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Orchid Blues (Holly Barker #2)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  5,175 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
Now the bestselling author brings back his small-town chief of police—and her extraordinary Doberman, Daisy—for another exhilarating adventure. . . .

When Holly’s wedding festivities are shattered by a brutal robbery, she vows to find the culprits. With nothing to go on but the inexplicable killing of an innocent bystander, Holly discovers evidence that leads her into the m
Paperback, 389 pages
Published October 1st 2002 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published October 29th 2001)
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Apr 25, 2014 Katherine rated it it was ok
The plots holes kept bothering me too much to really get into this book. For example, the dead people in the submerged car. It was clearly stated that this family had a son, but unless I missed it, he wasn't in the car, and no one looked for him, just fell off the plot. Annoyed me, cause would holly as chief of police be looking for this kid? Like for his welfare as well as being a potential witness?

And the se had to be the most gullible bad guys of All Time. They shoot someone, the his fiancée
Jan 29, 2016 Ed rated it really liked it
#2 in the Holly Barker series. After an Army MP career, Holly starts as police chief of the small FL town of Orchid Beach. Eventually this quick reading series is connected with, and then absorbed by, author Woods' Stone Barrington universe.

Orchid Beach, FL Police Chief Holly Barker series - Holly is on her way to be married to Jackson Oxenhandler, her steady beau, when her wedding day is shattered by a serious crime that takes place very close to home. A highly disciplined team of men hit a ban
Jul 31, 2016 Alan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
This is the first book of his that I have read and it was great!
Jul 26, 2015 Sharon rated it liked it
Predictable but enjoyable summer read.
Feb 11, 2017 Kay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this series and audio book is great. Recommend for a quick mystery read.
Feb 01, 2017 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
fun ride as always with Stuart woods
Oct 15, 2016 Barb rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Holly Baker's, chief of police, wedding plans are altered when her finance is murdered in a bank robbery. In her quest to solve the crime, she and her father, Ham, uncover a group of 3000 people who plan to kill the president, infiltrate the military and take over the United States. Ham is able to join the group as an informer to the FBI. The secret militant group lives in the country and has similar views as Hitler and KKK in purging the government leadership of those they feel inferior or thin ...more
Jan 04, 2017 Sharon rated it it was ok
I selected this book because Goodreads said that Woods was similar to Baldacci. The Holly Barker series was not at all like Baldacci. The characters seemed shallow and the story not that interesting. I was kind of desperate, so tried another Woods that I liked better - did not include Barker.
Synopsis: Holly is on her way to be married to Jackson Oxenhandler, her steady beau, when her wedding day is shattered by a serious crime that takes place very close to home. A highly disciplined team of men hit a bank in Orchid Beach, Florida, and the waves from this robbery nearly capsize Holly's life. She vows to find these men-who have been careful enough to leave nothing behind except the corpse of a bank customer-and quickly, she discovers evidence that leads her into the midst of what app ...more
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I have found that I rather enjoy the Holly Barker series, and found that I absolutely enjoyed listening to Orchid Blues, Book #2, by Stuart Woods!

I absolutely love Holly as a character! She is the perfect woman character for me. She is strong, charismatic, independent, and doesn't give a darn what anyone else says or thinks, she does what she feels is right! She reminds me of Lisa Gardner's D.D. Warren. Holly Barker is qu
After enjoying the first book of the series so much, I was a little disappointed in this follow-up book. For me the book was still a good read but a few things just rubbed me the wrong way:
>the plot line of book two seemed to borrow a great deal from the first book
>Holly was not only not the main character of the book, but sidelined behind two male characters
--It is a shame that after creating such a wonderful female protagonist in the book one, Woods gave her such a minor role in book two
Jul 25, 2011 Nancy rated it it was amazing
In this sequel to Orchid Beach, we rejoin Holly Barker, the chief of police of Orchid Beach, Florida. She is engaged to her sweetheart, but then things take a turn that she does not anticipate on her wedding day. I applaud Woods for creating such a strong, yet believable, female character. I think Holly is appealing in that she has emotions, but doesn't live by them. I've also been sucked into Woods' world that he has created. If you read enough of his novels, you can visit with characters from ...more
Apr 20, 2010 Mary rated it really liked it
Orchid Blues is the first Holly Barker story I have read. It is the book where she meets Stone Barrington. I would like to read the first book in this series since I enjoyed this one so much.

We met the man she was to marry, only to lose him in the second chapter! Jackson Oxenhandler I think I remember was his name. He was on his way to the wedding and in the right place at the wrong time. A bank was being robbed and he was there to get money for their honeymoon in Paris!

That is where it starts
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Jul 04, 2016 Nolan rated it liked it
Shelves: nls-audio
In this second book of the Holly Barker series, she has caught the attention of several federal agencies who were clearly impressed with her ability to solve high-profile cases. She also caught the attention of one of the lawyers in the district attorney’s office. His attention resulted in a marriage proposal, and as the book opens, it’s Holly’s wedding day. Her husband-to-be, with a bit of free time on his hands before the ceremony starts decides to make a stop at the bank to ensure that the ne ...more
Jun 09, 2013 Will rated it it was amazing
Holly meets Stone on her wedding day. Holly's fiance Jackson is killed in a bank robbery on their wedding day, standing in line with Stone Barrington. The robbery was planned by The Elect, a shadow militia right wing group plotting to cleanse the US. The robbery investigation points to an inside job, and the suspects lead Holly and Ham to Lake Winachobee where Ham is recruited into the inner sanctum. The Elect plot an assassination attempt against the president, using Ham and a Barretts 50 cal s ...more
May 09, 2015 Amy rated it liked it
I'm going to say right off, Stuart Woods pissed me off right off the bat with this one. Killing off one of my favorite characters is a good way for me to put down the book and say "Nope, not finishing it." But, I kept going. I'm glad I did.

Holly kept herself together well and did a good job helping to find the killers. I will say that I thought she didn't go far enough in one particular situation to try to catch them. I wish she had done a little more ass-kicking like in Orchid Beach.

Other than
May 16, 2013 Ashley rated it really liked it
I fully enjoy the Holly Barker books although I am not a fan when she shows up in the Stone novels. Woods has a habit of changing characters to fit a book and sadly, Holly falls flat (as most of the Stone females do) unless she is in her own world. Having read other Holly novels (out of order :( ) I knew she was never married but wasn't expecting Jackson's demise to occur so early. I had thought killing off characters was Woods' way of easily disposing with Stone's many lovers but I see now that ...more
Dec 04, 2009 Beth rated it did not like it
Reading a crappy book like this is what happens when you finish your book in an airport and have to read what your husband just finished. His report that it wasn't too good should have been a red flag. I should have bought a magazine. Anyway, I didn't like this... it was far fetched with stilted dialog and annoying characters. I don't recommend.

(Apologies to any of my friends who are Stuart Woods fans, I may be being a bit hard on this one. Probably it was just a letdown after reading two books
Mar 08, 2015 Kshydog rated it it was ok
Was surprised that just like in the first book, a character close to Holly, her fiancée, dies without giving any info about the killer. Did not like that Holly did not play a major role in this story though she did work with Harry Crisp, the FBI agent again. Her father, Ham, took over all the adventures in this one by getting involved with a militia group of extremists. Scary to realize there are groups like them in existence. Disappointing the way various units of government do not try very har ...more
Jan 31, 2010 Jenn rated it really liked it
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Jan 10, 2016 Kem rated it liked it
There are parts I liked and many parts I didn't. There were a few 'hold your breath' moments, but these were overshadowed by a lot of unbelievable parts that ruined what could have been a good plot. I don't like it when those who are supposed to be good guys do bad things. There were several in this book. FBI and Secret Service. There's also a lack of closure in this book. I don't know if that's typical in Woods book, but I hope not.
Jun 24, 2009 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Very good book. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, or glued to it while you read on.

Holly is getting married. Then Holly isn't. This happens very early in the novel. The reasons behind this change leads Holly, Daisy the dog, and Holly's father on a romp with the FBI into racist camps with lots of fire power.

I recommend this. I also recommend you read the first Holly Barker book first.
Apr 12, 2014 April rated it liked it
While Stuart Woods' books are potboilers, I find myself quite liking the Holly Barker series. We all have times when we just want a light, good story that has elements that appeal to us. In my case, it started with the first book in the series having a Dobermann Pinscher on the cover. However, I dipped into one of the Stone Barrington series (what a laughably phoney name, likely intentional), excepting the ones were Holly, Stone and Daisy the Dobermann work on cases together.
Sharon Michael
Oct 28, 2012 Sharon Michael rated it it was ok
Readable, but didn't much care for the plot. I think the first book in the series might have been intended originally as a standalone and only later morphed into a series, so the author felt he had to do 'something' to the love interest in the first book.

I wasn't pleased with the death of Holly's lawyer just hours before the wedding and didn't think the effect on Holly was portrayed very sympathetically through the rest of the book.
Laura Lavender-blackwood
I give this a three star read. I read this book out of order. Didn't know that until the end. I still like it even out if order it made me rush out to get the first book from the library. Good thing the library had it. The first few pages I cried very touching than I wanted revenge in the worst way. I think I even became a little blood thirst. I loved the way Stone Barrington was put in the book. I do so love him. Looking forward to reading Holly's first story.
Lynn Wilhelm
Sep 10, 2013 Lynn Wilhelm rated it liked it
This is a good, fast read like all Stuart Woods books. Stone Barrington made only a few short appearances in this book. Holly Barker, police chief of Orchid Beach, is about to get married but her fiancé is gunned down an hour before the wedding. She goes right back to work to solve the case that involves radical groups,murder and anarchy. I read the first chapter of the next Stuart Woods book at the end and decided I liked Holly Barker and want to read more.
Eleanor Jethro
Aug 13, 2010 Eleanor Jethro rated it it was amazing
As usual Stuart Woods has written a book that makes you want to keep reading. The only problem I had with this book is that I did not read this a long time ago before reading the other Holly Barker books. Holly, Ham & Harry and of course Daisy made for a good read with their interaction. I finally found out what happened to Jackson. Will read all of the Stuart Woods books I can find
Apr 29, 2016 Gerry rated it it was ok
An interesting-enough plot, marred by far from believable characters, particularly a small-town policewoman who responds to her fiancé’s murder only hours before their wedding, by matter-of-factly working the case in consultation with her new best friend, the man who witnessed the murder and tried to help the dying man.
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Stuart Woods is the author the New York Times-bestselling Stone Barrington series and Holly Barker series. He is an avid private pilot, flying his own jet on book tours. You may see his tour schedule and learn more about the author on his website.

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Holly Barker (6 books)
  • Orchid Beach (Holly Barker, #1)
  • Blood Orchid (Holly Barker #3)
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  • Iron Orchid (Holly Barker, #5)
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