Murder Notes

Murder Notes

New York Times bestselling author Lisa Renee Jones’s heart-pounding thriller of a woman’s secrets—and a past that’s about to come out of hiding…As an FBI profiler, it’s Lilah Love’s job to think like a killer. And she is very good at her job. When a series of murders surface—the victims all stripped naked and shot in the head—Lilah’s instincts tell her it’s the work of an...

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Title:Murder Notes
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Murder Notes Reviews

  • ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    Lilah is a 28 year old FBI profiler living in Los Angeles.

    Something bad happened in her hometown in the Hamptons a couple years ago, but now she's living an okay life as a successful agent away from the town, her family and her ex - her Dad is the mayor, her brother is the police chief and her ex is the son of the town's 'crime lord'.

    But a series of dead bodies lead her back to Long Island. And it's not a coincidence. Something, or rather someone is leaving clues that are connecting the killings

    Lilah is a 28 year old FBI profiler living in Los Angeles.

    Something bad happened in her hometown in the Hamptons a couple years ago, but now she's living an okay life as a successful agent away from the town, her family and her ex - her Dad is the mayor, her brother is the police chief and her ex is the son of the town's 'crime lord'.

    But a series of dead bodies lead her back to Long Island. And it's not a coincidence. Something, or rather someone is leaving clues that are connecting the killings to Lilah.

    Does someone know about the secret she's been hiding?

    Only her ex Kane knows about it.

    If she doesn't want to lose her career and her life and that of the people she loves, she needs to find the killer and/or the person who ordered the killings.

    But it's not that easy with her family and the whole Island knowing her and watching her every move. Unable to trust anyone! And with the bad guys always one step ahead ... .

    I really enjoyed reading it.

    It's so completely different from other LRJ books.

    It's a mystery thriller suspense thingy. Not a romance. Which sounds a bit bad for a romance lover like me - but don't worry - there are some shades of romance in here - and there might be more coming. ☺

    I couldn't stop reading. I just had to know who and what and why and how and what will happen next??? And who can we trust and who is bad and who not and grrrrrr!?!?!

    And I also wanted Lilah to find her happily ever after - but since it's not a romance, that might not happen ... yet. There are a few candidates though. ☺

    We will also get a tiny little cliffy. The second book will be out in July. BUT - Lisa is really good with putting little summaries into the front of the second book in a series! Very good for people with #Bookalzheimers!

    Anyway. I really enjoyed this story.

    It was super exciting and suspensy and mysterious ... you just can't stop reading!

    You want to hurry to the end of the book and catch the bad guy(s) with Lilah! ☺ And then we want to see everyone live happily ever after.

    But the story is not only completely thrillerish. It's also the story of Lilah. A bit funny, a bit moving, a bit heartbreaking, a bit hopeless.... Lilah is a very complex character. She's really funny and sarcastic and ... kinda amazing and strong. But also very broken and hurt. And she's not really trying to heal from what happened. She also doesn't really give the men in her life a chance to fight for her. She's ... very ... complicated. That is definitely what Lilah's Facebook status would say. Not only her FB status - her life status! ☺

    A few readers might even think the story was a bit complicated too. There are LOTS of names and people and suspects and family and ex partners and whatnot in this book. But surpisingly, I almost always knew who we were talking about ... that kinda never happens to me - I'm confused extremely easily! ☺

    I also loved how Lisa described everything. I felt like I was right there with Lilah. I even tasted her chips and smelled Kane's cologne and felt the moist ocean air. Amazingly written. Some might even say that the detailing was a bit too much, but I really liked it!

    Ok - that's it.

    Really great book. There's nothing more I could think of to say - there is lots I could say - but I don't want to spoil too much - you need to read it!!!

    If you want to compare it to a TV Show, I would say it's a mix of Criminal Minds & Revenge!

    I wouldn't mind seeing this on Netflix one day!!! I really need to see Kane!! ☺

  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)

     

     

    I don't know where to begin with this review. I kind of just want to say it was AMAZING so go forth and read it ASAP (or rather in March, when it's published *lol*). I can't believe I was so late to the game with this author. Every single book I have read since I discovered her (four) have been outstanding and this one was no different in that respect. I have no idea how the author expects me to just sit here patiently waiting for book two??

    So deets...this wasn't really a romance book. I would

     

     

    I don't know where to begin with this review. I kind of just want to say it was AMAZING so go forth and read it ASAP (or rather in March, when it's published *lol*). I can't believe I was so late to the game with this author. Every single book I have read since I discovered her (four) have been outstanding and this one was no different in that respect. I have no idea how the author expects me to just sit here patiently waiting for book two??

    So deets...this wasn't really a romance book. I wouldn't even say it was a romantic suspense book. More a thriller with some romantic undertones. So don't go into it expecting some hot sex. There is really only one sex scene, and it was very tame. The romance reader in me struggled with this and one other issue (Samantha). I think it's hard sometimes when you read a lot of romance to separate expectations. Especially when the book has some romantic undertones. I am not even sure if that makes sense, but "I" wanted more sex and I could have done without the whole "Samantha" scenario. <--- that's the romance reader talking. Both were

    issues that genuinely shouldn't have bothered me but like I said I struggled to separate my feelings in this case, so they did. 

    That said, I found this one to be fantastically well written and well paced. The plot was engaging and kept me turning the pages. I LOVE all things serial killer, profiling, criminal minds, etc. I eat TV shows like that up by the spoonful and this book would make a fabulous TV series for sure. The plot was intricate and full of twists and turns. The author does an excellent job of laying the groundwork for what I can only assume will be an epic and far-reaching conspiracy. There is a full cast of characters that make up this book. Each one intriguing. Each one mysterious. Each one potentially hiding secrets. My mind is a bit of a muddle trying to figure out who is doing what and why. Who is dirty? Who isn't? Some I loved. Some I hated. Some remain a mystery waiting to be exposed. Kane I LOVED. Who doesn't love a smokin' hot bad boy? But what is he hiding? Can he be trusted? Lilah I ADORED. I struggle with alpha heroines A LOT but Lilah just worked for me on every level. She was strong. She was feisty. She was funny. She was badass. But she was also vulnerable especially when it came to Kane. The only man that has ever understood her. Last, we were left with a decent cliffhanger that will make you want to hunt down this author and force her to give you book two tout suite! 

    All in all, this was a fantastic first book in a series I am sure will blow a lot of readers right out of the water. Therefore yours truly will give this one two HUGE thumbs up.

  • *Avonna

    Check out all of my reviews at:

    NOOOOOOO!!!

    One of the best starts this year to a new Romantic Suspense series with fantastic characters and Lisa left me hanging!

    MURDER NOTES (Lilah Love, #1) by Lisa Renee Jones had me quickly turning the pages and falling into the story to the exclusion of all else. Lilah Love is an FBI profiler with an extremely abrasive personality, foul mouth and a secret that could destroy her career. Also, she loves, but refuses to allow i

    Check out all of my reviews at:

    NOOOOOOO!!!

    One of the best starts this year to a new Romantic Suspense series with fantastic characters and Lisa left me hanging!

    MURDER NOTES (Lilah Love, #1) by Lisa Renee Jones had me quickly turning the pages and falling into the story to the exclusion of all else. Lilah Love is an FBI profiler with an extremely abrasive personality, foul mouth and a secret that could destroy her career. Also, she loves, but refuses to allow it, the gorgeous head of a multinational conglomerate, Kane Mendez, that when run by his father was more of an illegal Mexican cartel than corporation.

    When Lilah starts looking into a series of murders, which she believes are assassinations, they lead her back to her hometown in the Hamptons. What becomes apparent to Lilah is that all the murders lead to a secret from her past that she believes was only between herself and Kane Mendez, her former lover. As the body count increases, so do taunting notes from the person who has been hiring the assassin. Lilah has to work this case without exposing her past, while catching a killer who may be from her own family or circle of friends.

    Lilah Love, who calls herself “Murder Girl” is the type of character that I love to follow. An FBI profiler, but with a secret in her past that could destroy her future. She loves the “F” word and is confrontational, but she also loves to be a woman who dresses in designer clothes and loves her family. The sexual heat that flies between Lilah and Kane could spark a wild fire in a snow storm. I cannot wait to get the next book in this series! You need to read this book yourself and get ready for the next one, too.

    Thanks very much to Montlake Romance and Net Galley for allowing me to review this eARC in exchange for an honest review. I am anxiously awaiting more!

  • Sabrina

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    Putting this review into words is very difficult right now because the only thing my brain is doing is screaming "I need more!"

    This book takes you on twists and turns through secrets and murder, and I loved every second of it. It follows Lilah Love, a FBI agent with a big secret, as she heads back to her hometown after being led there by a killer. Told completely in Lilah's POV, it weaves a tale so suspenseful you'll catch yourself checking your locks and looking o

    *

    Putting this review into words is very difficult right now because the only thing my brain is doing is screaming "I need more!"

    This book takes you on twists and turns through secrets and murder, and I loved every second of it. It follows Lilah Love, a FBI agent with a big secret, as she heads back to her hometown after being led there by a killer. Told completely in Lilah's POV, it weaves a tale so suspenseful you'll catch yourself checking your locks and looking out for a stalker.

    As much as I was dying for answers and wanted so bad to just skip to the end, I actually thought the slower pace of the story was perfect. It added so much intrigue and gave me time to try and figure out what all the secrets were. I loved that it captivated me so much and had me on the edge the entire time. There was always something happening between these pages that had me questioning everything.

    For some reason I actually haven't read Lisa Renee Jones in a long time and it's something I'm regretting very much right now. This book brought back every reason that I love her writing. She has the ability to write so much information into a story without it ever being too wordy, and instead it just keeps me on the edge of my seat. I'm already dying to read the next installment of the Lila Love series and I'm not ashamed to beg for it.

  • Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••

    I have no idea how to put into words all the feelings I had when I read this book.

    Seriously, all over the place..... In many good ways, let me add....

    When I first started out reading this, I am not a person that reads a lot of suspense, Murder, and mystery books so I was optimistic starting this one out. With saying that, this book is exactly those things. A lot of mystery, multiple murders, and an overload of suspense. It has several hot as hell men, current lovers, past lovers, ex-partners, c

    I have no idea how to put into words all the feelings I had when I read this book.

    Seriously, all over the place..... In many good ways, let me add....

    When I first started out reading this, I am not a person that reads a lot of suspense, Murder, and mystery books so I was optimistic starting this one out. With saying that, this book is exactly those things. A lot of mystery, multiple murders, and an overload of suspense. It has several hot as hell men, current lovers, past lovers, ex-partners, co-workers, exfriends, stepbrothers, brothers, I can literally go on and on. Every time I thought I figured this plot out, someone New was introduced to throw me way off.

    Lila is a FBI profiler detective that’s investigating a series of murders that takes her back to her home town where her nightmare began. She hasn’t been back “home” in over two years. She’s got some dark secrets she’s hidden and kept in the past. These are told in bits over the entire book. She has a very dangerous, sexy as hell, troubled headmafia, billionaire ex boyfriend and he is her biggest temptation to deal with. They definitely have a lot of unfinished business. And a completely unresolved love that he very much wants to address.

    These two have such an intense chemistry with burning passions but how will Lila deal with it if Kane is a suspect in her long line of possible killers/murderers.

    Let me say this, this story isn’t about the love story, To me, it’s a complete suspense read, with a side of burning love. I am looking forward to finding out in the next book just exactly what the F is going on because right now, I’m so overly confused and need answers as to what the heck just happened🙏🏻😩

    If you love you some suspense, alpha bad boys, and a lot of blood, you'll want to check this one out!!

    .

  • Snow

    Classic

    writing, if you have read any of her previous books, you know what I m talking about. It's captivating and thrilling with gradation of tension as it build up towards unfolding of the plot...and then you have still long way to go...

    i'm keeping this short and short LOL as i am way overdue with this...

    ***ARC provided by the author via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review***

  • Wendy

    I am a big fan of suspense and I loved Lisa Renee Jones' 

     series, so I figured I would give this one a go.

    Now, even though I love me some murder and suspense, I am also a big fan of romance and I have to say that I found this one a bit lacking in that department. That said, this is just book 1 in the series, so I still have hope 

    This story is about Lilah, who works as profiler for the FBI.  A murder investigation takes her back to her "hometown", where she hasn't been for ages...and

    I am a big fan of suspense and I loved Lisa Renee Jones' 

     series, so I figured I would give this one a go.

    Now, even though I love me some murder and suspense, I am also a big fan of romance and I have to say that I found this one a bit lacking in that department. That said, this is just book 1 in the series, so I still have hope 

    This story is about Lilah, who works as profiler for the FBI.  A murder investigation takes her back to her "hometown", where she hasn't been for ages...and there is a reason for that.

    Going back to her hometown also puts her back in proximity of her ex...Kane. Kane is part of her haunted past. Kane would love to rekindle the flame between the two of them, but how can they when he is on her list of suspects ......

    There are plenty of twists and turns and I definitely spend some time on the edge of my seat !!

    Now Lila, she is my type of heroine !! I love me some

    and Lila didn't shy away from anyone. Sure, she had her trauma's, but she didn't take any shit and I love that !!

    I enjoyed this one and I am definitely gonna read the second book, but, as much as I love mystery,  I am hoping for a bit more on the romance and steamy side.

  • Selene

    Mystery/Thriller

    Singular, first-person

    3/5

    4/5

    Lilah Love is a twenty-eight year-old FBI profiler working on a murder investigation in California when she’s entrusted by her boss to travel to New York to draw parallels to a case being investigated there. Upon her arrival, she receives word that another body has been found and she makes

    Mystery/Thriller

    Singular, first-person

    3/5

    4/5

    Lilah Love is a twenty-eight year-old FBI profiler working on a murder investigation in California when she’s entrusted by her boss to travel to New York to draw parallels to a case being investigated there. Upon her arrival, she receives word that another body has been found and she makes a beeline to the crime scene. At first it’s unclear if and how the cases are related but it’s up to Lilah to connect the dots. New York is her old stomping ground and a place where she left one big secret buried two years ago. Within hours of her arrival she receives the first of several notes from an unidentified stalker. Lila analyzes the first murder note for clues about the sender but the subsequent notes are not handled with care or closely examined.

    First time reading this author’s work and I loved Lilah’s humor! The snack size bites of catty female foolery also made me smirk a lot.

    This was not a spine-chilling or highly thrilling read. Lilah spent endless pages trying to figure out who she could trust and this story was devoid of action, despite all fifteen of the references to Lilah’s shotgun,

    Basically, Lilah spent the entire story chasing her tail, creating more unanswered questions, and not quite having a sense of direction. As a result, my interest in the story began declining around the 59% mark when Lila’s thoughts became repetitive and the story seemed to fizzle. Lilah’s every thought was fed to the reader so any surprises on her part was nonexistent. She wasn’t the wild card she was supposed to be around all of the other characters because there was more telling than showing of her expertise.

    Bits of Lilah’s thoughts?

    Not to mention how joke-worthy Lilah’s full name is...

    The one steamy scene was so vague that I had to reread it several times to make sense of it.

    All of that sexual tension, self-denial, and lust built up to a

    that didn’t seem necessary to include.

    Caught in the crosshairs of Lilah’s profiling gig is her ex-lover, Kane Mendez. All of the references to Kane being “the devil” and “Satan” lacked that gripping intensity and the other secondary characters were mostly superficial. I wanted to love-to-hate Kane, but the character depth wasn’t enough for me all around. There was also a half-hearted attempt to create a strong romantic push-and-pull between Lilah and Detective Rich, but I didn’t understand why he pursued her so strongly. The connection between the two felt forced in order to create some more drama-rich tension.

    ◈ The gist of this story?

    It felt like nothing much happened in this story and I grew bored over time. This book has a light tone and is perfect for a reader who won’t be frustrated by the lack of resolution behind the mysterious deaths for which the

    is centered around. I was expecting more investigative details and didn’t realize this story wasn’t a stand-alone book until the end. I guess that explains all of the six feet tall and good-looking men sprinkled throughout the text...

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  • Lisa Jones

    It's RELEASE DAY!! I'm so excited that Murder Notes is LIVE! To celebrate I'm giving away a Kindle Fire and two Lilah Love mugs! Plus Murder Notes is FREE in the KindleUnlimited and Audible Romance Package!

    Amazon → 

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    It's RELEASE DAY!! I'm so excited that Murder Notes is LIVE! To celebrate I'm giving away a Kindle Fire and two Lilah Love mugs! Plus Murder Notes is FREE in the KindleUnlimited and Audible Romance Package!

    Amazon → 

    Paperback → 

    Audible → 

    Signed Paperback → 

    Amazon → 

    Paperback → 

    As an FBI profiler, it’s Lilah Love’s job to think like a killer. And she is very good at her job. When a series of murders surface—the victims all stripped naked and shot in the head—Lilah’s instincts tell her it’s the work of an assassin, not a serial killer. But when the case takes her back to her hometown in the Hamptons and a mysterious but unmistakable connection to her own life, all her assumptions are shaken to the core.

    Thrust into a troubled past she’s tried to shut the door on, Lilah’s back in the town where her father is mayor, her brother is police chief, and she has an intimate history with the local crime lord’s son, Kane Mendez. The two share a devastating secret, and only Kane understands Lilah’s own darkest impulses. As more corpses surface, so does a series of anonymous notes to Lilah, threatening to expose her. Is the killer someone in her own circle? And is she the next target?

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