If you haven’t already, meet Madison Knight, the chocolate-loving detective, who is determined to solve murder and find justice for the victims—even if that means coming into contact with the sight of blood.
However, in Found Innocent, the latest release in the series (releasing October 16th!), she doesn’t have to face too messy of a crime scene, at least in one sense. What she does have to deal with is whether or not she’s willing to jeopardize departmental relationships and cross the wall of blue.
Here, this is what it’s about:
Any good cop knows you never report a brother for mishandling a case or accuse him of misconduct, but in order to find justice, Madison may not have a choice.
Lacy Rose had one goal for her twentieth birthday—to be found innocent of past sins—but her life is cut short.
When Lacy’s remains are found in a garden and the investigation becomes connected to a closed case, Madison must face her past. The lead detective on that case was Madison’s ex-fiancé. At the risk of jeopardizing departmental relationships, and churning up the attention of an old flame at the same time, Madison must push hard before the guilty are found innocent.
Excerpt from Chapter 24:
She arrived at the station at five after eight. Terry raised a Starbucks cup to her as a greeting. He received a mumble in response as she pressed her lips to the edge of her own coffee.
Her neck ached enough it felt like dandelion head. She thought of the childhood song, “Mama Had a Baby and His Head Popped Off.”
She had awakened on her side, with her arms tucked under her head. Seconds of convincing her back to move, she straightened out, but the residual effects of sleeping curled on the couch would be with her all day.
She pulled a plastic-wrapped muffin from her coat pocket and tossed it on her desk.
“I hope it’s bran, otherwise—”
He stopped talking when her eyes narrowed to slits and she took a bite of the muffin, clearing off most of the top in one mouthful.
“What, Terry?” With her mouth full, the only one that could have understood her would have been a dentist.
Terry’s face contorted. “At least it’s not a chocolate bar.”
She swallowed hard, more of the muffin going down than was necessarily advisable. “I work with my father?”
“Call me a concerned citizen.”
“You’re a cop.” She tore off another piece of the muffin with her fingers and stuffed it into her mouth. The salad from last night was long gone, and she wondered why anyone ate lettuce as a meal in the first place. Were they wanting to become rabbits?
“Concerned cop then.” Terry took a drag on his Starbucks. “If you keep eating bars and muffins for breakfast you’re going to—”
“What? End up fifty pounds overweight?” She paused for a sip of her caffeine to wash the lodge of muffin down. “Do you forget I rarely eat and I’m running around all day?”
“If you were running around all day you could have kept up in the chase.”
“You really want to go there.” She gave him a look that dared him to continue.
“Someone needs more food and sleep. It’s gonna be a great day.” He swiveled his chair, Starbucks cup firmly in hand.
“I’m going to pretend I never heard what you said, or the implication.”
Interested in reading more?
The Madison Knight Series is a clean, murder mystery series meaning mild graphic violence and language. Each book is self-contained so you can read any of the books, and out of order, if you wanted to. Books in the series in released order: Ties that Bind, Justified, Sacrifice, Life Sentence (Prequel in which Madison has a cameo role), and Found Innocent.
Carolyn Arnold started to take writing seriously six plus years ago when a co-worker said “tell me a story”. Since then she’s written nine novels and has plans to write many more. She has a love for the canine world and has two beagles that are affectionately named Max and Chelsea. Like her female protagonist Madison Knight, she loves her chocolate and has been known, on occasion, to speak her mind.