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Product Details

  • Series: Sarah Armstrong (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (July 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031237951X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312379513
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,034,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Cassidy Collins, a 16-year-old superstar who's one part Miley Cyrus and one part Britney Spears, fears for her life in Casey's enjoyable if uneven second mystery to feature Lt. Sarah Armstrong, one of only two female Texas Rangers (after 2008's Singularity). When Argus, a creepy cyberstalker, gets way too personal before Cassidy's upcoming Texas concert tour, Sarah investigates, along with her estranged FBI profiler sweetie, David Garrity. Meanwhile, 36-year-old Elizabeth Cox, a Houston oil heiress, appears to have committed suicide. Elizabeth's sister, Faith, becomes convinced someone shot Elizabeth to death after Faith receives messages from her dead sister. Back home on the ranch, Sarah's daughter, Maggie, worries about her ill horse, who delivers a fragile foal. While Casey successfully taps into celebrity-obsessed culture as Sarah uncovers Cassidy's tragic roots, the less than compelling murder case dilutes the book's overall impact. (July)
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From Booklist

Billie Cox was an oil-company executive. She was young, rich, and living large, but she put a gun to her head and ended it all. Her sister, Faith, approaches Texas Ranger Sarah Armstrong and insists it wasn’t suicide. Both the women were New Age dabblers, and Faith believes her sister is contacting her. Despite her admittedly suspect rationale, Armstrong, ever the pragmatist, agrees to take a cursory look. Meanwhile, Armstrong, just returning to work after the harrowing events related in Singularity (2008), is assigned the case of Cassidy Collins, a teen pop star being intimidated by an unknown stalker who threatens to kill her during one of her shows. Despite high-tech security, the stalker hacks into the sound system and delivers his threat to a packed house. The second entry in the Armstrong case file is a strong sequel to Singularity. Both plotlines are clever and carefully scripted. But it’s the evolving backstory of Armstrong and her daughter—coping with the death of Armstrong’s husband—that gives this series extra depth and offers the promise of something special. --Wes Lukowsky

More About the Author

Hello to Everyone:

I'm an immigrant to Texas from the upper Mid-west, but I moved here in the early eighties so I consider myself a naturalized Texan. Houston is an amazing place to live, exciting and full of life. I'd recommend it to anyone.

I ventured into true crime writing purely by accident. I was working at Houston City Magazine in the eighties when a fascinating murder took place in the Big Thicket, the wide expanse of pine forests that meld Texas and Louisiana. My editor suggested I cover the case. I did and, from that point on, I was hooked. I've never looked back.

Since then, I've written seven true crime books: "A Warrant to Kill," is on Houston's Kent McGowen case, that of a murderous deputy and the woman he terrorized. Next came "She Wanted It All," on Austin's incredible Celeste Beard case. It's hard to beat that one for twists and turns!

2007 introduced "Die My Love." It's an account of the Piper Rountree case, that of a Houston attorney and her professor ex-husband, Fred Jablin. The book is a fascinating, in-depth look at a train-wreck marriage that ended in a tragic murder.

June 2008 debuted "A Descent into Hell," on Austin's bizarre Colton Pitonyak case. Then, that November, "Evil Beside Her," a rerelease of "The Rapist's Wife," my first book, with a new title, cover, photos and an update. In 2010, "Shattered" hit bookstores, an account of the tragic case of Belinda Temple, a young mother murdered by her football star husband. And in 2012 the true crime book was "Deadly Little Secrets," on the sensational Matt Baker case out of Waco.

My foray into fiction began in 2009 with the birth of a mystery series featuring Texas Ranger Sarah Armstrong, a single mom, investigator and profiler. The series started with "Singularity," followed by "Blood Lines," and "The Killing Storm." All the books have garnered stellar reviews, and the third was named a best book of 2010 by Library Journal.

There's been little publicity for any of my work, so it's all word-of-mouth. Yet that's carried "A Warrant to Kill" into a ninth printing and "She Wanted It All" into a seventh. "The Killing Storm" was only out for a few months when it went into a third printing. Truly remarkable!

The credit goes to all of you who read the books and recommend them to friends and family. Keep up the good work! Spread the word! It's appreciated!

I'm not sure how often I'll check in here, but you can always peruse my Website: kathryncasey.com, to keep abreast of upcoming events and new books. While you're on the site, be sure to sign up for my newsletter. And email me at kc@kathryncasey.com. I'll look forward to it!

Customer Reviews

What follows is a suspenseful story marked by danger and intrigue.
Josie Jean
I would highly recommend both books to anyone looking for a good read that's not full of four letter words.
Spring Sherry
For all who enjoyed Sarah Armstrong in Casey's first book - you will truely enjoy this one!
Mary Zanoni

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Doris on August 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Kathryn Casey writes books you can't put down. I have read and LOVE everyone of her non-fiction books and I am thrilled she has decided to write fiction as well.

Sarah Armstrong is a character I hope to be following for a long time to come. She is a woman we can all relate to and someone we want to know more about. KC does a wonderful job of juggling multiple story lines keeping each one interesting and just when you think you have things figured out... she throws in a new twist to the plot.

My only complaint.... she can't write them fast enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Connieb on August 8, 2009
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If you loved Singularity your going to love Bloodlines!!! Sarah Armstrong is a character you can relate too and kind of wish you were! Can't wait for the next chapter in the life of Sarah Armstrong and maybe even David Garrity?? Hint Hint. Good plots and great characters make this book a must read. So keep them coming KC!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Zanoni on August 5, 2009
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Kathryn Casey's follow-up to Singularity is a must read. For all who enjoyed Sarah Armstrong in Casey's first book - you will truely enjoy this one! Sarah is struggling with returning to work only to find herself overwheled with two very different and difficult caes.
Cassidy Collins is a spoiled superstar stalked by someone who knows her and Billie Cox is a Texas business woman murdered not suicide.
As you follow both investigations you feel for the characters and their pains and fears!
Casey did a super job leading us through the investigations and brining us closer to Sarah and her rebirth as a Texas Ranger.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Josie Jean on November 18, 2009
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I absolutely love this enthralling mystery series! "Blood Lines" is the second installment (following "Singularity") chronicling the intriguing cases of Texas Ranger criminal profiler Lieutenant Sarah Armstrong.

The death of Houston oil company executive Billie Cox appears to be a suicide, but her sister insists that Billie was murdered. When Sarah investigates the crime scene, her gut feeling is the victim's sister is right. At the same time, teenage recording star Cassidy Collins is being threatened by a menacing stalker. With upcoming concerts in Dallas and Houston, Sarah is teamed up with FBI profiler David Garrity to protect the superstar and capture the dangerous culprit. Meanwhile, Sarah is striving to balance her investigative duties with caring for her daughter's critically ill horse at her ranch. What follows is a suspenseful story marked by danger and intrigue. A surprise ending leaves me eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series, due out in fall 2010.

Ms. Casey has brilliantly crafted a thrilling storyline with a compelling cast of characters. Sarah Armstrong is a remarkable heroine...smart, tough, yet vulnerable. A widowed, single mother...she is a character we can relate to and care about. Her touching, loving relationship with her daughter is incredibly poignant. Exceptionally well-written, Ms. Casey masterfully creates a sense of urgency that grabbed me in the opening pages and never let go. I could feel myself in each scene, right there with the characters, watching the story unfold. The many dramatic plot twists continually kept me guessing. Also, it was enlightening to find out what goes on during a crime investigation. I thoroughly enjoyed this truly captivating mystery and I very highly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Tipple VINE VOICE on September 12, 2009
Format: Hardcover
It has been nearly a year since the events depicted in "Singularity" and only now is Lieutenant Sarah Armstrong somewhat ready to return to work as a criminal profiler for the legendary law enforcement organization Texas Rangers. Her time at the ranch outside of Houston, Texas with her Mom, her daughter Maggie and the horses has helped her a lot and she is ready to work again if Mom and Maggie are okay with it.

She certainly is needed at work. Not only is there a case of a suicide that is just too perfect, teenage pop star Cassidy Collins is coming to Texas to do some shows. Coming with her and very much unwanted is the stalker who is terrorizing her and threatening to kill her. Known as "Argus" he seems to always know what she is doing on stage and off and has inserted himself into her life at every turn. He seems determined to end the harassment by killing her and appears unstoppable as he has, among other things, taken over her communications systems at concerts.

Fortunately for Cassidy, Sarah is back on the job and has help from FBI agent David Garrity. A former romantic love interest, he provides a compelling back story as does life on the ranch in another storyline with a medical crisis for one of their beloved horses.

"Blood Lines: A Mystery" is a much stronger second novel than the first book. Author Kathryn Casey made family and characters alive in the first novel and builds on those in this second book. In this series, people change and grow over time unlike the characters in some other series. In that way, the novel mirrors real life and the continuing characters easily come alive for the reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on July 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Sixteen year old music superstar Cassidy Collins fears for her life from a frightening cyberstalker. Argus knows too much about her and seems be getting to close to the teen leaving her uneasy that he will do something to her. Cassidy believes the creep will make a move at one of concert tours. Texas Ranger Lieutenant Sarah Armstrong and FBI profiler David Garrity investigate the threat.

At the same thirtyish oil heiress Elizabeth Cox apparently committed suicide. Her sister Faith disagrees after receiving an alleged message from her dead sibling; instead she believes someone murdered Elizabeth and made it look like she took her own life. Sarah looks at photos of the death scene and nothing specific sticks out, she agrees with Elizabeth that the entire picture is to perfect as if someone set the stage. Meanwhile Elizabeth's niece Maggie acts peculiar as if she somehow she moved past her mother's death by worrying about her pregnant ailing horse; her reaction also has Sarah wondering.

The latest Sarah Armstrong Texas Rangers police procedural (see SINGULARITY) is an enjoyable two-case mystery in which the reader obtains an in depth look at the downside of celebrity status. The Collins stalking is a fast-paced strong subplot while the Cox death never fully holds up its end as that probe never fully gels. Still BLOOD LINES is overall a fine combination of who done it and who is doing it.

Harriet Klausner.
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