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Ties That Bind: A Madison Knight Novel Paperback – June 8, 2011
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--The Kindle Book Review
"Ties That Bind is a fast paced, detective novel introducing readers to Police Detective Madison Knight... fast paced, solid detective novel."
--Writing in Shadows
Praise for Madison Knight
"Arnold had me hooked from the very first page of Ties That Bind and the reason for that was Madison Knight. Madison is an unconventional and feisty heroine and from her first appearance, grumpily eating a chocolate bar for breakfast, I adored her."
--E.L. Lindley, Author of Don't Look Back
"Madison is a kick-ass detective who was fearless, strong-willed and tenacious."
--Totally Addicted to Reading
"Because of the strong, intelligent, gutsy Madison Knight, this series is my favorite..."
"Detective Madison Knight...a seriously tough cookie but rightfully so. Madison had been through a lot in her life... Not only that but since she is the only female detective within the department, she has to prove herself even more and her every move is watched to the most minute detail."
--Nanette's Book Whore-ish Obsessions
"Madison is an amazing character. She follows her gut instinct and doesn't just accept the easy answer especially when she is sure there is more to the story than can be seen."
--Tammy's Tea Time
"Madison's character is extremely well-written and realistic. She encompasses what all women should strive to become-an independent thinker, strong-willed, dedicated, hardworking..."
"Detective Madison Knight is very capable in more ways than one. She is career orientated and won't let anything or anyone stand in the way of her current case."
--2 Girls Who Love Books
"Madison is a detective in the major crimes division; she is an extremely tough no nonsense cop. She doesn't care if she comes across as rude or abrupt; her main focus is finding the killer, even if she has so many obstacles along the way, including her own boss."
--The Reading Cafe
"Madison needs to work harder than the rest as she is a female in a male-dominated world. But she is very good at what she does... She is dedicated and really cares... It is a breath of fresh air when you have a kick a** female as a lead."
Testimonials from Law Enforcement
"Ties That Bind was great.I've been a police officer for 30 years and I found it pretty authentic. Can'twait to read the next one."
--Don Lay, Arson Investigator, VillaPark Police Dept, Illinois
"I thrive on rich characters and TiesThat Bind did a superb job of capturing the law enforcement partnerrelationship."
--Kevin Johnson, Sergeant (Ret.), Minneapolis, MN
"Usually it's hard for me to read cop books without picking them apartbut once I started this one I couldn't put it down. Ties That Bind was more realistic than anything I've ever read andfor the entire book I felt like it was me. The way Carolyn wrote Madisondescribes me and the way I work and even my personal life to a t. I have neverfelt more connected to a character. Thank you for creating something so real."
--Deputy Rebecca Hendrix, LeFlore CountySheriff's Department, Poteau, Oklahoma
From the Author
Murder. Investigation. The pursuit of justice. Team up with hard-boiled detective Madison Knight and her partner as they follow the clues in search of justice for murder victims.
This is the perfect book series for fans of Law & Order, CSI, Blue Bloods, Rizzoli & Isles, Women's Murder Club,and Hawaii Five-O.
Read this series in any order or follow it from the beginning.
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(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.
The other thing that was very distracting was the hot and cold relationship between Madison and her partner, Terry. Their dialogue and banter was so badly done (and sometimes totally inappropriate in terms of timing) that I couldn't believe it. I was also very confused when Madison said Terry was named after the casanova character in the film An Affair to Remember (this would be the part played by Cary Grant -- Nicky Ferrante); but somehow, the name Terry McKay comes up (which is the character played by Deborah Kerr). So how does this relate to Terry, the cop, if he's likened to a casanova? Nicky Ferrante was the casanova in the film, not Terry McKay. I know this is being picky, but if the author is going to confuse the reader like this, better to leave the whole thing out, or get her facts straight.
Finally, the actual reaction of the characters to what was happening in the story was many times unrealistic, making the story unbelievable and shallow.
It's a real pity the author made all these mistakes, and after having read the many negative reviews that repeat what I've said here (at least, I'm assuming she read them), she didn't pull the novel out of circulation and do a proper and full edit, plus develop the characters and give them some depth. She simply left the novel as is.
I know an author can't please everyone, and so one or two negative reviews are always expected, but these many are definitely a sign that something is wrong, especially when a novel is badly written and full of grammatical errors. It's one thing to have negative reviews because readers didn't like the story (after all, it might not be their "cup of tea"), but it's another thing when the negative reviews allude to bad writing, bad grammar and lack of character development.
Even though Ties That Bind (A Madison Knight Novel) is lighter in mood, with laugh-out-loud vignettes of humor, it's just as interesting and well-written as "Eleven." This author certainly knows proper crime procedures and gets right into the action from the very first page.
Talk about getting hooked on a book! With an opening line like: "Someone died every day. Madison was left to make sense of it," who wouldn't? In other words, Carolyn Arnold is so adept with her scenes and pacing she grabbed me from the "git-go."
The book opens with the main character, Detective Madison Knight, investigating a crime scene where a woman is strangled with a designer necktie. At first she deducts it's an isolated incident, but when another woman's body is found strangled by the same brand of necktie, the case heats up.
And the case isn't the only thing heating up: Madison, true to her feisty, outspoken nature, defies her superiors who are eager to close the case, even if it means putting an innocent man behind bars. And when her partner, Terry Grant, seems more interested in saving his marriage than getting the job done, he gets a dose of her scorching tongue too. But nothing will stop this strong, determined detective in her quest to find the killer, even if she has to do it alone.
Is Madison in danger of losing her job because of her fierce independence and defiance of authority? Why do they disregard the valid clues she finds? Could it be political shenanigans? Does her partner help or hinder her? How does she keep her cool when unexpected things happen, like faulty lab equipment and missing evidence? But most important, who is the killer, why does he "pose" the victims, and how can they find him before he kills again?
And in a lighter vein, what does Madison's all-too-real obsession with chocolate and her partner's focus on cute, cuddly puppies have to do with anything?
Well, you'll find out when Carolyn Arnold answers these questions and more, while skillfully weaving a realistic crime story loaded with likable main characters surrounded by not-so-likable superiors and evil villains. And you'll love the light-hearted "fisticuffs" between Madison and Grant; just the kind of partners who enjoy each other, but know when to be serious and when to lighten up.
Arnold delivers clean, crisp writing that flows throughout the entire story. I couldn't put this exciting book down, so I raced to the very satisfying, yet realistic, ending. I truly related to Madison; she brings to mind another feisty heroine that I adore: Natasha Chamberlain from the "Bodyguard" series by Christy Tillery French.
I highly recommend this novel and all the works of the very talented Carolyn Arnold. I'm delighted to report that the second book in this series, Justified (A Madison Knight Novel), is now available. Can't wait to read it and get to know our independent heroine a lot better. I wonder what she's up to now?
Endnote: Some reviewers complained about a few question marks that seem like typos and other similar "errors." While punctuation errors and carelessness bother me, too, these didn't interrupt the reading flow at all. I tend to be a bit more lenient with e-Books because I understand the complexities of their formatting. Believe me, errors like this are a problem with formatting and not the author's lack of knowledge. Hopefully, everyone will solve the formatting issues soon. Meanwhile, reviewers must learn to distinguish between true errors and formatting...what with hypertext and other things coming into play with e-Books. Thanks for your attention.
Reviewed by Betty Dravis, February 15, 2012
Author of award-winning "1106 Grand Boulevard"