“Found Innocent” by Carolyn Arnold #BookBlast

Found Innocent

Found Innocent

by Carolyn Arnold


GENRE: Mystery, Police Procedural



Sometimes the pursuit of justice becomes personal…

There’s one rule when it comes to the blue wall of silence: never report a fellow officer for mishandling a case. But when a woman’s remains are found in a garden and the investigation seems to be connected to a closed suicide case, Detective Madison Knight may not have a choice. She’s pretty sure that suicide was actually a murder.

To make matters worse, the lead detective on the old case is Madison’s ex-fiancé, and he wants to get back together. The last thing Madison wants to do is lead him on, but for justice to be served, she must risk not only jeopardizing departmental relationships but churning up the attention of an old flame at the same time. Because if she doesn’t, the guilty just may be found innocent.


Excerpt from chapter 2 of Found Innocent (Detective Madison Knight series)

SIXTEEN HOURS LATER, Madison still wondered why she had agreed to look into it. By all accounts, Vilma with an ‘i’ seemed to be either disillusioned or off her medications.

Madison had searched the database for Kevin Thorne. He had been twenty-seven. His cause of death was suicide. His body was released within the last week and his funeral was scheduled for today.

Vilma was having a hard time coming to grips with what her fiancé had done, and the fact their wedding was set for two days after his death wouldn’t have helped the situation. Even with that aside, in suicide there was rarely an acceptable reason to justify the action.

She flicked a pen across her desk and thought about how the interaction had changed the direction of her day. She didn’t get much accomplished with her cold case and it had kept her up most of the night. She knew who was behind the murder, but she had to prove who pulled the trigger.

The victim was a defense attorney who had been gunned down in his driveway after failing to come through for his client, Dimitre Petrov, a Russian mafia boss. He was sent away on a life sentence for a single murder, a joke when the man’s hands were stained with blood. With him behind bars, she knew he wasn’t physically involved, but she believed he’d ordered the hit. It was a matter of proving which of his right-hand men were responsible, and then this beyond a doubt to the DA and subsequent jury.

The bit of evidence she focused on these days came down to an envelope match—the infinity symbol was woven into the fiber of the paper.

A torn piece had been found next to the dead attorney and it was a comparative match to an envelope addressed to her from Petrov himself. The contents of the letter, however, she kept to herself. She never even told her partner, Terry, what it said.

Terry would mock her, asking what she expected to solve with an envelope.

Her thoughts on the matter were that small things pile up, and when there is enough, it builds a solid case. Just as a mountain is formed, one dirt particle at a time, she would gather indisputable evidence against all involved with the murder.

“So, what did I miss yesterday?” Terry came in holding two Starbucks. He smiled as he extended one to her.

She looked up at him, disappointed there weren’t more hours in the day. She closed the Internet browser and, with it, a list of printing companies, but before she did, she sent the link to her home e-mail. “I take it you heard.”

“Oh yeah.” He started laughing. “I’d say eccentric, but everyone said she didn’t appear to have any money.” He spun his index finger around his right ear. “Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.”

Madison laughed. “You have such a way with words.”

“You’re jealous of me.” He pulled back his coffee for a quick sip and then put it on his desk. “Seriously, though. Clashing colors, screaming, ‘He wouldn’t do it.’” He steepled his hands. “What didn’t he do? Spill it.”

“Kill himself.”

“Here I thought it was going to be so much better than that.” He exhaled. “Disappointing.”


“Well, I thought maybe she was going to say the butler didn’t do it. I don’t know. I just expected something better.”

“She says that her fiancé never would have killed himself.”

“If I had a penny for every time I’ve heard that—”

She overlooked the cliché. “You’ve heard that before?”

“Nope, not really, just thought I’d bug you with a cliché. Too bad it didn’t work.” He pouted.

“Terry, I’m going to kill you.” She rose and headed toward him.

He took his Starbucks and started into a slow jog away from her. “First you’ll have to catch me.”

She would catch him and she’d make him beg for a reprieve. At least that was her goal until Sergeant Winston came around a corner.

“Don’t you two have work to do?”

Terry stopped moving. Madison caught up to where the Sergeant and Terry were.

“We’re a little slow this morning,” she said.

“As I can see. Well, now you’re not. Remains have been found at nine twenty-three Weber Street.”

“That’s a residential neighborhood.” Terry took a sip of coffee.

“Very good work, Sherlock. They were found in the backyard. Of a house.” The sarge seemed to add the latter part for the purpose of mocking Terry. “Some poor sap thought it would be a good time to turn the dirt in his garden and came up with a finger on the point of his shovel.”

It seemed a little early to start on a garden—it was March—but Madison focused on the victim. “Do we know if it’s a male or female?”

“They were still working at uncovering it all, from what I know, but the finger indicates it is a female. Seriously, don’t tell me you’re both still standing here. You were moving quicker a moment ago.”

“Leaving now.”

“Damn right you better be.”

“I call the driver’s seat,” Terry said.

Madison brushed past him. “You can call whatever you want. Still doesn’t mean it’s happening.”


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Meet today’s guest, Carolyn Arnold.

 She is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series and has written nearly thirty books. Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark, POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

 Today, she answers a few questions for us and gives us insight into her life and journey as a mystery author.

 As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I don’t remember back as far as a young child, but as a young adult, I either wanted to be a defense attorney, a police officer, or a journalist. As a crime author, I’ve really become a blend of all three. LOL

If you had one wish, what would that be?

That people would use their energy for building other people up and that the world could unite, accepting each other’s differences, even when there’s not the threat of an alien invasion or global destruction. 😉

How do you develop your plots and your characters? Do you use any set formula?

I write organically or go with the flow. Writing in this manner is also known as panster-style. If I set out to write an outline—even a brief one—my creativity stops.

When I start writing a book, I normally only have the concept of the plot. Most times I don’t even know who the killer is and I never know in advance how I’m getting my investigators to their door.

What advice would you give to someone who wants to become a published author?

It will take a lot of hard work, likely more than you can imagine until you’re immersed in the process, but there is no need to get overwhelmed. Take one day at a time and keep your focus on how much you enjoy writing and how you are writing for the readers who will love to read you.


CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada.

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“A Guilty Mind: A Detective Cancini Mystery (Detective Cancini Mysteries)” by K.L. Murphy

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“A Guilty Mind: A Detective Cancini Mystery (Detective Cancini Mysteries)

Genre: Mystery & Suspense/Police Procedural

Release Date: June 14, 2016

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Accused of murdering his psychiatrist, a broken man must face his horrific past in order to protect his future.

George Vandenberg is a drunk with a volatile temper, haunted by the memory of the young woman he once loved and tragically lost. Wrestling with his guilt and pushed by his psychiatrist to confess his role in her death, he teeters on the edge of a nervous breakdown, blacking out drunk more often than not.

But when his doctor turns up dead, brutally stabbed to death in his office, George has nowhere left to turn. Stunned and confused, George emerges as the primary suspect in an investigation led by Detective Mike Cancini, a D.C. cop who knows all too well how far a man can go when he’s pushed.

To prove his innocence, George must face the police, his manipulative wife, and the shell of a man he’s become. But as much as George wants to forget his history, the past is not done with him…

“The Good Daughter: A Novel” by Karin Slaughter

“The Good Daughter: A Novel

Genre: Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Police Procedural

Release Date: August 8, 2017

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The stunning new novel from the international #1 bestselling author a searing, spellbinding blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense.

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever…

Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling.

“Suitcase Girl (Abby Kane FBI Thriller Book 7)” by Ty Hutchinson

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“Suitcase Girl (Abby Kane FBI Thriller Book 7)

Genre: Kidnapping/Police Procedural

Release: April 8, 2017

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In the first book of the Suitcase Girl Trilogy, Agent Abby Kane discovers an unlikely connection with a little girl found outside the offices of the FBI.

In an effort to learn where the child came from, Abby brings the girl home with her, thinking a family environment might jog the girl’s memory. Abby’s efforts pay off as the investigation points toward human trafficking. Only it doesn’t end there.

As Abby continues to dig, indicators suggest there’s something more, something unthinkable… and quite frankly, unexplainable.

Hello. Thanks for stopping by.

I’m the author of the best-selling Abby Kane FBI Thrillers, featuring the short and feisty Abby Kane. She made her debut in Corktown, which became a Kindle #1 bestseller shortly after its release. I also write the Sei Assassin Thrillers. Follow Sei as she searches for her missing daughter. For dark and humorous, try the Darby Stansfield Thrillers. Readers have described them as Tarantino meets The Office.

Learn more about my books at TyHutchinson.com.

“Devil Dealing (The Ryder Quartet Book1)” by Ian Patrick

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“Devil Dealing (The Ryder Quartet Book 1)”

Author: Ian Patrick

Genre: Thriller/Suspense/Police Procedural

Release Date: August 1, 2015

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How far should cops go to deal with the devil himself? What would you choose? Justice or retribution? Morality or vengeance? The first in a series of nail-biting crime fiction thrillers based on frontline research on actual crimes. Dip inside – if you dare – and see why thousands of readers are devouring these thrillers.

From the Author

Devil Dealing, the first book in The Ryder Quartet, builds on front-line research in the war against crime in Durban, South Africa. With assistance and guidance from detectives, forensics experts, and victims of crime, the author attempts to ensure meticulous attention to detail. He has explored the precise locations in which scenes are set and has captured details of actual crimes before adapting them for his purposes into fast-paced fiction thrillers. Throughout the quartet of novels, his intention has been to create exciting crime stories steeped in the authenticity of action, place and time. At the same time, he has endeavored to capture the essence of some current debates on law, justice, crime and moral responsibility.

After working as an actor, director, and teacher in theatre, film, and television, Ian Patrick turned to an academic career, publishing scholarly essays in a range of international academic journals. He believes his years as an actor, director, and researcher play a modest part in his writing. ‘My fiction is based to the best of my ability on research and field work. I have to believe every word my fictive characters say, every action they undertake,’ he says. Which explains why he has accompanied detectives to the front line, interviewed forensics investigators, and spent many hours scouring actual locations for his crime scenes: many of them based on actual events.

‘I try to make my fiction plausible and authentic. This requires exhaustive work and detailed research. It takes me up to a year of full-time work to write an eighty thousand word crime thriller. In my view, although it is clearly desirable to arrive at one’s destination by bringing a work to publication, it is the journey that is the really exciting and enjoyable part of writing. I can only hope that readers will also enjoy the journey of discovering my characters and their foibles, their actions, and their experiences. I hope, too, that they will inform me about and forgive me for any lapses in my work or any errors of detail.’

“A Criminal Mind: (A Cooper and White Mystery Book 4)” by Julia Derek

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“A Criminal Mind: A suspenseful psychological thriller that keeps you guessing until the end (A Cooper and White Mystery Book 4)

Release Date: July 14, 2017

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Rose Nichols’s husband Mark is shot to death while walking the dog one night. When Rose learns what’s happened, she’s shocked but not sad. Mark used to beat her so much that she started drinking as a coping mechanism for their fractured marriage.

Detectives Cooper and White are put on the case. Cooper believes Rose is behind her husband’s death, while White suspects it was the privileged assistant general manager at the health club Mark managed.

The deeper they get into the investigation, the more complex it becomes and the stranger Rose acts. Her erratic behavior makes her seem so guilty even White agrees she must be the perp. Unfortunately, no hard evidence points to her, only at the assistant GM. Cooper and White are at a loss—who killed Mark?

NOTE: A CRIMINAL MIND is a stand-alone murder mystery with no explicit sex and little violence. If you’re a fan of Rachel Abbott, Agatha Christie, and Toby Neal, you will likely enjoy it.

Julia Derek grew up in Sweden but always knew she was meant to live in America, more specifically, in New York City. A lover of mystery, thrillers, and suspense, she has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. When she doesn’t write or read, she spends her time whipping people into shape as a fitness trainer. She is the author of the GIRL UNDERCOVER serial – THE ADLER CONSPIRACY and DUPLICITY (FREE prequel to the serial) and the Meta-Human Series that include THE CRUCIFIER, THE JOKER, and THE TRAITOR. Be sure to check out her psychological thriller THE DIARY and her YA thriller THE SMILEY KILLER. Her latest releases include the cozy mystery HAUNTED HARDBODIES series and the crime thrillers SINS OF THE PAST and DEADLY DREAMS. Last, check out her popular historical crime thriller BLOOD EAGLE.

Julia loves to hear from her readers. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter or by visiting her website: http://www.JuliaDerek.com. Join her mailing list by copy/pasting this into your browser: http://eepurl.com/bEyamb.

“The Force: A Novel” by Don Winslow

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“The Force: A Novel”

Author: Don Winslow

Genre: Suspense/Police Procedural

Release Date: June 20, 2017

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Recommended for summer reading by Amazon, New York Times, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Newsday, Miami Herald, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Edmond News, Rutland Herald, Seattle Times, AM New York, BookBub, and theREALbookspy.com

The Force is mesmerizing, a triumph. Think The Godfather, only with cops. It’s that good.”
— Stephen King

The acclaimed, award-winning, bestselling author of The Cartel—voted one of the Best Books of the Year by more than sixty publications, including the New York Times—makes his William Morrow debut with a cinematic epic as explosive, powerful, and unforgettable as Mystic River and The Wire.


Our ends know our beginnings, but the reverse isn’t true . . .

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop.

He is “the King of Manhattan North,” a, highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of “Da Force.” Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest, an elite special unit given unrestricted authority to wage war on gangs, drugs, and guns. Every day and every night for the eighteen years he’s spent on the Job, Malone has served on the front lines, witnessing the hurt, the dead, the victims, the perps. He’s done whatever it takes to serve and protect in a city built by ambition and corruption, where no one is clean—including Malone himself.

What only a few know is that Denny Malone is dirty: he and his partners have stolen millions of dollars in drugs and cash in the wake of the biggest heroin bust in the city’s history. Now Malone is caught in a trap and being squeezed by the Feds, and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the Job, his family, and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all.

Based on years of research inside the NYPD, this is the great cop novel of our time and a book only Don Winslow could write: a haunting and heartbreaking story of greed and violence, inequality and race, crime and injustice, retribution and redemption that reveals the seemingly insurmountable tensions between the police and the diverse citizens they serve. A searing portrait of a city and a courageous, heroic, and deeply flawed man who stands at the edge of its abyss, The Force is a masterpiece of urban living full of shocking and surprising twists, leavened by flashes of dark humor, a morally complex and utterly riveting dissection of modern American society and the controversial issues confronting and dividing us today.

Don Winslow (b. 1953) is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen crime and mystery novels as well as short stories and film screenplays. A Cool Breeze on the Underground, Winslow’s debut and the first novel in his popular Neal Carey series, was nominated for an Edgar Award. Before becoming a full-time writer, Winslow worked as a private detective in New York and California.