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Murder List (Buchanan-Renard #4)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  9,765 ratings  ·  343 reviews
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
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Published August 31st 2004 by Ballantine Books (first published 2004)
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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
Laura V.
No estuvo mal, no tanto como pensé que sería, eso sí.
Aunque los protas tardan lo suyo en conocerse, y aunque me habla de una química que no pude llegar a ver entre ambos cuando empiezan a enamorarse, no se hizo largo.
El tema del asesino parece casi un chiste, porque él no quiere matarla y le da su tiempito para que siga con vida.
La autora me habla de una convivencia de tres semanas, en las que Alec y Regan se gustan, se atraen y se quieren. Después de eso, ellos viven como si fueran mejore
Three wealthy, successful twenty-something women living in Chicago - Regan, Sophie, and Cordie - decide to take down a scheming 'motivational speaker' who fleeces rich, lonely women. To get a bead on him they sign up for his seminar. One of the seminar exercises is to write a list of people you want gone, a 'murder list', which is immediately destroyed. Regan is seriously annoyed with several people, so she writes down their names. She then leaves the seminar before destroying her list. In the s ...more
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
Jackie Lane
What a difference it makes when you read a series in order. I initially read this book not realizing it was part of a series and was just meh about it.

Now, having read it in the order it was written, I absolutely loved it. It was suspenseful, I knew the characters and have come to love them and enjoyed spending time with Regan and Alec. Being able to see the progression of the story made this a much better read for me. I knew how it was going to end, but still thought it was a really good book.
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
Been on a Julie Garwood streak of late. Her new contemporaries are very good. But then her historicals always were as well.

This is part of a larger series and part of the subset involving the three friends Cordie, Regan, and Sophie. This is Regan's story.

An engaging romance with a very solid mystery-suspense plot. I will probably have to read this again some time. It's that enjoyable.
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...
Darlene Wilson
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.

Regan 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 inter
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.
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.
Rene Natan
Comment on July Garwood’s “The Murder List”

A few years back, I read The Murder List. I reread it this month. Obviously, the plot did not yield the suspense I experienced the first time. What I had the occasion to appreciate was how well the author managed to keep focus amid twists, turns, and side stories and link them all together. Almost-concurrent events are made fit into the timeline beautifully. A great novel.

I’ll include it in the seminar “Learning from the Masters” where I analyse the co
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.
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
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
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 luar
A very good read, as always with Julie Garwood. It isn't my favourite in the Buchanan series but still a thrilling plot and lovable characters.

I won't go into the plot too much, wouldn't want to give it away and besides, the title and blurb gives it away. But I will say it is paced relatively well (the beginning was a little long winded but stick with it!).

A quick mention to the characters, I liked Reagan's friends more than I liked her - especially Sophie. Despite her funny attitude towards men
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
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
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.

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
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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
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
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