Book Review In The Line of Duty by Carolyn Arnold

coverTitle: In The Line of Duty
Author: Carolyn Arnold
Genre: Mystery
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4,5 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

He devoted his life to seeking justice. But would she get any for him?

 It was an ordinary day for police officer Barry Weir. It was the end of shift, he was tired, and he just wanted to get home to his wife and kids. But someone had other plans for him—shooting him down and forcing him to make the ultimate sacrifice.

 When news of Weir’s murder reaches the precinct, it leaves Detective Madison Knight and every cop in the Stiles PD itching for revenge. It cuts Madison’s boyfriend, colleague, and Weir’s childhood friend, Troy Matthews, deepest of all, driving him away from everyone he loves, just when they need one another the most.

With evidence pointing to a gang-related drive-by, Madison and her team investigate the town’s seedy underbelly in search of justice for their fallen brother. But the deeper they dig, the more convoluted the case becomes. Now they need to figure out if this was a random shooting as part of a gang initiation, a straight-up hate crime, or a targeted kill. But with the Stiles PD under attack, they have to do it fast…before more people pay with their lives.

Carolyn Arnold is an excellent author. I discovered that much from reading her previous books. But from all her books I’ve read so far, In The Line of Duty, is hands down my favorite.

Detective Madison Knight is the protagonist in this series, and this is the seventh book so far. But even without reading the previous books, you can just pick up this one and enjoy the story. It does make it tougher to keep the characters apart and figure out how they’re all connected than if you’d start from book one, in my opinion, but it’s definitely doable.

Anyway, on to the story. Barry Weir, police officer, gets shot. Detective Madison Knight and her team are itching to catch Barry’s murderer. The one must devastated about Barry’s passing is Troy Matthews, Madison’s boyfriend and Barry’s childhood friend.

Evidence points to a gang-related drive-by, but the deeper Madison and her team dig, the more convoluted the case becomes, and the less likely that Barry Weir was shot in a random shooting…

I don’t want to spoil the story, but there were some clues I picked up on, and others I completely missed. The author did a fabulous job describing the inner workings of a police station and police proceedings.

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

This was a gripping, suspenseful story, and highly recommended to anyone who enjoys a good mystery read.

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