Shades of Justice by Carolyn Arnold – Book Review


The line between good and evil isn’t always clear…

Detective Madison Knight has risked her badge—and her life—in the pursuit of justice before, and she just might need to do so again.

Two victims are found murdered and naked in the home of Steven Malone, who is the largest contributor to the Stiles PD. One victim is his wife.

The other victim is a John Doe. This high-profile double homicide immediately pits Madison against her sergeant, who seems more intent on protecting the Malones’ reputation and retaining a benefactor than catching a killer.

Madison will need to pull on her tenacity and courage if she’s going to follow the evidence without prejudice. In the process, it becomes clear that finding justice isn’t always black and white, and often the shades in between tell the fullest story—and it’s not something she will forget anytime soon.

Shades of Justice is a murder mystery with twists and turns that will have readers flipping the pages until the wee hours of the morning. The ninth installment in an internationally bestselling series, it doesn’t matter if this is the first book you’re reading in the Detective Madison Knight series or not; all the books stand alone!

Buy this book now and join the investigation! Uncover clues, follow leads, and catch a killer like hundreds of thousands of readers in this series have done before you. Perfect for fans of James Patterson, Michael Connelly, and JD Robb.

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My Review

It’s been a while since I reconnoitered with Carolyn Arnold’s writing (see my review of the fabulous The Secret Of The Lost Pharaoh) but I found Shades of Justice featuring detective Madison Knight to be a real page-turner which works just as well as a stand-alone detective story as it does as part of the series.   

I love the procedural information that Arnold injects into her writing which makes you feel as if you are part of the investigative team.  This time, Madison and her partner Terry are trying to unravel the double murder of a furniture mogul’s wife and struggling to get the truth out of the bereaved family.  

Add to that Madison’s quest to unmask corrupt police officers in her department and you have a story worth of Line of Duty.  Will her quest for the truth put her life in danger yet again?

And why is Sergeant Winston doing everything he can to hamper Madison’s investigation?  Is the corruption a little too close to home?

The relationship between Madison and Terry is well-drawn and throws up the odd surprise when Terry starts to act out of character.  

Then there’s hunky Troy, Madison’s current love interest who is also acting rather oddly and clearly has something to hide.

Shades of Justice races to a satisfying finish and will leave you looking forward to the next instalment.  

Highly recommended.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE DETECTIVE MADISON KNIGHT SERIES Murder. Investigation. The pursuit of justice. Do you love trying to figure out whodunit? How about investigating alongside police detectives from the crime scene to the forensics lab and everywhere in between? Do you love a strong female lead? Then I invite you to meet Detective Madison Knight as she solves murders with her male partner, utilizing good old-fashioned investigative work aided by modern technology. This is the perfect book series for fans of Law & Order, CSI, Blue Bloods, Rizzoli & Isles, Women’s Murder Club, and Hawaii Five-O. Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning.

About the author

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international best-selling 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. 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.

I received this book through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, I have volunteered to share my review and all the opinions are 100% my own.



  1. Bev
    11 October, 2019 / 5:32 pm

    sounds fantastic

  2. Anthea Holloway
    3 October, 2019 / 6:17 pm

    I like the sound of this one – thank you for your comprehensive review.

  3. Emma England
    3 October, 2019 / 2:08 pm

    I’ve never heard of this series before but this is right up my street so I’ll definitely be checking this out.

  4. Troy Easton
    11 September, 2019 / 4:44 pm

    Doesn’t sound bad.

  5. gemma hendry
    6 September, 2019 / 8:38 am

    i love a murder mystery sounds great

  6. Susan B
    24 August, 2019 / 7:51 am

    I had never heard of this series so pleased to know about it now. Also pleased to know this one is a good stand-alone read. Thank you.

  7. gemma hendry
    31 July, 2019 / 6:25 pm

    great review book sounds fantastic

  8. Nadia Josephine
    23 July, 2019 / 12:57 pm

    Thanks for the review it is always nice to get advice on books 🙂

  9. Fiona jk42
    8 July, 2019 / 11:19 pm

    I’d not heard of this book series, I shall have to look out for them in my local library

  10. Amy SIMPSON
    28 June, 2019 / 8:00 pm

    I like the sound of this xx

  11. 7 May, 2019 / 4:32 pm

    Thank you for reading and reviewing SHADES OF JUSTICE. Your support is appreciated.

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