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  • Entertaining.

    Whenever I am in the mood for a fast-paced plot, an edge of your seat read, Carolyn Arnold is one of the many authors I can rely on to meet this need. Therefore, when the opportunity came for me to read and review her latest novel, I could not resist. The story began with a federal prosecutor being gunned down in front of a high priced condo by a sniper. Although this is not typical of the cases Brandon’s team would investigate, the fact it occurred close to their headquarters, a special request was made for them to take over the investigation. The question on everyone’s mind was why was the victim targeted? As the team dug deeper, they would discover there was more to the murder than they had originally thought, and they may be dealing with a serial killer. The plot may not have been as fast-paced as the previous books, but it was engaging. I found I could not put the book down, as I had to know how the events would unfold. This is one of those mysteries where figuring out the identity of the villain and the motive for their actions proved difficult. I got my answers at the same time the team did. However, there was one incident the team never saw coming, but I expected that outcome. It was great re-connecting with the characters. Kelly, a former police officer and a new member of the team, attempted to her worth to her boss throughout the investigation. Meanwhile, Brandon and Paige are struggling with their feelings for each other and guilt over a mistake from their past. The current case did not help the situation as it aided in opening old wounds. From my experience with the author’s work, I expected to get an insight into the mind of the antagonist throughout the story. However, this was not the case with this installment. I got a small glimpse into the sniper’s mental state. However, it was not until events were tied up that I got the full details on the sniper’s state of mind. I would have preferred if the author had provided this information throughout the story, as I believe it would have helped me to establish a connection to this character. As usual, I enjoyed the author’s writing style. Intense, riveting, bold and true to life. Conclusion/Recommendation Although, this was not my favourite of the series, I still found Past Deeds to be an engaging read and one I would recommend to fans of mysteries and police procedurals.

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  • Edge of Your Seat

    A thrilling new addition to the Brandon Fisher FBI series. I've been binge-watching police procedural shows lately, and this has been a perfect read for that. With a sniper on the loose, and kills stretching across the county, Fisher's team has their plates full. But as more comes to light, the past is dragged into the present, and you'll be on the edge of your seat waiting to see if they can catch the killer, while Fisher tries to deal with his past.

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  • Not as gruesome but a great read

    Past Deeds is book Eight in the Brandon Fisher FBI Series by Carolyn Arnold. I first came across the series back in 2017 with book six, Remnants, and subsequently read book seven, On the Count of Three, in 2018. Both of these books feature gruesome serial killers and they perked my interest. Book eight has the detectives working a different kind of case, a sniper. The team is first called to Arlington, Virginia to the scene of a sniper attack on prosecuting attorney, Darrell Reid. He was shot dead outside of an apartment block at 6 am, but no-one knows why he was there, especially as he arrived at 11 pm the night before. All those that knew Darrell, including his wife, are staying tight-lipped or hiding behind confidentiality clauses. Over time it becomes apparent that there have been other sniper targeted shootings in other parts of the country. It is up to the agents including Brandon Fisher, Kelly Marsh, Jack Harper, and Paige Dawson to put the pieces together and work out who and why is someone targeting people and to stop them before more are gunned down. I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoy reading about Brandon and his team and how they work. I think Brandon is a great character, sometimes a little hot-headed but he comes across as a capable and realistic FBI agent. However, what I also like about the series is normally how we get to get in the mind of the serial killer and why they do their gruesome acts. This book didn’t have much in the way of interaction with the sniper and nothing was revealed until right at the end. I also missed the gruesomeness of the killings that have been in the other books, I’m talking people being skinned or decapitated, this one, although, people were still being murdered didn’t have the blood and guts to go with it that I have come accustomed to with this series. Whilst all the above were a little bit of a let down for me, the writing was once again superb and the accuracy of the handling of the case and FBI procedures was spot on. It was fascinating to see that Ms. Arnold had written the sniper as a female (not a spoiler as it is obvious from the synopsis), I just wish we got to hear more from her. I do hope that the next in the series goes back to tracking the worst kind of serial killers, Past Deeds was a good read but I like the shocking storylines that normally come with the Brandon Fisher Series.

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  • A serial killer who travels from coast to coast...

    Past Deeds is a well-written police procedural featuring the Behavior Analyst Unit of the FBI - easily compared to the BAU team featured on the CBS drama Criminal Minds. Sadly, both for the reader and the BAU team, Zach (the counterpart to Spencer Reid from the TV series) has departed the team for other tasks. Kelly is the new member of the team - but she is no replacement for Zach. Though an experienced Florida homicide detective, she will need to find her voice among the talented and experienced members of the BAU. A murder in Arlington VA has caught the attention of the BAU - the team quickly discovers that the murder is not one, but four, with connections from California to Baltimore MD. Half of the team will go each direction in order to put together the pieces of the puzzle that will point to their unknown suspect (the unsub). The team finally regroups to trap the unsub in the midst of a final crime. I enjoyed the plot and rhythm of the novel, but the awkward switches the author makes between first-person narrative and a third-person observer is sometimes difficult to understand. Given that the team split, the change in writing style might be needed at times; but at other times the book continues with a third-person perspective, though the reader might be better served by a return to the first-person narrative For the reader who was a fan of Criminal Minds (which has already aired its final episode even as I read Past Deeds), this series might fill a hole in their desired entertainment needs. This book is the eighth in the series from this author, but I never felt lost having read none of the earlier books. _____________ This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Absolutely Gripping

    Some consequences can’t be predicted… A sniping takes place in Arlington, Virginia, less than fifteen minutes from Washington, D.C., and nets several minor injuries but only one casualty. FBI Agent Brandon Fisher and his team with the Behavioral Analysis Unit are called in to determine if the threat is still active and whether they’re looking at an act of terrorism, an isolated incident, or the first in a planned series of shootings. All that seems clear from the ground is they’re looking for a skilled sniper who is former military. As the FBI investigates, one possible motive has Brandon battling his own demons as the consequences of past choices resurface with a vengeance. He will come to discover how one decision can not only haunt us for the rest of our lives, but spread out and have long- and far-reaching repercussions we couldn’t even begin to imagine. Past Deeds will have you joining the FBI in following clues and unraveling the psyche of a killer. This book will make you think and reflect—and you just might wonder if any past decisions you’ve made are stalking you, ready to strike. This is a brilliant read. Wonderful well written plot and story line that had me engaged from the start. Love the well fleshed out characters and found them believeable. Great suspense and found myself second guessing every thought I had continuousluy. Can't wait to read what the author brings out next. Recommend reading. I read a complimentary copy of the book; this is my voluntary and honest review.

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