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The Profiler (The Munro Family Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Chris Taylor
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Book Description

A psychopathic killer is stalking the women of Sydney . . .
Federal Agent Clayton Munro, a criminal profiler with the Australian Federal Police (AFP), has been called upon to assist in hunting down a vicious murderer who is intent upon carving up his victims while they’re still alive. Guilt-stricken over his wife’s suicide, Clayton’s forced to set aside his personal issues in order to focus on the case.
Detective Ellie Cooper is also no stranger to heartache. Pregnant and abandoned at the altar by a fiancé intent on pursuing a career with the AFP, her opinion of the elite body of officers is anything but favorable. Angered when her boss orders her to partner with the Fed, she’s determined not to cut him any slack.
But women are dying on the streets of western Sydney and the pressure is mounting to find the person responsible.
Will Clayton and Ellie be able to put aside their animosity and work together to catch a killer before it’s too late? And what about the special fascination the killer seems to have with Ellie . . .


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About the Author

Chris Taylor grew up devouring romance books. After working as a criminal lawyer for fifteen years, it was a natural progression to marry her love of romance with the gritty, fast-paced world of crime and thrillers. It is this background that has allowed her to write suspenseful, racy, no-holds-barred romantic suspense novels set in her home country of Australia. From the streets of Sydney to the outback, Chris' novels not only keep you on the edge of your seat, they also take you on a journey across the beautiful landscapes that make up Australia. Chris was a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Finalist in 2013. The same year, she won the Romance Writers of Australia's most prestigious award for unpublished writers, the Emerald Award. Chris lives with her husband and five children on a small farm in rural New South Wales, Australia.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1510 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1925119017
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: LCT Productions Pty Limited (February 5, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IA4UVPC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,953 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK story, but silly and adolescent romance July 18, 2014
By Halvena
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The main story is about the hunt for a serial killer in Sydney and it is not a bad story and it is not badly written. That it is set in Sydney is refreshing, most stories of this kind tend to come from the US.
But - the characters are not up to par! They have all suffered a major tragedy themselves, a daughter that disappeared, a child that died and a wife who committed suicide. This is probably meant to make them seem real and human, but it is just too much and it is mentioned over and over and over again. Then there is the romance, The main characters are of course gorgeous, both of them, and they are of course instantly attracted to each other and it is just too obvious where this is going from the start. This adolescent love story takes over the whole thing and is so irritating that it spoils an otherwise nice story.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Profiler April 7, 2014
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I fully concur with the other reviewers! Really enjoyed this book. Loved the characters Clayton and Ellie - both very real. Great setting in Sydney and a good story line - very believable. It is always a pleasure to read a book that is set in your own country. Chris Taylor is a gem! Cannot wait for the next one.
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47 of 59 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars romance, no mystery July 18, 2014
By connie
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this is 90% romance. I signed up for mystery thrillers. In the first few pages we learned the identity of the killer. Then blah-blah till the last few pages. If you like romance mystery, you will probably like this. I don't and I didn't.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Australian Thriller with Sizzle April 30, 2014
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An Amazing First Book – New Series
Love the exotic setting of Australia and the introduction to this family of members dedicated to serving and protecting. I really enjoyed this truly chilling thriller. It made me realize some people are just plain evil and if you're in the wrong place at the right time being careful won't make a difference. A frightening read.
David Baldacci and James Patterson, beware. Chris Taylor is a talented new writer who loves words and tells a thrilling story while weaving in hot romance to boot.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This Profile is to be Avoided! July 20, 2014
By Jan
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This book is promoted as a murder mystery. Not! It is just a cheap romance with pornographic writing disguised as a mystery. Within the first few minutes of starting this book, it is clear "whodunit." All the rest is just a poorly written romance with cheap pornography, all of which is not that well written. Somehow it really offended me to think I was reading a good murder mystery to be so short changed by this author. If I had it to do all over again, I would definitely not spend my time trying to trudge my way through this book. Even being a free book, it wasn't worth the price I paid... the time I spent hoping it would improve. It never did!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing July 26, 2014
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it was described as a mystery but is 90 percent romance. if they spent as much time solving the murders as they did admiring each others butts it would easily been solved. Amazon needs to describe the books accurately.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Romance Than Suspense July 22, 2014
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First, be aware that this book is romantic suspense, heavy on the romance and light on the mystery/suspense. I expected more of a thriller, so this aspect took me by surprise and might be a letdown for readers seeking fast-paced suspense.

Overall, I thought this was a good opening novel for the series. The author handles characterization well, allowing us to get to know Ellie and Clayton. The story's focus is really on these two people, the sexual tension between them, and their struggle to let go of the heartache of their pasts. The murder mystery, while interesting, feels secondary to their personal stories and budding romance.

This series features a family of people involved in law enforcement, rather than a single main character, giving the author plenty of room to create. I'm looking forward to finding out where book #2 takes us.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Romance with a side of mystery September 16, 2014
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The Profiler by Chris Taylor is a romantic suspense novel set in modern Australia. In it we follow Detective Ellie and Federal Agent Clayton as they try to find a psychopathic killer as well as fight their growing attraction.
As far as the romance in this book goes, this is a solid novel. The reasons Ellie and Clay have for fighting what they’re feeling are sound and realistic. Of course, all that fighting builds up delicious tension until it breaks in a very hot and very thorough way. The relationship between these two scarred people was the biggest strength of the book, in my opinion.
As far as the suspense goes, I had a few issues with the story. First and foremost, I felt like the criminal was too obvious, and both Ellie and Clay kind of obtuse when it came to solving the crime. At one point Ellie missed the clue about the chest freezers and I nearly screamed at her through my kindle. Clay, also, wasn’t super good at his job – he takes weeks to create a woefully inadequate profile. The author gives the reader way too much information early on to feel the sense of mystery most suspense and crime novels have.
There were a few other issues within the story that bugged me – for example, several things happened that would have nearly astronomical odds alone, and together really strained my ability to suspend my disbelief. I’m not going to post spoilers because I’m sure you’ll see them when you read them. Despite these small things the book had a terrific arc towards the climax and I loved how Clay was able to defeat one of his biggest issues to save the day. The resolution to Clay and Ellie’s burgeoning relationship is another matter, but again, no spoilers.
In the end, I gave this book three stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed the book.
Published 2 days ago by Charlye J Griggs
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story to start
Excellent story to start. But a bit un believable to the end. Good character development, they seemed to overact to situations. Read more
Published 2 days ago by ben
4.0 out of 5 stars Bit of everything
This book has a bit of everything… suspense, mystery, and romance. An enjoyable read that keeps you guessing. Good read.
Published 3 days ago by Susan B
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad read if you don't mind the can't make up ...
Seems more of a somewhat implausible romance ( too quick) than a who-did -it. Prefer my mysteries with a clear theme alog with a sub-theme. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Nancy Crosby
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Mystery
A fast paced and great mystery in addition to the little side story of a work romance. Little scary at times with the culprit the police were after. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Dawn shirk
4.0 out of 5 stars I was pleased to find a book by an Australian author I ...
I was pleased to find a book by an Australian author I had not read. Enjoyed reading the book very much. Will look for other books by this author.
Published 7 days ago by mcgriffcat
2.0 out of 5 stars The author spent more time dealing with "furtive looks" between ...
The author spent more time dealing with "furtive looks" between the characters then the plot. The outcome was not at all suspenseful.
Published 8 days ago by MM
5.0 out of 5 stars The Profiler
Great story. Keeps you in suspense throughout the book. Can't wait to read the rest of your books.
Thank you.
Published 8 days ago by violet
2.0 out of 5 stars so-so
This book can't decide whether it wants to be soft core porn or a police procedural. Starts out with a good plot, story line but takes a dip 2/3 of the way through. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Mozee
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
really enjoyed the book
Published 10 days ago by s w
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More About the Author

Chris Taylor grew up devouring romance books. After working as a criminal lawyer for fifteen years, it was a natural progression to marry her love of romance with the gritty, fast-paced world of crime and thrillers. It is this background that has allowed her to write suspenseful, racy, no-holds-barred romantic suspense novels set in her home country of Australia. From the streets of Sydney to the outback, Chris' novels not only keep you on the edge of your seat, they also take you on a journey across the beautiful landscapes that make up Australia.
Chris was a Romance Writers of America Golden Heart® Finalist in 2013. The same year, she won the Romance Writers of Australia's most prestigious award for unpublished writers, the Emerald Award. Chris lives with her husband and five children on a small farm in rural New South Wales, Australia.

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