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Notorious (Max Revere Novels #1)

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New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan introduces an irrepressible heroine in her pulse-pounding new thriller Notorious, which Lisa Gardner says is, "Guaranteed to keep you up late at night."

Maxine Revere has dedicated her life to investigating murders that the police have long since given up any hope of solving. A nationally renowned investigative reporter with
ebook, 336 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Minotaur Books
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Alexandra Have you read all three books in the series? Maximum Exposure and Compulsion are fantastic! Hell all Allison Brennan novels are quite spectacular and…moreHave you read all three books in the series? Maximum Exposure and Compulsion are fantastic! Hell all Allison Brennan novels are quite spectacular and action packed without too much cheesy romance. Chelsea Cain (I highly recommend the Gretchen Lowell books - LOVE LOVE LOVE these), Jeffrey Deaver (see the Lincoln Rhyme novels - there are 13 books in the series), and Gillian Flynn (check out Dark Spaces and Sharp Objects) are perfect for that as well. Hope this helps! :) (less)
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Maxine “Max” Revere might have what one could call a strong personality. She knows what she wants, and she’s not afraid to go after it, diving right into the swimming pool. Whether it’s men, or a friend, or a story, or a dead body, she’s not afraid to mess up her manicure. Her strong will could bowl over even the hardest of hearts, and she has one devilish smile to even out the fair trade. And she knows how to dress for all occasions, even if it means she might get a little blood on her clothes. ...more
Mar 05, 2014 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars

Ireceived this ARC novel as part of a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is March 25th 2014.

I enjoyed this read. It had the perfect amount of mystery and suspense with the main character drawn in to the task of trying to solve two cold case murders. Mix in a handful of potential suspects and family drama and you have the ideal framework for a good "who dunnit". The writing was well done and the story was paced just
Tairyn Ayala
Jun 26, 2014 Tairyn Ayala rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book it's so infuriating it made me crazy! First of, it was so sloooooow. I can appreciate details, but when the writer goes on and on with such inconsequential details such as how many glasses of wine a character orders, and drag on conversations just because of word count. It just leaves me rolling my eyes and wanting to strangle someone. Then we have the main character Max. I read so many reviews calling her a strong female character, but to me she just seemed like a meddling, spoiled an ...more
Just finished the 1st book in the Alison Brenan Max Revere series (book 1)
And all I can say is WOW What an ending!!!!

I seen this at Kroger and thought well this looks ok... There's nothing else good here today.. AM I HAPPY I PICKED IT UP!!!! I seen a few days later on Goodreads the Ads and thought ok it seems good
WOW just WOW....
What a understatement!!!! It's fantastic..

This was a awesome start of a series because of countless reasons but ill tell a few so not to
1.5 stars
I was just not feeling this book. Lackluster, I would call it. Maybe it's because I have been reading some well-written books lately or because I haven't been reading much of this genre, but I found the writing very basic, cliched, repetitious, and formulaic. The book was really slow moving to me, which I understand is reality at times for an investigative reporter researching stories, but the author just didn't give me anything that I found interesting- not as far as plot, characters,
Investigative reporter Maxine Revere returns to her home town to attend the funeral of a childhood friend. Kevin O'Neal was a troubled young man who at eighteen was tried for, but not convicted of, the murder of Lindy Ames. Although Lindy was Max's best friend, she stood by Kevin when everyone else turned their backs on him. Soon after the trial she became disillusioned. Kevin lied to her about his alibi. She still didn't believe he killed Lindy, but his lie kept the real killer from being appre ...more
Mar 24, 2014 Annette rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found Notorious to be a thrilling page turner that kept me guessing until the very end.

Max is an interesting character. She's colorful, tough, and determined. She's up against her family in Notorious because she's back home trying to solve an old murder -- and the victim happened to be her best friend.

Max is an investigative reporter who has a TV show, so she's recognizable to many. She returns back to California, to her home town, to attend the funeral of one of her high school friends who co
Investigative reporter Maxine "Max" Revere returns to her hometown outside of San Francisco for an old friend's funeral. At the airport an elderly couple approach her. They recognize her from her TV show and ask her to look into the murder of their grandchild, Jason Hoffman.

The funeral Max is to attend is for Kevin O'Neal. They grew up together and he was accused of murdering their friend Lindy Ames. Max was one of the few who took the stand in his defense years ago. Now, Kevin committed suicide
Brace yourself for the forces of the past and present as they collide with the firestorm that is Max Revere! Notorious by Allison Brennan is one action and intrigue packed moment after another as we are introduced to one of the strongest, and smartest female heroines ever! Max returns home to attend the funeral of a man she once turned her back on when he needed her most. The world she left behind holds no warm memories. Older, wiser and more independent than ever, Maxine is now an investigative ...more
Apr 29, 2014 Cheryl rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"...all I could think was that Wonder Woman's real name is Maxine Revere."

· Strong, smart, in-your-face female investigative reporter. Check!

· Sexy, strong-enough-to-stand-up-to-her male cop. Check!

· Realistic dialogue. Check!

· Lots of action and quick page turning. Check!

NOTORIOUS is one of the best mystery/thriller/romances I've read in the last few months. It caught my interest on the first page and kept the pace up to the "killer" ending.

I liked Maxine Revere and am glad to see that she is g
Apr 25, 2014 Patty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Allison Brennan

My " in a nutshell" summary..., astute, clever...has returned home for a funeral...and a little bit of sleuthing!

My thoughts after reading this book...

Max appears to have it spite of a rough start. She has no clue where her mother is...or even if she is alive...she was dropped off at her grandmother's house on Thanksgiving Day. She has written books, hosts a TV show and is capable of solving crimes but not the one that involved her best friend and he
Apr 19, 2014 Kylie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Max is an investigative reporter who works on cold cases to help bring killers to justice. And she is a very well written and believable character. Just the right amount of baggage, which is explored just enough but no laboured and not used as an excuse.

I think it is the mark of a well written female lead character, that I couldn't tell you what she looks like. It may have been in there somewhere, but it isn't the definition of who Max is. I know she is fit, she needs to be for her job. I know s
Silver James
Apr 03, 2014 Silver James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Notorious is the first full-length novel in author Allison Brennan's new suspense series featuring investigative reporter/reality TV host, Maxine Revere. There is a prequel novella, MAXIMUM EXPOSURE, that doesn't have to be read prior to the novel, but doesn't hurt because it's a damn good read, too.

Anyway. There is much to love about this new series. At the same time, I wanted to slap the heroine upside the head with a clue-by-four on more than a few occasions. Intellectually, I understand why
Kathy Martin
Mar 23, 2014 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
NOTORIOUS was an engaging and entertaining start to a new series. The main character is Maxine Revere who is independently wealthy and is the semi-black sheep of a prominent California family. She had a messed up childhood. Her mother was constantly on the move and dragged Max with her until she was 9. Then her mother dropped her off with her grandparents and disappeared. All Max had were some birthday cards which stopped arriving when she was sixteen and questions - why did her mother leave her ...more
May 14, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
Maxine (Max) Revere has a serious hard on for getting justice for the dead. She makes no apologizes for how she gets the answers needed to solve cold case murders.

This turned out to have more than one case that over the course of the book collided in a surprising reveal. I was riveted through out the book wondering who the killer was.

Large cast of characters and with Max working on two separate cases at times the switch between them wasnt always obvious but overall it was an enjoyable read wit
Shay Williams
Mar 28, 2014 Shay Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It's been a couple weeks since I have posted a book review. It's not that I haven't been reading but I was working my way through some library books that I had picked up. Yeah my guilty pleasure is occasionally reading books that I don't review.

NOTORIOUS however was the perfect book to slide me back into reviewing. The writing is taut, the pacing spot on and tension enough to keep the reader glued to the book.

Now as my readers know, I usually try to avoid first person because if it isn
Margreet Asselbergs

My rating: 4 of 5

Not excited about the prospect of facing her somewhat dysfunctional family, Maxine is on her way home at the request of the sister of her once best friend Kevin, to attend his funeral. Her family had never understood her dedication to take on unsolved murders, long cast aside by police, in order to give some closure to the families. Had made it her career as an investigative reporter and now host of a TV-crime show. They couldn't grasp th
Jun 08, 2015 Britney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Maxine Revere is a strong, confident, no-nonsense crime reporter who deals with cold cases. When she is called back home to attend a former friends funeral she ends. up looking into 2 cold cases that she wasn't expecting to.

Notorious weaves through 2 murders and a suicide investigation. It has all the twists and turns that you look for in a crime/thriller novel.

I liked most of the characters. Max's grandmother Eleanor isn't one of them. She is your typical money rich lady that will throw her f
Dec 12, 2014 Kerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
an audio book I picked up at the library without any design or idea of what I was getting aside from the back blurb. It was OK, not my kind of mystery. Too many people thrown at the reader to set up at least 10 people who might have been the killer, two different mysteries and no up front knowledge of how they are related. Too confusing to follow easily on audio. I did like the female heroine--Maxine Revere--she was smart, determined and had an interesting background--though a little too conveni ...more
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Notorious Allison Brennan's new suspense introduces Maxine Revere, a high-powered and intrepid investigative reporter and host of her own nationally acclaimed reality TV show that investigates cold cases.
Whilst the plot, involving the mystery of three unsolved murders that might or might not be connected, it’s the character of Max that really drives the story.
Maxine is a very complex and interesting female lead character. Known to be tough, relentless, determined, she’s also independently wealt
Mar 30, 2014 Darcy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was an interesting book for me. A lot of it was because I had conflicting feelings about Max. I like that she sticks to her convictions, but I don't know that I like her as a whole. I felt bad for her, for her family, which she doesn't seem to fit into. She is definitely the black sheep, the dirty little secret they have to own up too, as much as they would much rather she just go away. I find the Grandmother to be an odd one. Max stumbles upon some great thoughts she has about Max, yet tho ...more
Mar 19, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We follow Max, a famous reporter who specializes in handling cold cases and finding the truth. In this book we find Max coming to her hometown for a funeral of a friend. She is approached by two elderly people who want the case of their grandson solved which has recently gone cold. She can't ignore the pull of a mystery so she goes on a quest to solve the murder for the couple. While she is there, it seems as if everyone from her past is telling her not to involve herself in a high school friend ...more
Mar 09, 2014 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Maxine Revere has dealt with more unsolved death in her life than the average person. While the murders of her high school best friend during their senior year, and later her college best friend in an unrelated crime led her to become an investigative reporter that takes on cold cases across the country for her national television show, she's still haunted by their deaths. Estranged from the friend who was accused but not convicted of the murder in high school, Max reluctantly returns to her hom ...more
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Feb 02, 2014 DP Lyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Notorious by Allison Brennan

Minotaur Books
March 25, 2014
ISBN-10: 1250035058
ISBN-13: 978-1250035059
336 pages

… a fun and fast-paced thriller …

Maxine “Max” Revere, investigative reporter turned TV crime show host, returns to her hometown for the funeral of an old school classmate, Kevin O’Neal, who apparently committed suicide. Another of Max’s classmates, Lindy Ames, had been murdered years earlier while they attended Atherton Prep in California. Kevin, though never arrested or tried, was the only
Jan 01, 2015 Daisy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really enjoyed this book. It was very suspenseful and I was kept guessing througout.What kept this from being 5 stars is the huge cast of characters since there were 2 murders to solve and a few times I was confused who was who. Also, the romance is minimal. Hopefully with how the book ended, that changes in book 2, I will definitely continue this series.
This is a great start to what I hope will be a series! There was a short prequel before this that snagged my interest. Love the main character, Max. She is an investigative journalist with her own TV show where she looks into cold cases and tries to solve them. In this first book, she actually works on a case from her own past. Can't wait for the next one!
Apr 11, 2015 Keri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 Stars. Awesome read and I can't believe I took this long to pick up Maxine Revere's story. Max is a investigative reporter that has her own television show that is dedicated to solving the crimes that police have given up on. She does her job so well that it tends to get her in trouble at times. Our Max is a very strong, rich woman with a sarcastic wit and a fondness for good looking dark eyed cops. Well for one named Nick for sure. Allison Brennan is known for her top-notch attention to the ...more
May 14, 2015 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It kept me guessing until the very end. Usually I can guess for the culprit was early on in a book like this. But, this time I couldn't. I like seeing strong smartalic women being portrayed. I feel that there are not enough strong women characters out there. Thank you for creating one.
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