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Ties That Bind

(Madison Knight #1)

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  4,117 ratings  ·  389 reviews
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When a woman is found strangled in her home, Detective Madison Knight and her partner Terry Grant rule it an isolated incident. But when another woman is murdered with the same line of neckties, they know it isn’t a coincidence. Now they must figure out the connection so they can stop a potential serial killer before he gets to his third
Kindle Edition, 264 pages
Published December 14th 2013 by Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc. (first published 2011)
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Chris Blackton Early 30's I think. Try the Hannah Swenson series by Joanne Fluke, Home Repair is Homicide series by Sarah Graves, Josiah Reynolds by Abigail Keam,…moreEarly 30's I think. Try the Hannah Swenson series by Joanne Fluke, Home Repair is Homicide series by Sarah Graves, Josiah Reynolds by Abigail Keam, Lucy Stone by Leslie Meier and Sharon McCone by Marcia Muller.(less)
Kristina the characters are not sympathetic and the interludes with the killer are boring. Adding the dog is helpful. This book is worth the time to finish…morethe characters are not sympathetic and the interludes with the killer are boring. Adding the dog is helpful. This book is worth the time to finish even with the vile editing.(less)
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Meet the detective with a chip on her shoulder as big as Mount Rushmore. Madison Knight gets the job done, in spite of being the lone female detective in the Good Ole Boy, Stiles police department.

The case started with a body and what Madison found was a can of rotten worms and a pattern of heinous proportions. It almost seems only Madison is after the TRUTH, as opposed to red-stamping the case closed. Along with her partner, with whom she has an often barbed relationship, she is determined to
This was okay to read but there was not much depth to the characters which was a shame as they had the potential to be very interesting. I was going to give it 2 stars, (which means I thought it was okay) but then I read this comment by the author at the end:

As for any errors you might imagine in spelling, punctuation or capitalization please accept this as the variance permitted with the existence of many conventions and styles of writing.

There are also times my characters may use incorrect
This is a very good thriller. I got it free from bookbub and I read it on my phone. It's the first book I've read by this author and I would read another of her books. She had me guessing who the killer was until almost the end!
Notary Tim
This book has way too many typos (missing words, missing punctuation, some wrong word / punctuation choices) for a professionally written work. I don't know whether they are the result of poor editing in the ebook version on the Kindle (which is where I read this) or poor writing by the author. Who spells Sarge as Serg?

Beyond that, the motivation of Madison Knight (main character) for her behavior is too vague. Why does she keep hitting her partner on the shoulder? Why does she have such bad
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Bad editing ruins a book for me every time. Despite the author's attempt to attribute any errors to the readers' imagination.
Karen Crissinger
Aug 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It took me awhile to get through this book, in large part because I was so disinterested that I found myself surfing the web on my iPad every few pages. Madison Knight is a poor knock off of JD Robb's Eve Dallas; Knight isn't near as tough as she is jaded and petty. About 2/3 of the way through the book I recognized a formula that I felt might have been JD Robb fan fiction, and did some research on the author. Suffice it to say, nothing good came from any credible source. The writing is amateur ...more
Frederick Brooke
In her middle 30s and single, Madison Knight is a detective in the fictional city of Stiles. The department is filled with men who give her too little respect, people like her Sergeant and her Chief, paper pushers, publicity seekers. Like most procedurals, this excellent story begins with the discovery of a body.

What sets Madison apart, besides the fact that she is a woman, is that she is after the truth. As the pieces start to fall into place, the men are quickly satisfied, but not Madison.
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
I liked this book in the beginning, because I was hopeful. By the end I was annoyed. It is entirely too predictable and the characters are hardly developed.

Unfortunately Arnold wasted a chance to develop a great character with Madison Knight. She should be interesting, and there are plenty of references to her past; however, nothing is developed. We hear about her ex-fiance, but we don't know why it ended, how it ended, if she still has feelings for him, etc. We never learn why she decided not
Detective Madison Knight is determined to find the killer who strangled a young woman. Since Knight has no love life, her boss demands quick results, and she failed to solve a previous case, the detective throws herself into the investigation. Meanwhile, her partner Terry’s personal problems are keeping him distracted, so a second murder only adds to the pressure for both of them.

Ties That Bind is a gritty police procedural that would have been better without the occasional POV shift to the
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Read a couple good reviews of this, it was described as an excellent police procedural. It was a free book for Nook so gave it a try. It started out fine but as the story went along, I got very tired of the main character -- Madison. She was always so rude and abrupt with everyone including her supposed friends! She was especially rude to her male partner who was having some marriage problems. I didn't like him very much, either. Madison's boss was insufferable, always there asking questions and ...more
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good read. The ending was the best so unexpected.
Madison Knight is a smart, sexy and sassy homicide detective assigned to a murder of a young woman by strangulation. With her partner, Terry she investigates the clues, waits impatiently for lab results and talks to people the victim knew.

A second murder and another young victim with lots of differences between the first and second victim. Sandra the first was Caucasian, unmarried, a professional woman that liked some kink with her sex. Laura the second woman was Asian, married and an unpopular
Lynn Hill
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great book! I read it in one day and so many twists and turns I never saw the ending coming! This is the first book I have read by Carolyn and it will not be my last! Thank you Carolyn
K J Bennett
Oct 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meet Madison Knight, ace detective. She’s on the case of a potential serial killer who has a unique method of killing people, and she encounters almost as many red herrings as a trawler man on a long fishing voyage. She has a crime fighting partner who’s a little distracted, a sergeant who’s a bigoted bully and a police chief who wants results fast.

Let me state right now that I rarely read crime fiction, and when I do it tends to be written by Colin Bateman.

For the most part, Ties That Bind is
Enjoyable read, but I failed to connect with the main characters. Madison eats, sleeps, and breathes her job and doesn't seem to have a relationship outside of her work. We really know nothing of her past or the reason she has issues with an ex-fiance in the story. She's extremely hard-working and driven, admirable traits, but she doesn't flesh out much from there. She seems to be all business, until she playfully punches her partner on the shoulder. Repeatedly throughout the book. Somehow, it ...more
Lorena Angell
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ties that bind--First off I love book titles with double meanings and this one is certainly that. This is a great read for those who enjoy detective novels and chronological play-out, oh, and the excellent twists of skilled writers. I found myself trying to guess where this book was going only to be pleasantly surprised where it went. Without giving anything away, something that stuck with me since completing the book is Detective Madison Knight's reactions to viewing the deceased women her own ...more
C.C. Cole
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Ties That Bind" features ace career-minded heroine Madison Knight, an investigator of a homicide, but when the number of victims increase, so does the complexity of the case and the suspects. This is an easy, entertaining read, perfect for readers that follow crime dramas. The editing errors noted in the negative reviews on amazon I didn't find as a big deal and to me didn't detract from the story itself. Four stars!
Kenneth Hoss
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Carolyn Arnold pulls you into the world of Madison Knight and doesn't release you until the very end. I found myself unable to stop reading this book. A must read for the mystery fan. You will fall in love with Madison Knight.
Pete Morin
I enjoyed Arnold's dialogue quite a bit, and she's knitted a nice suspenseful story, but I felt that the narrative lacked punch in places. There were some problems for me with the plot, which I shall not mention, lest I be a spoiler.

All in all, a good read.
Dec 10, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Pleasure

This book has elements of a cozy mystery and of a police tale. I enjoyed reading it, even though I correctly guessed who-dun-it I believe Carolyn Arnold has the makings of a great author so I look forward to catching the next in the Madison Knight series.
Sep 13, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I quit the book. It didn't capture my interest.
Ruth Hill
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

First of all, please note that this is an edgier mystery than the typical cozy mysteries I review. Readers will find some mildly disturbing scenes and some strong language within the book, but it is no more than what might be seen in a PG-13 movie or even some cable channels. It is still relatively mild, and it does not harm the overall story.

In truth, I
Just sort of a meh read. It didn't have the spark of other police-type books I've read (although they're usually combined with some kind of fantasy or paranormal element). I wasn't enamoured with any of the characters. The story was flat and didn't really grab me. I felt that the killer's POV was unnecessary.

Something that bothered me was the (no doubt unintentional) message that brow-beating someone until they give in is a-okay. Madison constantly bothers her partner to open up about his
Brenda Fryland
Jul 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just found this series with a free book from Goodreads or Bookbub. It was 5th in the series, but sounded great. Happily, I found that the first book was free as well! Downloaded it and read it in 2 days! Interesting female main character -- a detective. But she's not this super tough miracle worker like so in many other mystery/police novels. She's flawed and can be emotional and actually behaves like people I know. She's real! Of course, that means Madison is a bit annoying as well... There's a ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I gave this book a 4 star because it seems so many stories about Women Detectives show them to be very smart and good at seeing things beyond the big picture, yet they have to fight the men to get the recognition they deserve. Madison Knight is always having to prove herself to her higher ups. She therefore has a harsh personality and seems to be in a bad mood with everyone. She is not the character that gives you the feeling that you want to care about her. I think she may get more caring as ...more
Jun 02, 2018 rated it liked it
I read this book on the planes from Athens-Munich-Boston. Inspector Madison Knight is called to the murder of a young woman who has been strangled with an expensive tie, was naked, and appeared to have been connected to the headboard with hand cuffs. Madison and her side kick Inspector Terry Grant soon had two suspects - a jealous former boyfriend who had disappeared, and a man she had recently met in a bar, the Weathered Rose. Then, there was a second killing of a young woman, who was also ...more
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A good plot is essential. This one was very predictable. No spoiler here but this is a plot that has been used many times before. Usually, when an author is using a time tested plot, there is a unique spin on it. Not so with Ties That Bind. If a good plot is essential, strong likeable characters are crucial and this is where the book disappointed me the most.

Madison Knight is hyped as a strong independent female, the kind of character I like. Rather than finding the character that I would have
Naznin Azeez
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Carolyn has a way of writing that you are so drawn into the story and everything around you becomes a blur. Such detailed & amazing police procedurals.

The book title is a great play on words, perfectly summing up the story. The protagonist is a woman, a strong female character. She is Detective Madison Knight and she strives for truth and justice. She is not a stereotypical woman, as on she is not at all interested in marriage or motherhood ir even having dogs, for that matter... She is
J Fearnley
There has been plenty said about the bad grammar, lack of proof-reading and editing by other reviewers with which I agree. I would just say that this does irritate and makes the experience of reading much less enjoyable. That said I finished the book.
It was ok. However, especially as it is the first in a series, it needed to flesh out the characters, especially Maddy. Why have two senior officers behaving so similarly? And with similar reactions from Maddy to them? Why did Maddy behave like she
Betty  Schroyer
Good start

Good start, but quickly moved into a typical female anti-hero. I had the plot when the photos showed up. I would like to day this was a good book, but I just can't get beyond ok. No I don't like perfect people, and I loved her flaws but I don't see her as hard hitting. Too much left out in both detectives personal fronts that kept getting in the way of the story line causing confusion for the plot and investment of the characters personal attributes. Couple hundred mired words could
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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.

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