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Ties That Bind (A Madison Knight Novel Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Carolyn Arnold , Wendy Reis
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Book Description

**NOTE** >>  JUST CAUSE, the 5th Madison Knight novel, is now available for pre-order on Amazon. 

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

"Here's one new fan of Madison Knight who recommends you meet her in Ties That Bind...Fantastic Suspense!"

--GA Bixler Reviews

"A fast paced crime novel with surprising twists and turns....This detective series has a Law and Order feel to it and the suspense keeps the novel flying."

--The Kindle Book Review

Detective Madison Knight concluded the case of a strangled woman an isolated incident. But when another woman's body is found in a park killed with the same line of neckties, she realizes they're dealing with something more serious.

Despite mounting pressure from the Sergeant and Chief to close the case even if it means putting an innocent man behind bars, and a partner who is more interested in saving his marriage than stopping a potential serial killer, Madison may have to go it alone if there's not going to be another victim.

Ties that Bind is the 1st book the best-selling police procedural Madison Knight Series.

Approximately 77,000 words

**Includes a preview of JUSTIFIED, the 2nd in the Madison Knight series and a #1 Kindle Best Seller in the Police Procedural genre on Amazon**

THE DETECTIVE MADISON KNIGHT MYSTERY SERIES falls neatly into the police procedural and detective hard-boiled mystery genres with murder investigations and forensics. Think Law & Order meets CSI. There is some foul language and limited graphic violence.

Books in the series:
Ties that Bind
Found Innocent
Life Sentence
Just Cause 

Praise for Madison Knight

"I feel like I know Madison well enough to call her Maddy... she could be a less klutzy sister to Evanovich's famous Stephanie Plum."
--Betty Dravis, Award-winning Author and Journalist

"Her sharp, insightful protagonist, Madison Knight, comes to life -- to kick some ass and take some names." 

--Rosa St.Claire, Book Critic, The Examiner

Please note: Ties that Bind was professionally edited and re-uploaded the end of October 2012.

Editorial Reviews


"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: 651 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 146352210X
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00534KMQK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,688 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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120 of 127 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for any fan of the crime drama genre August 15, 2011
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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104 of 113 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Conflicted review... January 25, 2012
By Bobbrun
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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95 of 103 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written January 9, 2013
By webcat
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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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre Beginning January 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
... 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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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just OK story with terrible editing and spelling April 11, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As someone else wrote, I am rather conflicted about his book. The story was OK but very predictable. The main character was written as an overly certain and determined police officer. She was portrayed as too over the top for me. I never felt a real connection to her or her situation. Also, I thought this was the first in the series. But people and past cases were mentioned. I couldn't figure that out. It seemed as if the reader should know about things that happened previously.

However, I might consider reading another book by this author if not for the terrible editing of this work. There were many misspellings and punctuation errors. I found it very distracting. I wondered which publisher would have let this go to press with all the errors and typos. I looked all over my copy of the book - the front, the spine, inside, etc. I could find no publisher listed at all. I checked the Amazon page and says that it was published by CreateSpace. I looked it up and it is a self-publishing company. I think that explains a lot about why this was in such poor shape regarding editing. I assume there was no real editor to make sure this book was in proper form before publishing.

Hopefully Carolyn Arnold will take a little more time with the next book and make sure it is in proper shape for publication.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So many mistakes - stuffed up the whole story 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Deception
A great well done mystery with quite an unexpected twist. The author writes very well and has excellent imagination that does a realistic investigation.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ties That Bind ( A Madison Knight Novel )
Good story with lots of questions and dead ends. The tail runs from he did it to maybe not with more questions than answers. Answers the detective must unravel.
Published 10 days ago by R. K. M.
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I bought this after reading and enjoying "Eleven". I won't read anymore Madison Knight books. Madison is not a strong woman--she is an obnoxious woman. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars review of The Ties That Bind
I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and kept the reader intrigued . I recommend this for those who enjoy a suspense novel.
Published 13 days ago by faye humphrey
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I got this e-book when they were giving the download away free. I had never heard of the book or the author, but I love reading mystery novels. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Anna Cowan
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Kept my interest. Hard to put down. Not too much personal baggage to take away from the main story. Some of the writing seemed a bit on the low side while some wording/words had to... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Denise Bessette
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing and fast paced
This detective novel is full of suspense, action and humor. Madison Knight is a great heroine and the story line keeps you reading. I look forward to the next one!
Published 18 days ago by candydawg
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible- poorly written, full of errors
As others have stated it is so full of errors, some sentences should just be skipped because you cannot read them. The book is written almost as a script would be. Read more
Published 18 days ago by livinthedream
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
Great book. I love reading mysteries and this didn't disappoint. It is about Madison and Terry, two detectives that are looking for a serial murderer. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Shannon Baas
5.0 out of 5 stars Ties that Bind
I give this book five stars as it kept my attention from the first page. The main character, Detective Madison Knight lives and breathes her work. Read more
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More About the Author

Carolyn Arnold is the award-winning and International bestselling author of the Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, and McKinley Mystery series. Since she published in 2011, her books have been sold and downloaded over half a million times. Her work ranges from cozy mysteries to hard-boiled detective and FBI procedurals.

Born in a small town, Carolyn enjoys returning to her roots and spending time in the country reflecting on life and letting her imagination run wild. She is a proud wife and mother to two "furry babies," Max and Chelsea, the beagles.

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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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