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Stranger in the Room

(Keye Street #2)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,727 ratings  ·  259 reviews
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 K
Hardcover, 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 rated it it was amazing
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
Patricia Williams
Aug 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really good mystery. It was a pick for my Mystery Book Club and all members enjoyed it. Since we are in Georgia, it was really fun to read a story about our city. I loved all the characters and the cat! Very good mystery and I highly recommend.
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
Amy Lignor
Aug 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Angela Risner
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Robert Carraher
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Scott Whitmore
Aug 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Kathleen (QueenKatieMae)
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
Lakis Fourouklas
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 27, 2015 rated it liked it
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
Sep 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 08, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
 Candice =^,,^=
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, first-reads
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
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
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved the suspense of this novel had. Great story!
Charlotte Guzman
Jul 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio of this book.
I really enjoyed this story, the characters especially, and that it took place in Atlanta, GA where I live.
It is very southern and the narrator of the story on audio was very good and gave me an atmosphere of the story. The characters had me laughing too with all their southerness.
It did keep me guessing who done it until they tell you towards the end of the story. Then it kind of went the way you thought it would and dropped off.
It is a series so maybe t
Blood Rose Books
Dec 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Denke nicht, dass ich den dritten Band lesen werde.
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ily Goyanes
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Let me start of by saying that I really enjoy this series and believe that it has a lot of potential. Keye Street, the definitely-flawed-but-doesn't-give-herself-enough-credit-either protag is going to join the ranks of the most loved and revered private dicks of all time. Mark my words, I'm calling it now. Especially if Williams continues to maintain the balance of humor and insightful social commentary she has produced in the first two books of the series.

Two of Williams main strengths as a wr
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, own
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
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 30, 2013 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
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Alisha-Dear Constant Reader
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
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Listened for Fun!
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.25

Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)

First thought when finished: Keye is a leading character that has really grown on me. In this 2nd installment I have really grown to care what happens to her!

What I Thought of the Characters: Stranger in the Room continued the character development that I thought was so well done in The Stranger You Seek! Keye continues to grow, mess up, stumble, and struggle through wh
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Amanda Kyle Williams was an American crime writer best known for her Keye Street series that are psychologically complex thrillers. In 2013 The Stranger You Seek was shortlisted for the Private Eye Writers of America's Shamus Award. She also wrote the Madison McGuire series.

Williams spent her childhood between Colorado and Georgia. She began her writing career as a freelance writer for the Atlanta

Other books in the series

Keye Street (4 books)
  • The Stranger You Seek (Keye Street, #1)
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