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A Killing Tide (Columbia River Thriller Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

P.J. Alderman
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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Novel

Where there's smoke...
Kaz Jorgensen is used to fear--the anxiety of negotiating treacherous currents as she captains her family's fishing trawlers, the terrifying nightmares of the day she almost lost her life on the river. But now a man is dead, an arsonist has set the Anna Marie ablaze, and her brother is missing.
There's fire...
Michael Chapman knows how to take the heat--as the new fire chief of Astoria, Oregon, he's dealt with more than his share. No way can he afford to get involved with the sister of a suspect. But the scorching attraction between him and Kaz burns out of control, and when someone takes a shot at her, his protective instincts kick in. Whatever happens, he can't allow another woman to die because of him.

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"...an intriguing contemporary romantic suspense with an engrossing plot and lots of mystery that keeps you guessing. With this debut, P.J. Alderman shows that she is clearly an author to look out for." --Fallen Angel Reviews

"The plot twists and turns like a fishing line in a rip tide." --New Mystery Reader

"If P.J. Alderman's first foray into writing is any indication then we should be on the receiving line for some enjoyable books. Her characters are very real and kind of rough around the edges, which is what make them so wonderful to get to know. Even the bad guys have their moments. That was what made it an interesting ride to see who was responsible for the murders, arson and general mayhem. Alderman, who paints a wonderful picture of the lives and trials of the fishermen born into a life aboard the trawlers and have to circumnavigate treacherous waters, brings the story to life." --Fresh Fiction

"For a debut author, P.J. Alderman does a fantastic job of creating intrigue, suspense, drama, romance, and so much more. The plot is well laid out and incredibly plausible with characters who are full and real...if A Killing Tide is P.J.’s debut, a bright future is on the horizon and I can’t wait to see more." --Once Upon a Romance

"Kudos to Ms. Alderman on a job well-done. The edgy THE KILLING TIDE is a fabulous debut, an edge-of-your-seat chiller guaranteed to thrill." --Romance Reader at Heart






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  • File Size: 547 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B002QB9JH6
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040JI3M4
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217 of 223 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Many times, a writer's first novel is good, but can have inconsistencies that are hopefully addressed as the author matures in his or her craft. Maybe one of the characters is underdeveloped. Or a weird glitch in the plot happens that doesn't make sense. Or too much backstory might be crammed into the present tense.

Fortunately for her readers, P.J. Alderman's first novel, A Killing Tide, doesn't suffer first-time jitters. In this suspense novel with a strong romantic subplot, Alderman introduces diverse characters, mixes them up with plots upon subplots, and sets it all against the backdrop of small-town Astoria, Oregon. Better still, she makes it work.

The book's heroine Kaz Jorgenson is a woman who, despite her plushy job as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies in San Francisco, has salt water running through her veins and the love of the ocean in her heart. When Kaz is called home to Astoria to help brother Gary Jorgenson with hot water he's drowning in, she stumbles into more than she'd bargained for. Like . . . a family friend murdered. Like . . . one of her family's trawlers set on fire to cover the dirty deed. Like . . . her brother disappearing and becoming the number-one suspect in the case.

Enter Michael Chapman from Boston who is Astoria's new fire chief and a trained arson investigator to boot. While trying to solve the murder-arson-disappearing brother mystery, he becomes attracted to Kaz. But Michael doesn't want to get involved with Kaz because she's the number-one suspect's sister. And Kaz doesn't want to get involved with Michael because she thinks he's out to bust her brother.

But the book is about more than the hero and heroine playing cat-and-mouse with one another while they sort out their emotions.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars strong investigative romance December 9, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Only for family would Kaz Jorgenson leave her consultanting job in San Francisco to return to her hometown of Astoria, Oregon, but she drops everything when her twin brother Gary needs help. However, her greeting upon her arrival is a fire on one of her family's fishing ships. Once the blaze is contained a bigger shock hits home when the corpse of family friend Ken Lundquist is found on board. The police suspect Gary, who has vanished, killed him and set the fire to hide the evidence.

Michael Chapman left scandal and a suspicious death behind in Boston when he came to Astoria as the new fire chief. He is also an experienced trained arson investigator, who begins making inquiries into the deadly blaze. He and Kaz are attracted to one another, but neither plans to act on their feelings. He refuses to have anything to do with the sister of the prime suspect especially after the fiasco back in New England with his former fiancée; she assumes he wants to hang her brother so she rejects Michael in order to not betray Gary.

The key to this exhilarating romantic whodunit is the strong cast starting with the lead couple who have flaws, struggle with feelings and the investigation, and fear what they will eventually uncover. In other words, they seem very real. The support characters also feel genuine whether they are friends of the family or Gary (mostly seen through the eyes of others). A KILLING TIDE is a strong investigative romance that will bring kudos to new author P.J. Alderman.

Harriet Klausner
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Suspense - Fast Paced - Exciting December 2, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the things I like when reading debut authors is they almost always come up with a new angle to tell their stories. In this debut I found that to be true, offering both a fresh voice and an exciting and thrilling edge-of-the seat read.

Kaz Jorgensen had an extremely successful consultation business in California but when a phone call from a childhood friend warned her of trouble brewing in and around her twin brother Gary, she hastened her return home. What she found was a shadow of the former caring and loving brother she once knew, emotionally shut-off - even from her. Kaz began to realize just how dangerous the situation was after one of their two boats was set on fire. With a body on board and her brother missing, all fingers pointed towards his guilt. Why even the newly hired, very sexy new fire chief seemed to think her brother guilty.

Michael Chapman had come to Astoria, Oregon to bury the past. A quiet seaside fishing town held appeal over the frantic pace of Boston and the memories of losing his fiancé to a fire he was too late to prevent. He knew he shouldn't get involved with the sister of a suspect but his attraction could not be denied. So when attempts on Kaz's life began, Michael was not about to let another woman die under his watch.

*** I loved this story - it was fast paced, exciting and fascinating. Alderman's descriptions of the Pacific Northwest town of Astoria, Oregon and the hazards of navigating a boat over the Columbia bars to the open sea of the Pacific were skillfully crafted and absolutely riveting in intensity. Kaz was a remarkable heroine. Not only a highly successful negotiator in the boardroom, but an immensely gifted ships captain whose navigational skills were well respected by her male counterparts.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars was a exciting story enjoyed reading this book had everything I like...
was a exciting story enjoyed reading this book had everything I like suspense mystery a touch of romance would read another book
Published 9 days ago by cynthia pedersen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Kept you guessing!
Published 15 days ago by D. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars great read
Great read
Published 1 month ago by katherine reid
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars
Murder and mystery abound in A Killing Tide. This is a fast paced read that will keep you guessing !
Published 1 month ago by DA
4.0 out of 5 stars Good mystery in small town, West Coast setting
A young woman, Kaz Jorgenson leaves her consultanting job in San Francisco to return to her hometown of Astoria, Oregon. Answering a call from her twin brother Gary needs help. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DCM
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Awesome
my kids said that this was awesome. i know that you think that i am a bad mom for reding this book to them butt they asked and i couldn't sy no. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic thriller on the River!!
What a great story with many twists and turns! Great creative writing with a lot of suspense. If you like good mysteries, then you must read this one!!!
Published 1 month ago by tom
4.0 out of 5 stars LIKED IT!
This story offers a great mix of suspense, intrigue, romance and action. Our heroin's brother is suspected of murdering his friend and setting his boat on fire to cover the crime. Read more
Published 1 month ago by dee denbleyker
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised
I bought this book because it was free and sounded interesting. After reading it, I have to say I would have read it even if I had to purchase it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars A friend highly recommended it to me
Looking forward to this book. A friend highly recommended it to me.
Published 2 months ago by Nancy Pulsipher
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author P. J. Alderman has spent more than two decades in the Pacific Northwest port towns that inspire her romantic thrillers and mysteries. Her contemporary Columbia River thriller, A Killing Tide, was a RITA finalist and recently climbed the charts to stay on the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists for eight weeks.

Alderman's Port Chatham cozy mysteries are based on the history of one of the Pacific Northwest's most notorious port towns. Also bestsellers, these books take readers on a journey back in time to a lawless nineteenth century waterfront, blending history, murder, and present-day supernatural sleuthery.

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