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Detective Amanda Steele stops just inside the doorway, recognizing the victim’s face instantly. He seems so vulnerable in death; soft, human, even harmless. But she can never forget the evil he has inflicted. Her heart is hammering as she remembers her precious daughter, with her red curls and infectious laugh, and how she was lowered into that little grave… It’s been five Detective Amanda Steele stops just inside the doorway, recognizing the victim’s face instantly. He seems so vulnerable in death; soft, human, even harmless. But she can never forget the evil he has inflicted. Her heart is hammering as she remembers her precious daughter, with her red curls and infectious laugh, and how she was lowered into that little grave… It’s been five years since Detective Amanda Steele’s life was derailed in the path of an oncoming drunk driver. The small community of Dumfries, Virginia, may have moved on from the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, but Amanda cannot. When the driver who killed her family is found murdered in a motel room, she can’t keep away from the case. Fighting her sergeant to be allowed to work an investigation with such a personal connection to her, Amanda is in a race to prove that she can uncover the truth. But the more she digs into the past of the man who destroyed her future, the more shocking discoveries she makes. And when Amanda finds the link between a silver bracelet in his possession and the brutal unsolved murder of a young exotic dancer, she realizes she’s caught up in something darker than she ever imagined and suspects that more girls could be in danger. But as Amanda edges toward the truth, she gets closer to a secret as personal as it is deadly. Amanda has stumbled upon a dangerous killer, and she must face some terrible truths in order to catch this killer – and save his next victim as she couldn’t save her own daughter… A gripping, page-turning thriller full of mystery and suspense. Perfect for fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan and Robert Dugoni.


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Detective Amanda Steele stops just inside the doorway, recognizing the victim’s face instantly. He seems so vulnerable in death; soft, human, even harmless. But she can never forget the evil he has inflicted. Her heart is hammering as she remembers her precious daughter, with her red curls and infectious laugh, and how she was lowered into that little grave… It’s been five Detective Amanda Steele stops just inside the doorway, recognizing the victim’s face instantly. He seems so vulnerable in death; soft, human, even harmless. But she can never forget the evil he has inflicted. Her heart is hammering as she remembers her precious daughter, with her red curls and infectious laugh, and how she was lowered into that little grave… It’s been five years since Detective Amanda Steele’s life was derailed in the path of an oncoming drunk driver. The small community of Dumfries, Virginia, may have moved on from the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, but Amanda cannot. When the driver who killed her family is found murdered in a motel room, she can’t keep away from the case. Fighting her sergeant to be allowed to work an investigation with such a personal connection to her, Amanda is in a race to prove that she can uncover the truth. But the more she digs into the past of the man who destroyed her future, the more shocking discoveries she makes. And when Amanda finds the link between a silver bracelet in his possession and the brutal unsolved murder of a young exotic dancer, she realizes she’s caught up in something darker than she ever imagined and suspects that more girls could be in danger. But as Amanda edges toward the truth, she gets closer to a secret as personal as it is deadly. Amanda has stumbled upon a dangerous killer, and she must face some terrible truths in order to catch this killer – and save his next victim as she couldn’t save her own daughter… A gripping, page-turning thriller full of mystery and suspense. Perfect for fans of Rachel Caine, Lisa Regan and Robert Dugoni.

30 review for The Little Grave

  1. 4 out of 5

    Pat (not getting friend updates currently)

    This was a solid start to a new series by Carolyn Arnold, a new author for me. Amanda Steele is a homicide detective with the Prince William County Police Department. Five and a half years ago a tragic car accident robbed her of her husband, daughter and unborn child, as well as leaving her unable to have any more children. Since then she lost her passion for the job, doing it pretty much on autopilot. That all changes when she arrives a motel which reported a dead body only to find the deceased This was a solid start to a new series by Carolyn Arnold, a new author for me. Amanda Steele is a homicide detective with the Prince William County Police Department. Five and a half years ago a tragic car accident robbed her of her husband, daughter and unborn child, as well as leaving her unable to have any more children. Since then she lost her passion for the job, doing it pretty much on autopilot. That all changes when she arrives a motel which reported a dead body only to find the deceased is the drunk driver who killed her family and who was only released from prison a few days ago. Initially the death looks like a suicide but it soon becomes clear it is murder. For some reason Amanda feels compelled to work this case. Her sergeant reluctantly agrees but forces a new partner on her who will be the lead detective - on paper. Personally I didn’t think this was plausible as she has a clear motive for the murder. Then there was a lot of running around to get her alibi locked in - again, she should not have been on the case. That aside, the new partner works out better than she expected and they soon find potential links to a couple of older homicides, cold cases from five and a half years ago. Then Amanda makes a major discovery. She finds something that people seem to have been looking for and this throws everything up in the air and provides a solid motive for the killings. But wait - there are more twists to come and Amanda’s family will never be the same again. The plot was good but I found Amanda’s constant grieving repetitive and annoying. I know she lost her family but this is supposed to be a thriller and it bogged the story down. I think the next book will find her being able to move on a bit. There is also still quite some character development to do as, in this book, everyone and everything was seen through the lens of Amanda’s grief. Nevertheless it is a solid effort that should be enjoyed by fans of thrillers and police procedurals. I had no trouble finishing this and really wanted to see how it all fitted together and ended. Thanks to Netgalley, Bookouture and Carolyn Arnold for providing a copy for me to review. My opinions are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brenda

    Detective Amanda Steele – a cop still shattered by the death of her husband and child five years previously. The drunk driver who destroyed her life had been in jail, while Amanda tried to drown her memories in booze and drugs, along with constant one-night stands. She was a wreck! But when she was called to the site of a murder, and told it was the man who had killed her family, for some reason, she was determined to take the case. Amanda’s sergeant was against her involvement, but Amanda wante Detective Amanda Steele – a cop still shattered by the death of her husband and child five years previously. The drunk driver who destroyed her life had been in jail, while Amanda tried to drown her memories in booze and drugs, along with constant one-night stands. She was a wreck! But when she was called to the site of a murder, and told it was the man who had killed her family, for some reason, she was determined to take the case. Amanda’s sergeant was against her involvement, but Amanda wanted to uncover the truth about what happened. The deeper she dug into the investigation, the more secrets she uncovered. There was danger heading her way; heading her family’s way – and more murders linked to the victim – could Amanda right the wrongs and solve the murder? The Little Grave by Carolyn Arnold was a difficult read for me. In my opinion, I couldn’t work out why Amanda hadn’t been kicked out of the police force. And the continual going over of her grief and pain slowed everything down, didn’t allow for growth or development in the story. I couldn’t connect with Amanda’s character – yes, she faced shocking loss, but I found it hard to offer her sympathy. This one took me some days to read, and was not for me, unfortunately. With thanks to NetGalley and Bookouture for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Amanda Steele Book 1 It's been five years since Detective Amanda Steele's life was derailed in the path of an oncoming drunk driver. The small community of Dunfries, Virginia may have moved on from the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, but Amanda can't. When the driver who killed her family is found murdered in a motel room. Amanda can't keep away from the case. Amanda Steele is a strong character but she does have a bit of an attitude problem with her rookie partner Detective Trent. The Amanda Steele Book 1 It's been five years since Detective Amanda Steele's life was derailed in the path of an oncoming drunk driver. The small community of Dunfries, Virginia may have moved on from the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, but Amanda can't. When the driver who killed her family is found murdered in a motel room. Amanda can't keep away from the case. Amanda Steele is a strong character but she does have a bit of an attitude problem with her rookie partner Detective Trent. The drunk driver who killed her husband and daughter had just been released from prison. Now he's dead. There's plenty of twists to keep you guessing but there's parts that seem to drag out. Amanda also finds herself investigating a couple of cold cases that could be linked. This is a good start to this new police procedural series. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment in the series. I would like to thank #NetGalley, #Bookouture and the author #CarolynArnold for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Nadene (Totally Addicted to Reading)

    I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.There are some authors whose books you just have to read whenever they have a new release, no matter how much your TBR is over flowing. Carolyn Arnold is one such author for me. So, you can imagine my level of enthusiasm when I received a copy for review purposes. 💃💃💃💃 Little Grave, the first book in The Detective Amanda Steele series, proved to be an interesting I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.There are some authors whose books you just have to read whenever they have a new release, no matter how much your TBR is over flowing. Carolyn Arnold is one such author for me. So, you can imagine my level of enthusiasm when I received a copy for review purposes. 💃💃💃💃 Little Grave, the first book in The Detective Amanda Steele series, proved to be an interesting read with a shocking😲😲😲 conclusion. The story follows detective Amanda Steele, who lost her husband and her six-year-old daughter and her unborn child in a motor vehicle accident at the hands of a drunk driver. Since then, her life was one roller coaster of one-night stands, drinking and pill popping. How she held it together and keep her job with the Prince William County Police Department was a mystery within itself. She received a call informing her of the discovery of the dead body of the man responsible for her family’s death. Despite her personal connection to the victim, her sergeant allowed her to be a part of the investigation on the condition she worked with a partner who would be the lead investigator on paper. I had a great time with this book, which came as no surprise. A well-paced storyline with a narrative steeped in pain and sorrow. Arnold’s ability to engage her readers by keeping them turning the pages while attempting to guess the outcome of the investigation was evident within her latest release. The more Amanda dug, the bigger the can of worms she unearthed and the more danger she faced. The biggest shocker of all for everyone, including the reader, involved the revelation of the murderer’s identity. Never once did I see this person as being the guilty party. Amanda, a severely damaged heroine, was on a road to destruction. This case may just be her saving grace despite the conflict of interest. Although I sympathised with her circumstances, I abhorred her behaviour and the way she treated her new partner. She did redeem herself as the story progressed. Overall, a solid start to the series. If you enjoy police procedural and you are looking for a new series to sink your teeth in, I recommend you picking up a copy of a Little Grave. This review was originally posted on Totally Addicted to Reading

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    The Little Grave is the first instalment in the Detective Amanda Steele series, set in and around Dumfries, Virginia. Five and a half years ago on a cool January evening in Atlanta, Georgia, Casey-Anne had just gotten her pole dance underway at Georgia Peaches strip joint when she spots a figure from her past. Rushing home after her set she tenses at every little noise and decides to take a shower. But no sooner had she stepped in, the shower curtain was ripped down to reveal the same guy. He pu The Little Grave is the first instalment in the Detective Amanda Steele series, set in and around Dumfries, Virginia. Five and a half years ago on a cool January evening in Atlanta, Georgia, Casey-Anne had just gotten her pole dance underway at Georgia Peaches strip joint when she spots a figure from her past. Rushing home after her set she tenses at every little noise and decides to take a shower. But no sooner had she stepped in, the shower curtain was ripped down to reveal the same guy. He pulls out a gun and asks her for information; the location of something important. But she's too terrified to speak. He shoots and it's lights out. Meanwhile, in Woodbridge, Virginia, it's present-day and Amanda Steele is barely a shadow of her former self. Five and a half year ago she lost her husband of ten years, Kevin, and six-year-old daughter Lindsey at the hands of drunk driver Chad Palmer after she’d urged Kevin to look at a meme on her phone. He'd only been given a meagre sentence for his crime. Stumbling from one day to the next she spends time having anonymous and emotionless sex with strangers and acquiring Xanax from drug dealer ”Freddy” to get her through each day. A detective in the Homicide Unit under the Criminal Investigations Division and Violent Crimes Bureau for the Prince William County Police Department, Amanda gets a call from long-time friend and colleague, Becky Tulson of Dumfries PD. Becky informs her that Chad Palmer had been released from prison only two days ago, but had just been discovered dead at the dive known as Denver’s Motel. She drives the ten minutes to meet Becky at the scene with her mind whirring. Due to her history with the deceased Becky begs her to leave as it's a conflict of interest, but Amanda is adamant she wants to be there, even if she doesn't know why. She enters room ten and finds 2 empty 1.75ml bottles of whisky and the thirty-seven-year-old Chad sprawled on the bed. But when the medical examiner and forensics teams get involved they quickly determine Chad was murdered and suspicions about Amanda’s involvement arise. What happened, and can Amanda prove her innocence? How are the two cases related? This is a compulsive, compelling and enthralling read and I must admit I was taken by surprise by quite how quickly I became completely riveted by everything that was going on. The cases were both fascinating with many a twist along the way and enough mystery and intrigue to compel you to read through the night. I also loved the fact that Amanda’s tragic personal life is woven in with Chad’s murder as it's a genius method for the author to provide her backstory without it feeling forced. Amanda is a traumatised, broken woman who is certainly existing rather than living and her abrasiveness with colleagues is off-putting but understandable. A scintillating read. Bring on the sequel. Highly recommended.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    *thank you to Netgalley, Bookouture and Carolyn Arnold for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* 4 stars. Well that was a curve ball of an ending! I had been wondering what the twist for this was going to be and while, for me, it wasn't mind blowing (probably because I could get my head around it happening quite easily), it was definitely a surprise I hadn't even considered, except in hindsight. The characters were quite likeable and I did enjoy Detective Amanda Steele. She was inte *thank you to Netgalley, Bookouture and Carolyn Arnold for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* 4 stars. Well that was a curve ball of an ending! I had been wondering what the twist for this was going to be and while, for me, it wasn't mind blowing (probably because I could get my head around it happening quite easily), it was definitely a surprise I hadn't even considered, except in hindsight. The characters were quite likeable and I did enjoy Detective Amanda Steele. She was interesting and her grief was very relatable and came across as very real. I also ended up liking her work partner as well and am looking forward to reading more about them. The story as a whole kept my interest and kept me wondering where the path was going to take me. There were no scenes or chapters that were dull and overall it was really enjoyable. Definitely recommend, as this is a great start to what could be a fantastic series.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dana-Adriana B.

    Detective Steele wants to solve the murder of the man who killed her husband and daughter, in a tragic accident. But, to do so, she needs to show her alibi to her superior, and it's taking more than 70% of the book to meet the man she spends the hours of the killing. Why??? She is a cop! Why is this taking so looooong? Sorry, but nothing spectacular in this book, just a destroyed cop, more than one death. Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for this book. Detective Steele wants to solve the murder of the man who killed her husband and daughter, in a tragic accident. But, to do so, she needs to show her alibi to her superior, and it's taking more than 70% of the book to meet the man she spends the hours of the killing. Why??? She is a cop! Why is this taking so looooong? Sorry, but nothing spectacular in this book, just a destroyed cop, more than one death. Thanks to Netgalley, the publisher and the author for this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Saylor

    It's been published!! It's been five years since the day Detective Amanda Steele lost her whole world because of one person's decision to drive while drunk. When the driver that killed her family is found dead in a motel room she can't stay away from the case, despite the conflict of interest. Not everything is what it appears to be, and Amanda finds herself digging deeper and deeper into the darkness behind a string of murders. Amanda Steele is a Jessica Jones type, a good cop with baggage and s It's been published!! It's been five years since the day Detective Amanda Steele lost her whole world because of one person's decision to drive while drunk. When the driver that killed her family is found dead in a motel room she can't stay away from the case, despite the conflict of interest. Not everything is what it appears to be, and Amanda finds herself digging deeper and deeper into the darkness behind a string of murders. Amanda Steele is a Jessica Jones type, a good cop with baggage and self-medicating tendencies. She's also a strong-willed character, justice-seeking character who you want to see solve everything. This is a great police procedural and had enough action to keep things interesting. This was a fun read from figuring out how everything ties in and encountering the plot twists that take you to the end! Thank you to Carolyn Arnold, Bookouture, and NetGalley for this ARC!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Five years ago, Detective Amanda Steele's husband and daughter were killed in a car accident by a drunk driver. She also lost the baby she was carrying. She still grieves and she's still angry at the driver ... who did go to prison. She's never been able to move on. So, it's with a great deal of hesitation that her boss is worried about her investigation when the man who was responsible for the deaths of her family is found murdered in a motel room. Detective Steel is a good cop .. but she does ha Five years ago, Detective Amanda Steele's husband and daughter were killed in a car accident by a drunk driver. She also lost the baby she was carrying. She still grieves and she's still angry at the driver ... who did go to prison. She's never been able to move on. So, it's with a great deal of hesitation that her boss is worried about her investigation when the man who was responsible for the deaths of her family is found murdered in a motel room. Detective Steel is a good cop .. but she does has issues. She's drinking more than she should, has purchased drugs from a suspect, and needs a nameless man to give her an alibi for when her dead man was murdered. Torn between her duty and her personal feelings, she works very hard to uncover the truth, and the more she investigates, the more startling facts come to light. To her surprise, his killing is linked to two other killings that have taken place many years ago. As Amanda edges toward the truth, she gets closer to a secret as personal as it is deadly. Amanda has stumbled upon a dangerous killer, and she must face some terrible truths in order to catch this killer – and save his next victim as she couldn’t save her own daughter… This beginning of a new series, this is, as are the other books by this author, well written with lots of action. Characters are solidly drawn and they take center stage of this police procedural. The suspense is nicely paced leading to an unexpected conclusion. Many thanks to the author / Bookouture / Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Menezes

    It’s been five years since Detective Amanda Steele’s life was derailed in the path of an oncoming drunk driver. The small community of Dumfries, Virginia, may have moved on from the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, but Amanda cannot. When the driver who killed her family is found murdered in a motel room, she can’t keep away from the case. Fighting her sergeant to be allowed to work an investigation with such a personal connection to her, Amanda is in a race to prove that she can uncove It’s been five years since Detective Amanda Steele’s life was derailed in the path of an oncoming drunk driver. The small community of Dumfries, Virginia, may have moved on from the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, but Amanda cannot. When the driver who killed her family is found murdered in a motel room, she can’t keep away from the case. Fighting her sergeant to be allowed to work an investigation with such a personal connection to her, Amanda is in a race to prove that she can uncover the truth. But the more she digs into the past of the man who destroyed her future, the more shocking discoveries she makes. And when Amanda finds the link between a silver bracelet in his possession and the brutal unsolved murder of a young exotic dancer, she realizes she’s caught up in something darker than she ever imagined and suspects that more girls could be in danger. This was a really quick read because it was so interesting! I love a strong female detective character, but initially for me, I found Detective Amanda Steele a little bit annoying because of her attitude at the beginning towards her rookie partner Detective Trent. As much as I understood her need to fly solo and take the lead in this case, I really felt she could have been slightly more accommodating and welcoming. Apart from that the plot as well as the narration was great. There were some surprising twists and the ending was so unexpected. It just lifted the entire book to another level.. Just wish that there was a slightly more detailed ending to the unsolved murder of a young exotic dancer Overall, a good start to a new series. Looking forward to more books in this series. Thank You NetGalley and Bookouture for this ARC!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Amanda Steele Book 1 It's been five years since Detttective Amanda Steele's life was derailed in the path of an onoming dunk driver. The small community of Dumfries, Virginia, may have moved on from the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, but Amanda can't. When the driver who killed her family is found murdered in a motel room, Amanda can't keep away from the case. Amanda Steele is a strong chaacter but she does have a bit of an attitude problem with her rookie partner Detective Trent. The Amanda Steele Book 1 It's been five years since Detttective Amanda Steele's life was derailed in the path of an onoming dunk driver. The small community of Dumfries, Virginia, may have moved on from the tragic deaths of her husband and daughter, but Amanda can't. When the driver who killed her family is found murdered in a motel room, Amanda can't keep away from the case. Amanda Steele is a strong chaacter but she does have a bit of an attitude problem with her rookie partner Detective Trent. The drunk driver who killed her husband and daughter had just been released from prison. Now he's dead. There's plenty of twists to keep you guessing but there's parts that seem to drag out. Amanda also finds herself investigating a couple of cold cases that could be linked. This is a good start to this new police pocedural series. I'm looking forward to reading the next installment in the series. I would like to thank #NetGalley, #Bookouture and the author #CarolynArnold for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    marnie | once upon a time book reviews

    The Little Grave is a book that immediately appealed to me based on its author, Carolyn Arnold. A best selling and award winning author, I hadn’t read any of her books before, so when I was given the opportunity to read The Little Grave, I jumped at the chance. After the tragedy that forever changed Detective Amanda Steele’s life, when she lost her daughter and husband at the hands of a drunk driver, Amanda becomes faced with a case five years later when the body of the man responsible for the de The Little Grave is a book that immediately appealed to me based on its author, Carolyn Arnold. A best selling and award winning author, I hadn’t read any of her books before, so when I was given the opportunity to read The Little Grave, I jumped at the chance. After the tragedy that forever changed Detective Amanda Steele’s life, when she lost her daughter and husband at the hands of a drunk driver, Amanda becomes faced with a case five years later when the body of the man responsible for the death of her family is found, appeared to have been murdered. Carolyn Arnold has put together a chilling tale that had me on the edge of my seat. It is gripping, intense and had me invested into its story and lead character straight off the bat. I was taken on such an emotional journey, I was exhausted when it was over. For me to feel like that, is a sign of a great book. I really enjoyed Amanda Steele’s character. She has been through so much and it is a wonder that she is able to put one foot in front of the other. She presents a hard front on the outside but, inside she is so broken. My heart went out to her. She is very complex and I look forward to more layers being peeled back as the series progresses. The Little Grave is a promising start to a new series. It is fast paced and so actioned packed, the pages just turned themselves in the lead up to the very unexpected conclusion. If you are a fan of crime thriller and police procedurals, you will want to give this one a read. Thank you to Carolyn Arnold, Bookouture and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of The Little Grave, which I have reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julie Lacey

    A new series for the new year and it was a really good read. Detective Amanda Steele is about to head somewhere she shouldn’t when her colleague calls her and tells her some news. The man responsible for the death of her daughter and husband has just been found dead. Amanda heads over there but is warned to not get involved in the case. She is desparate to be part of the investigation so manages to make a deal with her boss. At first it appears like a drunken accident but following the post mort A new series for the new year and it was a really good read. Detective Amanda Steele is about to head somewhere she shouldn’t when her colleague calls her and tells her some news. The man responsible for the death of her daughter and husband has just been found dead. Amanda heads over there but is warned to not get involved in the case. She is desparate to be part of the investigation so manages to make a deal with her boss. At first it appears like a drunken accident but following the post mortem, it’s clear he was murdered. There’s a bit if a lull in the middle of the book but it picks up again towards the end. I had no idea who the killer was but even I didn’t expect that ending. This is a good start to a new series. Thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Susan Colley

    INTENSEFUL, emotional, suspenseful police procedural thriller. The character of the main detective (Amanda) has endured personal devastating tragedy which affects her view of life & influences her detective skills. Great characterization & storyline which keeps you on pins & needles until the terrific conclusion. First time reading this author but will definitely read #2 in this series. RECOMMEND highly. Thanks to NetGalley & Bookouture for this ARC in return for my honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sherry Fundin

    Amanda Steel had lost her reason for living. She lost her husband and her child to a drunk driver. Since then, her life has been a series of one night stands and a loss of her desire to follow in her father’s footsteps, becoming a police chief. It takes a sleeping pill for her to get any rest. Becky, her best friend, is her salvation. When the man responsible for her family’s death ends up dead himself, she is allowed to investigate, under the direction of her new partner, or so they say. That is Amanda Steel had lost her reason for living. She lost her husband and her child to a drunk driver. Since then, her life has been a series of one night stands and a loss of her desire to follow in her father’s footsteps, becoming a police chief. It takes a sleeping pill for her to get any rest. Becky, her best friend, is her salvation. When the man responsible for her family’s death ends up dead himself, she is allowed to investigate, under the direction of her new partner, or so they say. That is the only thing I didn’t like about the book. Maybe it would happen in real life, maybe not, but Carolyn Arnold’s books are so realistic, that it stuck with me. At times I was sure I knew where Carolyn and Amanda were taking me…then there would be a curve in the road, leading me to who knows where. Only Carolyn Arnold knows…until YOU read the story yourself. Amanda Steele’s past comes back to haunt her, though, in truth, it never left her. Carolyn Arnold is an amazing author, creating complex stories and characters that keep me reading until the last page is turned. I want to know, I have to know. I do hope Amanda Steele can find the life she is meant to live. Some serious issues arise, like murder, alcoholism, death, sex trafficking, and Amanda Steele, Carolyn Arnold, and I are on the case. Two doozies at the end of the story have me salivating, thirsting for the next book. I voluntarily reviewed and ARC of The LIttle Grave by Carolyn Arnold. See more at fundinmental

  16. 5 out of 5

    Marija

    I've been expecting some other kind of case for Detective Amanda Steele when I started reading based on the book title. This crime/police procedural story starts with one night stand with no info exchanged between Amanda and the guy that she met at the bar. She gets a call about suspicious death in a motel. When she gets on the scene she recognized the dead man...he is the drunk man who killed her husband, child and unborn baby in the accident 5 and a half years ago. For the first time after her I've been expecting some other kind of case for Detective Amanda Steele when I started reading based on the book title. This crime/police procedural story starts with one night stand with no info exchanged between Amanda and the guy that she met at the bar. She gets a call about suspicious death in a motel. When she gets on the scene she recognized the dead man...he is the drunk man who killed her husband, child and unborn baby in the accident 5 and a half years ago. For the first time after her solo work, she gets a partner to work with and they start to investigate the death that turns out to be murder. From one death, they stumble on two more murders that are connected with their case. Among all that mess there is a question of her alibi for the time of the murder, someone who is trying to make her stop investigating, and her way of coping with her grief for her lost family. From a bit boring start, the story kept me guessing what will happen next, and it surprised me a few times with some of the twists and turns. I was really surprised with the ending. The base of the main characters is strong. I think this is a good start for a promising series about Detective Amanda Steele. There is still work on developing of her character that I believe will happen in the next instalment. Can't wait to read the next book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kelsie Maxwell

    The Little Grave is book one in Carolyn Arnold’s new Detective Amanda Steele series. Prince William County Police Department Homicide Detective, Amanda Steele, is trying to live up to the lofty reputation built by her former police chief father, while dealing with the aftermath of a tragic accident that took the lives of her husband and daughter. Her latest murder case is only adding to her stress. She’s promised herself to work the case to its end, but will it end her before she ends it? This i The Little Grave is book one in Carolyn Arnold’s new Detective Amanda Steele series. Prince William County Police Department Homicide Detective, Amanda Steele, is trying to live up to the lofty reputation built by her former police chief father, while dealing with the aftermath of a tragic accident that took the lives of her husband and daughter. Her latest murder case is only adding to her stress. She’s promised herself to work the case to its end, but will it end her before she ends it? This is a good start to the series. Amanda, the female protagonist, is a good, complex, if not completely likable character. The story starts slowly but picks up the pace about halfway through and builds steadily till the climatic end. The plot was strong and interesting, even with the slow start. Ms. Arnold introduces some smart, unexpected twists that will keep you guessing. Overall, I enjoyed this novel and will read future installments. I rate The Little Grave 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery. My thanks to Bookouture and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jazz Webb

    The little grave is a crime series centred around Detective Amanda Steele. This is the first in the series and we get to know alot about Amanda during this book. 5 years earlier Amanda"s husband and daughter were killed by a drunk driver. So when he turns up dead only days after his release Amanda is drawn to the case and is on a mission to find our how he dead, one big issue though she has motives. During the course of the investigation Amanda stumbles across something far more sinister and thi The little grave is a crime series centred around Detective Amanda Steele. This is the first in the series and we get to know alot about Amanda during this book. 5 years earlier Amanda"s husband and daughter were killed by a drunk driver. So when he turns up dead only days after his release Amanda is drawn to the case and is on a mission to find our how he dead, one big issue though she has motives. During the course of the investigation Amanda stumbles across something far more sinister and this leads to more questions than answers. Amanda as the lead protagonist is an interesting choice. She clearly harbours guilt and likely ptsd from the death of her family. What I struggle to believe is that she would be allowed anywhere near the case, in reality she has thr biggest motive out of everyone, but this is fiction so I didn't spend time over thinking this. I went from thinking Amanda was a bad ass to a drip. I understand that we are given her history for why she is the way she is but that still made it hard to truly commit to her. I actually really liked her partner in the case, I almost wish we got to head both voices throughout the book not just the one. I know the case is surrounding the guy who had served time for the deaths of Amanda's family but at points I felt there was to much pain and sadness and not enough police work. This didn't make me enjoy it any less I fo love a good background. However I would of liked a chapter dedicated to exactly what happened. But that could be just me. I thought I had worked out the killer I was so close. That is one thing I loved about the way the novel is written thru dont allude to anyone like alot do we are left to our own devises working out who did what. The second case that is covered in the book is far more interesting in my opinion and I have a feeling that isn't done, it feels like just the start and I cannot wait to read how that plans out. All in all a good easy read with a unique murder, I do not recall reading anything like that before so that aline is worth five stars. However the book 2ws lacking in some part. The end reads with much more suspense and tension. I will be reading any more to come in this series as it really was quite enjoyable and I hadn't guess the killer. 3.5 stars 🌟 Thank you to Netgalley, the publishers and Carolyn Arnold for the digital advanced copy in exchange for my fair and honest review.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Claire

    Disclosure. This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free. All opinions are my own. This is the first title in the new Detective Amanda Steele series from Carolyn Arnold. I’m always impressed how many series this author can juggle simultaneously, but this is the first time that I am starting with book one in a series. The prologue draws you in with a killing in Atlanta over five years ago, before introducing you to the main character Amanda Steele in Virginia, who has just had a hot one-n Disclosure. This post is a review of an e-book I was sent for free. All opinions are my own. This is the first title in the new Detective Amanda Steele series from Carolyn Arnold. I’m always impressed how many series this author can juggle simultaneously, but this is the first time that I am starting with book one in a series. The prologue draws you in with a killing in Atlanta over five years ago, before introducing you to the main character Amanda Steele in Virginia, who has just had a hot one-night stand in a motel with a stranger. We soon learn that Amanda lost her husband and six-year old daughter five years ago, killed by drunk driver Chad Palmer and since then life has just held pain and sorrow. She sleeps with strangers and pops sleeping pills. Not long after abandoning this latest guy, Amanda gets a call from friend and colleague Becky. Chad Palmer has been found dead, days after being released from prison. Even with the conflict of interest, Amanda manages to talk herself onto the case, but Sergeant Malone insists she doesn’t work solo and assigns her a partner, namely new guy joining the team, Trent Stenson. Plus he wants details of her alibi. So who has killed Chad? How can Amanda investigate the death of a man who destroyed her future? How will she track down her sexy mystery man alibi? Can she work well with new partner Trent? And what is the connection with that prologue? Lots of strands to this story as the investigation progresses, with plenty of surprises that I would never have guessed. Once again Carolyn Arnold has delivered a real page turner that had me gripped throughout.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    Carolyn Arnold kicks off a brand new series with The Little Grave featuring Detective Amanda Steele. Amanda Steele, a homicide detective with the Prince William County Police Department, is living in the small community of Dumfries, Virginia, struggling to move on from the deaths of her husband, Kevin and daughter, Lindsey five years ago. When she gets a call from long-time friend and colleague, Becky Tulson of Dumfries Police about a case of a man found murdered in a motel room, he turns out Carolyn Arnold kicks off a brand new series with The Little Grave featuring Detective Amanda Steele. Amanda Steele, a homicide detective with the Prince William County Police Department, is living in the small community of Dumfries, Virginia, struggling to move on from the deaths of her husband, Kevin and daughter, Lindsey five years ago. When she gets a call from long-time friend and colleague, Becky Tulson of Dumfries Police about a case of a man found murdered in a motel room, he turns out to be Chad Palmer, the same person who killed her family... With its excellent plot and comfortable pacing, I had difficulty putting this book down between chapters. The Little Grave was such a compelling read, and I relished every moment. Detective Amanda Steele was really well-drawn - a traumatised, broken, raw woman who had an inclination to be caustic and acerbic with her colleagues, but this was understandable. This riveting, dark tale was emotionally very weighty and Carolyn Arnold brilliantly showcased the emotional impact of the trauma experienced by the main character, Amanda Steele. Trying to help herself get through each day with prescription drugs, and drinking more than she ought to, she turns her attention to the death of her family's killer as the case drives her to find justice and ease her personal suffering. With several twists and enough mystery and intrigue to compel me to read late into the night, this was an absolutely cracking piece of crime fiction, superbly delivered. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from Bookouture via NetGalley at my request and this review is my own unbiased opinion.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sheri

    Having lost her husband and child to a drunk driver, Detective Amanda Steele is only surviving by numbing her grief with anonymous sex and illegally obtained prescription drugs. When the man responsible for the death of her family is found dead in a motel room, Amanda fights to be allowed to work the case. (Given her obvious personal interest in it, plus the fact that she herself has a motive for murdering Chad Palmer, it’s hard to imagine this would ever have been permitted, but you have to susp Having lost her husband and child to a drunk driver, Detective Amanda Steele is only surviving by numbing her grief with anonymous sex and illegally obtained prescription drugs. When the man responsible for the death of her family is found dead in a motel room, Amanda fights to be allowed to work the case. (Given her obvious personal interest in it, plus the fact that she herself has a motive for murdering Chad Palmer, it’s hard to imagine this would ever have been permitted, but you have to suspend your disbelief on that one. To be fair, it’s made clear how irregular it is.) As Amanda digs deeper, it soon becomes clear that Palmer’s death may be connected to other unsolved crimes and some dark secrets. Amanda’s a bit of a maverick and not particularly nice to those around her, especially Trent, the rookie new partner she resents being made to have. You can’t really blame her, though. Poor Amanda really can’t catch a break - her life is full of more misfortune than anyone should have to deal with. I love a police procedural, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I prefer my detectives with fewer demons. It took me a little while to get into but the story did eventually grab hold. I certainly didn’t guess who killed Palmer, and I doubt many other readers would, either. While the writing is generally fine, as a minor niggle there are a few instances of the wrong word being used - spurn for spur, fraternal for (presumably) paternal, annunciated for enunciated. As I had an advance copy, hopefully these will be picked up and corrected.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    An American crime thriller. A detective, Amanda, was involved in an accident in which her 6 year old daughter and husband were killed. Now the drunk driver who causedthe accident has been found dead, probibly murdered, in a motel room . Amanda wants to investigate, though it did not seem like a good idea to me (or some of her co-workers) and she is paired up with Trent, a colleague, a new detective. On the whole a gripping story which kept my interest. I liked the way the author described the th An American crime thriller. A detective, Amanda, was involved in an accident in which her 6 year old daughter and husband were killed. Now the drunk driver who causedthe accident has been found dead, probibly murdered, in a motel room . Amanda wants to investigate, though it did not seem like a good idea to me (or some of her co-workers) and she is paired up with Trent, a colleague, a new detective. On the whole a gripping story which kept my interest. I liked the way the author described the thought processes when solving the crime(s) and this came across as quite believable. I did not always like Amanda as a character and there were scenes of violence that highlighted the differences between the US and UK society. Saying that,I am interested to see how Amanda gets on further and wouldlike to readmore about her. Thank you to Net Galley for an ARCin exchange for an honest review

  23. 5 out of 5

    peggy

    Detective Amanda Steele is called to a death in a seedy hotel, when Amanda arrives and looks at the face of the dead man she is staring into the eyes of the drunken driver who took the lives of her husband and young daughter. He had just been released after serving five years for killing her family. What starts as one death soon turns into a string of murders and a very well organised peodaphile ring. A good police procedural and a hunt for a stone cold killer. Corruption, tension and suspense a Detective Amanda Steele is called to a death in a seedy hotel, when Amanda arrives and looks at the face of the dead man she is staring into the eyes of the drunken driver who took the lives of her husband and young daughter. He had just been released after serving five years for killing her family. What starts as one death soon turns into a string of murders and a very well organised peodaphile ring. A good police procedural and a hunt for a stone cold killer. Corruption, tension and suspense and so much more. A good crime thriller and the start of a new series and I can't wait to read more. Thanks to Bookouture and Netgalley for the ARC in return for giving an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ilona

    What if you see the person, you have been wishing dead for the past 5 and half years, dead. Amanda Steele’s (Homicide Detective) husband and young daughter were killed in by drunk driver, and she has been struggling to keep going, she feels justice, or is it, as she sees the drunk driver dead in a motel room. A surprise ending (it really was!) and another mystery brewing. The internal struggle, justice, and different twist and turns. Great start to a new series. Looking forward to the continuing st What if you see the person, you have been wishing dead for the past 5 and half years, dead. Amanda Steele’s (Homicide Detective) husband and young daughter were killed in by drunk driver, and she has been struggling to keep going, she feels justice, or is it, as she sees the drunk driver dead in a motel room. A surprise ending (it really was!) and another mystery brewing. The internal struggle, justice, and different twist and turns. Great start to a new series. Looking forward to the continuing story. Thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read an advanced copy for my honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    First off I want to say huge  thank you to the publisher Bookouture,  the author Carolyn Arnold , and to NetGalley for inviting me to join the blog tour for this book as well as letting me read and review it. A Great start to a new series by an author that I've read before and liked, and just like her other series,it didn't let me down at all, it had me hooked from the very start of the story, the twist and turns kept me guessing and the story will pull at your heart. Other thing I loved was how First off I want to say huge  thank you to the publisher Bookouture,  the author Carolyn Arnold , and to NetGalley for inviting me to join the blog tour for this book as well as letting me read and review it. A Great start to a new series by an author that I've read before and liked, and just like her other series,it didn't let me down at all, it had me hooked from the very start of the story, the twist and turns kept me guessing and the story will pull at your heart. Other thing I loved was how the author handle a topic that is very much in the news about kids been kidnapped and sold,but the best thing I loved about the was the main character herself , she was sarcastic, and raw , and just seemed like a real person then a character in a story.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    3.5 It’s a nice start to the series. With where it ended, I don’t know if my stomach can take where it might be going, but I’ll keep an eye out for what’s next for Detective Steele. To read my full review, please visit my blog at: https://bookwormerin.com/review/the-l... 3.5 It’s a nice start to the series. With where it ended, I don’t know if my stomach can take where it might be going, but I’ll keep an eye out for what’s next for Detective Steele. To read my full review, please visit my blog at: https://bookwormerin.com/review/the-l...

  27. 5 out of 5

    KKEC Reads

    Published: January 11, 2021 Bookouture I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Carolyn Arnold is an international bestselling and award-winning author and a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has several continuing fiction series and has nearly thirty published books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries and thrillers to action adventures. “Even if it kills me, she thought. Then again, she didn’t give a shit Published: January 11, 2021 Bookouture I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Carolyn Arnold is an international bestselling and award-winning author and a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has several continuing fiction series and has nearly thirty published books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries and thrillers to action adventures. “Even if it kills me, she thought. Then again, she didn’t give a shit if it killed her because she was already dead inside.” Amanda Steele has lost a lot. Her husband and daughter were killed by a drunk driver, leaving her alone. As she struggles to come to terms with her new normal, she gets news that the man driving the car that killed her family has been released from prison after serving his joke of a sentence and has been found dead. She knows she shouldn’t, but she shows up to the scene and flashes her badge. She has to see. She has to know. If only she knew the rabbit hole she was about to fall into... now Amanda is stuck with a partner she doesn’t want, a victim she couldn’t care less about, and a past that haunts her. Will she survive this case? Or will she be joining her beloved family? I enjoyed this book. It has a lot of emotional levels, and they are all interwoven in such an intricate way. Amanda is such a complex, deep character with a lot of baggage. Amanda Steele is damaged, she is angry, and she wants revenge. But the law and her career also want justice. So when she steps into a case that she knows she can’t be apart of, she finds herself conflicted. Does she want to find out who murdered Palmer? The man who killed her family? The man who had a hand in destroying her life as she knew it? Amanda has lost a lot. Her husband, her daughter, her unborn child, and ultimately her family due to her need to retract herself into herself for her sanity. As the details start to unfold, Amanda finds herself back at her parents' house, in their embrace, and possibly finding a small semblance of her life returning to some level of normal. As the analysis starts to unfold, and the details start rolling out, Amanda starts putting things together. And soon, she realizes that this case is a lot bigger than anyone realized. The biggest twist of all is when Amanda discovers who the murderer is. You will not see it coming, and it will shock you. It is such a beautifully twisted arc in a complex story. The writing is so well done. The way Amanda is written, you feel her pain. You feel her loss. Her rage. All of the characters have been so carefully written, and their stories have all been told in such a way that you feel you know them enough to start making assumptions. I think this series is going to be strong. I think every novel will get better, with stronger storylines. And hopefully, each story heals a little piece of Amanda’s broken heart. I will be on the lookout for book 2.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Tooker

    When the past comes crashing into the present, will Detective Steele survive Full disclosure - I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book by the author or their representative but have voluntarily provided a review. The Little Grave is set for a January 11, 2021 release Detective Amanda Steele, on the outside, is the perfect picture of a Dumfries Virginia police detective. The daughter of a retired police chief, she has worked her way up the ranks and is a respected member of society; bu When the past comes crashing into the present, will Detective Steele survive Full disclosure - I was provided an advanced reader’s copy of this book by the author or their representative but have voluntarily provided a review. The Little Grave is set for a January 11, 2021 release Detective Amanda Steele, on the outside, is the perfect picture of a Dumfries Virginia police detective. The daughter of a retired police chief, she has worked her way up the ranks and is a respected member of society; but inside she is falling apart. As the fifth anniversary of the death of her husband and daughter at the hands of a drunk driver approaches, Amanda’s life has descended into a cycle of overwork, one-night stands, and overall bad choices as she tries to ease the pain and fill the void left behind. When she is partnered up with a rookie detective for a new murder case, personal demons and professional credibility collide as the victim turns out to be the very man who took her world from her not too long ago. Trying to chase down her own alibi and against her superior’s wishes, Amanda works the case from the sidelines at first, but the more details she uncovers, the connections are made to a cold case in another county as well as possibly a larger operation involving the lives or more than her and the victim. As the pieces fall together and the murderer is revealed, the revelation could cause Amanda to lose more than she ever thought possible. The Little Grave is the first in the Detective Amanda Steele series of novels by author Carolyn Arnold, which is set for an early January release. Having previously read titles in both the Brandon Fisher FBI series and the Detective Madison Knight series, and as I am familiar with how well Arnold excels in this genre, I was excited to be at ground zero for this new adventure. Arnold does not disappoint, as from the opening sequence Steele is portrayed as a woman on the brink of self-destruction. As the story unfolds and Amanda’s personal demons are laid bare for the reader, Arnold captures the pain that only a mother can feel when they have lost a child. That angle alone would have made for an excellent story, but Arnold is not one to stop at mediocre as she weaves in seemingly unrelated side plots that ultimately works into the overall story and the true crime that has been committed. The ending chapters and ultimate climax sees Steele evolving into a stronger person than we saw in the opening of the story; and with more than one plot twist revealed, I am really looking forward to the direction the story takes in the upcoming books. With “The Little Grave” Arnold has provided a strong opening to what I hope to be a long-running series. I am curious to see what adversities and challenges away Detective Steele in the future.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Misty’s Corner Reviews

    Misty's Corner Review : Publication Date: 1/11/21 Blog Tour Date: 1/17/21 Carolyn Arnold has brought on quite the start to her latest, thoroughly addicting crime thriller, "The Little Grave." Once it gets started, it doesn't let up until the end. It's a gritty, fast-paced police procedural, and book one of the Detective Amanda Steele Series! Five and a half years after the tragic death of her husband and six-year-old daughter, due to the carelessness of a drunk driver, Detective Amanda Steele is Misty's Corner Review : Publication Date: 1/11/21 Blog Tour Date: 1/17/21 Carolyn Arnold has brought on quite the start to her latest, thoroughly addicting crime thriller, "The Little Grave." Once it gets started, it doesn't let up until the end. It's a gritty, fast-paced police procedural, and book one of the Detective Amanda Steele Series! Five and a half years after the tragic death of her husband and six-year-old daughter, due to the carelessness of a drunk driver, Detective Amanda Steele is face to face with the remains of their killer. Instead of stepping down due to the apparent conflict of interest, Amanda decides to push forward, hoping that she'll gain some closure by working on this case. What she ends up discovering goes far deeper than she could have ever imagined. I was immediately hooked; talk about an ominous first chapter. Author Carolyn Arnold has masterfully executed this book in a way that made me feel things down deep for Detective Amanda Steele. Thankfully I've never had to go through the suffering she has; Arnold's writing made her come alive - I felt so much pain and sorrow for Amanda, my heart breaking at every mention of her lost daughter and husband. While some books may spend a little too much time sinking their claws into the reader with a main character's back story, The Little Grave was right on point. The central murder case directly related to Amanda's past, making her history and the dark recesses of her mind all the more relevant. Factor in a couple of additional murders, as well as a twistedly dark subplot, and we've got a story that skillfully ties everything together while still managing to surprise! I look forward to reading the next installment in this series. I enjoyed the growing partnership between Amanda and Trent, Amanda's reconnection with her family, and the budding romance between Amanda and her new connection. This is another Bookouture book that I would hands down recommend to all of my crime thriller fans. Many thanks to NetGalley, the author Carolyn Arnold, and the publishers at Bookouture for my advanced copy of this ebook and my spot on this Books-On-Tour event! I have honestly and voluntarily reviewed this title. 4.5 ⭐️ rounded up to 5. Thanks for reading! Misty M. @MistysCornerReviews —————————————— Follow Me: Blog | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Pinterest | GoodReads | BookBub

  30. 4 out of 5

    Barb Lie

    The Little Grave by Carolyn Arnold is the 1st book in her new Detective Amanda Steele series. I have been a big fan of Arnold, having read most of her series. After completing The Little Grave, I am thrilled to say this series could be the best one yet. I loved this book and its wonderful heroine, Amanda Steele. Amanda Steele, our heroine, is a homicide detective in Dumfries, Virginia Police Department. Amanda tragically lost her daughter and husband to a horrific car accident over 5 years ago, a The Little Grave by Carolyn Arnold is the 1st book in her new Detective Amanda Steele series. I have been a big fan of Arnold, having read most of her series. After completing The Little Grave, I am thrilled to say this series could be the best one yet. I loved this book and its wonderful heroine, Amanda Steele. Amanda Steele, our heroine, is a homicide detective in Dumfries, Virginia Police Department. Amanda tragically lost her daughter and husband to a horrific car accident over 5 years ago, and to this day, she cannot get past the nightmares and deep grief that still haunts her. Amanda is very good at her job, and hides the fact that she needs to get illegal Xanax pills to help get her through each day; she also is distanced from her family, unable to see them. Amanda is called to the scene of a possible suicide, only to discover the dead man is the drunk driver who killed her family. Though she is told not to be on this case, which is personal, Amanda discovers some clues that make it look more like murder. Amanda pleads with her boss to be part of this investigation, even accepting a rookie detective, who becomes her partner. Her boss does require her to have an alibi for the time period of the victim’s death, which means Amanda needs to find the one night stand she had the night before, something she has being doing for a while to block out her grief. What follows is an exciting, intriguing, pulse pounding mystery that had so many twists and turns, keeping me glued to my kindle. Amanda begins to discover different clues, especially of a cold case that the victim may have been part of. She finds a hidden clue as part of a bracelet worn by the victim, bringing in different departments to investigate a pedophile ring, which has been going on for years. To say too much more would be spoilers, and this was a great story that needs to be read from start to finish. The Little Grave was an excellent crime thriller that was suspenseful, intense, and kept us guessing to the end. The cold case brings out the people involved in the ring, but who killed the victim. I really liked Amanda, as she made a great heroine, and also liked her new partner. The Little Grave was so very well written by Carolyn Arnold, and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for us in future books of the The Detective Amanda Steele series. If you like mystery thrillers, police procedural, then you need to be reading this book. Barb The Reading Cafe

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