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Close Enough To Kill (Griffin Powell #6)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  2,554 Ratings  ·  110 Reviews
Close enough to touch...
He's their secret admirer, wooing them with phone calls, love letters, and special gifts. From a distance, he admires them. Desires them. Despises them. And when he gets close enough, he kills them all.

Close enough to kiss...
Adams County, Alabama, is a small, friendly place where everyone knows each other - but not well enough, it seems, because
Mass Market Paperback, 438 pages
Published July 1st 2006 by Zebra
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Sep 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
Close Enough to Kill was another great book by Beverly Barton. It is a romantic suspense novel that is definitely heavier on the suspense, but still has a satisfying romance. The hero and heroine were both great, thoroughly likeable characters, and they were well suited to one another. I enjoyed the way that their relationship slowly developed with friendship coming first. The storyline was interesting, with a suspenseful plot that kept me captivated.

Jim Norton is a detective who leaves the Memp
Julie Haigh
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes crime books eg Richard Montanari/Karin Slaughter
Recommended to Julie by: a friend
This is the first Beverly Barton book I have read-I had never heard of her but someone I knew was reading it and I thought it sounded good so I gave it a go. I looked on Beverly Barton's website and saw that she writes books under the 'Silhouette' label-I thought 'oh no' because I thought these were similar to Mills and Boon. Luckily this didn't put me off because I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality of her writing and I will definitely read another of her books. I have read all Richar ...more
Lat Leigh
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed this book. My first by Beverly. I was taken aback by some of her phraseology. Especially the term 'Whores bath'! I enjoyed her style of writing the wonderful adages and vernacular of the south. She never shied away from her plot, some of it hard to read, which made it an experience. I will be reading more of her!
Dec 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I found this to be a wonderful suspense-thriller with a dash of romance. There are some intense and rather graphic scenes, so this may not be for the faint of heart. It was a page turner for me.
Paula Brandon
Oct 27, 2016 rated it liked it
"Damn, what a pair of tits!"

I laughed and laughed at this quote, which is Jim's internal response when he finally gets to see Bernie naked. He's already had a crack at her promiscuous sister. He's a real catch!

The book is a weird mash-up of a cliched romance and a curiously blunt, gory serial killer thriller. Along with gooey feelings of love, there are women being anally raped with a wooden phallus.

Like I said, weird! Certainly not boring, though!
Jun 26, 2009 rated it liked it
Beverly Barton has the same theme to every book. I think she should do something new and unexpected. For this book, she did a good job of making you guess the suspect. I did manage to guess at once but then there were others that came along to make me second-guess it. Good mystery. 3/5 stars.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it did not like it
I'm mad at this book. It improved dramatically over the previous ones in the Griffin Powell series in that the mystery was pretty good (even if I did guess the killer right off the bat, but I'm pretty good at that). HOWEVER, the whole thing is ruined by the fact that the main male character is a total sleaze -- seriously, how many times can a character (view spoiler) and get a free pass? Gross. Also, ironically en ...more
Sheila Myers
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: suspense
My rating of "Close Enough to Kill" bounced around as I was reading running from a four to a five. There were some parts of the story I thought sounded a bit strange and made the characters seem weak, but that changed as I read and found explanations for the actions. The last quarter of the book had a really fast pace and, although I did guess who the killer was, I enjoyed the way Beverly Burton wrote the end. I enjoyed the plot and loved the characters. I look forward to reading more books in t ...more
Nara Rain
Awalnya saya ingin berhenti membaca novel ini karena heroinnya sepertinya sudah tua (astaga!). Kurang sreg membaca novel yang tokoh wanitanya berumur di atas empat puluh. Nah, dugaan itu sih datangnya karena jabatan dia plus nama yang agak gimana gitu ya. Tetapi semakin ke belakang, saya semakin tertarik untuk lanjut membaca dan akhirnya saya tahu berapa umurnya serta seperti apa karakter dia sebenarnya. Singkat kata, saya menyelesaikan membaca novel ini sehari semalam, kurang lebih ya, kurangny ...more
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was okay. I picked the killer out pretty quickly which made the book a little more boring. There were a couple of red herrings thrown out but not enough to really cause any confusion. I also didn't like some of the sexual phrases. I think the term "cream your panties" is gross.
Kelly Bond
Apr 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book with an excellent back story as well

I enjoyed the characters and did not guess the answer until the end
Erica Nicholas
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
although I guessed the killer and eventual end half way through, I still enjoyed reading how the drama unfolded. I definitely wanted to keep reading.
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The details were too graphic even for me and that is saying a lot. I just could not get past that part of the story.
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Renewed reading (at last!). Awesome book, even when I started to suspect an actual killer in first part of a book.
Emz Thompson
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book!! Will need to read the whole series.
Tiny Shen 沈帝妮
Karakter H/H oke, meski chemistry mereka menurut aku agak kurang. Lagi pula di Novel ini romance nya kurang berasa.

Misterinya cukup oke. Hingga pertengahan Novel baru bisa nebak sih..
Bad Girl Bex
Usual run of the mill serial killer guff & gubbins. Had figured out who it was by about page 100, which didn't necessarily take anything away from the pace or suspense, because Barton actually did a good job of dropping in enough red herrings along the way for me to doubt that I'd gotten the perp pegged, on at least two occasions. Obviously this book isn't a serious read. It's pure junk-food for the blackened soul of tragic folks like me who love vivid descriptions of torture and graphic vio ...more
[ book 2 of Griffin Powell Series ]
By Beverly Barton
Copyright © 2006 by Beverly Beaver
Penerbit Dastan Books
Alih Bahasa : Bunga Rae Santoso
Editor : Mayan Kalingi
Cover by | © photographer : Jean Schweitzer
Cetakan I : September 2008 ; 528 hlm
Rate : 4 of 5

Adams County, Alabama – sebuah kota kecil yang tenang, terusik dengan adanya peristiwa hilangnya seorang wanita muda bernama Stephanie Preston yang baru menikah selama 5 bulan, saat ia berada di k
Sep 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
kali ini bercerita ttg jim norton, kapten jim norton, detective yg menyelidiki kasusus pembunuhan di buku 1 (killing her softly) yg sekarang pindah ke adam county, alabama mengikuti puteranya, kevin yg diajak sang ibu, mantan istri jim.

ditempatnya yg baru jim menjadi kepala deputi bagian investigasi kriminal. atasan baru jim adalah sheriff bernie granger, seorang wanita.
bernie ini ternyata mengidolakan jim sejak jim & griff masih mrp bintang UT university.

ditempatnya yg baru Jim langsung men
Victoria McCormick
Feb 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
Predictable, outdated and unoriginal.

I picked this book up on a whim, read the rather corny blurb and decided to give it a go. I wouldn't say it's bad, but it's certainly not what I would call good either.

One of the biggest problems for me was the lack of strong female characters. There were bits of it which made me wonder when this book was written, because apart from Bernie, the lead character, all of the women in this book were objects whose sole purpose was to be with a man. Even Bernie at
Michelle (meshe)
Mar 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookcrossing
Author: Beverly Barton
Finished: 03/15/09

Close Enough To Touch

He’s their secret admirer, wooing them with phone calls, love letters, and special gifts. From a distance, he admires them. Desires them. Despises them. And when he gets close enough, he kills them all.

Close Enough To Kiss

Adams County, Alabama, is a small, friendly place where everyone knows each other -- but not well enough, it seems, because Sheriff Bernie Granger has a serial killer on her hands, a total psycho who stalks,
Sep 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Judul : Close Enough To Kill (Griffin Powel#2)
Penulis : Beverly Barton

Review :

Setelah aku baca ini, aku rasa Beverly Barton selalu mengusung tema yang sama di tiap novelnya. Ini tuh gak jauh-jauh amat sama 'The Dying Game' seluruh korbannya wanita, cantik dan juga populer. Tapi motif pembunuhannya lebih jelas dan masuk akal di Novel ini di banding 'The Dying Game'

Tapi Beverly Barton sukses bikin merinding dan tegang pembaca deh. Dengan cara membunuhnya yang kejam gorok-gorok leher gitu bikin aku
Dyan Eka
Aug 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Akhirnya novel ini kebeli pake upah asdos kemaren. Wahahaha.

Anyway, as expected, novel ini bagus. Walopun modus operandi killernya masih asikan novel beverly yg The Murder Game.
Ini cerita tentang deputi Scotty Joe yg terus membalas dendam pada wanita berambut coklat, cantik, dan populer. Wanita-wanita diberi hadiah, sketsa, kata-kata romantis. . . .ketika mereka terbuai, tersanjung, mereka diculik, disiksa, dan akhirnya dibunuh. Aksi Scotty Joe ini cukup buat penasaran sebelum identitasnya terun
Jan 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
I would like to start this review off with a large and loud I CALLED IT! I feel quite proud that the murderer ended up being one of the roughly three people I had pegged for it. And I know, I probably don't have any right to say "I called it" when I still had two other possible suspects, but it's better than usual for me.

Jim Norton decides he's going to this podunk town in Alabama so he can be closer to the son he barely ever sees and gets wound up in a new serial killer and the sheriff.

I think
Barbara ★
This book starts out with the brutal rape of Stephanie Preston. Unfortunately for Stephanie this is not the first time she's been raped since she was taken. The killer keeps them for weeks and gets progressively more brutal until he kills them. If you can't read about rape, then do yourself a favor and skip this book. It is about a serial rapist/killer and is very graphic.

Having said that, I must also say it's a really good story with really great characters. I particularly liked Bernie and Jim.
May 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library, 2009
This is the second novel I've read by Beverly Barton. It's the second book in the Griffin Powell saga. But Griffin wasn't really in this one as much as he was in the last. I've been reading this saga thingy backwards. I started with The Murder Game cause I didn't realize that the characters really began three books earlier.

I really enjoyed this novel. There was just enough suspense and mystery to keep my curiosity piqued and enough romance and stuff to keep me from being.. bored in a sense. I c
Dec 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you love steamy romantic suspense novels, you'll love this one from the late Beverly Barton, who passed away almost a year ago this April. In Adams Landing, Alabama, there's a serial killer on the loose, who's admiring women from afar, leaving presents and ghastly sketches. Once he kidnapped them, he tortures and raped them for a week to two weeks ago, and kills them. It's up to Bernadette "Bernie" Granger, the new Sheriff, and her new deputy sheriff, Jim Norton, formerly from the Nashville P ...more
Jay Jessmer
Jun 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A first rate thriller that never lets up. Extremely likable characters with excellent development throughout. Jim and Bernie's relationship was well-paced and handled very well, while Jim's relationship with his son, Kevin, added a nice human element to the frantic pace of the abductions and investigation.
As per the late Ms. Barton's forte, there are plenty of red herrings along the way, but even the fact that I pegged the bad guy fairly early on did not detract from my enjoyment of this one.
Chelsea McWhirk
May 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Absolutely everyone.
Recommended to Chelsea by: Found it at the store
This is an excellent book. I can't stress enough how entartaining it was and how well it kept my interest. A serial killer finds women, and tortures them. It is every womans worst nightmare. After abducting a woman, the serial killer rapes them and makes them say they love him, until he moves on to his next victim. When he finds a new victim, he'll make the woman beg to be "set free" and then they are killed. Sherriff Granger and Lead Investigator Norton are both committed to this case and as th ...more
Oct 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
The previous Beverly Barton book I read was 'Killing Her Softly' and I really enjoyed it. So going into 'Close Enough to Kill' I had bigger expectations, and 'Close Enough to Kill' quickly fell short.

My biggest frustration with it was I'd figured out the "who dunnit" part of the book very quickly, and ended up just page turning to see if indeed my prediction came true--and it did. I also felt there were to many victims. Since the villain lured each of his victims the same way it was like re-read
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Beverly Marie Inman was born on 23 December 1946 in Tuscumbia, Alabama, USA. Daughter of Doris Marie and Walter D. Inman Jr. A born romantic, she fell in love with The Beauty and the Beast epic at an early age, when her grandfather bought her an illustrated copy of the famous fairy tale. Even before she learned to read and write, her vivid imagination created magical words and fabulous characters ...more
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Griffin Powell (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • After Dark (Griffin Powell, #1)
  • The Fifth Victim (Griffin Powell, #2)
  • The Last to Die (Griffin Powell, #3)
  • As Good As Dead (Griffin Powell, #4)
  • Killing Her Softly (Griffin Powell, #5)
  • The Dying Game (Griffin Powell, #7)
  • The Murder Game (Griffin Powell, #8)
  • Cold Hearted (Griffin Powell, #9)
  • Silent Killer (Griffin Powell, #10)
  • Dead by Midnight (Griffin Powell #11)