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

Carolyn Arnold , Wendy Reis
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 installment of the best-selling police procedural Madison Knight Series.
Approximately 77,000 words

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

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

What reviewers are saying

 "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

 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
 


Editorial Reviews

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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

THE MADISON KNIGHT SERIES is designed as standalone which means you can read these books out of order and still pick up on the series' characters and storyline.
 
Major Crimes Detective Madison Knight is feisty, loves a good chocolate fix, and has an aversion to blood. If you love a strong, female protagonist lead, I invite you to meet Madison for yourself.

 
What can you expect from the Madison Knight Series? A clean murder mystery with limited violence and language.
 
Looking for the recommended reading order?
Visit www://carolynarnold.net/MadisonKnightSeries.html
 
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THE BRANDON FISHER FBI SERIES is designed as standalone, which means you can read these books out of order and still pick up on the series' characters and story line.

Brandon Fisher wanted to be FBI his entire adult life and when he's given a position on a team within the Behavioral Analysis Unit, his career seems set. At least that's until he faces Supervisory Special Agent Jack Harper who expects nothing short of perfection on his team. If that's not enough, one of the other members on the team is a woman who Brandon had an affair with when he was in the training academy. Needless to say things are electric and that's before the psychopathic unsubs get involved.


What can you expect from the Brandon Fisher FBI Series? Dark cases that tap into the recesses of the mind most of us wish never existed. As is the case with real life, there are hints of romance, but minimal.

Looking for the recommended reading order?
Visit carolynarnold.net/BrandonFisherFBISeries.html

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  • File Size: 627 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00534KMQK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for any fan of the crime drama genre 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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46 of 52 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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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cop tale! December 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I thoruoghly enjoyed this police story. Madison is a believable and strong character and her relationship with the boss and her partner Terry is punchy! The writing style is clear, succinct and compelling and I look forward to reading more Madison Knight stories.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
For someone not too familiar with the workings of a police homicide investigation, this story will give you a whole new perspective on what goes on in the real world. No easy answers, not always a direct lead, oftentimes our police officials must sift through numerous lies and misleading information in what many of us would not have the patience to tackle. Ties that Bind tells a story in a methodically paced tale that you will find hard to put down, turning page after page as you wait breathlessly for the next twist. It is realistic yet entertaining, an honest look at human nature and individuals from all walks of life. Nothing is as it seems...

Carolyn Arnold has written a nitty gritty story of a murderer's revenge. Through the various twists and turns, you will never be able to figure out whodunit until the shocking end. I've always considered myself fairly good at picking out the villain, but I will tell you I was surprised at the `ties' that led up to an arrest. Way to go, Carolyn!

A well-written piece with all-too-human characters, I was sucked in from the first page when Madison reached for her chocolate-fix. This was a nicely paced story that was not over the top or unrealistic; in fact, I enjoyed every minute of it. It was entertaining without being too dark or depressing, and I can't wait to read more, Carolyn. Keep them coming!
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24 of 29 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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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Just OK story with terrible editing and spelling April 11, 2012
By LB
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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ties Not Tightened Enough March 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Sometimes a person (or character) will just rub you the wrong way. So it is with Madison Knight in "Ties That Bind" by Carolyn Arnold for me. As a detective, Madison hates clichés as much as, well, seemingly most people. She is Kojak with a candy bar substituting for the lollypop but without the charm. Her attempts at empathy are mostly swallowed up as repetitious and muddled internal thoughts. She appears uncomfortable in her own skin, and I never knew if she was going to laugh or punch her partner one more time. (I'd have hit her back a few times!) The book has more than its share of clichés in the form of cardboard characters, a sounding-board partner with belabored personal issues dragged out far too long, and an overused twist regarding the bad guy--though it was nicely handled.

My copy of the story had numerous formatting issues. I can't hold that against the author, but I believe a stronger editor would have tightened the decent story line, cutting some of the lengthier scenes and eviscerating the partner. (Second bananas need to bring something to the table, and he just doesn't.) Is it really that bad? No. Personal preferences will draw (and have drawn) some readers to Madison's tough-as-nails personality. The investigation proceeds more like real-life: hard work, bad breaks, lucky finds, bad timing, confusion, inexperience, intrusive politics, etc. The twists are well handled, and while the suspense is not as sharp as it could be, it was there. All total though, this is just a slightly better than average read, shy of a four rating. It is a "3."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "A Captivating Crime Novel"
This is a crime novel which will hold your interest right to the end. Detective Madison Knight and her partner of five years, Terry Grant, of the Stiles Police Department, are... Read more
Published 1 hour ago by Nancy of Utah
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings about this book
The story itself was good overall but…
1/ the author had her main characters fussing too much over clichés without a good explanation of why. Read more
Published 2 months ago by David A. Freas
2.0 out of 5 stars Forgettable Police Drama
It's rare that I like literature written in the third person, and this novel exemplified many of the reasons why I don't like them.
Published 2 months ago by J. Gallen
2.0 out of 5 stars Cliche with an Unlikeable Main Character
I managed to plod my way through this book, but a part of me wishes I hadn't. The identity of the killer turns out to be a huge cliche that I saw coming as soon as it was hinted... Read more
Published 2 months ago by E. L. Sapp
3.0 out of 5 stars It is just okay.
I was hoping to get into a new series (Madison Knight) but that is not going to happen. Her character acts more like a junior high school student than a detective. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Morgan S
4.0 out of 5 stars HERSHEY
I CAN TRULY SAY THAT THE ENDING OF THIS BOOK TOOK ME BY SURPRISE. I PRIDE MYSELF WITH BEING ABLE TO SEE THE WAY THINGS ARE GOING AND I WAS HAPPY TO BE FOOLED.
Published 2 months ago by Bob
3.0 out of 5 stars Kinda slow
I read tons of murder mysteries and thrillers and this one wasn't that good. It was very slow and the characters were boring. Read more
Published 3 months ago by MGM6
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the main character.
This is a perfect example of what I discovered with my new Kindle. I never heard of this author or character before but loved the book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carol Genrich
4.0 out of 5 stars Ties That Bind
This is the first book I have read written by Carolyn Arnold. Madison Knight is a deceive who has no other life than her job. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marla
5.0 out of 5 stars great author
great author and read the rest of her series. wouldn't have tried this author if amazon didn't give me that opportunity to read for free
Published 4 months ago by choprchick
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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.

Carolyn Arnold published her first book, TIES THAT BIND, the first in her Madison Knight Series, in 2011 and it became a Kindle Best Seller, reaching the top 100 in Police Procedurals in the US and in the UK. Her novel ELEVEN was noted as a recommended read on The Examiner's "Top 12 Fiction Books of 2011." 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.

For more information on the author visit www.carolynarnold.net

Looking for the overview and recommended reading order for Carolyn Arnold's series?
Madison Knight Series - visit www.carolynarnold.net/MadisonKnightSeries.html
Brandon Fisher FBI Series - visit www.carolynarnold.net/BrandonFisherFBISeries.html

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