Blood Ties

…What do they mean?

How far would someone go to serve…or protect them?

Julie Collins is stuck in a dead-end secretarial job with the Bear Butte County Sheriff’s office, and still grieving over the unsolved murder of her Lakota half-brother. Lack of public interest in finding his murderer or the killer of several other transient Native American men, has left Julie with a bone-deep cynicism she counters with tequila, cigarettes, and dangerous men. The one bright spot in her mundane life is the time she spends working part-time as a PI with her childhood friend, Kevin Wells.

When the body of a sixteen-year old white girl is discovered in nearby Rapid Creek, Julie believes this victim will receive the attention others were denied. Then she learns Kevin has been hired, mysteriously, to find out where the murdered girl spent her last few days. Julie finds herself drawn into the case against her better judgment, and discovers not only the ugly reality of the young girl’s tragic life and brutal death, but ties to her and Kevin’s past that she is increasingly reluctant to revisit.

On the surface the situation is eerily familiar. But the parallels end when Julie realizes some family secrets are best kept buried deep. Especially those serious enough to kill for.

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“…a fascinating tale of intrigue that will sweep you into a world of horror and suspense.”
NY Times Best Selling author, Clive Cussler

TOP PICK 4 1/2 stars! “This engrossing tale of murder and deceit- with its razor-sharp characterization and well-defined sense of place- delivers from beginning to end.”
Romantic Times BOOKclub Magazine

“Tough, sensitive and smart, Julie Collins is a welcome addition to the private eye genre. In BLOOD TIES she breaks all the rules.”
Stephanie Kane, mystery author and winner of the 2004 Colorado Book Award for Best Mystery, EXTREME INDIFFERENCE.

“I highly, highly recommend Ms. Armstrong’s debut…she provides plenty of edge of your seat reading.”
Kristi Ahlers, top reviewer, and

“BLOOD TIES is a gripping debut mystery, vividly set in The Black Hills of South Dakota.”
Kathleen Taylor, top-seller, and author of THE HOTEL SOUTH DAKOTA in the Tory Bauer mystery series.

“BLOOD TIES is a roller coaster ride of danger and excitement that will have your heart pumping and your emotions twisting like a wet dish rag.”
Rated 5 out of 5, Romance Junkies.

“…is a gritty, violent novel…will keep readers on the edge of their seats turning the pages. If you want to walk on the seamier side with a good murder mystery, you will enjoy BLOOD TIES.”
Marilyn Heyman, Romance Reviews Today

“Lori Armstrong provides a fabulous mystery starring an intriguing protagonist with a climax that will stun the audience.”
Harriet Klausner, #1 reviewer,,

“BLOOD TIES by Lori Armstrong is a thrilling roller of a mystery that taunts you to try and solve the riddle. The suspense was superb, keeping you glued to the page. Your subconscious urging you to read just one more page, get one more piece of the puzzle.”
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