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A Killing Tide (Columbia River Thriller Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

P.J. Alderman
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Novel

Where there's smoke...
Kaz Jorgensen is used to fear--the anxiety of negotiating treacherous currents as she captains her family's fishing trawlers, the terrifying nightmares of the day she almost lost her life on the river. But now a man is dead, an arsonist has set the Anna Marie ablaze, and her brother is missing.
There's fire...
Michael Chapman knows how to take the heat--as the new fire chief of Astoria, Oregon, he's dealt with more than his share. No way can he afford to get involved with the sister of a suspect. But the scorching attraction between him and Kaz burns out of control, and when someone takes a shot at her, his protective instincts kick in. Whatever happens, he can't allow another woman to die because of him.


" intriguing contemporary romantic suspense with an engrossing plot and lots of mystery that keeps you guessing. With this debut, P.J. Alderman shows that she is clearly an author to look out for." --Fallen Angel Reviews

"The plot twists and turns like a fishing line in a rip tide." --New Mystery Reader

"If P.J. Alderman's first foray into writing is any indication then we should be on the receiving line for some enjoyable books. Her characters are very real and kind of rough around the edges, which is what make them so wonderful to get to know. Even the bad guys have their moments. That was what made it an interesting ride to see who was responsible for the murders, arson and general mayhem. Alderman, who paints a wonderful picture of the lives and trials of the fishermen born into a life aboard the trawlers and have to circumnavigate treacherous waters, brings the story to life." --Fresh Fiction

"For a debut author, P.J. Alderman does a fantastic job of creating intrigue, suspense, drama, romance, and so much more. The plot is well laid out and incredibly plausible with characters who are full and real...if A Killing Tide is P.J.’s debut, a bright future is on the horizon and I can’t wait to see more." --Once Upon a Romance

"Kudos to Ms. Alderman on a job well-done. The edgy THE KILLING TIDE is a fabulous debut, an edge-of-your-seat chiller guaranteed to thrill." --Romance Reader at Heart

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About the Author

New York Times bestselling author P. J. Alderman has spent more than two decades in the Pacific Northwest port towns that inspire her romantic thrillers and mysteries. Alderman's contemporary Columbia River thriller, A Killing Tide, was on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists for eight weeks. Her Port Chatham cozy mysteries, also bestsellers, take readers on a journey back in time to a lawless nineteenth century waterfront, blending history, murder, and present-day supernatural sleuthery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 811 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040JI3M4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #880 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author P. J. Alderman has spent more than two decades in the Pacific Northwest port towns that inspire her romantic thrillers and mysteries. Her contemporary Columbia River thriller, A Killing Tide, was a RITA finalist and recently climbed the charts to stay on the New York Times and USA Today bestselling lists for eight weeks.

Alderman's Port Chatham cozy mysteries are based on the history of one of the Pacific Northwest's most notorious port towns. Also bestsellers, these books take readers on a journey back in time to a lawless nineteenth century waterfront, blending history, murder, and present-day supernatural sleuthery.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars debut novel near flawless in its execution 21 Dec. 2006
By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Author, P.J. Alderman comes off the starter's block with a powerful novel, hardly showing this is her first book. Many first-time novelists want to tell too much, flood the first part of a novel with back-story; it's only when you get into the action of the plot do the books come alive. You won't find that in Alderman's book. She is a strong writer, with a clear voice that only leaves you to wonder how much better can she get.

Kaz Jorgenson is consultant for a high-powered company in San Francisco. She loves her posh job and living on the bay. Only, as families sometimes do, "just when you thought you were free they pull you back in". Kaz is called home to Astoria, Oregon. Her brother Gary is in trouble. When she gets there, she finds a family friend murdered and her brother is blamed. Then he vanishes, leaving Kaz to solve just what is going on in the small town.

This brings her into conflict with Boston-bred Michael Chapman. He is the new fire chief and is investigating the murder-arson for which her brother is accused. The attraction is instant, but neither wants to trust the other. This man could harm Gary, so Kaz mistrusts his actions. Michael feels Kaz might be using him just to interfere with a case that is leading straight to the missing brother.

Alderman skillfully plays this romance against a strong mystery, keeping each element in balance and not to over shadow the other. Sometimes, Suspense loses its punch because the mystery overshadows the romance. Other times, Romance takes over and makes the mystery just a week subplot. Not under the skillful direction of Alderman. This is a powerful mystery, yet the characters falling in love develop in a believable and strong fashion, keeping both Suspense readers and Romance readers well satisfied.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Many times, a writer's first novel is good, but can have inconsistencies that are hopefully addressed as the author matures in his or her craft. Maybe one of the characters is underdeveloped. Or a weird glitch in the plot happens that doesn't make sense. Or too much backstory might be crammed into the present tense.

Fortunately for her readers, P.J. Alderman's first novel, "A Killing Tide," doesn't suffer first-time jitters. In this suspense novel with a strong romantic subplot, Alderman introduces diverse characters, mixes them up with plots upon subplots, and sets it all against the backdrop of small-town Astoria, Oregon. Better still, she makes it work.

The book's heroine Kaz Jorgenson is a woman who, despite her plushy job as a consultant to Fortune 500 companies in San Francisco, has salt water running through her veins and the love of the ocean in her heart. When Kaz is called home to Astoria to help brother Gary Jorgenson with hot water he's drowning in, she stumbles into more than she'd bargained for. Like . . . a family friend murdered. Like . . . one of her family's trawlers set on fire to cover the dirty deed. Like . . . her brother disappearing and becoming the number-one suspect in the case.

Enter Michael Chapman from Boston who is Astoria's new fire chief and a trained arson investigator to boot. While trying to solve the murder-arson-disappearing brother mystery, he becomes attracted to Kaz. But Michael doesn't want to get involved with Kaz because she's the number-one suspect's sister. And Kaz doesn't want to get involved with Michael because she thinks he's out to bust her brother.

But the book is about more than the hero and heroine playing cat-and-mouse with one another while they sort out their emotions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read 30 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It's OK; more good points than those to criticise bearing in mind that criticism is very subjective. An excellent atmospheric opening to the story, laying the foundation for a murder mystery. A sister returned from city-life to help her ex-Ranger brother with the family's fishing boats in North-West America. Include a handsome new Fire Chief (accompanied by his fluffy Alsatian doggy assistant) to provide the evidence-gathering as well as the 'love interest', and the story takes off. However, I think the basis of the story is the inter-relationships between the main characters and the close-knit community relying on the sea for their living and the undercurrent of something being 'not-quite-right': all is not well in that community and that's what keeps the pages turning.
It's well-written but I found too much writing space devoted to the minutia of bodily injuries sustained through several altercations along the way, and the 'romance' element should have been left at just that, without any graphics of bedroom activity, as it lends nothing to the story. If this is Book #1 then the opportunity for a building-up of that romance has now been lost (if the same characters are portrayed).
Just when you think the story should be all tied-up one is 'treated' to the detail of battling the atrocious river/sea in that area in order to conclude. Rather a little lengthy in certain areas but overall it was enjoyable.
I'm not a 'professional reviewer' and do not read book reviews prior to purchase - only the description of the story to determine whether it might be 'my cup of tea'. I may well seek out further work by this author.
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