Murder List (Buchanan, #4)
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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...more
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Published August 31st 2004 by Ballantine Books (first published 2004)
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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...more
Julianna
Nov 03, 2011 Julianna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Laila
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
Isis FG
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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...more
Christine
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...more
Catalina
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
Kellie
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...more
Margo Kelly
The first 100 pages are pretty slow. This wasn't the best Julie Garwood book and the storyline was so predictable: beautiful long legged woman needs to be rescued and so a perfectly chiseled man does the rescuing and they fall in love. Blah Blah Blah

Julie Garwood needs to change up her storylines and character descriptions and phrases.

You won't miss anything if you skip this book.

I would like to see a NY Times bestseller that is based on a fat nice girl who rescues a chiseled man (gotta keep tha...more
Regine
The writing's good and definitely feels like how a Julie Garwood book feels like. It was an enjoyable read and was like a modern day version of her other books revolving around Lairds and Ladies.

The thing here is that with a title "Murder List" one would conclude that it's a crime novel, which I think it's suppose to be. Yes, there's a crime going on, things are started off because of that crime, but it doesn't really center on it. Not really. The murder list felt more like a side story. They sh...more
Brooke
I really liked Alec, and I actually really liked Reagan but I didn't think the story took enough time to build their "love", it was introductions one minute and weeks later the next and you where just supposed to take the writers word for it (that statement makes me LOL "take the writers word for it" Ha, get it..) anyway, I thought they where both good characters but you actually got page time with Her and her friends... still a great addition to the Buchanan series...
Nonieღserenity2bliss
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.
Kari
I had a hard time getting into this one. I didn't really get the attraction between Alec and Regan. I thought her epilogue could have been longer and give in more of an idea of time frame. I'm hoping the next one is better.
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.
Valentina
I can't freaking believe that Julie Garwood gets 3.96 for this book. I've sludged my way through her Buchanan series, and can I just say that all of her books are contingent on characters being DUMBER THAN BRICKS. Seriously. I can't stand the fact that her "plots" are only viable if every single person in the book is a complete moron. 95% of the law enforcement characters (who are not also part of the Buchanan family & friends) is an idiot in a way that makes it possible for 90% of the plots...more
love
I liked this book! I have to admit these types of books are my guilty pleasure. Although, I can only read one every now and again. As these types of books are pretty much all the same. There is a beautiful, smart, naive heroine in distress and Mr.perfect will come in and save the day. Sweeping her off her feet while saving her life in the process.

This book is a quick read. Good for a long road trip or a flight. I didn't buy this book, someone simply gave this book to me and I read it, I will re...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.
Muhammad Ilhamsyah
Saya suka thriller atau suspense story, dalam bentuk karya apapun. Tetapi jika thriller atau suspense tersebut dicampur dengan romance, hal itu mutlak akan mengurangi ketertarikan saya terhadap karya tersebut. Lain halnya jika saya sudah tidak punya bacaan lain dan pilihan terakhir di rak buku hanya novel bergenre suspense-romance, maka mau tak mau saya akan membaca buku tersebut cause reading is my ecstasy. (note: kartu perpustakaan belum diperpanjang dan rental buku cukup jauh). 
Namun di lua...more
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...more
Willow
With the fourth installment of the Buchanan series things are starting to feel just a touch redundant. This one even took a couple of tries to really get into it, and once it picked up about a 100 pages in, I became slightly interested in the characters. But that's it. Slightly. Alec Buchanan fell a little flat compared to his other brothers. I liked that he was a bit of a slob, and when he started to get a little tied up in knots over Regan it was sort of endearing. But even she was sort of dul...more
Jencey/
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:
Reagan 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 inte...more
Book Binge Blog
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...more
Linda
This is an interesting book, you're nearly 3/4ths of the way through before the relationship between hero and heroine turns passionate. Lots of smoldering glances, longing pangs and moments of wonder before that sandwiched in between: an embezzling charity program director, a BFF trying to launch her investigative reporting career with help from her con man father, an overbearing set of brothers aided in one case by an overzealous and jealous assistant along with a stalking, crazed murderer with...more
Swati
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...more
Amanda
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
Mary
When Chicago detective Alec Buchanan is offered a prime position with the FBI, it is the perfect opportunity to leave the Windy City and follow in his brothers’ footsteps to the top echelons of law enforcement. But first he must complete one last assignment (and one that he is not too happy about): acting as a glorified bodyguard to hotel heiress Regan Hamilton Madison. The gorgeous exec has become entangled in some potentially deadly business. Someone has e-mailed her a graphic crime-scene phot...more
Trudy
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...more
Ns
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...more
Dyan Eka
"Tulis nama orang yang kamu benci, aku akan menyingkirkannya."
Serem nggak sih kalau kayak gitu? Walaupun hidup kita nantinya (mungkin) akan terasa bahagia tanpa orang-orang yang kita benci di dunia ini.

Regan tidak sengaja menjatuhkan kertas yang berisi daftar orang-orang yang dibencinya. Kertas itupun dipungut oleh seseorang yang mengintai nyawanya untuk membalas dendam. Dia berniat akan membuat hidup Regan bahagia terlebih dahulu sebelum membunuhnya. Jadilah ia membunuh satu per satu daftar nam...more
Marilyn
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
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