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All married couples should have interests outside the marriage. It’s a truism, a maxim, a golden rule. It’s also a recipe for disaster, if that interest turns to passion, not for what your doing, but who you’re doing it with. Detective John Stone had a marriage made in heaven. His wife was young, beautiful and smart, and she was his partner in the Cold Cases unit at the 43rd All married couples should have interests outside the marriage. It’s a truism, a maxim, a golden rule. It’s also a recipe for disaster, if that interest turns to passion, not for what your doing, but who you’re doing it with. Detective John Stone had a marriage made in heaven. His wife was young, beautiful and smart, and she was his partner in the Cold Cases unit at the 43rd. They were tight, close, and practically telepathic. At least, that was what he’d always thought - until she got an interest outside their marriage, and that interest became a passion. It was a passion for a youth club, a passion to help young kids escape the gangs and the crime of the Bronx. It was a passion that was keeping her away from home late into the night, week after week - a passion she shared with Sergeant Tony Sanchez of the 45th. A passion that had a hot coal burning in John Stone’s belly, as he dined alone at home for the third month in a row. A passion that led to hot-blooded murder, with Dehan set squarely in the frame.


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All married couples should have interests outside the marriage. It’s a truism, a maxim, a golden rule. It’s also a recipe for disaster, if that interest turns to passion, not for what your doing, but who you’re doing it with. Detective John Stone had a marriage made in heaven. His wife was young, beautiful and smart, and she was his partner in the Cold Cases unit at the 43rd All married couples should have interests outside the marriage. It’s a truism, a maxim, a golden rule. It’s also a recipe for disaster, if that interest turns to passion, not for what your doing, but who you’re doing it with. Detective John Stone had a marriage made in heaven. His wife was young, beautiful and smart, and she was his partner in the Cold Cases unit at the 43rd. They were tight, close, and practically telepathic. At least, that was what he’d always thought - until she got an interest outside their marriage, and that interest became a passion. It was a passion for a youth club, a passion to help young kids escape the gangs and the crime of the Bronx. It was a passion that was keeping her away from home late into the night, week after week - a passion she shared with Sergeant Tony Sanchez of the 45th. A passion that had a hot coal burning in John Stone’s belly, as he dined alone at home for the third month in a row. A passion that led to hot-blooded murder, with Dehan set squarely in the frame.

30 review for In Hot Blood

  1. 4 out of 5

    Phrynne

    I suppose after so many books our perfect team of cold case detectives was bound to have a falling out, especially as they are a married couple. It was a big change for the series since Dehan and Stone usually get on so well they practically read each others minds. However when Carmen is accused of murder Stone will do anything in his power to clear her name. As usual the book is action packed and moves fast. Emotions run high and not everyone acts the way they normally would. I enjoyed the way S I suppose after so many books our perfect team of cold case detectives was bound to have a falling out, especially as they are a married couple. It was a big change for the series since Dehan and Stone usually get on so well they practically read each others minds. However when Carmen is accused of murder Stone will do anything in his power to clear her name. As usual the book is action packed and moves fast. Emotions run high and not everyone acts the way they normally would. I enjoyed the way Stone and Dehan worked through their issues and then dealt with the case in the same way they always do despite the fact that this time it was personal. This is such a great series - please write some more Mr Banner!!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tommy McQuillan

    John Stone and Carmen Deehan are partners on the cold case unit in the 43rd precinct in New York, they're also husband and wife too. This book starts with Stone not being able to sleep so he gets up and alternates between looking out of the window and looking at Deehan his sleeping wife wondering where it's all gone wrong. At 6.00 am he goes for a shower and goes downstairs to prepare breakfast and is joined by Deehan after she had showered too. Stone is standing eating a slice of toast and has a John Stone and Carmen Deehan are partners on the cold case unit in the 43rd precinct in New York, they're also husband and wife too. This book starts with Stone not being able to sleep so he gets up and alternates between looking out of the window and looking at Deehan his sleeping wife wondering where it's all gone wrong. At 6.00 am he goes for a shower and goes downstairs to prepare breakfast and is joined by Deehan after she had showered too. Stone is standing eating a slice of toast and has a cup of coffee in his hand. Deehan notices he doesn't look quite right and asks what's wrong? Stone then asks her if she has feelings for Detective Tony Sanchez an officer from the 45th precinct she's been working with at a youth club to stop underprivileged kids getting into gangs and crime? Deehan is flabbergasted and can't believe her ears and asks where this is coming from? Stone says that he hasn't seen her at home for 3 months as she's always at the youth club. Stone is also a lot older than Deehan and Tony is her age and a handsome young man. Deehan is hurt by the accusation and admits that although she'd been neglecting him lately it was all for the benefit of the kids and she only loved him. In the middle of this conversation the door bell rings, it's their colleague Mo from the 43rd precinct and he asks what time Deehan had arrived home the previous night? Deehan answers between 10 and 10.15 pm and asks why he wants to know? He asks if she's ever been to Tony Sanchez home? Deehan and Stone are becoming annoyed and ask what's going on? Mo then tells them he's here to arrest Deehan for the murder of Tony Sanchez as her finger prints are on the murder weapon, Tony's police issue .38, and the bannisters of the House and the head and base board of the bed. Deehan can't believe her ears and Stone goes to check the pockets of her jacket and finds nitrile glove and evidence bags. Tony's wife Astrid had been at a company dinner the previous evening as they had just landed another property deal and when she'd come home she went to the study to pour herself a nightcap and was confronted by an armed assailant who fired 3 shots and she managed to fire 2 in return. After she had saw them make off through the garden and into the woods she'd gone immediately to check on her husband and was faced with a grizzly scene of finding Tony dead, shot 4 times centre mass in the stomach. After convincing Stone she was innocent, she'd never been to the family home and never ever handled Tony's gun, and that he was the only man for her they go about solving the crime, after she's freed on bail. Stone and Deehan's boss DCI John Newman call Stone in and asks if the allegations that one of his best officers has been arrested for the murder of another cop are true? Stone admits they are but also that someone is obviously framing Deehan but who and why? The case is being handled by a DI Blakemore at the 45th and when Stone goes to see him to explain that Deehan was being set up all he's met with is belligerence. As far as Blakemore is concerned this is a slam dunk as Deehan's fingerprints are on the murder weapon and all over the residence where his body was found, the DA thiinks the same too. When Stone and Deehan start discussing the youth club they make a list of all the people their apart from her and Tony. Their was caretaker and a psychoanalyst named Shanna who checked the kids mental state and the kids themselves as well as a couple of cops from the 45th precinct too. Stone asks Deehan to think if there was ever anything unusual had happened in the three months she'd been there. She suddenly recalled a tall, skinny black guy in deep conversation with the caretaker he was named Tombs on account of his teeth looking like tombstones. Tombs then approaches Deehan asks her if she'd be interested in a one off job for his boss for which she would be well rewarded? On hearing this Deehan realises he's asking her to do a hit and frisks him and searches his bag then tells him to get lost. He tells her she'll regret turning him down and she'd made a big mistake. With things looking bleak Stone decides to hire Saul Cohen the best attorney in New York who's regular clients are known mafioso. Saul would love nothing better than to stick it to the NYPD but even he thinks it's a slam dunk and Deehan is guilty. Stone then begins to point out that he and Deehan, a decorated police officer, always carry nitrile gloves and evidence bags everywhere they go, there's no way she'd be that sloppy and leave fingerprints anywhere. And Saul points out, yet there they are in situ at the murder scene. After their meeting with Saul he advises them to stay at the hotel where he does till the case comes to trial, if it comes to trial? Stone is owed leave and John Newman his boss tells him he's got the file of what the 45th have on Deehan but obviously he can't show and it can't leave the office but if Newman was called away then the file's just sitting there alone. It makes for grim reading but Stone knows the woman he loves is being set up and he'll go to any lengths to make sure she doesn't spend the next 30 years in prison. On leaving the precinct his phone rings and its the widow Astrid Sanchez though professionally she goes by the name Astrid Meyer. She inherited a realty company from her father, her great grandfather a German had emigrated to New York and they all became realtors and had built a successful portfolio all over the city. Astrid would like to meet Stone and she could send a car for him. 5 minutes later a car arrive and the driver tells him his name is Stuart, on the short drive to the home of Mrs Meyer, Stuart tells of a woman with a hard outer shell but she's basically got a good heart. When they arrive a maid shows him into the lounge where Astrid Meyer stands, a cold looking woman who's obviously distressed at the loss of her younger husband. Stone asks why she wanted to see him? She immediately goes into a tirade of abuse asking how he could defend his whore of a wife who murdered her lover as he wouldn't leave his wife. Stone defends Deehan and tells her his wife carries latex gloves everywhere she goes and had them with her on the night of the murder, so it was obvious she was being framed. Mrs Meyer had called her husband an angel loved by all who knew him and at that Stone said would you rather an innocent person went to jail or the real murderer, she hissed that he should've been able to control his woman better and threw Stone out. Stone then goes to see Shana the psychoanalyst to get her take on what happened and she also says that Tony and Deehan were having a torrid affair but she wasn't the only one he was sleeping with. It seemed that Tony was universally liked by all but had being have a series of one night stands as well and he'd bought a house secretly to conduct these affairs, as well as allegedly bedding Deehan. Shana and Tony had actually been best friends since childhood and all through school and college and now she was seeing him in a professional capacity too as his analyst she knew all his secrets. She insisted that Deehan was lying to Stone that the affair was very real and that Stone had to take his head out of his ass and see the truth that was right in front of him, his wife was a whore and killed her lover in a jealous rage. Stone felt that Shanna was holding something else back but he couldn't work out what? Suddenly Stone receives a call from Astrid Meyer again apologising for her outburst and could she see him again. This time she's more personable and asks that if he's so convinced his wife is innocent she couldn't live with her going down for a crime she didn't commit. She asked him to try to find the real killer and because she was well connected offered to use her influence in any way she could. Stone points out it will also give her closure even although it won't bring her beloved Tony back. He asks to see the crime which hasn't been touched since the forensics team left and she allows him to take a look but she can't face going with him. Stone walks around the scene and notices a hell of a lot of blood for a guy who was shot four times centre mass. The victim would've died quickly so the amount of blood at the scene just didn't tally up. As he thanks Astrid for her cooperation and leaves he bumps into Stuart her driver who has a cottage on the grounds of the Meyer ancestral home. He asks him how on the night of the murder he didn't hear the shots being fired, seven in total, Stuart informs him that both his and the ancestral home have triple glazing and that unless a window was open he couldn't possibly have heard a thing. Stuart then makes an odd statement that on his return to his home after dropping off Astrid at her works do he should've known something bad was going to happen due to the banshee scream he heard from the woods, he thought this was an omen. How was Stone going to keep Deehan from going to jail for a crime she didn't commit? Was Tony the angel he was made out to be? Was everything in his marriage as rosy as it seemed? Is Blakemore going to do any real police work and see if there could possibly be any other culprits? Is there something altogether more sinister going on here? Who is the mysterious tombs and who is he working for? Was there really a banshee signalling a portent of the evil to occur later that evening. You'll have to read the book to find out.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ann Roesinger

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Stone and Dehan return in their 25th book. If all I said was I pre-order every book in the Dead Cold series, those who know the number if books I read, would be impressed with my opinion of Blake Banner as an author. But lets not stop there. In Hot Blood Banner has ratcheted up the series. Faced with the possibility his wife has not only "lost interest", but also set herself on a course of self destruction; Detective Stone is forced to question the essence of his career and emotions. The evidence Stone and Dehan return in their 25th book. If all I said was I pre-order every book in the Dead Cold series, those who know the number if books I read, would be impressed with my opinion of Blake Banner as an author. But lets not stop there. In Hot Blood Banner has ratcheted up the series. Faced with the possibility his wife has not only "lost interest", but also set herself on a course of self destruction; Detective Stone is forced to question the essence of his career and emotions. The evidence points to an affair and murder! The police and DA see a " slam dunk" while Stone sees his world falling apart. Only by hiring a shady lawyer and investigating the investigators does he see a possibility of clearing Dehan's name. But his search for the truth only leads to more accusations and evidence. Is this the end if the best Detective team in the 43rd?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin B Hart

    Sadly I had to suspend all belief to finish this book. Great series but the author seems to moving both the Stone and Dehan characters away from elegant sleuthing to hardcore intimidation, and in the case of this title, zero regard for the rule of law. We are to accept that Stone can assault, threaten, intimidate multiple characters with impunity, on top of conducting an investigation that he has been ordered to not be involved in. Laughably, several characters accept this "bad behavior" rather Sadly I had to suspend all belief to finish this book. Great series but the author seems to moving both the Stone and Dehan characters away from elegant sleuthing to hardcore intimidation, and in the case of this title, zero regard for the rule of law. We are to accept that Stone can assault, threaten, intimidate multiple characters with impunity, on top of conducting an investigation that he has been ordered to not be involved in. Laughably, several characters accept this "bad behavior" rather than filing complaints against him. I hope this is just a temporary tangent in the series and the duo get back to solving crimes without trampling over peoples rights.

  5. 5 out of 5

    dennis barron

    In Not Blood Blake Banner Detective Dehan, Detective Stones partner and wife is being framed for a murder she didn't commit. All the evidence points to her. A slam dunk case. A jealous and extremely wealthy wife with connections to a homicide detective with connections to criminals to stage and execute a murder. The wife's motive as well as the crooked homicide detective and his hired help? A motive as old as time. Money. Another excellent read on this series. Enjoyed immensely!!! In Not Blood Blake Banner Detective Dehan, Detective Stones partner and wife is being framed for a murder she didn't commit. All the evidence points to her. A slam dunk case. A jealous and extremely wealthy wife with connections to a homicide detective with connections to criminals to stage and execute a murder. The wife's motive as well as the crooked homicide detective and his hired help? A motive as old as time. Money. Another excellent read on this series. Enjoyed immensely!!!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Chrystal Evans

    It's 4 starts but only just. Story was convoluted. Very little of Dehan in it except when questioning her character. So snippets of the Stone and Dehan duo we love and there was a good plot there but there were some large flaws in the logic of the murder. Like why would someone try and bring Dehan into it knowing who she is, why not just frame someone in the picture and close to him like Shana? Blakemorea character was annoying and Astrid letting Stone in seemed implausible. I enjoyed parts of it It's 4 starts but only just. Story was convoluted. Very little of Dehan in it except when questioning her character. So snippets of the Stone and Dehan duo we love and there was a good plot there but there were some large flaws in the logic of the murder. Like why would someone try and bring Dehan into it knowing who she is, why not just frame someone in the picture and close to him like Shana? Blakemorea character was annoying and Astrid letting Stone in seemed implausible. I enjoyed parts of it unit felt let down by a lot of it also

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nancy E. Hamner

    Another great twisted mystery I love the Dead Cold Series and have enjoyed the twist and turns of each and every one. From the very first book the interaction between the main characters intrigued me and kept me waiting for the next one. Love the brilliant minds of Carmen, and John in particular. I enjoy all the deep thoughts and situations and the struggles to untangle them. I did not intend to get hooked, but I’m still coming back for more.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Terrill D.

    Another in a great series by a great “Indie” Author. “The Dead Cold Mystery Series” has always been one of my favorite reads and a series I’ve always looked forward to the arrival of a new book. A great deal has happened over the years since I read book one. However one thing has not. That one thing is that each book has been a great story. This book is no exception and I highly recommend it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    Dead Cold Strikes Another Hit The Dead Cold series is a favorite of mine. I have enjoyed following Dehan and Stone in their adventures. This is an easy reading series, I look forward to each new book. Can’t wait for #26 in 2021. Banner’s storytelling has kept me happily occupied during a difficult year.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Larry Souverielle

    Banner kills it again Corney lead in, I know. I couldn't resist. Blake Banner continues to impress with story plots that are creative and always have new twists. Stone and Dehan are like old friends whose stories never make you tire. This book had me concerned and intrigued from the first page and never let up. great job again Blake. Banner kills it again Corney lead in, I know. I couldn't resist. Blake Banner continues to impress with story plots that are creative and always have new twists. Stone and Dehan are like old friends whose stories never make you tire. This book had me concerned and intrigued from the first page and never let up. great job again Blake.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Monroe Bryant

    Whoop, he did it again Ok, still has me up too late reading “just one more chapter”. This one was a little different in that Dehan didn’t have quite a large role but was..... ok can’t tell you, read it for yourself.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stan Robison

    John Stone, you are the man! The story line is exceptional with many twists and turns!! And the love that mirrors a relationship of triumph and of tragedy in the lives of our heroes and our combatants.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gene Ewald

    Disappointing after two dozen great reads. This had a great plot and I enjoyed it the first time I read it by another author. Framed for murder? High profile victim family? Transferred prints? Animal blood? Faked shootout missing all valuables? We really expected more, Blake.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sanjay Kumar

    The great storm This is the same story retold - book 4 of omega series, for which I gave 5 star - wonderful mystery - though kind of outlier in omega series. But if you read either this or the other book - it is a very good book. Giving 4 star because of rehash.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mrs Ann

    Complicated Wow, how complicated was this story. I suspected Astrid, early on but there was so many twists and turns that I couldn’t see the ending

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lesley Harper

    Nail Biting Wow. Again another great book in this series. This one had me worried but I should have had more trust in Stone and Dehan. Excited for the next episode their lives.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Karen Miller-Aponte

    Heartbreaking!! But really good. This one tug at my heart strings for Dehan but her husband as usually saved the day. I really loved this one.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Arleen

    I love the Dead Cold books-- I've read them twice-- The characters are engaging, and the storyline and crime twists, very New York. Please keep them coming, and you have a devoted fan. I love the Dead Cold books-- I've read them twice-- The characters are engaging, and the storyline and crime twists, very New York. Please keep them coming, and you have a devoted fan.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Diane Griffin

    Blake Banner Excellent book! A bit different from the others but it was an excellent addition! Enjoyed it immensely and highly recommend!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Margo

    Not like other books Book is written well but too much out of character for Stone. Wasn't comfortable with beginning of book but then it got back to character. Not like other books Book is written well but too much out of character for Stone. Wasn't comfortable with beginning of book but then it got back to character.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eric Hollis

    Thank God for Blake Banner. What a great read,, A great read, full of twist hrs and turns. I found it completely input fanboy down. The best John Stone story ever.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mark Rosenau

    Wow! One of the best yet. I love this series and can't wait for the next one! I couldn't put it down. So good! Wow! One of the best yet. I love this series and can't wait for the next one! I couldn't put it down. So good!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Andrea-Rose Hutton

    Amazing How his brain puts two and two together to make 100. I’m off to get the next in the series. A must read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Rice

    Couldn't put it down Man...I couldn't put this book down. I knew Dehan didn't do it..proving it was another thing. John figured it out though. Couldn't put it down Man...I couldn't put this book down. I knew Dehan didn't do it..proving it was another thing. John figured it out though.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rosy Webb

    This series had become rather formulaic so was pleased to have some totally different with this one, possibly one of the best of the whole series after the first few.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Freddy Blatt

    Another great read More twists and turns than a twisty turns thing. Now onto book 26. Detectives Stone and Dehan save the day again.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kay Schweers

    I was on the edge of my seat near the end.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vicky DeRoven

    Another great read! This is one of the best series I have read. It’s hard to put the books down because each one is better than the next.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Judy Mercer

    Always a thriller Very interesting author, he always keeps the mystery going all the way to the end. All Blake Banners books are captivating.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Cochran

    Great read Exciting hard to put down book. I have read every book in the A Dead Cold series and have not been disappointed yet.

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