Ties That Bind: A gripping crime thriller full of heart-pounding twists

· Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
477 reviews
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Grab a badge and a gun and strap in for an absolutely gripping ride that’s “full of suspense from the beginning to the end…” (Readers Abode)


She could feel him watching her… Though every time she turned to look, there was no one there. The rest of the world thought she was going crazy—until it was too late.


When Laura Saunders is found strangled in her home with a man’s necktie, Detective Madison Knight is assigned the case. Her sergeant at the Stiles Police Department wants her to conclude it was an isolated incident and move on with the investigation, but Madison’s not the type to cave under pressure.


Madison is haunted by certain inexplicable clues at the crime scene, including the presence of a mysterious photograph. She believes the picture may somehow tie into the murder, but before she can dig into it, another woman’s body is discovered in a local park. Heather Nguyen was also murdered with the same brand of necktie that had been used on Laura.


On the surface, there doesn’t seem to be anything beyond the way they were killed that connects the women. But as Madison delves into the lives of the victims, she unravels a web of deceit and betrayal and lays bare decades of deadly family secrets.


Edging closer to the truth, Madison’s quite sure at least one more woman is slated to die. But can Madison piece all the clues together in time to save her?


A gripping crime thriller full of heart-pounding twists. Perfect for fans of Robert Dugoni, J.D. Robb, and Lisa Regan.

Readers love Ties That Bind:


“Arnold has written one of the best female cops that I’ve ever read… Madison is just one of those characters that will stay with you.” Harlie’s Books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


“A good detective story with lots of twists and turns and an unexpected ending.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

This is one heck of a mystery!” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

“Brace yourself for the ending! I didn't see that one coming.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

“I loved Madison Knight and her sassy dialogue.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

“I found myself unable to stop reading this book.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

“A must-read for the mystery fan.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

“So many twists and turns I never saw the ending coming!” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

“A solid police procedure mystery.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

“If you like true suspense, this is a book to read.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

Like watching an award-winning police drama in my mind.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

“Intriguing, suspenseful, and full of surprises!” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

Well-written and researched on police procedures.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

It was very difficult to set this book aside to do something else.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 

“From the moment I began reading this book, I was hooked.” ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐  

Ratings and reviews

477 reviews
Cheryl Earle
March 28, 2016
This is the first book that I've read by this author. I give it 3.5 stars.The book was certainly fast paced & punchy with a great plot, but I didn't feel really invested in the characters. I'm sure this type of writing is closest to reality as far as police procedurals go, but the characters seem very flawed as people - there wasn't a lot to like of them. I am prepared to give this author another go & have downloaded a later novel in the series. Hopefully this will show more developed characters.
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Hannah Cartwright
September 21, 2016
I don't know what to make of this book. I didn't warm to the main character at all, I almost didn't want her to solve the murder. However this isn't a reflection of the writing style, which I thought was good. Overall the book did make me think, although I thought the twist a little far fetched I still enjoyed the read. I would give this a solid 7/10 and may read others in the series too.
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Patricia B
April 7, 2018
Realistic police drama/mystery, I was hooked by the end of the first page! I can also relate to the lead, Detective Knight, as a strong, some say stubborn, woman who thinks the only way to complete a task is by being thorough, and the lifestyle choices hit home too! As the daughter of a retired detective, the portrayal of that dance between the odd on-call hours, career, and family was too realistic! It's not always easy, but those who serve are worth the extra bit of patience and understanding! Great job Ms. Arnold!
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Book Series by Carolyn Arnold:

Detective Madison Knight

Brandon Fisher FBI

Detective Amanda Steele

Matthew Connor Adventure

Sara and Sean Cozy Mystery

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has several continuing fiction series and has many published books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy mysteries, police procedurals, and thrillers to action adventures. Her crime fiction series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining. This led to her adopting the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives near London, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two beagles.

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