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Blood Orchid (Holly Barker #3)

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Blood Orchid: the name of Ed Shine's favorite flower --- and his latest real-estate venture. New to town, the dapper developer makes the acquaintance of Holly, her father, Ham, and her wily Doberman, Daisy, just as Holly is trying to get her life back together after the shattering loss of someone very close to her. But before she can settle back into her routine, bullets c ...more
Paperback, 357 pages
Published May 27th 2003 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published October 14th 2002)
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Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good,good dialogue,nice police work,lots of action and very suspenseful.....huge fan of S.Woods books!!! (paperbacks!)
Jul 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Woods female lead Holly Barker overshadows Barrington !

We had begun to tire of Woods' jet-setting playboy and sometime sleuth Stone Barrington, so this relatively new series starring Orchid Beach FL Police Chief Holly Barker has to our eye brought new life to his writing. In this third of the series featuring Holly, there are killings galore with a plot that moves along at a "murderous" pace. Indeed several attempts on our heroine's own life only add to the suspense as she unravels a tale stret
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Holly Barker is Chief of police. Real estate location, Palmetto Gardens, is up for sale. Two murders and an attempt on potential buyer, Ed Shine's, life prompts Holly to investigate. Ed Shine ends up buying Palmetto Gardens which he then changes to be called Blood Orchid. The suspects mob related activity just as the FBI steps in, trying to take over. Holly is determined to solve this mystery on her own, especially since it's all taking place in her jurisdiction. She soon uncovers secrets about ...more
What a delight to return to Orchid Beach and have Holly Barker in charge with her dog Daisy. Interesting that the mob returned to her beach front and tried to do the same thing the last guys did. (view spoiler) ...more
Jun 28, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another quick, fun Holly Barker mystery. Again the Police Chief of Orchid Beach gets mixed up with some nasty people and doesn't get all the support she should from the local FBI agent in charge. I think I liked the previous book in the series, Orchid Blues, because it featured more of Holly's dad, Ham. As much as I like having a woman "tough cop" protagonist, I feel that the author hasn't quite figured women out.

Jun 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Holly Barker almost a year after the death of her fiance on the day of their wedding. Still in Orchid Beach, and now it appears that two unrelated assassinations in other cities and a 3rd attempt (while she and her father Ham were visiting the developer) may be bringing a bad element back to Orchid Beach
Dec 11, 2008 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: subway readers
Shelves: suspense, fiction
It was a good book. The plot was engaging and interesting, I knew who the culprit was right away but that didn't make the book any less interesting. Perfect for commuters who ride - subway, bus or whatever else
Jan 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
The bad guy here was too obvious from the beginning. I can't understand how Woods could write this such that the main character is a believable police chief and yet had no thought there could be something going on with this guy.
May 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Holly and Ham make a new friend named Ed Shine but before long they begin to suspect that all may not be as it seems.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: thrillers
So far, the first one in this series is the best. Sometimes men writing women characters does not always ring true and that's how I felt about this one. While the mystery/adventure was good, it was somewhat a retread of the mystery in the first one. There are two more in this series and I'm going to read them because I do like the heroine's guts and I really like the dog.
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book. I love the Holly Barker books.
Aug 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Very light reading.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Fast read good for s summer beach day if you like mysteries
Jun 01, 2017 rated it did not like it
Terrible for too many reasons to list here.
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Holly gets a new beau.
George Hancock
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The 3rd novel in the Holly Barker series, very good
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third book into Holly Barker series and it keeps getting better. Audio book is wonderful, I love both readers.
This one was tough for me to rate. I certainly enjoyed it and wanted to give 4s and 5s just because I really like the idea of this character - actually, I generally really like the protagonist Holly Barker. The book, too, is an enjoyable, fast read; I think I read cover-to-cover in two day's worth of commutes. For me, however, there just seemed to be something missing; the book was a quick read but there was not too much to chew on. I also was turned off a few times by Holly's adult-mini-tantrum ...more
Andrea Corley
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I must say that I normally take to female authors, but I can certainly tell the difference between a male's writing and a female's writing, especially with this series! The subject of each book has been a more "manly" subject, per say, than many female authored mystery books! Which is actually a great thing for me, because it throws something new into the mix!

I have quickly come to love the Holly Barker series, and am ups
Synopsis: Blood Orchid is the third adventure of Chief of Police Holly Barker. This time out, Holly is trying to get her life back together after the shattering loss of her fiancé Jackson. With the help of her wily Doberman, Daisy, and her father, Ham as well as Ham's girlfriend Ginny who's a pilot, she throws herself back into the job with a vengeance. At a local restaurant, Holly and Ham meet a gentleman new to the area, rich and dapper developer Ed Shine, who has found an evocative name for b ...more
Feb 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: february-2016
Good side: Fast read.

This was the first of Stuart Woods' books I've ever read, and I was less than impressed. I had sorted out the plot (accurately, I might add) by page 100. I actually stopped there for a few days: I wasn't interested in finding out whether I was right or not. At the time, I figured "formulaic plot, wishy-washy heroine, a ton of convenient coincidences...I don't have time for this." However, I figured nothing could be exactly as it appeared, and at a friend's urging, I picked t
Jan 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
#3 in the Holly Barker series.

Holly Barker series - Holly Barker savvy, sexy ex-MP officer (and her dog, Daisy), is now police chief of the small Florida east coast town of Orchid Beach. Two out of three Miami bidders for a glitzy, gated residential complex with golf course are shot and killed. The third bidder, orchid fancier Ed Shine, a former New York real estate mogul and new resident of Orchid Beach, narrowly escapes the same fate. Shine renames his newly acquired property Blood Orchid, aft
Carl Alves
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it
In Blood Orchid, police chief Holly Barker is at the house of retired real estate developer Ed Shine's house when a gunman shoots up the place. Meanwhile, Shine purchases the former mafia owned estate Palmetto Gardens, which he is renaming Blood Orchid. Holly finds her house being bugged as she undertakes this investigation. The investigation takes her to Miami and has mafia ties all over it.

Although I found the novel to be entertaining and an easy read, I also found it to be a little predictabl
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I shall keep in mind that Stuart Woods would be a safe bet should I come up against needing something to read in the future. I had recently enjoyed another Woods’ novel (Doing Hard Time) where another reviewer said he was disappointed that Woods had gone to short novels such as it was. “Blood Orchid” is a different series, but the story-telling seems similar – and not really at all bad. I must admit that in the process of transferring the work to my iPhone, part 3 was placed after part 6 in the ...more
Aug 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Woods's third book in the Holly Barker series finds the savvy ex-MP is now police chief of the Orchid Beach, Florida Police Department. As the story begins, two out of three Miami bidders for a swanky gated residential complex with a golf course have been murdered. A third bidder, semi-retired real estate developer, Ed Shine, narrowly escapes the same fate. Shine brags about his big plans for the property he has renamed Blood Orchid, after an exotic hybrid blossom he has developed. After doing s ...more
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Jul 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: nls-audio
I normally don’t get too lathered up about whether I dip into a series in the middle, near the end or wherever. But in the case of this series, I encourage you to start at the top. That’s particularly important with this book, since it heavily references things that happened in book one.

Holly Barker is still the police chief in Orchid beach, Florida, and a new investor has come to town to look at some properties that were abandoned as a result of Holly’s work in book one to bring down the bad gu
Linda  Branham Greenwell
Feb 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-crime, 2013
A Police Chief Holly Barker Mystery
It has been almost a year since Jackson died (holly's fiance) and Holly has buried herself in work trying to block out the pain. Holly is the Chief of Police of Orchid Beach, a coastal town on the East Coast of Florida, and it is usually a very quiet job. However, when Holly and her father visit a new friend Ed Shine, a sniper fires a shot that almost kills him. Ed is a property developer who bid on a piece of land in Orchid Beach that the federal government is
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