Karen Rose writes romantic suspense novels and since the characters are all interlinked, with some appearing in multiple books, they are better read in order. The series begins in Chicago, then Minneapolis, Baltimore, and Cincinnati, with the Vartanian trilogy taking place between the Chicago and Minneapolis books.
You Belong to Me (Baltimore #1)
When forensic pathologist Lucy Trask stumbles across a mutilated body by the chess tables in her local Baltimore park, its face so badly damaged it is unrecognisable, her sole concern is that it might be her old school teacher Mr Pugh.
When the corpse is identified, Lucy is shocked to discover that the victim is actually another man from her past. Who killed him and why his skin is burnt with the number ‘1’ is unclear but it’s evident that someone is demanding Lucy’s attention.
No One Left to Tell (Baltimore #2)
A car crashes in front of rookie PI Paige Holden’s home. And suddenly, she finds one of her pro bono clients dying in her arms—from a gunshot wound. With her last breath, the woman whispers cryptic words into her ear and hands her a blood-smeared flash drive.
Five years ago, State’s Attorney Grayson Smith put a murderer behind bars. But when Paige Holden shares the flash drive with him, its contents cast doubts on the conviction—and lead him and Paige into a world of blackmail, dark secrets, and a decades-long string of murders.
Did You Miss Me? (Baltimore #3) | My Review
Assistant State’s Attorney Daphne Montgomery is devastated when her son disappears, and is immediately convinced his kidnapping is connected to the white supremacist she’s just had jailed for murder.
Special Agent Joseph Carter isn’t so sure – especially when he learns that Ford’s girlfriend is also missing. Is Ford’s abduction payback for Daphne’s courtroom victory? Or is he a pawn in an even more dangerous game?
Watch Your Back (Baltimore #4) | My Review
Detective Stevie Mazzetti has suffered losses no woman should have to endure but when she learns her ex-partner might have miscarried justice, she’s determined to put the past to rights.
Since the minute he first saw her, Clay has wanted to protect Stevie, and he started loving her not long after that. So when Stevie attracts the attention of a vicious psychopath, Clay will do whatever it takes to keep her alive.
Monster in the Closet (Baltimore #5) | My Review
Clay Maynard locates missing children for clients but has nearly given up hope of finding his own daughter, cruelly stolen from him by his ex-wife. Equine therapist Taylor Dawson has chosen to intern at Daphne Montgomery-Carter’s stables so she can observe the program’s security director – her father, Clay Maynard. Trying to reconcile the wonderful man she’s getting to know with the monster her mother always described, Taylor never expects to become the target of a real monster, the man who murdered the mother of the little girls she works with at the stable.