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Ties That Bind (Madison Knight #1)

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  605 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Detective Madison Knight concluded the case of a strangled woman an isolated incident. But when another woman's body is found in a park killed by the same line of neckties, she realizes they're dealing with something more serious. Despite mounting pressure from the Sergeant and Chief to close the case even if it means putting an innocent man behind bars, and a partner who ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Createspace (first published 2011)
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This was okay to read but there was not much depth to the characters which was a shame as they had the potential to be very interesting. I was going to give it 2 stars, (which means I thought it was okay) but then I read this comment by the author at the end:

As for any errors you might imagine in spelling, punctuation or capitalization please accept this as the variance permitted with the existence of many conventions and styles of writing.

There are also times my characters may use incorrect gr
Notary Tim
This book has way too many typos (missing words, missing punctuation, some wrong word / punctuation choices) for a professionally written work. I don't know whether they are the result of poor editing in the ebook version on the Kindle (which is where I read this) or poor writing by the author. Who spells Sarge as Serg?

Beyond that, the motivation of Madison Knight (main character) for her behavior is too vague. Why does she keep hitting her partner on the shoulder? Why does she have such bad re
Carolyn Arnold
Dec 16, 2014 Carolyn Arnold added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
TIES THAT BIND follows Madison Knight and her partner Terry Grant, as they try and stop a potential serial killer, but it also pulls you into the forensic lab.

Similar in the investigative style to that of the acclaimed television show “Law & Order”, you follow through as if were watching the story unfold in front of you. There is limited swearing and graphic violence, and reviews have compared the writing style to JD Robb’s “In Death” series.
K J Bennett
Meet Madison Knight, ace detective. She’s on the case of a potential serial killer who has a unique method of killing people, and she encounters almost as many red herrings as a trawler man on a long fishing voyage. She has a crime fighting partner who’s a little distracted, a sergeant who’s a bigoted bully and a police chief who wants results fast.

Let me state right now that I rarely read crime fiction, and when I do it tends to be written by Colin Bateman.

For the most part, Ties That Bind is
Frederick Brooke
In her middle 30s and single, Madison Knight is a detective in the fictional city of Stiles. The department is filled with men who give her too little respect, people like her Sergeant and her Chief, paper pushers, publicity seekers. Like most procedurals, this excellent story begins with the discovery of a body.

What sets Madison apart, besides the fact that she is a woman, is that she is after the truth. As the pieces start to fall into place, the men are quickly satisfied, but not Madison. Th
Lorena Angell
Ties that bind--First off I love book titles with double meanings and this one is certainly that. This is a great read for those who enjoy detective novels and chronological play-out, oh, and the excellent twists of skilled writers. I found myself trying to guess where this book was going only to be pleasantly surprised where it went. Without giving anything away, something that stuck with me since completing the book is Detective Madison Knight's reactions to viewing the deceased women her own ...more
Bad editing ruins a book for me every time. Despite the author's attempt to attribute any errors to the readers' imagination.
Nancy Silk
"A Captivating Crime Novel"

This is a crime novel which will hold your interest right to the end. Detective Madison Knight and her partner of five years, Terry Grant, of the Stiles Police Department, are assigned to a murder investigation. This city, with a very large population has seen many severe crimes which keep the investigators extremely busy. The victim of the latest crime is 32 year old Laura Saunders, single, found naked and strangled on her bed with a Gallo & Costa silk necktie, no
C.C. Cole
"Ties That Bind" features ace career-minded heroine Madison Knight, an investigator of a homicide, but when the number of victims increase, so does the complexity of the case and the suspects. This is an easy, entertaining read, perfect for readers that follow crime dramas. The editing errors noted in the negative reviews on amazon I didn't find as a big deal and to me didn't detract from the story itself. Four stars!
Dorothy Gagnon


Exciting and thrilling novel of Madison Knight, an intelligent detective that puts her heart and soul into searching diligently for clues and prints, anything to help her and her partner bring the murderer to justice.

Many sleepless nights and intense pressure from her captain to find and end not just one murder but three, because a serial killer is still running loose. Just as they catch the suspect and are ready for a pretrial, something still doesn't seem right a
Pete Morin
I enjoyed Arnold's dialogue quite a bit, and she's knitted a nice suspenseful story, but I felt that the narrative lacked punch in places. There were some problems for me with the plot, which I shall not mention, lest I be a spoiler.

All in all, a good read.
I actually was enjoying this book, right up to the end. The plot was making sense, and both killer and motive were coming into focus. Then the author decided to play to one of the DUMBEST clichés in all writing. No spoilers here but SERIOUSLY the author just went off on a siderail and wrecked it.

Positives: the use of dialog was respectable, and carnage was handled well.

Negatives: stereotype characters ( cop with failing marriage, sexist and micromananging superior, lonely and heartbroken female
Kenneth Hoss
Carolyn Arnold pulls you into the world of Madison Knight and doesn't release you until the very end. I found myself unable to stop reading this book. A must read for the mystery fan. You will fall in love with Madison Knight.
Adrienne Testa
Comparing Madison Knight with Eve Dallas is like comparing apples and oranges. They are nothing alike, except they are women.
Madison Knight catches the case of a woman killed with an expensive silk tie, her partner Terry wants to close the case with the woman's ex boyfriend. Until two more bodies turn up. Madison continues to track the leads, talking to people until she finds the right killer. I struggled to read this story, it dragged with an uneven pace, partner issues and side tracked with un
I quit the book. It didn't capture my interest.
I have mixed feelings about this book. The story itself was good overall but…
1/ the author had her main characters fussing too much over clichés without a good explanation of why.
2/ Some dialog – who said what – was hard to follow.
3/ The author had more ways of saying people looked at each other than I’ve ever seen.
4/ I suspected the plot twist Arnold had near the end long before she revealed it.
5/ The main characters – experienced police officers – didn’t research their prime suspects beyo
Sheilagh Lee
This book a first in the Madison Knight series by Carolyn Arnold is a beginning look at the police detective and what makes her tick. As the story progresses we see the woman Madison Knight is and the lengths she goes for justice. Madison Knight is a kick –ass, hold no prisoners police detective. She has intelligence, attention to detail, charm and hard headed determination. Madison Knight is driven bound to her job and justice for the murdered victim. She like a lot of people has to fight bure ...more
Barb Lie
“Ties that Bind” is Carolyn Arnold”s first book in a possible long run series. “Ties that Bind” is about a female detective in a fictional city….Stiles. Madison Knight is the heroine of this story. Madison is a tough cop, single, in her 30’s, and is totally dedicated to her job. The story picks up very quickly, with Knight and her partner Terry immediately being pulled into a violent crime. The weapon was an expensive tie, wrapped around a woman’s neck.

Madison eats and sleeps her cases, though
Rick Bylina
Sometimes a person (or character) will just rub you the wrong way. So it is with Madison Knight in "Ties That Bind" by Carolyn Arnold for me. As a detective, Madison hates clichés as much as, well, seemingly most people. She is Kojak with a candy bar substituting for the lollypop but without the charm. Her attempts at empathy are mostly swallowed up as repetitious and muddled internal thoughts. She appears uncomfortable in her own skin, and I never knew if she was going to laugh or punch her par ...more
Ashley Fontainne
Welcome to the dark world that Detective Madison Knight is confronted with everyday. Full of sadistic, viscous criminals that possess no qualms about unleashing their demented fury on unsuspecting victims. A world traditionally dominated by men that requires a female to not only be extremely tough, but just as strong-willed and stoic as the men that she works with.

Enter Madison. A savvy detective that has the ability to roam around inside the mind of a killer yet remain untainted by the psychoti
Joanna Doster

Title: Ties That Bind (A Madison Knight Novel)
Author: Carolyn Arnold

Review By Joanna Lee Doster

Twisted Ties of Murder!

After reading the Madison Knight mystery, "Ties That Bind", I came away with the impression that Carolyn Arnold writes with tremendous precision and skill. The reader is immediately drawn in when the book begins with a mysterious murder and some puzzling and bizarre evidence that is found at the murder scene. Madison Knight and her mostly absentee partner, painstakingly try to pu
Collette Scott
From the first page to the very last, you will be on your toes.

For someone not too familiar with the workings of a police homicide investigation, this story will give you a whole new perspective on what goes on in the real world. No easy answers, not always a direct lead, oftentimes our police officials must sift through numerous lies and misleading information in what many of us would not have the patience to tackle. Ties that Bind tells a story in a methodically paced tale that you will find
Lucinda Rose
It took me a while to accept that I am indeed a mystery novel fan. I really couldn't go on denying it after ripping through it this mystery by Carolyn Arnold. Her police detective Madison Knight is a fan of Hershey bars and working herself to the bone. Like all good protagonists these days, she is faulted in an all too human way; hurt by love and life's bitter realities.

The opening lines of the novel tell it best:

Someone died every day. Madison was left to make sense of it.

Detective Madison tri
My overall feeling about the book was 8 out of 10. I would say that the editing needs to be given to someone new for her next book, someone not aquatinted with the series.
I did like the story, and I was glad that Maggie wasn't able to figure it out right away. I also like the fact that her integrity for the search of truth was more important than the Having caught someone we could almost say with 100% certainty did it. The minor points of politics in upper management was the reason she was bein
D. Leask
Jun 20, 2011 D. Leask rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to D. by: Carolyn Arnold
In a Nutshell:
Dedicated Detective Madison Knight and her partner Terry Grant find themselves in the middle of a bizarre crime scene with a rare and expensive tie as the apparent murder weapon. The usual suspects are eliminated and another body appears with the same M.O. The race is on to try to stop a murderer before he becomes a serial killler.

First Thoughts:
It starts with a great introduction of characters and you immediately get a feel for how they will interact. I think a bit of a grab right
Sandy Wolters
If you like thrilling crime dramas, this is the book for you!

TIES THAT BIND is the first book in the Madison Knight series by CAROLYN ARNOLD. This book has twists and turns that keeps the reader guessing as well as the lead character, Homicide Detective Madison Knight. This character was so much fun to read about and get to know. Throughout TIES THAT BIND, the reader is taken on a journey of clues and gut instincts from one murder to the next. I became so riveted in this investigation that I fel
Ties that bind-Madison Knight #1 Carolyn Arnold.
Madison Knight is a hard boiled homicide cop with a heavy chocolate bar addiction, and a surly disposition. She and her partner Terry are called to a scene where the victim has been strangled in her bed with an expensive necktie. All suspicion is pointed at the ex-boyfriend—and a mysterious photo of some other man planted in her room. So who did it? They don’t know as they keep arguing about it.
Victim #2-An Asian woman whose body was found openly i
Paul Fussner
Carolyn Arnold Hits this one on the Mark

If you like a good Mystery police storyline you got to read this sensational book.
I was glued to this author's story from page one, I was sure I had it figured only get totally fooled. The attention paid to the details by the lead detective in the book is mind boggling, I truly don't know how the author thought this up she knows how to create a riveting storyline. I'll definitely be reading more books by this author!
Dixie Goode
Madison Knight and her partner are dedicated, human and funny. Their job is one of trying to solve murders with obnoxious supervisors breathing down their necks and personal lives taking a backseat to the job. This time it looks like they are facing a single murder, until an exclusive neck tie is the tie that binds their victim to a couple new cases.
This is a quick, interesting mystery with enough suspense to keep it moving and characters I could care about. There are a few editing issues that
Rating 3.5 - Not bad. Two detectives in the Stiles PD hunting a serial killer. Three women murdered and the cops trying to find out who did it. Madison the women detective and Terry married male detective. They are sort of close. Madison was engaged to be married but they don't go too in detail as why that never happened. Terry her partner is having troubles at home. Both are hassled by the their superiors to get the case closed. You are given two suspects but it ain't what you think.
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Carolyn Arnold’s love for writing dates back to her teen years, but her passion was reignited in 2006 when a fellow employee said "tell me a story." Since then Carolyn has never looked back.

Carolyn Arnold published her first book, TIES THAT BIND, the first in her Madison Knight Series, in 2011 and it became a Kindle Best Seller, reaching the top 100 in Police Procedurals in the US and in the UK. H
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