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The Alibi

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  19,855 Ratings  ·  534 Reviews
Sandra Brown's two previous novels, Unspeakable and Fat Tuesday, earned her a loyal band of romantic suspense fans and The Alibi is sure to increase the following. Mixing a little murder, some corruption, and a good bit of illicit romance, this novel makes the golf courses of Charleston, South Carolina, seem as seedy and fascinating as the back alleys of Chinatown.


Mass Market Paperback, UK Ed.
Published April 1st 2006 by Not Avail (first published 1999)
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Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I know I must sound like a broken record right but I truly enjoy all of the Sandra Brown books that I have read so far. Well, there was one that fell a little short for me but all the others have been such fantastic reads for me.

The Alibi is one of my top three SB books. This one takes us to Charlotte, South Carolina where we meet the sexy Hammond Cross and the stunning Alex Ladd.

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With each book I have read, there is something a little extra that I end up loving. Whether it is the location, th
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Wow!!! It’s been a while since I’ve read a Sandra Brown book…And damn, have I missed them! And l have to say that this is a difficult book to review, as I don’t want to slip up and give anything away.

Trust me, with this one… Just go in blind. Don’t read any reviews or even plot descriptions. Just start reading.

Hammond Cross

Just know that there are some incredibly juicy characters that await you. The writing is fabulous as usual, and the intrigue undeniable.

Alex Ladd

The dense air was
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed this book, as I have enjoyed every Sandra Brown book I have read.

Out here, he wasn’t a professional, or a colleague. Or a son. Tension, anger and the weight of responsibility began to melt off him. The sense of freedom was heady.

It’s more on the suspense and mystery than on the romance but don’t let that put you off. There are still some hot scenes.

“Dispensing with the frivolity, he kissed her meaningfully. When at last he pulled away, her troubled expression alarmed him. "
Una Tiers
After checking the book out by mistake, the plot once again was intriguing but looooooooooooooooooong. The romance was silly.
The culprit was well disguised. A good few ideas for mystery authors.
Sandra ~ ♥ Cross My Heart ♥
One night of "escaping reality" turns into a long, ominous nightmare for Prosecutor Hammond Cross. A spur of the moment decision turned into a night of passion with a mysterious woman who was gone by dawn's light. Hammond doesn't even know her name. He will before long, and it just may be his downfall.

Intriguing characters flaunt their way through The Alibi. At first they didn't seem to have any connection to one another, leaving me wondering where it all was leading. It soon becomes apparent as
I know I said the exact same thing about every other Sandra Brown novel I had read, but The Alibi truly is the best romantic-suspense ever to be written. And this time I'm sticking to my guns (well, at least until August, when her next one - Mean Streak - will be out).

Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Another excellent RS from Sandra Brown!
I'm really amazed how she manages to find a really inticate stories, full of tension and suspense!
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
I loved this slow building character driven murder mystery by the Queen of romantic suspense, Sandra Brown. In fact for me the motives of each of the characters involved in the murder of shady business man Lute Pettijohn on both sides of the law and the way they intersected were more of a page turner than finding out who actually did the murder. It's become a bit of a goal when reading a Brown to try and tease out her multiple threads and work out "whodunnit" (I didn't in this particular case) b ...more
♥ Nell ♥
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourite Sandra Brown novels.

Loved the relationship between Alex and Hammond; and Hammond and Davee.

Right from the get go Steffi comes across as harsh. I know she was trying to get ahead in a "man's world" but she seemed to hate every female.

The mystery aspect was great. All I know is that it wasn't Alex or Hammond. Everyone one else was up for grabs.

Wished there was an epilogue.
Rachel Regina
Overall rating: 4.5 stars!

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Pat Cromwell
Feb 10, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The absolute best Sandra Brown book ever. Hammond Cross is the best hero she has ever penned. The book moves at a fast pace. The ending is excellent! Ah... so tempted to give it 5 stars but only God rates a 5. I have 3 copies of the Alibi for fear something might happen to one and then I'd be without. I keep a copy on my bookshelf, my desk at work, and in my car. That way I am covered. There are very few books I am that anal about but this book along with Sharon Sala's Out of the Dark and Anne S ...more
4.5 Captivating Stars!

Fantastic!! I've been in the absolute worst reading funk of my entire career as an adult reader. I swear, if this book would've been another flop, I think I would've been done reading for a good long while. But leave it to the brilliant mind of Sandra Brown to bust me right out of it!!!

Amazing, unputdownable read!

Wish there would've been even a teeny epilogue. Even tho I know it isn't her style.
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Sandra Brown!! This woman kills me. I just don't know what I would do without her books!!! I'm beginning to wonder if I have some sort of addiction problem. I just can't get enough of her novels. Okay. All gushing aside, lets rip this book apart and see what's going on within the pages.

If you've read my reviews before, you know how much I love a flawed character. Sorry, but the more messed up they are, the more I love them. Come on, it's got to be easy to write the PERFECT character. Everyt
Mar 08, 2013 rated it did not like it

I received this book as a prize for English when I was 12, and it was my first experience of the modern thriller. Comparing it to my regular staple of classics I was utterly shocked by the amounts of sex and retarded writing. NOTHING stirred any emotion in me but I laughed quite a lot at how pathetic the book got with each page. One particular point of comedy for me was how horny the characters were. One time Hammond the lead guy breaks up with a girl and the
After reading Mean Streak this one felt short for me. A little confusing and the end twist sounded forced. Nevertheless, Sandra Brown will continue to be one of my favorite writers and I intend to read a lot more of her books.
Didn't really dig this SB mystery, I skipped until the last few chapters:(
Pooja Jeevagan
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Coming from someone who rarely gives out 5 star (just 10& of all read books maybe and even rarer to thrillers)...and damn, I have too many freaking reasons for it, including but not limited to:-

- it manages to keep the suspense....even when it dedicates last 50-60 pages pointing in a person's direction you don't feel is right, it keeps the mystery...any novel that is able to keep it for 80& of the span, is worth it...
- its a mystery book, but such soft mystery that half the book; you won
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This is a shockingly bad book about lawyers. There's some romance and a mystery involved; those were blah. The romance was based on immediate physical attraction that supposedly deepens into amazing trust and a willingness to sacrifice everything for each other . . . after one night when the two characters don't even know each others' names. I roll my eyes in disbelief.

But the legal aspects of this story made it almost unreadable for me. Every attorney/law enforcement officer has significant con
Wow I finally finished this book.... Took me long enough. I gave this book a 3 star rating because I did enjoy it, but I felt that the book took way too long to get to the point and didn't keep me turning the pages quite as fast.

This story was about a prosecutor named Hammond Cross who goes to clear his head one evening and decides to visit a fair where he runs into a beautiful woman whom he just has to talk to. At the end of their little escapade, he wakes up to find her gone. Pissed off royall
Oct 27, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love most of Sandra Brown's work, but this one really fell flat for me. It was almost 20% into the book before it's clear who the actual main characters are, and the 'romance' of this romantic suspense is about nil. This is pretty much a straight mystery suspense, which I was not expecting, and my rating reflects my disappointment in that.
Ivana Azap Feješ
I loved this book again - loved Hammond Cross and his gallant behavior. I have been little annoyed with Dr Alex Ladd, and her "damsel in distress" act. Good plot line, an you will never guess who the killer is. Great recommendation ;)
Joy (joyous reads)
Aug 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, sandra-brown
Ugh. This novel drove me nuts. It made me mad. But look at the time! It's 1:30 in the morning. Gah.
Nov 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Narrator: Dennis Redfield.

One of the best SB's I've read. Nothing she's written in recent years can match this 1999 murder mystery.

The MCs are flawed, vulnerable and fighting for survival - Hammond Cross, for his career, Dr Alex Ladd, for the same and her life. My thoughts about Hammond ran along the lines of 'not another think-with-my-dick hero', "it's black and white, dickhead!" and "you just met her, how can you be so besotted!" so in a way, Hammond Cross, cur
Julie Barrett
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Alibi by Sandra Brown
Luke is dead at the hotel, shot 2 times. They inform his wife and she's not surprised he's not been murdered from his lovers husband. He has had many affairs in the past and although they are married, live in the same house, she knows nothing of his style or meetings of his life.
At the hotel there was also several others who had come down with food poisoning that may have seen the murderer. The cops try to get through to the ER doctor that they must talk to the people ri
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was such a compelling read. I couldnt stop reading it and had to sleep late for 2 days. Loved the suspense. I loved how Hammond and Alex met for the first time. So cliche but romantic even though Hammond later turned into kind of a stalker for his obsession toward her. But I understand it. And i loved how they had to play cat and mouse with their coworkers for their love affair. It totally adds the thrill. And I cant wait to get my hands on another SB book.
Nomad nimrod
Nov 22, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
10% of this book is about hammond thinking about sex.
another 10$ of this book is about alex thinking about sex.
another 10% of this book is about both hammond and alex wanting to jump to each other.

There's not a single likable character nor mystery is any good and let's not even talk about the love story.
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick and 'dirty' summer read involving a murder, legal culpability, and much action. An entertaining crime drama set in Charleston, SC.
Karen San Diego
I wasn't expecting a romantic suspense when I put this on my to-read shelf. I mean, I am often confused by that – how do you say a novel is romantic suspense? Almost every novel has romance element in it. And after reading The Alibi, I got it – you say a book is a romantic suspense when the central idea of the book focuses on the romance and the suspense only comes second. This one qualifies.

I am a fan of thriller novels, those which contain some romance in it because really, what good is a book
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
I am becoming fond of Ms Brown's work. I think this is the third one I have listened to in recent weeks.
I love it when there are so many suspects in a story you aren't sure "who dun it!".
Well paced, nice twists and turns and wonderful character development.
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Sandra Brown is the author of more than sixty New York Times bestsellers, including STING (2016), FRICTION (2015), MEAN STREAK (2014), DEADLINE(2013), & LOW PRESSURE (2012), LETHAL (2011).

Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published over seventy
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“I'm sure you could have. Fending off unwanted male attention is a skill every attractive woman must acquire. But you're also a lady who was reluctant to cause a scene.. (Hammond Cross)” 15 likes
“Dispensing with the frivolity, he kissed her meaningfully. When at last he pulled away, her troubled expression alarmed him. "What?"
"Be careful, Hammond."
"No one will know I was here."
She shook her head. "Not that."
"Then what?"
"You may have to put me on trial for my life. Please be careful that you don't make me fall in love with you first.”
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