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Stranger in the Room (Keye Street #2)

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Fresh from her debut, Amanda Kyle Williams delivers a second thrilling Keye Street novel, perfect for fans of Karin Slaughter and Patricia Cornwell.

That bullet was meant for you.

Summer is smoldering through Atlanta on Fourth of July weekend, as fireworks crack through the air and steam rises from the pavement on Peachtree. Private investigator and ex–FBI profiler Keye St
ebook, 320 pages
Published August 21st 2012 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2012)
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys* I'm caught up with this series. Now what the hell am I going to read? Write fast Amanda Kyle Williams.
Keye Street is probably one of my all time favorite female characters in any book. I frigging want to be her. She is an recovering alcoholic, fired FBI profiler,Krispy Kreme do-nut eating, coffee swilling, "hot mess"...and I love her. She is full of snark and tough as nails. She doesn't of course see it that way.
And well...she drives this.

This book involves her cousin Miki a troubled dr
Paula  Phillips
Aug 19, 2012 Paula Phillips rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After the recuperating blow of the serial killer turning out to be a friend in Book #1 , Keye Street has taken a step back from the world of Police and Crimes and has stuck to the nice easy work of catching bail jumpers. That is until she recieves a phone call from her cousin Miki, her cousin's house was broken into and she believes she is being stalked. As a family obligation, Keye starts to look into it but as she digs deeper into Miki's life it seems that she may have alot of enemies includin ...more
This is the second book in a series featuring private investigator Keye Street. Street is a recovering alcoholic and former profiler with the FBI. She is fast becoming one of my favorite characters in detective series fiction. She is smart and witty. She is short but not anyone to mess with. She is based in Atlanta and in this story everyone is getting ready to celebrate the 4th of July. The story opens when Keye receives a call from her cousin asking for help claiming she is being stalked. Her ...more
Mar 23, 2014 Elvan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pleasure to read. I think Stranger in the Room is even better than The Stranger you Seek. Keye Street once again aids Lt. Rauser and the APD with her profiler skills as they hunt a killer but this time it's more personal for Street when her cousin becomes a target.

Keye's real job as a PI gets front and center page time when she is asked to investigate why cement and bird seed are found instead of cremains in a customers urn. Her case is so well written it almost eclipses the murder investigat
Amy Lignor
Aug 29, 2012 Amy Lignor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book featuring Keye Street, a female detective living in Atlanta, Georgia who will remind many readers of a Kinsey Millhone (Sue Grafton’s unforgettable detective).

Keye is a woman with determination and willpower. Raised by an adoptive family, Keye has her share of upsets when it comes to dealing with a difficult relationship with her mom. An ex-cop, Keye has a few issues in her past that ejected her from the police force, so now she has her own P.I. business and is definitel
Angela Risner
Oct 24, 2012 Angela Risner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Amanda Kyle Williams' second book featuring the character of P.I. Keye Street and it does not disappoint.

Keye is just trying to live day by day, as a recovering alcoholic and a former FBI agent. She runs her own private investigation firm, with her employee Neil, who handles all of the technical details. She is still dating Aaron Rauser, a police detective with the APD.

In this book, Keye's cousin Miki arrives home one night to find a strange man in her house. She escapes and asks Keye f
Keye Street is the owner of her own business, Corporate Intelligence & Investigations. Her background in law enforcement and advanced degree in the area of criminal psychology help her with her private investigations. She sometimes also acts as a consultant for other police departments. Stranger in the Room is Amanda Kyle Williams’ second novel in the Keye Street series. This book is not as good as the first one, The Stranger You Seek, but it’s fast-paced and interesting and Keye and her par ...more
Aug 11, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stranger In the Room by Amanda Kyle Williams is a gripping suspense thriller that will leave readers longing for more great works from this author. The protagonist, Keye Street, is a private investigator in Atlanta who is caught up in two investigations while her boyfriend, a lieutenant for the Atlanta PD has his own investigation. Nothing is quite as it seems as Keye comes to find eerie coincidences among the cases that she and her boyfriend are working. Filled with an array of well-developed c ...more
Sep 08, 2012 Lindsay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
This was a 3.5 star read for me. I hadn't read the author's previous novel featuring Keye Street, the protagonist, but this book stood well on its own. While the book contained several "murder mystery" cliches (protagonist with demons from past trauma, killer after a relative of protagonist, dramatic confrontation at the end of book), they were utilized well and created a gripping read. I especially appreciated the author's style: her prose was evocative and well thought out without bringing att ...more
After reading her thriller, The Stranger You Seek, by Amanda Kyle Williams I was hoping she would continue with a series. The main reason? Her lead character, Keye Street. A PI working out of Atlanta, carrying lots of baggage, wonderfully flawed, tough and independent, Street is a welcome addition to the growing roster of women in the mystery/thriller genre. And with Williams' second novel, Stranger in The Room, readers see that Street will be around for awhile.

Street is a Chinese-American raise
Robert Carraher
Nov 03, 2012 Robert Carraher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Avoiding the sophomore jinx, Amanda Kyle Williams’, Keye Street remains the most interesting, cynically funny and smart series detective today. Keye entered the arena in last years knockout debut, The Stranger You Seek: A Novel (reviewed here). Recovered from her, and her lover’s (Atlanta PD Detective Lieutenant Aaron Rauser), near fatal battle with the serial killer known as “the Wishbone Killer”. Keye and her employee, the perpetually red-eyed high computer guru Neil, have settled back into th ...more
Lakis Fourouklas
Aug 16, 2012 Lakis Fourouklas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have first met the heroine of Stranger in the Room, PI Keye Street, in the author’s previous novel The Stranger You Seek and I really liked her.

Keye is not your usual kind of detective. She’s an ex-alcoholic, still struggling with her addiction, who used to work for the Behavioral Analysis Unit of the FBI, and has degrees both in criminology and psychology; she’s tough; and she’s street smart, stubborn and absolutely funny.

And, finally, she believes what she wants to believe, until she’s prove
Sep 15, 2012 Ethan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last year, I encountered and was delighted by the novel, The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams. Williams introduced the crime fighting detective, Keye Street, an Asian American, recovering alcoholic, female private investigator, raised by her adopted family in Atlanta, Georgia. Street was a refreshing addition to the female protagonist sub-genre of mysteries. Combining her quirky sense of humor with a startling mystery, Williams struck gold with her first novel.

In this second installment
Scott Whitmore
Aug 28, 2012 Scott Whitmore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast-paced, intense, engrossing ... a wonderfully complex and flawed main character and a colorful and interesting supporting cast working through multiple plot lines that twist, turn and demand the reader put aside whatever else they had planned to read just one more chapter ... and then another.

Stranger in the Room by Amanda Kyle Williams (@AKyleWilliams) is better than the first Keye Street book, which is hard to believe because The Stranger You Seek was exceptionally good. This time out, th
Apr 08, 2014 Bigd_041555 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book (and series). Keye Street is a very likeable character along with her main squeeze Aaron Rauser and her cat "White Trash" (gotta love the name).

Ms. Williams captures the emotions head on especially in Keye's struggle with Alcoholism and her roots.

The serial killer this time has his sights set on Keye's cousin Miki - who is full of issues to begin with - but the serial also puts Keye in his sights.

We don't learn who he actually is until much later in the book, but we do learn lo
 Candice =^,,^=
I won this book through the author and Goodreads giveaway. This is the second book from this author featuring the Private Investigator and ex FBI agent Keye Street. I have not read the first book but reading this second book i dont feel like i needed to ,to be able to " get " this book. I am now a new fan of Amanda Kyle Williams' story telling and will be reading more by her. This book is highly entertaining. I really liked the main character's personality, meaning her warmth ,sarcasm and humor. ...more
Sep 02, 2014 Ami rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another solid 3.5.

Any book that you decide you'd prefer to read on a seven-hour flight from London over watching one of the available terrible movies (and they had Godzilla!) has got to be pretty great. I started this book around hour 4 and didn't stop until I was done with it.

Keye Street, the PI/profiler/recovering alcoholic/badass, continues to be great fun. This book also deepens the backstory for tow of my favorite characters from the first book: Neil, Keye's long-suffering, pot-smoking co
Stranger in the Room was absolutely riveting - I didn't want to put it down! I think this may have been even better than the first book. Between missing ashes, booger bandit's and a stalking serial killer this book hits all the right notes, with some dark moments, some light ones all pulled together to make a highly entertaining and absorbing read.

These stories tend to follow a main plot and several subplots taking place in Keye's everyday life. The subplots in this book were just as memorable
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
Another great book by Williams in this series.
I am enjoying this series very much.
Great story building and excellent characters.
Wendy T
I loved the suspense of this novel had. Great story!
1st book of the new year and what a ride! I loved The Stranger You Seek and book two in the series was even better! The realism, the crimes, the characters, the witty dialogue, the addictions.... all top notch quality. Gritty, stalking topic with a heavy dose of psychology and FBI profiling. Keye, once in the BAU department for the FBI is now a private eye and she is re-building her life after it went down the tubes from drinking. Still a recovering addict and she still wants to drink, a reality ...more
Sep 30, 2012 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 out of 5 stars - Georgia on my mind!

I was lucky enough to read the debut novel by Amanda Kyle Williams, [[ASIN:0553808079 The Stranger You Seek: A Novel]], when it first came out last year and so was eager to review this one.

You can almost see, feel, and taste Georgia in this novel! The descriptions of the area --the details about the weather, the food -- make my senses soar and my mouth water for some good southern-style cooking. Keye Street is a quirky new character in the genre of suspen
Jun 29, 2012 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, arc
Stranger In the Room is Amanda Kyle Williams’s second book featuring Keye Street. The book starts out with Keye’s niece, Miki, facing an intruder in her home. Miki immediately calls Keye for help and Keye is leery after all of Miki’s past issues. While Keye is trying to figure out what is going on at Miki’s house, she gets hired to find a bail jumper. Miki joins her on the hunt and chaos and hilarity quickly ensue. Keye is also tasked with finding out why a family discovered dry cement and chick ...more
Nov 30, 2013 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Keye Street is an extraordinary crime analyst/detective, but her excellent skills did not prevent her unceremonious firing from the FBI several years ago. Now 7 years sober and back in her hometown of Atlanta, she is working as a private detective, making her mortgage payments rounding up suspects who have skipped out on court dates, with occasional assignments from various lawyers trying to run down the facts on a variety of cases.

Amanda Kyle Williams is an author with a knack for witty dialog
Alisha-Dear Constant Reader
Sep 18, 2012 Alisha-Dear Constant Reader rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, badass, netgalley
Hey you guys! I have a fantastic book for you. Stranger in the Room is an exciting thriller that is fast paced, funny, and just smart. I knew nothing about it prior to obtaining my ARC, so I was beyond thrilled when I found myself in the midst of a new girl crush named Keye Street.

Reasons I love Amanda Kyle Williams' Keye Street:

1. Chinese American recovering alcoholic with a southern accent, white parents and a gay, African American brother.

Did you get all that? Yeah. That's right, this ain't
Stormi (Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh my!)
Stranger in the Room is a suspenseful crime novel and the first book I have read by this author. I really enjoyed reading this book as it was very entertaining and the characters felt real. The debut novel by this author was called The Stranger You Seek and this is where the reader is introduced to Keye Streets. I had not read the first book and I didn't really feel that off while reading the second book, there was a lot of mention to what had previously happened to Keye and Rauser so that you c ...more
Rich Stoehr
Aug 19, 2012 Rich Stoehr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amazon-vine
Stranger in the Room has it all - almost. A funny and flawed heroine, a story that moves briskly but deliberately, and a mystery that's actually mysterious. The only part that doesn't quite hit it out of the park is when it's compared against the first Keye Street novel, The Stranger You Seek, it doesn't quite measure up.

But first, the good stuff, and there's plenty of it. Private investigator Keye Street may have a troubled past, but she has a talent for sarcasm and a quick wit that makes her a
Aug 28, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read
When Keye Street's cousin Miki needs help, Keye takes her in (albeit against her better judgement). Miki has been in self-destruct mode for most of her life. She's heard odd noises and feels she's been watched for a few years though all the 911 calls she's made has only resulted in the APD considering Miki a bit of a nutcase. Now there'd been a man. In her house! Miki saw him! Well, yes, she'd been out partying, drinking and, well, whatever - but she heard someone inside and saw his outline in t ...more
Sep 07, 2012 Tracy rated it really liked it
The Indomitable Keye Street is Back
Atlanta private investigator, bounty hunter, and occasional police consultant Keye Street is feeling a little tense. She has been ever since she and her homicide detective boyfriend Aaron Rauser survived a couple of murder attempts last year, but the punishing southern summer heat of Atlanta in July is making it worse.

And it's times like this that Keye's demons ride her hardest.

Four years after her alcohol addiction destroyed her criminal profiling career with
Blood Rose Books
This is the second book in Amanda Kyle Williams' Keye Street series. I think that you could read this as a standalone novel as there is not much related back to the first book, some of the relationships that Keye has and some of the previous events are mentioned but overall they do not affect the plot. However, I really enjoyed the first book The Stranger You Seek, so you may just want to pick it up for a good read. Williams picks up a few months after The Stranger You Seek, and Keye is still tr ...more
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Amanda Kyle Williams worked as a freelance writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, worked with a PI firm in Atlanta on surveillance operations, became a court appointed process server and owned a dog walking and pet sitting business in Atlanta.

Author of 'THE STRANGER YOU SEEK', 'STRANGER IN THE ROOM' and 'DON'T TALK TO STRANGERS', featuring former FBI criminal investigative analyst Keye Stre
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