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A Stranger in Town

(Rockton #6)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  115 ratings  ·  72 reviews
In #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong's next Rockton book, A Stranger in Town, the biggest mystery is the fate of the town itself.

Detective Casey Duncan has noticed fewer and fewer residents coming in to the hidden town of Rockton, and no extensions being granted. Her boyfriend, Sheriff Eric Dalton, presumes it’s the natural flux of things, but Casey’s n
Hardcover, 368 pages
Expected publication: February 9th 2021 by Minotaur Books (first published February 2nd 2021)
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Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
My thanks to St. Martin's/Minataur Books, Kelley Armstrong and Netgalley.
Stuffs going down in Rockton, and I'm loving it!
A few of the older mysteries are solved and a few others pop up! People die, and of course there is a lot of trekking through the woods.
I loved every moment. Can't wait to see what happens now.
This is a series that should be read from the beginning. Even though I hated it. But, something kept me coming back. I think every book is better than the last!I
Matter of fact, I spent
This entire series has been a hit and miss experience for me. I actually gave up on it a few books back.... but just like potato chips, I craved more!

Unfortunately, this latest release found its way directly into the ‘miss’ pile for me. After loving her previous release Alone in the Wild, I was anxious to dive in.
But…oh my! I just couldn’t keep up with all the characters.

When Casey and Eric come across an injured woman in the forest, they rush in to help. Terrified and disoriented the wom
Susanne  Strong
Oct 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: buddy-read, netgalley
A new Rockton novel by Kelley Armstrong that unfortunately left me wanting.

Gosh.. What can I say here: I started out liking “A Stranger in Town” and then the storyline just completely lost me.

This novel included too many characters and too many groups of people - the hostiles, the settlers, the hikers, the danish, Emilie, Jay - a new resident, Sophie - the injured hiker, all of whom simply confused me and made it such that I was unsure as to who actually was “A Stranger in Town.” Simply put, I j
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have loved all the books in this series and sometimes wish I could become one of the residents of Rockton, even though I hate the cold.

On this, the sixth outing of the series, we are given a fine look at the town, its establishment, and the circumstances that have given rise to the first and second settlements, and the dreaded hostiles who are also inhabitants of this remote area.

When a stranger who is seriously hurt is found, it is the job of Casey and and Erik plus some other community memb
4.5/ 5 stars

A Stranger in Town is the sixth book in the Rockton/Casey Duncan series.

The mystery in A Stranger in Town is self-contained to this book. However I would highly recommend reading these books in order. It is possible to read this book without having read the others. But IMO the enjoyment will not be the same. There is so much history and character development. So I feel like a reader would not really understand the relationships if this series is not read in order.

I absolutely love Ke
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I am a huge fan of this series so I went into this book with pretty high expectations and they were all met. I was drawn into the mystery and couldn't wait to see how everything would come together in the end. There were some pretty unexpected developments and enough action to keep things very interesting. I do think that this series needs to be read in order since a lot of the things that they are dealing with in this book tie into previous mysteries. It was nice to check in wit
Denice Langley
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I am a Kelley Armstrong fan. I have read all of her books and loved them all. But, there is a reason why I and at least a million other readers consider her a world class author. Her books may be fictional, her characters not someone you'd meet on the street, but you easily get to know them as she builds them from page 1 of the 1st book. Yes, this is the 6th Rockton book. It can easily be read as a stand alone, but the first 5 are just as good as this one and you really do not want t ...more
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a SERIOUS Rockton fan! I doubt I could live there, cause I'm kinda wimpy and hate to be cold, but I would totally watch a "good" Netflix series ;) Tons of excitement here, love the bear attack. Waiting for the next part will be hard! ...more
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy cow! Although this book had many characters, it wasn't all that difficult to follow, especially if you've been reading the entire series. If you hadn't read any of the other books, you might find it a bit difficult to understand. Yet, it was a fantastic edge of your seat read. I recommend this book whole-heartedly to anyone who likes mysteries, alternate lifestyles, espionage, and just straight action adventures!

Welcome to Rockton, a place that most of us would hate needing to go live. This
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of A Stranger in Town.

I really enjoy the Rockton series so I was soo excited when my request was approved.

** Minor spoilers ahead **

Casey and Duncan, her loyal boyfriend and partner, are enjoying a non-eventful day with friends when an injured stranger crashes the party.

The stranger's appearance sets off a shocking chain of events that has Casey unraveling a criminal act from the past with a disastrous aftermath that has reverberated through Rockton for de
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, netgalley, 2020
Advance copy from NetGalley

I was so excited to get this so early! I’m quite fond of this mystery series, and this one really moved things forward with Casey’s investigation into the Hostiles. I’m not sure how long Armstrong plans to keep the series going. With the ending it had, I hope it’s just poised to go in a new direction and not getting ready to wrap things up. I want to fall on the floor and groan when I think about the long wait for the next one.
Oct 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
While I love this series, this one wasn’t my all time favorite.

Don’t get me wrong, I still liked it and I’m still all in. It’s just that this one reads more as a set up for what will make a very interesting (and necessary) next step in the series.

Casey and Eric are still awesome, and I’m loving Casey’s sister so much – she’s fast becoming one of my favorite characters. However the book focuses a bit more on the hostiles and I kind of missed the focus on the townspeople.

The book still moves at
Patricia Romero
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A Rockton Novel Number 9

We’re back in Rockton with Detective Casey Duncan and Sheriff Eric Dalton, along with all the characters we’ve grown to love! But this time the entire town may be in danger.

When a badly injured tourist from a group of four bursts out of the forest screaming and hysterical, Casey and Eric take her back to Rockton’s clinic for April to examine her. At the same time, a new resident shows up who understands the woman is speaking Dutch. Hm…

Are the hostiles at work again? Or is
Dec 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Casey Duncan accompanied her friend to Rockton, a tiny spot in the forbidding Canadian northern forest, where white collar criminals can buy their way in. She was brought in as an investigator to help the sheriff and another deputy keep order. There are some issues in Rockton, years ago, one group lead a rebellion and broke off from Rockton; they are known as the First Settlement. Then, another group broke off and became the Second Settlement. From the Second Settlement arose the wildings who ha ...more
Oct 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Kelley Armstrong's sixth book in the Rockton series foreshadows changes that may take place. Do the council want to close Rockton for good? Is that the reason for fewer people being accepted into the community?
An injured woman stumble into a gathering of teenagers by a lake. Detective Casey Duncan and Sheriff Eric Dalton happen to be there at the time and quickly realize this could be an attack by hostiles. The woman doesn't speak English and is in bad shape. Casey and Eric have a bad feeling ab
Christina O.
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Another great addition to the Rockton series. I’m pretty sure this book had every kind of threat from hostiles to settlers, outsiders, council, and nature. Basically, everyone and everything was giving Casey a hard time. If you have been following the series, A Stranger in Town is certainly a must read since it makes some significant progress on the overall plot. I love getting to read more about Rockton and spend time with its large cast of characters, and I can’t wait to see where Armstrong w ...more
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is book 6 in a series. You can read and enjoy this mystery without reading the earlier books, as the author is very skilled and briefs as you go along, but it is more satisfying to start with book 1.

A Stranger in Town was a very satisfying read. The immediate mystery is solved, as well as a running subplot is resolved in a way I did not expect at all. When I finished the book, I was all admiration for the great story Armstrong had come up with. In book 6, quite the achievement. As with all
Jessica M
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge Kelley Armstrong fan, and A STRANGER IN TOWN lives up to her reputation as a fantastic genre/mystery writer. The Rockton series is one of my favorites, bringing back the main characters we love (Casey and Eric in particular), in a new mystery. The sixth book in the series, A Stranger in Town continues the bits and pieces we love -- Rockton, the side characters, their ongoing relationships that keep us entertained -- and adds a new conflict: Rockton is being shut down. I adore that th ...more
Sep 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley, Kelley Armstrong and St. Martin's Publishing Group for early access to A Stranger in Town by Kelley Armstrong. I've been thinking aa lot about the question, "who is your favorite author?" It bugged me because I like so many authors and genres and it really depends on my mood. Then I realized that Kelley Armstrong writes so many genres, has so many series and standalone novels, and I love them ALL! A Stranger in Town is the sixth book in the Rockton series. Casey and Eric hav ...more
Leah Hines
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another thrilling story in the Rockton series. So much happens in this book. The pacing is action packed and fast. Casey and Dalton have more than one mystery on their hands. It's full of twists and tension. I love the relationship between the two and the community. Over the course of the series I have become invested in this town and the people in it. I was surprised by the direction things took. I suspect we are coming to the end of the series and I will be sad to see it end. I can't wait for ...more
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Stranger in Town is the 6th installment in the Rockton series, and is another winner. An apparent tourist is found in the woods outside Rockton, badly injured and incoherent. Rockton Detective Casey Duncan’s investigation leads to even more mysteries as the plot takes off. This is a great series, with interesting characters that you get invested in, and an unusual and different back story as to the origin and purpose of Rockton. This is a stand-alone book, but I recommend reading at least the ...more
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
***I received an advanced e-copy of the book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review

In this next book in the Rockton Series, when an injured hiker is found she is brought into the infirmary. It was believed that the hostiles attacked her. Then, when one of the founding members of Rockton shows up, just as more hostile attacks happen, Casey and Eric get the news that Rockton is being shut down. Now, they not only need to stop these attacks, but they need to protect their town and prevent
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC for an honest review. I swear the Rockton Series just gets better and better. I love this series. Kelley Armstrong knows how to pull you into the story. This book Is about Casey and Dalton in a secret small town in the Yukon called Rockton. It is a community that help hide people who got into trouble (suppose to be white collared crime). The council runs the town from the safety of civilization. Casey is the detective, and Dalton is the sheriff. They became a couple. In this ...more
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was given the opportunity to read the ARC for this book, and when I opened it and read the description, I realized it was the sixth book in a series. I then went to Goodreads to see if I had read the series, and if so - where had I left off. It did sound familiar...

I had read the first and second books but for whatever reason, I had not gone any further. I have this really weird thing that I can not explain, but I have a VERY hard time reading books out of order. If I see a book that interests
A Stranger in Town is another solid installation in Kelley Armstrong's Rockton series. Which is to say, it's not super exciting, but is instead a slowly building piece of a developing world. I really didn't find the main mystery gripping this time, perhaps because the book spent more time on Casey's relationships with her boyfriend/ town sheriff Dalton and her sister/ town doctor April and on learning about the world around Rockton than on the mystery itself. Developments I had been waiting for ...more
Oct 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rockton was created years ago in an isolated area in the Yukon territory, with the purpose of allowing a select group of individuals to pay to hide there for two years. People are constantly coming and going, but there is a core group to form continuity. Some residents are hiding from their crimes, some are hiding from their abusers, and some just need an escape from life in civilization. All of the residents have secrets, which only the sheriff and the council that overseas Rockton know. They a ...more
Brit Andrews
Dec 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Receiving this book from Netgalley prompted me to start at the begging and work my way back to this one and oh my What a time it has been....

So this time around we start with an injured stranger presumed to be a lost tourist stumbling through the woods. Naturally she happens upon Casey and Eric because well because of course she did. And naturally they try to help her getting her desperately needed medical care despite a language barrier. Luckily they are presented with a resident of Rockton tha
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Detective Casey Duncan and Sheriff Eric Dalton are out in the forest and come across a group of teens out having a good time. Glad that the teens are not doing anything stupid, Casey decides to leave when a woman staggers out of the forest and collapses. She’s been attacked, but by what or whom can’t be determined because when the woman speaks it’s in a language that no one recognizes. Casey doesn’t have a good feeling about this. When the Council that rules the town decides to shut down the tow ...more
Joanne Hurley
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to St. Martin's/Minotaur Books, #KelleyArmstrong and #Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review "A Stranger In Town" - the 6th (cannot believe it's six books already!) instalment in the highly entertaining Rockton series.

As with every one of these books, things happen at an almost breakneck speed - it's almost like the 'Perils of Pauline" as each chapter seems to end with someone in danger and someone exclaiming "What the f**k!"

Casey and Eric stumble upon a gravely injured touri
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It’s Kelley Armstrong, so of course,I loved this book. I have enjoyed all of her books and all the books in this series. If you have not read the previous Rockton books, read them before you read this one or you probably won’t understand the story. An injured stranger, presumably a hiker, appears in Rockton speaking an incoherent language. She is taken to Rockton clinic under April’s care. Worried she might have been with a group of other hikers, Casey and Dalton begin a search and make a grisly ...more
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Kelley Armstrong has been telling stories since before she could write. Her earliest written efforts were disastrous. If asked for a story about girls and dolls, hers would invariably feature undead girls and evil dolls, much to her teachers' dismay. All efforts to make her produce "normal" stories failed.

Today, she continues to spin tales of ghosts and demons and werewolves, while safely locked a

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