Power Struggle by Carolyn Arnold – Book Review

Power Struggle by Carolyn Arnold – Book Review

Power Struggle by Carolyn Arnold

Power Struggle
Detective Madison Knight Book 8

Author – Carolyn Arnold
Publisher – Hibbert & Stiles Publishing
Pages – 460
Released – 28th November 2017
ISBN-13 – 978-1988353647
Format – ebook, paperback, hardcover
Reviewer – Stacey
I received a free copy of this book


One hit man who’s back for revenge.
One detective who’s not going down without a fight.

It’s been ten months since Detective Madison Knight almost died at the hands of Russian Mafia hit man Constantine Romanov. She hasn’t seen hide nor hair of him since he escaped police custody and fled to Russia soon after his arrest, except now her latest murder investigation gives her reason to believe he’s back in town.

Seeing as the victim is the man who killed her grandfather, her perspective may be a little skewed, but with the MO smacking of Constantine and the victim’s connections to the mob, she finds it hard to be objective. Still, she’s doing her best to consider all the evidence.

When she receives a threatening letter from Constantine, however, her suspicions are confirmed. And he’s made it abundantly clear that not only does he plan to finish what he started but he has her family and loved ones in the crosshairs, too. Madison vows to do whatever it takes to save them, but as the hours race by, the body count rises. And the stakes only get higher when Madison’s sister, Chelsea, goes missing.

Now, Madison’s only play is to take Chelsea’s disappearance for what it really means: Constantine is calling Madison out for one final showdown. And they won’t both survive…

Review 2017

Detective Madison Knight is back in the eighth instalment of the ‘Detective Madison Knight Series’ by Carolyn Arnold.

In Power Struggle, Detective Knight is investigating the murder of Jimmy Bates, found dead in his bed after having been tortured. This case is too close for comfort though for Madison. Back before Madison had been born, Jimmy had murdered her grandfather, so to see him killed in this manner gives her slight satisfaction.

However, she can’t help but notice the similarities between the way Jimmy was murdered and an old case in which the murderer, Constantine Romanov, got away, not before nearly killing Madison. Is Constantine back and is Madison still on his hit list?

Power Struggle is the first Detective Madison Knight book that I have read. Whilst I would advise reading the series in order, I can honestly say that I never had an issue understanding the plot, nor the characters. There are some moments when it would have been good to have known the back story, but when it came to those that actually mattered, Ms. Arnold had given us information to understand them fully.

The book not only deals with Madison and her career as a detective, but also her family and personal life too. She is a tough woman with a soft centre, but she makes sure that she always puts on her game face and never lets anyone see how scared and unsure she is on the inside.

Ms. Arnold had me gripped to each and every page, which heightened with the discovery of a second victim, and then the confirmation that Constantine was back, and that he was not only targeting Madison this time, but her family and friends too. There were numerous people who could have been pulling Constantine’s strings, but who and why wasn’t revealed until the very end.

The book is filled with mystery and suspense, surrounded by plenty of action. It is a terrific book that was not only enjoyable but intensified as the plot progressed. I can’t wait to read more by Ms. Arnold.

Reviewed by Stacey

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About the Author

Carolyn Arnold

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor.

She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives just west of Toronto with her husband and beagle and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.

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  1. Thank you for reading and reviewing POWER STRUGGLE. If you haven’t already, can you post your review to your favorite retailers. Again, thank you for your support.