Devil's Gold

Devil's Gold

Death and Darkness are the norm at Black Rose Investigations... Despite being chronically late, occasionally disheveled and a tad disorganized, Dixie Knight is one of the top private investigators in the country, and when a young woman goes missing in the small, Southern town of Devil’s Den, Dixie takes the case. She expected it to be another ordinary missing person case —...

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Title:Devil's Gold
Author:Amanda McKinney
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Devil's Gold Reviews

  • Charlotte Woods

    Loved it! McKinney does it again with Devil’s Gold, writing another enchanting and sexy murder mystery, filled with twists and turns that keep you up at night; fun characters that feel like your old friends; and above all, a creepy, captivating setting that makes you feel like you’re right there with them. Devil’s Gold is a fun, fast-paced thriller, topped with passionate romance. If you enjoyed the Berry Springs books, you’ll fall in love with this new series.

  • Jill

    Dixie Knight is a badass, strong, female PI in author Amanda McKinney’s newest series Black Rose Mystery. Dixie is one of three sisters owning, and working as Private Investigators, for Black Rose Investigations. So when a mysterious disappearance and ultimately murder occurs in her small town of Devil’s Den, Dixie is immediately on the case. But, Dixie is not alone in her investigations as Liam, a marine home on leave, ties the untimely death to a string of Louisiana homicides years past.

    Liam

    Dixie Knight is a badass, strong, female PI in author Amanda McKinney’s newest series Black Rose Mystery. Dixie is one of three sisters owning, and working as Private Investigators, for Black Rose Investigations. So when a mysterious disappearance and ultimately murder occurs in her small town of Devil’s Den, Dixie is immediately on the case. But, Dixie is not alone in her investigations as Liam, a marine home on leave, ties the untimely death to a string of Louisiana homicides years past.

    Liam adds hints of romance to an already enjoyable novella, albeit his male instinct to “save the female” caused frustration for my inner feminist. I look forward to more in this series as McKinney leaves room to discover further the three independently unique Knight Sisters and their wildly successful Black Rose Investigations.

    A quick read that leaves you wanting many pages beyond the bindings of this book. Perfect for any mystery lover, with strong female leads and gripping plot, Devil’s Gold debuts what promises to be an enticing series.

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    *Disclaimer: A review copy of this book was provided as part of a blog tour promotion.

  • Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews

    True Rating 3.5 stars!

    Devil’s Gold is the first book in the Black Rose Mystery series. Black Rose Investigations was a company that had been started by Clive Knight after his stint with the CIA was completed. After an untimely death his company was inherited by his three daughters, Dixie, Roxie, and Scar. They were all strong women who had their own skills that they brought to the table. In this book Dixie was hired by a woman who was certain her husband was cheating on her. She initially wanted

    True Rating 3.5 stars!

    Devil’s Gold is the first book in the Black Rose Mystery series. Black Rose Investigations was a company that had been started by Clive Knight after his stint with the CIA was completed. After an untimely death his company was inherited by his three daughters, Dixie, Roxie, and Scar. They were all strong women who had their own skills that they brought to the table. In this book Dixie was hired by a woman who was certain her husband was cheating on her. She initially wanted Dixie to prove that her husband was having an affair but when the woman came up missing, the wife wanted Dixie to prove that her husband had something to do with the disappearance so that she could have all the assets in a divorce settlement.

    Dixie took the case because she was intrigued by the idea of finding a missing woman. While running down the clues Dixie also ran into a man who was in town visiting family while on leave. Liam had come into town to visit his cousin but he was happily distracted when he ran into Dixie while at a bar. They both had instant chemistry and he wanted to get to know her more. While at the bar, Dixie had received a troubling phone call that had her running out of the bar. Liam followed Dixie because he wanted to make plans with her as he was only in town for a little while. What he had never expected was that he would run into a situation that had all the fingerprints of a case that he was familiar with. Both Dixie and Liam would find themselves working together to follow the clues which would lead down a dangerous path.

    The character’s in Devil’s Gold are interesting and I liked the backstory for the sisters and how they came to be investigators. Dixie was feisty and I enjoyed her investigative technique and the relationships she had with the town residents. The romance element between her and Liam was entertaining and cute. I thought that the mystery element was nicely done and I was not sure who had been responsible for the crimes that were committed until the very end and it made complete sense. Devil’s Gold is a short story but it is very entertaining and paced well. I am definitely interested in continuing in this series because I am curious to see if Dixie will remain the main character or if the next book in the series will feature a sister.

    This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Xpresso Book Tours. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

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  • Lauren

    DEVIL'S GOLD truly managed to surprise me! Going into it I expected to like it. I'm a sucker for a good mystery; however, I never expected to like it as much as I did. Combining a page-turning mystery, a feisty, sarcastic main character, and even a touch of romance, DEVIL'S GOLD proves just how enchanting a novella can be.

    DEVIL'S GOLD introduces Dix, a private investigator at her family's Black Rose Investigations. Dix has always been the black sheep of her family. Constantly late, occasionally

    DEVIL'S GOLD truly managed to surprise me! Going into it I expected to like it. I'm a sucker for a good mystery; however, I never expected to like it as much as I did. Combining a page-turning mystery, a feisty, sarcastic main character, and even a touch of romance, DEVIL'S GOLD proves just how enchanting a novella can be.

    DEVIL'S GOLD introduces Dix, a private investigator at her family's Black Rose Investigations. Dix has always been the black sheep of her family. Constantly late, occasionally crass, preferring casual to fancy, she doesn't exactly fit in well with her sisters. However, given her her superior sleuthing skills, it doesn't seem to matter. I loved Dix from the get-go. Amanda did a fantastic job of capturing her voice, and honestly, it was just so much fun to see into Dix's head. I loved her observations, her sleuthing skills, etc. Plus, she's someone who constantly gets herself into trouble due to her head strong ways, which was funny to read about.

    Given DEVIL'S GOLD novella length, I was slightly worried the mystery wouldn't be well developed. However, that wasn't the case at all. Amanda presented an exciting whodunit here, and I loved the surprising twists and turns it constantly took. In addition to the mystery, a little swoony romance is included as well! The dynamic between Dix and Liam was chemistry laden. I enjoyed the back-and-forth banter. I also liked that Liam was a man of mystery. At first, I couldn't tell if he was going to be a good guy or a bad guy.

    The writing in DEVIL'S GOLD was on point. The story flowed well, and I liked how Amanda incorporated different POVs. It's fun to see someone else's perspective at times.

    Overall, DEVIL'S GOLD is perfect for fans of mystery! My only complaint? I wish I had the second once ready as soon as I finished this! I need to know what trouble Dix and Liam get into next!

  • Tracey

    This is the story of Dixie Knight, private investigator, and while working on a missing person case in a small town called Devil’s Den.  But she soon discovers that this case is not that simple and it is turning to murder.

    While visiting family on leave from the Marines, Liam Cash meets up with Dixie in a bar and they find there is an instant attraction there.  But Liam decides he is going to help with the investigation

    This is the story of Dixie Knight, private investigator, and while working on a missing person case in a small town called Devil’s Den.  But she soon discovers that this case is not that simple and it is turning to murder.

    While visiting family on leave from the Marines, Liam Cash meets up with Dixie in a bar and they find there is an instant attraction there.  But Liam decides he is going to help with the investigation when he finds out the murders that happened in his small town, may in fact be connected to Dixie’s investigation and on the hunt for a killer he wants to protect Dixie at all costs.

    There is definitely some surprising twists in the mystery and with a mix of romance in the pot, it is so electrifying.

    This was a great story and can’t wait for the next instalment in the Black Rose Mystery series to discover what happens next by Amanda Mckinney

  • Jessica | Booked J

    I received a copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review and in participation of a blog tour. You can find my review and tour post

    .

    WELCOME, to Black Rose Investigations.

    is the perfect introduction to this captivating novella series (

    ) that embraces suspense and mystery like no other. Smart, full of energetic thrills and chills, it is the perfect read for a winter's night. Amanda McKinney crafts a novella that is so much more than its size; somethin

    I received a copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review and in participation of a blog tour. You can find my review and tour post

    .

    WELCOME, to Black Rose Investigations.

    is the perfect introduction to this captivating novella series (

    ) that embraces suspense and mystery like no other. Smart, full of energetic thrills and chills, it is the perfect read for a winter's night. Amanda McKinney crafts a novella that is so much more than its size; something about it lulls you into a false comfort only to tug you, face first, into the central mysteries.

    Where many novellas fail to capture your attention long term--in some cases, they're as forgettable as they are short--but McKinney is a true professional and keeps readers on the edge of their seat for as long as possible. There's this tense sort of anticipation throughout the novel that keeps you focused and presses against your heart like a gentle thud.

    is one of the best novellas I've had the pleasure of reading in a very long time and is truly a blast from start to finish.

    I'm sure that comparisons will be made towards a lot of previous works of fiction, however,

    is entirely its own. This is, of course, entirely due to the delectable prose and quick pacing of McKinney's pen. There's something in it for everyone and the way everything unfolds is fast, smart and truly thrilling.

    To make matters even more exciting, the characters are fantastic. These aren't run of the mill, blink and you'll miss it characters who we only are slightly acquainted with. There's connection, history and depth that ties straight into the mystery, dialogue and plotline. I was surprised by just how much emotion and development we can pack into a novella length mystery, and Amanda McKinney does not disappoint.

    (I love Dixie and Liam, if you were wondering!)

    Overall, I just enjoyed the entire atmosphere set within

    and was pleasantly surprised in the fact that a novella packed as much of a punch as this one did. It was a fast read that left me with nothing but pure desire for the next installment. It's safe to say that Amanda McKinney is an author readers should be looking out for in the future.

  • Nicole(Newbookcats)

    "She glanced up at the leafless trees that had grown like a tunnel above the driveway-like witch's fingers, connected at the tips."

    3.5/5 stars

    For most of my life, I had wanted to be a veterinarian. Then, it all changed last summer when I had watched one of my favorite shows to watch on a relaxing vacation, "Forensic Files." And, if you know me, you know I HATE change.

    I have been watching this particular show for several years with my family as we all like to solve mysteries and any problems that

    "She glanced up at the leafless trees that had grown like a tunnel above the driveway-like witch's fingers, connected at the tips."

    3.5/5 stars

    For most of my life, I had wanted to be a veterinarian. Then, it all changed last summer when I had watched one of my favorite shows to watch on a relaxing vacation, "Forensic Files." And, if you know me, you know I HATE change.

    I have been watching this particular show for several years with my family as we all like to solve mysteries and any problems that come our way. Even though I watched a lot of episodes, I never really thought about forensic science being the job for me. So, I stuck to my belief that I was going to be a successful veterinarian with some dogs and cats living with me later in my life. Then, just recently, my family and I found a lost dog. Writing that I was scared is an understatement. I was terrified that Benji, the dog, was going to bite me or scratch me. I ran away from him and screamed bloody murder several times because I was so scared. Even before this, I had my doubts of me becoming a veterinarian because it was so hard to even put me in a room with a dog I had no relations with. However, do not worry anymore as Benji is such a sweetheart and wouldn't hurt a fly. I just get a little scared around him at times, but I can mostly forget about my fears as I know Benji would never put me in serious harm. Anyway, after deciding to spend my time on researching what kind of responsibilities a forensic scientist occurs daily, I found this blog tour and decided to give it a chance.

    As my decision to get this book was based on my love for mysteries and my desire to learn more about being a forensic scientist, I was very happy to get an inside look into the investigation process . Through researching the murder, looking at all the possible suspects, and just going through the same turmoil as the characters really opened my eyes to how being a forensic scientist would be like. This book made me more sure of my decision to help bring justice into the world(with the Justice League of America).

    Also, did you read the quote stated in the beginning of this review? I was asking myself whether or not it is meaningful enough. Or had any special connection to the story? Or if it did not display my love for a chocolate milkshake on a cold winter night? Wait, what? Although the answer is no to all of those question, I found this quote to be a great display of Kinney's ability to write. I found her writing to be so compelling. So much so that I would find myself awake one night finishing it the same day I started. I just kept flipping through my Kindle book as if I would die if I had to be separated from my phone. Also, Kinney's writing is rich with descriptions. From how she explained what the murders looked like to how she described the chocolate milkshakes that made a cameo in this story, I found myself immersed in this world. However, it was pure torture reading about the chocolate milkshakes and not being able to get one myself.

    It was a lot to process at the time so if you will, please mourn my past self who did not have a chocolate milkshake. *loudly blows into a tissue*

    Another thing I really enjoyed was Dixie Knight, the main character. Dixie Knight is a private investigator, a sloppy human being, a smart thinking individual, and a sassy woman. She is the imperfect one of her two other sisters, who also work at Black Rose Investigations. Dixie reminded me a bit of a grown Nancy Drew, And, if you know me, then you know I enjoyed Nancy Drew as a small child. It was so fun to see Dixie think and make split-second decisions. Also, it helped that she was super sassy and great at making a conversation entertaining.

    After discussing this book's strong suits, I think it is time to go into the qualities I would like to dig a grave for. First, I really hated Liam. It would be fine if he was just placed into his novel to help solve the murder, and he did; however, he was also a love interest. It felt as if he and the romance HAD to be added. It did nothing for the story and really lowered the love I had for it. Also, with this romance, Dixie was somewhat pressured to get a man. From her friends and coworkers to her imaginary great aunt Sue, she was pushed to get a man. I did not enjoy reading her coworkers pushing her out of her comfort zone to get a man they deemed suitable for her even if he did help solve the case in the end.

    Also, this is my personal preference, but I wish there could have been some connection to the killer. Usually, I have seen the killer or wrong-doer once or twice mentioned or included in a scene. However, due to this story being a novella, everything had to be short, sweet, and compressed. This is good as Kinney could not drag on about chocolate milkshakes; however, I want more to this particular story. I wish I and other readers could get introduced to the killer, but sadly, that does not happen. We just get a name and some past evidence from a closed case.

    Also, I have something very special planned. I have a tea recommendation for this book, which is...peppermint. This story looks to be simple and deliciously mysterious, but it packs a punch at how good it is and makes you want more. Also, the story and the tea just give a little chill down your spine.

  • Dri ✰

    Dixie Knight é tipo de mocinha que eu curto ler; determinada, forte, inteligente, corajosa... me simpatizei com ela desde o

    Dixie Knight é tipo de mocinha que eu curto ler; determinada, forte, inteligente, corajosa... me simpatizei com ela desde o início.

    Liam Cash também foi ótimo, embora tenha gostado dele, fiquei com a impressão de que não o conheci devidamente.

    A conexão e atração entre os dois foi instantânea, assim como o “amor” que surgiu em questão de dias. Tenho um certo problema em relação a livros com insta-love, raramente leio algo que se enquadre na lista do que é “aceitável” ou não. Mas isso é uma questão minha mesmo, há quem não vê problema nisso...

    Outro fato que me incomodou é que o final ficou corrido demais. Aliás, o livro em si é curto, o que particularmente me deixou triste porque queria ler mais e mais.

    O mistério e suspense foram bons, despertaram minha curiosidade e prenderam minha atenção, apesar das minhas suspeitas estarem certas, rs.

    A narrativa, em terceira pessoa, é fluida e viciante. Não consegui parar de ler enquanto não chegasse ao final e ao mesmo tempo não queria que acabasse.

    foi uma leitura agradável e rápida, embora tenha encontrado pontos negativos, eu gostei bastante desse livro!

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