Warped Ambition

Warped Ambition

When the battered body of a teenage girl is found in a dumpster, Lieutenant Jo Riskin is called to take the case. Investigating with her partner, Detective Lynae Parker, Jo uncovers secrets, loyalties, and ambitions that give motives to a surprising number of suspects , including a boyfriend from the wrong side of the tracks.While immersed in her current case, Jo is battli...

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Title:Warped Ambition
Author:Debbie S. TenBrink
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ISBN:1940215846
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:250 pages

Warped Ambition Reviews

  • Sarah Veenkamp
    Feb 09, 2017

    Great! I'm not usually into the mystery series, but I can't wait for the next book! The characters are likable and you can imagine them being a friend. It was fun reading a book set in the city I live in, it was easy for me to imagine all the different settings that are described. I'm impressed!

  • Nikki
    Feb 10, 2017

    This first novel by Debbie S. Tenbrink was definitely not one to disappoint! The storyline pulls you in and this isn't a book you want to put down until you've reached the end. Very well-written, and now I have to wait for the next Jo Risken story to be written and released. Here is hoping that the wait isn't too long!

  • Rachel Armock
    Jan 01, 2017

    Warped Ambition is an engaging, exhilarating, witty crime novel with hugely likeable characters and a fast paced plot. It says a lot about a book that I could barely put it down, even during New Year's Eve party! I am very impressed with this authors first novel and can't wait to read what comes next!

  • Joyce
    Dec 30, 2016

    4 and stars

    When the body of a fifteen-year old girl in found in a dumpster, every cop on the scene feels as though they have stepped into a nightmare.

    Lieutenant Jo Riskin and her partner, Lynae Parker, answer the call. They find the girl’s purse which leads them to the parents of the girl in a rich neighborhood. What was Megan Tillman doing in a slum neighborhood? When the autopsy is finished, there is more devastating news to impart to the parents.

    After questioning friends, family and acquai

    4 and ½ stars

    When the body of a fifteen-year old girl in found in a dumpster, every cop on the scene feels as though they have stepped into a nightmare.

    Lieutenant Jo Riskin and her partner, Lynae Parker, answer the call. They find the girl’s purse which leads them to the parents of the girl in a rich neighborhood. What was Megan Tillman doing in a slum neighborhood? When the autopsy is finished, there is more devastating news to impart to the parents.

    After questioning friends, family and acquaintances, Jo and Lynae seemed to get nowhere. At the same time, Jo gets word from another detective that someone wants to talk to her. It turns out to be about a cop killing. Jo hopes it is about her husband, Mike, who was killed in the line of duty two years earlier.

    With the aid of forensics, the case of Megan Tillman moves along. Piecing together clues, Jo and her team move along toward an arrest. Politics rears its ugly head when they are told to go easy on one of the suspects. Jo takes this for what it’s worth.

    While the murderer doesn’t come as any surprise to me, it was fascinating to read how the police achieved their success.

    Oh yeah, and that other case? Jo, Lynae and her team solve that one too.

    This book is very well written, typo-free and well plotted. I truly enjoyed it and am pleased that a first time author made such a big hit. I can’t wait for the next in the series!

    Thanking Netgalley and Red Adept Publishing, LLC for forwarding me a copy of this book for me to read.

  • Susan
    Dec 31, 2016

    Lieutenant Jo Riskin is called in to investigate the death of a young girl found in a dumpster which reveals several suspects. While at the same time trying to find evidence in the murder of her husband.

    An interesting read with some likable characters, enough that I look forward to reading the next in the series. Though I did find that the guilty party became obvious.

    a NetGalley Book

  • Carol Peace
    Jan 12, 2017

    When Megan Tillman's body is found in a dumpster Lieutenant Jo Riskin is the one to deal with the case alongside her partner Lynae Parker. It seems 15 year old Megan was pregnant and Jo feels this has to has to have a bearing on why she was killed but who knew she was pregnant? They are not short of suspects and It seems at least one has the influence to make it difficult for them to question them, They keep hitting dead ends until they get a surprising lucky break, in the background Jo is still

    When Megan Tillman's body is found in a dumpster Lieutenant Jo Riskin is the one to deal with the case alongside her partner Lynae Parker. It seems 15 year old Megan was pregnant and Jo feels this has to has to have a bearing on why she was killed but who knew she was pregnant? They are not short of suspects and It seems at least one has the influence to make it difficult for them to question them, They keep hitting dead ends until they get a surprising lucky break, in the background Jo is still grieving for her husband who was killed in the line of duty 2 years ago but no one was ever caught. I loved following these two strong women characters throughout the investigation and though we do touch upon their personal life there is so much more to learn.

    I loved the book and can't wait for the next, I do hope there will be a next following these characters. A great debut book and a definate page turner.

    Thank you to NetGalley for a copy of the book.

  • Jackie Roche
    Jan 29, 2017

    I would like to thank NetGalley and Red Adept Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this which I voluntarily reviewed.

    This is a book which grabs you on page 1 and takes you on a thrilling roller-coaster ride that doesn't stop until the final sentence.

    For once I did guess correctly who the murderer was, but that certainly didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book.

    I liked Lieutenant Jo Riskin and her partner immediately.

    I look forward to reading more about them in future books.

  • Linda Strong
    Mar 01, 2017

    New book -- New author -- New series! 4.5 Stars

    Lt. Jo Riskin, along with her partner Det. Lynae Parker, are called to investigate a body found in a dumpster. The body turns out to be a 15-year-old teenager who was last seen in an abortion clinic. She has been badly battered.

    When they find that a friend of her father's gave her money for the abortion, the investigators immediately place him as the main suspect. He denies that the baby was his and he had an alibi ..of sorts. She also had a boyfrie

    New book -- New author -- New series! 4.5 Stars

    Lt. Jo Riskin, along with her partner Det. Lynae Parker, are called to investigate a body found in a dumpster. The body turns out to be a 15-year-old teenager who was last seen in an abortion clinic. She has been badly battered.

    When they find that a friend of her father's gave her money for the abortion, the investigators immediately place him as the main suspect. He denies that the baby was his and he had an alibi ..of sorts. She also had a boyfriend that had broken up with her when he found out she was pregnant.

    Secrets and lies abound as they rummage through the young girl's life and last moments.

    Meanwhile, Jo is looking onto another case on her own time. Her husband, also a cop, was killed during a drug raid. His killer has never been caught. She can't move on until she brings to justice the man who killed him.

    This crime drama, the author's debut novel, is very well written with entertaining and believable characters. I really enjoyed the relationship between the partners .... who are also best of friends. The ending was a bit of a surprise. I think there's the tiniest hint that the death of her husband and how it has affected her will continue in the next book.

    Many thanks to the author / Red Adept Publishing, LLC / and Netgalley for the digital copy of WARPED AMBITION. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  • Neil
    Mar 03, 2017

    I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a free review.

    The characters were full of depth and likeable.

    Unfortunately the story was fairly predictable.

  • Tracy Beth
    Mar 15, 2017

    3.5/5*