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Stranger in Town

(Sloane Monroe #4)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,762 ratings  ·  278 reviews
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cheryl Bradshaw

He only needed her to look away for a few seconds...

Six-year-old Olivia Hathaway tiptoes down the center aisle of Maybelle's Market, stopping once to glance over her shoulder and make sure her mother isn't watching. But Mrs. Hathaway is too preoccupied to notice her daughter has slipped away. Moments late
Kindle Edition, 251 pages
Published November 12th 2012 by Pixie Publishing L.L.C. (first published November 1st 2012)
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Linda Strong
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it

A parent's worst nightmare .... a mother takes her eyes off her 6-year-old daughter for just a moment. That's all it took for a stranger to take her hand and lead her out of the store, stopping long enough to kill an elderly woman in the parking lot.

Six months ago, another little girl went missing. The mother is almost bedridden with grief and her father is fed up with the police who can find no clues at all. He, at this point in time, contacts PI Sloane Monroe. He has proof that the two little
Mar 11, 2015 rated it liked it
The first half of the book had me hooked, but the second half and the ending, seemed rushed. The way Sloane got information no one had gotten before in two years, just like that and so easy, was a little unreal, too.
But it was an interesting story and a quick read.
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
Quick read. I like Sloane quite a bit and will be reading more of her adventures in sleuthing. Full review to come soon.
Donna Bell
Apr 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Very disappointing

I never give up on a book. Never. If an author can spend months or years or their life writing a novel, I can devote a few hours of mine to reading it.

I finished this one, but it left a very bad taste behind. Sloane, the female PI of the plot, is about as incompetent, disagreeable, just plain dumb character I’ve ever met. That’s ok, I don’t have to like the main character. I don’t have to like any of them, but none of the characters in this book are believable.

I guess I shoul
Toni Osborne
Jun 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Book 4, in the Sloane Monroe mysteries

Although this book is the 4th in a series it can easily be enjoyed as a standalone. So no worry if you start here you will warm up to the lead character from the get-go and you will want to know what makes her tick.

When I first read the synopsis, the fiction premise based on real events picked my curiosity and at first glance the story of abducted children intrigued me so much I needed to see how the author would spin her tale and deliver it to her audience
C.M. Truxler
Dec 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Stranger in Town Holds Readers Captive

This the fourth installment of the Sloane Monroe mysteries, by Cheryl Bradshaw is just as gripping as the first three, but will pull some readers in more thoroughly than others simply by the experiences unfolding within its pages. It is no surprise that Bradshaw’s Mysteries are so palatable, even to readers who prefer other genres as a mainstay.

The characters are vivid and full of life without drowning in detail. The main character, Sloane Monroe, is a warm
Jun 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. This was introduced to me by a member, and at first it was leary for me to read a book thats really in a series, and I was told that I could read this as a stand-alone. So I decided to give it a try, and I am really glad I did. This has to do with a female P.I. by the name of Sloane, and she was approached by a male that recently had his daughter kidnapped, and he was going crazy about it, but in the meantime, there was another kid 2 years prior that was taken, and he really ...more
Lynda Kelly
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This one, the fourth in the set of Sloane Monroe Stories, is way more polished than the first three, which I got as a Kindle boxed set. It has WAY fewer errors. I really enjoyed the story too. It's about a little girl whose mother turns away to look at cards in a shop and she is snatched ! Sloane is hired by a panic-stricken father.
A couple of times I did have to suspend belief a bit but won't post spoilers. It didn't spoil my enjoyment. I do like Sloane still but she did seem a little too fick
Sheila Myers
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Interesting characters and a good plot.
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another good Sloane Monroe mystery.
Robin Loves Reading
All this stranger needs is for little six-year-old Olivia Hathaway’s mother to take her eyes off of her little girl. She does for just a second and he easily kidnaps the little girl. It is now two years later and a man calls Sloane Monroe, P.I., to investigate the kidnapping of his own daughter six months ago. He has evidence that proves that the two kidnappings are related. Of course, Sloane takes the case.

Are the girls still alive? If so, will Sloane be able to find them in time? In this nail
Jan 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Lorne Oliver
Dec 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the perfect book for a one of those great evenings when you get to sit in your favorite spot with your favorite drink. I’m a slow reader and this one went smooth with the story flowing nicely.

Stranger in Town is the fourth novel staring private investigator, Sloane Monroe. This time she is hired to find a child who was taken from the daycare play area and may be connected to another child abduction 2 years earlier in a different city in Wyoming.

I didn’t read the other Sloane Monroe stori
Ben Campbell
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
There are too many strangers in every town, in your neighborhood, in your school and even a few in your family. Who do you trust? What do you trust about them? Why are they there? What harm or what benefits do they bring to your town, neighborhood, school and family? Don't worry about any of it because you can't control any of it. Just be cognizant, because if you worry it will drive you crazy.

The main plot of Stranger in Town is more prolific than anyone would believe and more dangerous than wh
Cheryl Goldyn
Apr 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Reminiscent of Tess Gerritsen's Rizzoli and Isles characters, Cheryl Bradshaw creates a memorable story of child abductions and a race against time to link a recent crime to a cold case. Why, two years after the first disappearance and six months after the second, do two families receive a coloring book page done in each girl's favorite colors, and containing their fingerprints? Stranger in Town is a fast read with a good plot. Unfortunately, the ending leaves "I don't believe it" echoing throug ...more
rebecca O. webber
Apr 18, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jodi Wiese
Mar 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book as a free kindle and it was super! i was worried since it was book #4 but i didn't feel lost at all. this book grabbed me from the start and i couldnt put it down
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
First novel I've read by this author and I really liked it. Sloan, the female main character is a blend of tough girl and softie. I'll read more
Colin DuGray
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
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Gail A.
Jul 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The author immediately draws her readers into the harsh dynamic of running a farm in the late 1930s in Montana. The main characters Abby, Frank and Clay are well-defined. Abby, a hard-working woman, Frank , her less than devoted husband, and gifted stone cutter, and Clay his father who is a solid force and a voice of reason. And of course Stranger, the wonderful dog who happened along just at a time when all of them needed a friend. Stranger is also a protector and a ranch hand in his own right ...more
Evelyn Grabas
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read as are the books in this series. I absolutely love Sloane. She is a smart, determined and resourceful woman with a heart. She is an excellent P.I. and not as some woman, or men, P.I.s are pictured as bad-assed, foul-mouthed, hard-drinking, lower denizens of life. I am enjoying this series immensely and highly recommend it to mystery lovers.
But, (there's always a BUT, isn't there?) in this book I am having a problem as to what was in the author's mind when she pictures Mr. and Mrs.
Aug 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
When Sloane is recommended for a case by an ex, there are many difficult tangles.

Missing children cases are hopelessly fraught. Even cases of return or recovery leave families forever changed. A grieving father seems to think hiring a detective means she will answer to him and do what he wants and on his timetable.

Sloane works according to her own rules. She often has success, as she is able to devote herself to a single case or cause.

The loss of two little girls is haunting for Sloane, echoing
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A novel that deals with child kidnapping is bound to tug some heart-strings. But this story, despite scary action scenes and harrowing mystery, keeps the reader engaged with a certainty that all will yet be well—a promise that the author keeps to the end. Lots of statistics feed the reader’s fears, genuine heart-searching keeps the protagonist honest and clean, and a well-orchestrated dose of good luck accompanies the search for a good outcome. Old-fashioned feelings, modern relationships, famil ...more
April Wilson
Jun 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Young children going missing isn't an easy story to tell. Ms Bradshaw did a fine job of keeping the reader's interest without using too much shock value. Sloane is hired to find a family's missing daughter and soon finds similarities to a case from several years prior. It becomes a race against time to find both girls before anything happens ... if it hasn't already. Sloane has a knack for finding information that law enforcement doesn't and is willing to share with them when the times comes and ...more
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this book free from Amazon and I am voluntarily writing a review. Sloan is a PI that has been hired by a father of a missing 4 year old girl. She was kidnapped in broad day light 6 months ago while shopping with her mother and the local police have no leads. While investigating the case Sloane discovers that it is connected to another missing girl from 2 years ago. During her investigation she notices that she is being followed by a black truck that turns out to be the son of the dete ...more
Cindy Smith
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really glad I purchased this box set. Sloane is a PI that takes her job seriously. She won't stop until she finishes what she has started. When a young girl gets taken from a day care, her father contacts Sloane. He seems to think his daughter's disappearance is somehow connected to the disappearance of another little girl 2 years prior. I loved the way the plot swerved and how the author has backstories for all the characters. Families and the case intertwine into a very good story. Off to read ...more
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank the Netgalley website and createspace independent publishing platform for this partnership.

I was immediately attracted by the cover, we see Olivia walking in the forest that holds the hand of a woman surely his mother.

It all starts when little Olivia disappears into her mother's back. Sloane Monroe will investigate his disappearance hoping to find him.

A fourth book filled with suspense and twists. A moving and captivating story, eager to read the other books in this series
Irene E Nichols
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another read worthy book.

Any book I read to the end is a good book. It keeps my attention and keeps me returning until the end. The Sloan Monroe series is just that. I think I have all of them now. I am just getting them read. She is an interesting and complex character. I say this because I have read some of the other reviews. If I were a first time reader I would not have bought the first book. Don't let the reviews fool you. Read the first book and I think you will read them all just as I am
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is #4 in the Sloane Monroe series, but it can be read standalone. I intend to find the earlier books in this series, because I really enjoyed it. Sloan Monroe is a very independent P.I., still grappling with the murder of her twin sister years ago. When little Olivia is abducted from a supermarket, her mother hires Sloane to try to find her. When another little girl disappears, Sloane begins to wonder if the two are connected. She discovers evidence of human trafficking - people who buy chi ...more
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Cheryl Bradshaw is a New York Times & USA Today Bestselling Author writing in the genres of mystery, thriller, romantic suspense, paranormal suspense, and women's contemporary fiction. Stranger in Town (Sloane Monroe mystery series book 4) was a Shamus Award finalist, and I Have a Secret (Sloane Monroe mystery series #3) won best thriller of the year from eFestival of Words.

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