Thursday, March 23, 2017

VBT + Review + #Giveaway: Remnants by Carolyn Arnold @Carolyn_Arnold @GoddessFish

by Carolyn Arnold
GENRE: Mystery


FBI agent and profiler Brandon Fisher and his team are called to Savannah, Georgia, when body parts belonging to three separate victims are recovered from the Little Ogeechee River. As the case takes one dark turn after another, Brandon finds himself embroiled in a creepy psychological nightmare.



THE TIME HAD COME TO select his next victim. He had to choose carefully and perfectly—he wouldn’t get a second chance. The mall was teeming with life, and that made for a lot of eyeballs, a lot of potential witnesses. But he supposed it also helped him be more inconspicuous. People were hustling through the shopping center, interested solely in their own agendas. They wouldn’t be paying him—or what he was doing—much attention.

He was standing at the edge of the food court next to the hallway leading to the restrooms eating a gyro. The lidded and oversized garbage bin on wheels that was behind him would ensure that anyone who did notice him would just think he was a mall janitor on his lunch break.

The pitchy voice of a girl about eight hit his ears. “Daddy, I want ice cream.”

Trailing not far behind her were a man and woman holding hands. The woman was fit and blond, but his attention was on the man beside her. He was in his twenties, easily six feet tall with a solid, athletic build. He’d be strong and put up a fight. Yes, this was the one. And talk about ideal placement—he was across from the Dairy Queen.

He wiped his palms on his coveralls and took a few deep breaths. What he was about to do wasn’t because of who he was, but rather, because he had to do it.

And he had to hurry. The family was coming toward him.

“It’s almost lunchtime,” the woman said, letting go of the man’s hand.

“Daaaaaaddyyyyy.” A whiny petition.

The man looked to the woman with a smile that showcased his white teeth. “We could have ice cream for lunch?”

The little girl began to bounce. “Yeah!”

“Really, Eric?” The woman wasn’t as impressed as the girl, but under the man’s gaze she caved and smiled. “All right, but just today…”

“Thank you, Mommy!” The girl wrapped her arms around the woman’s legs but quickly let go, prancing ahead of her parents and toward the DQ counter.

“Brianna, we wash our hands first.” The woman glanced at him as she walked by and offered a reserved smile. Had she detected his interest in them?

Breathe. She thinks you work here, remember?

Smile back.

Remain calm.

Look away and act uninterested.

My Review:

When body parts turn up in Savannah, Georgia, FBI Agent Brandon Fisher and his team is called in to investigate. They have no clues to tell them who the body parts belong to and so therefor leaves them with nowhere to turn for answers and who killed these people in such a brutal way or why? But when they decide to look into missing people in the area they start to build a profile for the body parts and hopefully the killer.

Who is killing people in such a brutal and violent way? What kind of mind does this person have? Is this the work of one person? Is the killer working alone or does he or she have help? Can this be done by one person? Can Brandon and his team find who is committing all these murders before it is too late?

When I read the summary and saw that Remnants took place not far from where I live I knew I had to read it. Besides I have wanted to read one of Carolyn Arnold’s novels for a while now. I love a good thriller book once in a while especially when it is filled with lots of body parts and gore like Remnants. One that will keep you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out either the killers next move or in this case the FBI agents or you know what is going to happen next. The author gives you just enough info to keep you hanging on trying to figure out whodunnit and then when you least expect it she slams you in the face with it and your like oh I didn’t see that one.

She also makes the characters seem like real people someone you would like to be friends with and get to know. She knows how to make the story seem so real and believable and hoping that the killer doesn’t decide to end up in your neighborhood.

This is the first book by author Carolyn Arnold that I have read and I hope it won’t be the last. I can’t wait to read more about Brandon’s cases and to see more of Brandon and his team. If you love a good thriller then you are going to love Remnants and Brandon Fisher of course.

Guest Post:
Five Steps to Profiling a Serial Killer


He’s five seven, in his thirties, walks with a limp, works in temporary placements, and is single.
He targets women because he was abused by his single mother, who slept around with men while
he was growing up.

If you’re a fan of serial-killer fiction, whether it be on TV or in books, you are probably left
shaking your head sometimes when the FBI sees some crime scene photos and immediately has a
profile of the killer. What are they, psychic?

As it turns out, profiling is actually a science, though not an exact one. In fact, many profiles
prove to have been wrong once the unsub is caught. So why bother profiling at all? Well, even if
some facts are off, profiling establishes a foundation from which investigators can begin their
search for—and hopefully catch!—the killer.

So what do investigators consider when building a profile?

1. Investigators focus on the crime itself. What do the crime scene photos show? What are the
autopsy findings? Are there any witnesses, and if so, what are they saying? What have police
officers noted in their reports?

2. Investigators visit the crime scene. They use their six senses—sight, sound, taste, smell, touch,
and intuition—and make a record of their reactions. They analyze where the body was found,
whether the murder was committed in the same location that the body was found or the body was
dumped. They question any and all aspects of the location and what it might tell them about the
killer and/or the killer’s victim selection, aka victimology.

3. Investigators look for a signature or method of operation (MO). Don’t confuse these two
terms, though, as they are not the same thing. Every crime has a MO, which is how the murder
was carried out, but a signature is not present in all cases. A signature only exists when a killer
chooses to leave behind a personal mark.

4. Investigators consider what kind of unsub might commit the crime at hand. For example, are
they organized or disorganized? Are they a hunter or a sexual sadist? Is gender, age, or religion
relevant? Is there is a geographical element to the crimes?

5. Investigators take a closer look at the victims. They factor in similarities and determine
whether the victims are low-, medium-, or high-risk people. Can any of the victims be connected
to one or more person or place? How were the victims approached? Is there evidence of
resistance, or is it possible the victims knew their killer?

Sometimes the answers to all these questions can be harder to piece together than others. In my
most recent novel, Remnants, Brandon Fisher and his FBI team struggle to build a profile on the
killer they’re hunting, as the identities of the victims are unknown and aspects of the MO vary
among the murders. But when a torso painted blue and missing its heart is found—something
they haven’t seen in any of the previous deaths—the case takes a dark turn that begins to provide
them with some new leads. As the story unfolds, the FBI is drawn deeper and deeper into a
creepy psychological nightmare. One thing is clear, though, even if they don’t have all the facts
yet: The killing isn’t going to stop until they figure it all out. And they are running out of time…

I invite you to read Remnants  and profile alongside the FBI to stop a serial killer in Savannah,

Remnants is available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover formats from popular retailers,
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About the Brandon Fisher FBI series:

Profilers. Serial killers. The hunt is on. Do serial killers and the FBI fascinate you? Do you
like getting inside the minds of killers, love being creeped out, sleeping with your eyes open, and
feeling like you’re involved in murder investigations? Then join FBI agent and profiler Brandon
Fisher and his team with the Behavioral Analysis Unit in their hunt for serial killers.

This is the perfect book series for fans of Criminal Minds, NCIS,  Silence of the
Lambs,  Seven,  Dexter,  Luther, and True Crime.

Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning: Eleven, Silent Graves, The
Defenseless, Blue Baby, Violated, Remnants.  


CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

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kitblu said...

Instantly hooked in and want to read this book. I was surprised to learn who is the selected victim.

Carolyn Arnold said...

Thank you for the great review! I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it and appreciate you sharing your thoughts with your readers.

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