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Girl Most Likely

(Krista Larson #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  2,633 ratings  ·  253 reviews
It’s never too late for revenge in this thrilling novel by New York Times bestselling and award-winning crime master Max Allan Collins.

In a small Midwest town, twenty-eight-year-old Krista Larson has made her mark as the youngest female police chief in the country. She’s learned from the best: her father, Keith, a decorated former detective. But as accustomed as they are t
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Published April 1st 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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"In a small Midwest town, twenty-eight-year-old Krista Larson has made her mark as the youngest female poli…more
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"In a small Midwest town, twenty-eight-year-old Krista Larson has made her mark as the youngest female police chief in the country. She’s learned from the best: her father, Keith, a decorated former detective. But as accustomed as they are to the relative quiet of their idyllic tourist town, things quickly turn with Krista’s ten-year high school reunion.

With the out-of-towners holed up in a lakefront lodge, it doesn’t take long to stir up old grudges and resentments. Now a successful TV host, Astrid Lund, voted the “Girl Most Likely to Succeed”—and then some—is back in town. Her reputation as a dogged reporter has made the stunning blonde famous. Her reputation among her former classmates and rivals has made her infamous. Astrid’s list of enemies is a long one. And as the reunion begins, so does a triple murder investigation.

Krista and her father are following leads and opening long-locked doors from their hometown to the Florida suburbs to Chicago’s underworld. They just never imagined what would be revealed: the secrets and scandals of Krista’s own past."(less)
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Chelsea Humphrey
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Chelsea by: Dennis
Shelves: from-publisher
3.5 stars rounded to 4

Girl Most Likely is a fun, fast-paced thriller that is most likely the first in a new series. See what I did there? It's a wonderful book to dive into if you're looking for something to blow through in a day, as Dennis and I both managed to do with ease. It's a breezy 287 pages that contains part police procedural and part domestic drama. I can picture this being the perfect vacation splurge, especially for a beach trip.

The prologue and first couple of chapters really grab
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Amazon Kindle First - March

I chose this as my Amazon first read as I thought Road to Perdition was a great story so had high expectations of this one. It started well and I think the polite version of what I want to say is that it then went pear shaped.

I understand this is a book in the tradition of a Scandi noir of which I have read many and enjoyed most. So here goes. Brace yourselves.

1. Having Danish ancestry does NOT make you Scandinavian. It’s as ridiculous as me saying I’m French because
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dennis by: Chelsea Humphrey
3.5 stars rounded up!

Alright everybody, this book was a lot of fun. Girl Most Likely definitely seems like the first of a new series and I am 100% here for it. The story centers around Krista Larson, daughter of retired renowned detective Keith Larson. Krista is the youngest police chief in the country and presides over small town Galena, Illinois. Galena is a humble small town, known for the home of Ulysses Grant. It honestly sounds like one of those towns that you'd pass on a cross-country
Girl Most Likely plays out like a midday-movie with a cozy murder mystery feel about it. The plot centers around a small town high school reunion in which a couple of classmates are brutally murdered. The local Chief of Police, also a classmate, investigates the murders with the assistance of her father, a retired police officer himself.

Whilst I generally enjoy novels by Max Allan Collins (Nate Heller, Quarry series to name a few), Girl Most Likely was bland with uninteresting characters who lac
Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
Who likes a good thriller? THIS GIRL!
Super fast paced and loaded with the best kind of drama to keep the reader invested. It’s a quick read, but a good one. Girl Most Likely is what I call a “waiting room read” easy to pick up and put down. Enjoyable and one you’ll want to keep in you bag.

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Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, nordic-crime
The author kindly sent this to me in exchange for an honest review.

This is Max Allan Collins's attempt at a Nordic Noir. Illinois is close enough to Denmark to count, I guess. It actually starts off with a murder that reminds me a lot more of old Italian Giallo movies than a Nordic mystery, with somebody in a black raincoat stabbing a young woman to death.

From there, we go to Galena, Illinois, where the youngest female chief of police in the country is hard at work, and her father, a well regard
Stephanie ((Strazzybooks))
I was excited to read this book because I really enjoyed Collins’ Criminal Minds books and his writing. Unfortunately I found myself more often irritated than interested. His writing style here reminded me of R.L. Stine - in that it is sometimes intriguing and makes you want to turn the pages, but mostly outdated.
It felt cheesy and superficial. A lot of descriptions of outfits and body weight (“an athletically slender gal” “an almost under-control weight problem”) and quotes such as: “A girl
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Girl Most Likely is the first of two volumes in Collins' newest mystery series. In it, Collins returns to his roots, a small midwestern town and explores what a light-hearted but bloody knife-wielding murder mystery might be like there. It is a sharp departure from the gritty hardboiled seventies-pulp-flavored action of the Quarry series or the big-city big-star feel of the Nathan Heller volumes. The two stars of the novel are small town 28-year-old police chief Krista and her recently widowed f ...more
Apr 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I had to sum up this book in one word, that word would be "ugh". I got it for free on Amazon and read it in less than two days, mostly because I was stuck on a plane for the majority of that time, but also because it is very short and very little happens, especially very little that is surprising. I would have finished it sooner if I hadn't spent so much time sighing and rolling my eyes.

What's so terrible about this book? I made a list:
- I have not made an accurate calculation, but I think
Jen (LOHF/Book Den)
Mar 22, 2019 marked it as dnf
Shelves: review-copy
OK, I'm quitting this book at page 72. I can't take it any longer.
Reasons for dnfing: the writing, the characters, the pacing, and the plot.
This was ok. Too many unnecessary details (precise descriptions of every character's clothing and items of furniture) made it drag. Interesting plot but lacking suspense and emotion. Narration was just ok, too (also lacking emotion). ...more
Todd Glaeser
I used to read everything MAC in the 80’s &90’s. Comics, out of print paperbacks, Quarry, Eliot Ness, Nathan Heller. I stopped sometime in the Heller series. Don’t know why. Too many “tie-ins,” tastes changed?

I picked this up, thought a reunion could be fun. I was a little disappointed. The main characters didn’t seem smart enough to connect the dots the author was putting in their way which were red herrings anyway. The actual killer didn’t come out of nowhere, exactly, but he wasn’t properly s
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
3.5 stars rounding to 4.

Remember that girl in high school you loved to hate. The one who stole all the boyfriends, who dressed impeccably, who made you feel tiny and was voted the Most Likely to Succeed? Well in this book, that girl is Astrid. She shows up to the reunion dressed to the nines and people are already fawning all over her.. again! Krista just kind of observes and is surprised when Astrid approaches her to apologize and ask for her help. When Krista shows up to her house the next day
MissBecka Gee
The overly descriptive writing was a bit hard to push through.
The constant in depth clothing descriptions made me feel like I was reading the fashion issue of Vogue instead of a mystery novel.
The story itself is good and the characters interesting.
The ending was rushed.
I will say it was a good surprise at the end...even if a bit rushed.
Hoping the second book is a little better.
Jul 08, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery, 2020
Krista Larson is the youngest police chief and a female, as we meet her she just gave her boyfriend the boot and made her father come and live with her in her parents original house. Her father being a retired policeman living on his own after his wife and Krista's mother died.
As the story starts there is a reunion starting in which Krista gets to meet her old classmates again. There is one guest who is actually the gril most likely to succeed and is actually the celebrity who got away and is n
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who loves a high school class reunion? It would probably be a lot more fun if murder wasn't on the agenda!

Chief of Police, 28-year-old, Krista Larson plans to attend the festivities for the Galena, Illinois, Class of 2009 reunion at Lake View Lodge, a little resort managed by one of the classmates. The event is well-attended with the highlight being the triumphant return of the "girl most likely", Astrid Lund. She's done very well for herself, as predicted, and people swarm to her all night long
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
#FirstLine ~ The girls would be there, of this much you are certain.

An intense and quick read that left me on the edge of my seat! This story is very character driven and is paced very well. You will get pulled into the story. You will be kept on your toes! You will think you have it all figured out to find yourself completely surprised! This book has a great setting, is thrilling and hard to put down! A must read for thriller fans! I also love that it is a new series to read!!!
David Highton
A decent police procedural - I suspect the first in a series
Yvonne (Fiction Books)
“It’s never too late for revenge”

From what appears to be a slightly different approach to the author’s usual style of writing, this was a well constructed, thoughtfully researched, police procedural / murder mystery, which packed a punch in the scenes when it needed to ratchet up the tension, throwing in just enough red herrings to maintain the intrigue and kept me guessing right to the end – and, I have to admit, still quite a way from me getting it right!

The core plot was very relevant and on
I agreed to read and review an uncorrected proof prior to its scheduled publication date.

"Girl Most Likely" is a readable combination of mystery and police procedural set in a small midwestern town. The lead character, the youngest female police chief in the nation, has potential, and I would not be surprised to see "Girl Most Llikely" to become the first of a series of "Krista Larson" books.

To make his characters more vivid to the reader on first encounter, Collins lavishes attention on outward
Crystal Zavala
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: little-bird
Girl Most Likely is about a ten year high school reunion for the class of 2009. That in and of itself is unlikely. At best, most 10 year reunions for Millennials is going to a bar. Social media has taken away the desire to get back together so soon. The occupations that these 28 year old's hold are laughable; a Police chief, high powered attorney (maybe out of law school 5 years at best), multiple business owners. Where are the retail workers, college students, blue collar workers?? The language ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Girl Most Likely

I really did enjoy this book. I found it very easy to get into and found it hard to put down.
I really liked the style of writing by Max Allan Collins, and I also found his characters likable, especially his two leading roles, Krista and her father, keith.

The story was gripping from the start, and during the book, I must have accused half the characters of being the killer. I never got it right, not until the end, when it was more or less revealed to me.

I wanted to rate this fi
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This book was given to me by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Small-town police chief Krista is attending her ten-year high school reunion in Galena, Illinois. When popular classmate Astrid is found stabbed to death in her home that shows similarities to a previous slaying of a classmate. Krista, along with retired officer father Keith, work together to solve the town's first homicide in decades. With everyone in town for the reunion, a whole slew of suspects are available to interview
Meaghan Petrowsky
Jun 04, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. This book reads like a 10th grader wrote it - and not a very talented one. The only compliment I can find is that I wanted to find out who the killer was, so I stuck it out. But I resented every minute that I'd never get back.

Ben Boulden
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
GIRL MOST LIKELY is the first in a two-book series from Max Allan Collins, featuring chief of police Krista Larson. Krista’s patch is Galena, Illinois; the small and beautiful and tourist rich birthplace of Ulysses S. Grant. Krista is a second generation police officer. Her father, Keith, was a decorated detective in nearby Dubuque, Iowa, and at 28, Krista is the youngest female police chief in the United States.

Krista is looking forward to her 10-year high school reunion in the swanky Lake Vie
Apr 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars

This book switches back and forth from the third person to the killer's point of view.

This book is about a ten-year high school reunion. Starring are the youngest police chief in the U.S. Krista Larson and her father Keith, a retired detective from a nearby town. They now live together in an old house in Galena, Illinois.

This is not a bad read; part mystery and part police procedural. It reminds me a great deal of a cozy. Something that bothered me about this book is that everyone was s
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Galena, Illinois is a small town which borders the states of Iowa & Wisconsin. Krista Larson is the young Chief of Police, following the career of her father , Keith Larson who was a detective. A big event is soon to take place,,,,the 10th reunion of Galena High School , class of 2009.
Unbeknownst to Krista is a plot for revenge that is being prepared by one of her past classmates or could it be one of her teachers?? The reunion will be a lot of fun as Krista and her classmates and her teachers
Apr 15, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Easy to read but hardly thrilling a story! One thing that annoyed me was the way people were described, there was always a long list of how they were dressed, designer brand and all... Filling words in my opinion! I did like the relationship between daughter and father but then again I'd rather read more about the dad than his daughter, unfortunately, father is now retired! ...more
Adam Richard
Mar 10, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
Tedious. First chapter being in 2nd person showed promise, but the rest has been dull and full of unnecessary detail, like he's trying to bump up the page count. I've enjoyed Collins in other media, but not here. I'm abandoning it at 22% ...more
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) in 2006.

He has also published under the name Patrick Culhane. He and his wife, Barbara Collins, have written several books together. Some of them are published under the name Barbara Allan.

Book Awards
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1984) : True Detective
Shamus Awards Best Novel winner (1992) : Stolen Away
Shamus Awards Best Novel nom

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