This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Luke Murphy. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Kiss and Tell by Luke Murphy
Genres: Crime and suspense, Thriller
Release Date: July 15, 2015
Publisher: Imajin Books
Source: Author, Luke Murphy
Purchase at: Amazon
"With the death of her father..."
Officer Charlene Taylor has received her dream promotion-working Homicide with the LAPD. Her first case is the high-profile murder of Ken Anderson, a playboy UCLA professor with a haunted past. A mafia kingpin, billionaire tycoon, cheated wife and jaded lover are only a few on a long list of suspects, all with motive and opportunity.
."..all hope of reconciliation is lost. "
Not only does she feel the pressure from media and her boss to solve her first case, but Charlene must also deal with her father's murderer, the "Celebrity Slayer," a serial killer who enjoys baiting her with his knowledge of her life and routines.
"Can a rookie detective work two high-profile cases and still keep her sanity? "
"Luke Murphy scores big with this deep psychological thriller. Just when you think you've got things pegged, Murphy serves up another twist. Fast paced and fun, you won't want to put this book down." -Tim Green, New York Times bestselling author of Unstoppable
"An intricately detailed and clever mystery featuring a tough minded but vulnerable protagonist with more than a few demons of her own. The twists and turns kept me guessing to the very end." -Christy Reece, New York Times bestselling author of Nothing To Lose
"Luke Murphy's Kiss & Tell is a character driven page-turner with an interesting plot. The main character, LAPD Detective Charlene Taylor, draws the reader into her world for a ride throughout the book. This is one definitely not to miss." -Dianna T. Benson, bestselling author of The Hidden Son
"Luke Murphy's heroine, Charlene Taylor, is tough and tender. Kiss & Tell is a first-rate police procedural. Hang on. You'll have fun." -James Thayer, author of The House of Eight Orchids
"Luke Murphy's novel, Kiss & Tell, has lots of twists and turns, and police procedures where the good guy, in this case, Charlene Taylor, is not always good. The characters come to life with suspense, drama, explosive action, and an ending you never see coming." -John Foxjohn, USA Today bestselling author of Killer Nurse
Dark, grisly and intense! The entire time I was reading this story I had a feeling of foreboding coupled with a sense of tension that there was always a threat looming in the background. Several times I felt myself willing the main character Charlene Taylor to make different choices, lol. There is a great hook right from the prologue and the story is filled with suspenseful twists and turns.
Having been recently promoted to the homicide division Charlene and her partner Larry catch a break with a high-profile murder case but Charlene also has become hot to investigate the Celebrity Slayer case especially once she realizes that her father was indeed killed by the Celebrity Slayer. Charlene is for reasons unknown targeted by the Celebrity Slayer who has developed a fascination with her. That storyline alone would have been enough to keep me interested but there were also crimes to be investigated and Charlene’s personal problems dealing with her demons as well as her personal relationships that added a dramatic flavor to this novel.
This is a great police procedural work of fiction. There are several unrelated crimes that are intricately woven together but the one aspect that really will mess with you is the one that builds between Charlene and the Celebrity Slayer. The character of the Celebrity Slayer is what gives this novel its psychological thriller feel. What builds between them makes it almost feel like we are voyeurs to a lust-mance. There is also this cat and mouse game being played between them and it will keep you on the edge of your seat!
Charlene’s character is written basically as a smart but borderline drunk with commitment issues but she has an underlying tenderness that we see when she evaluates crime scenes and interacts with victims. I liked Charlene’s character. She has an element of realism that I can appreciate. Even the supporting characters were brought to life with descriptive writing. There were also several times I found myself being grossed out by the depictions of the crimes scenes. Nicely done!
In the beginning the transitions were rough but it smoothed out as the story went on. The ending was completely pleasing because I was not sure of the villain until the very end and how that all went down was sa-tis-fy-ing! When reading any story that involves an unknown killer you suspect everyone which made this story all the better because the way it was written it did point to everyone. In the end I had suspected the character who was indeed guilty but I held out hope that maybe not because honestly I was hoping for a different outcome for that character. That was the best part of this story for me, not being sure until the events unfold, it is one thing to suspect but entirely another if I know. I highly recommend to fans of both crime fiction and thrillers!
*Thank you to Author Luke Murphy for this complimentary copy of Kiss & Tell*