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Kiss & Tell (A Charlene Taylor Mystery Book 1) Kindle Edition
With the death of her father…
Officer Charlene Taylor has received her dream promotion—working Homicide with the LAPD. Her first case is the high-profile murder of Ken Anderson, a playboy UCLA professor with a haunted past. A mafia kingpin, billionaire tycoon, cheated wife and jaded lover are only a few on a long list of suspects, all with motive and opportunity.
…all hope of reconciliation is lost.
Not only does she feel the pressure from media and her boss to solve her first case, but Charlene must also deal with her father’s murderer, the “Celebrity Slayer,” a serial killer who enjoys baiting her with his knowledge of her life and routines.
Can a rookie detective work two high-profile cases and still keep her sanity?
Reviews for Kiss & Tell
“Luke Murphy scores big with this deep psychological thriller.” —Tim Green, New York Times bestselling author of Unstoppable
“An intricately detailed and clever mystery featuring a tough minded but vulnerable protagonist with more than a few demons of her own.”—Christy Reece, New York Times bestselling author of Nothing To Lose
“A character driven page-turner with an interesting plot.”—Dianna T. Benson, bestselling author of The Hidden Son
“A first-rate police procedural. Hang on. You’ll have fun.”—James Thayer, author of The House of Eight Orchids
About the Author
- ASIN : B07LGMR3DT
- Publisher : ANM Books; 2nd edition (December 18, 2018)
- Publication date : December 18, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2351 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 292 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #882,176 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Charlene Taylor always knew she wanted to be a cop. She was, after all, her daddy’s girl, the boy he never had. Charlene also has a close personal relationship with the bottle. Her drinking habit fills her with self-loathing, which makes her a likable character, a believable character.
In this tale, Charlene is finally promoted to a detective in the Homicide-Robbery division, which has been her goal. She finds herself in a man’s world, having the need to prove herself. The HR unit is working on the Celebrity Slayer case, her own father’s case, as well as the case of a murdered professor.
This is book one in Mr. Murphy’s Charlene Taylor series. After reading this one, I moved right into book two, Rock-A-Bye Baby. I was interested to see if his tone carried over into this second book. It did.
The book description gives a sneak preview: ‘Officer Charlene Taylor has received her dream promotion—working Homicide with the LAPD. Her first case is the high-profile murder of Ken Anderson, a playboy UCLA professor with a haunted past. A mafia kingpin, billionaire tycoon, cheated wife and jaded lover are only a few on a long list of suspects, all with motive and opportunity.
Not only does she feel the pressure from media and her boss to solve her first case, but Charlene must also deal with her father’s murderer, the “Celebrity Slayer,” a serial killer who enjoys baiting her with his knowledge of her life and routines. Can a rookie detective work two high-profile cases and still keep her sanity?’
Now, if that’s not enough to get your curiosity juices flowing, I don’t know what will. But if you want to find out what happens, you’ll just have to turn the pages for yourself! However, I will say it was well worth the read. It’s my second time reading this author and I must say I was very impressed yet again.
The story had every element a good story should have. A solid plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well-illustrated scenes that make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that’s something I really look for in a good book.
I enjoyed the story, character development, and dialogue. There were plenty of plot twists that I didn’t see coming and that added to the book’s mystique. When I stopped reading to work, I found myself wondering what happened in the book, and replaying parts of the novel in my head to see if I could figure more out. It has been a while since I enjoyed a book this much.
This was a fascinating and captivating read that had me immersed from the beginning. The story flowed from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling. There are plenty of attention-grabbing moments in this page turner that will take the reader on a gripping journey. Five stars.
Charlene Taylor is a cop, following in her father's footsteps. She feels she is the 'boy' her father always wanted. It isn't until he's murdered and she has a chance to speak with her mother and sister to realize how much he loved all of them. Directly after her father's funeral, Charlene is promoted to Detective and is on her first rookie case, a high-profile murder victim, Ken Anderson. Professor Anderson turns out to be a lot more than just a college professor and Charlene and her partner, along with a few other members of the force, are trying to find the truth in this case AND in the case of a serial killer, The Celebrity Slayer...who seems to have an unhealthy interest in Charlene. Will she figure out the truth before it is too late???
GREAT BOOK - I'm looking forward to the 2nd in the series, I've already ordered it.
I really enjoyed this book and give Luke Murphy a 5 out of 5 stars for “Kiss and Tell’. I gave this book a high rating because the story was fast paced, intense, kept me guessing and honestly, I just did not want to put it down. The Protagonist Charlene Taylor is tough and smart but not perfect. Her inner struggles and personality make her seem realistic and raw, especially considering her line of work. The scenes were descriptive to the point where I as the reader felt I was there and could taste or feel what was happening. This book is part of a series and I cannot wait to get my hands on book 2. I think this book would appeal to anyone who enjoys a good Thriller, Mystery or Suspense Novel.