Saturday, May 20, 2023

Review: Her Dark Grave by Carolyn Arnold @Carolyn_Arnold

Her Dark Grave

Detective Madison Knight #12

by Carolyn Arnold

Published: May 17, 2023

Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.

Genre: Hard-Boiled, Mystery, Detective, Police Procedural


Her eyes widen at her reflection in the steel blade as it comes closer, closer, closer…

Detective Madison Knight thought a midnight drive through the countryside would help clear her mind, but she thought wrong. Her car runs out of gas, stranding her in the middle of nowhere in pitch darkness. When she gets out to stretch her legs, the beam of her phone’s flashlight lands on a suitcase in the ditch. After she opens it, she’s sorry she did.

Tara Jackson was only twenty-one years old with her entire life ahead of her before she was stabbed to death and stuffed into a piece of luggage. Madison is determined to find her justice and soon uncovers that Tara was keeping secrets from those closest to her and suspects they may have gotten her killed. But while she’s exploring that lead, the body of another young woman is found in a sports equipment bag.

She looks just like Tara and is the same age, and Madison starts to wonder if the killer she’s after has killed before. Desperate, she turns to cold cases and missing person reports to see if she can dig up anything to further the investigation.

Madison finds eighteen-year-old Daphne Tucker, who was reported missing from the area three years ago. She’s a doppelganger to the other victims. Is the reason Daphne hasn’t been heard from because she’s dead too? And has her killer returned, hungry for more blood?

As Madison edges closer to the truth, someone is stalking her from the shadows, and she fears it just may be the twisted, demented killer she’s hunting. But can Madison outsmart him or her before she becomes the next victim?

This completely gripping bone-chilling crime thriller is perfect for fans of Lisa Regan, D.K. Hood, and Leslie Wolfe.

**The Detective Madison Knight Series is currently optioned for television and film and under development by Muse Entertainment and Pop Fiction.**

Readers love Madison Knight!

Madison Knight is a true renaissance woman—sharp, talented, and unbeatable.”–K.J. Howe, bestselling author of Skyjack

Madison is particularly headstrong and gung ho, and this makes for exciting fiction…” –Literary Flits

“Madison Knight is a tough detective, who will let nothing stand in her way to find the guilty.” The Reading Café

“Madison Knight is an intriguing protagonist. She’s independent, strong, capable, intelligent, and overall, a very realistic character.” –I Heart Reading

“Madison’s character is extremely well-written and realistic. She encompasses what all women should strive to become—an independent thinker, strong-willed, dedicated, and hardworking.” –Lynchburg Mama

Madison is an excellently crafted persona who isn’t flawless or ideal. She makes mistakes, she regrets making those mistakes, and tries her best to correct them.” –Fanna

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My Review:

Her Dark Grave is the twelfth book in the Detective Madison Knight series. Like all Carolyn Arnold’s book Her Dark Grave started off with a blast and never let up. The action just kept on pouring in and not to mention the twists that poured out page after page. There was never a dull moment to be had in Her Dark Grave. The more I read the more I wanted to read as I had to know who did it and why.

Detective Madison Knight was out driving around in the middle of the night like she has been doing for a while trying to dispel the ghosts that haunt her from a previous case.

On this one particular night, she runs out of gas. While she is waiting for help to arrive she decides to get out of the car for a little stroll to stretch her legs. She spots a suitcase lying in the ditch.

After opening the suitcase to see what is inside she now probably wishes she had not. What is inside is shocking to say the least. Inside the suitcase is the body of a young woman who has been chopped up to fit inside.

Detective Madison Knight sets out with the help of her partner to find out why the girl was stuffed inside a suitcase and why. But it is not long before another body has been found stuffed inside a sports equipment bag.

During her investigation, Detective Madison Knight learns about another young woman who went missing three years ago. Is the woman missing or dead? Is this missing woman’s case related to the case of the two women found in suitcases? If so what is the connection between all of the women?

Her Dark Grave had me racing to the end as I had to know the answers to all my questions. As with any story written by Carolyn Arnold, I was pulled in from the first page and I couldn’t lay it down until I had all the answers.

I would recommend Her Dark Grave to all fans of mystery thrillers or police procedural stories. Grab your copy of Her Dark Grave today!  

Author Bio
CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling 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 in London Ontario with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.

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