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Detective Madison Knight Series 9 book covers
Detective Madison Knight Series 9 book covers

Detective Madison Knight Series

Murder. Investigation. The pursuit of justice. 

Nail-biting police procedurals for those who love their mysteries honest and true to life. These stories are praised and respected by law enforcement for their accuracy and pull readers into the investigations, enticing them to put the clues together and solve the case before the cops. Step behind the crime scene tape, enter the morgue, and get an up-close look at forensics with Detective Madison Knight. She’s with Major Crimes for the Stiles Police Department—a fictional US city with authentic cases. She’s fiercely independent and tenacious and will stop at nothing to get justice for murder victims.

It’s always recommended that you start a series from the beginning, but you could read the books on their own or out of order. Installments include: Ties That Bind, Justified, Sacrifice, Found Innocent, Just Cause, Deadly Impulse, In the Line of Duty, Power Struggle, Shades of Justice, What We Bury, Life Sentence (Prequel).

Profanity: Mild with the odd slip to moderate
Graphic Violence: Mild to moderate

JD Robb, Michael Connelly, and Janet Evanovich.

Law & Order, CSI, Blue Bloods, and Women’s Murder Club.

The Books in the 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

In this gripping crime thriller, women are being murdered, and Detective Madison Knight investigates. Deadly family secrets surface, and Madison rushes to save another victim. Book 1 in the series.

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Justified by Carolyn Arnold blood spattered money on a green background

No one can be trusted in this absolutely gripping mystery that has Detective Madison Knight investigating the brutal murder of an entrepreneur on Christmas Eve. Book 2 in the series.

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Sacrifice by Carolyn Arnold winter scene, water and snow with necklace and pendent engraved with CC on a blue gray background

In this brilliant, heart-pounding mystery, Detective Madison Knight pits herself against two of the most powerful men in the city to find justice for young man.  Book 3 in the series.

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Found Innocent by Carolyn Arnold image of a man's boot on a shovel being pushed into the ground on a orange background

In this gripping thriller, Detective Madison Knight uncovers a connection between the death of a young pregnant woman and a supposed suicide a few days prior. Book 4 in the series.

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Just Cause by Carolyn Arnold woman holding a pistol pointed at you and a police car silhouette with flashing lights on a midnight blue background

In this nail-biting crime thriller, Detective Madison Knight will need to face off with powerful enemies if she’s going to find justice for two murdered defense attorneys. Book 5 in the series.

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Deadly Impulse by Carolyn Arnold Stripper over an image of a dark alley with a dumpster on a dark teal background

In this totally addictive crime thriller, Detective Madison Knight seeks to find the truth as to why a girl and her aunt were murdered. Book 6 in the series.

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In the Line of Duty by Carolyn Arnold badge with morning band covering the middle of the badge resting on a rippled US flag.

In this brilliant action-packed mystery, Detective Madison Knight is pushed to her breaking point as she rushes to solve the murder of a fellow officer.  Book 7 in the series.

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Power Struggle by Carolyn Arnold, a man and woman in a standoff on a city street at night.

In this absolutely chilling mystery, Detective Madison Knight investigates two murders and uncovers a criminal power play that puts her and her loved ones at risk. Book 8 in the series.

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Shades of Justice by Carolyn Arnold, Silhouette of a woman looking over a city at dawn.

In this addictive, gripping mystery, Detective Madison Knight investigates a high-profile double homicide that may have her risking her badge. Book 9 in the series.

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What We Bury by Carolyn Arnold

In this totally gripping, heart-pounding thriller, Detective Madison Knight puts her own life at risk while investigating the murder of a Jane Doe. Book 10 in the series.

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Detective Madison Knight series Book 11 by Carolyn Arnold

Coming Spring 2022

Life Sentence by Carolyn Arnold good looking couple in front of a mansion with flames coming up from the bottom on a forest green background

In the prequel to the Detective Madison Knight Series, defense attorney Bryan Lexan takes on a Russian mafia boss for a client and may be in way over his head. Bonus Prequel.

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Praise for Madison Knight

“Madison is a relatable heroine and a brilliant detective. She’s not perfect, but she is smart and determined.”

The Faerie Review

“Her dedication to her job, her belief in her profession that cops were to protect and serve, her loyalty, her self-righteousness, her need for justice, everything caught my attention. There are very few characters with whom I can fall in love at first word, and she was one of them.” 

Shalini’s Books & Reviews

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

I Heart Reading

“Madison [Knight] can play with the best in this genre–Alexandra Cooper, Temperance Brennan, Alexandra Copper, Aimee LeDuc, Lindsey Boxer…. If those names are familiar to you, pick up one of her books. I think you’ll come back for more!”

Robyn Ryan

Reader

 Madison is a relatable heroine and a brilliant detective. She’s not perfect, but she is smart and determined.”

The Faerie Review

“Madison Knight is a true renaissance woman—sharp, talented, and unbeatable.”

K.J. Howe

bestselling author of Skyjack

“I watch a lot of cop shows on television and no one can match my love for Jack Ryan/Tom Clancy, but Arnold has written one of the best female cops that I’ve ever read. And yes, I love Eve Dallas and her yummy Roarke, but I connected with Madison on a more personal level… Madison is just one of those characters that will stay with you.”

Harlie Williams

Harlie’s Books

“Madison Knight is a tough, sassy, and intelligent detective. She is a straight shooter and takes no crap.”

Kris Riley

My Blissful Books

“Madison needs to work harder than the rest as she is a female in a male-dominated world. But she is very good at what she does… She is dedicated and really cares… It is a breath of fresh air when you have a kick a** female as a lead.”

Krystal

KCB Reviews

“Because of the strong, intelligent, gutsy Madison Knight, this series is my favorite…”

GA Bixler

Bixler Reviews

“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.”

E.L. Lindley

Author of Don’t Look Back

“Madison is a detective in the major crimes division; she is an extremely tough no nonsense cop. She doesn’t care if she comes across as rude or abrupt; her main focus is finding the killer, even if she has so many obstacles along the way, including her own boss.”

Barb Liebman

The Reading Cafe

“Madison, is particularly headstrong and gung-ho and this makes for exciting fiction…”

Literary Flits

“Carolyn Arnold isn’t afraid to make her main character, Madison Knight flawed, but she does so without creating a weak character, but rather a stronger, more human heroine with real-life issues that go beyond her detective work.”

Tome Tender Book Blog

“Madison is smart, feisty and strong-willed.”

Linda Strong Book Reviews

“Madison. She 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. Not only this, her commitment issues made her relationship with Troy, her boyfriend, difficult, leading to more turmoil to an already long list of issues. Madison’s equation with her mother is another addition to a hard but realistic life of this character.”

Fanna

“Detective Madison Knight of Stiles PD, is a feisty, forceful, think-outside-the-box, driven woman.”

Goodreads Review

“What I like about the Detective Madison Knight series is how the female lead is not only a tough, go-getting officer she is also a woman with a big heart.”

Whispering Stories

“Madison is a beautiful, strong-willed woman who is successful and is constantly proving herself against the male brass in her field. She gets a gut feeling and follows it like a bloodhound, relentless to finding justice… I loved Madison as a character, she is not afraid to speak her mind or follow a hunch, she is empowering to women and a total chocoholic.”

I Create Purty Thangs

“It’s hard to be a successful woman in a man’s world.  Madison is a stubborn, head strong, determined detective.”

Keri Q

VooDoo Doll Book Blog

“Madison is a wonderful character that I think many readers will want to follow.”

Amanda

City and Book

“Madison is a fun and interesting main character… She’s what you’d expect from a female cop: tough, tom-boyish, sarcastic, fearless and intensely emotional and dedicated when it comes to her job. And yet she has a vulnerability that Carolyn does a beautiful job of illustrating just when you need to see Madison’s softer side. She’s lonely, as much as she refuses to admit it, and has deep regrets about her family that she can’t shake. Put together with her tough-as-nails persona, it gives Madison the genuineness required of a principal character, and made it very enjoyable to walk beside her throughout the book.”

Katie Jennings

Author of So Fell the Sparrow

“Madison Knight is a cop that does it her way, and won’t let anything or anyone get in the way of that.”

R. James Turley

Book Reviewer

“Madison is a kickass detective who was fearless, strong-willed and tenacious. She followed all possible leads as she was committed to solving this case. She confronted everything head on. I loved how the author portrayed both her personal and professional life. It shows her struggling to gain approval from her mom who does not approve of her career choice. This showed that there is a sensitive side to her kickass detective who was fearless, strong-willed and tenacious. She followed all possible leads as she was committed to solving this case.” —taken from her review of In the Line of Duty

Nadene

Totally Addicted to Reading

“Madison Knight is a cynical, tough-as-nails detective who hates political game playing and kowtowing to her superiors.  Her attitude can sometimes come across as brash, but she just wants to figure out the case and get justice for the victims.”

Laurie’s Thoughts and Reviews

“Madison lives in the real world.  The real world in general is rather gritty sometimes, and police work? Don’t get me started.  She’s not rich or famous … and she has problems that most of us can relate to, which can’t be solved by retail therapy, a visit to a day spa, or a couple of weeks in Bali to unwind.  I guess what I’m saying is she is not perfect, and who is?”

Back Porchervations

“Madison is a beautiful, strong-willed woman who is successful and is constantly proving herself against the male brass in her field. She gets a gut feeling and follows it like a bloodhound, relentless to finding justice… I loved Madison as a character, she is not afraid to speak her mind or follow a hunch, she is empowering to women and a total chocoholic.”

Goodreads Review

“Knight is relentless, determined to find answers and tear peoples stories apart in order to seek the truth… Her tenacity is what endears her to you, but behind her tough exterior you really get to see a vulnerable softer side to her.”

Goodreads Review

“Madison is cheeky, tough, sometimes outspoken and always on the right side of justice.”

Our Town Book Reviews

“Detective Madison Knight…a seriously tough cookie but rightfully so. Madison had been through a lot in her life and it has taken her to the point that she has to shelter her heart and throw herself into her job. Not only that but since she is the only female detective within the department, she has to prove herself even more and her every move is watched to the most minute detail.”

Nanette Bradford

Nanette’s Book Whore-ish Obsessions

“Madison is an amazing character. She follows her gut instinct and doesn’t just accept the easy answer especially when she is sure there is more to the story than can be seen.”

Tammy Hall

Tammy’s Tea Time

“Arnold has created a strong female lead in Madison that you will come to not only respect for her tenacity to solve a crime, but her personal quirkiness as well. Madison is a well-rounded character that both men and women will enjoy reading about.”

Ashley Fontainne

Author of Accountable to None

“Madison Knight is a well-rounded character with strong emotions and sharp intelligence…”

Dianne Rapp

Author of Murder on a Ghost Ship

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

Lynchberg Mama

“I loved Detective Madison Knight’s character. She was totally badass and goes in guns blazing!”

Irish Daisy Loves Romance

“Detective Madison Knight is very capable in more ways than one. She is career orientated and won’t let anything or anyone stand in the way of her current case.”

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