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Blood Ties (Julie Collins Mystery) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 16, 2017
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-Hard as nails, a barroom brawler - and a chick! Lori Armstrong's creation is born of the Black Hills. Tough, sensitive and smart, Julie Collins is a welcome addition to the private eye genre. In BLOOD TIES she breaks all the rules.- -- Stephanie Kane, Author of SEEDS OF DOUBT
-. . . a fascinating tale of intrigue that will sweep you into a world of horror and suspense.-
-- Clive Cussler, NY Times Bestselling author
-Lori Armstrong writes a compelling story that will hold your interest from the first page. I was glued to my chair from the prologue and couldn't stop reading until I finished it. BLOOD TIES is a roller coaster ride of danger and excitement that will have your heart pumping and your emotions twisting like a wet dish rag. I loved this book, and if you like kick-butt heroines and a fast paced mystery, you will too.- -- C.Cody, www.romancejunkies.com
"Hard as nails, a barroom brawler - and a chick! Lori Armstrong's creation is born of the Black Hills. Tough, sensitive and smart, Julie Collins is a welcome addition to the private eye genre. In BLOOD TIES she breaks all the rules." -- Stephanie Kane, Author of SEEDS OF DOUBT
." . . a fascinating tale of intrigue that will sweep you into a world of horror and suspense."
-- Clive Cussler, NY Times Bestselling author
"Lori Armstrong writes a compelling story that will hold your interest from the first page. I was glued to my chair from the prologue and couldn't stop reading until I finished it. BLOOD TIES is a roller coaster ride of danger and excitement that will have your heart pumping and your emotions twisting like a wet dish rag. I loved this book, and if you like kick-butt heroines and a fast paced mystery, you will too." -- C.Cody, www.romancejunkies.com
About the Author
Lori Armstrong is the two-time Shamus Award winning author of Snow Blind, in the Julie Collins mystery series, and No Mercy, in the Mercy Gunderson series, Blood Ties and Hallowed Ground were also Shamus Award nominees. She has won the WILLA Cather Literary Award for Hallowed Ground and was a finalist for the books Shallow Grave, No Mercy and Merciless. Shallow Grave was nominated for a High Plains Book Award. Lori is also the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romances written under the pen name Lorelei James. She lives in western South Dakota.
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Top Customer Reviews
This book has all the elements I find critical in a novel: strong relationships between characters, strong character development, and a wide range of emotions that kept me flipping pages and then re- reading the book to make sure I got it all. This is an absolute must read, and you won't be disappointed. Fortunately, there are more books in the series and you will devour each and every one of them over and over again.
I found Lori Armstrong, searching for Lorelei James books, and was not disapointed. When I met Julie and Kevin, I had only read the Rough Riders series (by Lorelei James), but part of what I love about Lorelei/Lori's writing is the fluidity in conversations and flawless story-telling, and these series has both.
Blood ties is the first of four books in the series, that only get better as you go!
Later on in the series, the "Blondie/Martinez" relationship had me laughing out loud at times. These two (along with Kevin, Jimmer, Big Mike, the "Julie Collins Fan Club" and the rest of the reacurring characters) make me wish there were more books in this series.
Go for it!
The actual mystery in Blood Ties in my honest opinion was not all that interesting. You have a dead little girl and the main characters are trying their hardest to figure out who done it. The saving grace of Blood Ties is the introduction of Julie Collins as the "apprentice" private investigator to Kevin Wells. You see, Julie is not one of those typical goody good girls who say the right things at the right time and mind their manner. Julie is a 34 year old blonde who likes to drink a lot of beers, smoke a lot of cigarettes, and likes to have sex a whole lot. She is witty, has a loud mouth, thinks herself as "hardcore" and doesn't mind getting into trouble to get the information she wants. However, she also has a soft side and it's hilarious reading about her battling the emotions inside her head. Some readers might find her to be too obscene and whatnot but I enjoy it so much and I hope she doesn't change at all! I find myself laughing time and time again whenever Julie thinks of witty comments in her head. She's one of those girls whose guaranteed to be someone you know of personally. She portrays the tough, loud mouth chick on the outside and as if nothing can scare her but in reality, she's just as scared and afraid of the dread called loneliness as everyone else.
Throughout the book, you're trying to guess who killed little Samantha. Her dad? The sneezy lawyer? A reverend? It's your typical cliche type of mystery book and although you can take a stab at the killer, you'll probably be wrong in the end. The one thing I don't like about these mystery endings is that yes, although no one could have seen or guessed the killer, the author left us no choice because she herself doesn't get into the details of it throughout the book and just throws it in our face in the end. I consider that somewhat cheap because although the explanation makes sense, the author doesn't give enough clues or hints as to having that possible outcome in the book. Me personally, I can't consider that your classic mystery "shocker" at all.
In the end, Blood Ties is a fantastic time killer of a mystery book. Not too long and not too short. The mystery part itself is lacking but the character of Julie Collins should keep you entertained. Unless of course, you don't dig her sort of character and if you don't, then I recommend you to stop reading immediately because Julie will be in your face throughout the book. The good thing is you won't be missing anything special here story wise so do skip the book without any guilt. I'm hoping the second book in the Julie Collin series incorporates a much more interesting mystery plot line and ending because the author definitely got the character locked down. All she needs from my viewpoint is a better mystery plot.
Ms. Armstrong does a great job in giving us flawed, yet likeable characters to round out the cast of Blood Ties. I found the plot interesting(I won't rehash it since others have), the resolution believable and realistic. Real life isn't always black or white, right or wrong; something Julie finds out by the end of this book.
I got Blood Ties as a free Kindle download last fall. It was the first mystery I had read by Lori Armstrong, and wasn't sure what to expect. I held off on reading it right away, saving it for an upcoming plane trip. Once I started it, I couldn't put it down! I took any small window of opportunity during my trip to read more, even just a couple of pages. I was definitely hooked and purchased the other three books in the series. It is my fervent hope that Ms. Armstrong will be able to continue this series in the future. I, for one, am very interested in seeing where she can take these characters.
I love a good mystery! Blood Ties gave me enough redirections that I honestly had myself second guessing the who-done-it part. The beginning of the story was hard for me to get into but I am glad I stuck it out for the whole story. As the story continued, I found myself wanting to know more about the characters. I am looking forward to reading more in this series.