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Kill and Tell (CIA's Spies #1)

3.93 of 5 stars 3.93  ·  rating details  ·  7,581 ratings  ·  225 reviews
Still reeling from her mother's recent death, Karen Whitlaw is stunned when she receives a package containing a mysterious notebook from her estranged father. She has barely seen him since his return from the Vietnam War over twenty years ago and doesn't know what he could have to share with her now. She puts the notebook away and forgets about it until she receives a shoc ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 29th 2002 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 1998)
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I'm a big fan of LH's earlier romantic suspense novels, but her latest releases have failed to catch my interest. Kill and Tell is one of her oldies and, IMHO, a very good one.

The story starts with Dexter Whitlaw, a Vietnam veteran, sending a "mysterious" package to his estranged wife. Unbeknown to him, she died a few weeks ago and it's their daughter, Karen, who receives the package. Still grieving for her mother's death and resentfull of her father, who left them when she was only a teenager t
Amy (Foxy)
**2.5 stars**

Karen is surprised by a package that arrives at her house from her estranged father. Karen is still mourning her mother’s death when she is informed her father has been murdered. Her father's murder wants her dead. All her friends are also in danger because of their association with her.

Detective Chastain is intrigued by the murder of a homeless man which happens to be Karen’s father. He takes it upon himself to protect Karen.

The chemistry between Karen and Marc Chastain was just o
Lady Heather

"Dance with me," he said softly, standing up and holding out his hand to her. She stood and went silently into his arms. She closed her eyes, and her head found her personal resting place on his shoulder. There couldn't be anything more perfect, she thought, than slow dancing, barefoot, on a balcony in New Orleans, while the rain poured down and twilight wrapped around them.


This was the part of the book that had me hooked, and I couldn't put it down until the mystery solved (which just happe

2.5 stars
She punched the play button and listened to the tape rewinding. After some whirring and a couple of clicks, a drawling baritone voice broke the quiet of the room. For some reason, her breath gave a little hitch. The voice was somehow beguiling, with warm, dark, pure masculine tones that quivered along her nerve endings, almost as if she had been touched.

This, ladies and gentlemen, this is the sound of instalove.

But this book isn't only about that, it is about instalust, instasex, inst
Great romantic suspense set in New Orleans and Ohio. I loved the scenes in New Orleans, I almost felt like I was in the French Quarter siting on the balcony with Mark and Karen. I love how LH described Mark and his southern gentleman characteristics. The scene where he seduces Karen with some wine and dancing on a steamy New Orleans night was so hot! I highly recommend this book!
Jacob Proffitt
What a fantastic read! I couldn't resist picking this up when I saw that it was set (at least partially) in New Orleans. I couldn't put it down when I found that the hero was a completely yummy creole cop with all his protective alpha instincts filtered through that gorgeous Southern charm and generosity. Wow. Really, that should be all that needs be said. Seriously, Marc is beyond hot and well worth the book by himself.

If that's not enough, then add a heroine you'd love to be friends with who n
♡Karlyn P♡
3.5 stars, maybe because it read a bit outdated I didn't quite get into all of the book. Loved the H/h's chemistry, but the romance felt rushed. The suspense story was solid and interesting. The ending was a bit over the top though and included a major pet peeve of mine (view spoiler) ...more
I do love Linda Howard. This romantic suspense gets going strong in the second half. Maybe 4 stars. Erotica. Hot steamy read, in Audible, narrated superbly by Natalie Ross. This book is set in New Orleans and Columbus, Ohio. It is the first of a series, but the books are only loosely connected.

Detective Mark Chastain is some kind of heart-throb, huh? Gotta love a Howard hero: protective, passionate, smart, and sweet.

On the down side, there is too much time spent in introspection (my pet peeve,
Aug 15, 2008 Collette rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romantic suspense
This is the first in a trilogy featuring John Medina (ultimate spy). He doesn't have much play time in this book though as it's centered around yummy Marc, a cop from New Orleans and the withdrawn Karen, nurse from Ohio. Her estranged father winds up murdered in New Orleans and since he was ex-military Marc wants to help Karen find out what happened and also to help her get over her self-protection mode. It gets a bit steamy in places and they do seem to spend a lot of quality bed-time getting t ...more
Great story, great writing. LH on top of her game. At times the descriptions of how wonderful Marc is and how wonderful he treats all women got to me. Really Marc, you're just a man. You may be a good one, but you are just human. Stop thinking how wonderful you are and just show me. Oh, and wearing a condom while you are dancing on a balcony is NOT WONDERFUL! It's creepy! Not sure I'll ever get passed that. :)

All in all, this is a great read. Marc and Karen are both great characters. I love that
3* for story (B-/C+)
4.5* for narration by Natalie Ross (A)

The story was somewhat weak to me. It was too confusing and took too long to get off the ground. Thankfully, the second half of the book was faster-paced and more interesting than the first part.

I liked several of the secondary characters as much or more than the main characters. Marc and Karen were way too caught up in what happened before and spent too much time in their own heads, especially in the first part of the book. Overall it wa
I've read a lot of erotic romance and erotica in the ten years since I first turned into a puddle of goo while reading the seduction scene in Kill and Tell. I still haven't read anything sexier. What could be more erotic than slow dancing barefoot on a balcony on a rainy night in New Orleans with a hot cajun detective focused on getting you into his bed? Nothing, I tell you. The dreamy scene, told without graphic and clinical detail, as seen through the eyes of the thoroughly seduced heroine is ...more
Note to self: this is the one with the linty condom.
An excellent ‘why are people trying to kill me’ mystery.

I understood how Karen Whitlaw was feeling. While never been in a situation like that, it was close. To lose someone so close to you so quickly, then to lose someone who is supposed to be close to you soon afterwards would have anyone feeling as she felt. A brave woman, she uses her head, her instincts, and her fight for survival to get herself out of whatever situation she finds herself in.

Marc Chastain is one hell of a detective. It’s ver
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The best part about this audiobook was the narrator. I usually love Ms. Howards work, but this one was way below most of her others.

While I enjoyed the characters main characters, the story seemed a little too rushed and it lackec the excitement of some of her other mysteries. The dialog between the "bad guys" was uninteresting and didn't have you asking why about anything other than what they were after.

The romance between the two main characters was alright, but the book was very slow to star
I will not say much. I didn't really care for this book. I wanted to read the book, because it's the first book that John Medina was mentioned in. The first book that I have read by Linda Howard was All The Queen's Men and I have fallen in love with John Medina. He stood out in that book. He's not in this book a lot. The hero in this book is a New Orlean's cop name Marc and the heroine in this book is Karen.

Karen is a murder target. There are people after her, because they feel she has somethin
Jane Stewart
Another excellent romantic suspense novel. It was a good thriller, interesting characters, good relationships, good plot and action.

Definitely worth reading. Dexter was a Vietnam Vet who abandoned his wife and daughter after that war. He was killed. His daughter, Karen, went to New Orleans to identify and bury him. She met Marc, a detective and a romance began. The killer then started going after Karen. John Medina has a small but important part in this book. He is the main character in the next
Mmmmm....This is such a great read -- Linda Howard at her best. Primarily set in New Orleans, you can practically feel the heat and humidity, and I'm not just talking about the weather! Marc Chastain is a police detective who is investigating a seemingly random street killing when he meets the victim's daughter, Karen.

The writing is just amazing; the characters are vivid, and the plot moves quickly as we learn of a high-level plot to cover up the crime.

This is also the first time we are introd
You know I spend an incredible amount of time reading other people's reviews. That's because I really want to enjoy my time reading and so I read a lot of reviews before starting a book (besides I love reading reviews, there some amazing people on this site!).

So, to say that I learned a new word this morning: book-rut! It has something to do with the feeling of dread when you open and discard one book and then one other and then... you have to find something good to relieve that bad taste.

So, Li
Good suspense, very well blended with the romance.
Karen was an interesting heroine, somewhat girl next door, a friend I'd like to have.
And Marc was definitely a great hero, way less macho man than the usual Linda Howard hero, able to cook, to clean, to dress, to dance, to romance, to recognize his feelings. Very close to the ideal man.
First half is great: Linda Howard as she was at her best, effectively building suspense and writing a hot sex scene for h/h. Second half disappoints, with too-fast pacing, unbelievable declarations of love between a couple who barely know each other, and a Keystone Cops-worthy climatic shoot-out. Oh, well.
I'm giving it 3.5 stars. This book should have been like, 100 pages shorter. There was just sooo much thinking... and thinking... and worrying... and more thinking. When it wasn't Karen sitting by herself thinking, I was loving the book. I liked the characters, the romance, the sex, the plot, etc. But there were literally pages of "Karen mulls over her dilema" and I found myself skimming. Basically reading the first and last sentences of a paragraph and since everything made sense, I don't think ...more
Ho. Ly. Crap. What a freakin' awesome, riveting, romantic, suspenseful, finely tuned tale of murder, revenge and power! Sheez Louise! "Kill And Tell" by Linda Howard was teased at the end of one of the books I had read and it sounded kind of intriguing so I put it on my list of books I'd eventually like to read. Thank goodness it was at the right library at the right time or it'd still be on that very long list. (I'll chalk it up to kismet.)

So anyway...Karen Whitlaw receives a package addressed
Four and 1/2 stars--it would be five except I thought the ending was a little Keystone Kops.

Can't imagine that I haven't read this already but fortunately, nope. The New Orleans setting was perfect, absolutely part of the plot. Heroine Karen was classic Howard, a lot more capable than she might appear. As for hero Marc, well he's sultry, blown-away by Karen, intuitive, intelligent...I could keep going.

First of the CIA Spies, can't wait to read John Medina's story.
Sep 27, 2013 Mara rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mara by: Jacob Proffitt
Shelves: romance
Yes, Jacob, I see the reasons why you loved this book :) and, yes, New Orleans is a pretty good reason to read a book, too.

Kill and Tell was a sweet, sweet romance on a backdrop of detective/mystery. Both characters were lovely and the story was so bondesque to be cute.

I'm not a woman who loves molasses, so I'm not giving this book more than three stars, but let it be know it's purely personal. I'm a cynic at heart. The only thing I disliked in this novel were the rush in the romance (which is
Brittany B.
I am not super crazy about this book. It takes place in New Orleans, where I live and grew up. Howard does a great job with her description of the unique quality of the city, but I wasn't falling for the cop and the dead man's daughter... This should really be a 3.5 from me. I am going for 4 because of Natalie Ross. She does a great job with Howard's books. Her performance was good. No one ever gets the New Orleans accent right. But Ross did a decent job not overdoing it. Howard is one of my fav ...more
Betty Glenn
Many romances are not like our actual lives, okay? I mean, the cops I've been ticketed by were in no way similar to our favorite Chief of Police in;Open Season. More's the pity.
And I CAN believe that Karen fell for Marc Chastain so quickly. With her mother's recent death, then having to travel to New Orleans to deal with identifying her estranged father's body, and THIS MOUTHWATERING SOUTHERNER takes charge to assist her with making Dad's funeral arrangements? Heck, I'm not under any of that str
A very action packed book that grabbed my attention at the beginning and held on until the end. Karen is a nurse who has just lost her mother and a few months later gets the news that her absent father has also been the victim on a seemingly random murder. After coming back from Vietnam where he was a sniper for the marines, her father experienced hardships with returning to normal civilian life and walked out on her and her mother. From a young age Karen has resented her father for abandoning h ...more
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Linda S. Howington was born on August 3, 1950 in Alabama, United States. She began to write at nine years old, and wrote for twenty years for her own enjoyment. She worked at a trucking company where she met her husband, and then decided to try and get her work published in 1980. [1:] Her first work was publishe
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