Series: Madison Knight

Review: What We Bury by Carolyn Arnold

Posted on November 2, 2020 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 20 Comments

Review: What We Bury by Carolyn ArnoldTitle: What We Bury
Author(s): Carolyn Arnold
Series: Madison Knight #10
Also in this series: In the Line of Duty (Madison Knight, #7), Power Struggle , Shades of Justice (Madison Knight, #9)
Published by Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc on October 28th 2020
Pages: 362
Genre(s): Mystery
Source: Publisher
Format: arc, ebook
Purchase: Amazon
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Series Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

She’s dying, and she knows it. If only she can stay alive long enough to leave one last message. As the rain beats against the metal roof, she uses her blood-soaked fingertip to scrawl on the floorboards... The letters GB.

Detective Madison Knight has been house hunting, but a call from her real estate agent has nothing to do with finding the perfect property. She’s found a woman’s body, stabbed multiple times. Madison arrives on scene and is presented with an unknown Jane Doe and two letters written in blood. There’s no murder weapon, and it seems Doe was attacked somewhere else.

As Madison works to find justice for the victim, Madison’s own life is put at risk. What she comes to discover is some people will go to extreme lengths to protect their secrets—even as far as murder. But will learning that lesson come too late for her?

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What We Bury by Carolyn Arnold reminded me of the reason I am a fan of the author’s work and also of her character Detective Madison Knight.

Madison struggles with guilt surrounding her sister’s kidnapping, while stressing over the fact her boyfriend has yet to propose. However, despite these issues, she never wavered in carrying out her job. Besides, her tenacious, zealous and caring personality wouldn’t allow her to. So, when her realtor called her regarding a dead body found in the garden shed of one of her client’s property, I knew in no time she would find herself buried knee deep into the investigation while trying to manage her personal life.

This story did not disappoint. It had everything I have come to expect from this series, and the case was no different. It raised several questions, who was the murdered woman, who wanted her dead, and why was she murdered? The more Madison dug; the more questions came to light and she would find herself embroiled in a web of deceit and lies.  Tying the clues together for the primary investigation proved challenging for both Madison and the reader. This is one of those stories where the reader and character solves the case together.
Meanwhile, her obsession with bringing the Russian Mob down and ridding the police department of corrupt cops seems to be spiralling out of control. It places her in danger, affected her personal life and has the potential to destroy her relationship with the man she loves.

I admired Madison for her independence, tenacity, intelligence and the extra mile she would go to find justice for victims. Madison struck me as a self-assured individual, but in this installment her insecurities and doubts came to light. At this point I saw a side to her I didn’t like, which revealed her personality flaws. It showed no matter how much someone may appear to have their lives together, something or someone can come along and shake it all up and, in the process, whittle away at their self-confidence.

Arnold delivered a fast-paced mystery, which will delight fans of police procedurals.  Overall, I had a good time with What We Bury, and can’t wait to see if Madison will finally achieve her goal by taking down the Russian Mob.

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About Carolyn Arnold

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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