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The Last Move

(Criminal Profiler #1)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  15,240 ratings  ·  821 reviews
In this gripping stand-alone from bestselling author Mary Burton, an FBI agent must catch a copycat killer. The only difference this time: she’s the final victim.

Catching monsters helps FBI agent Kate Hayden keep her nightmares at bay. Now an urgent call brings her back to San Antonio, the scene of her violent past. A brutal new murder shows hallmarks of a serial killer ni
Kindle Edition, 338 pages
Published September 19th 2017 by Montlake Romance
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Mary Burton never fails me and The Last Move gives me yet another example of why I will forever be a fan of hers. She has this ability to sort of make you think you know what's going to happen, yet still keep you in suspense throughout the whole story. I love it and that's the whole reason I fell in love with mystery novels.

There wasn't a dull page in this book and I was extremely happy I started this book on my day off since I needed to read it in one sitting.
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Theo Mazur moved to San Antonio from Chicago to be near his daughter when his ex-wife announced she was leaving. Being new to the force in San Antonio he gets all the shifts that no one else wants but that lands Theo on the scene of a homicide along the side of the highway. A woman had been gunned down and at the scene is a cell phone leaving a message for FBI agent Kate Hayden.

When Kate gets the call from the homicide detective in San Antonio she immediately thinks they have a copy cat killer o
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars!

Disturbing, engrossing, and adrenaline pumping!

The Last Move, the latest novel by Burton, is a well-paced thrill ride featuring the tenacious and tough FBI agent, Kate, and the intelligent, patient homicide detective, Theo, as they join forces to hunt a serial killer with a penchant for reenacting the most heinous of crimes.

The writing is taut and tight. The characterization is well done. And the plot is a captivating police procedural with twists, turns, red herrings, family drama, de
Alex ♈
Solid suspense. Strong heroine.
Triggers: violence, murder on page.
Romance part was slightly underdeveloped, but it's a crime mystery, so I don't complain.

Liked the heroine a lot!

Standalone, safe, KU.
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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I thought that this book worked really well. I have only read one book by Mary Burton before starting this one but I enjoyed it so I was pretty eager to pick this one up. I was really pulled into the story from the start and ended up listening to the entire book in just a couple of days. This was a book that I wanted to listen to for hours at a time and completely enjoyed the experience.

Kate is an FBI agent and we learn pretty early
Linda Strong
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
HER LAST MOVE is a stand alone which features FBI Agent Kate Hayden and Homicide Detective Theo Mazur.

Kate is well known for taking down the human monsters. She is driven to find justice for their victims. Theo is a dedicated cop, relatively new to San Antonio, but a 10-year veteran in Chicago.

Attached to the murder victim is a not addressed to Kate. Calling the FBI, he finds that she has already caught the guy responsible for several gruesome murders, but Theo's case echoes those. Kate and Theo
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Great thriller with a little romance.FAst paced, suspenseful, with grat characters and many twist and turns that kept me hooked.
5 twisted stars !
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
FBI agent Kate Hayden catches monsters for a living . While she is chasing one of them who traps his victims in wooden boxes , she receives a call that a note has been left for her on the scene of crime in San Antonio .The problem is that she caught the killer and he was behind bars. Soon another murder occurs and it becomes obvious someone is copying the crimes that Kate has solved. Kate Hayden along with detective Theo Mazur race against time to catch this new deadly killer before he claims an ...more
RachelW (BamaGal)
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 Stars. I like Burton’s thrillers; but they are very formulaic, and have to be spaced out. Honestly, they are all pretty similar in tone. Still, it was a good read, if rather unrealistic. If Burton could ever break her formula, she’d be doing herself and her readers a huge favor. She’s got the writing talent...she just needs to reinvent her style.
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was really good! I have to thank my friend Alex for bringing this author to my attention. The suspense was done really well and kept me intrigued. The romance is definitely a small part of the book, but I didn’t mind because I was too invested in solving the crimes!
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
(I received an ARC from the NETGALLEY)
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"Catching monsters helps FBI agent Kate Hayden keep her nightmares at bay. Now an urgent call brings her back to San Antonio, the scene of her violent past. A brutal new murder shows hallmarks of a serial killer nicknamed the Samaritan. Tricky part is, Kate already caught him.

Either Kate made a deadly error, or she’s got a copycat on her hands. Paired with homicide detective Theo Mazur, she quickly realizes this murder is m
The Last Move was a suspenseful, quick-paced and action-packed read and I loved it from start to finish!

FBI agent Kate Hayden catches monsters for a living, which helps keep the nightmares of her violent past at bay. After a new case brings her back to San Antonio, Kate has to work to solve the new case while dealing with the memories of her past. When it becomes apparent this new murder looks to be by a serial killer Kate has already caught, she must determine if she caught the wrong man or if
Terri Wino
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-2017
3-1/2 stars.

Pretty decent romantic suspense from Mary Burton. I liked the dynamic between Kate and Theo, and the fact that there wasn't this super-fast, full blown romance between two people over the course of a few days, but rather a realistic mutual attraction and respect of each other that could lead to more.

The suspense part of the book kept me invested in the story and moved along at a good pace. I didn't round up to 4 stars because I did feel there were a couple far-reaching aspects to the
Ann Lou
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good suspense. I love the heroine. She devoted her adult life chasing monsters because of a tragic past.

"This life chose me"

I admire the Hero as well for putting her daughter first, above his career.

I really can't complain about the development of the romance because this is crime/suspense but I feel like the author left us all hanging. Maybe an epilogue would have been great. Even Kate said, people like her deserve happy endings too.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller, aar, arc
The Last Move is a new standalone novel from popular romantic suspense author Mary Burton featuring a prickly but pragmatic FBI Forensic linguistics expert who is frequently called in to consult on complicated cases that need to make use of her skills to analyse the language employed by murderers, kidnappers and other unsavoury characters in order to effect rescues and arrests.  It’s a very readable, well-plotted story that seems to be heading in one direction until the author pulls a handbrake ...more
Feb 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
I have read some other books from Mary Burton and always enjoyed the well written suspense. And here again, I'm not disappointed with this book.

Kate is an FBI agent dealing with the big cases of serial killers. She is called to Texas by Detective Theo Mazur when he finds in his city the body of a woman who, apparently, is killed by a famous Samaritan — a serial killer whom Kate caught. Kate does not want to go back to her home town which is associated with difficult memories of her father's murd
Sandra Hoover
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-suspense
I'm working my way through Burton's books and enjoying every minute of it. FBI agent Kate Hayden is working to solve cases that mirror some of her old cases in which villains have been caught. As events escalate, it becomes clear she's being targeted. With the help of Homicide Detective Theo Mazur, she begins working the clues and soon comes to realize the killer is playing a game of smoke and mirrors with her and time is running out. The Last Move is a fantastic start to a new series that I can ...more
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I was in the mood for some romantic suspense and The Last Move did the trick. I liked that the romance didn't overtake the suspense. There were some predictable moments, but other than that it was a good read.
Lady Delacour
I'm so disappointed.
The first 18% of this story was so good.
Then, it turned R rated with
untasteful content and language.
The murder mystery itself was ok.
Narrator Teri Schnaubelt did a nice job.
Skipped over embarrassing parts.
Not Clean. Crude and Foul language.
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romantic-supense, arc
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

Serial killers are just not my thing. I have to be in a really off mood to enjoy those books. Just not there right now. Anyway, I have read and enjoyed other books by Mary Burton, but this one just isn't for me. I found both the hero and heroine to be distant, and the writing was disengaged. Neither the plot or the characters for the first half of the book grabbed me and made m
This Mary Burton novel is a new standalone and I did enjoy the main characters. You have Kate, who is a prickly FBI Forensic linguistics expert teamed up with detective Theo Mazur, from Chicago PD, who moved to San Antonio when his ex-wife moved there with their teenage daughter. They are brought together to solve a serial killer case that Kate thought she had brought to justice. I thought this was a strong plotted novel though I still had a few lingering questions in my mind at the end.
Teresa A. Corbitt
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing

A great book that turns out to be about an fbi profiles solving murders committed by three men, but there is several twists.
Carol Irvin
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 and 1/2 Stars ✨ And my first book by Mary Burton and I definitely want to read more!! Suspenseful and couldn’t put it down! What a good way to start reading in 2018!
Trish R.
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Mary Burton writes such great books about serial killers, and this was no exception.

I really liked Mazur and Kate. He was new to San Antonio and she was brought in when a killing happened that resembled a killer’s work that she had put in jail. Then, when a killer got away that she was tracking got away in Utah, she had to leave it up to her partner to catch him while she went to San Antonio, only to have that same killer, Drexler, show up in San Antonio to get even with her for finding his late
Adrian Lawrence
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book grabs your attention from the first page and soon shows itself as a well thought-out thriller. The police procedural nature of the plot flows realistically without any superhero nonsense and, thankfully, the romance is limited. The characterisation I thought was well developed and was kept guessing to the end. An enjoyable read by an author I will definitely be reading more of.
Tracy T.
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good story and narration. (audible review)

This was a good serial killer mystery. I enjoyed it. There were some twists and turns that kept you guessing. I liked Kate and Mazur they made a good detective team. I really enjoyed Kate's personality and character. She was different, in a good way.

The story line and plot was good. There is a lot of dialogue throughout the entire book. This book definitely kept my attention and was entertaining.

As for the narration, I was good. Teri Schnaubelt did a go
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Last Move is the latest book from author, Mary Burton. Ms. Burton shows that she is not slowing down anytime soon. The team of FBI agent Kate Hayden and Homicide Detective Theo Mazur is a great pairing. They work well together. Both are detail orientated and professional. There were a few tense moments where both could have lost their cool but they remained focused at the task at hand. Which paid off in the end game.

Although, there was some chemistry sparking between Kate and Theo. I was ro
Apr 02, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
If you do not clearly label your cross-genre romance novels as romance novels, then some unsuspecting, hapless reader will pick it up thinking that is actually the genre it purports to be (crime thriller, in this case) rather than the genre it ends up being (romance). No. Just... no. One star for you.

Also: I am somewhat to blame. Here is a note to my future self. If the viewpoint protagonist is female, and every single male character in the book is attracted to her then you can quit reading at t
3.5 stars

I've yet to read a book by Burton that I didn't like. Like those books, this one was twisty and suspenseful and full of rich characters.

Kate is a fiercely dedicated FBI agent with little personal life, only partially by choice. She's blunt, lacking in social graces, and works too hard. She's driven in part by events in her past. Theo is a divorced cop who left his long-term police job in Chicago to follow his ex and their daughter to Texas. No, he's not stalking them or being creepy; he
Book Lover
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Kate Hayden is an FBI profiler specializing in forensic linguistics. She is blunt, direct, speaks her thoughts, struggles with small talk, doesn’t socialize, and doesn’t get close to people. I had a really hard time relating to Kate’s character.

Theo Mazur is a detective with the San Antonio police. He is a transplant from Chicago, moving to Texas when his ex-wife does so he can still be actively involved in his teenage daughter’s life.
A murder similar to a serial killer Kate has put in prison
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Mary Burton, whose latest novel is NEAR YOU, loves writing suspense, getting to know her characters, keeping up with law enforcement and forensic procedure, morning walks, baking, and tiny dachshunds. She also enjoys hunting down serial killers, which she does in her New York Times and USA Today bestselling novels. Library Journal has compared her work to that of Lisa Jackson and Lisa Gardner, and

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