Murder List - Buchanan-Renard, Bk 4 Author:Julie Garwood There are few authors who can weave nail-biting thrills, edge-of-your-seat drama, and romantic suspense as masterfully as Julie Garwood. Now she ratchets up the tension with Murder List, in which evil is on the hunt--and proves to be methodically organized and chillingly successful. When Chicago detective Alec Buchanan is offered a prime positio... more »n with the FBI, it is the perfect opportunity to leave the Windy City and follow in his brothers' footsteps to the top echelons of law enforcement. But first he must complete one last assignment (and one that he is not too happy about): acting as a glorified bodyguard to hotel heiress Regan Hamilton Madison. The gorgeous exec has become entangled in some potentially deadly business.
Someone has e-mailed her a graphic crime-scene photo--and the victim is no stranger. Regan suspects that the trouble started when she agreed to help a journalist friend expose a shady self-help guru who preys on lonely, vulnerable women. In fact, the smooth-as-an-oil-slick Dr. Lawrence Shields may be responsible for the death of one of his devotees, which was ruled a suicide. Hoping to find some damning evidence, Regan attends a Shields seminar. At the gathering, the doctor persuades his guests to partake in an innocent little "cleansing" exercise.
He asks them to make a list of the people who have hurt or deceived them over the years, posing the question: Would your world be a better place if these people ceased to exist? Treating the exercise as a game, Regan plays along. After ten minutes, Shields instructs the participants to bring their sheets of paper to the fireplace and throw them into the flames. But Regan misses this part of the program when she exits the room to take a call--and barely escapes a menacing individual in the parking lot. The experience is all but forgotten--until the first person on Regan's list turns up dead. Shock turns to horror when other bodies from the list start to surface, as a harrowing tango of desire and death is set into motion. Now brutal murders seem to stalk her every move--and a growing attraction to Alec may compromise her safety, while stirring up tender emotions she thought she could no longer feel. Yet as the danger intensifies and a serial killer circles ever closer, Regan must discover who has turned her private revenge fantasies into grisly reality.« less
Not as good as some of this authors others books, I found it moved rather slow. But it still is a good romantic mystery.
Hotel heiress Regan Madison is flirting with danger. She agrees to help a journalist friend expose Dr Lawrence Shields, a shady self help guru. Attending one of his conferences they are asked to make a 'murder list' of people that they would like to see removed from their world. Then Regan forgets about her list, until the people on it start turning up murdered!
Honestly, one of the only books I've ever hated, but I struggled through to the end. I've been very disappointed with Julie Garwood's contemporary romance/thrillers. With the change in time, it seems she's lost the complexity of story and character development. This is the worst.
I wasn't familiar with Julie Garwood, and guess the title and brief reviews misled me, because this book wasn't what I expected. It turned out to be essentially a romance with a few thriller/mystery elements tacked on. But the book's wooden characters, stilted dialogue and predictable plot didn't work for me. I found myself skimming through large chunks of text to get to salient story points.
This book was okay. I devoured Mercy and Killjoy, this one simply did not have the UMPH that the other two had. I had to read it, because a Buchanan was in it, I did like it, it just lacked a little magic. Don't buy it, get it from the library. If you like the family, it's worth the read. I am going on to Slow Burn, which I hope the magic returns.