The Little Grave (Detective Amanda Steele Book 1) by Carolyn Arnold {Book Review}

The Little Grave by Carolyn Arnold is a new series that I could not pass up giving a try. Let me tell you, I am glad I gave it a go because it was just as good as previous series by Carolyn Arnold and I cannot wait to read what comes in Amanda’s future!

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The Little Grave (Detective Amanda Steele Book 1) by Carolyn Arnold {Book Review}The smaller the town, the bigger the secrets.

​Detective Amanda Steele stops just inside the doorway, recognizing the victim’s face instantly. He seems so vulnerable in death; soft, human, even harmless. But she can never forget the evil he has inflicted. Her heart is hammering as she remembers her precious daughter, with her red curls and infectious laugh, and how she was lowered into that little grave…

It’s been five years since Detective Amanda Steele’s life was derailed in the path of an oncoming drunk driver. The small community of Dumfries, Virginia, may have moved on from the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, but Amanda cannot. When the driver who killed her family is found murdered in a motel room, she can’t keep away from the case.

Fighting her sergeant to be allowed to work an investigation with such a personal connection to her, Amanda is in a race to prove that she can uncover the truth. But the more she digs into the past of the man who destroyed her future, the more shocking discoveries she makes. And when Amanda finds the link between a silver bracelet in his possession and the brutal unsolved murder of a young exotic dancer, she realizes she’s caught up in something darker than she ever imagined and suspects that more girls could be in danger.

But as Amanda edges toward the truth, she gets closer to a secret as personal as it is deadly. Amanda has stumbled upon a dangerous killer, and she must face some terrible truths in order to catch this killer – and save his next victim as she couldn’t save her own daughter…

A gripping, page-turning thriller full of mystery and suspense. Perfect for fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan and Robert Dugoni.

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I am a huge fan of Carolyn Arnold’s writing! She writes amazing adventures with accurate information that leaves the mystery hanging until the very end – and I cannot get enough!!

Detective Amanda Steele is on a path of destruction that, while she has good cause, could lead her down a path that I do not wish to see her take; but what can you do?

She has lost her drive, her motivation, and is making some pretty precarious decisions in her life when she inserts herself in the potential murder of the man who killed her family.

What develops is an adventure of threats, mystery, and a crime that I did not see coming. Not to mention a suspect who was never even on my radar when it come down to it! (I love a good “who done it” that keeps me guessing!)

This is just the start of Amanda’s series and I cannot wait to see what comes out of her future. There is a lot of potential for romance, her job, and no doubt her career. I can see different life paths for her and cannot wait to see which direction she goes and how her life, hopefully, gets better.

About the author
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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