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When the Tiger Kills

(Cimarron/Melbourne Thriller #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  36 reviews
When she was a young girl, Dawn Cimarron lost her entire family in one afternoon of brutal violence. As a result, she has dedicated her life to law enforcement. Now a homicide detective in her hometown of Mountpelier, Colorado, she and her partner, Sergeant Rafe Melbourne, find themselves in a race against time to save a missing girl from a serial killer who seems to be eq ...more
Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published August 23rd 2015 by H & S Underveq
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Sep 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Christine by: Asked by author email to review
When the Tiger Kills is the debut novel by American author Vanessa Prelatte. Ms. Prelatte had approached me about reviewing an advanced copy, but I declined as I was so overcommitted at the time. The blurb pulled me in however, and I later went ahead and obtained a copy from Amazon and moved it up my to-read list. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it!

This is a police procedural set in Colorado. Detective Dawn Cimarron and her partner Sergeant Rafe Melbourne are investigating 2 cases—t
Detectives Dawn Cimarron and Rafe Melbourne find themselves in the middle of two investigations, one a race against time as they try to identify and locate a young woman who was abducted from a park. The other involves the murder of a troubled young man where, on the surface, looks to be as a result of his lifestyle. But, things aren't always the way it first seems.

It's hard to pinpoint exactly what attracted me to this story from the first chapter but I was intrigued from the beginning. Dawn Ci
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great book. I like mysteries and this one delivers. Dawn is a career detective with a super rich husband. They are crazy about each other. She gets involved in a murder and she and her detective partner must find out who did it. At same time, they are handed a case involving two campers who disappear. A search finds the man at bottom of a cliff, injured but alive. He mentions that he was with his girlfriend. This is the main mystery and it keeps you guessing right to the end. It is a good story ...more
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: freebie
1/ It shows the main characters – Dawn and Rafe – handling more than one case – a more realistic portrayal of police work as many city cops often have five or six open cases on their desk all the time.
2/ It was free.

1/ It’s a serial killer novel, which means the difference between this one and every other serial killer novel ever written is . . . Wait for it . . . Nothing! They all have so many things in common, they are virtually interchangeable. But I’ll give Prelatte kudos for hav
Kristine (The Writer's Inkwell)
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The Writer's Inkwell

The great thing about mystery books is the fact that you never know where the story is going to take you. A fantastic mystery writer can take you on a roller coaster ride full of deception, misdirection and red herrings. Not all writers can achieve this kind of suspense, but it’s clear that Vanessa Prelatte has a masterful mind that can take two seemingly unconnected events and turn them into a terrific story of crime and passion.

Normally I would
Boundless Book Reviews
**Four (3.5) Stars**
I was asked to read and review When the Tiger Kill by the Author. It is currently on Kindle Unlimited.

This story was very interesting and had a great flow. There are a lot of characters and we get many point of views. I know some people don’t like that. I think if it’s done well its fine. When the Tiger Kills is an example of multiple POV being done extremely well.

I was surprised to find that this was more than a cop drama. This story is based around a family and a wide array
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
When the Tiger Kills, is a well-written, and compelling mystery crime thriller.

Detective Cimarron and Sergeant Melbourne combed the Montpelier, Colorado area for clues to identify the work of a possible serial killer. Deaths that had been once deemed accidents were now being reinvestigated. A man was found stabbed to death, another at the bottom of a cliff and a young woman, has been kidnapped.

The killer has devoted his life to the Norse goddess, Vanadis. His prisoner, Lee, a young woman, is pe
Kathryn Baron
Dec 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017, i-own-ebook
It's not actually terrible. But it reads like a Harlequin romance rather than a thriller. Coincedences abound. Wish-fulfilment runs rampant. Characterisation is mostly just a paper thin collection of attributes.

gwen graves
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it

The storyline was good, but the characters were mundane and really predictable. The fact that the characters were far from perfect and in way irritating. There parts that were good though

Nancy Mikos
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good read

A little different from the usual serial killer plots. I’ll read the next one. Liked the family dynamics in the story.
Pamela Carroll
Nov 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great twists and turns. I recommend
Barb VanderWel
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this & I can't wait for more.
I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon.
And letting everyone know about it.
So i gave it a 5 Stars.
Ruth King
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good Read

The plot was good but could have used a little more action. The characters were interesting and believable. It is a must read!
Joseph Gallagher
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book
Very interesting characters
Good Story line
Brilliant twist that I didn't see coming
Definitely worth a Read
Candy F Benton
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Lobed it from the beginning to the end. Action filled. Would love to see Brody and Lotti together! They were great!
Amy Millhouse becker
Dec 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
Too many characters, too drawn out, and agonizing to finish.
Ella Carmichael
Aug 21, 2016 rated it liked it
Sadly, I am one of the readers who downloaded the edition that has Chapter 9 out of sequence so that it appears too early. I thought I was going nuts but kept ploughing ahead regardless, as I never leave a review unless I have read the entire novel. (In time, I will probably be banned for this practice by GR).
Chapter 9 is perhaps the single most important chapter in the book, and it's a real shame for the author that this mistake occurred. I feel for her, and have not based the review on that m
Helen O'Day
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it

I enjoyed this book very much. Parts of it were a little too pat that is why 4 stars. It is real page-turner and I stayed up late reading it.
Laura Ruetz
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
one of the key factors in a mystery is to not only have a solid plot that pulls in readers but compelling characters that really bring it all home. If I cannot connect with the characters, it doesn't matter how original or interesting the plot is, I'll lose interest.

The Author has done a solid job of giving the reader compelling characters that are engaging, believable and complex. They are developed and far from flat. Everybody is more than just what they appear to be in the surface and that i
Jul 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the characters although I thought some of their interactions and relationships were a bit far-fetched. The plots and subplots were complex and interesting. I was annoyed, however, with some of the plot structure. I am used to novels going back in time to supply background information for the story but I was thrown off twice when the story jumps forward, gives you part of the plot, then jumps back into the original story. It was as if the editor dropped a written manuscript before print ...more
Jul 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-books
This book kept me engaged and interested and I was compelled to keep turning the page to find out what happens next. I read the kindle version and while I think this is a great story, I am wondering if in the kindle version the chapters were out of sequence as the story did not seem to flow as well as it could have.
Not sure where the title of the book came from as I could not decipher the connection.
I got this as a free e book on

bonnie kirchner
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When the Tiger Kills

Loved this book. Great mystery with a lot of thrills. I recommend this book. Had a great story line. There is one more book in this series. Can't wait to read it.
Donna Templeton
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Fantastic read! I truly enjoyed this book...the police partners Cimarron and Melbourne are great characters and the storyline was riveting. Definitely looking forward to reading the next in the series!
Catherine Putsche
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Perhaps one of the most important characteristics for me in a crime thriller is that it must thrill as well as having a good strong plot where the characters’ are in severe danger. Prelatte certainly delivers on both counts in, “When the Tiger Kills” Catherine Rose Putsche
My Ranking: 4 Stars

Karen greer
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Good book!

This is a good thriller. I read it in one day. A page turner, you really want to know how it all turns out. I liked the characters too.
It an easy read, not deep. I recommend it.
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
I liked it a lot I especially liked Dawn and Ty.
Nov 12, 2015 added it
Shelves: suspens-thriller
Please see Boundless Book Reviews for the review.
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Excellent thriller, fasting moving page turn. Once I started it I couldn't put it down.
Black Butterfly
Aug 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: amazon
Shelves: thriller, detective
Susan Lee Thuener
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Good mystery and I liked it very much.

A new detective team that I really want to see more of. Looking forward to more Cimarron/Melbourne books in the future.
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Vanessa Prelatte is the author of the Cimarron/Melbourne mystery series. She has worked in a variety of fields, including hospitality, marketing, and education, before settling into her current career as a writer of fiction. She has a BA in English, which has proved to be an invaluable asset to her as she makes her way through the various stages of the writing process. Vanessa lives in the beautif ...more

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“He said to his mother, “Mom, I love you, but I need you to leave now, just for a few minutes. I need to talk to the Sergeant alone.” After Naomi had left, Will said, “The first thing I asked when I woke up was 'Where's Lee?' And you know what my mom said? She said that Lee's fine. She claimed that Lee has been here the whole time, but she left just a little while ago to go home and get some rest.” 0 likes
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