A Trace of Death (A Keri Locke Mystery--Book #1)Blake Pierce

A Trace of Death (A Keri Locke Mystery--Book #1)

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A Trace of Death (A Keri Locke Mystery--Book #1) by Blake Pierce Book Summary

“A dynamic story line that grips from the first chapter and doesn't let go.”
--Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan (regarding Once Gone)

From #1 bestselling mystery author Blake Pierce comes a new masterpiece of psychological suspense.

Keri Locke, Missing Persons Detective in the Homicide division of the LAPD, remains haunted by the abduction of her own daughter, years before, never found. Still obsessed with finding her, Keri buries her grief the only way she knows how: by throwing herself into the cases of missing persons in Los Angeles.

A routine phone call from a worried mother of a high-schooler, only two hours missing, should be ignored. Yet something about the mother’s voice strikes a chord, and Keri decides to investigate.

What she finds shocks her. The missing daughter—of a prominent senator—was hiding secrets no one knew. When all evidence points to a runaway, Keri is ordered off the case. And yet, despite pressure from her superiors, from the media, despite all trails going cold, the brilliant and obsessed Keri refuses to let it go. She knows she has but 48 hours if she has any chance of bringing this girl back alive.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, A TRACE OF DEATH marks the debut of a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery! The author did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side that is so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. The plot is very intelligent and will keep you entertained throughout the book. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.”
--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Once Gone)

Book #2 in the Keri Locke series is also now available!

A Trace of Death (A Keri Locke Mystery--Book #1) (Blake Pierce) Book Reviews

A Trace of DeathI liked this entire story. Just meeting Keri is a pleasure with consternation. I truly hope she finds Evie for real soon. Smart detective who showed her worth to higher ups. Cannot be denied. Stupid Senator. He probably did something he deserves to be unseated for. Just guessing. Maybe we will find out in future episodes. Highly recommend this series. This author is so prolific I wonder how he has time to eat a meal. 🤣.Score: 5/5

Strongly recommendAfter reading what I consider a masterpiece, I’ve been highly motivated now purchase a book for the first time in my life since School. This novel will keep the suspense going on and on while making it a very interesting read. It will even motivate you to certain aspects of your life. I strongly recommend. Good job Blake!.Score: 5/5

A Trace of DeathFantastic mystery.....absolutely loved it!!!!.Score: 5/5

A Trace of DeathOutstanding!! An edge-of-your-seat thriller!! Blake Pierce gives us another must read!!.Score: 5/5

AwesomeVery entertaining and loved the rogue attitude to fallow hunches!.Score: 5/5

A Trace of DeathThis was exciting to read and I kept saying "Just one more chapter". I couldn't put it down. I had to force myself to stop reading and go to bed, well after 1:00 AM. Well written and Blake Pierce is my newest Favorite Author! I have read 7 of his books... All the same captivating writing. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.Score: 5/5

Definitely recommendVery good read- caught my attention right away, and I usually don’t find books that do that. Definitely recommend.Score: 4/5

Ok bookI really don’t like the main character in the book. She’s a psychotic cop with a gun that should not have gotten away with a lot of things she did. Finally at he end of the book she realized she NEED MENTAL HELP. I hope book two would be better. I know I want be reading it..Score: 2/5

A well-paced crime mysteryThis is the first book I’ve read by this author and it will definitely not be the last. The lack of superfluous characters keeps the story going right up until the personal touch at the end. Well done..Score: 5/5

A trace of deathVery good, fast paced, plenty of action. Interesting characters and twists..Score: 5/5

A Trace of DeathThis story really pulls the reader in, the characters coming alive and each page leaves you wondering what happens next. A must read.Score: 5/5

Nice easy readMoves along well and has enough twists and turns to keep it interesting..Score: 4/5

A Trace of DeathI thoroughly enjoyed this first of a new series. I feel like I’ve come to know Keri Locke and her co-workers and look forward to the next adventure..Score: 5/5

Very entertainingI have never started reading a book and finished it in my entire life this is my first one. It was very interesting! I really enjoyed it!.Score: 5/5

Expected for Blake PierceIf you've read any of her books, the main character is a tough, don't follow the rules woman. But does the heroine always have to end up in the hospital after saving the day??? For once, I'd like to read about her strong characters saving the day and walking away unscathed. Predictable..Score: 3/5

Page Turner!Loved the book honestly! Read the entire thing in 3 hours lol..Score: 5/5

A trace of deathHas a wonderful plot and keeps you interested..Score: 5/5

A Trace of DeathGreat story line. Caused you to become part of the story. Can’t wait to read the next story..Score: 4/5

A trace of deathThis book kept me up until after 3:00 a.m. to finish it. Once I started it, I couldn’t stop until I finished it. It is riveting! I rarely give a book a 5-star rating, but A Trace of Death definitely deserves it..Score: 5/5

Great storyI loved it couldn’t put it down.Score: 5/5

A Trace of MurderThis book was an unexpected, but pleasant surprise. Keri was a great character that evolved into a endearing hero. Thanks for the journey and I will be reading more!.Score: 4/5

Trace of deathThis book was truly suspenseful, and the main character, Keri, like a bulldog with a bone. She breaks all the rules to get a killer..Score: 4/5

A trace of deathA trace of death was a fantastic page turner!!! I could not stop reading once I started!!! Highly recommend..Score: 5/5

This book is amazing.It’s been a while since I’ve brought myself to read a book, and this book immediately drawn me in. If you like an intense mystery type novel, this is it. I read this book in under a week and I’m still in love with it..Score: 5/5

Trace of deathJust can’t get enough of the suspense Blake Pierce implodes in his stories never had been much of a reader as I was growing up, but now I can’t wait to see what Blake is coming up with next. Thank you so much..Score: 5/5

Exciting mysteryIt was pretty graphic at time but a mystery that I couldn’t wait to get to the end. Enjoyed the intense action..Score: 5/5

A Trace of DeathAbsorbing, fast-paced, well-written. The kind of book you don't want to put down. Will definitely Blake Pierce to my favorite author list..Score: 5/5

Couldn’t put it down.I am writing this having just finished the series, reason being that once I finished this book, I had to start book two immediately. Blake Pierce has perfected the difficult task of placing you right into the scene. He/she makes it to where you are waking right along Keri but also watching the action from a birds eye view. The characters and scenery are very well described..Score: 5/5

Murder mysteryVery exciting mm I realised about midway in I had read before but read it again because it was so good. That is unusual for me, once I’ve figured out the mystery I’m usually over it but this author held my interest again! That is some recommendation!.Score: 5/5

Pretty good!This book was a fast read, and definitely had plenty of suspense. My issue, and the reason I chose to give it 4 stars, is that there are so many typographical errors— missing words, lots of instances where the character name was meant to be Keri, but was written/printed as Ashley, etc.— that I grew annoyed and wondered (hoped?) whether the author was so excitedly writing that he/she hurried through without looking back. Definitely should have been caught in editing!.Score: 4/5

GoodWhat main character does bit unrealistic and frankly stupid. But over all still good book to read....Score: 4/5

BookNot my kind of litterature thanks.Score: 5/5

A Trace of DeathA great read. Many twist and turns that kept me reading on and on. Blake Pierce is truly a great writer. Love all his books..Score: 5/5

Superbly writtenI loved this book!! It kept my attention from the first page to the last. The story is written so well that I can actually visualize the scenes playing out in my mind. It truly is a great read. -Jenn, ILLINOIS.Score: 5/5

Great read.I enjoyed this book. Hope to read more by the author..Score: 5/5

Keri Locke #1I’ve enjoyed two other series by this author, and I will continue with this series too. I only hope the editors, proofreaders and beta testers will catch some of the errors before I read the next one. I don’t know how nobody noticed the victims name (Ashley) being used in lieu of the detectives name (Keri) for example, in chapter 26..Score: 4/5

A trace if deathGreat read, fast pass, well written.Score: 5/5

A Trace Of MurderExtensively gripping story! Gave me insight into some of my own explicit paths I needed reminding of to move on....keep writing Blake Pierce!.Score: 5/5

If Blake Pierce keeps writing I will keep reading!Another nail biter. She doesn't follow rules or listen to people in charge. She's been bitten in the behind before and come out behind. A lone wolf. But still the leader of the pack. Give her the case she solves it... This one is life or death.. be it hers or the Senators daughters.... keep reading to find out who survives those last minutes. This is one series I couldn't put down. I had to buy everything she has written and have not been disappointed yet......Score: 5/5

A trace of deathExcellent read, Blake Pierce is my new favorite author!.Score: 5/5

A trace of deathUmm this book is good! Has a good catch and nice story line but the typos and name changes if the characters is killing me. Black pierce is a phenomenal author but they need to proof read these books so that they can be even better..Score: 3/5

Couldn't put it down!The author takes us on a thrilling yet exhausting ride with a Missing Persons detective trying to solve the disappearance of a teen-aged girl from a prominent family. I read it in one sitting. There are a few editing omissions when the victim's name is used to refer to the detective but it is clear that it was an error and didn't cause confusion.Score: 5/5

So many typosI have read all of the McKenzie White series and all of the Avery Black series. I was trying to keep track of all the mistakes but got frustrated with it. The book I just finished had many errors as well. One that sticks out is the scene where keri hit walker with the microphone; it read Ashley and not Keri.. I will continue with this series but will be hesitant to recommend or buy more of these books..Score: 2/5

A trace of deathExcellent. Very good book.Score: 5/5

Trace of DeathEnjoyed the book it keeps you on your toes with all of the twists and turns of the story. You really get into the characters and why do what they do. Nice read..Score: 5/5

Trace of MurderWonderful. Thanks k.Score: 5/5

Trace of DeathLoved how the main detectives interacted with the sarcasm. It was very real. Fast paced. Loved it..Score: 5/5

A Trace of Crime!I really enjoyed this book! I’m ready for book 2!!.Score: 4/5

Slow to ActionOverall good book but too slow to action for me.Score: 3/5

GrippingThis is the second book I’ve read by this author and have thoroughly enjoyed each one. Great characters, high tension thrillers.Couple of errors in editing where the female names were switched but all in all I would read many more by this author..Score: 5/5

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Riveting!I really enjoyed this book. It is a real page turner, you don't want to stop reading. Excellent story line. Great characters. Would recommend this book..Score: 5/5

Excellent readI couldn’t put it down!.Score: 5/5

Blake PierceRiveting! I couldn't put it down! Wondering if Keri ever finds her Daughter Evie, will consume me. I just have to keep reading!! So please, Blake, keep writing!!.Score: 5/5

Kerri Locke mystery #1Thank you.Score: 5/5

Trace of deathWas a very good book kept my attention through the whole read thank you.Score: 5/5

WholesomeIt's great to read a book that has no unnecessary vulgarity. Where plot does not need cursing to hold it together. Takes a skilled author.Score: 5/5

Character confusionDecent story line but numerous times the author switched the two main female characters names and a couple of the prominent bad guys as well. Makes for a hard read if even the author can’t figure out who is who....Score: 3/5

What an excellent read!This is an amazingly well written mystery thriller that will keep you hanging on from the beginning! I am hooked on the author and series, and have already purchased the second book..Score: 5/5

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A Trace of Death book 1I am hooked could not put this book down. Need to get No 2.Score: 5/5

Great storyDoubt the heroine could perform as written but I enjoyed the story anyway.Score: 4/5

A Trace of MurderA real page turner. Perfect book for holiday reading as you cannot put this book down. Loved it!.Score: 5/5

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A really good readA really good read, and couldn’t wait to read each chapter.Score: 4/5

A trace of deathBlake Pierce is a great storyteller. Gripping from beginning to end. Well worth a read.Score: 5/5

Gripping from start to finishAwesome read could not put it down.Score: 5/5

Very good read !Been looking for a book to grip me since reading all the rizzoli and isle books and this one caught my eye , a real good page turner and an easy read ( no unknown jargon to try and work out ) really liked the main character and have purchased the second in the series ! Yeah a new collection to read.Score: 5/5

Trace of deathA good story; did not want to put it down.Blake Pierce keeps you riveted to the pages with the twists and turns!.Score: 5/5

A Trace of deathA good read.Score: 5/5

True brillianceHad me hooked form the first page to the last.Score: 5/5

A trace of deathBrilliant loved it very much and couldn’t put it down..Score: 4/5

A Trace of DeathAwesome book .. Gripping from page one till the end....Score: 5/5

What a bookThis thriller was riveting from start to finish. I couldn’t put this down and each turn of events kept me glued till the end..Score: 5/5

ExcellentDefinitely worth a read, thrilling, and full of heart stopping suspense. A great read..Score: 4/5

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