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Prosecutor Elsie Arnold loves her small-town home in the Ozark hills, but she’s been waiting for a murder to come along and make her career. So when a body is found under a bridge, throat cut, Elsie jumps at the chance to work on the case, even if it’s alongside the brash new chief assistant, Chuck Harris—and her latest flame, Detective Bob Ashlock.But when the investigatiProsecutor Elsie Arnold loves her small-town home in the Ozark hills, but she’s been waiting for a murder to come along and make her career. So when a body is found under a bridge, throat cut, Elsie jumps at the chance to work on the case, even if it’s alongside the brash new chief assistant, Chuck Harris—and her latest flame, Detective Bob Ashlock.But when the investigation reveals that the deceased woman was driving a school bus, and the police locate the vehicle, its interior covered in blood, the occupant and only suspect is a fifteen-year-old boy. Elsie’s in for more than she bargained for.Win or lose, this case will haunt her. No one has successfully prosecuted a juvenile for first-degree murder in McCown County. If she loses, it’s her career on the line and a chilling homicide unresolved; if she wins, a boy’s liberty will be taken from him before he reaches his sixteenth birthday....

Title : A Killing at the Creek
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A Killing at the Creek Reviews

  • Kathy
    2018-10-21 16:13

    I don't normally start with the second book in a thus-far two book series, but A Killing at the Creek was recommended to me, and Nancy Allen and this book appeared on a favorite blog, so I jumped into the sequel first. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel with the setting of the Ozarks being a new one for me. It's always interesting to explore new areas through novel reading, and Allen now has me hooked on the Ozarks and this series. I'll be ordering the first book after I finish my review of the first.The main character of this story is Elsie Arnold, an assistant prosecutor in McCown County, Missouri. She's highly adept at her job, but not so much at her personal life. Struggling with the head prosecutor, Madeline Thompson, who seems to throw obstacles in Elsie's career track often and with malice of forethought, Elsie is hoping for a big case in which Madeline can't ignore the younger attorney's competence. And, then a rare murder case lands in McCown County, and Elsie manages to attach herself as a co-counsel, next to 2nd chair and newcomer, chief assistant Chuck Harris. Also involved in the investigation and case is Elsie's current amour, Chief Detective Bob Ashlock. The accused is not what Elsie expected in her first murder case, as the person charged with cutting a middle-aged woman's throat is a fifteen-year-old boy. And, the victim had been driving a bright yellow school bus, which the boy kept driving after the body was dumped. Though the boy is found on the bloody bus, he claims he is innocent of the murder. So, Elsie has all she can handle in determining whether the prosecution office has the right perpetrator, and when Chuck Harris loads Elsie down with more and more responsibility in the case, she must prove herself indefatigable in the face of the burden. Author Nancy Allen has created an intriguing series, and I'm delighted to have found her at the beginning of it. I'll be reading The Code of the Hills, first book in the series, very soon, and I'll be waiting for the next installment with heightened anticipation.

  • Beth Cutwright
    2018-11-01 21:58

    I am so stoked after reading A Killing at the Creek by Nancy Allen. I have added her to my favorite author list!I love a good mystery and Nancy Allen is an awesome storyteller. Throughout the story I questioned the guilt or innocence of the fifteen year old alleged killer.The story is fast paced with lots of personality clashes and internal power struggles. The characters were well developed and fleshed out. I love when a story includes a character or two you love to hate and Nancy Allen certainly was able to create those easily enough.The story was well plotted and tied together smoothly at a surprise ending. I was captivated from beginning to end and found it hard to tear myself away from the book.

  • Beth
    2018-10-24 20:21

    I was not a fan. It was so exhausting to read a book where every single female character is weak and irritating and the men are chauvinistic pigs. The story dragged and then skipped over what would have been the most interesting details with the mysterious crazy kid. His character was probably the most interesting but was given little time throughout the story and then the end... I can't. It was ridiculous. I wont spoil it for those looking to still read this story but prepare for disappointment.

  • Literati Literature Lovers
    2018-10-20 17:07

    ~ Robbie's Review ~A Killing at the Creek is my first read by author Nancy Allen whose real life experience as a prosecuting attorney gives the book the kind of authenticity that is sometimes lacking in legal thrillers. Elsie Arnold loves practicing law in the small town where she was raised, but it's apparent she finds her case load somewhat mundane and when the body of a murdered woman is found, she looks forward to the opportunity to prosecute her first murder case. Unfortunately her boss who is more of a politician than a public servant has a different idea and Elsie finds herself relegated to third chair on the team. Not to be denied, Elsie jumps in with both feet and insists on going to the scene where the body has been found. There reality meets NCIS and she finds murder is not pretty.I think readers will love Elsie's character. She is funny, brave and sassy and I loved her scenes in the courtroom. She is a very real person who drinks too much at times, fights with her boyfriend and allows her personal life to interfere with her professional life. Speaking of her boyfriend...I did find the character of Investigator Bob Ashlock to be really annoying and prissy and definitely undeserving of a woman like Elsie! Every dog must have her day, however and when Elsie's squeamish fellow prosecutor gets cold feet on the opening day of the trial, she must be prepared to shine.The character in the book that really drew me in and both fascinated and repelled me is 15 year Tanner Monroe. This is one creepy kid. . .almost to the degree of a juvenile Hannibal Lecter! Tanner is successfully portrayed as a vicious, uncaring, manipulative dirtbag and one of the least sympathetic characters I've run across. But the question that must be answered is...does his lack of redeeming qualities also make him a murderer because even in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary, Tanner says he didn't do it. Due to the boy's age, Elsie must contend with adverse public opinion, bleeding heart social workers and those with misplaced sympathies including her own mother, but Elsie remains true to her charge and seeks to convict a boy she is convinced committed a heinous crime."That's what criminal law is about: figuring out who's at fault, who committed the crime. And making them pay the penalty."Readers. . .never at any point should you assume you have this book figured out! There are more twists and turns than a winding road in the Ozarks! If you are a fan of courtroom drama and characters who are well developed and compelling, I highly recommend this book to you.

  • Christine
    2018-11-07 21:21

    Assistant Prosecutor Elsie Arnold regrets that someone has been killed, but can’t help but be happy she has been assigned to her first murder case. A woman has been brutally murdered and the prime suspect is a fifteen-year-old boy. This is a case that could help Elsie make a name for herself or could backfire because of the suspect’s young age. As the case goes on, Elsie feels like everyone is against her, including her boss, co-counsel, boyfriend, and even her own mother. Elsie has never felt so alone, but is determined to learn the truth about the murder, even when it appears the investigation could be putting her own life in danger. “A Killing at the Creek” is author Nancy Allen’s fast-paced follow-up to “The Code of the Hills”. I read that book first, but don’t worry if you missed the debut in this series. This book stands on its own and can be enjoyed without having read the prior book. I really liked the first book, but enjoyed this one even more because of the intriguing plot. It first appears to be an open and shut case, but the plot takes a few turns that kept me guessing about the murder and the accused. As much as I loved the story, the best part of the book is the richly drawn characters. The characters are “human”, and none of them are written as all good or all bad. Even Elsie, the main character, is an imperfect hero. Elsie is strong and intelligent, but she doesn’t always have all the answers and quite often makes poor decisions, especially in her personal life. This is what makes Elsie so believable and likeable. I was rooting for Elsie throughout the book, hoping things turn out for her, both in her career and with love interest Detective Bob Ashlock.“A Killing at the Creek” offers suspense, humor, insider legal background, and relatable characters with many complexities. I also enjoy the Southern Missouri setting and hope this isn’t the last we see of Elsie Arnold.

  • Kathy
    2018-11-14 15:04

    A Killing at the Creek by Nancy Allen is only $2.99 on Amazon for the Kindle version..Amazing deal for an excellent quality read!This is Nancy Allen's second book featuring Ozark Prosecutor Elsie Arnold. Elsie is young, ambitious and sometimes a little wild! But she is also an amazingly talented prosecutor. Nancy is utilizing her experience as an assistant prosecutor to realistically bring this mystery and legal drama to life. A Killing at the Creek is one of the best books that I have read in a while.Elsie is facing a tough trial as the assistant prosecutor on a case involving a 15 year old boy who is accused of murdering a woman who gave him a ride on a school bus she was transporting. This young man is not a likeable character! In fact, he is terrifying in many aspects. She also continues to put up with her demanding and self-absorbed politically motivated boss Madeleine (I can relate) and Chuck, the new chief assistant prosecutor. In her person life, Detective Bob Ashlock is still in the picture as well as her parents. I enjoyed the mystery and I enjoyed the courtroom drama. I loved the twists that brought the case to a conclusion. I just shut the world out whenever I was good.This can be a stand alone novel but honestly, A Code of the Hills was so good you should read that one as well. I highly recommend A Killing at the Creek.

  • Lindsey Phillips
    2018-11-04 18:54

    A Killing at the Creek is Nancy Allen's second, thrilling novel. Allen's mystery includes all the elements of a suspenseful page-turner. Set in the Ozarks, A Killing at the Creek, begins with a chilling description of Tanner Monroe, a juvenile accused of murder. From the first page, I was hooked! The characterization of Monroe is complex. Like all good mysteries, I found myself constantly wondering if he was to be believed. Allen has a way of writing that reminds us that the truth can be complicated; and perhaps the most complicated of all is Allen's reminder that the truth can be found in anyone, even those we deem most evil. The protagonist, Elsie, has all the grit and determination that I wish I had. She's proud, which is at times admirable and at others infuriating. She's flawed but lovable, and I found myself rooting for her even more this time around. (She is also the lead in Allens's debut, The Code of the Hills.) Sometimes in the mystery genre authors rely too much on plot advances, keeping characters simple and flat, ignoring the duality of human nature. While Allen certainly doesn't ignore the plot, I found these characters to be my favorite aspect of A Killing at the Creek. This is a fast-paced book that I read in one day. Highly recommend this author!!

  • Marissa
    2018-10-21 23:02

    Kindle Copy for ReviewElsie Arnold is a prosecutor in her small town in the Ozark hills. As she struggles to make a name for herself as she waits for a murder to make her career. When a woman’s body is found under a bridge, she jumps at the chance to work on the case with the help of her new assistant Chuck Harris and her newest fling Detective Bob Ashlock.As the evidence shows that she was driving a school bus is found, there is blood inside and the only suspect a fifteen boy who pleads his innocent. The more they search the case, the more the evidence to the boy but he says there was another hitchhiker whom she picked up beside him.Elsie is in a no win situation as there has never been successfully prosecuted a juvenile for first-degree murder in McCown County. If she loses her career will be at stake and a homicide unresolved and if she wins a fifteen boy will lose his liberty before his sixteen birthday.Will Elsie manager to solve this case or will she end up being a victim as well?

  • Stephen
    2018-11-05 22:02

    I'm not sure this is a first novel for Nancy Allen but it was a bit of a disappointment. The pace is a bit off and I'm not sure a prosecutor like Elsie Arnold has quite the 'potty' mouth that she exhibits in this book. Elsie is the assistant to the assistant prosecutor in the McCown County prosecutor's office. She despises her boss, Madeline and can't really work well with the 1st assistant, Chuck Harris. A woman's body is found in a creek with her throat slashed and it was determined that she was moving a school bus from one location to another. The bus is traced to Oklahoma and it's only occupant is a 15 year old with definite anti-social behavior characteristics. Now the prosecutor's office must put together a murder case against a juvenile.Because the bus and it's occupants started in Missouri , the case returns there for it's pursuit. The story has some promise but at least I think the author needs a little more practice although she is a former prosecutor.

  • Book-Lover Book Blog
    2018-11-11 22:00

    *kindle copy received via Edelweiss for honest review*Elsie Arnold is an assistant prosecutor for the state of Missouri. She's been dying to get her hands on a murder case, but it seems unobtainable with her boss from hell, Madaleine, in seat. She's all about politics and not getting involved in a thing. When a body is discovered in a creek, Elsie is found to be in the middle of a messy case. The defendant is only fifteen. Will Elsie help in bringing justice to state?boy, oh boy, I LOVED this book! The anticipation and drama is what I crave for in crime thrillers. While it was a straight forward case in a sense, I loved Elsie and her flamboyant personality! I look forward to reading more from this author and really hope there's a book two!*highly recommended! **Reviewed on behalf of Book-lover book blog *

  • Sally A Youngblood
    2018-11-16 15:09

    Loved it!One of my new favorite series. After reading the first book "Code of the Hills", I was excited to read this second book in the series. Also a little nervous because sometimes series can be disappointing. This book was just as good as the first and I loved it. Now I will be awaiting the next in the series. The main character in the book is so real, believable and relatable, quirks and all. I found myself rooting for her in all areas of her life as if she were a friend. Good suspense and keeps your interest throughout. If you are a fan of the Sue Grafton's series, as I am, I believe you will become a fan of this series. Looking forward to the next in the series!

  • Lisa
    2018-11-07 20:11

    I enjoyed this book and reading about all the places I know here in Missouri. Not to mention that the author is a Law Professor right here at MSU. I liked the story-line as it kept me interested to find the outcome of the mystery. However, it was written a bit juvenile...the way the characters spoke to each other. And there were a few mistakes that should have been caught before publication. Also, I kept getting toward the end wondered ing how it was going to wrap up with only a few pages left...and that's what she did~ quickly wrapped it up; too quickly. Just, done.Other than that, it was a quick read with a decent story.

  • Dannie
    2018-11-05 19:01

    I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss and HarperCollins for an honest review. All opinions are my own. You can read my full review here: Killing at the Creek is the first novel by Nancy Allen that I've read, and I can say that it won't be the last. I enjoyed Allen's character, Elsie... she is an "everyday" woman and I think that is why I can relate to her character.

  • Mallory
    2018-11-09 20:00

    Awesome second novel by Nancy Allen! Such a gripping, fast-paced courtroom drama. I read half the book in one sitting, not realizing that any time had passed at all. My favorite part of the novel was the characterization of Tanner Monroe, the 15 year old defendant. He really came to life- I experienced emotional reactions to his speech and actions throughout the novel as if I were a character in the story. Excellent book!

  • Peggy
    2018-11-03 21:56

    First time reading anything from Nancy Allen, and I will say she has now made my all time favorite author list! I was taken right from the beginning of this book. Intrigued with the book being as fast paced as it was. Not a boring moment as you read! This book will have you turning the pages! See if you can figure out who they think did it was the actual one who did....*received for an honest review*

  • Janice
    2018-11-11 20:23

    I liked the central character more in this than in the first book of this series; she shows a little more sense and maturity, though still has major instances of doing something pretty stupid! But with this second in the series, the characters are being developed more, and there is an engaging story.

  • Brynn
    2018-11-06 20:14

    Another page turner from Nancy Allen. I finished this in under a week. Some of my favorite things: everyone can relate to Elsie's colleagues (a few jerks that can make you miserable and some friends too), a brief appearance by Noah (Elsie's ex), more Ash, and a mother that know best. A fast-paced investigation of a murder by a juvenile and lots of courtroom drama.

  • Shelley
    2018-11-06 20:13

    good bookI enjoyed this fast paced book. Some good legal terms usage. Looking forward to the next book in the series

  • Marlene
    2018-11-15 16:55

    A Killing at the Creek mystery felt lackluster for me. Nancy Allen tried to put a few small twists in the story toward the end, but I found the protagonist uninteresting and flat. The plot line moved slower that I like in a mystery. If you like more of the cozy-style books this one might be for you.

  • Erich
    2018-10-30 22:16

    This is a second book in the series, and a big disappointment. The protagonist has regressed in maturity, and the plot is all over the place. The prosecutor's office is unbelievable. I appreciate people with problems, but nearly everyone in the book acted like a grade school brat and the plot was increasingly uninteresting. Would not have finished it if I did not enjoy the first book so much.

  • Larry Cowan
    2018-10-20 22:22

    A good crime and court drama with a lot of twists in the plot.Elise has a lot of problems with the people she works for and with in this book,but she gets it straightened out in the end. I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

  • Deborah Durbin
    2018-11-16 15:16

    This book would have had a higher rating if the author had not been such a potty mouth all through the book. Frequent use of the f word (rhymes with luck) and other cuss words really detracted from the story.

  • Peggy
    2018-10-31 18:15

    I enjoy these books, but I could do without all the curse words, the plot is very interesting and I will read the #3.

  • Linda Berry
    2018-10-29 20:57

    Well-written. Great story.

  • Glen Stott
    2018-11-01 16:55

    This is a sequel to "Code of the Hills" where the main characters were introduced. Elsie Arnold is the protagonist. I didn’t much like Elsie in "Code of the Hills." She is more interesting in this book. She brings with her most of her weaknesses from the first book, but in this book they are more realistic, making the character convincing.In "A Killing at the Creek" Elsie wants to try a murder case in order to fill out her resume. It comes to her in the form a fifteen-year-old murder suspect, not exactly what she had in mind. Unfortunately, she has to do the best she can in third chair on the prosecution team. She does get her opportunities to shine as the people above are incompetent and she has to pull the case out of the fire more than once.It is not that Elsie is brilliant – in fact in this book, as in "Code of the Hills," some of her most important breaks come, not from impressive sleuthing, but by accidentally being in the right place at the right time. For example, she spends an afternoon drinking (on duty) and then, in a near drunken stupor, she bumps into an important potential witness. Fortunately, she is sober enough to realize what she has found. As always, when the chips are down in the courtroom, she does an excellent job. That is her main strength.I am assuming the series will continue; I hope it does. I have read a number of series where the protagonist is static, meaning that his/her strengths and weaknesses are static and the draw to each new book is the variety of the problems they face. It doesn’t need to be that way. I see in this book that Elsie’s flaws, though the same, are not as prominent as in the previous one. This series offers an opportunity for Elsie to face some of her more series problems, perhaps being forced into situations where she has to confront things in her past to overcome weaknesses of today.The story is an excellent mystery that moves along in a fast paced tale with plenty of twists and turns along with some interesting surprises.

  • Gail Mchugh
    2018-11-07 18:01

    Still loving Elsie Arnold. This book is about a fifteen-year-old boy Tanner Monroe, accused of murder. Elsie is left in the lurch again, however, saves the day, of course. I hope the next installment does not have her kowtowing to Madeline again. It gets to be a bit much. Still loving Ashlock and Breeon and our hero Elsie.

  • Meredith Sims
    2018-11-05 22:10

    Nancy Allen's second book in her Elsie Arnold series, A Killing at the Creek, is another homerun. The plot is fast and exciting. This is not a book readers will put down for long. As strong as her plot is, Allen's greatest talent as an author is characterization. Catching up with Elsie, we find that she has grown from the first book; she has learned some lessons making her dynamic, though she still makes mistakes and drinks Diet Coke which keeps her relatable. While the reoccurring characters are the solid foundation of the series, creating villains is where Allen soars. At the center of Elsie's first murder trial is Tanner Monroe. He is as bone chilling as he is fascinating. And surprisingly, he is a child. I thought about Tanner Monroe long after I turned the last page of this book. The crime he has committed is ghastly and original. The first chapter will grab the attention of any reader who loves a good mystery. Allen shows through her exciting plot and interesting characters that she knows the law and the Ozarks. I know very little about courtrooms and legal jargon; Allen makes the profession accessible. I DO know a thing or two about the Ozarks, and she is very accurate in setting descriptions and dialect. Overall, an excellent read. Congratulations to Nancy Allen for writing another page turner.

  • Catherine Herlin
    2018-11-06 19:05

    Elsie Arnold pays her dues.I recently read Nancy Allen's second book in her Ozark series, A Killing At The Creek. Assistant prosecuting attorney, Elsie Arnold does a delicate balancing act with her love life, job complications, career goals, and a set of conflicting paradigms regarding juvenile offenders. Elsie wants to try a murder case to prove her mettle as a prosecutor; however, because this murder case involves a youthful suspect, her road is paved with land mines she can't seem to avoid. Throw in a cup of anonymous vendetta to this Ozark stew, liberally seasoned with Elsie's use of the F-bomb, indicating her lack of confidence and emotional maturity, the reader is once again confronted with a prosecutor's frustration at a victim having no rights and the victimizer having them all. As the series continues, I hope to see Elsie gain in confidence and lessen her need to compete with men. I hope she learns that her savvy, knowledge, intuition, and determination are all she needs to stand on her own and bring justice to those who cannot find it by themselves.

  • Maureen McCormack
    2018-11-18 20:59

    I received this from Edelweiss for review. This story follows Elsie Arnold who ends up getting a murder case really early on when she comes back to her hometown. This was a murder case where there was a bus and then the driver was found way away from the bus. A 15 year old boy is a suspect in the case. Of course he is under age and that makes in difficult to prosecute the case. I actually liked the mystery of the book in the first half . In my opinion the story lost the suspense and mystery by the second half. Yes I do understand that towards the end it was all about the prosecution of the kid but I guess that just didnt interest me as much as the murder aspect of the story. Other than that I thought the story was written well. I did enjoy the writing style.What I liked:1)The character of Elsie was done very well. I liked how bad ass she was. She wasnt scared to get out in the feild and go to crime scenes. I thought that was great about her.2) I loved Ashlock alot. Thats all I wanna say about him.

  • Jeanne Adamek
    2018-11-07 19:02

    The Code of the Hills was the best thriller that I read 2014, mostly because it surprised me. Just like this book. I hated Elsie and I loved her. She was (is) perfect because she is so imperfect. I hated the story, but I also admired the way it was told, with a sort of breathlessness that urged me to continue. And before this review goes too far with inconsistencies I have to say that like her first book Nancy Allen wrote a story that shouldn't had been one that I would love but I do.The story in this book is not for the faint of heart. I, personally, saw too many pictures that I didn't necessarily to be confronted with but they were so swiftly drawn and changed with something new and compelling I had to continue to read. I found the court scenes fantastic! I could picture them exactly as if I were there. Needless to say...Recommended!