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In this mesmerizing new novel from bestselling author Lisa Black, the discovery of a young man's corpse leads forensics expert Maggie Gardiner and Cleveland detective Jack Renner into a dark and dangerous web of lies . . . Life and death have brought Maggie Gardiner full circle, back to the Erie Street Cemetery where she first entered Jack Renner's orbit. Eight months ag In this mesmerizing new novel from bestselling author Lisa Black, the discovery of a young man's corpse leads forensics expert Maggie Gardiner and Cleveland detective Jack Renner into a dark and dangerous web of lies . . . Life and death have brought Maggie Gardiner full circle, back to the Erie Street Cemetery where she first entered Jack Renner's orbit. Eight months ago, she learned what Jack would do in the name of justice. More unsettling still, she discovered how far she would go to cover his tracks. Now a young man sprawls atop a snowy grave, his heart shredded by a single wound. A key card in the victim's wallet leads to the local university's student housing--and to a grieving girlfriend with an unsettling agenda. Maggie's struggle to appease her conscience is complicated by her ex-husband, Rick, who's convinced that Jack is connected to a series of vigilante killings. Also a homicide detective, Rick investigates what seems like a routine overdose on Cleveland's West Side; but here, too, the appearance belies a deeper truth. Rick's case and Jack's merge onto the trail of a shadowy, pill-pushing physician who is everywhere and nowhere at once, while Maggie and Jack uncover a massive financial shakedown hiding in plain sight. And when Rick's bloody fingerprint is found at another murder scene, Maggie's world comes undone in a violent, irreversible torrent of events . . .


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In this mesmerizing new novel from bestselling author Lisa Black, the discovery of a young man's corpse leads forensics expert Maggie Gardiner and Cleveland detective Jack Renner into a dark and dangerous web of lies . . . Life and death have brought Maggie Gardiner full circle, back to the Erie Street Cemetery where she first entered Jack Renner's orbit. Eight months ag In this mesmerizing new novel from bestselling author Lisa Black, the discovery of a young man's corpse leads forensics expert Maggie Gardiner and Cleveland detective Jack Renner into a dark and dangerous web of lies . . . Life and death have brought Maggie Gardiner full circle, back to the Erie Street Cemetery where she first entered Jack Renner's orbit. Eight months ago, she learned what Jack would do in the name of justice. More unsettling still, she discovered how far she would go to cover his tracks. Now a young man sprawls atop a snowy grave, his heart shredded by a single wound. A key card in the victim's wallet leads to the local university's student housing--and to a grieving girlfriend with an unsettling agenda. Maggie's struggle to appease her conscience is complicated by her ex-husband, Rick, who's convinced that Jack is connected to a series of vigilante killings. Also a homicide detective, Rick investigates what seems like a routine overdose on Cleveland's West Side; but here, too, the appearance belies a deeper truth. Rick's case and Jack's merge onto the trail of a shadowy, pill-pushing physician who is everywhere and nowhere at once, while Maggie and Jack uncover a massive financial shakedown hiding in plain sight. And when Rick's bloody fingerprint is found at another murder scene, Maggie's world comes undone in a violent, irreversible torrent of events . . .

30 review for Every Kind of Wicked

  1. 4 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    This was one of those times that I wasn't feeling up to par but slugged through because Lisa Black is one of my favorite authors and I admire her work. It took two tries to complete because as many of you may or may not know I have a computer diagnosed blood disorder (HUS) with severe anemia, and several other issues, too many to mention and when it acts up it's rough. Needless to say all good things come to those who wait and I'm so glad I was able to finish this one even if a little later than I This was one of those times that I wasn't feeling up to par but slugged through because Lisa Black is one of my favorite authors and I admire her work. It took two tries to complete because as many of you may or may not know I have a computer diagnosed blood disorder (HUS) with severe anemia, and several other issues, too many to mention and when it acts up it's rough. Needless to say all good things come to those who wait and I'm so glad I was able to finish this one even if a little later than I'd hoped. Maggie is our main gal here a forensics expert that coupled up with Detective Jack. Her ex husband Rick is part of this equation as two individuals have been killed and there's one connection to the killer. The path is long, it's windy, it's full of off shoots that keep readers guessing who -dun-it. It's a great police procedural/detective piece that highlights many legalities and the tracking done of a check casher whose getting rich but may not survive long enough to tell about the scheme. It's a thrill to find out how the aspect of licensing and drugs tie into this new realm. Meanwhile, the guy who thought Jack might be connected to the serial killer has lost his life and for a time many questions were raised as to who played a part. Could Maggie have wished him dead, could she have done him in herself, and what about Jack's involvement if any? My word...this was spot on superb writing that draws you in from the first page and refuses to let up. Thank you to Lisa Black, the pub, NetGalley, and Kindle for this ARC in exchange for this honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maranda

    Maggie Gardiner, a forensic expert, and Jack Renner, a Police Detective are a romantic couple. NOT!! This being the sixth in Black's series it is suggested to start with book one to get the complex dynamics of these two characters. Great author telling of the steps needed to solve murder crimes. "A copy of this book was provided by Kensington Books via Netgalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    Maggie Gardiner is a forensics expert who works hand in hand with Cleveland detective Jack Renner in crime solving. They have a unique partnership. They each have a secret that would put them behind bars for a really long time .. and they are at the mercy of each other to never share that secret. The fly in the ointment is Maggie's ex-husband. Rick is certain that Jack is involved in something nefarious and sets out to prove it. Rick is also a homicide detective and investigates the death of a wo Maggie Gardiner is a forensics expert who works hand in hand with Cleveland detective Jack Renner in crime solving. They have a unique partnership. They each have a secret that would put them behind bars for a really long time .. and they are at the mercy of each other to never share that secret. The fly in the ointment is Maggie's ex-husband. Rick is certain that Jack is involved in something nefarious and sets out to prove it. Rick is also a homicide detective and investigates the death of a woman who is thought to have died from a drug overdose. Maggie and Jack are caught up in looking for the identity of a man found dead from a single stabbing directly into his heart. A key card in the victim’s wallet leads to the local university’s student housing—and to a grieving girlfriend with an unsettling agenda. The two cases emerge and leads to an unexpected motive for the deaths. But what really throws Maggie is the fingerprint found at another murder scene.. a fingerprint is blood .. and it's belongs to Rick ... and where has Rick disappeared to? As with all the books in this series, it is well written with a solid plot and skillfully drawn characters. This is a page-turner with action packs suspense starting on the very first page and not letting up until the unexpected satisfying conclusion. Although 6th in the series, this is easily read as a stand alone. I highly recommend a reading marathon starting at the very first meeting of Gardiner and Renner. It's a terrific series that shouldn't be overlooked. Many thanks to the author / Kensington Books / Netgalley for the digital copy of this crime fiction. Read and reviewed voluntarily, opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Yolanda

    I’ve read others by her and she is an excellent author with the ability to create fast paced plots and engaging characters. This book was both . Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for letting me review this book

  5. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    Every Kind of Wicked by Lisa Black Gardiner and Renner #6 An alliance forged in death Each holds a secret about the other They work together They watch one another What relationship is this and What could it become? Intriguing premise, wonderful characters, great police/murder mysteries to solve that hook me in a bit more with each book in the series. I love Maggie and Jack and though their relationship has not been romantic it always has seemed to have the potential for more IF they can overcome a maj Every Kind of Wicked by Lisa Black Gardiner and Renner #6 An alliance forged in death Each holds a secret about the other They work together They watch one another What relationship is this and What could it become? Intriguing premise, wonderful characters, great police/murder mysteries to solve that hook me in a bit more with each book in the series. I love Maggie and Jack and though their relationship has not been romantic it always has seemed to have the potential for more IF they can overcome a major issue that in fact is the one that brought them together. I don’t know if there will be more books in this series as in some ways this wouldn’t be a bad way for the series to end BUT I would hate to say goodbye to these two characters if the author has more to share about them as they solve more cases together. What I liked: * Jack: Hm…hmm…hmmmmm…this is a man with his own moral compass and a mandate to fulfill. He is intelligent, cunning, ruthless and yet seems to have a warm center while knowing what he believes is right and what is wrong. * Maggie: a brilliant woman skilled in her forensic field. She is divorced, has always known right from wrong, and then…she began to question. I find her quirky and intriguing with potentially hidden depths. * The relationship between Jack and his work partner, Riley. * The way the relationship between Jack and Maggie as it has developed over the series * Shanaya – I kind of like her but really wonder about HER moral compass and why she got into the way of life she did * The police procedural aspects of the story. * The overlapping threads of the story and how they all were woven together * That the case was solved * The last little bit that I won’t get away but REALLY liked it :) What I did not like: * The bad guy who created the scam/con * Knowing that the type of crime in this story exists and harms so many * Not knowing when I finished the book whether it is the last in the series or if there will be more in the future. Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I read more in this series? Definitely Would I read another book by this author? Without a doubt Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

  6. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    I always enjoy reading this series but this book is the best! It is filled with plenty of action with a good mix of forensic details and police procedure. Given that I get several calls a week telling me that I can lower my credit card interest rate or extend my car’s warranty, the subject matter is very timely. And as always, Maggie is my favorite character in this series!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    Every Kind of Wicked Gardiner and Renner #6 by Lisa Black is not only suspenseful but the subject matter of part of the 'wicked' really is eye-opening. We all know to beware of phone scammers, but there are some people who are very vulnerable to the fear associated with the scam. There are many levels to this plot and a lot going on in this book. Forensic specialist Maggie Gardiner is called to a scene in a cemetery where a young man has been stabbed. The piercing weapon has not been identified a Every Kind of Wicked Gardiner and Renner #6 by Lisa Black is not only suspenseful but the subject matter of part of the 'wicked' really is eye-opening. We all know to beware of phone scammers, but there are some people who are very vulnerable to the fear associated with the scam. There are many levels to this plot and a lot going on in this book. Forensic specialist Maggie Gardiner is called to a scene in a cemetery where a young man has been stabbed. The piercing weapon has not been identified and soon Detective Jack Renner has to collaborate with Maggie's ex-husband Rick, who is a homicide detective. This is not an ideal situation due to the distrust Rick has for Jack. The background on the animosity between the two men is covered in the previous books in the series. As the investigation begins, Jack and Riley find the fist victim, Evan Harding's apartment. When his girlfriend. Shanaya Thomas appears she withholds information which could help find a motive for the murder. What else does she know which affects this case? Shanaya holds many answers to different levels of mystery in this case. I am appalled at how callous people can be as they swindle and steal from the unsuspecting. Shanaya has no remorse or qualms about lying to others. Publication Date: August 25, 2020 Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lori L (She Treads Softly)

    Every Kind of Wicked by Lisa Black is a very highly recommended procedural and 6th in the Gardiner and Renner Series. Forensics expert Maggie Gardiner and Cleveland homicide detective Jack Renner with his partner Thomas Riley are investigating the murder of a young man found dead in the Erie Street Cemetery. What was at first assumed to be a single gunshot, isn't, which makes the homicide odd and the weapon used unique. The only clue on the body is a key card to an apartment at the local universi Every Kind of Wicked by Lisa Black is a very highly recommended procedural and 6th in the Gardiner and Renner Series. Forensics expert Maggie Gardiner and Cleveland homicide detective Jack Renner with his partner Thomas Riley are investigating the murder of a young man found dead in the Erie Street Cemetery. What was at first assumed to be a single gunshot, isn't, which makes the homicide odd and the weapon used unique. The only clue on the body is a key card to an apartment at the local university’s student housing. The victim is identified as Evan Harding and while at his apartment, Evan's girlfriend, Shanaya Thomas shows up. Shanaya lies about Evan work place, A to Z Check Cashing, and seems to be evasive and withholding information. At the same time Maggie's detective ex-husband, Rick, is at another murder scene that appears to be an obvious overdose. The deceased is identified as Marlon Toner, but when they talk to his sister Jennifer at the address on his ID, it seems that the man is not Marlon Toner. But Jennifer has her own concerns and has been trying to investigate the doctor who has been prescribing her brother so many opioids. Suddenly it is clear that the investigations are interconnected and the case is more complicated than originally thought. The solid plot is compelling and fast moving. The complicated investigation takes several unexpected turns and it is a pleasure to follow along as the clues are presented and leads followed. The operation/scheme that the investigation leads to is a timely subject matter and for some a personal experience that will have readers everywhere cheering on the detectives (and perhaps hoping for a permanent, violent resolution). There is also a personal investigation Rick is undertaking that started in previous books in the series. This concerns Maggie while Jack is claiming it will be a non-issue. This is a great series and it is a pleasure to be back in the world of these well-known and well-developed characters. I was so happy to open Every Kind of Wicked and experience another investigation with Gardiner and Renner. Longtime fans know the players here and their backstories, which does add a depth and richness to the story, but you could easily read this novel as a standalone. Any references to past events are explained enough that you won't feel lost. I enjoyed this procedural and being back in the world of these characters so much, it was a pleasure to read Every Kind of Wicked. Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Kensington. http://www.shetreadssoftly.com/2020/0...

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Sobel

    “Every Kind of Wicked (A Gardiner and Renner Novel, Book 6)” brings forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner, Detective Jack Renner and Rick, Maggie’s ex-husband, back together again at a murder scene in the Erie Street Cemetery, where Maggie’s and Jack’s future became irrevocably intertwined years earlier. The victim this time, a young man, appears to be a student at a local university. But, as in nearly all homicide investigations, not everything is as it appears. His grieving girlfriend disappea “Every Kind of Wicked (A Gardiner and Renner Novel, Book 6)” brings forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner, Detective Jack Renner and Rick, Maggie’s ex-husband, back together again at a murder scene in the Erie Street Cemetery, where Maggie’s and Jack’s future became irrevocably intertwined years earlier. The victim this time, a young man, appears to be a student at a local university. But, as in nearly all homicide investigations, not everything is as it appears. His grieving girlfriend disappears shortly after the death notification. His boss seems more concerned about needing to replace his now-dead employee. But for forensic investigator Maggie, the pursuit for answers in seemingly random cases, becomes deeply personal when she discovers that a bloody fingerprint left at the scene of another murder belongs to a Cleveland homicide detective—her ex-husband, Rick. As a certified crime scene analyst and former forensic scientist for the Cleveland Coroner’s office, author Lisa Black writes with impressive authenticity. “Every Kind of Wicked” will leave the reader ready to pre-order when Book 7 in the series becomes available. I obtained a copy of "Every Kind of Wicked" from NetGalley for review purposes.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christine Airey

    I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review. The opinions are entirely my own, and any quotes are taken from the ARC and may be different in the final published copy. Every Kind of Wicked by Lisa Black is the 6th book in her Gardiner and Renner series. I have not read any of the earlier books so, to give a fair review., I read the 1st book, That Darkness. While some novels allow you to pick up in the middle of the series, having a basic understanding of I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book so I could give an honest review. The opinions are entirely my own, and any quotes are taken from the ARC and may be different in the final published copy. Every Kind of Wicked by Lisa Black is the 6th book in her Gardiner and Renner series. I have not read any of the earlier books so, to give a fair review., I read the 1st book, That Darkness. While some novels allow you to pick up in the middle of the series, having a basic understanding of the main characters helped reading Every Kind of Wicked. I will include a description of them below this review. Maggie Gardiner and Jack Renner investigate a murder which occurred where they first met, in the Erie Street Cemetery. She is having difficulty dealing with the events of the last eight months, and Rick, her ex-husband, is suspicious of Jack. Rick wants to investigate Jack and his past. Black's Gardiner and Renner are an interesting duo. If you have not read any of the Gardiner and Renner series, think Bones meets Dexter. They allow people to believe they are dating to throw off any suspicions they have of Jack. The event which brought them together continues to pull them closer. Once I knew who the characters were, I enjoyed the book. I will continue reading the series and start Black's Theresa MacLean series. This 200-word review was published on Philomathinphila.com on 8/25/20. Here is what you need to know to get the most out of Lisa Black's Gardiner and Renner series before reading book #6. Maggie Gardiner forensic investigator for the Cleveland Police Department and she is good at it. She works alongside the homicide detectives, including Rick, her ex-husband, and Jack Renner. Maggie and Jack met eight months prior while working a case involving a Jane Doe discovered in the local cemetery. Jack has a mission. He needs to find the women he is hunting, and has been hunting, through several states. Maggie follows all of the clues which keep pointing to one person - Jack. After confronting Jack, Maggie needs to decide if it is moral to kill someone that has harmed others and that will do harm again. She agrees to give Jack time to leave so as not to arouse suspicions that the serial killings stopped when he left Cleveland. At some point after the first book, That Darkness, but before the 6th book, Every Kind of Wicked, Rick becomes suspicious of Jack. He is determined to show Maggie the kind of man Jack is.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    I enjoy the forensic thriller with Maggie Gardiner and her working along with her ex-husband and detective Jack Renner. A triangle of sorts that is played in their current case. A young man is found dead with no identification. However, with Maggie forensic know how which you are given a play by play, his identity is given along and the discovery of his girlfriend. This only brings more questions as to the motive and the why. Again, what makes this well done, are the clues and the peeling of the I enjoy the forensic thriller with Maggie Gardiner and her working along with her ex-husband and detective Jack Renner. A triangle of sorts that is played in their current case. A young man is found dead with no identification. However, with Maggie forensic know how which you are given a play by play, his identity is given along and the discovery of his girlfriend. This only brings more questions as to the motive and the why. Again, what makes this well done, are the clues and the peeling of the crime. A high climax thriller and the relationship plot thickens. A tension builder when several more murders are tied to the case but finding the common thread as to why leaves the team anxious as to what are they missing. Very easy for the reader to get caught up in all the drama. A very kind of wicked indeed when it comes to crime of greed. A special thank you to Kensington Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carol Custer

    I enjoy this series and I mostly enjoyed this book. The characters are good and the plot is convoluted enough to provide plenty of mystery. The story seemed to get bogged down sometimes in repeating nagging details. I found myself actually getting a bit bored as it moved along but I appreciated that everything was tied together at the end. And I liked the ending in regards to Maggie and Jack. I hope this isn't the last in the series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Grow

    This is book number six in this amazing series and each book brings us more details in to the lives of Maggie and Jack. Maggie is a forensic investigator, a civilian in the world of law enforcement. Jack is a Cleveland detective that Maggie doesn’t quite trust. Maggie’s ex doesn’t trust him either and has plans to find out who Jack really is and what he may have done. Ms. Black writes a mystery within a mystery as a man is killed with an unusual weapon. While working the first case, another body This is book number six in this amazing series and each book brings us more details in to the lives of Maggie and Jack. Maggie is a forensic investigator, a civilian in the world of law enforcement. Jack is a Cleveland detective that Maggie doesn’t quite trust. Maggie’s ex doesn’t trust him either and has plans to find out who Jack really is and what he may have done. Ms. Black writes a mystery within a mystery as a man is killed with an unusual weapon. While working the first case, another body is killed in the same manner but there doesn’t seem to be a connection. Slowly the detectives, with the assistance of Maggie’s forensic clues, will unravel a twisted tale of illegal prescriptions and greed. Excellent read! I received an advance review copy at no cost and without obligation for an honest review. (by paytonpuppy)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    An excellent thriller, well written and gripping. It was on the edge till the end and it kept me guessing. I liked the plot, the fleshed out cast of character and the setting. I can't wait to read the next installment in this series. Recommended! Many thanks to the Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Louise Scholl

    Really great book. I’m going to need to start from the beginning and read the first five now.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Maggie's ex Rick is suspicious of Jack with, I might add, with good reason. For those unfamiliar with the series, she's a forensics expert and Rick and Jack are both detectives in Cleveland. Maggie's been covering for Jack's umm extracurricular activities but Rick's really sniffing around. Now they've been assigned a case involving the topical issues of scamming and opioids. The procedural aspects of this are well done and just twisty enough (and you, like me, might learn something) but I enjoye Maggie's ex Rick is suspicious of Jack with, I might add, with good reason. For those unfamiliar with the series, she's a forensics expert and Rick and Jack are both detectives in Cleveland. Maggie's been covering for Jack's umm extracurricular activities but Rick's really sniffing around. Now they've been assigned a case involving the topical issues of scamming and opioids. The procedural aspects of this are well done and just twisty enough (and you, like me, might learn something) but I enjoyed it most for the interaction and tension between the main characters. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. A good read.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Short

    I really enjoy Lisa Blacks Gardiner and Renner series. Her books are so suspenseful and always a intriguing storyline. Maggie and Jack are the two main characters and I so enjoy watching their relationship evolve and grow. As always, this book is full of police procedures and a very in depth look into the forensics side of police work. I do recommend you read the entire series from the beginning. There is a lot of back story that you need to know about or you will feel a bit lost especially in boo I really enjoy Lisa Blacks Gardiner and Renner series. Her books are so suspenseful and always a intriguing storyline. Maggie and Jack are the two main characters and I so enjoy watching their relationship evolve and grow. As always, this book is full of police procedures and a very in depth look into the forensics side of police work. I do recommend you read the entire series from the beginning. There is a lot of back story that you need to know about or you will feel a bit lost especially in book #6. I highly recommend you read this series if you are a lover of murder mystery.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Denice Langley

    A carefully built team of Maggie Gardner and Jack Renner reunite to solve a young man's death. This team is bound together by their agreement to keep secret Jack's enforcement of justice when legal resources fail. As #6 in the series, EVERY KIND OF WICKED centers on the unique actions of the victim's circle of friends and how easily it is to thrown suspicion when trust is lacking. Lisa Black is skilled at keeping her stories moving and giving her characters all the traits and misgivings that mak A carefully built team of Maggie Gardner and Jack Renner reunite to solve a young man's death. This team is bound together by their agreement to keep secret Jack's enforcement of justice when legal resources fail. As #6 in the series, EVERY KIND OF WICKED centers on the unique actions of the victim's circle of friends and how easily it is to thrown suspicion when trust is lacking. Lisa Black is skilled at keeping her stories moving and giving her characters all the traits and misgivings that make us human.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    I didn't like it at first but then it grew on me. I figured most of it out but it was still a decent read. And I liked the ending.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Agnes Muscoreil

    I did not know this was a sequel, so I came into this story unaware of the relationship between Maggie Gardiner, forensic expert, and Detective Jack Renner. It didn’t hurt the story any, but it might have added to it! Death brings the two back to the cemetery where Maggie first met Jack. A young man is found with a fatal wound to his heart and leads them to a university where his girlfriend is grieving his loss. Eventually the case leads them to a pill-pushing doctor. Meanwhile, Maggie’s ex-husb I did not know this was a sequel, so I came into this story unaware of the relationship between Maggie Gardiner, forensic expert, and Detective Jack Renner. It didn’t hurt the story any, but it might have added to it! Death brings the two back to the cemetery where Maggie first met Jack. A young man is found with a fatal wound to his heart and leads them to a university where his girlfriend is grieving his loss. Eventually the case leads them to a pill-pushing doctor. Meanwhile, Maggie’s ex-husband Rick is sure that Jack is part of a vigilante killing, and soon the two cases merge. This is another good police procedural, and I plan to go back and read the other books in the series in order this time!

  21. 5 out of 5

    T Olsen

    This story is well written and has great characters, but there are some unnecessary rantings and repetitions. The plot also has a few logical problems, but it's entertaining fiction.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    Lisa Black brings us back into the lives of Gardiner and Renner. The mysterious death of a young man found in a cemetery leads them to work closely together. The weapon isn’t obvious not a bullet or a knife. Death was fast and efficient. Homicide detective Jack Renner and his partner Detective Thomas Riley are assigned the case. They bring in Forensic specialist Maggie Gardiner. Maggie and Jack have a history that led them to pretend to be dating. No one knows what is really between them. More s Lisa Black brings us back into the lives of Gardiner and Renner. The mysterious death of a young man found in a cemetery leads them to work closely together. The weapon isn’t obvious not a bullet or a knife. Death was fast and efficient. Homicide detective Jack Renner and his partner Detective Thomas Riley are assigned the case. They bring in Forensic specialist Maggie Gardiner. Maggie and Jack have a history that led them to pretend to be dating. No one knows what is really between them. More similar murder victims with no apparent reason to be connected lead them in circles. They spin their wheels with being lied to and forensic evidence that is pretty strange. This is well written and kept my interest throughout. The story moves along quickly and if you like murder mysteries and great likable characters who are totally believable you will enjoy this book. I’m an avid fan of murder mystery with believability. Gardiner and Renner have a chemistry they aren’t even aware of but they are tied to each other with a bond they must not reveal. Excellent fast read. Thank you Lisa Black, NetGalley and Kensington Publishers for allowing me to read this ARC. My honest opinion is I will recommend this book to my friends.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Thank you NetGalley for the ARC of Every Kind of Wicked by Lisa Black that I read and reviewed. This was another book in the Maggie Gardiner series and I loved it. In this book Maggie and Jack found themselves full circle with a case that led them back to the cemetery where they met and formed their alliance to keep secrets that would keep them working together to protect Jack’s secrets. In this book they have a number of murders to solve and one that is really close to Maggie. This book is full Thank you NetGalley for the ARC of Every Kind of Wicked by Lisa Black that I read and reviewed. This was another book in the Maggie Gardiner series and I loved it. In this book Maggie and Jack found themselves full circle with a case that led them back to the cemetery where they met and formed their alliance to keep secrets that would keep them working together to protect Jack’s secrets. In this book they have a number of murders to solve and one that is really close to Maggie. This book is full of police procedure and a lot of questions about who the police are looking for. I also love it that things between Jack and Maggie seem to be heating up as well. This is a great addition to the series and an excellent read. Every kind of Wicked gets five out of five stars from me.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Cleveland PD CSI Maggie Gardiner is back at the historic Erie Street Cemetery where she first learned that her partner detective Jack Renner is also a vigilante killer who takes out criminals who escape traditional justice. The body of a young man lying there in the snow leads Maggie and Jack on a wild journey through Cleveland’s hidden streets that hold check cashing schemes, money laundering and robocall centers that defraud the public. Love this series and always learn new information about C Cleveland PD CSI Maggie Gardiner is back at the historic Erie Street Cemetery where she first learned that her partner detective Jack Renner is also a vigilante killer who takes out criminals who escape traditional justice. The body of a young man lying there in the snow leads Maggie and Jack on a wild journey through Cleveland’s hidden streets that hold check cashing schemes, money laundering and robocall centers that defraud the public. Love this series and always learn new information about Cleveland history. Series best read in order. This one is hard to put down. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne Spencer

    Maggie Gardiner is still keeping Jack Renner's secrets, while waiting for him to either leave as promised or for the entire house of cards to fall around her ears. To fully appreciate this book, you should read the entire series to understand how Maggie and Jack are connected. This chapter moves their story forward in all sorts of ways. I read a digital ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Karen Troutman

    Every Kind of Wicked by Lisa Black Kensington Books Kensington General Fiction (Adult) | Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 25 Aug 2020 | Archive Date 28 Aug 2020 When I requested this book, I didn't know it was in a series. That may or may not effect my rating. I read Lisa Black because I love her books. She is a good writer and our patrons check her out! Thanks to Net Galley and Kensington Books for another great read! 4 star Every Kind of Wicked by Lisa Black Kensington Books Kensington General Fiction (Adult) | Mystery & Thrillers Pub Date 25 Aug 2020 | Archive Date 28 Aug 2020 When I requested this book, I didn't know it was in a series. That may or may not effect my rating. I read Lisa Black because I love her books. She is a good writer and our patrons check her out! Thanks to Net Galley and Kensington Books for another great read! 4 star

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dsbook

    Forensics expert Maggie Gardiner has many personal problems she has to deal with in this book. One being an ex husband. And one being her job. There are multiple deaths that must be solved. This is part of an ongoing series

  28. 4 out of 5

    Misty Williams

    I absolutely love Gardiner and Renner!!!! I love this series!! Very suspenseful read!! I never want these stories to end!! Highly highly recommended!!!!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lillian Cummings

    Maggie Gardiner is back and she still has so many unresolved feelings for Jack Renner, she knows that she can trust him but she still doesn't know what to do about their situation. She does want him to leave but she still wants him in her life. Jack knows that his time is running out with Maggie and that he will need to leave soon but it isn't that easy as he really cares for her. But he knows that if he stays longer he will be found out and that Maggie will be dragged down with him as well. The Maggie Gardiner is back and she still has so many unresolved feelings for Jack Renner, she knows that she can trust him but she still doesn't know what to do about their situation. She does want him to leave but she still wants him in her life. Jack knows that his time is running out with Maggie and that he will need to leave soon but it isn't that easy as he really cares for her. But he knows that if he stays longer he will be found out and that Maggie will be dragged down with him as well. Their latest case involves a young man found dead in the cemetery. Jack & his partner Thomas Riley need to find out more about this man and who wanted him dead. But they might have a bigger problem as Maggie's ex Rick, is going to Chicago and they both know that this could be big trouble for Jack but what can they do to stop him? This case just gets more complicated as it looks like it has to do with fraud and the suspects just keep on appearing. But before things can get sorted Rick is killed and Maggie knows that Jack didn't do it but she has a small moment of doubt. She needs to find out why he was killed and she knows that Jack will help her find out the truth. But how does this change everything between them? Will Jack leave her now? Do they have a chance a being together or will it change everything? A good read I was so waiting for that ending about time. I was lucky enough to receive a copy via Netgalley & the publishing house in exchange for my honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    This book did not hold my attention at all. I read the first twenty percent, skimmed the middle sixty percent, then read the final twenty without feeling that I missed anything. Lisa Black has a way of repeating herself, and then looking at the same scene from different angles, throws in hardboiled science, then calls it a day. Jack and Maggie’s so-called bond is starting to wear thin. They each hold the other’s secret, but now it does not seem to matter. Their lives have moved forward, Maggie’s This book did not hold my attention at all. I read the first twenty percent, skimmed the middle sixty percent, then read the final twenty without feeling that I missed anything. Lisa Black has a way of repeating herself, and then looking at the same scene from different angles, throws in hardboiled science, then calls it a day. Jack and Maggie’s so-called bond is starting to wear thin. They each hold the other’s secret, but now it does not seem to matter. Their lives have moved forward, Maggie’s ex-husband is trying to put Jack’s pieces together, but all that comes to a crashing halt when Jack and Maggie, and Rick and his partner, are called out to separate crime scenes that turn out to have more in common than what appears at first glance. After a couple of murders, fraud, money laundering, and a pill mill, there is one final scene that might complicate Jack and Maggie’s lives, but then again, with these two, nothing is ever guaranteed. I don’t know what happened with this book. It was flat, disjointed, throw everything at the proverbial wall, be done with it, and call it book six. Anyone starting with this book would find it a struggle to start the series from the beginning.

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