Black Orchid Girls is book four in the Detective Amanda Steele series and they just keep getting better and better.
Disclosure: I received a complimentary e-book copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own unless otherwise noted.
The first rays of sun filter through the tall trees, casting a faint light on the girl lying at the water’s edge. Her tears have frozen on her pale face, a black orchid rests against her cold white skin.
When hikers find the body of a beautiful young girl on the banks of the Potomac River, Detective Amanda Steele is shaken and confused. What is the significance of the delicate flower resting on the girl’s torso? A sign of affection, or a twisted killer’s calling card?
The girl is Chloe Somner, a local nineteen-year-old ecology student well-known to the park rangers and loved by all her classmates. Searching Chloe’s home, Amanda can’t work out who could have tempted her to the water in the early hours of the morning, but a long night hunting through cold cases gives her a possible lead: twenty years ago another local girl was murdered, a red rose left on her body. But why would this killer strike again now?
Focused on the past, the last thing Amanda expects is the news that Chloe’s roommate has been found dead, another black orchid left. Terrified that more innocent victims will follow, can Amanda uncover the significance of the flowers and stop this cold-hearted killer before he returns for the next orchid girl…?
A totally compulsive crime thriller! Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Robert Dugoni and Rachel Caine.
I have missed Amanda and Trent and all their crime solving!
There is something in the air and I am starting to think it’s not just murder!
Carolyn Arnold is one of my favorite mystery writers! She leaves me hanging on and guessing until the very end and let me tell you; Black Orchid Girls was no different. I thought I had our suspect pegged from the get-go, but wow!
We had a lot of clues, plenty of suspects, and a crime that just kept on giving… and may have given long before now!
Carolyn Arnold has the most fabulous way of putting you right there with Amanda and Trent – immersing you in the crime scene while you work through the puzzle of determining who the killer is.
Each book in the Detective Amanda Steele series can be read as a stand alone without too much confusion, but they really have been a treat to read together and in order. Carolyn does an amazing job at bringing new readers up to date if you missed passed books, but I will tell you now; once you start one, you’re going to want to go back and read the others. They really are that good!
About the Author
Carolyn Arnold was born in a small Canadian 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. As an international bestselling and award-winning author, she has several continuing fiction series, including her popular Detective Madison Knight series. She offers readers nearly three dozen published books in genres ranging from crime thrillers and hard-boiled mysteries to cozy mysteries and action adventures. She currently lives north of London, Ontario, with her husband and two beagles.