I read this as a recommendation from a fellow bookstagrammer. It is the fifth in the Detective Madison Harper series; the first one I have read. Although there is a lot of tragedies the histories of the main characters, I think this does work well as a stand alone, although I was left with some unanswered questions about their background.
The snow is falling, Christmas is neigh, and a woman is found bludgeoned to death in her car in her parking lot; her young son in the backseat is untouched. After a second similar murder, Lost Creek, Colorado wonders if there is a serial killer afoot. Madison Harper, a detective who had spent years wrongly incarcerated is on the case, along with her new partner, who seems more a hindrance than a help Her father, a former fed who chased serial killers in Alaska, has recently reentered her life, as has her son. Supporting her is good friend and private investigator, Nate, someone also who was also wrongly imprisoned for a period of time.
This is a suspenseful, engrossing read. I stayed up late into the night to finish it. The main characters are damaged individuals striving to do their best. Some of aspects of the story strain credulity, but that didn’t take away from it. This is not a cozy mystery; there are some gruesome murders here.
I enjoyed this book. I don’t think I will go back and read the prior ones, but do look forward to the next one in the series.
Madison Harper, now back on the Police Force, tackles a disturbing set of murders where women are killed in front of their children. With Nate battling his own demons, Madison finds herself back on her own and struggles to catch the killer before she becomes his next victim.
I absolutely love everything about these books. The characters Dranfield has built over this series are just so good. They're real and their relationships are complex, their lives are tough. I say it every time but the Mulder/Scully vibes in this series are amazing.
Anyone who is not reading this books is missing out big time. I can't wait to see what's next for Madison & Nate!!
I love the Madison Harper series. Everytime I read the next in the series, its like checking in on longtime friends. The Madison, Nate, Owen characters are so perfect. I really like Vince and Ruby's Diner. In fact, I would like a little more of Vince.
The storyline keeps you rolling and their are a few surprises at the end.
I can't wait for the next one. I inhale this series.
Catch Her Death is the fifth book in the Madison Harper Series. The series really should be read in order. There is so much to learn in the first few books.
In this installment, Madison is called to the scene to find a woman brutally murdered while her young son was in the backseat of the car. What a horrible thing for a child to witness.
We learn a little more about Madison's estranged father in this book. He is talked about briefly in the other books, but not necessarily in a good way. He's back in Lost Creek now after many years. We find out the real reasons he left all those years ago.
I love how the characters progress throughout the books. Owen is now a young man. Brody the dog is along for the ride of course. There may even be some developments with Nate thrown in.
I can't say enough how much I like Wendy Dranfield's books. I will be anxiously waiting for the next book to come out.
Thanks to netgalley and Bookouture for the arc.
Madison is back. She’s getting a new partner and when she discovers who it is, she is not happy. She pays him back at the end of the book, a part I appreciated.
We learn more about Madison’s father and his backstory in this edition of the series. It’s the holidays and a sicko is knocking off moms while their young sons watch. It’s chilling and no thrilling this Christmas for Madison until she unravels the crime.
A major development between Nate and Madison occurs. Brody was a bit muted in the story, but Janine made up for that in spades. She was my favorite character because of her flippant, irreverent attitude.
Bring on the next!
Christmas should be a time of good cheer
But in Lost Creek it is a time of fear this year.
Another enthralling case with clues in the past
Can Madison bring a serial killer to justice at last?
Why would a leave the son whilst killing their Mum?
What links the victims - are there more to come?
Is it someone new or have they killed before?
Can they bring him to justice before he kills any more?
A story filled with family drama and secrets from the past,
Along with new team members and reunions at last.
Can Madison's new partner be supportive and keen
Or will he prove to be self-centred and mean?
With new characters joining and different paths to take
What difference to Madison and Nate will this all make?
Her father's past and secrets all play a part
In this investigation right from the very start.
If you enjoy crime thrillers packed with drama, too
I can't recommend this highly enough to you!
For my complementary copy, I say thank you,
As I share with you this, my honest review.
Catch her Death is the fifth book in the Detective Madison Harper series. What can I say except another fantastic read, I have loved every one and this one is no different. Once again Madison is up against it when a woman is found murdered, her 3 year old son left alive beside his mom. We find out more about the infamous Bill Harper, Madison’s estranged father who has returned from Alaska but is all what is seems, is he really back to build a relationship with Madison and her son Owen? I really do enjoy this series of books and each one is different and unique. The storylines are well written and the characters likeable. Highly recommend.
Many thanks to Bookouture, and NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review an early copy of Catch Her Death.
As snow falls on the small town of Lost Creek, Colorado, a three-year-old boy is found playing quietly in his car seat, his mother, as cold as ice, slumped against the steering wheel in front. Detective Madison Harper works around the clock, and in a blizzard, to figure out the identity of the serial killer terrorizing the small town of Lost Creek, Colorado.
Wow! Catch Her Death had me hooked from the beginning to the end! Honestly, I was resentful every time life demanded I put the book down! I loved Madison and her son, Owen. Because this was my first read of the series, I have to confess I found myself wanting to smack Nate once or twice when I felt he was being a twit. The pace of the story was so FAST and there were a lot of twists and turns - the biggest one being the identity of the killer!
Because I hadn't read the previous books, I still don't know how it came about that Madison had been falsely imprisoned but that was okay. I still feel this one can be read as a stand-alone. I highly recommend Catch Her Death. Readers who enjoy unputdownable thrillers will love this book!!
Thank you to #NetGalley and#Booukouture for the copy of #CatchHerDeath by #WendyDranfield.
The little boy is sat in the back of the car crying when he’s found. His mother is in the front seat battered to death.
This is the scene waiting for Detective Madison Harper when she’s called out, and this is just the start of the latest case to hit Lost Creek. A compelling read.
Catch Her Death is the fifth book in the Detective Madison Harper series and is a crime thriller featuring a police detective in Colorado. She has just been paired with a new partner to investigate the murder of a woman found in a mall parking lot, whith her three-year-old son left alive and crying in the car. Now Madison and her team have to determine the motive for this killing and decide if a serial killer could be on the loose in the small town of Lost Creek.
I've read all the books in this series and although the descriptions of the crimes are well outside the cozy realm, it is a well-written, entertaining series. Madison has been through a lot in her life, including being falsely imprisoned for a crime she didn't commit, but is getting her life back on track and proving herself as a detective. I'm a little disappointed that Madison and P.I. Nate Monroe, (her friend and potential love interest), didn't work together very much in this book. That is a shame because Madison and Nate are better together, both on and off the job! Madison's estranged father plays a large role in this book and he is a hard character to like. On the other hand, Madison's son Owen is also important to the story and he grows more likable with each book.
This book works as a standalone, but reading at least the first book in the series will give you more details and what Madison and Nate have been through and help you to appreciate where they are now in their lives.
I received an advance copy of this ebook from NetGalley and Bookouture at no cost, but my review is voluntary and unbiased.
Another great addition to the Madison Harper series! Fast-paced, great story. Looking forward to book 6.
Thank you #netgalley and #bookouture for the eARC.
It took me a little bit to get into the book. However, once the book got going, it really took off. I couldn’t figure out who the killer was, and I was on the edge of my seat trying to piece the clues and the evidence together. I didn’t see the end coming at all! That’s what makes a book really good.
I will say this: this book is the fifth book in the series. While it can be read as a standalone, there are references to the past books within. At times, I felt that I was missing out on some information. I wish the author would have put in a very brief synopsis of the reference’s circumstances, but this did not take away from the overall novel.
Definitely a 4-Star read!
“Catch Her Death” is the fifth novel in the Detective Madison Harper Books. It kept me awake the other night because I couldn’t put it down! Moms with little boys are getting murdered in Madison’s home town. She has to work against the clock to solve the murder. This story kept me guessing until the end!
I highly recommend reading these books in order. There’s a great deal of backstory to many of the characters. I look forward to reading the other books. Many thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for a complimentary copy of the book. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
This is the fifth book in the Detective Madison Harper series and is every bit as gripping as the previous four. It begins with a killer who murders a woman in a parking lot but leaves her small son alive. Straight away the story plunges you into the investigation. When a second woman is murdered under similar circumstances, Madison begins to wonder whether a serial killer is operating in Shadow Falls.
All the familiar faces are there: Madison and her team, her son Owen, father Bill who has recently returned from Alaska, as well as Nate Monroe and his dog Brody.
It's a complex plot. Nothing is as it seems. It's well written, with the usual twists and turns and red herrings which predictably take you in the wrong direction. One thing I love about Wendy's writing is the detail. It gives an authenticity that leaves the reader feeling they are actually there with Madison. Bill and Nate's sub plots dovetail in well to the main story, which as usual, ends with a situation that says Madison will be back. Wendy Dranfieild at her best - a great five star read!
My thanks to Wendy Dranfield, Bookouture and Netgalley for an ARC of Catch Her Death in exchange for an honest review.
Thanks NetGalley, Bookouture and Wendy Dranfield for an ARC to review.
The fifth installment in Detective Madison Harper series. I can't get enough of the series and its so much loved characters, Madison, Nate, Owen and the one and only Brody ❤
Already looking forward to the next book
Another smashing thriller detective story in the Detective Madison Harper series! My favourite things about this book and the series in general is, together with the superb characters, that the stories are extremely personal. Everything is connected to Lost Creek and Madison's life.
It is an addictive read that is utterly gripping, and impossible to put down! Dranfield's writing simply draws me in from the first sentence, and I feel like I can't breathe freely until I have read the last sentence. Then I yearn for more.
It is about time we learn more about Madison's father who has been absent for a long time. Not everything is at it seems though. There are many secrets he has been keeping, and they are not easy to handle. It seems like every man in Madison's life is up to something, changing something about their lives, and she just has to take it in and go with it. Not so easy, is it? A serial killer that the police has been chasing for years is in town, and his agenda is even darker than before.
What can I say? Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!
The fifth book in the Madison Harper series continued the story with previous characters and introduced us to a few new people. It’s Christmas and there’s a potential serial killer on the loose in Lost Creek. As we learn more about Bill Harper’s background and the decision to leave his family back in the 90s, the question is whether or not these events are connected. The set up for the plot of this book kept my interest, trying to figure out who dunnit. However, the dialogue between characters was often so contrived that I struggled to finish the book. I listened to the first four books and read this fifth one as an ebook, so perhaps it stood out for me more this time reading the dialogue as opposed to listening to it?
Thanks to Bookoutre and NetGalley for this advance review copy.
Another brilliant addition to this excellent series. Madison, Nate, Owen & Brody are joined by some new characters, some of whom are more welcome than others, but all of them contributing to both a gripping main plot and lots of developments in the subplot. Again there are very grisly, disturbing murders to solve, with a totally unexpected villain hiding in plain sight. The more that’s uncovered in the fallout of the characters’s unique backstories the more a ‘must read’ this series becomes.
A true rollercoaster of a ride.
Another brilliant book in one of my favourite series.
Madison is called out as a woman’s body has been found in her car and her baby son is strapped in his car seat trying to get her attention.
The woman has been beaten to death in front of her son so Madison is fuming and wants to catch this killer.
Another mother is soon found dead and again her young son is left next to her body.
This killer clearly has issues but Madison and the team have no leads to his identity.
There’s a few other things happening alongside the main story but I can’t mention them without spoiling it but I can say that there’s a few twists in store.
I love Madison and Nate and have followed the story from the beginning and just wish they’d get together!
A brilliant crime thriller that I’d highly recommend.
Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.
I received this ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
I was absolutely over the moon to receive an ARC of this book as I’ve already read the other 4 books in this series and I thought that every book was fantastic! and it’s now one of my favourite series.
I couldn’t wait to dive back in to Madison, Nate , Owen & Brody’s adventures.
This story starts with a heart wrenching prologue that punches you in gut and makes your heartbreak, it’s definitely an ominous sign of what’s to come.
Another despicable series of crimes plague Lost Creek and it’s up to Madison & her new partner to catch the killer before he kills another innocent victim.
I didn’t have to wait long for what I wanted to happen between Madison & Nate to happen but then another twist happens and it seems like all hope is lost between them or is it?.
We really get to see and learn more about Madisons dad in this book who we first got introduced to in the previous book in the series, we learn what motivates him and what made him leave Madison and his other family behind which I enjoyed.
This was another heart pounding/edge of your seat thriller that took some twists and turns that i didn’t see coming and I thought I’d worked out who the killer was but I was wrong again! That’s why I love this fantastic series so much.
You can read this book as a stand-alone or in the series order.