Monday, October 10, 2022

Review: LAST SEEN ALIVE (Detective Amanda Steele Book 6) by Carolyn Arnold @Carolyn_Arnold @bookouture


Detective Amanda Steele #6

by Carolyn Arnold

Published: October 6, 2022

Publisher: Bookouture

Genre: Hard-Boiled, Mystery, Crime Thrillers, Police Procedural, Organized Crime Thrillers, Serial Killer Thrillers, Murder Thrillers


The woman lies so still as her blood soaks into the soft bedcovers beneath her. A tear runs down her face as she looks at the wedding band on her finger. She had loved her husband so much…

When Detective Amanda Steele unexpectedly reconnects with an old boyfriend, the last thing she expects to see lying on his bed is the dead body of his wife, Claire, who walked out on him four years ago.

Logan begs Amanda to believe he’s innocent. But she doesn’t miss the gun on a nearby table, and she’s torn when forensics reveal that not only was this the murder weapon, but Logan’s fingerprints are all over it… Could he have been framed? Or is he using his connection to Amanda to get away with murder?

Determined to uncover the truth, Amanda retraces Claire’s last steps and finds that she visited her best friend the day before her death. But Amanda is devastated to discover that the friend died in a car accident just hours after meeting with Claire. What deadly secret connected them, and could more women be in danger?

But the killer is closer than Amanda realizes, and when her beloved daughter, Zoe, is threatened, she’s suddenly in a race to find the final clue before the person she loves most pays the price…

A totally compulsive crime thriller! Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine.

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My Review:

LAST SEEN ALIVE is the sixth book in the Detective Amanda Steele series. I must say that LAST SEEN ALIVE was just as interesting as all the ones that came before it. LAST SEEN ALIVE may be the sixth book in the Detective Amanda Steele series and can be read as a stand-alone without any mishap.

But I don’t recommend it as I believe that if this is your first book in this series or especially if it is the first book by Carolyn Arnold that you have read then I don’t think it will be the last.

I like the way Carolyn Arnold writes. I like that all her stories start out with a bang and just picks up from there as the tension increases, builds up and up right up until the end throwing one secret after another at you that keeps you in suspense from beginning to end. Once you pick up a book written by Carolyn Arnold you have to expect to be there for a while as you are not going to be able to lay it down until that last page is read.

In LAST SEEN ALIVE Detective Amanda Steele is back and solving crimes. This time around Amanda hooks up with an old friend, an ex-boyfriend to be more precise. After a night out Amanda and Logan go back to his place for a nightcap. After entering Logan’s bedroom they see a dead body lying on the bed. The body belongs to Logan’s wife who he broke it off with a few years back.

All the evidence points to Logan being the killer. Amanda doesn’t believe he did it. She wants to help Logan by proving that he did not do it but is not allowed to as she is too close to the case. But Amanda being the person and detective that she is has no intention of letting Logan be framed for something he didn’t do. Amanda will do whatever it takes to prove Logan's innocents.

As with all of Carolyn Arnold’s books I highly recommend LAST SEEN ALIVE to all those murder mysteries, and crime-solving sleuths out there in bookland. Grab your copy of LAST SEEN ALIVE today and help Amanda find the real killer if that is Logan or someone else! What do you think? Who is the killer? What was their motive?  

Author Bio

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has several continuing fiction series and has many published books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from police procedurals, hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures. Her crime fiction series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining. This led to her adopting 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 near London, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two beagles.

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