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Madison Kelly, a San Diego private investigator, arrives home to a note stabbed to her front door: "Stop investigating me, or I will hunt you down and kill you." The only problem? Madison hasn't been investigating anyone--she's been taking time off to figure out what to do with her life. But how does she prove a negative? The only way to remove the threat is to do exactly Madison Kelly, a San Diego private investigator, arrives home to a note stabbed to her front door: "Stop investigating me, or I will hunt you down and kill you." The only problem? Madison hasn't been investigating anyone--she's been taking time off to figure out what to do with her life. But how does she prove a negative? The only way to remove the threat is to do exactly what “Anonymous”, the note writer, is telling her not to do: investigate to see who left it. Could this have something to do with the true crime podcast she’s been tweeting about, and the missing girls? The girls went missing, two years apart, after a night at the clubs in San Diego's famed Gaslamp Quarter, and Madison had been probing the internet for clues. She discovers that someone has been one step ahead of her, monitoring her tweets to prevent her from getting too close. Soon Madison's investigation brings up more questions than answers: are the disappearances connected? Are the girls dead or did they just walk away from their lives? And who is Anonymous, the person who will stop at nothing to keep Madison from learning the truth? As she closes in, so does Anonymous. Set against a backdrop of surfer culture and coffee houses of San Diego, Anonymous follows Madison as she confronts the reality of the girls' disappearance in a terrifying climax where the hunter becomes the hunted--and Madison is running for her life.


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Madison Kelly, a San Diego private investigator, arrives home to a note stabbed to her front door: "Stop investigating me, or I will hunt you down and kill you." The only problem? Madison hasn't been investigating anyone--she's been taking time off to figure out what to do with her life. But how does she prove a negative? The only way to remove the threat is to do exactly Madison Kelly, a San Diego private investigator, arrives home to a note stabbed to her front door: "Stop investigating me, or I will hunt you down and kill you." The only problem? Madison hasn't been investigating anyone--she's been taking time off to figure out what to do with her life. But how does she prove a negative? The only way to remove the threat is to do exactly what “Anonymous”, the note writer, is telling her not to do: investigate to see who left it. Could this have something to do with the true crime podcast she’s been tweeting about, and the missing girls? The girls went missing, two years apart, after a night at the clubs in San Diego's famed Gaslamp Quarter, and Madison had been probing the internet for clues. She discovers that someone has been one step ahead of her, monitoring her tweets to prevent her from getting too close. Soon Madison's investigation brings up more questions than answers: are the disappearances connected? Are the girls dead or did they just walk away from their lives? And who is Anonymous, the person who will stop at nothing to keep Madison from learning the truth? As she closes in, so does Anonymous. Set against a backdrop of surfer culture and coffee houses of San Diego, Anonymous follows Madison as she confronts the reality of the girls' disappearance in a terrifying climax where the hunter becomes the hunted--and Madison is running for her life.

30 review for Anonymous: A Madison Kelly Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lex Kent

    3.50 Stars. This was a pretty good mystery book. There were things that definitely annoyed me, but the mystery itself was a lot of fun to read. Since I read a large amount of LGBTQ+ books, I do want to mention that this is not one of them. I saw this mystery book on Netgalley and it instantly grabbed my attention. One of my all-time favorite authors is the ultimate mystery novelist Sue Grafton (RIP). Her books about a California PI will always hold a special place in my heart. So when I saw that 3.50 Stars. This was a pretty good mystery book. There were things that definitely annoyed me, but the mystery itself was a lot of fun to read. Since I read a large amount of LGBTQ+ books, I do want to mention that this is not one of them. I saw this mystery book on Netgalley and it instantly grabbed my attention. One of my all-time favorite authors is the ultimate mystery novelist Sue Grafton (RIP). Her books about a California PI will always hold a special place in my heart. So when I saw that this book was by a mystery author with an appreciation for Grafton, also writing about a PI in California, and who is a PI in real life, I knew I had to read this. This is a debut book for Breck and although there were some bumps, there were parts that I really enjoyed. I enjoyed the premise of this book and it caught my attention right away. Madison, a PI, gets a threatening note on her door to stop investigating or she will die. The problem is she isn’t investigating anything at the moment so what is going on? The only thing Madison can think of doing is to start investigating since the police might not take the notes seriously. Will she be able to figure out what is going on before it’s too late? There are some mixed early reviews for this story and I’m not surprised. The main character is a type of character I can see rubbing people the wrong way. For one, she is pretty Mary Sue-ish. She is the most beautiful woman ever and I think it was only a quarter of the way into the book and already three different men want her. And of course she is one of the best investigators ever. I personally don’t mind Mary Sue characters; they just don’t really bother me. Yes, it was annoying all these men drooling over her, but I didn’t mind her being so great in the other areas. The second issue I expect some people to have was about the personality of the main character. I’m not into calling other women out their names, but this is a character and she really is bitchy and grumpy half the time. Again, this didn’t really bother me because I like my PI’s with some issues. I don’t like normal well-adjusted investigators. I want them to have flaws and problems especially if they are going to be “great” in so many other areas. What I did have an issue with was Madison’s attitude to certain things. She keeps insisting she is this strong woman and doesn’t need a man, yet she is constantly surrounded by them and every time something happens she goes running to them. It was really annoying. I just want to add there are no explicit sex scenes, but some sex off the page. Madison also stated how she just can’t understand other women and is only friends with men (insert giant eye roll here). Of course the one person who puts their neck on the line to help Madison the most ends up being a female friend. What made this book fun for me was the mystery. I thought it was really strong and well done. While I did guess who that “bad guy/gal” was pretty early on, I still was sucked into the story and really wanted to see how it would play out. There were turns in the mystery I didn’t expect and there were a number of exciting scenes that kept me turning the pages. I think Breck being a PI in real life really helped the mystery in a positive way. In conclusion, I would recommend this to mystery fans if you can get over the bumps. There are issues with this main character. She is shallow about looks and in denial about being boy crazy. She will say and act in ways that will probably annoy you, but the mystery really was fun. I’m guessing this is the start of a series and chances are reasonably high that I would read a book 2. With this being a debut I’m hopeful the bumps that were here would not be present in the next installment. An ARC was given to me for a honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    Anonymous is the first instalment in a new mystery series and tells the story of Madison "Maddie" Kelly, female private investigator--and alter-ego of author and P.I. Elizabeth Breck, set against the coffee houses and surfer culture of La Jolla, San Diego, CA. One day Madison goes for her usual jog but when she returns to her oceanfront apartment she discovers a deeply unsettling note pinned to her front door: "Stop investigating me or I will hunt you down and kill you. BITCH. No police,” it rea Anonymous is the first instalment in a new mystery series and tells the story of Madison "Maddie" Kelly, female private investigator--and alter-ego of author and P.I. Elizabeth Breck, set against the coffee houses and surfer culture of La Jolla, San Diego, CA. One day Madison goes for her usual jog but when she returns to her oceanfront apartment she discovers a deeply unsettling note pinned to her front door: "Stop investigating me or I will hunt you down and kill you. BITCH. No police,” it reads. There is also a strand of long blonde hair attached to the note, which she imagines was placed there by the note writer for a reason and not that it was merely an accident. Initially, she is confused by the threat because she is between jobs and is not currently investigating any cases. However, she then recalls that she tweeted about the cold cases of two young women that were featured on the true-crime podcast Crawlspace and had recently been sniffing around them informally. Samantha Erickson vanished after leaving a bar in the Gaslamp District four years ago and Elissa Alvarez on her way home from a bar in the same neighbourhood two years later. Maddie vows to carry on her informal investigation, even going so far as interviewing a host of possible suspects and uncovering some hidden agendas. Meanwhile, we see for ourselves the shady guys who could be her stalker, including a neighbour and an ex. This is a captivating start to what seems to be a promising series and there is plenty of action throughout to keep you glued to the pages. It feels authentic and realistic in terms of the plot, and I loved the fact that Maddie is based on Breck who is a PI herself; this makes me wonder how much of the cases are from experience. Although the cast of characters is limited this allowed extra attention to detail regarding our central figure and smart, sassy protagonist, Madison; I am already looking forward to watching her evolve and mature through the upcoming books. There is quite a bit of exposition is this novel but that's forgivable due to it being a series opener, and I am pleased the author took the time to introduce us to Maddie and the setting soundly. All in all, this is a unique and rapid-fire debut with a startling conclusion, and a highly recommended page-turner.

  3. 4 out of 5

    M. [storme reads a lot]

    Thrillers are awesome. I really like them, and I really like this one. Madison comes home and has a recieved a death threat to stop investigating someone. But she is confused because she has not been investigating so she doesn’t know what’s going on. She decides to do the opposite and figure out what’s going on. She finds a link between missing girls from years before. But now she’s being watched and she needs to be careful or she could be the next victim. I think this is a solid start to a series, Thrillers are awesome. I really like them, and I really like this one. Madison comes home and has a recieved a death threat to stop investigating someone. But she is confused because she has not been investigating so she doesn’t know what’s going on. She decides to do the opposite and figure out what’s going on. She finds a link between missing girls from years before. But now she’s being watched and she needs to be careful or she could be the next victim. I think this is a solid start to a series, and I would read more. I just don’t get why Madison has to be like so I’m a woman and don’t need a man... but there are men all over? If it’s about being a strong woman and feminist, she should be surrounded by strong female friends and stuff. Not men. I look forward to the next book in the series because I know it’s going to be awesome. Thank you NetGalley and Crooked Lane for the eARC. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    This book started off quickly and had an interesting premise- PI Madison comes home to a note on her door threatening her if she keeps investigating something but she isn't sure what the person means, she is isn't actively investigating anything, and is in between jobs doing insurance fraud work. She has been listening to a podcast about a couple girls that went missing in her hometown of San Diego, and wonders if this is what has caused the attention; curiosity gets the best of her and she star This book started off quickly and had an interesting premise- PI Madison comes home to a note on her door threatening her if she keeps investigating something but she isn't sure what the person means, she is isn't actively investigating anything, and is in between jobs doing insurance fraud work. She has been listening to a podcast about a couple girls that went missing in her hometown of San Diego, and wonders if this is what has caused the attention; curiosity gets the best of her and she starts digging in even deeper. There was a lot of action in this book and it was a good mystery- the author throws out a few red herrings, which makes the unmasking of the villain somewhat of a surprise (though that person had been on my list the whole time). The pace of the book is fairly fast, with a lot of characters that Madison connects together in various ways. The thing that wasn't so great about the book was the extreme detail, repetitive at parts, that the author goes into. I used to live in San Diego so I could picture all the highways and how they intersected but I doubt the average person has any interest in that level of detail. Also, Madison's attractive looks and height are brought up over and over again and it just wasn't necessary. This story does make you have to suspend your disbelief a bit- some of the things Madison does, finds, and gets access to seem pretty unlikely in real life, but served to help the pace of the book move along. Overall, a decent read that wasn't necessarily the most memorable book I'll read this year but held my interest throughout. Thanks to Netgalley for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Desiree

    Think every private eye looks like Tom Selleck and drives a flashy red Ferrari? Well, think again! Meet Madison Kelly – a tall, blonde, cool drink of water who revels in her hometown surfer haven in San Diego. She may not look like your average PI, but don’t let that fool you - she can definitely hold her own. Not even a battle with breast cancer can slow down this feisty, feminine force of nature. Madison, fresh off her first murder investigation, is taking some time off to decide which directio Think every private eye looks like Tom Selleck and drives a flashy red Ferrari? Well, think again! Meet Madison Kelly – a tall, blonde, cool drink of water who revels in her hometown surfer haven in San Diego. She may not look like your average PI, but don’t let that fool you - she can definitely hold her own. Not even a battle with breast cancer can slow down this feisty, feminine force of nature. Madison, fresh off her first murder investigation, is taking some time off to decide which direction she wants to take her career next – stick with her “old hat” of insurance fraud, or is the arena of high-stakes murder cases where her heart really lies? Out of the blue, Madison comes home to a threatening note nailed to her front door – with one of her long blonde hairs streaming from the nail, no less – warning her to back off her current investigation – only she’s not investigating anything currently. Convinced the threat is a result of her Tweets to a radio show about two cold cases involving missing young women from the Gaslight district. Not deterred by the threat, but inspired by it, Madison begins her own investigation of these seemingly similar disappearances. This spunky who-dunnit is a serious page turner with a lively and fun heroine. At times, I found myself wishing for a little more “show” rather than “tell” in the story, which left me feeling the novel could have used another round or two of editing to tighten up the descriptions and language. However, the story is solid and I have no doubt this series (of which this novel is the first) will be a favorite of those crime drama lovers out there (and I know there are a lot of you!). This is a winning formula for Elizabeth Breck, a first-time novelist, who brings her real-life private investigation experience to the fore in this energetic tale. Thank you to Crooked Lane Books and NetGalley.com who provided me this Advance Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review. #Anonymous #AMadisonKellyMystery #ElizabethBreck #CrookedLaneBooks #NetGalley

  6. 5 out of 5

    Robyn

    Not a terrible read, but one that drags a bit... starting at page 3! Maybe it is me, but I found the surfer dude thing a bit much ... so maybe it is a localized thing that sort of turned me off. I did think the plot was a bit slow and so often predictable... it just seemed to fail to pick up momentum. I found the writing a bit rough to plow through and I could never quite come to terms with the characters who were not quite fully developed... 3 stars Happy Reading!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of Anonymous. I'm always on the lookout for a new mystery series featuring a strong female protagonist so I was pleased when my request was approved. ** Minor spoilers ahead ** Madison Kelly is a PI, one of few female investigators in an field dominated by men. When a threatening note warns her off a case, Madison is concerned, her curiosity piqued. She's not working on any case but the threat leads her into investigating the cold cases of two missing young w Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of Anonymous. I'm always on the lookout for a new mystery series featuring a strong female protagonist so I was pleased when my request was approved. ** Minor spoilers ahead ** Madison Kelly is a PI, one of few female investigators in an field dominated by men. When a threatening note warns her off a case, Madison is concerned, her curiosity piqued. She's not working on any case but the threat leads her into investigating the cold cases of two missing young women. I liked Madison; she was tenacious, resourceful and a survivor. The loss of both her parents to cancer had caused her to rely only on herself, least of all dependent on a man. A strong heroine who doesn't need a man to feel fulfilled in her life will always count me as a fan, but I noticed how often the author has to tell the reader about how attractive Madison is, how she always turns a man's head, how striking she is, how so many guys are attracted to her. For a woman who doesn't need a man, she's surrounded by nothing but men. Now, I'm not sure if the author did this unintentionally, as if she needed to remind readers that Madison's femininity was not diminished after surviving breast cancer or to stress the fact that even though Madison doesn't depend on a man for anything, she is still an empowered but attractive female, which defeats the purpose of Madison's stance as a plucky investigator. All the men and their machinations surrounding Madison got to be distracting, and sometimes pulled me away from the narrative. The writing was good, and the plot wasn't bad. I would give the next book in the series a chance, provided it tones down the "all the guys want Madison" not so subtle recurring theme.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Coco Carré

    Content warnings: misogyny, physical abuse, domestic violence Madison Kelly, private investigator, comes home from a jog to find a note, and her hair, stabbed to her front door: “Stop investigating me, or I will hunt you down and kill you.” Unfortunately, Madison is in a career lull, and isn’t investigating anyone. The only way to figure out who’s threatening her is to risk her life, and start investigating the letter. There are several ways that Anonymous falls into clichés, but one of its larges Content warnings: misogyny, physical abuse, domestic violence Madison Kelly, private investigator, comes home from a jog to find a note, and her hair, stabbed to her front door: “Stop investigating me, or I will hunt you down and kill you.” Unfortunately, Madison is in a career lull, and isn’t investigating anyone. The only way to figure out who’s threatening her is to risk her life, and start investigating the letter. There are several ways that Anonymous falls into clichés, but one of its largest, and most pervasive problems, is its heroine. Madison is every overused bestseller PI trope, rolled into one blonde, tall, beautiful package. She’s smarter than everyone else around her. (She doesn’t, however, understand California law about what constitutes stalking). She hates guns, but she manages to have one at the ready every time she needs one. She’s better at following someone than the police. She manages to have three men vie for her attention and affection somehow. And, because each detective protagonist has to have a quirk, she has a double mastectomy with reconstruction (which she brings up at many points), and EXTREMELY unlikely luck, which is also stated without irony several times in the text. She is so fortunate, in fact, that she manages to find a cell phone lost by a murder victim 4 years ago by dropping a bracelet, which she slides out along with the phone. She also has a habit of name-dropping famous mystery authors, like Sue Grafton, and comparing herself to them. Warning: Beyond this point, there are SPOILERS for Anonymous. I normally omit as many plot details as possible, but I would not be able to explain some of the problems with this novel without discussing the weak points of its plot. Worse than being an extreme example of a Mary Sue, the narration provided by Madison has a heavy undercurrent of internalized misogyny. At one point in the novel, Madison meets a woman who wants to hire her in order to help with a divorce from her physically abusive husband—but the husband finds out about the meeting beforehand, and knows Madison’s name. Madison immediately condemns her as a “stupid woman,” and goes on a tangent about hating dumb women, before telling the wife that she’s on her own, and that she made a stupid mistake in an unprofessional and disrespectful way. Later in the story, Madison calls her again, and the wife has done just as she’s asked: left the husband, and gone to stay with a relative. Madison takes a moment to reflect on this, instead of as a positive development, as a waste of her time caused by a rich, spoiled woman who only wanted more money in her divorce. In addition to she characterizes of cancer patients with a worse prognosis/more aggressive treatment of her as weak people, and frames walking out of the cancer center after surgery as a victory over not becoming one of them. Madison’s thinly-veiled superiority complex reveals her as an extremely offensive and unlikable protagonist with few redeeming factors, even for a reader who likes antiheroes or protagonists with major flaws. Unfortunately, the novel’s other characters aren’t any better. Many are stereotypes, especially of blonde surfer men, police officers, or Hispanic women. Furthermore, a lesbian character is included, but is characterized as unintelligent, obsessive, and annoying by Madison, and has very little to do in the plot. I can’t help but feel that it would have been less derogatory to omit this character than to include her in the novel, as it feels like tokenism. The settings of the novel are less than exciting, as they’re areas that are reproduced time and time again in mystery novels and TV: beaches, coffee shops, bars, restaurants, apartments. The pacing isn’t slow, but if you’re familiar with the mystery genre, there’s a good chance that you’ll realize key elements of the plot before its heroine does. The conclusion of the book makes logical sense, but also is less than satisfying, as it takes several deus ex machina to get there. Madison hasn’t changed much by the end, either, apart from admitting a tiny bit of fear to her surfer love interest, who returns the affectionate confession – who then, inexplicably, runs away from the scene of Madison’s near-murder because he sees a great wave. I can’t recommend Anonymous in its current state, although I normally love to let people know about books with a strong female lead. Its quality would have been greatly improved by rethinking its main character, using a sensitivity reader, and relying less on luck or statistically impossible circumstances to push the plot forward.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aleana Harris

    Madison is private investigator she just arrive home to find a note on her door saying Stop investigating me, or I will hunt you down and kill you. While she looks around to spot anything else suspicious she baffled because she hasn’t been investigating anything lately. As she thinks about what she wants to do next and not so quick to be warn off she decide to do the opposite of what the note said and starts to investigate. She starts to wonder if it has anything to do with her tweets about a cr Madison is private investigator she just arrive home to find a note on her door saying Stop investigating me, or I will hunt you down and kill you. While she looks around to spot anything else suspicious she baffled because she hasn’t been investigating anything lately. As she thinks about what she wants to do next and not so quick to be warn off she decide to do the opposite of what the note said and starts to investigate. She starts to wonder if it has anything to do with her tweets about a crime podcast. As she dig deeper she realizes the note is link to two young girls who went missing years apart but she start to realize someone has been follow her and been two step ahead of her now she knows that hunter is being hunted as she race to solve this crime she have to make sure she makes it alive herself. I really enjoy this read I can totally see this on screen as I was reading this I so picture Kyra Sedgwick or Zoie Palmer as Madison. I hope the author is planning to write more about Madison Kelly I received an ARC copy of this book from the Publisher via Netgalley and voluntarily leaving my review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    It took me longer than usual to read this book because it started out a bit too slow for me. However, I'm finally finished and it ended well! Madison Kelly a Private Investigator comes home after her run to find a note speared to her door. " Stop investigating me or I will hunt you down and kill you. BITCH. No police." She's Baffled as to why someone would leave such a note because she WAS NOT INVESTINGATING anyone!! If someone was hoping to scare her, it backfired. Now her interest was piqued. It took me longer than usual to read this book because it started out a bit too slow for me. However, I'm finally finished and it ended well! Madison Kelly a Private Investigator comes home after her run to find a note speared to her door. " Stop investigating me or I will hunt you down and kill you. BITCH. No police." She's Baffled as to why someone would leave such a note because she WAS NOT INVESTINGATING anyone!! If someone was hoping to scare her, it backfired. Now her interest was piqued. What does she do? The complete opposite. She immediately tries to figure out what prompted this. Finally, she concluded that this occurred because of some tweets she posted after listening to a podcast about two missing girls. Madison immediately launches an investigation of her own to figure out who Anonymous is. The story gradually picked up from there. I loved the character Madison because she's very strong, determined and independent. She is not intimidated by anyone even though she has some trust issues. I think the next Madison Kelly will be something to look forward to. I would recommend this book. However, I*m giving this book three stars just because it started out too slow for me. Thank you NetGalley, Crooked Lane Books and Elizabeth Breck for Anonymous

  11. 5 out of 5

    Addie BookCrazyBlogger

    Madison Kelly is a private investigator living in San Diego, California. She comes home one morning to find a threatening note to “stop investigating me,” nailed to her door, along with a piece of her own hair-except Madison doesn’t currently have a case. The only thing Madison has going on, is listening to a true-crime podcast about two girls who went missing from San Diego after drunken nights found and tweeting her theories about the case to the podcast hosts. Madison starts investigating the Madison Kelly is a private investigator living in San Diego, California. She comes home one morning to find a threatening note to “stop investigating me,” nailed to her door, along with a piece of her own hair-except Madison doesn’t currently have a case. The only thing Madison has going on, is listening to a true-crime podcast about two girls who went missing from San Diego after drunken nights found and tweeting her theories about the case to the podcast hosts. Madison starts investigating the threat to her life and in doing so, finds more questions then answers. Will Madison find the murderer...or will the murderer find Madison before it’s too late? This is a switch-up on the usual police procedurals I read and I liked it. It’s not often you have a ballsy, powerful female in a P.I. role and Madison brings it. The author does a great job of educating the reader on what qualifications and the daily grind of a P.I. The dialogue could have been tightened up but honestly, it was still pretty enjoyable to follow. If you’re looking for an easy to read book with a badass female in charge, look no further, Madison Kelly is here to take care of you.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    An interesting start to a new series. Madison is a private investigator who finds herself under the eye of a villain for an investigation she's not conducting. That's right. But, because of that, she finds herself looking into the case of two women who went missing. This is set in San Diego and those is live in the area (or have spent time there) will appreciate the local color which adds to the story. Madison herself is a conundrum. She's had a double mastectomy, sees herself as a strong femini An interesting start to a new series. Madison is a private investigator who finds herself under the eye of a villain for an investigation she's not conducting. That's right. But, because of that, she finds herself looking into the case of two women who went missing. This is set in San Diego and those is live in the area (or have spent time there) will appreciate the local color which adds to the story. Madison herself is a conundrum. She's had a double mastectomy, sees herself as a strong feminist who doesn't need a man, and yet she is dismissive of other women for a variety of reasons and surrounds herself with men. And enough already about how beautiful she is. I didn't find her likable and I should have seen her as the sort of spunky protagonist Break wanted her to be. That said, the mystery itself is well done. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. Give it a try- I'd like to see another outing.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    Anonymous by Elizabeth Breck is an intriguing mystery with a strong lead character. Madison Kelly is a private investigator who mainly works with insurance companies. While taking time off work, she is listening to true crime podcasts. She is very interested in a podcast about two unsolved murders that occurred in the local area. Four years ago, Samantha Erickson went missing after a night of drinking in the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. Two years after her disappearance, Elissa Alvarez vanished fro Anonymous by Elizabeth Breck is an intriguing mystery with a strong lead character. Madison Kelly is a private investigator who mainly works with insurance companies. While taking time off work, she is listening to true crime podcasts. She is very interested in a podcast about two unsolved murders that occurred in the local area. Four years ago, Samantha Erickson went missing after a night of drinking in the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. Two years after her disappearance, Elissa Alvarez vanished from another bar in the same vicinity. Madison has been interacting with the podcasters and other listeners on twitter. So when she arrives home after a jog one morning to find a threatening note on her door, she is first confused about what the note writer is referring to.  Madison soon becomes certain she is being warned about her on-line musings about the missing women.  This attempt at intimidation piques her curiosity so she begins seriously investigating the two cases.  Will Madison unmask a killer? Or will she become the next victim? Madison is an independent woman who mainly relies on no one but herself both in business and her personal life. In the past, she has depended on her friendship with local police Detective Tom Clark for occasional assistance. However, their relationship has recently been strained for several months. She pushes aside her uneasiness and asks him to analyze the notes for her. Meanwhile, she begins retracing Elissa and Samantha's movements on the nights they vanished. Madison also interviews the family members and friends of each woman hoping they will have information to aid her investigation. Madison's private life is fairly solitary and she has a bit of a friends with benefits relationship with local surfer Dave Rich. Deciding to expand her social network, she agrees to go out with one of her neighbors.  When she unearths startling new evidence, Madison arranges to meet Tom and he introduces her to his friend Ken. As she inches closer and closer to solving the cases, Madison is uncertain whom she can trust. Anonymous is a clever mystery with interesting twists and turns. Madison is a likable protagonist but she is sometimes a little too trusting. The investigations are evenly paced but Madison's instincts are not quite as sharply honed as she believes. Although a fairly easy to solve whodunnit, Elizabeth Breck pulls off a suspenseful denouement. This well-written debut is a promising beginning for the Madison Kelly Mystery series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deb

    Looking forward to more Madison! Disclaimer: I am not an avid mystery reader. I thoroughly enjoyed Breck's debut novel. The storyline was well-paced and thought through. There were one or two things that I predicted but they added to the anticipation of the events rather than detract from the fun of the read. I appreciated Madison's inner dialogue that demonstrated self-awaredness and desire for growth. I read a few critical reviews on Madison's woman-hating, but she admits she is overly critical Looking forward to more Madison! Disclaimer: I am not an avid mystery reader. I thoroughly enjoyed Breck's debut novel. The storyline was well-paced and thought through. There were one or two things that I predicted but they added to the anticipation of the events rather than detract from the fun of the read. I appreciated Madison's inner dialogue that demonstrated self-awaredness and desire for growth. I read a few critical reviews on Madison's woman-hating, but she admits she is overly critical and aims to correct it. I can 100% relate to that. I tend to expect more from women, not saying it's right or fair, but I do. I can also identify with her desire to do everything on her own. I want to be a strong independent woman and rely on no man, but sometimes that fitting won't budge and i have to ask for help. It always feels crappy knowing I couldn't do it on my own. Madison, I feel ya, girl. Breck may make me a mystery-lover with more stories like these.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sameena Jehanzeb

    So, I finished Anonymous last night and it was a good read. I had a bit of a difficult time connecting with Madison in the beginning. She is pictured as one of these strong females who doesn't need a man to be safed, which is all right, but it felt forced sometimes. Also I think it was one or two times mentioned too often that she is a tall women next to other repetitions. As this is an ARC maybe it gets edited more before the final release but anyway that's small stuff. I enjoyed the story and So, I finished Anonymous last night and it was a good read. I had a bit of a difficult time connecting with Madison in the beginning. She is pictured as one of these strong females who doesn't need a man to be safed, which is all right, but it felt forced sometimes. Also I think it was one or two times mentioned too often that she is a tall women next to other repetitions. As this is an ARC maybe it gets edited more before the final release but anyway that's small stuff. I enjoyed the story and the author made it difficult to trust anyone therefore concealing who did it worked well for me. As this is the start to a new series I'll keep an eye out for more of Madison and her investigations. ***My thanks to NetGalley and Crooked Lane for providing me with the eARC in exchange of my honest opinion.***

  16. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Brown

    I love this book! Madison Kelly is the new, kick ass private investigator on the scene and this series will become the next one you can't put down. I sure couldn't put it down and read it in one weekend! With a well-balanced combination of humor, romance, pathos and mystery along with a roller-coaster of a story, there is something for everyone. A must read! I can't wait for the rest of the series! I love this book! Madison Kelly is the new, kick ass private investigator on the scene and this series will become the next one you can't put down. I sure couldn't put it down and read it in one weekend! With a well-balanced combination of humor, romance, pathos and mystery along with a roller-coaster of a story, there is something for everyone. A must read! I can't wait for the rest of the series!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Wayward Readers Book Blog

    A very slow paced plot that failed to pick up momentum. The narrative does touch on sensitive subject matters, however, they are not ones that are new to this genre. The characters were severely underdeveloped and the writing itself was hard to get through. Perhaps a better fit for those looking for a slow, easy read. 1 star

  18. 5 out of 5

    Annarella

    Even if I appreciated how the author dealt with the social issues I found the story very slow and it didn't keep my attention. Not my cup of tea. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine Even if I appreciated how the author dealt with the social issues I found the story very slow and it didn't keep my attention. Not my cup of tea. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rubie Clark

    What a tough female character. In this book! I'm anxious to read more from this series of books. This reminds me of some of Lisa Gardner's books. Great story and I loved the whole book! Thank You NetGalley for this ARC! What a tough female character. In this book! I'm anxious to read more from this series of books. This reminds me of some of Lisa Gardner's books. Great story and I loved the whole book! Thank You NetGalley for this ARC!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Gloria

    Excellent crime procedural..can't be cop procedural because she's a PI. Nice detecting skills and organizing the search. She doesn't try to hide that she is afraid of death threats but that she continues to investigate besides the fear. Excellent crime procedural..can't be cop procedural because she's a PI. Nice detecting skills and organizing the search. She doesn't try to hide that she is afraid of death threats but that she continues to investigate besides the fear.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This book reads like a first published novel because it is a first published novel. I think the author has some stories to tell, and her next book(s) are going to be way more polished. I look forward to reading more in the future.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Listened to audiobook. Strong plot was well-executed. Writing is clunky and sometimes trite. Hoping this is a debut and that these drawbacks might improve.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jay

    I will be doing a review of this book for Mystery Scene magazine and will update the review with a link whenever it ends up going online.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cristal (Professional Book Procrastinator)

    3.5

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nicola Brickley

    Good story.good who dunning. Who can you trust?

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elena Taylor

    Check back for my review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

  28. 5 out of 5

    Donna

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Macomber

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karen Post

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