Friday, May 6, 2016

Notorious by Carey Baldwin (thoughts)

Summary from Goodreads:

"The woman everyone loves to hate is dead.

Dallas socialite Cynthia Langhorne is infamous for her beauty, her philanthropy, and her home wrecking--until she's found shot through the heart and posed nude at a fundraising ball. The case is high profile, and there's a bigger problem: Cindy is the wife of a decorated FBI special agent--the prime suspect in her murder.

When the Bureau sends FBI profiler Atticus Spenser and forensic psychiatrist Dr. Caitlin Cassidy to Texas on behalf of Dutch Langhorne, the special agent-turned-suspect, they're suspicious of the very man whose interests they're supposed to protect. But with a psycho hitman on their heels and a trail of evidence leading up the food chain, it quickly becomes clear this is no ordinary case. The truth points to someone--or something--larger than Spenser and Cassidy ever thought possible. Solving this case is no longer a matter of clearing Dutch's name--it's a matter of national security."

My Thoughts:

I enjoyed this book so much which has me completely excited about this author.  I also consider it to a big plus that I started in the middle of this series so now have the first two books to go back to.  Yay for not having to wait on the next book to release....well I guess I kind of do still but at least I have two other books to make that wait seem shorter.  Anyways, I knew after reading the above summary that this was a book that I wanted to pick up.  I love a good mystery series and one featuring a FBI profiler and forensic psychiatrist- well that is like my mystery reading catnip.  I can't resist!  What makes it even better is that this book was easily one of the best books that I read in April.  It was just that good!

In this book, Spenser and Cassidy get unofficially involved in the investigation of the murder of a prominent FBI agent's wife.  Unfortunately that FBI agent is also the prime suspect in the ongoing investigation.  Before long Spenser and Cassidy are pulled into a very dangerous search for one of the most unique killers that I've ever read about.  Also one of the creepiest killers would be another perfect way to describe this character.  This book was everything that I love in a mystery.  It had great main characters that I wanted to learn more about (hence why I need to go back to book one and two).  This book also was both twisty and unexpected when it came to the story line.....I was constantly guessing with this book.  I spent the majority of the time while reading trying to figure out who the killer was and it turns out that I wasn't even close to figuring it out by the end.  Yes!  I love when that happens and the author has me so completely sucked into the story at the same time.  I flew through the pages of this one because I just needed to see how it would all end.  Oh my goodness and that ending was even better than I had expected.  I can't say more as I don't want to overshare but this book was a nail biter.  It was a really good thing that I was reading this one on my Kindle or I might have peeked at the end.  I finished this book instantly ready to get my hands on book one which is a sure sign of a winner in my opinion.

Overall, I really loved this book and am so eager for more!  I have very high hopes that the other books in this series will be just as good as this one (fingers crossed).  As I'm pretty sure that I gushed throughout this entire review, I'm sure that you can tell already how much I enjoyed it.  It was one of those books that leaves you reading at a breakneck pace for the entire book.  I didn't want to set it down and am left eager for more.  What else could I ask for???  I would easily recommend this book to mystery and thriller fans alike.  Obviously I don't think that you need to read this series in order- I didn't and still really loved it!  Highly recommended!

Bottom Line:  An author that I am truly excited to read more of!

Disclosure:  I received a copy of this books thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss as part of a PICT tour.


  1. I can feel your excitement about this book and now it has me intrigued with this series. I'm glad to hear this can be read as a standalone. Will keep this book in mind. :-)

  2. I have been reading great reviews for this title and your enthusiam is definitely putting it on my TBR list.


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