Black Orchid Girls: A completely nail-biting and gripping crime thriller

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11 reviews

About this ebook

The first rays of sun filter through the tall trees, casting a faint light on the girl lying at the water’s edge. Her tears have frozen on her pale face, a black orchid rests against her cold white skin.

When hikers find the body of a beautiful young girl on the banks of the Potomac River, Detective Amanda Steele is shaken and confused. What is the significance of the delicate flower resting on the girl’s torso? A sign of affection, or a twisted killer’s calling card?

The girl is Chloe Somner, a local nineteen-year-old ecology student well-known to the park rangers and loved by all her classmates. Searching Chloe’s home, Amanda can’t work out who could have tempted her to the water in the early hours of the morning, but a long night hunting through cold cases gives her a possible lead: twenty years ago another local girl was murdered, a red rose left on her body. But why would this killer strike again now?

Focused on the past, the last thing Amanda expects is the news that Chloe’s roommate has been found dead, another black orchid left. Terrified that more innocent victims will follow, can Amanda uncover the significance of the flowers and stop this cold-hearted killer before he returns for the next orchid girl…?

A totally compulsive crime thriller! Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine.

Readers love the Detective Amanda Steele series:

OMG YES. This was an amazing book… I couldn’t put it down… Best book I read this year.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My heart is still beating fast! Wow!! By far, one of the best thrillers I’ve read in a long time!” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“I ended up devouring the entire book in just one sitting… I was completely pulled into this one and found myself completely unable to put this down.” Little Miss Book Lover 87 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

If there was a way to give more than 5 stars, I would! This book is amazing!” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“What a great book! I read it in one day and had so many twists and turns I never saw the ending coming!” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wow! Could not put this down. So many twists and surprises.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this book!” NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I LOVED this book… An engrossing page-turner and that ending, phew I didn’t see that coming at all!!! Can’t wait for the next in the series.” NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I already can’t wait for the next one! This one pulls you in from the very beginning… The mystery is full of action and twistsI absolutely did not see that ending coming.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Compulsive, compelling and enthralling… I became completely riveted… Intrigue to compel you to read through the night.” Avid Reader’s Retreat ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ratings and reviews

11 reviews
Leila Brenner
February 16, 2022
I have missed Amanda and Trent and all their crime solving! There is something in the air and I am starting to think it’s not just murder! Carolyn Arnold is one of my favorite mystery writers! She leaves me hanging on and guessing until the very end and let me tell you; Black Orchid Girls was no different. I thought I had our suspect pegged from the get-go, but wow! We had a lot of clues, plenty of suspects, and a crime that just kept on giving… and may have given long before now! Carolyn Arnold has the most fabulous way of putting you right there with Amanda and Trent – immersing you in the crime scene while you work through the puzzle of determining who the killer is. Each book in the Detective Amanda Steele series can be read as a stand alone without too much confusion, but they really have been a treat to read together and in order. Carolyn does an amazing job at bringing new readers up to date if you missed passed books, but I will tell you now; once you start one, you’re going to want to go back and read the others. They really are that good!
March 11, 2022
This is the fourth in the Amanda Steele series by author Carolyn Arnold, and it lives up to all my expectations. This is a gritty mystery with folks who feel like family and friends, a well-disguised mystery, and again taking place in Prince William County in several small towns there, bedroom communities to Washington DC. Amanda is a homicide detective for Prince Williams County Police Department. She and her partner Trent Stenson are investigating the death of a college girl found stabbed several times in the Leesylvania Park on the bank of the Potomac River. This death has similar quirks in the positioning of the nude carefully cleaned body, the flower placed on the chest, to one about 20 years ago and remembered well by older members of the police force. Amanda desperately needs this to NOT be another serial killer. She has a lot going on in her personal life, including the potential adoption of Zoe Parker, the six-year-old she rescued in a previous tale. Zoe has wormed her way into Amanda's heart and life despite Amanda's resistance to giving anyone else a piece of her after the death of her husband and daughter several years ago. She needs time with Zoe as they work to become a family together. Then the second girl is found, also stabbed multiple times, cleaned meticulously, and posed nude with a black orchid on her chest. And all bets are off.
Kirsty Whitlock
February 12, 2022
BLOG TOUR REVIEW Review for 'Black Orchid Girls' by Carolyn Arnold. Read and reviewed via NetGalley for Carolyn Arnold, Bookouture publishers and Bookouture anonymous Publication date 10th February 2022. This is the third book I have read by this author. It is also the fourth book in the 'Detective Amanda Steele' series but can be read as a standalone. I have previously read 'Stolen Daughters' which I also highly recommend and is the second book in the 'Detective Amanda Steele' series and 'The Silent Witness' which is the third book in the 'Detective Amanda Steele' series. I was originally drawn to this book by its eye catching stunning cover and its intriguing synopsis and title. The synopsis stated that this book is 'A totally compulsive crime thriller! Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine ' I am a huge fan of Lisa Regan so am looking forward to seeing if this lives up to this statement. I am also a huge fan of Carolyn and if this is half

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