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Deadly Impulse

(Madison Knight #6)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  897 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Looks aren’t the only things that can be deceiving...

When a sixty-eight-year-old woman is found dead outside the hospital in a wheelchair with an anti-abortion sign strapped to its back, Detective Madison Knight expects it to be an open-and-shut case. On the surface, there are no signs of foul play, but the deeper she digs, the more convoluted the homicide becomes. And
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published October 29th 2015 by Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
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Jul 24, 2017 added it
Shelves: dnf
Holy info dump, Batman!
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Madison Knight is a great series I've read all the others. Now to get the next one. Being a retired Police Officer I love reading these
Robyn Ryan
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Deadly Impulse: Be prepared for sleepless nights or non-productive days

So glad I was a bit behind on my to read list, because I had just finished Carolyn Arnold's Just Cause, when Deadly Impulse hit my bookshelf. If you have not had the chance to experience the Detective Madison Knight crime series, these two books could be read together. But you will want to go back to read the rest of the series to enjoy the masterful way Carolyn Arnold weaves her plot lines with ticklers for future cases, and
Jodie Scott
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Deadly impulse by Carolyn Arnold
This is book 6 in this series but can be read as a standalone as this was the first book in the series I have read and didn’t feel like I had missed out on some major events like you can in some books.
So this is a crime/murder investigation book and has a feel of CSI to it. It is fantastically written with amazing attention to detail and clearly the author has a great deal of passion for this subject. It has mind
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
3 stars

Detective Madison Knight, her partner Terry Grant and her team respond to the report of a dead body that was found by a fence near the busy shopping district of Styles. She was an elderly woman who was found in her wheelchair. He detectives follow the clues, interview some abortion protestors and learn that her first name was Faye.

Following more clues, they learn that her full name was Faye Duncan. Then more bodies begin to turn up. They continue to investigate and come up with a
Randall Krzak
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I recently completed Deadly Impulse by Carolyn Arnold. The sixth book in the Madison Knight detective series; this one is one of the best plots yet. Beginning with an elderly dead woman in a wheelchair found near a hospital, Madison and her detective partner Terry strive to identify the woman and how she died. Before long, more bodies appear. Is this the work of one individual or total coincidence?

While hot on the trail of myriad suspects, Terry is anxiously awaiting the birth of his first
Tammy Hall
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
: I love mystery novels and Deadly Impulse had me from the very start. I fell for this book like a fish takes to water it felt natural and like this book had been waiting for me. Madison is an amazing character she follows her gut instinct and does just accept the easy answer especially when she is sure there is more to the story than can be seen. I really was caught up in Madison's character her flashbacks of being kidnapped made me gasp and feel the absolute fear present at the time. I became ...more
J Fearnley
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the sixth in the Dec Madison Knight series. It is the third one that I have read and certainly the best. It's a crime/police procedural. It could be read as a stand alone. The main character, Maddie Knight, is getting well fleshed out and is a good character.
The actual story is about the murder of an elderly woman, initially unknown, found in a wheelchair near a hospital. As Dec Knight investigates, with her partner Terry, further murders happen. They seem to be linked but only two of
Ellen White
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
DEADLY IMPULSE by Carolyn Arnold "Madison Knight" book 6 What is the connection with an elderly woman in a wheelchair, dead along the side of the road. Hanging around her neck, "put an end to abortion" . The wheelchair number is that of a missing wheelchair. Madison thought, hoped it would be an easy case, who and why of the case, to solve. They recognized the picture, she was a protestor, but the name, no one knew. A good plot, as you read, and try to figure out why an elder woman met her death ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of feisty female sleuths and all-action thrillers
Deadly Impulse - a review by Rosemary Kenny

This fast paced thriller by Carolyn Arnold will excite lovers of feisty Detective Madison Knight and police procedural murder-mysteries, with its wide-ranging emotions and human frailties and strengths.

Both Madison and the other main protagonist, her partner Detective Terry Grant have issues to deal with - both inside and outside the Department they devote their working lives to with such dedication.
Madison is recovering from PTSD as a hostage for the
Jul 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
I found the main character in this mystery to be remarkably unappealing. After a love affair gone bad she avoids commitment and spends way too much time feeling sorry for herself and wallowing. Although she does have a good man in her life in this book she spends most of her energy making up reasons why it won't work out and treating him badly. All of the anger and hurt that this causes her goes into her job as a police detective where she accuses virtually everyone related to the victims, ...more
May 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Thanks to the author and Amazon for making this e-book available. It was a quick read and the action was continuous. An older woman is found dead, sitting in a wheelchair in a location in front of a hospital where she has been in the habit of joining an abortion protest group. It takes a while for detective Madison Knight and her partner Terry to get a handle on who she is and how she was placed here without there being any witnesses.

As their investigation goes on there are two more murders, one
Lillian Cummings
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Madison just can't give in to her emotions as they seem to let her down to often. The new case is a strange one as a old lady has been found in a wheelchair and no one has any ideas as to who would want to kill her. But once someone else is killed in the family, they dig into some dark things that disturb them. But why kill both of them? Madison knows that she has to make peace with her partner Terry as he is under a lot of pressure from home and she needs to trust her new boyfriend more and if ...more
Humza Khan
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Arnold has written a fine piece of literature for the avid police detective or just plain crime reader. The book was well written for the most part, although it seemed that some of the chapter endings weren't as suspenseful as others. The accuracy (although I wouldn't truly know) is breath-taking, to the point where some clues were useless and certain people were in-your-face red herrings. It was sometimes a bit hard to follow Detective Knight's thinking, especially near the end of the book, and ...more
Will Decker
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
As police procedurals go, it followed the rules. As police/detectives go, never would be tolerated. Madison would not only not have any friends in the department, she would be ostracized and her career would be over before it got off the ground. That aside, I found the mystery aspect predictable and the editing sub-standard. It was only through luck that the detectives solved the case and then wrapped it all up in a matter of minutes because everyone suddenly felt like confessing and getting the ...more
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I previously read a book in this series and didn't care for it. I thought I'd give it another shot. Bad decision. I did enjoy the story, although the ending was a little rushed and contrived. My main problem is the main character, Madison Knight. I can't stand her. She's so unlikable. I get it... she's a feminist. She's been hurt in love. Her job is her life. Blah blah blah. She's also a total jerk, even to her friends. If Madison Knight were a real person, she would've been fired a long time ...more
Jamie Moore
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Not very likable main character

I hate to admit that I did not finish this book and I usually always finish even when I don't like it. But this was torturous to read. The main character was so over the top that it came out sounding ridiculous. Her actions and thoughts weren't very relatable or realistic. The writing style came across as amateurish. When she deserted her date because he didn't tell her that his sister was the chief of police, was about the time I decided that I could be reading
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lots of mystery and suspense all the way through. Kept me guessing.

Liked the relationship between Madison and her detective partner Terry - different views and both with personal issues to deal with - they complement each other. Madison is trying to decide how she really feels about Troy, Terry has a heavily pregnant wife, both trying to put their personal issues aside and concentrate on unravelling the threads connecting the murders. Added to all that Madison has flashbacks to when she was
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this book out of sequence so I felt like I was missing something with the frequent references to the previous book . I still enjoy the team of Knight and Grant making sure they comb through every bit of evidence until they find the killer . However this time they have three murders and three different killers all connected together . Good read
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have liked the series so far, but for some reason this book just grated on me. The main character is annoying in her self-righteousness. She clearly needs anger management classes, and her pursuit of the culprit at the expense of everyone else around her is somehow not endearing in this book. Her disdain for authority is now less being a strong woman and more churlish. I was not sad when I could finally close the book on this one.
Bob Ely
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it
This was an ok book. I didn't live it or hate it. It involves 3 murders and the Detective who tries to solve them. I haven't read a book involving this person in a while, so I don't remember all the drama surrounding her. It is almost as if her drama lends itself to be the most important part of the book, rather than the crime. The last 1/3 of the book, the crime is solved and the ending is not what I expected.
Keith Withers
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enthralling mystery

A totally absorbing murder mystery. Madison has such difficulty trying to negotiate all the possible suspects whilst her partner is on a errors wait for his wife to be delivered of a healthy child. Madison love life nearly suffers irreparable le damage however thanks to a surprise person she recovers her equilibrium. A us read.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Madison did everything she could to make enemies in this story. She was so sure she had control of her life as a single female workaholic Detective. Thank goodness she has to see a Psychologist after her encounter with the Russian Mob. She is a great Detective and showed it. We know the worst nightmare will be coming after her soon. So does she. Bad PTSD.
Walter Price
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: quit
Started out good. But there were recurring references to past events, presumably in a book I haven't read. A constant nagging that I'm missing a backstory that is important. Ending up stopping.

Another downer in this one is the sex and profanity. Granted it's light; most readers will probably gloss over it and wonder what I'm talking about. But my standards in this area is pretty strict.
Keith McDonagh
Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it

It was a decent read but there really seemed to be a lot of unnecessary text. It made it feel like a short story stretched into a novel. Basically, every thought she had seems to be detailed out, which causes the book to drag quite a bit. Then, the ending is fairly anti climactic, and happens quickly. This type of writing didn't appeal to me, but may to others...
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a great crime procedural story that is filled with the frustration that the officers face while trying to figure out who killed who. I liked how Madison's character grew throughout the story. Although this is the first book I have read in the series I could tell that she has evolved as a person as well as an officer. I will be looking for more in the series.
David Huelsmann
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Seemed too drawn out for my tastes. Detective Madison Knight seems to reel from a relationship gone bad and a new tentative relationship she doesn't seem to want to commit to. She also evaluates everyone she comes into contact with on this murder case as the likely suspect which means she spend an inordinate amount of time to rule them out.
Apr 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Couldn't even finish the book. Too many cliches, too often "flying into a rage.' No one is up to Madison's standards, even if she would allow it. I realize the author was trying to make her into a tough, dedicated cop but she just comes across as a self absorbed, judgemental, uncompromiising woman. Just didn't like her.
Liz Warwick
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Well there's flawed and there's crazy. I wouldn't let this cop anywhere near a gun.

The two stars are for the storyline. Also, the two stars are for the unbelievable characterisations and the abuse of the word smirk. Get a thesaurus.
Carole D Hutchison
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
Just a little disappointing

The author portrayed the main character Madison as a self righteous woman who is too aggressive and outspoken that she causes people to not want to be around her . I'm all for women's rights but need to let up on her aggressiveness
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CAROLYN ARNOLD is the international bestselling and award-winning author of the Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher, and McKinley Mystery series. She is the only author with POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT.

Carolyn was born in a small town, but that never kept her from dreaming big. On par with her large dreams is her overactive imagination that conjures up killers and cases to solve.

Other books in the series

Madison Knight (10 books)
  • Ties That Bind (Madison Knight, #1)
  • Justified (Madison Knight, #2)
  • Sacrifice (Madison Knight, #3)
  • Found Innocent (Madison Knight, #4)
  • Just Cause (Madison Knight, #5)
  • In the Line of Duty (Madison Knight, #7)
  • Shades of Justice (Madison Knight, #9)
  • Power Struggle (Madison Knight, #8)
  • Madison Knight Box Set (Madison Knight, #1-3)