Holly Barker

6 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 739 ratings

Orchid Beach Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Stuart Woods delivers a riveting thriller that introduces an exciting addition to the pantheon of fictional sleuths.

Forced into early retirement at 37, smart, attractive, and fiercely independent Major Holly Barker trades in her bars as a military cop for the badge of deputy chief of police in Orchid Beach, Florida. But below the sunny surface of this sleepy, well-to-do island town lies an evil that escalates into the cold-blooded murder of one of Holly's new colleagues.

An outsider, Holly has little to go on for answers and no one to help her - except Daisy, a Doberman of exceptional intelligence and loyalty that becomes her companion and protector. The closer Holly gets to the truth, the more she knows that it'll take one smart dog with guts to sniff out this killer - before he can catch her first.

©2009 Stuart Woods (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Book 1

    • Orchid Beach

    • By: Stuart Woods
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 95

    Forced into early retirement at 37, smart, attractive, and fiercely independent Major Holly Barker trades in her bars as a military cop for the badge of deputy chief of police in Orchid Beach, Florida. But below the sunny surface of this sleepy, well-to-do island town lies an evil that escalates into the cold-blooded murder of one of Holly's new colleagues.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyable

    • By Nancy on 03-29-17

    Regular price: $28.51

  • Book 2

    • Orchid Blues

    • By: Stuart Woods
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74

    When Holly's wedding festivities are shattered by a brutal robbery, she vows to find the culprits. With nothing to go on but the inexplicable killing of an innocent bystander, Holly discovers evidence that leads her into the midst of a clan whose members are as mysterious as they are zealous. Holly's father, Ham, a retired army master sergeant, is her ticket into their strange world.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good Story Poor voice Men sound like women

    • By Kendall Albright on 12-11-15

    Regular price: $24.50

  • Book 3

    • Blood Orchid

    • By: Stuart Woods
    • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 88
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 84
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 83

    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".

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great

    • By Virginia Clark on 12-08-16

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 4

    • Reckless Abandon

    • Stone Barrington, Book 10
    • By: Stuart Woods
    • Narrated by: Tony Roberts
    • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 142
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128

    Cop-turned-lawyer Stone Barrington tracks a mobster hiding deep within the witness protection program in this new thriller in the New York Times best-selling series - with a little help from beautiful Florida police chief Holly Barker.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great Holly Barker Story From the "Elaine's Years"

    • By Paul Sumner on 11-13-16

    Regular price: $24.50

  • Book 5

    • Iron Orchid

    • By: Stuart Woods
    • Narrated by: Carrington Macduffie
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 142
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 41
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 42

    When his plane exploded off the coast of Maine, authorities thought they had seen the last of Teddy Fay, the ex-CIA tech wizard who kills his political targets for sport. But now they've found irrefutable evidence that he is alive and up to his old tricks.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Didn't Finish It.

    • By KTinFL on 01-21-12

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 6

    • Hothouse Orchid

    • By: Stuart Woods
    • Narrated by: Carrington MacDuffie
    • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 173
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 99
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 101

    After Special Agent Holly Barker lets international terrorist Teddy Fay slip through her fingers for a second time, the CIA thinks she might want a long vacation, at least until Teddy is captured and the bad publicity has blown over. So Holly returns to her hometown of Orchid Beach, Florida, where she had been police chief for many years. But a very unpleasant surprise awaits her.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Not Hot Orchid

    • By Amazon Customer on 10-24-09

    Regular price: $24.50