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…?
Some detectives love to work alone. They don’t like to delegate because they don’t feel like others can do the job in the best possible way.
When Amanda Steele was forced to work with a partner, she was not a happy camper. Working as a detective is dangerous and it’s always better when there is someone to have your back.
Little by little she starts to realise she can trust her partner Trent and she knows he will do everything he can to put the culprits behind bars and protect people. Their relationship develops from partnership to friendship.
Amanda is the leading lady and the author has already revealed quite some details about her private life. I would love to get to know Trent a bit more too. Maybe that’s something the author will regale us with in the next book(s).
There are lots of suspects in this case and lots of different reasons why they would have killed. I had picked one too. Did I win the gold medal this time or did I, once more, miss the boat completely?
Amanda must stay focused on the case while her personal life is in turmoil too. And why is Sergeant Malone not being the Sergeant Malone Amanda knows?
A lot to deal with and now she is happy to have a partner to stand by her.
I loved it. 5 stars
Thank you, Carolyn Arnold and Bookouture
About the author
Carolyn Arnold was born in a small Canadian 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. As an international bestselling and award-winning author, she has several continuing fiction series, including her popular Detective Madison Knight series. She offers readers nearly three dozen published books in genres ranging from crime thrillers and hard-boiled mysteries to cozy mysteries and action adventures. She currently lives north of London, Ontario, with her husband and two beagles.