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Kill and Tell: A Novel by Linda Howard

Kill and Tell: A Novel

by Linda Howard

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Series: CIA's Spies (Jan 1998 - book 1)

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Kill and Tell
3.5 Stars

After receiving a package from her estranged father, Karen Whitlaw doesn't even give it a second glance. But when Dexter Whitlaw is murdered in New Orleans and Karen is plagued by a series of mysterious "accidents", she soon realizes that someone is desperate to get their hands on the package. With help from homicide detective, Marc Chastain, Karen must learn her father's secrets before she falls victim to a determined killer.

The suspense plot is good, but the romance falls flat mainly due to the judgmental hero.

Karen and Marc's relationship gets off on the wrong foot when he makes some rather ugly assumptions about her. Then, all of a sudden, he has an epiphany and realizes he has made a mistake, and she is the perfect woman to take as his next conquest. Please save me from this man's gigantic ego!

Unfortunately, Karen falls very easily for his possessive charm and protectiveness, and what little tension there is between them at the outset fizzles very quickly once they hop into bed. As is always the case with Linda Howard, the sex scenes are sizzling even if the emotional connection is lacking.

The mystery is much better with some intense and exciting moments even though the villain is revealed early on. There is some bumbling around on the part of the hired goons that defies common sense, but Karen is a strong heroine and there is, thankfully, no damsel in distress routine.

In sum, not one of Howard's better books but it is a quick and entertaining read nonetheless. ( )
  Lauren2013 | May 24, 2018 |
Perfectly unremarkable. A pity, I've read other books by the same author that enjoyed a whole lot more. This one had too much instalove, and it was too cheesy at times, to make for an enjoyable read. ( )
  Tacuazin | Feb 28, 2018 |
Karen Whitlaw and her estranged father Dex, an ex-Viet Nam sniper determined to blackmail someone from his past. Karen, grieving the recent loss of her mother, travels to New Orleans at the behest of Detective Marc Chastain when informed of her father's death. What follows is Karen's reckoning with her ambiguous feelings about a father who deserted her as a child, as well as her journey into sensuality with Marc. Meanwhile, sinister forces from her father's past seek to destroy Karen and the book her father held over someone's head.

"Kill and Tell" was a very good mixture of action and romance. It kept you guessing how all the players were tied together. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Barely remember this. Although I've lost my taste for Howard's books, I seem to recollect this one positively as a good mystery. ( )
  phyllis2779 | Feb 7, 2016 |
I liked this romantic suspense but after initial action it moved kind of slow with lots of thinking about everything until the exciting ending. The almost love at first romance was good with an alpha hero who showers affection his woman. Detective Marc is investigating a murder and soon becomes attracted to the victims daughter Karen.
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  Dawn772 | Jan 29, 2015 |
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Ross, NatalieReadermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carmona, CarmenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mihalik, ZsuzsaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wittich, GertrudÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Still reeling from her mother's recent death, Karen Whitlaw is stunned when she receives a package containing a mysterious notebook from the father she has barely seen since his return from the Viet Nam War over twenty years ago. Unwilling to deal with her overwhelming emotions, Karen packs the notebook away, putting it - and her father - out of her mind, until she receives a shocking phone call. Her father has been murdered on the gritty streets of New Orleans.

Homicide detective Marc Chastain considers the murder nothing more than street violence against a homeless man, and Karen accepts his judgment - at first. But she changes her mind when her home is burglarized and "accidents" begin to happen. All at once, she faces a chilling realization: whoever killed her father is now after her. Desperate for answers, Karen retrieves the only thing that links her to her father - the notebook he had sent months before. Inside its worn pages, she makes an unsettling discovery: her father had been a sniper in Vietnam and the notebook contains a detailed account of each one of his kills.

Now running for her life, Karen entrusts the book and its secrets to Marc Chastain. Together they unravel a disturbing story of politics, power, and murder - and face a killer who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the kill book....
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Linda Howard's romantic suspense Kill and Tell supplies readers with plenty of thrills and chills. As a nurse, Karen Whitlaw has seen more than the average person, but even she isn't prepared to identify the body of the father she hasn't seen since she was 13. The local detective on the case, Marc Chastain, informs Karen that her father, who was homeless, has been murdered. Still grief stricken over the recent death of her mother, Karen isn't prepared to examine her feelings about her father and his absence from her life. She is willing to accept that he was the victim of street crime until her home is burglarized and she becomes the target for some frightening "accidents." Whoever killed her father is after her, and the only hope she has for discovering why must lie in the notebook that Karen's father mailed to her mother shortly before his death.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 17:58:38 -0400)

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Nurse Karen Whitlaw flies to New Orleans to identify the body of her murdered father and meets detective Marc Chastain. There is instant mutual attraction and now Karen has a protector from assassins who are seeking a package her father sent her. The package contains information for which a Washington politician is ready to kill.… (more)

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