Black Orchid Girls Book Review

Black Orchid Girls Book Review

Title: Black Orchid Girls
Author: Carolyn Arnold
Published: February 10, 2022, Bookouture
No. of Pages: 306
Cover Price: $3.99 Kindle

In the fourth installment of the Amanda Steele series, Black Orchid Girls by Carolyn Arnold, Amanda is assigned to a gruesome murder case where a 19 year old ecology student who is well-known by park rangers has been found dead on the banks of the Potomac River and has a black orchid on her body. Later her roommate is also found murdered and also has a black orchid. Steele must solve the murder before more bodies are found.

This is a good series, and Amanda Steele is a good detective and protagonist. Arnold does an excellent job of developing her characters so that they are believable, and also so that they fit with the story. As the story unfolds, there are several suspects, and Arnold keeps readers on the edge and guessing. Arnold is also an excellent storyteller, creating twists and turns and ups and downs with a surprising dénouement. The building suspense in this novel is palpable.

All told, this is definitely worth reading, and can be read as a standalone novel. Readers will want to read the previous Amanda Steele installments to catch up on her personal life including her personal difficulties which play a large part of the novels. The books are excellent, keep readers on the edge of their seats, and are very suspenseful. Highly recommended.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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