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The highly anticipated sequel to Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch, read by more than  2 MILLION!CARDWELL CHARM WAS ALL HE'D EVER NEEDED...UNTIL NOWSix years ago, Dana Cardwell found her mother's will in a cookbook and became sole owner of the Cardwell Ranch in Big Sky, Montana. Now happily married, Dana is surprised when her siblings, Stacy and Jordan, show up on the ranch...The highly anticipated sequel to Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch, read by more than  2 MILLION!CARDWELL CHARM WAS ALL HE'D EVER NEEDED...UNTIL NOWSix years ago, Dana Cardwell found her mother's will in a cookbook and became sole owner of the Cardwell Ranch in Big Sky, Montana. Now happily married, Dana is surprised when her siblings, Stacy and Jordan, show up on the ranch... and trouble isn't too far behind.  As danger draws closer to the ranch, deputy marshal Liza Turner quickly realizes that Jordan Cardwell isn't the man the town made him out to be....

Title : Justice at Cardwell Ranch
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Justice at Cardwell Ranch Reviews

  • Inga
    2019-05-12 03:22

    My review:Justice at Cardwell Ranch is a part of Cardwell Ranch series, but can easily read as standalone. It was my first book written by B.J. Daniels and I enjoyed it a lot. After finishing Justice at Cardwell Ranch, I actually decided to read the first book in the series, too. Justice at Cardwell Ranch is well written, the writing is smooth and professional, it is filled with thrilling suspense and mystery and fascinating settings of Montana. It is easy to read and the novel captures you from the very beginning and keeps your attention until the last page is turned. Plot:Meet Jordan Cardwell, who is coming back to his home town to attend his high school get together and to find out if and why his best friend killed himself at high school. Besides that, he has not been seeing his family for several years and lot of things have changed in his life and also in his personality. Especially after his divorce. Jordan needs and wants to face his sister Dana, but before that happens, he is involved in a murder case. He has agreed to meet Alex, another friend from his high school time. Alex is sure, that their common friend Tanner did not commit suicide, but was killed. When Jordan is appearing to their agreed meeting place, Alex is shot on the spot and since Jordan is on site while it happens, he becomes the suspect number one. At least for a while. Then the body count starts to increase and you quickly find out that what might seem obvious, is not.During the investigation Jordan gets closer to his family and to Deputy Marshal Liza. At the same time, the other members of the Cardwells are added to the story and you will quickly start asking questions - why are they all suddenly appearing in the ranch? What are their motives?The suspense part of the story was very intrigued and very well plotted. Besides that, there is romance woven to the story, romance between Jordan and Liza which is in my opinion staying little too much in the background. Characters:Let me start with telling you, that there are many characters in Justice at Cardwell Ranch. It was quite confusing for me in the beginning and hence the reason why I decided to read the prequel. As said, it is not necessary, but it will make it easier for you to understand the background of the characters.The amount of characters does not damage the quality of them though. I think the author did an excellent job with creating characters who are catching your attention and who intrigue you. You will find out that you can easily love some characters as much as you can dislike few others. There is a nice balance between the likes and dislikes. Characters are definitely supporting the plot!Generally:Justice at Cardwell Ranch by B.J. Daniels is a solid and interesting suspense spiced up with some romance and seasoned with fascinating characters. I would definitely recommend it!

  • Susan
    2019-05-19 04:19

    Very good book. Jordan has come back to Big Sky to investigate the truth behind his best friend's suicide while they were in high school. The day he arrived one of his high school friends who might have known something was murdered. Liza Turner is tagged to investigate and soon finds that there are troublesome secrets coming to light. Even though he's a suspect, Liza is attracted to Jordan. Her instincts tell her that he is not the murderer but that he can be dangerous to her heart. I really liked both Liza and Jordan. Liza is doing a great job as deputy. She remembers Jordan from the whole will problem six years earlier and not in a good way. Though she doesn't trust him at first, she quickly realizes that he has changed for the better. When he explains why he is in Big Sky and how it might impact her murder investigation they start working together to investigate. Liza also discovers that she is very attracted to Jordan, but doesn't expect him to stay around. I liked Liza's intelligence and the way she was able to put things together. Jordan was great too. I loved the way that he had changed for the better. He had been devastated by his friend's suicide, and when he found out it may have been murder he had to come back and check into it. He was attracted to Liza right away and found himself finding any excuse to be with her. Investigating the how the suicide and then murder were connected gave them a lot of time together. I loved the way he accepted the fact that he was going to have to earn people's trust and how hard he worked to do so. I liked the way that he respected Liza's job as deputy but still wanted to protect her. The mystery of the suicide and murder was well done and had a pretty tense ending. I hope Stacy and Clay get stories of their own too.

  • C.
    2019-05-09 06:19

    I loved this book even more than the first! Hudson(Hud) and Dana have been married for 6 years now and have a little girl and boy five and four and are expecting twins. Dana found her mother's new will leaving the ranch to her, in a cookbook, so she didn't have to sell the ranch, and there is no more squabbling with her siblings over money or selling the ranch.This book involves Jordan coming back to try and find out if his best friend in High School really committed suicide ,or was he murdered? Jordan has never believed that Tanner would take his own life, because he was too excited about all his plans for after graduation. When Jordan receives an anonymous note, at the time for his 20th HS reunion he decides to go home and investigate his friend's death.Lots of twists in this mystery, with lots of questions, that thankfully are all answered in the end.The descriptions of fall in the mountains of western Montana made me long for the North West U.S. of my middle school days!I love how each book is a complete story, and does not end on a cliff-hanger, which I hate!Highly recommended for clean romantic suspense, mystery-thriller fans. Read this one in 1-sitting!

  • Dottie
    2019-05-02 01:48

    An exciting, suspense-filled story rated 4.5. Taken from my review at his sister Dana, Jordan Cardwell did not understand why anyone remained on the ranch. But the family cemetery was filled with people who had fought the land, which had given them little for their labors, to stay there. Six years ago, their mother had passed away and Jordan and his siblings had fought their youngest sister Dana, wanting her to sell the ranch and share the profits. But at the last moment, she had found the revised will, leaving the ranch to her, stopping the fight. Jordan and the rest of his siblings had left town and have not been back. But Jordan is still working on a mystery that happened when he was in high school. His best friend, Tanner, had died and the death had been ruled a suicide. But Jordan was certain that his friend had been killed. However, he had never been able to prove it. With the twenty-year high school reunion about to take place, Jordan received a call from Alex, another high school friend, who seemed to have additional information about Tanner’s death. To get the information, Jordan would have to attend the reunion. But when he arrived at the secret meeting place, he found Alex close to death and his last word was Shelby, the name of Tanner’s high school girl friend.Liza Turner, the deputy marshal in Big Sky, Montana, arrived near the scene in time to hear the shots being fired. But when she made it to the body, she only saw Jordan standing over him, making him her prime suspect, although her gut tells her he is innocent. Her good friend Dana is pregnant with twins and is experiencing difficulties with the pregnancy, so her husband Hud, the town marshal, has taken a leave of absence, leaving Liza in charge of the investigation. Well aware of Jordan’s actions six years earlier, she is suspicion that suddenly not only Jordan, but also his sister Stacy have both returned to Big Sky. In addition, Stacy has brought a baby home that no one knew about and she is acting suspiciously. Liza remembers the old Jordan and is wary of the changes in him, but she cannot deny her attraction to him. As they struggle to discover the identity of Alex’s killer and the connection to the death of Tanner, the body count begins to rise. As her feelings for Jordan deepen, Liza fears that he may be next. Can she find the killer before that happens?JUSTICE AT CARDWELL RANCH, the second book in talented author B.J. Daniels CARDWELL RANCH series, is a suspense-filled contemporary romance that will enthrall you from the very beginning. Just as you begin to believe you have the mystery figured out, you are sure to be proven wrong. With vivid settings, family interactions, clever dialogue, surprising plot twists and turns, mystery, suspense, an interesting cast of characters, Montana, a high school reunion and love, this story is beautifully written and a pure delight. Interwoven throughout the story are the past lives of the eight people attending their high school reunion. I really enjoyed the love and protectiveness that secondary character Hud exhibited for his wife and children. The love and caring seemed to permeate the pages of the book, adding a great deal of appeal. However, this story is more of a mystery than a romance. Although this book is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone. I recommend this story to anyone looking for a great story with plenty of action and mystery.Dottie,

  • Jess (Gone with the Words)
    2019-05-04 00:31

    Read this review on my blog! --> Justice at Cardwell Ranch by B.J. DanielsFrom the moment I received Justice at Cardwell Ranch, I was totally intrigued. I mean, look at that cover! Hot cowboy? Sign me up!The story is a murder mystery at its core, but it’s also about family and realizing where home really is. This is actually a sequel of sorts to Crime Scene At Cardwell Ranch. It involves the same family and some of the same characters, but even though I hadn’t read the first one, it did not take away from Justice. It definitely stands very well on its own.Jordan Cardwell tried very hard to leave his Montana roots behind, and for a while he succeeded, but he’s now a different man than he’d been the last time he was home and things are feeling more right than ever. Especially with Liza Turner around.Jordan’s childhood best friend committed suicide their senior year, and it has always seemed like such an unbelievable act to Jordan. Considering his best friend was independent, hard working, and very much looking forward to seeing the world after graduation. So when he gets a phone call dredging it all up, he is determined to find out what really happened to him. Except then someone killed his source. So Liza decides to help Jordan while at the same time solving the murder of the source. Right off the bat, Jordan and Liza have great chemistry together. They worked well together too.As the mystery unravels piece by piece, we get to meet all kinds of interesting characters. We also get to see a lot of Jordan’s family.I really enjoyed this book, and as hard as I tried to guess who the guilty party was, I never did get it quite right. I’m also going to look up the first book in this duology and learn more about the Cardwell family. :)

  • Jinky
    2019-05-03 00:42

    What a fun read! Right from the prologue I was hooked and the read thereafter just flowed. I quickly got engulfed in the storyline because there was richness in all the characters. Not only do we see the growth and what transpired to the Cardwell siblings six years after the split but we also see the range of maturation of the side characters from high school years to twenty years later. Add a mysterious secret that results in a death to the mix and you've got yourself a recipe for a suspenseful, back stabbing who-dun-it. Didn't hurt too that there was romance in the air. The kind of romance that soothes the heart instead of the loins. But above all, I like the principles that this story shouted to me ...believe in family, have loyalty, honor your marriage, work hard, love gently, integrity matters, care for people, friends are great, and so on. Beautiful! Well done Ms. Daniels. Thanks for the wonderful reading experience.I was transported to the Cardwells' Montana and I liked it! I'm going back again because I will read more of Ms Daniel's books. And if the rest is like this book, then I've found myself a go to author for comfort reads. Yay!Jinky is Reading

  • Star
    2019-05-02 06:32

    Dana Cardwell Savage has ranching in her blood, unlike her siblings, Stacy, Jordan, and Clay. After a bitter fight and the discovery of a new will, Dana is the owner of the Justice-Cardwell family ranch and her siblings receive dividend checks which they happily cash. This is about the extent of their interaction with each other...until now. Dana's pregnant with twins and has been ordered to bed rest and to relax. Of course, this happens at the same time her sister and one of her brothers show up in town. There's a new baby, a new murder, and the specter of past dirty deeds coming to light...which may change all of their lives in an instant.B.J. Daniels has written a wonderful western mystery novel in which a sweet romance blooms as a killer sets out to eliminate the past. I enjoyed the characters and the growth they exhibited as the novel progressed. "Justice at Cardwell Ranch" brings to light the lengths people will go to maintain a devastating secret. It showcases the good bonds between family and friends as well. A quick read, yet very entertaining, "Justice at Cardwell Ranch" is a wonderful book with which to sit back, relax, and be swept away in the story.

  • Anita
    2019-05-08 03:24

    B.J. Daniels is the Queen of Harlequin Intrigue. She is simply one of the best authors I have read doing short books. The romance was hot, although not explicit, and the mystery was so good you just don't see the villain until the very end. In addition, you get characters who are real and a family with it's problems, but who pull together when they need to. This is a sequel to Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch and I really enjoyed how Dana and Hud are brought into the story in more than just in a peripheral way. Jordan Cardwell is back in Big Sky, MT because Alex, a friend from high school, has uncovered information that may resolve the suicide of Jordan's best friend, Tanner. Jordan agrees to meet Alex and Alex is shot dead at his feet. With his bad boy rep as the sibling who wanted to sell the ranch, Jordan is immediately a suspect. Deputy Marshall Liza is in charge because Hud needs to tend to his family because Dana is about to have twins. Liza is attracted, but wary of Jordan. Together they solve the crime.

  • Donna McBroom-Theriot
    2019-05-17 00:33

    Justice is the “highly anticipated” sequel to Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch and I can definitely understand why. What’s not to love? Montana ranches, cowboys, a Marshall, family, and love will drag me to porch swing any day. There were many twists and turns in this “who-dun-it” romance mystery. There were a couple of times in the book that I thought I had it all figured out, only to be surprised. The author captured the essence of Montana with her vivid descriptions and took the reader into the beautiful countryside with her words. There is a wonderful cast of characters in the book, and it is evident that family is important to all of them. I love a man who loves his kids – and his wife. Review first published on I enjoyed the fast pace of the book. I liked the story-line and found it easy to follow. I liked that there was romance and intrigue all tied up with suspense. It was fun read and one I enjoyed immensely.

  • Sunny☼
    2019-05-14 05:35

    Daniels tells another spell binding mystery and romance that interlaces highschool dramas with present day problems. Deputy sherriff Liza Turner and returning home badboy Jordan Cardwell, unravel past pains and murders one by one. His knowledge of events of long ago and her determination and interviewing abilities work well together.Mixed into the drama unfolding, Jordan's younger sister is about to give birth to twins and his other sister has returned home with a baby no one believes is hers. Dana is confined to bedrest until the twins are born and husband Hud the Sherriff has turned the murder case over to his trusted deputy Liza. The romance between Liza and Jordan is instantanious. Although the romance is as pure as snow and only a very hot kiss is discribed, the passion between the two is definately hot. He cares, alot. She resists, for a minute then what the heck.A great read and great story.

  • Jessie
    2019-04-29 05:32

    Justice at Cardwell Ranch by B.J. Daniels is the fourth story in a Harlequin Intrigue series centering around the Cardwell family on a Montana Ranch. B.J. is a seasoned writer for Harlequin and my personal favorite. She knows how to write a keep-you-guessing murder mystery with this 20 year old crime. There are a lot of suspects, including the one you hoped did it, the one you think did it and the shocking one that actually did it. Just to keep you on your toes, everyone else is far from innocent in this small town drama.

  • Donna Porter
    2019-04-29 06:49

    Dana now has the family ranch and is married to Hud. They have two children a boy and a girl age 4 and 5 and she is pregnant with twins. One day six years later her sister Stacy returns with a baby named Emma. She tells Dana a story that is a lie and says Emma is her neice. She is only six months old. Of course, Hud being a policeman, is thinking her story doesn't sound okay. Join this family on the ranch as the saga continues. It is a good read

  • Bree T
    2019-04-27 07:30

    Six years ago Dana Cardwell found the copy of her mother’s will that left the ranch specifically to her, rather than to her and her 3 other siblings. Apart from Dana, no one wanted to hang onto the ranch and they all pressured her to sell it and split the profits four ways. But Dana held firm and with the help of the revised will got to keep the ranch and pay her siblings a portion of the earnings for it. She hasn’t seen any of them in the time that has passed but now quite unexpectedly, two of them have arrived back into town by coincidence.Jordan Cardwell is back for his 20 year school reunion. Not because he particularly wants to be there but because in their last year of school, his best friend committed suicide and Jordan was never able to believe that it was suicide. When a former classmate calls him up saying he has some info about it that he’ll share at the 20 year reunion, Jordan decides to come. He arranges to meet with his former classmate but before the classmate can say anything more than a single word, he is shot dead with a high range rifle right in front of Jordan.Deputy marshal Liza Turner is left in charge of the murder investigation due to marshal Hudson Savage being on leave due to his wife being on strict bedrest whilst pregnant with twins. At first Jordan is a suspect but as Liza gets deeper into this mystery she realises that it goes back twenty years and revolves around a single incident that apparently led to the very suicide that Jordan wants to disprove.Justice At Cardwell Ranch is the follow up to Crime Scene At Cardwell Ranch featuring the same family but focusing less on Dana and Hudson and more on her siblings Jordan and Stacy, both of whom didn’t want anything to do with the ranch when their mother died but have now found their way back to Montana for different reasons. Jordan is in town for his 20 year high school reunion, somewhat reluctantly but still spurred on by a desire to know what truly happened to his best friend. Stacy has arrived out of the blue, visiting Dana and introducing Dana to her 6 month old daughter Ella. Hudson is extremely suspicious of both of them and their arrivals, remembering how they treated Dana during the battle over the ranch 6 years ago but Dana is more accepting, wanting desperately to repair her relationships with her siblings and hopefully set things to right with them all again.Jordan escaped from Montana a long time ago and ended up on Wall Street. He never had any real desire to return but he finds that as he’s grown older, his priorities have changed. He has one disastrous marriage behind him and when he spots Liza Turner he thinks that maybe there might be something there – she’s smart, she’s not intimidated by him and she’s very pretty. Liza attempts to hold him at arms length while she is investigating the murder of Jordan’s former classmate but it doesn’t take long for Jordan to convince her that he can help her, give her some inside info on all the players, get her into the reunion as his date and maybe even a few other events that are planned. Liza sees the benefits of this from an investigative point of view of course, but she also cannot deny that Jordan is a very attractive man and he seems quite different to the way she’s been led to believe that he is. Liza is very close to Hud and Dana and she knows the history there as well – but people change.That’s exactly what Dana believes too as she embraces her sister Stacy’s return. Stacy has been a great help around the house with Dana’s other two children and with the cooking and cleaning whilst Dana is laid up on bedrest and hugely pregnant. Hudson is suspicious of Stacy’s reappearance, especially as he’s noticed that Stacy seems quite uncertain with her six month old daughter, almost hesitant as if she doesn’t quite know how to look after her. Is the baby even hers? Is she in some sort of trouble? Hudson doesn’t want any stress coming Dana’s way so he does some discreet investigating.Justice At Cardwell Ranch is a really quick, engrossing read that addresses the dynamics of high school friendships and the ties that can bind, even twenty years later. It deals with bullying, the sort that of toxic friendship that is still in play even after all of these years as there are people with desperate secrets to hide who will stop at nothing to get people to keep those secrets for them. The book is set in a small town and it seems that many people never left, marrying and settling there and carrying on the way in which they had in high school, the same dependent friendships, the same secrets.The novel also looks at family and how members can find their way back to it at times of difficulty in their lives. Dana and her siblings have had a bit of a bumpy road but she’s a forgiving person, she wants her family back and she’s so welcoming of them. Stacy needs a place to stay, she’s clearly on the run from something and she obviously feels safe in her family home even though it’s been of little interest to her previously.The romance is very low key in this one, it’s more so about the mystery and solving it. I was quite invested in the mystery so I really enjoyed that. I ended up liking Jordan even when I didn’t expect to and Liza was a strong, independent type of character who was good at her job and got to the bottom of the investigation with minimal fuss. I look forward to perhaps seeing some more books set in this world about Stacy and the fourth Cardwell sibling, Clay.I’d recommend this one to readers who love a good mystery with a gentle side of romance that’s more implied than explicit.

  • Bette
    2019-05-22 04:22

    The sequel to Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch were the family is brought back together. Their differences are featured and change is sought. Once again, a mystery tined with a romance.

  • Doris Losey
    2019-05-06 02:47

    Enjoyed meeting new characters interacting with characters from first book in series. Mystery was plausible and well-plotted and the romance was also well done.

  • Denise Bonham
    2019-05-04 05:41

    Loving the Cardwell series.What a good author. Can't wait to start the next one.

  • Karielle at Books à la Mode
    2019-05-07 08:48

    Justice at Cardwell Ranch (Cardwell Ranch #2) by B.J. DanielsRelease Date: July 17th, 2012Publisher: Harlequin Intrigue Page Count: 216Source: Complimentary copy provided by publicist, Little Bird Publicity, in exchange for an honest an unbiased reviewWhat Stephanie Thinks: Titillating suspense and plaguing mystery constitute Justice at Cardwell Ranch, long-anticipated sequel to Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch. Because I hadn't read the first book in the series, the second was a little confusing at times — too many characters, relationships, and pasts to keep track of! — but overall that didn't detract too much from the book.I have nothing against the Harlequin Intrigue line, but do have some reservations regarding series romances as a whole. I feel they're published just for the sake of publishing, just to meet monthly deadlines and fulfill subscriptions. This comes at the expense of quality, so don't expect too much out of Justice at Cardwell Ranch. B.J. Daniels is an organized, efficient storyteller, but she's also published so many series novels that she wouldn't be able to name them all off the top of her head. No personal attack here, but I must say this isn't one of your deep, dark, substance reads.On the contrary, it's written with an breezy, smooth style gives no reader grief understanding the plot's progression. It's a very easy read in terms of level and page count, thanks to fast action and basic structure. The quick, sudden introductions of various characters that are all connected somehow is disorienting at first, but there's enough repetition for confusion to be clarified quickly. I wouldn't say Daniels's voice is particularly compelling or commendable; it's just good: fluid and direct, nothing to ever complain about.A major theme is the prototypical 'troubled past' that almost all the characters have going on for them. Certain frightening and disturbing scenes will make you reevaluate all your personal decisions, want to repent for the mistakes among them, and hope to never, ever dig up your past again. The nightmares and corruption, as well as the ironically magical innocence of the high school social scene is also powerfully rendered in Justice, eliciting a sense of both nostalgia and nausea for the distorted, painful stage of adolescence readers all yearn to return to, but at the same time, fear. While the plot and characters are shallow, the emotions are authentic, one of the biggest strengths of the book.I would not classify Justice as a romance. There is a cute married couple-dynamic between secondary characters Dana and Hud, as well as a very minor romantic elements involving our protagonists, Liza and Jordan, but the latter is a) unrealistic, b) ambiguous, and c) not even consummated. I would consider it brief, unmemorable flirting and lots of time spent together at best, but not a romance; there's not enough depth nor development to appoint it the title. The book does a great job focusing on their individual inner turmoils and aforementioned troubled pasts, but is it a love story? For me, not at all. I would recommend this one for readers who prefer thrillers and mysteries, but not for romance fanatics, because Justice surely disappoints in the latter department.This is a fast-paced, standard mystery that's well-thought-out and well-enough-written. Daniels has talent in multiple different areas, though nothing stands out especially. The good guys are lovable and the antagonists loathesome, but they're not deep, haunting characters. The plot is clean, well-scripted, but it's nothing ground-breaking. The voice is reader-friendly, but not a reader favorite. Overall, this book is enjoyable (although pretty banal), featuring a long-standing mystery, as well as its ultimate, satisfying resolution.Stephanie Loves: "'I'm serious, Liza. You have me thinking crazy thoughts.'"Radical Rating: 7 hearts: Not without flaws, but overall enjoyable.

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    2019-05-05 07:20

    Amanda's review posted on Guilty Pleasures4 StarsJustice at Cardwell Ranch by B.J. Daniels is a murder mystery story that definitely had me guessing in a fast paced, plot driven story. The title caught my interest because I do like a whodunit once in a while and this one definitely was a good one to figure out. However, as soon as I started to read the author’s notes at the beginning, she was welcoming me back to the ranch. What? I figured out that this is the second book by reader’s request of her first book, Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch. Hold the presses. If I want to give the second book justice in my review I should read the first and I’m so glad I did. These are Harlequin Intrigue stories and are fast and easy reads and it didn’t take me took long to read the first one before I started on JACR. I can see why her fans demanded to write a sequel to the first one because she left things hanging a bit with a nice conclusion of the first book’s murder mystery but kept you wondering what happened to all the characters. Justice at Cardwell Ranch picks up 6 years later and gives the reader an update on the Cardwell family and others in the community.Justice at Cardwell Ranch is based in the ranching community near Big Sky, Montana in the Gallatin Canyon at the base of Lone Mountain. Jordan Cardwell has returned to his home in Montana to attend his 20th high school reunion at the request of his friend Alex, but ends up being suspect of his murder. In order to clear himself, he helps Deputy Marshall Liza Turner unravel the mystery in this investigation and ends up learning more about his friend’s Tanner suicide that happened late in his senior year.I have to hand it to Ms. Daniels for writing murder mysteries so well that leaves me stumped for most of the book until I got that first clue of who the murderer is in the story. She kept my interest and let me uncover the clues in bits and pieces so I could figure out the reason for people’s action in the present and for those events that happened 20 years ago. Could you read this as a stand- alone? Yes you could, but you would benefit more to understanding the characters and the kind of relationship they have with one another by reading the books in order.There is a little romance between the two main characters but it is the murder investigation that takes up the majority of the story. This story did trigger feelings and memories I had when I was in high school and how we behaved as teenagers back then. We had cliques of popularity, just like the one in the story. It’s a wonder that some of these people still act like they were in high school. Does there need to be a popular clique with a dominating leader? She did make me pause and think of how it’s so easy to manipulate someone when they want to belong in the group. From what I’ve read from the author’s website is that there are 2 more stories for it to be a series. I definitely plan to keep a look out for those from Ms. Daniels.

  • Aurian Booklover
    2019-05-13 01:31

    I have not read any other books in this series, but it was easy to catch up with all the characters and what happened in the past. There are two story lines going on here, one with Jordan, and the other with Stacy. Stacy suddenly shows up at the ranch with a six months old baby in her arms, and the very pregnant Dana cannot turn her out, no matter how badly Stacy treated her six years ago. She loves the little Ella on sight, and she really needs help with her own children now the doctor has her on forced bedrest. Hudson, her husband and the local Sheriff, is not happy with this, but Dana needs to stay calm. Stacy doesn’t tell them anything about the father, or why she is here, and one day she just disappears when she was going to visit their father, leaving Ella behind. Dana is worried, and Hud makes inquiries, but doesn’t find out anything. Still no reports about a kidnapped baby matching Ella’s description or something like that. Jordan is back in his home town, because one of his old highschool friends asked him over. A third friend committed suicide 20 years ago, and now there is to be a reunion. Jordan never believe his friend Tanner would commit suicide, he was a brilliant young man with all kinds of plans for the future. Alex Winslow tells him he has evidence that someone killed him, but won’t discuss it on the phone. But when Jordan and Alex are supposed to meet, Alex is killed. Shot. Deputy Liza Turner spotted Jordan earlier on Cardwell land, and doesn’t trust him. To protect her best friend Dana from getting hurt by him again, she follows him. Which means that she is very close by when shots sound, and finds Jordan standing over the body. But he had no way of getting rid of the gun so fast, so he can’t be the murderer, can he? She will keep a close eye on him, and will find out the truth. When he tells her his reasons to come back home, she decides to investigate both deaths, and someone really tries to keep them from finding out. A whole lot of intrigues and infatuations that go back to high school, the controlling cheerleaders, who still form a close clique, and a lot of mystery and suspense. This book really had only a tiny bit of romance in it, which was not what I expected. But both storylines were keeping my mind busy, and I did not figure them out at all, until the killer revealed all. I am not sure I want to read more about the Cardwells, but I did enjoy reading this book.I liked Jordan, and how he is determined to find out what happened to both of his friends. I also enjoyed the parts with Dana and her family, and felt really sorry for Stacey in the end. I am curious what will happen to her next. In the front of the book, there is a very intriguing and perhaps a little spoiling, list of characters. I am glad I did not read that before I started reading the book.7 stars.© 2013 Reviews by Aurian Full review on my blog,

  • Rhonda
    2019-05-26 00:36

    41/2 STARS This novel kept me guessing until the end. I thought I had guessed right but no way did I get it at all right. The power we give people from high school can be long time felt after. Dana Cardwell Savage was away from her ranch along with her husband and two kids. She at her doctors when he put her on bed rest for the rest of her pregnacy. She was having twins and they want to be surprised to thier sex. They already have a girl and a boy. Dana had inheirited the family ranch and split the profits with her sister and brothers. Six years ago they tried to force the sell of the ranch but she found her mother's new will leaving it in Dana's hands. She has not seen her brothers and sister since. Jordan Cardwell now divorced was at the family cemeatary when he saw someone on out riding a horse who looks familar. Then he realized she was a deputy that had booked him in the past. He was back at home for a high school reunion because a old friend wanted to talk about how he thought another old friend who comitted sucide might have been murdered. Liza Turner was riding a horse on her boss's ranch when she sees someone who should not be thier. Liza is Deputy Marshal and calls her boss to let him know who was on the ranch and she was watching him to see what he was up too. Hud Savage is the Marshal and father of two with twins on the way. As he is bringing home his wife and children he hears that Jordan is back. Then when they get to the ranch house a beatup car and his sister-in-law Stacy is back with a surprise. He does not trust her because of her lies in the past Dana and he were kept apart for five years. Liza is tailing Jordan when he goes and hikes by the falls and when she hears shots she hurries up and sees him over the dead body of his friend. Liza asks him what he is doing and Jordan tells her that Alex asked him to meet him thier. He did not tell him why he thought that Tanner death was murder instead of sucide like most thought. Thier are a lot of suspects of who killed Alex and was Tanner really murdered all those years ago too? As Liza tries to look into both murders she goes with Jordan to his reunion to talk to those around both guys. Hud does not trust Stacy and is looking into her past. Is that baby really hers? He thinks she is lying to them. He does not trust Jordan either. The body count rises as more questions are being asked and things are being brought into the light of just what happened at the time of Tanner's death. It kept me guessing and interested did not want to put the book down till I finshed reading it. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley. 09/03/2012 PUB Harlequin Imprint Harlequin Intrigue 224 pages

  • Melissa
    2019-05-10 04:40

    Ok, so I won the fourth book in this series in a giveaway, and now I'm reading the three before it in order to get prepared. I have mixed feelings about it. They're set in a wonderful place, but the characters leave much to be desired.Jordan Cardwell is back in town because of a buddy and a mysterious phone call. So when Liza finds him standing over the dead body of his buddy, things do not get off to a good start. But Joran's charming, and there doesn't seem to be a feasible way that his friend was murdered by him which means there's a killer at large. And this is a killer who doesn't want Liza solving the crime. In the first book Jordan took his sister by the shoulders and shook her. And I seem to be the only one who remembers this. At least out of a pool of myself and the book characters. So how does he end up the likable protagonist in this book? It kind of angers me as that was physical abuse and it never comes up again and everything is sunshine and rainbows. Liza at least is a good character and knows what she wants. I liked how she made decisions and followed through with them. It showed she has guts and is a realistic thinker. We have some of the characters from the first book as well, but they are toned down quite a bit. Which is probably because six years pass in between the last book and this one. Again, I love that these books take place in an area of Montana I'm familiar with. I've even been to Ousel Falls and having that personal connection makes it sort of special. Although I do have to wonder why she kept saying "down" to Bozeman and "up" to West Yellowstone. Bozeman is North and West Yellowstone is South. The pace in this book was rather fast and jumbled and I thought the ending was a bit unbelievable. Again, what is going on with the water in that town? They have more than their fair share of crazy people. There's a little side plot in this book involving Dana's sister that I thought was actually more interesting than the main plot. It was all very mysterious but then it was resolved pretty quickly too.I've got the third book in my hands so I'll read it. But I'd only give this one about 2.5 stars. Hopefully they improve by the time I get to the fourth one (or the next)!Justice at Cardwell RanchCopyright 2012216 pagesReview by M. Reynard 2013More of my reviews can be found at

  • Christi Snow
    2019-05-23 00:22

    My Review:This was a book that surprised me because it was so much heavier on the suspense than the romance. But that was okay with me because the suspense story line was really good. I had no idea where the twists and turns were going to go next.In the story, it’s time for the twentieth class reunion for 8 former high school students in this small Montana community. Their senior year was marred by the suicide of Tanner, Jordan’s best friend. Jordan never understood why Tanner committed suicide, but there was never any sign of foul play. That is until one of his former classmates calls to tell Jordan that he needs to talk to him about Tanner’s suicide if he can come home for the reunion. But when he goes to meet that classmate, someone shoots and kills him.That’s what happens in just the first few pages, but the story weaves in and out of the lives of these eight friends and what happened to them twenty years ago. It’s a story worthy of any soap opera. To make things even more dramatic, there is also a side story…or actually several of them…with Jordan’s family. I think that there may be a past novel that gets into the real drama which happened to this family six years ago, but none of the four siblings have spoken since then. Dana is still there running the family ranch with her husband, two kids, and is on bed-rest awaiting the birth of her twins. Without warning and seemingly coincidentally, two of the siblings come home…Jordan and Sarah. Sarah has her own mystery in tow—a six month old baby.Because Jordan was there when Alex was shot, he's automatically a suspect in his murder. In charge of the investigation is Liza. She doesn't believe that Jordan is guilty, but there are so many threads to unravel, it's impossible to tell who is guilty. In the meantime, she's worried that he's going to be the one to end up dead. Honestly, I wouldn't have thought that I would enjoy a book with this light of a romance line. It is truly all about the suspense mystery (although, no worries, there is an HEA). But what was there was really romantic and emotionally satisfying enough for me to buy the romance and find it to be enough. I definitely got pulled into every aspect of this book. It was a good one. I received a complementary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

  • Romancing the Book
    2019-05-07 06:38

    Reviewed by MollyBook provided by the publicist for reviewReview originally posted at Romancing the BookLoving westerns and suspense novels the way I do, I was completely overjoyed to have the chance to review this book. I’d heard so much about BJ Daniels and her work, and I wanted the chance to read her work myself. I have to say that this book was awesome! I loved the complexity of the characters and the intensity of the suspense, yet it was fast paced and captivating.Jordan Cardwell is back home….his high school best friend committed suicide but he feels there’s more behind that story. When he comes back to the Cardwell Ranch to check, something deeper is going on. A classmate was murdered. But, is that all that’s behind it? Or are secrets coming too close to the surface for someone in the town of Big Sky, Montana?Deputy Marshal Liza Turner is investigating the murder. Something is not right, and the sexy cowboy Jordan Cardwell is a prime suspect. But, that doesn’t stop what she feels for him. There’s definitely strong attraction between them. She can’t get too close to him though, for he’ll leave again, just like he did 6 years earlier. When they come to terms with having to investigate the pieces of the puzzle, she soon realizes that her heart is lost. But, will it be in the name of justice? Or will it be in the name of the sexiest cowboy in Big Sky?These two characters are perfect for each other, and watching them uncover the secrets together was awesome! I loved the way they fit together and complimented the story. There was just enough sizzle and pop in the romance without going over board and taking away from the suspense.This is definitely not the last BJ Daniels book that I will read. I will be going back and reading where this story began in Crime Scene At Cardwell Ranch. I am hoping that we get to see more of Dana, Hud, Jordan, Liza, and the gang in future books as well! Well done, Ms. Daniels :-).

  • Wendy Kalthoff
    2019-05-02 02:20

    I loved it. there was twists and turns in the mystery that you never saw coming. i loved how they showed jordan as a real person, flaws and all. I always had a feeling that stacey had good in her and this book proved it. I felt sorry for the killer especially if she loved alex, but it seemed that he had loved her too at some point. It was amazing how I did not figure out who the killer was in this book. I thought wyatt or Shelby killed alex. It was also neat that hud and dana had misjudged stacy as well. it showed they were human. I also thought liza had a lot of hootspah as well.Who knew that things from high school can haunt you?I just had trouble believing that tessa killed everyone, but she was mad is the concclusion I came up with. It seemed that shelby had a heart and that she really loved tanner. I also loved how stacy was the one taking the pictures but did not know what she had. It broke my heart how stacy lied to dana again and the animosity between jordan and hudsson. I was glad it was rsolved. it was neat to see liza finally become a member of the family. my heart broke for shelby once she realized that wyatt knew what she had done. I loved how jordan evolved from a boy to a man, first not wanting to see his sister and eventually becoming a part of the family. Also the marriage he had with Jill seemed to change him. I loved how stacy wanted to stay and make amends and how at first she did not want anyone to know her trouble. I liked how jordan finally realized he had no reason to be jealous of dana , and how clay returned in the story. I too was worried that it was not stacys baby. It was hilarious how dAana goes into labor when stacy is being held at gunpoint and how brick gets involved in the story as well. I thought it was great how brittany had finally made herself happy.

  • Kimberly
    2019-05-05 03:49

    3.5-4 stars. Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for providing a copy in exchange for an honest review. Originally posted on Book Munchies.I read the first book featuring Dana Cardwell awhile back. And I remembered Jordan from it; and the remembrance wasn’t kind. Not for any of Dana’s siblings. But somehow Daniels was able to turn that around a bit. Well, sort of. I did really like Liza, and finding out more about the happy wedded life of Dana and Hud.This mystery had all sorts of twists that I adored. The mystery was probably my favorite part about the book. Because it’s more than just finding out that Jordan was different. It was about uncovering a small town’s dark, hidden secrets and trying to stay alive all the while.The romance between Liza and Jordan was cute. Jordan has charm in spades, which definitely didn’t show in the other book. It was a little rushed though. It feels like more of the focus was on the mystery and not the development of the romance itself. Which is a little strange considering this is one of those Harlequin series books.Yet, somehow, that’s also what endeared me to this book the most. I love that despite being a Harlequin you’re able to get into a really good mystery. So if you’re looking for something that’s a good mix of romance and mystery but is still a short easy read, look no further.

  • Lisa(Bookworm Lisa)
    2019-05-19 00:49

    Jordan Cardwell has returned to Montana to discover the truth of his best friends suicide twenty years prior. His contact is quickly murdered, opening up many new questions. He determines to find the truth among all of the lies.Liza Turner is the deputy working on a murder case and Jordan is one of the suspects. Together they work to uncover the secret that haunts Jordan's High School classmates. It doesn't take long for them to realize that there is more than teamwork that draws them together.This is the main mystery in the book, but there are a few other mysteries unravelling at the same time. Overall I found this book to be an enjoyable read. The plot is quick and grabbed my attention. With the subplots all working together I was kept guessing at what was coming next.While this is a romantic suspense, the romance wasn't the main focus of the book. It was sweet and always present in the background. I really liked the tension between Jordan and Liza.This is not the first book in the series, I haven't read any of the other books and felt like I was coming in on a fresh story. This is a stand alone book. I may give the others a try in the future. B.J. Daniels has caught my attention.

  • Lisa Filipe
    2019-05-19 01:24

    Justice at Cardwell Ranch is the highly anticipated sequel of Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch, which I was lucky enough to find at my local library's book sale, so I was able to find out what went on with the Cardwell family six years ago, and I would highly recommend reading it first, especially if you are like me and need to be in "The Know" when it comes to sequels.Justice at Cardwell Ranch is what I call Romance-lite...which is not my normal type of read, but the suspense was really intriguing and kept you hanging on until almost the last page. I am also not one to read a lot of westerns or Ranching-Romances, but I did enjoy the wonderfully descriptive setting and the different story lines that we have weaving in and out of each other. Never a dull moment at the Cardwell Ranch.You get a brewing romance between Jordan Cardwell and Deputy Liza Turner, a few family secrets from the other Cardwell siblings and a long ago buried secret that comes to light when old friends return for a high school reunion. This was a thrilling read and I would recommend to those who are looking for a different kind of suspense.Enjoy and Happy Reading!!

  • Diana
    2019-04-27 03:25

    This is the sequel to Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch. It brings back all of the main characters(Cardwell's) from the first book but with a lot of changes to their family. Dana(who got the family ranch) in the first book and her husband Marshall Hud Savage have two kids and are expecting twins but she hasn't seen her siblings for six years since she got the ranch. Two of them show up within days of each other and after the trouble they gave her in the first we are all waiting for the other show to drop. Her brother Jordan Cardwell becomes the suspect in the murder of an old high school friend. Her sister Stacey comes back with a baby that she says is hers. Hud is suspicious of anything they say so watches them. Liza, Hud's Deputy Marshall, is the lead on Alex's murder and has to interview all of the people who come to the high school reunion that were there when a fellow student had committed suicide twenty years ago. There are a lot of twists and truns as well as attempted murder of the Deputy Marshall. It kept interested until the very end. Anyone who likes Montana in your stories along with cowboys and lawmen and a lot of intrigue should read these two stories.

  • Stephanie Collins
    2019-05-08 08:30

    I hate to say that this didn't grab me but I wasn't as happy with this story as I was the first. I think the romance suffered a bit from too many side stories but I did like the book overall.Jordan comes in to town to figure out what really happened to his friend years before. He ends up stepping in to a mess when the other friend who reached out to him ends up getting killed just as he is to meet him for info. This ends up in him becoming a suspect in the death even though Liza doesn't believe he is guilty.Liza is just trying to make sure that justice is done and isn't quite wiling to admit how badly she wants Jordan. I liked them together but with all the other stories and info on the mystery coming to light they got a little lost.As a sequel to the first book it wasn't bad but I just didn't feel as drawn to the main pair.Thanks to and Harlequin for letting me read this in exchange for my honest review.

  • Debbie Heaton
    2019-05-14 02:24

    In Daniels’ romantic suspense novel, six years ago Dana Cardwell inherited the family home, Cardwell Ranch in Big Sky, Montana. Happily married to the marshal and soon to be the mother of four, Dana is surprised when her estranged siblings, Stacy and Jordan, show up unexpectedly on the ranch. And trouble soon follows.Deputy marshal Liza Turner steps in to stabilize the situation only to discover that Jordan Cardwell isn’t the man everyone in town made him out to be. Teaming together, they face the danger while protecting those they love.Many twists and turns, believable characters, fast-paced—another great story by the great B.J. Daniels.