The Final Showdown – Power Struggle by Carolyn Arnold @Carolyn_Arnold


Oh yeah, Power Struggle is another fabulous Detective Madison Knight thriller by Carolyn Arnold.

So, let’s step inside and read about the final showdown with her hitman!

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Power Struggle (Detective Madison Knight)
Mystery/Crime Fiction
8th in Series
Hibbert & Stiles Publishing Inc. (November 28, 2017)
Hardcover: 320 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1988353661
Paperback: 460 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1988353647


Major Crimes Detective Madison Knight has mixed emotions about Jimmy Bates murder. Maybe it was Karma that he’s lying in his bed, brutally murdered. After all, he was responsible for her grandfather’s death.

Could the hitman that had almost killed Madison be back to finish the job? Could the Russian Mafia be tying up loose ends? Can she, will she, be able to move past the personal and be a professional? Her friends, coworkers, and family are concerned, but they do not stand in her way.

She lives with the head of the Stiles Police Department Swat Team, Toby Sovereign. I am hoping she doesn’t do something foolish, like keeping secrets from him and putting herself and those closest to her in danger.

I love Toby. Thank goodness he has the patience to put up with her stubbornness. Madison has has severe commitment issues. Lies by omission are still lies. I would find it hard to trust her, as does Toby, but he loves her dearly and hopes she will come around, me too.

Sometimes I wonder if she has a death wish because she can be so reckless and careless. I think that strong characters do have a wish to keep those they love from being a victim or put in the path of a bullet, and feel they are able to handle things themselves. And I do love my strong women, so who knows, maybe I would do the same thing if I wasn’t more of the spectator type.

Power Struggle is a complicated mystery. As the deaths pile up, the mystery and danger grows. Lives are at stake and we know Bulldog Madison will put it all on the line. Maddie, if I am ever in trouble, I’ll be calling on you. Even when she’s on the verge of losing her self control and sanity, there is that special something that clicks in her mind, refusing to give up as the pieces fall into place.

Action, suspense, not so much romance, but lots of love from Troy, Terry, her partner, coworkers, family and friends. They all play an important part in her life and I feel like they are my friends too.

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Power Struggle by Carolyn Arnold.

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One hit man who’s back for revenge.
One detective who’s not going down without a fight.

It’s been ten months since Detective Madison Knight almost died at the hands of Russian Mafia hit man Constantine Romanov. She hasn’t seen hide nor hair of him since he escaped police custody and fled to Russia soon after his arrest, except now her latest murder investigation gives her reason to believe he’s back in town. Seeing as the victim is the man who killed her grandfather, her perspective may be a little skewed, but with the MO smacking of Constantine and the victim’s connections to the mob, she finds it hard to be objective. Still, she’s doing her best to consider all the evidence.

When she receives a threatening letter from Constantine, however, her suspicions are confirmed. And he’s made it abundantly clear that not only does he plan to finish what he started but he has her family and loved ones in the crosshairs, too. Madison vows to do whatever it takes to save them, but as the hours race by, the body count rises. And the stakes only get higher when Madison’s sister, Chelsea, goes missing.

Now, Madison’s only play is to take Chelsea’s disappearance for what it really means: Constantine is calling Madison out for one final showdown. And they won’t both survive…


CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling 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 and Sisters in Crime.

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Review of Bigger Than Jesus

by Robert Chazz Chute

Bigger Than Jesus
Jesus, a hit man for the Machine, found himself on the roof, remembering what started it all – 911, the World Trade Center attack. Because he felt the need to make them pay, he had joined the military to earn his citizenship, kill Osama bin Laden, collect the 10 million dollar reward and live happily ever after with Lily. Until he was given a dishonorable discharge for clocking the sergeant.

Now he’s waiting to take out Panama Bob for ripping off his own brother. Panama Bob showed him a key to a storage locker and said it held enough money to take care of Jesus forever. He would give it to him, if he would just let him go. When Panama Bob made a move towards him, they struggled and Jesus threw him off the roof. He went back to Panama Bob’s office and began searching for the name of the storage business.

Jimmy, Panama Bob’s brother, was the one to put out the hit. He was a hothead and had told Jesus to hit him at his office, that he would be alone, but he wasn’t. What if Jimmy was setting him up to be the fall guy? Jimmy’s father, Vince, could take an exception to the hit. The trick for Jesus, would be keeping the key to the storage locker for himself.

He created a ruse for Denny, his friend and partner in the hit. He had told him Barbara, Jimmy’s wife, was cheating on him, not knowing it was actually Denny that was having the affair with her. He told Denny that the storage locker held the proof of the affair, now Denny needed that proof. It had backfired on Jesus and Denny ended up beating the crap out of him.

When Lily, his lovely Lily, sees him, he concocts another lie telling her the Irish mob, who were really cops, were after him. Now he’s being questioned by her, because Jimmy had went to Pete, her father who is a bookie working for Jimmy, and asked her what was going on. He couldn’t tell her the truth. Without her, there’s not much point to the money.

Jesus knew he loved Lily more than she loved him. He would follow her anywhere and he just so happens to follow her into a world of hurt.

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos   3 Stars – Would Recommend to Others

Right off the bat, I loved the cover. Simple and hot. The title fits the story. For a murder book, the way it was written had me smiling through it, the scene on the roof had me laughing. It was a light and enjoyable mob mystery. I thought the writing flowed well and the characters were ?, I’m not sure if I liked any of them. To me that means “Chazz” did his job well. I look forward to reading more about Jesus.

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