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Murder List (Buchanan-Renard #4)

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There are few authors who can weave nail-biting thrills, edge-of-your-seat drama, and romantic suspense as masterfully as Julie Garwood. Now she ratchets up the tension with Murder List, in which evil is on the hunt– and proves to be methodically organized and chillingly successful.

When Chicago detective Alec Buchanan is offered a prime position with the FBI, it is the per
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Paperback, 425 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by Ballantine Books (first published 2004)
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Chumchum_88
May 09, 2015 Chumchum_88 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
This series keeps getting better and better ^^

- The couple in here didn't have any appearance in the previous book but they certainly had their presence in here. The couple also reminded me of the Regency Romance books, her all polite and elegant, him with his messy appearance and rakish attitude, which I liked it was a cute combination.

- Also I noticed that the difference in here was that even though as usual we get to know the villains thoughts throughout the story and still get surprised at t
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Julianna
Mar 30, 2008 Julianna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Romantic Suspense, Julie Garwood
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It's been a really long time since I've read one of Julie Garwood's romantic suspense novels, since before I started writing reviews to be exact. Murder List was a pretty good read, and about on par with what I remembered of the other books in the Buchanan series, but not quite up to the caliber of some other romantic suspense authors I've read more recently. Having a killer on the loose, who seems to be obsessing on the heroine, worked reasonably well from a suspense/thr
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Laura V.
3,5/5
No estuvo mal, no tanto como pensé que sería, eso sí.
Aunque los protas tardan lo suyo en conocerse, y aunque me habla de una química que no pude llegar a ver entre ambos cuando empiezan a enamorarse, no se hizo largo.
El tema del asesino parece casi un chiste, porque él no quiere matarla y le da su tiempito para que siga con vida.
La autora me habla de una convivencia de tres semanas, en las que Alec y Regan se gustan, se atraen y se quieren. Después de eso, ellos viven como si fueran mejore
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Carrie
I enjoy Julie Garwood's contemporary romantic suspense. The Murder List was no exception, although it wasn't her best effort.

The plot has something in common with Linda Howard's Mr. Perfect, although without the humor of Howard's book. In both books several female friends end up making lists, and the list puts people in danger. In The Murder Room, the danger centers on Regan Madison, a hotel heiress who made the Murder List as part of a self-help guru's "cleansing" exercise. The list is suppose
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Barbara
Jan 04, 2012 Barbara rated it liked it
Three wealthy, successful twenty-something women living in Chicago - Regan, Sophie, and Cordie - decide to take down a scheming 'motivational speaker' who fleeces rich, lonely women. To get a bead on him they sign up for his seminar. One of the seminar exercises is to write a list of people you want gone, a 'murder list', which is immediately destroyed. Regan is seriously annoyed with several people, so she writes down their names. She then leaves the seminar before destroying her list. In the s ...more
Catalina
Apr 24, 2013 Catalina rated it did not like it
Let me begin by saying that I did not take note that this was a "#4" in a series and have not read numbers 1, 2 & 3. And I never will. I listened to this on audiobook while traveling which would explain why I actually finished it: I had no other options. I found myself wondering if perhaps the slow, unappealing reading by the voice actor was the source of my hatred of this book, but after further thought I came to the conclusion that the dialogue and plot description really were JUST THAT AW ...more
Astraycat
I prefer Murder List to Killjoy because this story has less annoying dialogues among minor roles, which always make me skip some pages, what's worse, it often occurs when the danger is coming.

The interaction among Regan and her two good friends are funny, I'd like to read if there is more stories about the other two friends' stories.
Jackie Lane
Jan 26, 2015 Jackie Lane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a difference it makes when you read a series in order. I initially read this book not realizing it was part of a series and was just meh about it.

Now, having read it in the order it was written, I absolutely loved it. It was suspenseful, I knew the characters and have come to love them and enjoyed spending time with Regan and Alec. Being able to see the progression of the story made this a much better read for me. I knew how it was going to end, but still thought it was a really good book.
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Kirsten *Make Margaret Atwood Fiction Again!"
Been on a Julie Garwood streak of late. Her new contemporaries are very good. But then her historicals always were as well.

This is part of a larger series and part of the subset involving the three friends Cordie, Regan, and Sophie. This is Regan's story.

An engaging romance with a very solid mystery-suspense plot. I will probably have to read this again some time. It's that enjoyable.
Nonieღserenity2bliss
Jan 06, 2013 Nonieღserenity2bliss rated it it was amazing
I like the mystery more than I like the romance. But I have to say that the banter between Regan and Alec was better than the others in the series. Maybe because they are a complete opposite with Regan's an heiress and Alec is more of a rough-on-the-edge kind of guy.
Sheila Myers
Mar 13, 2016 Sheila Myers rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense
More romance than mystery. By the title and synopsis, I thought I'd be reading a crime novel with a little romance thrown into the mix. Even though "Murder List" wasn't what I was expecting, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.
Wendy
I loved reading this book! Alec is my kind of hero. This is another of Julie Garwoods best. Check it out if you want some exciting romance in your life.
Cruth
Author: Julie Garwood
First published: 2004
Length: 425 pages
Setting: Contemporary. Chicago.
Sex: Explicit but not until the end.
Hero: Chicago Dective, soon-to-be FBI
Heroine: Hotel Heiress

Enjoyable. Complex plot. Interesting characters. Good lead in to Regan's BFFs' stories (Fire and Ice for Sophie and Fast Track for Cordie). Still on the stronger plots from early in the series with less emphasis on sex, more relationship and mystery driven where anyone could have done it.

3.5 stars rounded down.

Gar
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Book Binge
Jan 21, 2011 Book Binge rated it really liked it
After not caring for Killjoy, which is the book before this book, I didn't think I'd care for any of Garwood's contemporaries but unlike everyone else, I really enjoyed the Buchanan books. I love the Buchanan family and though her contemporaries can't hold a candle to her historicals, I still like reading these books from time to time. Somebody dropped this book off on the office "get rid of these books for me" bookshelf. I saw it and couldn't help myself.

In this book, Alec Buchanan made me go a
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LailaBC
Detective Alec Buchanan is a cop based in Chicago and because his superior was displeased with him he gave him a bodyguard duty to one Regan Hamilton Madison, a hotel heiress. Regan in my opinion is too sweet and polite for her own good. She can be such a push over i didn't like that. Other people were very rude to her and she can't get herself to even defend herself and put them in their place. Seriously, I want her to have mean streak in her too when people take advantage of her sweet nature. ...more
Mojca
Hotel heiress Regan Madison life turns for the worst when she agrees to join her two best friends in a scheme to nail a self-named help guru that schemes lonely, depressed women in giving him their life savings. The three join his seminar in hopes of collecting proof against him, but things are never that simple.

The seminar‘s first exercise is to compile a so-called murder list, a list of people you want erased from your radar. Regan, thinking it might be fun, compiles the list.

What started as a
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Rita Carvalho
This book is more about the mystery and the crime than the romance and I was a bit disappointed because of that, but I loved it anyway.

The prologue made me laugh really hard. Regan was very funny as a child. The conversation she had with her brothers about the girl at school who was tormenting her and her friends was hilarious and though they were exasperated, it was obvious they cared very much for her.

I love Regan's brothers because they were really good with her and loved her very much, but t
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Ns
Jul 14, 2010 Ns rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Newly discovered, Julie Garwood is fast becoming my go to author for romantic suspense. Murder List pertains to such genre and delivers not only intrigue, romance but a great plot to support it.

Sure, at face value the premise merely detail a handsome detective (soon to be FBI agent), Alec Buchanan, whose task is to protect beautiful heiress, Regan Madison Hamilton. Sounds familiar? Cliche, perhaps? That was my initially impression as well and aspects of the story were that but many more importa
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Amanda
Jul 24, 2010 Amanda rated it it was amazing
This is book 4 in the Buchanan series, about Alec Buchanan and Regan Hamilton. First off I thought I wasn't going to like Regan but as the book progressed my first assumption was completely wrong. Regan turned out to be a perfect heroine at least to me. I really liked Alec as well but what I found in this book was that it was mostly all about Regan. That fact didn't bother that much but I did think it was a little odd. I had stated in my review of Killjoy that I thought it was all about the Susp ...more
Christine
Feb 01, 2012 Christine rated it it was ok
I found the pace of this book to be too slow for a suspense-thriller. The danger level felt low, despite the fact that a determined killer was after the heroine. The whole "murder list" setup took quite a few chapters. (Basically -- Reagan makes a "murder list" as a seminar exercise for some quack she and her friends are trying to expose as a fraud, and then the killer gets ahold of it.)

Actually, here's the problem: The two main characters didn't do much acting. This was more a book of reactions
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Swati
Jan 14, 2012 Swati rated it really liked it
Murder List by Julie Garwood is a entertaining romantic suspense novel. The basic plot like many other novels remains the same - a beautiful heiress Regan Madison Hamilton needs police protection as she is the center of attention of a maniac killer, and Detective Alec Buchanan steps in to play bodyguard for Regan.

Although the plot is quite expected of a romantic suspense novel, the characters are beautifully created and each holds their own in the story. The main leads - Alec and Regan were some
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Kellie
Jan 31, 2009 Kellie rated it really liked it
It took me a while to get into this book, bot by any fault of the author, more like work, kids and life in general. Once I got "involved," however, I had it read in a night.

Regan Madison goes to a conference with her two best friends. Their intent is to expose the scumbag "quack" psychologist, for the murdering, con-artist they believe him to be. The quack instructs the group to compose a list of names...names that would make life easier if they vanished from the list maker's life. Regan thinks
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Trudy
Jun 29, 2008 Trudy rated it really liked it
This book as well as a couple more by this author have been on my shelf for a couple of years now. A friend recently read another book by this author and raved about it, so I started reading them. The books I have read so far seem to follow the lives of the Buchanan brothers. I like the continuity of characters through the different books and I like the light romance with mystery intertwined.

In this book Alec has decided his future is in Boston with the FBI and immediately after turning in his r
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Kate
Apr 11, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it
Despite the other reviews, I liked it and would definitely read other books in this series. I have a feeling the first four books were about Alec Buchanans other siblings in Boston...

The dialog did have annoying points though, where it went on for too long or the sentences uttered were slightly out of character. Garwood also has this habit of, in a split second, making something happen all of a sudden with no explanation. I found myself saying, wait, what..., reading back and realizing she made
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Marilyn
Apr 05, 2010 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
Hotel heiress Regan Hamilton Madison is flirting with danger. She agrees to help a journalist friend expose Dr. Lawrence Shields, a shady self-help guru who may have been responsible for the death of one of his vulnerable devotees. Hoping to find some damning evidence, Regan attends a Shields seminar, where the doctor has his guests make a list of the people who have hurt or angered them over the years and asks: Would your world be a better place if these people ceased to exist? Treating the exe ...more
Darlene Wilson
Oct 28, 2014 Darlene Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder List is the fourth book in the Buchanan family series. You are probably wondering what a murder list is? Well you will have to check out the story for more.

Synopsis:
Regan is known for giving away money. It is what she does in her work for the Madison hotel. She works with various charities with the assistance of Henry. She is the only girl in the family of three brothers. One day her work is captured in the paper and a psycho starts to persue her. Meanwhile her friend Sophie is very inter
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Kelly Gravedoni
Nov 15, 2011 Kelly Gravedoni rated it really liked it
Julie Garwood is an excellent author when it comes to details. "Murder List" has such detailed descriptions of everything from clothes to people that a reader can clearly envision the story before them. One example of this is the description she gives for the main character’s school uniform. Garwood writes that the uniform was “a navy blue and gray plaid pleated skirt; a white blouse with mandatory pointed collar; a navy blue tie, knotted just like a man’s tie; and a matching gray blazer with a ...more
Linda Rawlins
Dec 26, 2013 Linda Rawlins rated it it was amazing
Detective Alec Buchanan is assigned as a bodyguard for Hamilton hotel heiress, Regan Madison when someone starts fulfilling her Murder List. She and friends set out to expose Dr. Lawrence Shields as a fraudulent self-help guru when she is asked to create a murder list, a list of people that would make her world a better place, if they ceased to exist. Suddenly, someone is killing those on Regan's list and adding additional names to the bottom. Detective Buchanan is assigned to protect her until ...more
Rene Natan
Nov 20, 2014 Rene Natan rated it it was amazing
Comment on July Garwood’s “The Murder List”

A few years back, I read The Murder List. I reread it this month. Obviously, the plot did not yield the suspense I experienced the first time. What I had the occasion to appreciate was how well the author managed to keep focus amid twists, turns, and side stories and link them all together. Almost-concurrent events are made fit into the timeline beautifully. A great novel.

I’ll include it in the seminar “Learning from the Masters” where I analyse the co
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With more than 35 million books in print and 26 NEW YORK TIMES bestsellers, Julie Garwood has earned a position among America's favorite fiction writers.

Born and raised in Kansas City, MO, Ms. Garwood attributes much of her success to growing up in a large family of Irish heritage. "The Irish are great storytellers who relish getting all of the details and nuances of every situation. Add in the fa
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Buchanan-Renard (1 - 10 of 13 books)
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  • Mercy (Buchanan-Renard, #2)
  • Killjoy (Buchanan-Renard, #3)
  • Slow Burn (Buchanan-Renard, #5)
  • Shadow Dance (Buchanan-Renard, #6)
  • Fire and Ice (Buchanan-Renard, #7)
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