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Publisher's Summary

Blood Orchid is the third adventure of one of Stuart Woods' most engaging characters, Chief of Police Holly Barker. This time out, Holly is trying to get her life back together after the shattering loss of her fiancé. With the help of her wily Doberman, Daisy, and her father, Ham, she throws herself back into the job with a vengeance.

At a local restaurant, Holly and Ham meet a gentleman new to the area, rich and dapper developer Ed Shine, who has found an evocative name for both his favorite flower and his latest real-estate venture: the "Blood Orchid".

But before Holly can settle into her routine again, bullets crash into the home of a friend, and a floater is found bobbing in the Intercoastal Waterway. Holly connects these events to the deaths by sniper fire of two Miami businessmen and a man evading questions at a federal agency - but she can't imagine how these violent occurrences could be related to her own quiet, unspoiled town of Orchid Beach. Joining forces with a handsome FBI agent, she tracks the clues straight to their source only to find a scam more lucrative and more dangerous than any this idyllic town - or Holly - has ever seen.

©2003 Stuart Woods (P)2015 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

“Fast-paced [with] strong action scenes.” (Publishers Weekly)

“A suspenseful, exciting mystery that is sure to please Woods' many fans.” (Booklist

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Black widow

i love this story with Holly Barker. she is smarter than stone Barrington .But she is starting to look like a black widow

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Great Listen

I enjoy these stories and how they continue with the same basic characters. They have enough variety to keep you wondering, you will smile, laugh out loud, and be quite entertained.

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Terrible Ending

it seemed like a hurry to finish the book. .Poor ending, expected more from Woods.

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Holly Barker brilliant

I always enjoy the earlier Holly Barker books. Her books are always so enjoyable and entertaining.

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Good story poorly narrarated

Narraration of this as with several other woods audiobooks is ridiculous. Severely detracts from the story.

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Superb

Loved the readers voice with all the different characters and the dog, Daisy, is spectacular

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Blood Orcid is a page turner!

lots of twists & turns! Some surprises as well. a great listen for everyonw. :-)

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really?

a seven year old could figure this one out as soon as the book began. And the "bresthless" voice of Holly would not instill respect as a Police Chief from anyone outside a strip club. My very first review but her voice was so annoying and the plot so shallow I had to fo it.

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Great

When is the next one in the series. Like it better than Stone Barrington series.