Ties that Bind

Ties that Bind

by Carolyn Arnold

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Overview

Three victims. One method. One motive.

Grab a badge and a gun and strap in for a ride that’s “full of suspense from the beginning to the end…” (Readers Abode). When dead bodies start piling up, Detective Madison Knight suspects that her city has a serial killer—but the quest for justice isn’t going to be an easy one. Everyone—including her own partner, her sergeant, and the police chief—are working against her.

“Arnold has written one of the best female cops that I’ve ever read… Madison is just one of those characters that will stay with you.” –Harlie’s Books

A woman is found strangled in her bed, and Detective Madison Knight doesn’t think it’s anything more than an isolated incident. But when another woman’s body is discovered in a park, killed with the same brand of neckties, she can’t ignore the similarities between the two murders. Still, it’s not until a third victim surfaces that Madison really starts to fear the worst: the city of Stiles just may have a serial killer.

Catching the murderer isn’t going to be easy, though. She’s facing pressure from the sergeant and the chief to close the case—even if it means putting an innocent man behind bars—and a partner who is more interested in saving his marriage than doing his job. If there’s justice to be had, Madison may have to go this alone.

Ties that Bind is a fast-paced crime novel with twists and turns you’ll never see coming. Perfect for fans of the police procedural genre and authors such as James Patterson, Michael Connelly, and JD Robb. Buy this international bestselling book today and join the investigation! Uncover clues, follow leads, and catch a killer like thousands of readers have done before you. It doesn’t matter if this is the first book you’re reading in the Detective Madison Knight series or not; all the books stand alone!

What readers say about Ties that Bind:

★★★★★ “A good detective story with lots of twists and turns to an unexpected ending.”

★★★★★ “This is one heck of a mystery!”

★★★★★ “Brace yourself for the ending! I didn't see that one coming.”

★★★★★ “I loved Madison Knight and her sassy dialogue.”

★★★★★ “I found myself unable to stop reading this book.”

★★★★★ “A must-read for the mystery fan.”

★★★★★ “So many twists and turns I never saw the ending coming!”

★★★★★ “A solid police procedure mystery.”

★★★★★ “If you like true suspense, this is a book to read.”

★★★★★ “Like watching an award-winning police drama in my mind.”

★★★★★ “Intriguing, suspenseful, and full of surprises!”

★★★★★ “Well-written and researched on police procedures.”

★★★★★ “It was very difficult to set this book aside to do something else.”

★★★★★ “From the moment I began reading this book, I was hooked.”

★★★★★ “The ending caught me by surprise.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781988064093
Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
Publication date: 05/25/2011
Series: Detective Madison Knight Series , #1
Pages: 412
Sales rank: 280,984
Product dimensions: 4.30(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.10(d)

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Ties That Bind 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 154 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ties that Bind is a great detective novel. If you are looking for a good crime mystery series with intriguing and likable characters that you can get attached to, and a storyline that keeps you guessing and turning pages, this is it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author has developed a plot with surprising twists that create a rich texture to keep the reader invested. The interpersonal dynamics between the protagonist and others is interesting, funny, and engaging. Arnold is skilled in accurately writing crime scene investigations down to the seemingly smallest details; it's these details, however, that become the backbone of the story, revealing the unexpected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you wanting to read. However if you want to be left hanging and have to read the next book have at it. Of course you have to pay find out what's going to happen.
lovemynookFL More than 1 year ago
I like a book that draws you in quickly and has engaging characters. This book did both, and also added some interesting twists and turns.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only two things bugged me: every other page says "matched eyes" - although I can figure out what the author meant, it doesn't really make sense. And NOTTA is spelled NADA! However, very good story and characters.
LinLeeLP More than 1 year ago
Easy read, but keeps you interested and guessing throughout.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Carolyn Arnold has developed a great plot,using realistic inner-wrkings of a police department, including all te ego trips by rank personnel who seemingly interfer with those who are trying to do a difficult job in a dangerous situation. Those even remotely knowledgable in police investigative work will see this from their workplace and immediately say "I know that person." If there is one shortcoming with this novel, it's that at times it seems to get a bit wordsy, areas where I skipped over initially, then had to go back to re-read because it was all part of the continuing plot development. Very enjoyable read ... it's packed with a great plot which takes a unique turn at the "11th hour." I assure you, anyone who enjoys a good mystery will enjoy this book. I did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a nail biter police mystery from start to finish. I love reading books that make me think and try to solve the mystery before the author tells us. This book will put your detective skills to the test while also entertaining you. The pages will fly by and when you get to the end you will be saying --MORE -MORE -MORE!! Great work Ms. Arnold and looking forward to more Madison Knight Novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. I couldnt put it down. It blew me away, the final twist, about the brothers was amazing, i always try in my mind to figure out who did it. But i didnt figure this, thats what made it great, i gave it 5 stars, because it was. Thank.
MKPMRP More than 1 year ago
This was a decent read but the main characters just didn't mesh for me. 
Betty16101 More than 1 year ago
Madison is a good detective as she wants to make sure they have the right man. She really puts herself into the work to solve the crimes. The story has lots of twists and an interesting story line. I want to know how she keeps a box of chocolate bars in the car in the summer heat. She always has one handy and they never melt.
GabbyDC More than 1 year ago
Interesting story but ending was pretty predictable.
Domwar More than 1 year ago
A fun book. The plot was interestingly handled with a nice little twist at the end. I will definitely read more books by this author.  It was a pleasure to read a book with fairly few typos. A huge "Thank You!" to the author and proofreader for that! Some peculiar scenarios - such as a senior, experienced detective being sneered at by her boss and her junior partner for believing that one of the only two personal photographs in a victim's home is relevant. That just seemed silly and rather ridiculous to me.  The lead character is constantly looking into people's eyes ... I imagine that detectives actually do a little more investigating and a little less guessing answers by the looks in suspects' and witnesses' eyes. Plus she has some bee in her bonnet, that's brought up time after time, about clichés. I don't know if that was an effort to give her some character or some other reason, but it came across as disjointed to me.  Some aspects of the story were never fully wrapped up or explained, but it remained an enjoyable and satisfying read. 
ronnies4 More than 1 year ago
Good book, but won't pay for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I almost didn't finish this book, and now that I have, I wonder why I bothered. The pace is slow and I figured out the murderer fairly early in the story. The two detectives are irritating, immature, and not at all likable. My advice - don't waste your time even though it's free. JB
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Low score due to childish bickering between the detectives. Very negative feel to the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very disjointed and hard to follow. I gave it a chance but quit after 40 pages and should have stopped earlier.
Booker13 More than 1 year ago
I WANTED to love this book and it started out so good, but it became SO CLICHE...ripped from EVERY SOAP OPERA OUT THERE and a few BAD LIFETIME MOVIES.  While I liked the characters I found the female lead to be a little FULL OF HERSELF while supposedly being insecure.  I have a hard time with female authors making the female characters to be so disjointed.  I am not writing this author off and have  gotten the second book hoping that the characters and story are better.  I just was disappointed that this was so DONE THAT BEFORE, a hundred times and I mean EXACTLY like that.  I can't say more because I don't watn to give away any of the story line.  I hate reading reviews where they tell you the "mystery" of the mystery.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Parts were interesting but I frequently skipped over whole paragraphs that did nothing to advance the story. Felt like they were just filler the author added to make the book longer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Skipped ahead and lust could not find anything to capture my interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this page turner even though maddy is quite pushy and selfcentered. Overall i thoroughly enjoyed it. I really got close to the characters and i like that in a good detective novel. Read it.
Anonymous 13 days ago
I+love+this+series%21+++It+is+a+great++story+line%2C+fantastic+characters+and+beautifully+written%21+
Anonymous 4 months ago
This+is+a+good+book.+The+clues+aren%27t+obvious.+The+twist+is+pretty+good.+I%27d+prefer+more+cooperation+between+the+police.+Despite+that+it%27s+a+good+story.+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story, clean, interesting.