Monday, February 6, 2023

BLOG TOUR - The Rose Girls


Like a precious doll, the girl leans against the towering pine tree with her long bare legs stretched out and her hands folded neatly in her lap. Her head tilts towards the sky, but this innocent child will never feel the warm glow of morning sun again; her fragile little body is cold, her tender heart is still.

Detective Katie Scott receives a plea from neighboring Coldwater Creek to help with a tragic murder, she doesn’t hesitate. Fifteen-year-old Ivy Miller’s naked body was found tied to a tree, a freshly inked pink rose tattoo on her arm. The word “MORE” carved into her back means sweet Ivy could be the first of many…

Katie’s heart aches for the young girl whose life ended before it had even begun. But she has her work cut out with the inexperienced police department fumbling the case at every turn. There hasn’t been a murder in this small town for as long as anyone can remember, but why will none of the locals cooperate? Katie’s only lead is a blurry photograph of Ivy’s long-missing mother found in Ivy’s bedroom. If she can find out where it was taken, Katie knows she’ll have the first clue in a mystery that has been haunting Coldwater Creek for years.

But Katie’s world crashes down when Ivy’s two best friends are found murdered in the same woods days later. Inked with the same pretty flower, the rose girls were keeping a deadly secret. Katie will never forgive herself for not making the connection in time. As mothers cling to their daughters, terrified to let them out of their sight, Katie’s search leads her to an abandoned building deep in the forest where the last photo of Ivy’s mother was taken. 
But will she survive long enough to stop more heart-shattering tragedies?

A totally nail-biting, keep-you-up-all-night crime thriller from a USA Today and Amazon bestselling author. Prepare to pick your jaw up from the floor at that final twist! Fans of Lisa Regan, Rachel Caine and Melinda Leigh will be absolutely gripped!


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Title:   The Rose Girls
Author:  Jennifer Chase
Series:  Detective Katie Scott #9
Publisher:  Bookouture
Genre:   Mystery & Thrillers
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   333
Date of Publication:   February 6, 2023
My Rating:   4 Stars

Detective Katie Scott and her partner McGaven were passing through a small town after a conference, and they started to have car troubles, and they ended up being stuck in a town called Coldwater Creek. They decided to stay overnight until they could at least get a way home. However, the chief of police of the small town called in a favor to Katie‘s uncle, Sheriff Scott and informed her uncle that there had been a murder, but his small police force was ill-equipped to solve the murder. The police Chief has requested that Katie and her partner McGavin stay and help to solve the murder.

Of course Katie intends to help. The victim was a fifteen-year-old girl whose murder rocked the small town. Things don’t go easy for Katie’s investigation. Not only are the local police not helping things along, no one in the town seems willing to talk. It doesn’t take Katie long before she realizes that the girl’s death just might connected to a very dark past involving the town of Coldwater Creek. 

When the victim’s two best friends are reluctant to share any information that Katie is seeking, imagine Katie’s shock and dismay when she learns they were also murdered, one right after the other. What is going on? Returning home briefly, Katie brings her K9 partner Cisco back with her as she continues her investigation. As devastating as the murders are, all with a distinct signature, Katie soon finds herself in danger, especially as she is trying to prevent any further murders. 

What a thrilling addition to the compelling Detective Katie Scott series. Katie is a strong protagonist, one who was dealt well with the aftereffects of serving in the military and she grows with each case. I love her relationships with both McGavin as well as fiancĂ© Chad. I can’t wait for the tenth book in this amazing series. 

Many thanks Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Jennifer Chase is a multi award-winning and best-selling crime fiction author, as well as a consulting criminologist. Jennifer holds a bachelor degree in police forensics and a master’s degree in criminology & criminal justice. These academic pursuits developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind as well as from her own experience with a violent psychopath, providing Jennifer with deep personal investment in every story she tells.

In addition, she holds certifications in serial crime and criminal profiling. She is an affiliate member of the International Association of Forensic Criminologists, and member of the International Thriller Writers.

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