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Ties that Bind ( Detective Madison Knight Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"Police procedural at its best...after 30 years as a cop... the most technically correct police procedural novel I have ever read..."
--Zach Fortier, Author of CurbChek and CurbChek-Reload

"Arnold's writing style is very close to JD Robb's "In Death" series..."
--Karen DeLabar, Blogger and Book Reviewer

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: 577 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc. (December 14, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 14, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00534KMQK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,971 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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CAROLYN ARNOLD is the international bestselling and award-winning author of the Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher, and McKinley Mystery series. She is the only author with POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town, but that never kept her from dreaming big. On par with her large dreams is her overactive imagination that conjures up killers and cases to solve. She currently lives outside Toronto with her husband and two beagles, Max and Chelsea. She is also a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

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147 of 156 people found the following review helpful By Karen DeLabar on August 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
Carolyn Arnold's "Ties That Bind" follows Major Crimes Detective Madison Knight on her hunt to find a murderer with expensive tastes. Another reviewer mentioned that Arnold's writing style is very close to JD Robb's "In Death" series and he's right. "Ties That Bind" is an intelligent crime drama with a head-strong, determined female lead who isn't afraid to go up against her superiors if it means getting her man. Madison was a very relatable character, someone who has been on the force long enough to see terrible things, yet she still reminds herself that her victim was someone's loved one and its up to her to find them final justice. Arnold created a nice balance with Madison, she's determined without seeming cold and caring without being overly sensitive. My only complaint was that her superiors continued to dismiss her hunches even though I thought they were valid clues and thoughts. Arnold's writing gave just enough information to hold your interest, but not too much to give away the ending. A great read for a fan of the crime drama genre.
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103 of 108 people found the following review helpful By AddictedToBooks on August 4, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I picked up this book as part of a free promo, and I was looking forward to reading it despite the many negative reviews it received. A lot of readers didn't like the main character, Madison Knight, because she is a tough, strong-willed woman. I'm the opposite, I like tough, strong-willed female characters, and so I started to read the book with an open mind. Unfortunately, the author did not handle at all well the development of Madison's character, and Madison came out looking like a one-dimensional character rather than a person the reader could relate to. In the end, I ended up disliking Madison and her manner.

(Spoiler in this paragraph) The plot was okay except the "twin factor" has been done in many stories, and I knew who the killer would be even before the author revealed it. Having said this, I could live with this, too, if the writing in the story would have been good.

The one thing I really found annoying was the incorrect use of grammar, especially the lack of commas where they were needed, and then, commas where they were not needed. Additionally, there were words that made no sense eg. "notta" instead of "nada"; "frickin" instead of "friggin'" or even "freakin'". There were also missed words, or words in the wrong place; and words (even whole sentences that should not have been there in the first place). This novel needs a full edit by someone who is actually a professional editor. I doubt very much whoever edited this is a real editor. One can forgive a typo or two, but the entire novel is riddled with grammatical errors, many times confusing the reader as to who is speaking, and lots of ambiguity. In short, many parts of the novel were difficult to follow.
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155 of 165 people found the following review helpful By webcat on January 9, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
The plot may end up being good, but this book is so poorly written that I can't continue reading. It has grammatical errors, spelling errors ("notta" rather than "nada"?), and awkward phrasing in almost every paragraph. The police detectives have the emotions and interactions of teenagers. If the plot really is good, I recommend a good edit. In its current state, I can't recommend this book for anyone.
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150 of 160 people found the following review helpful By Bobbrun on January 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Honestly did not know which way to lean on this review. For content, probably three stars as it seems that it consisted of a half dozen other author's books. Editing...good grief. The very worst of any of the other Kindle books I have read. Definitely a minus one star. In my version, there was a question mark in a box many times on every page. Letters were missing from words, words were missing from sentences, and sentences were missing from paragraphs. Yes, I know it was only 99 cents, but I kept thinking that I could have spent my 99 cents on something more readable.
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85 of 91 people found the following review helpful By lostintheswamp on January 23, 2013
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... and then it continued to go downhill. I always hesitate to write bad reviews, but I rely on reviews for almost everything I get online, so I thought I'd write one for this book. It begins with the lead cop, Madison going to a murder scene. Feet away from viewing a murder she pulls out a candy bar and begins to eat it while she's sassing her boss. I wouldn't know, but that seems unrealistic or quite cold, which makes me dislike this woman immediately. Maybe the author was channeling the detective in The Closer but it doesn't work. Madison is self centered, mean without good reason, dismissive of everyone she works with, and self pitying - some long ago lover cheated on her and she can't let it go. She is the only one who works tirelessly, she talks about believing her intuition though it is wrong every time until it's not,she is constantly punching and smacking her partner which is supposed to be playful, I think, but comes across as more than annoying. The attempts at humour fail probably because the character is totally humourless. The plot is a bit different but there's no explanation why a single bad situation created a monster who tortures and kills for revenge. I finished the book just to write the review, but it wasn't worth it. Add in that the writing is not at all imaginative,and there you have it.
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