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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 [[ DOWNLOAD E-PUB ]] ⇢ Murder List ⇪ 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 successfulWhen 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 strangerRegan 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 seminarAt 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 lotThe 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 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. 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 Reviewed for THC ReviewsIt 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 readrecently Having a killer on the loose, who seems to be obsessing on the heroine, worked reasonably well from a suspense thr Reviewed for THC ReviewsIt 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 readrecently 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 littlepizazz too Other than a mutual attraction, not much happens between Alec and Regan forthan half the book They don t even kiss Then about 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 andintelligent 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 seeof 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 becameinvolving, 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 knowof the Buchanan family in future books 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 2.75 stars 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 somethingsubstantial, 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 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 ofstuffbut it will never again be me Ugh 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