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Justified (A Madison Knight Novel Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Carolyn Arnold , Wendy Reis
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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Book Description

This Christmas, murder doesn't take a holiday.

Madison Knight should have ignored the call. Now she is spending Christmas Eve dealing with her least favorite thing…blood and lots of it.

When a female victim is found in her home it has Madison and her partner tapping into the vic’s personal life. With a rash of former business partners and lovers, all of whom wanted her dead, there are not enough hours to question them all.

But trying to find the person who had the most motive isn't all that's on Madison's mind. As she struggles to establish balance in her own life, she knows she has to get her focus back. Justice requires it.

Justified is the 2nd book in the best-selling police procedural Madison Knight Series.
Length: 79,000 words

**Includes a sneak peek of SACRIFICE, the 3rd in the Madison Knight series, a Kindle Bestseller in the Police Procedural genre.**

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

For the suggested reading order of each series, see Carolyn Arnold's Amazon Author Page.

THE MADISON KNIGHT SERIES falls neatly into the police procedural genre with murder investigations and forensics. Think Law & Order meets CSI. There is some foul language and limited graphic violence.

THE BRANDON FISHER FBI SERIES toys the edge between the police procedural genre and thriller genre. Due to this, you will find foul language and graphic violence in this series.

THE MCKINLEY MYSTERY SERIES ventures outside of the typical crime genre, lending itself to the cozy variety with no foul language or graphic violence. The series combines romance, mystery, humor, and adventure for a lighthearted, easy read. 

Product Details

  • File Size: 658 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1467999717
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006JM6IEU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,858 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me guessing to the end! August 30, 2012
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If one of your loved ones has been murdered, you want the tenacious Detective Madison Knight on the case. Unless, of course, it was you wielding the gun, knife or blunt object. Carolyn Arnold's follow up to "Ties That Bind" expands Knight's world and continues to develop her excellent characters. And she does it while offering up a complicated mystery. Ms Arnold's book passes my #1 test for a great mystery -- it kept me guessing to the end! I've already picked up the next book in the series.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable January 9, 2012
By Sharon
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This is the second book I've read in this series and I've enjoyed them both.If I could give one bit of advise to the writer it would be, "When you find a phrase that works well for you, please don't over use it".ie. " matched eyes with, or shut up" There are a few typos also and it would flow better if they were corrected. I'm always happy to find a good read. I will look for the next one in this series.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story March 8, 2013
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This was an interesting story but was marred by the abrasive personality of the main character. She was snippy to her partner and continually punched him in the arm or told him to "shut up". She accused everyone in sight of murder then argued when they denied it. She was obsessive about her work as a police officer to the detriment of those around her and she has serious anger issues. She whined on and on about her love interest. Why she accepted a dog she didn't want is beyond me, especially since her weak stomach can't handle blood, much less dog poopies.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars fast read June 2, 2013
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This book is a fast read and the plot is interesting albeit convoluted. I don't mind so much that the protagonist is not likeable, as other reviews have pointed out, but I would like the characters to be believable. Dialogue is clumsy and forced. The author should take note that the commonly used nickname for sergeant is "Sarge" not "Serg." Got spellcheck? Not sure where her editor was on that one. The book is readable but if you are looking for literary excellence, you won't find it here. I would not buy this author again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars readon October 21, 2012
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I just like the book. I think it flowed well and was very entertaining. And I probably would purchase another book written by this author.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could give it minus 5 stars August 2, 2013
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I don't even know where to start, the dreadful writing, the lousy plotting, the spelling, the grammar, the trite main character (Madison Knight). Starting with the spelling (and I am not talking about typos), a writer should know the difference between principal and principle, know that underwear is a singular noun, know the difference between instance and instant, council and counsel (meaning a lawyer), and those are just a very few of the many mistakes in the book. The story didn't hang together, lines of investigation all of sudden are resolved without having been mentioned before. Then, there's the ridiculousness of a suspect having nosebleeds and the detective suspecting a long plane trip or stress as the cause. Maybe I am a cynic, but my first thought would be cocaine (as it turned out it was stress, still made the detective look like an idiot). Then, there is Madison Knight, she's hard-boiled all right, as much as any man, commitment-phobic, panicking at the thought of taking a relationship further, but that doesn't stop her from blurting "I love you" to her love interest. So, which is it? As for her detecting skills, maybe it's just me, but if I were a detective, I would let people talk, maybe they'll actually reveal something, But no, not Madison Knight, it's so much more effective to hurl half-baked accusations. God forbid she might learn something from listening that would end the book sooner (you wish).
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1.0 out of 5 stars There Is A Mystery In Here Somewhere, But... July 21, 2014
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A murder occurs in this book immediately on Christmas Eve and the main character, Madison Knight, and her partner show up to start working the case right then and there. I then read to the halfway point of this book and I just stopped. I usually read a "mystery" book all the way through, even if the tale is a poor one, just to see if my suspect is truly the murderer, but in this case I honestly could care less. You see, there is a murder mystery somewhere in this book, but the tale is actually about a Type A female workaholic main character who is extremely dysfunctional with regard to her career, her friendships, her family and her romantic relationships. At the 50% read point, I knew more about her feelings and why she has these them than I did about the "mystery" murder that has occurred. So I stopped reading this tripe and recommend that any true mystery/suspense genre fan to not even bother with it. And based on this, I am also not going to bother with the rest of the book series either and recommend mystery/suspense genre fans do the same there also.

This book should be listed under the Romantic Suspense heading and kept as far away from the true Mystery/Suspense heading as much as possible. In fact, it may be a mystery as to whether there is even romance in this book. As I previously stated, the romance that was in the book up to the 50% point regarded an extremely dysfunctional relationship mostly due to the main character's traits.

Please understand that I did read the first book in this series entitled "Ties that Bind" and felt it was a very good mystery. It should also be stated here that I am male and still felt this way. It was a decent police procedural mystery in fact.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars ... for the writing style and feel I could a better job! It seemed to...
I did not care for the writing style and feel I could a better job! It seemed to be a bit draggy and the characters did not seem real to me.
Published 20 days ago by Leslie J. Park
5.0 out of 5 stars Liked it very much
Liked it very much. Only draw back I have , Is her dog left all those hrs. I favor Terry.
Published 1 month ago by Dolores Curren
5.0 out of 5 stars loved this book waiting to read the rest
loved this book waiting to read the rest
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Justified
Another good read from Carolyn Arnold. Madison Knight struggles with her own emerging romance while unraveling a twisted love quadrangle, and greed, culminating in murder.
Published 1 month ago by Carol Wahl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love Carolyn Arnold's books. Can't have enough !!
Published 2 months ago by cathy glanz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it!! The characters are great. I couldn't put it down.
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Unjustified
Justified was a good read but I became tired of Madison's snarkiness. I don't find it true to life that her partner would put up with her attitude day in and out. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bev Rosenthal
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was a fun read
Published 4 months ago by Kristina Waible
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I enjoyed her writing style.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!
If you like murder mysteries that leave you guessing to the very end then you sill log this book. Detective Knight and her partner Terry definitely comment each other. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Carol V, S.I. NY
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More About the Author

Carolyn Arnold's love for writing dates back to her teen years, but her passion was reignited in 2006 when a fellow employee said "tell me a story." Since then Carolyn has never looked back.

TIES THAT BIND, the first in her Madison Knight Series, was published in 2011 and it became a Kindle Best Seller, reaching the top 100 in Police Procedurals in the US and in the UK. Her writing has been compared to New York Times Bestsellers such as JD Robb, Mary Higgins Clark, Sue Grafton, Michael Connelly, Tess Gerritsen, and more.

Carolyn was born in 1976 in a rural town of Ontario, Canada. She is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and lives with her husband, and two beagles in a city near Toronto.

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Madison Knight Series, in order:
Ties that Bind
Found Innocent
Just Cause
Life Sentence (Prequel)

Brandon Fisher FBI Series, in order:
Silent Graves
The Defenseless

McKinley Mysteries, in order:
The Day Job is Murder
Vacation is Murder
Money is Murder
Politics is Murder
Family is Murder
Shopping is Murder
Christmas is Murder
Valentine's Day is Murder

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