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In A TRACE OF MURDER (Book #2 in the Keri Locke mystery series), Keri Locke, Missing Persons Detective in the Homicide division of the LAPD, remains haunted by the abduction of her own daughter. Encouraged by the new lead that has landed, the first in years, she pursues it with all that she has, determined to find her daughter and bring her back alive. Yet Keri, at the sa In A TRACE OF MURDER (Book #2 in the Keri Locke mystery series), Keri Locke, Missing Persons Detective in the Homicide division of the LAPD, remains haunted by the abduction of her own daughter. Encouraged by the new lead that has landed, the first in years, she pursues it with all that she has, determined to find her daughter and bring her back alive. Yet Keri, at the same time, receives a phone call from a frantic husband, a famed Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, who reports that his wife has been missing for two days. A wealthy socialite with no enemies and little reason to leave her life, he fears the worst has become of his wife. Keri takes on the case, assigned a new partner whom she hates, as Ray still recovers in the hospital. Her investigation leads her deep into the elite Beverly Hills world of the idle rich, to encounters with lonely housewives, and those with shopping-addicted, empty lives. Keri, in over her head in this world, becomes increasingly puzzled by the conflicting signals: did this woman, with a stalker and a lurid, secret past, run away, or was she abducted? Or did something far more sinister happen? A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, A TRACE OF MURDER is book #2 in a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.


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In A TRACE OF MURDER (Book #2 in the Keri Locke mystery series), Keri Locke, Missing Persons Detective in the Homicide division of the LAPD, remains haunted by the abduction of her own daughter. Encouraged by the new lead that has landed, the first in years, she pursues it with all that she has, determined to find her daughter and bring her back alive. Yet Keri, at the sa In A TRACE OF MURDER (Book #2 in the Keri Locke mystery series), Keri Locke, Missing Persons Detective in the Homicide division of the LAPD, remains haunted by the abduction of her own daughter. Encouraged by the new lead that has landed, the first in years, she pursues it with all that she has, determined to find her daughter and bring her back alive. Yet Keri, at the same time, receives a phone call from a frantic husband, a famed Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, who reports that his wife has been missing for two days. A wealthy socialite with no enemies and little reason to leave her life, he fears the worst has become of his wife. Keri takes on the case, assigned a new partner whom she hates, as Ray still recovers in the hospital. Her investigation leads her deep into the elite Beverly Hills world of the idle rich, to encounters with lonely housewives, and those with shopping-addicted, empty lives. Keri, in over her head in this world, becomes increasingly puzzled by the conflicting signals: did this woman, with a stalker and a lurid, secret past, run away, or was she abducted? Or did something far more sinister happen? A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, A TRACE OF MURDER is book #2 in a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

30 review for A Trace of Murder

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    Keri Locke is a bad ass detective! Great plot and awesome characters. This book was just what I wanted to read. Fast paced and well written. Keri can make you feel happy for her or angry or heart broken. I’m hooked and want to read more of these. Great read!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

    FREE on Amazon today (11/09/2017)!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    Really liking this series! This had a better pace than than the first book, I felt like it ended so quickly lol Keri is still a reckless ass detective but this time you know that there’s a reason for her madness lol This ends with some stuff unresolved so I’m dying to start the next one to see how that ends!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I'm really liking this series. Second installment didn't disappoint. Bring on book #3. I'm really liking this series. Second installment didn't disappoint. Bring on book #3.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    So Keri is probably my second favorite in Blake Pierces books. Riley Paige wins hands down everytime. I want so badly for Keri to find Evie alive and well, do I think that will happen? probably not but one can hope. Ray and Keri need to just get together they're perfect for each other. As with the first book this ones case was great and I love Keris no nonsense attitude and stubborn demeanor. The case was great along with the writing. although i do wish it was a little longer. :( So Keri is probably my second favorite in Blake Pierces books. Riley Paige wins hands down everytime. I want so badly for Keri to find Evie alive and well, do I think that will happen? probably not but one can hope. Ray and Keri need to just get together they're perfect for each other. As with the first book this ones case was great and I love Keris no nonsense attitude and stubborn demeanor. The case was great along with the writing. although i do wish it was a little longer. :(

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jessy♡

    This book like the last was super quick pace and seriously had me wanting to finish the book in one sitting. Detective Locke is as reckless as ever. But she always a reason for being that way. I have more questions than ever.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kaelyn Siversky

    Listen, I said I'd read the second one. And I did. I didn't enjoy it, but I read it. Let's make something INCREDIBLY CLEAR. If this bitch was a real cop she's either be dead or in prison. All she does is break into peoples houses and harass people who had literally nothing to do with ANYTHING and then she sees, like a chipmunk, ice cream cone, or waiter or something, that triggers a memory of a sheet of paper that maybe once blew by her on the highway while she was speeding or some shit like tha Listen, I said I'd read the second one. And I did. I didn't enjoy it, but I read it. Let's make something INCREDIBLY CLEAR. If this bitch was a real cop she's either be dead or in prison. All she does is break into peoples houses and harass people who had literally nothing to do with ANYTHING and then she sees, like a chipmunk, ice cream cone, or waiter or something, that triggers a memory of a sheet of paper that maybe once blew by her on the highway while she was speeding or some shit like that and somehow solves the case? no. But also, im def going to read the next one. See y'all tomorrow.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Brett

    I have read the first novels in four Blake Pierce mystery series: Riley Paige, Mackenzie White, Avery Black, Keri Locke. I enjoyed the Keri Locke books the most, and found “A Trace of Murder” (Keri Locke #2) to be the best yet that I have read. Pierce’s writing flows easily, his protagonists colorful, interesting, just enough off-beat, he is a master story-teller.

  9. 5 out of 5

    John Olson

    Not my type of story but very well done. Burying alive leaves me quite disturbed. I can’t watch movies that have that in them. But kidnappings are very real and happen everyday. Human traffickers kidnap loved ones without remorse. Blake Pierce does a very decent job with this series in dealing with kidnappings and murder.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Linda Knierim

    A page turner The pacing of the story was good except it went too fast. I was so not ready for the book to end.

  11. 5 out of 5

    OjoAusana

    now I remember why I don't binge read this author, I really wanted to know what happened in the next book but ehh its just way too much "no I have do to this NOW" *oh great, now im trapped.* so yea... now I remember why I don't binge read this author, I really wanted to know what happened in the next book but ehh its just way too much "no I have do to this NOW" *oh great, now im trapped.* so yea...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Cote

    MAN OH MAN BLAKE PIERCE IS A MYSTERY GENIUS

  13. 4 out of 5

    Lana

    Honestly, it looks rather dry after the first book. However, it can keep you reading

  14. 5 out of 5

    Zachary

    SHE'S GONE... Blake is at it again with his "no-nonsense bulldog detective" Keri Locke! He really has a great way of having you feel like you know the characters by the end of the book. In this case it was mostly Keri. I really don't tell what the story is about, you can read that on the book cover. Besides I don't like when people give out spoilers, ( I HATE THAT!) I would just like to say that I really enjoy this character "Keri" because of her refreshing personality. If you haven't tried the f SHE'S GONE... Blake is at it again with his "no-nonsense bulldog detective" Keri Locke! He really has a great way of having you feel like you know the characters by the end of the book. In this case it was mostly Keri. I really don't tell what the story is about, you can read that on the book cover. Besides I don't like when people give out spoilers, ( I HATE THAT!) I would just like to say that I really enjoy this character "Keri" because of her refreshing personality. If you haven't tried the first book you really should, this is the type of book that should be read in sequence. I have read about ten of his books and have yet to be disappointed. I LOVE THE "ONCE SERIES!" Check them out, quick, easy fun read, (as long as you like this genre!)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Daniel E Eagan

    Keri Locke series I enjoy all your books but finding Evie is dragging on too long and starting to get boring. Plus Keri and Ray need to get hooked up that is taking too long also. I will continue reading all of your series because you do tell great stories

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Ledbetter

    Very good book I loved the characters, especially Keri Locke. The story was very well written and the complete personalities of characters was enlightening. Every police dept. needs detectives like her. Hahaha. Thanks for a good read. Blake Pierce is a very good writer.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shelley

    I really enjoyed this one. Continued right on the heels of the first book and it was just as good. I flew through this and was NOT ready for it to end.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brenda Sweeting

    Loved it keeps you turning pages

  19. 4 out of 5

    Charles Gorner

    Another winner I read this volume in three sittings, once again a gripping novel, book three here I come. I think I have become a committed fan.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This is turning out to be an awesome series. I've read many Blake Pierce books and this is my favourite series so far. This is turning out to be an awesome series. I've read many Blake Pierce books and this is my favourite series so far.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Robin Dixon

    BEST SERIES I'VE READ IN A WHILE!!!!!! BEST SERIES I'VE READ IN A WHILE!!!!!!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

    A Trace of Murder - a review by Rosemary Kenny Detective Keri Locke has only a few more hours to uncover the whereabouts of Kendra Burlingame - missing wife of Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Jeremy - before the likelihood of finding Kendra alive evaporates. Although recently out of hospital following trauma at the hands of a killer and still with no sign or her missing daughter Evie after so many years, Keri is determined and feisty enough to make her own rules when it comes to the crunch. Keri's L A Trace of Murder - a review by Rosemary Kenny Detective Keri Locke has only a few more hours to uncover the whereabouts of Kendra Burlingame - missing wife of Beverly Hills plastic surgeon Jeremy - before the likelihood of finding Kendra alive evaporates. Although recently out of hospital following trauma at the hands of a killer and still with no sign or her missing daughter Evie after so many years, Keri is determined and feisty enough to make her own rules when it comes to the crunch. Keri's LAPD partner, Ray Brooke, remains in hospital after saving her, but he's keen to act as a sounding board for Keri's theories and offer moral support when she clashes frequently with authority, in the form of her chief Frank Brody. Clues and red herrings come thick and fast and Keri is forced to accept backup on occasion, as her body hasn't recovered as quickly as her mind. Needless to say this chafes on Keri, as she's a law unto herself on occasion and doesn't hesitate to go above and beyond the call of duty, helped by Department rookie Jaime Castillo, when others say the case has gone cold and should be closed. Why was Kendra Burlingame withdrawing money from her private account every month? Where does Keri find the memory stick behind the photograph and what information does it hold? How does the 'Ghost' help Keri? Who is Jennifer Horner and what is her relationship to Jeremy Burlingame? What clue leads Keri into mortal danger and helps her solve the case? This second book in the Detective Keri Locke Mystery Series leaves the reader with as many questions as answers, as it links seamlessly on from the stories in Book 1. Outstanding author Blake Pierce knows no equal when it comes to writing superlative crime fiction, as this novel shows, with its complete character development and engaging storyline. I would highly recommend it to fans of feisty female leads, psychological dramas and police procedural mystery-thrillers...I enjoyed it so much I read it in one sitting oblivious to the world around me, as I was so deeply drawn into the events within from the beginning to the very last page. You'll love it too and wait eagerly, as I am, for the next in series - A Trace of Vice.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Terry

    Too bad there isn't a Goodreads shelf labeled - Did not finish or Abandoned, so something to that effect. I am never going to finish this book. I just cannot get through this. I've worked in fields in which i was subject to sexual discrimination. Acting like a teenager is not the way to deal with it. If the detective is so competent, why is she portrayed as an insecure, paranoid person? Her whole MO is: I'll do this so that I can show them I am good - she focuses so much on the discrimination (pe Too bad there isn't a Goodreads shelf labeled - Did not finish or Abandoned, so something to that effect. I am never going to finish this book. I just cannot get through this. I've worked in fields in which i was subject to sexual discrimination. Acting like a teenager is not the way to deal with it. If the detective is so competent, why is she portrayed as an insecure, paranoid person? Her whole MO is: I'll do this so that I can show them I am good - she focuses so much on the discrimination (perceived or real) that it's hard to believe she can actually get work done. Look at Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect for an example of a competent, confident, detective dealing with sexism. That's how we do it, not sitting there with negative self talk. Another example? Look at the recent situation that Serena Williams was in, she spoke up after the fact. She didn't whine during it and, I doubt that she privately belly ached about how the judge was going to treat her today. If she acted like Keri, this is what would have been going through her mind: "Oh, he's going to discriminate against me, he's sexist, so I am going to do this _____ to show him!".

  24. 5 out of 5

    rashmi _n_ kadam

    In A TRACE OF MURDER (Book #2 in the Keri Locke mystery series), Keri Locke, Missing Persons Detective in the Homicide division of the LAPD, remains haunted by the abduction of her own daughter. Encouraged by the new lead that has landed, the first in years, she pursues it with all that she has, determined to find her daughter and bring her back alive. Yet Keri, at the same time, receives a phone call from a frantic husband, a famed Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, who reports that his wife has bee In A TRACE OF MURDER (Book #2 in the Keri Locke mystery series), Keri Locke, Missing Persons Detective in the Homicide division of the LAPD, remains haunted by the abduction of her own daughter. Encouraged by the new lead that has landed, the first in years, she pursues it with all that she has, determined to find her daughter and bring her back alive. Yet Keri, at the same time, receives a phone call from a frantic husband, a famed Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, who reports that his wife has been missing for two days. A wealthy socialite with no enemies and little reason to leave her life, he fears the worst has become of his wife. Keri takes on the case, assigned a new partner whom she hates, as Ray still recovers in the hospital. Her investigation leads her deep into the elite Beverly Hills world of the idle rich, to encounters with lonely housewives, and those with shopping-addicted, empty lives. Keri, in over her head in this world, becomes increasingly puzzled by the conflicting signals: did this woman, with a stalker and a lurid, secret past, run away, or was she abducted? Or did something far more sinister happen? Only to find its the women is dead killed by her own husband once he comes that his wife has cheated and had a lover from yoga classes. Though the husbands plat the plot well by burying her wife live, finding a make up artist and makes her look like her wife, makes the appearance as she is running away on her own and killing her too. Hadn't been the adamant Keri to pursue the search the truth would have been buried live.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cathy

    This psychological suspense thriller really has me needing to check out the next story in the series. Keri Locke is still looking for her daughter Evie. This book deserves the five star rating. I read it quickly and became absorbed from the first page!! This is the second book in this series and although Keri is still looking for her daughter , she's still carrying on solving cases which helps to take her mind off things for a little while. Great story, you won't be disappointed!!! I would highl This psychological suspense thriller really has me needing to check out the next story in the series. Keri Locke is still looking for her daughter Evie. This book deserves the five star rating. I read it quickly and became absorbed from the first page!! This is the second book in this series and although Keri is still looking for her daughter , she's still carrying on solving cases which helps to take her mind off things for a little while. Great story, you won't be disappointed!!! I would highly recommend it to fans of feisty female leads, psychological dramas and police procedural mystery-thrillers...I enjoyed it so much I read it in one sitting while doing some chores around the house, oblivious to the world around me. I can't wait to read Vice but more importantly I can't wait to read some of the other lady detectives and my favorite Lady LAPD Profiler Jessie Hunt, who started it all for me.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Trish Goodgame

    A Trace of Rogue cop Book 2 in the Keri Locke mystery series continues on from book one. Still recovering from the showdown with a kidnapper in the first book, Keri is keen to get off desk duty despite not being properly healed. A case of a missing plastic surgeon's wife comes along and she is all oiwed on the streets again. I am finding the main character a bit too much of a loose canon and rogue cop who ignores orders and breaks the law. While she may be strong and determined she is also obsesse A Trace of Rogue cop Book 2 in the Keri Locke mystery series continues on from book one. Still recovering from the showdown with a kidnapper in the first book, Keri is keen to get off desk duty despite not being properly healed. A case of a missing plastic surgeon's wife comes along and she is all oiwed on the streets again. I am finding the main character a bit too much of a loose canon and rogue cop who ignores orders and breaks the law. While she may be strong and determined she is also obsessed with finding her daughter who went missing 5 years previously, to the detriment of her physical, emotional and vocational health. Interesting storyline, well-paced but I probably won't read the next in the series if it follows the same formula or if she continues to pussy foot around her feelings for her partner Ray.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Pat

    Started last night and picked it up with my morning coffee, reading till the end. This second installment in this series is, again, a fast paced police procedural. As with the first book, Keri the lead detective continues the search for her abducted daughter while working on a new case involving a missing woman. That thread of the continuous story from her personal life, as well as her slow personal growth from the depth of her despair, makes me want to continue the series. To me, that warrants Started last night and picked it up with my morning coffee, reading till the end. This second installment in this series is, again, a fast paced police procedural. As with the first book, Keri the lead detective continues the search for her abducted daughter while working on a new case involving a missing woman. That thread of the continuous story from her personal life, as well as her slow personal growth from the depth of her despair, makes me want to continue the series. To me, that warrants the 4 stars. Patterson and Baldacci, it's not, but not is it filled with extraneous sex scenes or political rants which tend to add filler. Conversely, more like the old Ed McBain police series. I still feel the characters are a bit shallow and hope to see increasing development.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Balthazar Lawson

    This whole series should be called Keri Locke and Her Missing Daughter. That's the over arching theme in this book and the previous one I read and to be honest I don't want a drip by drip episodic read of someone forever searching for their daughter. Just put it all in one book as I prefer to have a conclusion to the books I read. The side line story in this book is of missing women who no one thinks would just leave. Her persistence pays off as Keri Locke, detective in missing persons, doesn't This whole series should be called Keri Locke and Her Missing Daughter. That's the over arching theme in this book and the previous one I read and to be honest I don't want a drip by drip episodic read of someone forever searching for their daughter. Just put it all in one book as I prefer to have a conclusion to the books I read. The side line story in this book is of missing women who no one thinks would just leave. Her persistence pays off as Keri Locke, detective in missing persons, doesn't give up even when everyone else things the case is closed. She reverts to her lone wolf style of investigating crimes. If not for her missing daughter, this could lead into an interesting series. But this will be the last in the series for me, even though this book was a good read.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Muzmuz

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. More clues start to pop about Keri's missing daughter and while she tries to follow up on them a new case comes her way... a boy what a case it was ... a frantic husband calls in saying his wife disappeared. while following up the clues they all lead to one outcome... the wife just got up and left, but keri doesn't believe it and still pursues it till the end where a surprise awaits her along with more clues to her missing daughter.... now the story line is nice and well put together, the pace is More clues start to pop about Keri's missing daughter and while she tries to follow up on them a new case comes her way... a boy what a case it was ... a frantic husband calls in saying his wife disappeared. while following up the clues they all lead to one outcome... the wife just got up and left, but keri doesn't believe it and still pursues it till the end where a surprise awaits her along with more clues to her missing daughter.... now the story line is nice and well put together, the pace is quick and to the point that by the end of it you're automatically grabbing the following book... so if you like short, to the point mysteries i would recommend picking the book or any blake pierce book for that matter ^^

  30. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    Another excellent psychological thriller from the brilliant Blake Pierce. Detective Keri Locke specialises in finding missing people. Recovering from her previous case where he was severely injured and hospitalised she returns to work, hiding the severity of her condition. Keri is involved in a case where an eminent surgeon's wife is missing. Is she a victim of foul play or has she decided to leave her privileged life behind her? In addition Keri continues to search for her daughter, Evie who was Another excellent psychological thriller from the brilliant Blake Pierce. Detective Keri Locke specialises in finding missing people. Recovering from her previous case where he was severely injured and hospitalised she returns to work, hiding the severity of her condition. Keri is involved in a case where an eminent surgeon's wife is missing. Is she a victim of foul play or has she decided to leave her privileged life behind her? In addition Keri continues to search for her daughter, Evie who was abducted in front of her eyes 8 years previously and someone seems to have information which may to useful in finding Evie.

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