Fans of the crime genre have a new series to get excited about. Published through Bookouture, this series stars Detective Amanda Steele with Prince William County Police Department out of Woodbridge, Virginia.
What commissioning editor Emily Gowers of Bookouture says about this venture:
“I am so thrilled to be working with Carolyn on this new series. In Amanda, Carolyn has created an incredible lead detective; smart, motivated and real, from the opening chapter Amanda’s strength and pain draws in the reader and keeps us rooting for her right to the final bitter reveal. I can’t wait to publish this book and show readers what has me so excited about it!”
The first instalment, The Little Grave, is available now for pre-order from popular retailers, and it’s already picking up some terrific reviews on NetGalley!
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…
This is what advanced reviewers are saying:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “You know those books you tell yourself you’re only going to read a little bit of before bed and then end up reading the whole thing instead? This is one of those books. From the very start, I knew I was going to be hooked. That feeling only increased the further I got into the story. And that ending? Never would have put money on that one!”
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Great first book in a new series and I’m now looking to get my hands on the rest… ‘Cause that was intense.”
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Exciting and thrilling and kept me reading late into the night.”
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Carolyn Arnold’s newest series opens with a heart-pounding mystery… Amanda is a character that evokes sympathy and respect. I can’t wait to read what happens next for her.”
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “A really great mystery with an unexpected ending.”