hell, Book 1 of the Cold Case Investigation series:

"Recommend this one to anyone who loves courtroom dramas where lawyers tear into witnesses like pit bulls. And to anyone hot for a police procedural where tired cops make mistakes but slowly, relentlessly—and with morbid humor—get the job done. Redmond delivers both in one package...The real attraction here is a keyhole view into a world that turns our expectations upside down—a world where a bullying, quasi-fascist cop can be the only one with a handle on reality. Keep your eyes on Redmond, a retired cop who knows how to write."—Booklist

"Redmond, a recently retired Buffalo PD homicide detective, keeps everything moving nicely in this well-constructed crime novel."—Publishers Weekly

"An excellent police procedural combined with a psychological thriller."—Kirkus Reviews

"A Cold Day in Hell is a fine first novel and Lauren Riley is cool new addition to the world of PI and cop protagonists. A retired detective, Lissa Marie Redmond gives it to the reader without the sugarcoating and lifts the veil off how the system really works...or doesn't."—Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times bestselling author of What You Break

"Ex-cop Lissa Redmond has a sure hand with police procedure, which should be no surprise. The joy of A Cold Day in Hell comes from her equally sure hand with storytelling. This is a welcome new voice on the crime scene."—SJ Rozan, bestselling author of Ghost Hero

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738754277
Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, LTD.
Publication date: 02/08/2019
Series: A Cold Case Investigation Series , #2
Pages: 312
Sales rank: 347,345
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Lissa Marie Redmond is a retired cold case homicide detective. She handled a number of high-profile cases and has appeared on numerous television shows including Dateline and Murder by Numbers. The first book in her Cold Case Investigation series, A Cold Day in Hell was published in2018 by Midnight Ink Books. Her short fiction has appeared in Buffalo Noir, Down & Out: The Magazine, and other publications. A member of Sisters in Crime, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers, she lives and writes in Buffalo, NY with her family.

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The Murder Book 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Mahuenga 9 months ago
A unique police procedural with likable, fleshed-out characters.
marquis784MA More than 1 year ago
The Murder Book (Cold Case Investigation #2) by Lissa Marie Redmond February 2019 Suspense, fiction I received this digital arc from NetGalley and Midnight Ink in exchange for an unbiased review. I was excited to read this new installation of the series since I was able to preview the first book! This is not a “stand alone” novel so I suggest reading the first book to appreciate the story as there is a third book being prepped for publication. Lauren Riley is a cold case detective working with her partner Shane Reese. Divorced with two adult daughters, she takes on cases as a private investigator on the side. She has a complicated relationship with her ex-husband Mark who is an accomplished attorney. In the first book, she agrees to take on a PI case for attorney Frank Violanti, with whom she has been adversaries on many cases. She is annoyed to discover that Joe Wheeler, a former fiancé, is involved with this high profile case. Lauren ends up seeking assistance from unlikely sources to assist her investigation. Ultimately, she is left frustrated and dissatisfied with the results of acquittal in the Katherine Vine murder trial. Next, a year later, Lauren is stabbed in the back while working late at the Precinct. Her partner Shane Reese had just left the office and returned to retrieve his baseball hat when he finds her bloody body on the floor. It seems pretty obvious that the crime was an “inside job” since the cold case files were kept in a secure location. Why would anyone want to steal the Cold Case Murder Book? It seems there is a “mole” leaking information regarding investigations. Being a victim doesn’t stop Lauren from investigating her own case. She won’t stop until the person is apprehended unfortunately cases aren’t as cut and dry as Lauren would like. This book ends with another question mark regarding the involvement of a former client who was acquitted in his murder trial. Why does he continue to taunt Lauren? What is his end game?
JennGrand More than 1 year ago
Cold case detective Lauren Riley wakes up in a hospital bed certain of 2 things: she was stabbed and left for dead, and it was a fellow cop who did it. From the very first page of The Murder Book, Lissa Marie Redmond keeps you on the edge of your seat, trying to piece together Lauren's attack and why it happened. She works her way backwards, involving a retired lieutenant in her search for the truth.  This was a fun read! Quick and easy, but also suspenseful and edgy. It's book 2 in the cold case series, and I definitely plan on reading more in the series!!
Rayasreads More than 1 year ago
*I'd like to thank the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in return of an honest review.* It started out well enough. The beginning gripped me just as I’d hoped it would. But the charm wore off as the story progressed. I struggled to retain the same interest throughout the book that I felt at the beginning. I think my biggest problem was the writing. There were many grammatical errors and some words felt misplaced. I hope the final version of the book gets proper editing it deserves. Because it’s difficult to enjoy a book when you get distracted by such mistakes. Lauren is a smart protagonist. Though, I felt that she was written as too impersonal, considering the past she’s had. Teen pregnancy, prostitution, domestic abuse, two divorces, stalkers – for someone with such terrible experiences, I was expecting a bit more emotional depth. It didn’t help that whenever we find out about each of these experiences, the mentions are written too casually. Also, having a protagonist with all of these happening to her has a cliche written all over it. Maybe, if I’d read the predecessor to this book which I didn’t know existed until after I finished the book, I’d be less frustrated with the backstory of Lauren. There will be a third book too, going by how this one ends. The main mystery was plotted out fine enough. There were no big shocking twists or unpredictability. It was the process through which the team gets to the results that mattered. I really liked Reese and Lauren’s equation. They were perfect partners for each other. It was also refreshing to have no romantic angle there. Charlie Daley was also a welcome addition to their team. Their team dynamic was the best part of the book for me. I also liked the realistic portrayal of the inner workings of the police department. Ultimately, Murder Book disappointed me by not delivering the intensity and excitement I’d been expecting from this Mystery/Thriller.
CozyUpWithKathy More than 1 year ago
an intricate puzzle that leads to an exciting caper THE MURDER BOOK by Lissa Marie Redmond The Second Cold Case Investigation Detective Lauren Riley is working late when she is stabbed from behind and beaten. Lucky to have survived, the only thing she knows is the person who attacked her was a cop. A police officer is never truly off duty and as Lauren recovers she also tries to investigate who tried to kill her and why. Things seem to be hinged on a cold case, but which one? With the Murder Book gone, Lauren calls on her old lieutenant for help. Unfortunately, he's not the only person from her past who's returned. In finding her attacker will she be able to see justice served, or will she become a victim once again? I really enjoyed this second ride out with Detective Riley. The mystery is an intricate puzzle that leads to an exciting caper culminating in a pulse pounding chase over an iconic Buffalo roadway in the dead of winter! The addition of Watson was a great move and I enjoyed watching Lauren's devotion to the little guy. He is much better, and infinitely healthier, to be around than the males she usually picks! As a former police officer myself, I really appreciated the on point depiction of the cops, including attitudes, relationships, and, most of all, humor. I especially love the camaraderie between Lauren and Reese as well as Lauren and her old lieutenant, which comes across so naturally. The community of police is a special world that only those in it can truly understand, but Lissa Marie Redmond shares it in a way that readers can glimpse what it's like and, for a moment, be a part of it. THE MURDER BOOK is a gritty police procedural that takes an unflinching look into the world of cops. But, ultimately, this book is about love and family; what you will do to protect those you love as well as what lengths you'll go to prove your love. FTC Disclosure – The publisher sent me a digital ARC provided through NetGalley, in the hopes I would review it.
gypsygrandmatv More than 1 year ago
The second book of the series...this one starts off with cold-case detective Lauren Riley getting stabbed while working alone in her office after hours. Left for dead she's fortunate her partner Shane Reece returns and is able to get help to save her life. The only thing Lauren is sure of is that the person who tried to kill her is a fellow cop and that somehow her attack is related to a cold case she and Reece are working on. Just out of the hospital Lauren jumps right into the investigation of her stabbing....going against orders. I liked Lauren alot...she's a bit reckless,has her share of flaws and a dark sense of humor. Some of the best scenes of the book are the interactions between her and Reece. I didn't read the 1st book but had no problem relating to the characters or understanding what was going on. There's a continuing storyline that started in the 1st book and will be taking us into the next. I'm anxious to see how the story unfolds. I enjoy a good police procedural and this one is very good. Thank you Netgalley for allowing me to read an early copy of this book.
paytonpuppy More than 1 year ago
While working at her desk, late at night, Lauren Riley is viciously attacked from behind…stabbed, with a head injury and left for dead. Lauren is a cold case detective with the Buffalo Police Department and was attacked at the department. An outstanding beginning to an amazing police mystery as Lauren knows one thing for sure, her attacker was a cop. She also knows that her attacker stole the murder book that she uses to research cold cases, but has no idea why. Lauren is a forty-ish old school detective, a single mother with two college age daughters. She will use her need to solve her case and her sense of humor to get her through her recovery and back to work. She and her partner, Shane Reese, will work tirelessly to investigate who would have wanted the murder book and what they have to hide. I read the first book in the series “A Cold Day in Hell” before I knew it was a series and was hooked on Ms. Redmond’s writing. She is a retired homicide detective and her writing brings grit and realism to police work. There will be a third book in the series and I will be looking forward to it as well as anything else Ms. Redmond writes. I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)
SugarNSpice1 More than 1 year ago
I actually clapped at the end of this book. What a thrilling ride that is still far from over. I liked the first book but this one far surpassed it and has me on pins and needles for the next book. What an opening... Our heroine Cold Case Homicide detective Lauren Riley is stabbed and left for dead right at her desk at the police station.. After her recovery her and her partner Shane Reece leave no stone unturned in trying to figure out the who and the why.. But for every clue they uncover it leads to more and shocking revelations are exposed. I thought the beginning of this book was mind-blowing but whoa boy that ending was a jaw dropper. Kudos to the author for an exceptional second book and I cannot wait for the third...
booklover- More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars Detective Lauren Riley works late .. going over records on a cold case she is investigating. When she next opens her eyes, she finds herself in the hospital. She was stabbed, hit in the head, and left for dead. It was only because her partner returns to retrieve a hat he had left in the office. Lauren remembers three things ... it was a man, he was holding one of the cold case files, and it was a fellow cop. As she recuperates, she and her partner quietly go about trying to discover who they can trust ..and who they can't. As she digs into the Buffalo Police Department's hidden past she uncovers a terrible secret, one a fellow officer would kill to protect. Highly suspenseful, this page-turner has many twists and turns before coming to a conclusion. Warning: there is a bit of cliffhanger. I look forward to the next in this series. The author is a retired homicide detective and her diligence and experience show in the credibility of her story telling. Many thanks to the author / Midnight Ink / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy of this crime fiction. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.