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Madison Knight and a police car silhouette with light flashing. Stiles Police Detective badge with yellow tape - POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT.TM

Ties That Bind (Detective Madison Knight Series)

Ties that Bind by Carolyn Arnold jogger’s feet on asphalt surface with police tape over it faded over an image of a check pattern tie

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Madison Knight is one hard-boiled female detective, so when a case she’s working turns into a hunt for a serial killer, nothing’s going to stop her, not even mounting pressure from her superiors or a distracted partner. She’ll go it alone if she has to.
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4-Stars-for-Books-Small Rating 4 stars*

Author: Carolyn Arnold
Series: Detective Madison Knight Series, Book 1
Genres: Hard-Boiled, Mystery, Detective, Police Procedural
Publisher: Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc.
Year: 2011
Length: 264 pages

Print ISBNs: (4 x 7) 978-1-988064-09-3, (5 x 8) 978-1-988064-10-9, (6 x 9) 978-1-988353-06-7

Book Overview for Ties That Bind

The hunt for a serial killer begins…

Detective Madison Knight concluded the case of a strangled woman an isolated incident. But when another woman’s body is found in a park killed with the same brand of neckties, she realizes they’re dealing with something more serious.

Despite mounting pressure from the sergeant and the chief to close the case even if it means putting an innocent man behind bars, and a partner who is more interested in saving his marriage than stopping a potential serial killer, Madison may have to go it alone if the murderer is going to be stopped.

Testimonials & Reviews for Ties That Bind

“Arnold had me hooked from the very first page of Ties That Bind and the reason for that was Madison Knight. Madison is an unconventional and feisty heroine and from her first appearance, grumpily eating a chocolate bar for breakfast, I adored her. In addition to a cast of believable characters, Arnold has created a plot that is both exciting and gritty. The twists and turns of the novel are often unexpected and I had no idea how the novel was going to turn out. All I knew was that I couldn’t wait to find out and consequently found myself unable to put the book down. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes an unpredictable and consuming crime novel. I am so pleased that Madison Knight is part of a series because I can’t wait to read the next one.”
—E.L. Lindley, Author of Don’t Look Back

“A great read for those who enjoy detective novels… it made me stop and think. I love books like that.”
—Lorena Angell, Author of the Unaltered Series

“There were some very twisted but brilliant clues left… Arnold kept me completely absorbed with the action, as well as the dialog between characters, while reading this book. If you like crime dramas, police procedurals and suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat thrillers with a strong-willed, intense female lead, you have got to read this book! You won’t be disappointed. I highly recommend.”
—Sandy Wolters, Author of Rock Star Series 

“Usually it’s hard for me to read cop books without picking them apart but once I started this one I couldn’t put it down. TIES THAT BIND was more realistic than anything I’ve ever read and for the entire book I felt like it was me. The way Carolyn wrote Madison describes me and the way I work and even my personal life to a t. I have never felt more connected to a character. Thank you for creating something so real.”
—Deputy Rebecca Hendrix, LeFlore County Sheriff’s Department, Poteau, Oklahoma

“I related to this story immediately. It is truly believable in its writing as it is vivid. I felt a kinship with the main character and that continued throughout the story. Well written and I am looking forward to more in the series. Highly recommended.”
—Richard Goodship, Police Officer and Forensic Investigator (Ret.), Ontario, Canada

“Coming from an author that is not in Law Enforcement, I was extremely impressed by the amount of research she must have done. From the needed sugar rush to put her emotions in order to view a murder scene to the tenuous and stressful relationships with the Brass Bosses, this book was dead on.”
—Stacy Eaton, Police Investigator and Certified Crime Scene Investigator, Pennsylvania, United States

“I thrive on rich characters and TIES THAT BIND did a superb job of capturing the law enforcement partner relationship.”
—Kevin Johnson, Sergeant (Ret.), Minneapolis, MN


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Other Books in the Detective Madison Knight Series

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Just Cause
Deadly Impulse
In the Line of Duty
Life Sentence