Book Reviews of Kill and Tell (John Medina, Bk 1)

Kill and Tell (John Medina, Bk 1)
Kill and Tell - John Medina, Bk 1
Author: Linda Howard
PBS Market Price: $8.09 or $4.19+1 credit
ISBN-13: 9780743475488
ISBN-10: 0743475488
Publication Date: 10/1/2003
Pages: 320
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 185 ratings
Publisher: Pocket Star
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
Intrigue and a hot romance. Wowza!!

This is considered the percursor to All the Queen's Men but definitely works on its own.

The evolving relationship between Marc and Karen (who really don't like each other at first) is steamy!
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Helpful Score: 2
A great romantic suspense. After her mothers death she receives a package containing a mysterious notebook from the father she barely knows and she puts it away. Then he is murdered and accidents begin to happen so she must trust a homicide detective to help and save her.
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Helpful Score: 2
Starts slow, but a page-turner to the end!!
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Helpful Score: 2
not as good as some of her older titles
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Helpful Score: 2
Pretty good; a mix of romance and suspense. Not her best, but it was entertaining and I kept wanting to read more...stayed up a few late nights with this one!
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Helpful Score: 2
I liked this book, as it combines suspense and romance well. There was action, and the characters were likable. Kate's father was killed for book, and now they are after her. She has to trust Marc to keep her alive.
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Helpful Score: 1
GREAT READ AND QUICK BOOK TO READ
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Helpful Score: 1
Contemporary romance and mystery. Linda Howard writes some historical romance, this is not one of them.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was my first Linda Howard book and therefore continues to be my favorite. A lot of mystery and intrigue and some great romance! You will love it!
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It used to be that I tore through Linda Howard books like no one's business. I had friends tell me it was a "must read" and all I can do is wonder "why"? It was good--but definitley not a keeper. "Open Season" and "Dying to Please" will be lonely on my bookshelf once again.
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Still reeling from her mother's recent death, Karen Whitlaw is stunned when she receives a package containing a mysterious black notebook from the father she has barely seen since he returned from the Vietnam War over 20 years ago. Unwilling to deal with her overwhelming emotions, Karen packs the notebook away, putting it---and her father---out of her mind, until she receives a shocking phone call. Her father has been murdered on the gritty streets of New Orleans. Homicide deyective Marc Chastain considers the murder nothing more than street violence against a homeless man, and Karen accepts his judgment---at first. But she changes her mind when her
home is burglarized and "accidents" begin to happen. All at once, she faces a chilling realization: whoever killed her father is now after her. Desperate for answers, Karen retrieves the only thing that links her to her father---the notebook he had sent months before.
Inside its worn pages, she makes an unsettling discovery: her father had been a sniper in Vietnam and the notebook contains a detailed account of each one of his kills.
Now running for her life, Karen entrusts the book and its secrets to Marc Chastain. Together they unravel a disturbing story of politics, power and murder---and face a killer who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the kill book.
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You can't go wrong with a Linda Howard book.
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Another great one by Linda Howard. If you like Linda Howard, you will love this one!
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As a nurse, Karen Whitlaw has seen more than the average person, but even she isn't prepared to identify the body of the father she hasn't seen since she was 13. The local detective on the case, Marc Chastain, informs Karen that her father, who was homeless, has been murdered. Still grief stricken over the recent death of her mother, Karen isn't prepared to examine her feelings about her father and his absence from her life. She is willing to accept that he was the victim of street crime until her home is burglarized and she becomes the target for some frightening "accidents." Whoever killed her father is after her, and the only hope she has for discovering why must lie in the notebook that Karen's father mailed to her mother shortly before his death.
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Good book.
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Good Linda Howard.
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great book
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This was the book to get me back to reading Linda Howard again. I haven't read any of her books for almost 10 years. It was a very quick and short read. I really like the male lead but the female lead wasn't as memorable. There was not enough time to develop the romance and as the story took place in less than one week. This book could have been longer by another 100 pages. But I enjoyed the story enough to start looking for Linda Howard books again.
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This is a short quick read--the story is easy to keep up with, the characters are interesting, BUT there is just so much description--how many ways or times does a person want to read about 'does he love me' 'do I love him' 'hot body' etc. page after page--get on with the story!!
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good mystery, Howard really shines at this
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After the recent death of her mother, Karen Whitlaw receives a strange package from her long absent father, and just files it away with the rest of her mother's personal effects. She is the unwitting recipient of her father's "Kill Book," which details the CIA-sanctioned hits he performed going all the way back to the Vietnam War. A phone call from a detective in New Orleans brings Karen to the big easy, to claim the body of her murdered father.

Detective Marc Chastain knows that there is something fishy about his latest murder case. It is a homeless man, but appears more like a professional hit. His investigation into the crime results in some inquires from the local feds.

Not really ready to understand her feelings about her estranged father, Marc figures Karen to be an ice queen, as she appears remote. At first kind of brisk with her, he soon is attracted to her. After a night of hot sex (his seduction on the balcony is one of the better Howard trysts), Karen flees back to the safety of her home in Ohio.

Then more accidents start to happen. She returns to New Orleans and to Marc, as she feels he is the only one she can trust, and the two join together to try to piece together her father's past and realizing that the murderer is after the package she has in storage.

This story also introduces John Medina, a shadowy CIA-operative who plays a minor but pivotal role (and later gets his own in All the Queen's Men), as Marc and Karen try to beat the clock to locate the piece of evidence that will help to solve the crime.
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Another Linda Howard fast-paced romantic suspense. After the death of her mother, Karen is informed of her father's murder in New Orleans and goes to identify the body. Meanwhile, his murderers are after her, believing she may have been given the book they killed her father for. A handsome New Orleans detective makes the story vastly more interesting.
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Fast paced. I stayed up all night reading it.
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Marc Chastain is one of my favorite heros. His seduction of Karen is classic.
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Not a bad book. On par with other romantic suspense novels, though not LH's best. It was hard to like the H at first...well through most of the novel really. But by the end of it, he was, for the most part, likable.
The heroine was great -strong and intelligent with a good dose of common sense. You get a few different characters POV's, but minus the shortness of it, definitely worth spending a credit on:-)
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Karen Whitlaw learns her father has been murdered. She has not seen him in many years and thinks he is just another bum who has deserted his family until her deceased mother receives a package from him. Very good story
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Good book.
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I love anything Linda Howard writes even if the back cover doesn't sound like something I would normally read. She's one of the few authors that I will buy in hardback and she's on my keeper bookshelf for life.
This is a wonderful story that I keep reading over and over again.
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Great book, kept me guessing until the end
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Murder mystery, involving the notebook of a war veteran, and his sniper hits.
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Karen Whitlaw travels to New Orleans to identify the body of her estranged father. While there she meets Detective Marc Chastain who is investigating her father's murder. Marc helps Karen with her father's funeral arrangements and they soon begin a relationship. But when Karen returns to her home in Ohio, strange "accidents" begin to happen. Karen realizes that someone wants her dead and quickly heads back to New Orleans to get help from Marc.

I usually love Linda Howard's books, but this one wasn't a favorite. The story is interesting and it kept me turning pages; but we know the identity of the villain from the beginning of the book so there is really no mystery for us to figure out. There also seemed to be an overload of secondary characters who took up half the pages of the book. I did enjoy both Mark and Karen. He was a great hero who knew what he wanted. Karen (thankfully) was a strong heroine with no TSTL moments. My rating: 3.5 Stars.
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Great story with the wonderful police man.
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Another great Linda Howard read. Karen Whitlaw is reeling from her mother's recent death when she receives a package from the father she barefly knew. When her father is murdered, Karen goes to New Orleans and meets us with homicide detective Marc Chastain.
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Linda Howard has written another great book, very fast paced, hard to put down.
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Mom's murder mystery book she enjoyed reading on her flight to visit us. She gave Linda Howard 4 stars for keeping the story interesting and moving along.
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Great read. Very suspenseful. I would definitely recommend.
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Still reeling from her mother's recent death, Karen Whitlaw is stunned when she receives a package containing a mysterious notebook from her estranges father, whom she has barely seen since his return from the Vietnam War decades ago. Then, a shocking phone call: Karen's father has been murdered on the gritty streets of New Orleans.
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Another great read.
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Another great thriller from Linda Howard. If you've enjoyed any of her other work you'll like this one. Well worth a read.
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Linda Howard's romantic suspense Kill and Tell supplies readers with plenty of thrills and chills. As a nurse, Karen Whitlaw has seen more than the average person, but even she isn't prepared to identify the body of the father she hasn't seen since she was 13. The local detective on the case, Marc Chastain, informs Karen that her father, who was homeless, has been murdered. Still grief stricken over the recent death of her mother, Karen isn't prepared to examine her feelings about her father and his absence from her life. She is willing to accept that he was the victim of street crime until her home is burglarized and she becomes the target for some frightening "accidents." Whoever killed her father is after her, and the only hope she has for discovering why must lie in the notebook that Karen's father mailed to her mother shortly before his death. --
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Romance, mystery, intrigue
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Linda Howard always provides a spell-binding story.
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Very suspensful.
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Still reeling from her mother's recent death, Karen Whitlaw is stunned when she receives a package containing a mysterious notebook from her estranged father. She has barely seen him since his return from the Vietnam War over twenty years ago and doesn't know what he could have to share with her now. She puts the notebook away and forgets about it until she receives a shocking phone call. Her father has been murdered on the gritty streets of New Orleans.

At first, homicide detective Marc Chastain considers the murder nothing more than street violence against a homeless man, and Karen just another woman who couldn't take the time to care for her father. But something about the crime just doesn't add up, including the beautiful Karen Whitlaw. Far from the cold woman he expected, Karen is warm and passionate. She is also in serious danger.

Karen is shocked by her immediate and unwelcome attraction to the charming, smooth-voiced detective. But when her home is burglarized and "accidents" begin to happen, she turns to him for help. Together they unravel a disturbing story of politics, power, and murder and face a killer who will stop at nothing to get his hands on her father's secrets
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good mystery
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A very good mystery like the rest of her books.
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Favorite all time author!!!
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find read. very interesting book.
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Perfect gift for your 'valentine'
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Karen Whitlaw is running for her life, still reeling from her mother's recent death followed by her father's murder. Her father had sent her a book containing an unsettling discovery: detailed accounts of each of his kills while a sniper in Vietnam.. The killer chasing her will stop at nothing to get his hands on the book.
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Still reeling from her mother's recent death, Karen Whitlaw is stunned when she receives a package containing a mysterious notebook from the father she has barely seen since his return from the Vietnam War over twenty years ago. Unwilling to deal with her overwhelming emotions, Karen packs the notebook away, putting itand her fatherout of her mind, until she receives a shocking phone call. Her father has been murdered on the gritty streets of New Orleans.

Homicide dectective Marc Chastain considers the murder nothing more than street violence against a homeless man, and Karen accepts his judgementat firt. But she changes her mind when her home is burglarized and accidents begin to happen. All at once, she faces a chilling realization: whoever killed her father is now after her. Desperate for answers, Karen retrieves the only think that links her to her fatherthe notebook he had sent months before. Inside its worn pages, she makes an unsettling discovery: her father had been a sniper in Vietnam and the notebook contains a detailed account of each one of his kills.

Now running for her life, Karen entrusts the book and its secrets to Marc Chastain. Together they unravel a disturbing story of politics, power, and murderand face a killer who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the kill book.
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Still reeling from her mother's recent death. Karen Whitlaw is stunned when she receives a package containing a mysterious notebook from the father she has barely seen since his return from the Vietnam War over twenty years ago.Unwilling to deal with her overwhelming emotions,Karen packs the notebook away,putting it and her father put of her mind,untill she receives a shocking phone call. Her father has been murdered on the gritty streets of New Orleans.Homicide detecitive Marc Chastain considers the murder nothing more than street violence against a homeless man,and Karen accepts his judgement-at first, But she changes her mind when her home is burglarized and accidents begin to happen. All at once she faces a chilling realization:whoever killed her father is now after her. Desperate for answers. Karen retrieves the only thing that links her to her father-the notebook he had sent months before. Inside its worn pages,she makes an unsettling discovery:her father had beeb a sniper in Vietnam and the notebook contains a detailed account of each one of his kills.
Now running for her life,Karen entrusts the book and its secrets to Marc Chastain. Together they unravel a disturbing story of polities,power,and murder-and face a killer who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the kill book.