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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 position with the FBI, it is the per 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 position 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. From the Hardcover edition.


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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 position with the FBI, it is the per 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 position 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. From the Hardcover edition.

30 review for Murder List

  1. 5 out of 5

    ❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️

    * October 2017 Series Reread and Review Another great reread. This one is a bit slower placed but still a great read. Reagan Madison has attracted the attention of a madman and it's up to Det. Alac Buchanan to keep her safe. Alac and Reagan's attraction was a slow burn but it definitely burned bright. I love the relationship between Regan and her two BFF's Cordie and Sophie. The three have been inseparable since Kindergarten. They’re very close and fiercely loyal to one another. We’re int * October 2017 Series Reread and Review Another great reread. This one is a bit slower placed but still a great read. Reagan Madison has attracted the attention of a madman and it's up to Det. Alac Buchanan to keep her safe. Alac and Reagan's attraction was a slow burn but it definitely burned bright. I love the relationship between Regan and her two BFF's Cordie and Sophie. The three have been inseparable since Kindergarten. They’re very close and fiercely loyal to one another. We’re introduced to Reagan's brothers Adain and Spencer both have prominent roles in Reagan's life, I’m definitely Looking forward to more of this series! *Narrated by the very talented Joyce Bean. * Originally read June 2011

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    Ok, I love Julie Garwood, but this book was not among my favorites. The alpha male was a bit over the top. There were so many times I would have kicked him to the curb. Of course I wouldn't reach my Happily Ever After, but I can live with that. As for our Mary Sue, I mean Regan, she never quite developed. This utterly beautiful, rich, smart woman can't figure out why the handsome cop would choose her? Please! Anyway, regardless of the two of them it is a good murder mystery with a bit of a twi Ok, I love Julie Garwood, but this book was not among my favorites. The alpha male was a bit over the top. There were so many times I would have kicked him to the curb. Of course I wouldn't reach my Happily Ever After, but I can live with that. As for our Mary Sue, I mean Regan, she never quite developed. This utterly beautiful, rich, smart woman can't figure out why the handsome cop would choose her? Please! Anyway, regardless of the two of them it is a good murder mystery with a bit of a twist at the end.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Esther

    Reread. This was good the second time but realizing not a 5 star. It was balance between mystery and romance. Almost felt like the romance was secondary. Liked the hero and heroine. But a lot of dialogue and detail about the murder and that was a little over the top.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jonetta

    The series continues with another compelling story with this fourth book. There is a perfect pitch between the romantic and suspense elements and it moves quickly. I also liked the added "girlfriends" component of the storyline, providing the main character, Regan Madison, with realistic dimensions. Alec Buchanan is nicely defined as her love interest along with others from the Chicago Police Department to flesh out his role. Regan's brothers could be better developed but overall, this is a good The series continues with another compelling story with this fourth book. There is a perfect pitch between the romantic and suspense elements and it moves quickly. I also liked the added "girlfriends" component of the storyline, providing the main character, Regan Madison, with realistic dimensions. Alec Buchanan is nicely defined as her love interest along with others from the Chicago Police Department to flesh out his role. Regan's brothers could be better developed but overall, this is a good story, one I highly recommend.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julianna

    Reviewed for THC Reviews It's been a really long time since I've read one of Julie Garwood's romantic suspense novels, since before I started writing reviews to be exact. Murder List was a pretty good read, and about on par with what I remembered of the other books in the Buchanan series, but not quite up to the caliber of some other romantic suspense authors I've read more recently. Having a killer on the loose, who seems to be obsessing on the heroine, worked reasonably well from a suspense/thr Reviewed for THC Reviews It's been a really long time since I've read one of Julie Garwood's romantic suspense novels, since before I started writing reviews to be exact. Murder List was a pretty good read, and about on par with what I remembered of the other books in the Buchanan series, but not quite up to the caliber of some other romantic suspense authors I've read more recently. Having a killer on the loose, who seems to be obsessing on the heroine, worked reasonably well from a suspense/thriller perspective, but the mystery surrounding this part of the story was a little weak in my opinion. I'd be quite surprised if readers figure it out before the reveal, as the breadcrumb trail leading to the culprit was pretty sparse. I really prefer when the author can engage me in actively trying to solve the mystery rather then being a passive bystander. The romance needed a little more pizazz too. Other than a mutual attraction, not much happens between Alec and Regan for more than half the book. They don't even kiss. Then about ¾ of the way in, things finally get moving, but it all kind of happens at once. There is only one moderately descriptive love scene which I did find romantic, but then things cooled down as Alec prepares to move and Regan believes it was just a one-night stand. I could tell that they really liked one another, but I wasn't entirely convinced that it was enough to build a lifetime commitment on. Alec and Regan were pretty typical of Julie Garwood's heroes and heroines. Alec is what I like to call the alpha with a heart. He's attractive in a messy, un-put-together sort of way. He's a cop who's good at what he does and knows it, but is about to make a move to the FBI. His lieutenant gave him the job of bodyguard to Regan for his last few weeks in town as retaliation for him leaving the force and for making the guy look bad during a confrontation. Once Alec gets to know Regan, he seems rather amused and endeared by her quirks and intensely possessive and protective of her. I thought it was very sweet that he didn't want to spend the night at her hotel suite after they made love, because he was concerned about her reputation. Regan is a hotel heiress ala Paris Hilton, but much, much nicer and more intelligent. While her two older brothers run the family business, she runs the family's philanthropic efforts. Being so much younger than her brothers and not having involved parents, Regan has kind of gotten lost in her brothers' shadows, so it was rather funny when she started fighting back against their overbearing natures. Regan is not unlike most of Julie Garwood's other heroines in that she can by turns be a little too emotional, a little too nosy, and a little clumsy, while still being kind-hearted, and underneath it all, she's strong when she needs to be. She's also quite attractive, but mostly unaware of her physical beauty. Alec and Regan are both very likable characters, but I wouldn't exactly call them stand-outs. There just wasn't enough character development for that. There were a number of secondary characters in the story. I enjoyed the breezy interactions between Regan and her two best friends, Sophie and Cordie. Sophie is an outgoing journalist who is trying to get an investigative beat. I thought it was rather interesting that she was the daughter of an infamous con-man, and it looks like she gets her own book, Fire and Ice, later in the series. The most intriguing of the three to me though was Cordie. I think this was because of her dichotomy, or perhaps trichotomy as the case may be. She's a girlie girl, who as a science teacher is a bit of a geek, but she also does auto mechanic work on the side as something of a hobby. As I mentioned earlier, Regan's two oldest brothers, Aiden and Spencer can be pretty overbearing and overprotective, and tend to try Regan's patience. The youngest of the brothers, Walker, is a jet-setting race-car driver who we don't see much of in the story, but he still factors into it. I think any of these three might make good hero material, and in fact, it seemed like something might be brewing between Aiden and Cordie, but nothing ever came of their seeming attraction. It might be interesting for these two to get together, but as of yet, it doesn't look like Ms. Garwood as written any books for them or the other Madison brothers. Since Alec is part of the large Buchanan clan, I was a little disappointed that we didn't get to see more of them. In fact, his brothers and sisters are really only mentioned in passing, but friend of the family, Noah Clayborne who has his own book, Shadow Dance, does get to have a couple of phone conversations with Alec. Murder List has a rather leisurely beginning as the author introduces the reader to the hero, heroine and killer separately. At the time, they seemed to all be doing completely unrelated things, but gradually, their lives begin to intertwine. At that point, it became more involving, although at times the pacing was still a little slow for a mystery/suspense novel, in my opinion. Overall the story was pretty good and the writing itself fairly solid. Even with its flaws, Murder List still held my attention which is probably why I consider Julie Garwood to be a good author. Even when she's not at the top of her game, her books are still quite readable. Murder List is the fourth book in her Buchanan series, and I'll be looking forward to meeting and getting to know more of the Buchanan family in future books.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chumchum_88

    This series keeps getting better and better ^^ - The couple in here didn't have any appearance in the previous book but they certainly had their presence in here. The couple also reminded me of the Regency Romance books, her all polite and elegant, him with his messy appearance and rakish attitude, which I liked it was a cute combination. - Also I noticed that the difference in here was that even though as usual we get to know the villains thoughts throughout the story and still get surprised at t This series keeps getting better and better ^^ - The couple in here didn't have any appearance in the previous book but they certainly had their presence in here. The couple also reminded me of the Regency Romance books, her all polite and elegant, him with his messy appearance and rakish attitude, which I liked it was a cute combination. - Also I noticed that the difference in here was that even though as usual we get to know the villains thoughts throughout the story and still get surprised at the end, was the fact that this time we or the couple didn't know the identity of the villain and there wasn't any connection to them. - I liked how comfortable the hero got and how everyone around the heroine took to him naturally. - I liked the relationship the heroine had with the people around her especially the teenagers and part-timers, it was so sweet their loyalty to her. - I liked also the grumpy tech women, and how the heroine could get to her and pulled her in, there showed the true depths of her positive and good attitude toward people. - I liked the mystery story how intriguing it was, in no way was it predictable, which kept me enthralled wanting to know what will happen next. I'm still not very much used to Julie Garwood's contemporary writing, but so far I'm loving it, the stories keep getting better, the intrigue and mystery pulls you right in. Overall, *thumbs up*

  7. 5 out of 5

    A.

    2.75 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Thenia

    The story of Regan, a hotel heiress who finds herself the target of a madman, and Alec, a detective tasked to be her bodyguard as his last assignment before leaving the department to join the FBI. Neither of them is happy about their situation at first, but they know it's necessary. They like each other, so spending time together isn't as bad as they feared, and they get to know each other pretty well after some time passes and while the investigation is in progress. Regan is a genuinely nice pers The story of Regan, a hotel heiress who finds herself the target of a madman, and Alec, a detective tasked to be her bodyguard as his last assignment before leaving the department to join the FBI. Neither of them is happy about their situation at first, but they know it's necessary. They like each other, so spending time together isn't as bad as they feared, and they get to know each other pretty well after some time passes and while the investigation is in progress. Regan is a genuinely nice person, and Alec is sweet and charming, and their initial attraction becomes something more substantial, but (view spoiler)[they know there probably isn't a future for them since he'll be leaving soon. Soon, the police apprehend who they believe is the culprit, and although Alec isn't convinced, his assignment is over so he says his goodbyes to Regan and starts preparations to leave. Regan, who has realized that she's in love with him, is heartbroken, but keeps her feelings to herself. Life returns to normal for her and she is taking part in a marathon with her best friends, when the madman, who was not the man in custody, starts hunting her through the woods. Fortunately, Alec, who hadn't stopped investigating, realizes she's still in danger and runs to her rescue, well aware that he's in love with her and having already made up his mind to pursue her. They both end up saving each other's lives, narrowly escaping death, and the madman and his motives are finally revealed - he and his psycho wife who got paralyzed in an accident that Regan's brother was also involved in, were obsessed with getting revenge on him, but turned their attention on her instead after finding their family picture in a newspaper (hide spoiler)] . All's well that ends well, and Alec and Regan start building a life together, happily ever after. Engaging story with likable characters and an interesting mystery. I am looking forward to reading some of the side character's stories, especially Aiden's, but that won't be for a few books yet. Next comes another Buchanan brother's story in Slow Burn. Previous book reviews: ✦ Killjoy (Buchanan-Renard #3) ✦ Mercy (Buchanan-Renard #2) ✦ Heartbreaker (Buchanan-Renard #1)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Catalina

    Let me begin by saying that I did not take note that this was a "#4" in a series and have not read numbers 1, 2 & 3. And I never will. I listened to this on audiobook while traveling which would explain why I actually finished it: I had no other options. I found myself wondering if perhaps the slow, unappealing reading by the voice actor was the source of my hatred of this book, but after further thought I came to the conclusion that the dialogue and plot description really were JUST THAT AWFUL. Let me begin by saying that I did not take note that this was a "#4" in a series and have not read numbers 1, 2 & 3. And I never will. I listened to this on audiobook while traveling which would explain why I actually finished it: I had no other options. I found myself wondering if perhaps the slow, unappealing reading by the voice actor was the source of my hatred of this book, but after further thought I came to the conclusion that the dialogue and plot description really were JUST THAT AWFUL. This murder mystery reads very similarly to a "Made for TV Movie". The characters are all one-dimensional, beautiful, exaggerated and do not compel you to care at all whether they live or die. The heroine is so ridiculously flawless that the grotesque violence that goes on sporadically in the subplot seems arcane and unrealistic. I cannot even bring myself to comment on the predictable romance between the main characters, particularly in light of the bizarre soft-porn sequence. Nope. Not going to go there. Just really, really bad. I do believe there is an audience for this type of...stuff...but it will never again be me. Ugh.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    In Chicago, 2004, Regan Madison's family owns a string of hotels and she runs the charitable side of the business. Regan's childhood best friends Cordie and Sophie rope her into attending a self-help seminar where she created a list of people she wished were dead during one of the group exercises. Someone got ahold of the list, and guess what, the people on it are being killed. Even with the title of the Murder List, the book is mostly family drama and romance with a few murders mixed in. The unk In Chicago, 2004, Regan Madison's family owns a string of hotels and she runs the charitable side of the business. Regan's childhood best friends Cordie and Sophie rope her into attending a self-help seminar where she created a list of people she wished were dead during one of the group exercises. Someone got ahold of the list, and guess what, the people on it are being killed. Even with the title of the Murder List, the book is mostly family drama and romance with a few murders mixed in. The unknown killer narrates a few chapters and he's obviously unhinged. The murder scenes are not too graphic. I know there 's a huge market for this type of story. When I was younger I read many books by Garwood but I now prefer less romance and more mystery. I have so many great current books from the library right now that it's hard to make myself follow my 2020 goal of reading these older books. Anyway, another one off the bookshelves.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    I enjoy Julie Garwood's contemporary romantic suspense. The Murder List was no exception, although it wasn't her best effort. The plot has something in common with Linda Howard's Mr. Perfect, although without the humor of Howard's book. In both books several female friends end up making lists, and the list puts people in danger. In The Murder Room, the danger centers on Regan Madison, a hotel heiress who made the Murder List as part of a self-help guru's "cleansing" exercise. The list is suppose I enjoy Julie Garwood's contemporary romantic suspense. The Murder List was no exception, although it wasn't her best effort. The plot has something in common with Linda Howard's Mr. Perfect, although without the humor of Howard's book. In both books several female friends end up making lists, and the list puts people in danger. In The Murder Room, the danger centers on Regan Madison, a hotel heiress who made the Murder List as part of a self-help guru's "cleansing" exercise. The list is suppose to be destroyed to "release the anger" but Regan loses hers before that happens. Someone is now using the list to kill people. Alec Buchanan is a Chicago detective who ends up playing bodyguard to Regan after his boss gets angry at him. Being a bodyguard is obviously not a choice job for detectives. The inevitable happens: Alec is attracted to Regan and ends up making the case personal as he tries to protect her. The Murder List is a decent concept that fails to deliver because it's diluted by too many side plots. Besides the killer after Regan, we have Regan's friends going after the self-help guru who they think is defrauding women of money, and the romance between Regan and Alec. Added to that are various secondary story lines, including Buchanan's future plans, Regan's family interactions, and obvious set ups for future books. This adds up to a book that is unfocused, and one that left too little time for good character development. The Murder List isn't a bad book, it's just not as good as it could have been.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten

    Been on a Julie Garwood streak of late. Her new contemporaries are very good. But then her historicals always were as well. This is part of a larger series and part of the subset involving the three friends Cordie, Regan, and Sophie. This is Regan's story. An engaging romance with a very solid mystery-suspense plot. I will probably have to read this again some time. It's that enjoyable. Been on a Julie Garwood streak of late. Her new contemporaries are very good. But then her historicals always were as well. This is part of a larger series and part of the subset involving the three friends Cordie, Regan, and Sophie. This is Regan's story. An engaging romance with a very solid mystery-suspense plot. I will probably have to read this again some time. It's that enjoyable.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Three wealthy, successful twenty-something women living in Chicago - Regan, Sophie, and Cordie - decide to take down a scheming 'motivational speaker' who fleeces rich, lonely women. To get a bead on him they sign up for his seminar. One of the seminar exercises is to write a list of people you want gone, a 'murder list', which is immediately destroyed. Regan is seriously annoyed with several people, so she writes down their names. She then leaves the seminar before destroying her list. In the s Three wealthy, successful twenty-something women living in Chicago - Regan, Sophie, and Cordie - decide to take down a scheming 'motivational speaker' who fleeces rich, lonely women. To get a bead on him they sign up for his seminar. One of the seminar exercises is to write a list of people you want gone, a 'murder list', which is immediately destroyed. Regan is seriously annoyed with several people, so she writes down their names. She then leaves the seminar before destroying her list. In the street a psychotic killer attacks Regan. He doesn't manage to kill her but does come away with her 'murder list' and cell phone - and before long people on Regan's list are being murdered and she's being emailed photos of the bodies. Because Regan was attacked she gets a police body guard, the extremely handsome Detective Alec Buchanan. Of course Regan and Alec are attracted to one another, and nature takes its course. There are also various side issues. Regan's job involves funding worthy causes and one recipient - who misued his funds - stalks and harasses Regan to get more. Regan's family owns a hotel empire, run by her three brothers. The boys are very protective of Regan and constantly get in her business - much to her chagrin. During all this, of course, the Chicago police department is trying to catch the killer, who has a weird agenda that isn't clear until the book's finale. The book's characters are believable and appropiately engaging but - to me - the story wasn't very interesting. The book is about 90 percent romance novel and 10 percent detective story: not a ratio I enjoy. If you're a fan of romance novels, however, you'll probably like it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This is book 4 in the Buchanan series, about Alec Buchanan and Regan Hamilton. First off I thought I wasn't going to like Regan but as the book progressed my first assumption was completely wrong. Regan turned out to be a perfect heroine at least to me. I really liked Alec as well but what I found in this book was that it was mostly all about Regan. That fact didn't bother that much but I did think it was a little odd. I had stated in my review of Killjoy that I thought it was all about the Susp This is book 4 in the Buchanan series, about Alec Buchanan and Regan Hamilton. First off I thought I wasn't going to like Regan but as the book progressed my first assumption was completely wrong. Regan turned out to be a perfect heroine at least to me. I really liked Alec as well but what I found in this book was that it was mostly all about Regan. That fact didn't bother that much but I did think it was a little odd. I had stated in my review of Killjoy that I thought it was all about the Suspense more than it was about the romance and in this book I felt the same way. The Romance wasn't lacking at all it still had power and held its own in the book, but it was very different from the others. I liked that they had time and a real believable time frame to get to know each other and be friends first. It was a very refreshing to me because I'm reading this series back to back without an breaks, and it's awesome to see an author who can change things up in every single story to give you a new look on each love between each HEA. My one and only qualm with this story and it not a very big one because who know in the future I might just get a great big surprise, was that there wasn't a good enough anything when it came to Aiden and Cordie. I will keep my fingers crossed!!! This book is definitely worth the read and I highly recommend it along with the whole series.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chitra *CJ*

    “Murder List” is the story of Regan and Alec. This fast paced erotic thriller tells the story of a lady who inadvertently puts herself in danger by constructing an experimental “murder list”, a psychopath hell bent on making it come true while chasing her, and a hero who just might save her from death. With extremely well written characters and hints of mystery, the author weaves an intricate plot where everyone and nobody was the suspect, and while the nail biting scenes happened- you rooted for “Murder List” is the story of Regan and Alec. This fast paced erotic thriller tells the story of a lady who inadvertently puts herself in danger by constructing an experimental “murder list”, a psychopath hell bent on making it come true while chasing her, and a hero who just might save her from death. With extremely well written characters and hints of mystery, the author weaves an intricate plot where everyone and nobody was the suspect, and while the nail biting scenes happened- you rooted for the main couple too. I haven’t been the biggest fan of this thriller series despite loving the author, but this book changes things and makes me a one. I’m going to look forward to reading about the friends, the brothers and the rest of the clan- as many, many possible couples were hinted in this one. As for our hero and heroine, adored the few interactions they had, though I wished they had more. Ending was fab! Safe 4/5

  16. 4 out of 5

    Astraycat

    I prefer Murder List to Killjoy because this story has less annoying dialogues among minor roles, which always make me skip some pages, what's worse, it often occurs when the danger is coming. The interaction among Regan and her two good friends are funny, I'd like to read if there is more stories about the other two friends' stories. I prefer Murder List to Killjoy because this story has less annoying dialogues among minor roles, which always make me skip some pages, what's worse, it often occurs when the danger is coming. The interaction among Regan and her two good friends are funny, I'd like to read if there is more stories about the other two friends' stories.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jackie Lane

    What a difference it makes when you read a series in order. I initially read this book not realizing it was part of a series and was just meh about it. Now, having read it in the order it was written, I absolutely loved it. It was suspenseful, I knew the characters and have come to love them and enjoyed spending time with Regan and Alec. Being able to see the progression of the story made this a much better read for me. I knew how it was going to end, but still thought it was a really good book. What a difference it makes when you read a series in order. I initially read this book not realizing it was part of a series and was just meh about it. Now, having read it in the order it was written, I absolutely loved it. It was suspenseful, I knew the characters and have come to love them and enjoyed spending time with Regan and Alec. Being able to see the progression of the story made this a much better read for me. I knew how it was going to end, but still thought it was a really good book. 5 stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nonieღserenity2bliss

    I like the mystery more than I like the romance. But I have to say that the banter between Regan and Alec was better than the others in the series. Maybe because they are a complete opposite with Regan's an heiress and Alec is more of a rough-on-the-edge kind of guy. I like the mystery more than I like the romance. But I have to say that the banter between Regan and Alec was better than the others in the series. Maybe because they are a complete opposite with Regan's an heiress and Alec is more of a rough-on-the-edge kind of guy.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Myers

    More romance than mystery. By the title and synopsis, I thought I'd be reading a crime novel with a little romance thrown into the mix. Even though "Murder List" wasn't what I was expecting, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. More romance than mystery. By the title and synopsis, I thought I'd be reading a crime novel with a little romance thrown into the mix. Even though "Murder List" wasn't what I was expecting, I thoroughly enjoyed the book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    I loved reading this book! Alec is my kind of hero. This is another of Julie Garwoods best. Check it out if you want some exciting romance in your life.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Nickolan

    This was a good read. The story revolves around a wealthy woman that is being hunted for unknown reasons. Due to her efforts to help someone else, she produces an imaginary hit list. Things start to get out of hand when people start dying. A policeman, due to another situation gets assigned to protect her and the story is off and running. Who is after her? What will they do next? Is it someone close to her, or a stranger? As the story unfolds it holds the reader interested in what will happen ne This was a good read. The story revolves around a wealthy woman that is being hunted for unknown reasons. Due to her efforts to help someone else, she produces an imaginary hit list. Things start to get out of hand when people start dying. A policeman, due to another situation gets assigned to protect her and the story is off and running. Who is after her? What will they do next? Is it someone close to her, or a stranger? As the story unfolds it holds the reader interested in what will happen next. Definitely will look to this author again for reading materiel.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jane Thomson

    I have just re-read this novel after several years. I would give it 3.5 stars because like other reviewers I felt the plot lagged in the middle. The story was well-crafted but the murder suspense got lost in while the romance developed. Still, it kept the reader engaged and anticipating the ending. The friendship of the three young women is a welcome addition to the plot and having read all the novels in the series, I enjoyed seeing the hints of other stories. I liked both main characters, but fo I have just re-read this novel after several years. I would give it 3.5 stars because like other reviewers I felt the plot lagged in the middle. The story was well-crafted but the murder suspense got lost in while the romance developed. Still, it kept the reader engaged and anticipating the ending. The friendship of the three young women is a welcome addition to the plot and having read all the novels in the series, I enjoyed seeing the hints of other stories. I liked both main characters, but found Aiden's role seems unacceptable at times - railroading his sister and ignoring the behaviour of an outrageous employee. Even someone who is engrossed in his\her job should notice an employee who is on a power trip! Despite these criticisms, I enjoyed the novel and Julie Garwood's talent.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    This romantic suspense was a bit slow to get into the action, but a decent read that held my interest nonetheless. Regan Madison is the privileged younger sister of the wealthy Madison family. She is being stalked by a madman who starts killing people that Regan has problems with. Alec Buchanan is the cop who is given protection duty of Regan as a punishment for a disagreement with his Lieutenant. A slow burning romance ignites between Regan and Alec. It felt as though much of the action occurre This romantic suspense was a bit slow to get into the action, but a decent read that held my interest nonetheless. Regan Madison is the privileged younger sister of the wealthy Madison family. She is being stalked by a madman who starts killing people that Regan has problems with. Alec Buchanan is the cop who is given protection duty of Regan as a punishment for a disagreement with his Lieutenant. A slow burning romance ignites between Regan and Alec. It felt as though much of the action occurred at the end of the book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Veronic

    I cannot get enough of Julie Garwood. The slow burn romance and mystery is a recipe for a page turner!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    Loved this one! Great story!!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Book Binge

    After not caring for Killjoy, which is the book before this book, I didn't think I'd care for any of Garwood's contemporaries but unlike everyone else, I really enjoyed the Buchanan books. I love the Buchanan family and though her contemporaries can't hold a candle to her historicals, I still like reading these books from time to time. Somebody dropped this book off on the office "get rid of these books for me" bookshelf. I saw it and couldn't help myself. In this book, Alec Buchanan made me go a After not caring for Killjoy, which is the book before this book, I didn't think I'd care for any of Garwood's contemporaries but unlike everyone else, I really enjoyed the Buchanan books. I love the Buchanan family and though her contemporaries can't hold a candle to her historicals, I still like reading these books from time to time. Somebody dropped this book off on the office "get rid of these books for me" bookshelf. I saw it and couldn't help myself. In this book, Alec Buchanan made me go all squishy inside. I love a hero that is sloppily sexy and that describes Alec to a tee. He is so manly sexy and every time I read his book, I'm reminded of those sexy guys in those commercials that are rumpled and just getting up out of bed? The ones that make you say, "Dammmmnnnnn", yeah those guys. That's who I picture when I'm reading about Alec Buchanan. Hell, even his name is sexy. Alec. Yum, I love it. I love those flirty heroes (Ben from Heart of Fire, anyone?) and Alec was just that kind of hero. After that monstrosity of a blurb, I'm going to just jump right into my review of the book. One of the main reasons I liked this book so much was watching the romance between Alec and Regan come to life. The way that it blossomed bit by bit was too freaking cute...and the suspense was great too. Alec was one big ball of sexy and well, I've already said that countless times already so just suffice it to say, I love me some Alec. Moving on to Regan, I thought Regan was a great heroine. One that though I couldn't relate to, I still connected with. She had that silly girl mentality that I found funny and I loved watching her in action with Cordie and Sophie. Their back story was great too and I loved how their friendship was still going strong now. Garwood does a good job of writing family relationships and friendships. No matter who they are, I never cease to love the hell out of them and Regan, Sophie and Cordie were no exception. Alec and Regan together just made sense. I loved the flirty way that Alec had with Regan and I loved watching her fall in love with Alec. They made this story and all the crazy in it so good that I'm surprised that a lot of people don't like the book. The whole thing with the Murder List and the crazy guy that was causing havoc in Regan's life was pretty tame compared to what I've read in other romantic suspense novels but still, A for effort on Garwood's part. All in all, it was still an enjoyable read. It still bothers me that the story falls away from Aiden and Cordie. I want to know what the heck happens between them. That secondary story just fell out of the book and left me wanting more. I also still want to meet Walker dammit. I remember wondering if Walker would get his own book and since that hasn't happened, I'm bummed because I would so love to read it. Overall, this book was good. It was enjoyable and the characters were easy to fall in love with and when the book ends, it left me wanting more from the Buchanan family. I remember reading Dylan's book and really liking it so I think I'm going to go home and find that book so that I can read it again so stay tuned. Grade: 4 out of 5 This review was originally posted on Book Binge by Rowena. You can view her post here: http://thebookbinge.com/2011/01/revie...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cruth

    Author: Julie Garwood First published: 2004 Length: 425 pages Setting: Contemporary. Chicago. Sex: Explicit but not until the end. Hero: Chicago Dective, soon-to-be FBI Heroine: Hotel Heiress Enjoyable. Complex plot. Interesting characters. Good lead in to Regan's BFFs' stories (Fire and Ice for Sophie and Fast Track for Cordie). Still on the stronger plots from early in the series with less emphasis on sex, more relationship and mystery driven where anyone could have done it. 3.5 stars rounded down. Gar Author: Julie Garwood First published: 2004 Length: 425 pages Setting: Contemporary. Chicago. Sex: Explicit but not until the end. Hero: Chicago Dective, soon-to-be FBI Heroine: Hotel Heiress Enjoyable. Complex plot. Interesting characters. Good lead in to Regan's BFFs' stories (Fire and Ice for Sophie and Fast Track for Cordie). Still on the stronger plots from early in the series with less emphasis on sex, more relationship and mystery driven where anyone could have done it. 3.5 stars rounded down. Garwood's Contemporary Series: Book 1 Heartbreaker - Laurent Madden and Nick Buchanan Book 2 Mercy - Theo Buchanan and Dr Michelle Renard Book 3 Killjoy - Avery Delaney and John Paul Renard Book 4 Murder List - Alec Buchanan and Regan Hamilton Madison Book 5 Slow Burn - Kate MacKenna and Dylan Buchanan Book 6 Shadow Dance - Jordan Buchanan and Noah Clayborne Book 7 Fire and Ice - Sophie Rose and Jack MacAlister Book 8 Sizzle - Lyra Prescott and Sam Kincaid Book 9 The Ideal Man - Dr Ellie Sullivan and Agent Max Daniels Book 10 Sweet Talk - Olivia Mackenzie and Grayson Kincaid Book 11 Hotshot - Peyton Lockhart and Finn MacBain Book 12 Fast Track - Cordelia Kane and Aiden Madison Book 13 Wired - Allison Trent and Liam Scott References: Author's website: http://juliegarwood.com/books/murder-... (ISBN 9780143567820) -CR-

  28. 5 out of 5

    LailaBC

    Detective Alec Buchanan is a cop based in Chicago and because his superior was displeased with him he gave him a bodyguard duty to one Regan Hamilton Madison, a hotel heiress. Regan in my opinion is too sweet and polite for her own good. She can be such a push over i didn't like that. Other people were very rude to her and she can't get herself to even defend herself and put them in their place. Seriously, I want her to have mean streak in her too when people take advantage of her sweet nature. Detective Alec Buchanan is a cop based in Chicago and because his superior was displeased with him he gave him a bodyguard duty to one Regan Hamilton Madison, a hotel heiress. Regan in my opinion is too sweet and polite for her own good. She can be such a push over i didn't like that. Other people were very rude to her and she can't get herself to even defend herself and put them in their place. Seriously, I want her to have mean streak in her too when people take advantage of her sweet nature. She have two best friends since childhood Sophie and Cordelia. Sophie the struggling reporter has convinced them both to attend this seminar of a famous self help guru, because she believes that this guru is actually exploiting vulnerable lonely rich women of their money and she intends to expose him. During the seminar this guru by the name of Dr. Shields made them do a rather bizarre exercise by making them list down the people that they want to "disappear" that have hurt them in the past or present or simply do not like at all and then they will burn that list as a way of flushing out the poison in their body or self. Some twist of fate that Regan's "murder list" end up in someone's hand who is systematically killing the people in her list. Hence, comes in Detective Alec to protect her till he transfer out to Boston in three weeks time to start on his training as an FBI agent when he got the job. Of course during the course of that weeks they both began to fell for each other but Alec was determine to move on and he can't settle down with Regan or so he thought and Regan was willing to let him go despite getting a broken heart or so she thought. This was was not as engaging as the previous ones. It was just more of a waiting game trying to wait out when the killer will move next and I still don't understand how this killer managed to by pass the many security that she has in that hotel and slipped in that letter. His physical appearance seems to stand out according to Regan and yet he also managed to blend in when he was trying to stalk her in certain events. Anyways, nothing much was revealed about the killer except his mental instability during the course of the story till towards the end when one of Alec's former partner dig in deeper into the past of Regan's family to determine if they have offended other people in the past enough to want to kill her. Regan was the typical heroine beautiful and rich but such a cry baby nothing wrong with that but she was just too helpless for my taste, she is again oblivious to her beauty that come on she can't be that naive. I just noticed that all of Garwood's heroines have great legs. Nothing much exciting happened till the last 10% of the story that the pace picked up again. I think I would want to read extended stories about Regan's brothers Aidan, Spencer and Walker. Also Noah Clayborne was mentioned again here...although he didn't make any physical appearance we heard him through the phone and he is just as perceptive over the phone about Alec's current issues...nothing much get past that man for sure. Over all i still like this one but not one of my favorite. The side characters were more interesting to me.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nihan

    Finally it was over I mean the first 4 book, I started 5th book in this series (Turkish translate) and unfortunately there aren't translate first 4 and of course when read other, somethings missing and finally I'll go on and finish this series, In this story was about Ragen Maddison and Alec Buchanan everything start the maniac man tried to kill Regan and her brothers want to protect 7/24. And suddenly Alec became special guard of Regan, we meet in this book Regan's friends Sophie and Cordie and Finally it was over I mean the first 4 book, I started 5th book in this series (Turkish translate) and unfortunately there aren't translate first 4 and of course when read other, somethings missing and finally I'll go on and finish this series, In this story was about Ragen Maddison and Alec Buchanan everything start the maniac man tried to kill Regan and her brothers want to protect 7/24. And suddenly Alec became special guard of Regan, we meet in this book Regan's friends Sophie and Cordie and of course Aiden. I look forward their's story.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mojca

    Hotel heiress Regan Madison life turns for the worst when she agrees to join her two best friends in a scheme to nail a self-named help guru that schemes lonely, depressed women in giving him their life savings. The three join his seminar in hopes of collecting proof against him, but things are never that simple. The seminar‘s first exercise is to compile a so-called murder list, a list of people you want erased from your radar. Regan, thinking it might be fun, compiles the list. What started as a Hotel heiress Regan Madison life turns for the worst when she agrees to join her two best friends in a scheme to nail a self-named help guru that schemes lonely, depressed women in giving him their life savings. The three join his seminar in hopes of collecting proof against him, but things are never that simple. The seminar‘s first exercise is to compile a so-called murder list, a list of people you want erased from your radar. Regan, thinking it might be fun, compiles the list. What started as a joke, soon turns into grim reality as people on Regan‘s appear at the morgue, and she starts receiving disturbing photos and e-mails. It turns out Regan Madison has a stalker. Her protection detail is assigned to Alec Buchanan, a Chicago cop about to switch to the FBI. It‘s his last operation for the Chicago P.D. and though he‘s not overly enthused about the bodyguard duty, his resentment doesn‘t last long. I was disappointed with this book. The plot was all over the place as if Ms. Garwood couldn‘t decide whether she wanted to write a thriller, a romance, or something else entirely. Don‘t get me wrong, the beginning was great and the general premise of a deranged man with a blood-thirsty demon inside him had lots of potential, but by the first few chapters the interlocking subplots turned the story into gumbo, and the deranged killer was forgotten as last year‘s snow. By the middle of the book the plot took a head dive into an average romance between the two leads and the suspense disappeared entirely. And yes, the romance was average, because the two seemed more like good buddies than potential lovers, but for the one (and only) love scene spanning a few pages toward the end of the book. In short, the main plot, of the deranged serial killer / stalker, was too far fetched to be believable with a huge deus ex machina at the end that just plain made me laugh. The romance was completely out there, and the subplots remained unexplored and unfinished.

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