Cause to Kill (An Avery Black Mystery—Book 1) - Blake Pierce

Cause to Kill (An Avery Black Mystery—Book 1)

By Blake Pierce

  • Release Date: 2016-07-27
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 348 Ratings)
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“A dynamic story line that grips from the first chapter and doesn't let go.” 
--Midwest Book Review, Diane Donovan (regarding Once Gone) 

From #1 bestselling mystery author Blake Pierce comes a new masterpiece of psychological suspense.

Homicide Detective Avery Black has been through hell. Once a top criminal defense attorney, she fell from grace when she managed to get a brilliant Harvard professor off—only to watch him kill again. She lost her husband and her daughter, and her life fell apart around her.

Trying to redeem herself, Avery has turned to the other side of the law. Working her way up the ranks, she has reached Homicide Detective, to the scorn of her fellow officers, who still remember what she did, and who will always hate her.

Yet even they cannot deny Avery’s brilliant mind, and when a disturbing serial killer strikes fear into the heart of Boston, killing girls from elite colleges, it is Avery that they turn to. It is Avery’s chance to prove herself, to finally find the redemption she craves. And yet, as she is soon to find out, Avery has come up against a killer as brilliant and daring as she.

In this game of psychological cat and mouse, women are dying with mysterious clues, and the stakes could not be higher. A frantic race against time leads Avery through a series of shocking and unexpected twists—culminating in climax that even Avery could not imagine. 

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, CAUSE TO KILL marks the debut of a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night. 

Book #2 in the Avery Black series will be available soon.

“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery. Pierce did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side, so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their fears and cheer for their success. The plot is very intelligent and will keep you entertained throughout the book. Full of twists, this book will keep you awake until the turn of the last page.” 
--Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos (re Once Gone) 


  • Serial killer

    By Gemom
    I found Avery Black's character to be well done until the end. I felt that they assumed the reader is stupid in the end. It was a good read until the end.
  • Cause to Kill

    By Spaghetti & Meatballs
    Truly “unable” to put this book down! I devored it and wanted for MORE….. Fabulous read. You, too, will be hooked.
  • Cause To Kill

    By Dotti Smith
    Kept me reading. Will read more.
  • Great!

    By Ballinup247
    Interesting novel, finished it in three days. Going to start reading book number two of the Avery Black series.
  • A woman's intuition can determine life or death.

    By Angeltobe
    This is one of the best books I have read in quite awhile. Blake Pierce has a way of connecting you with the plot and the characters from page one. If you are a fan of serial killers, police thrillers, suspense and plots that are nail biting page turners this is for you. Avery Black was a highly paid well respected defense attorney in Boston until the man she kept out of prison for murder, did just that as soon as he was let go he killed a college girl and disgraced the law firm, the city, Avery and everyone who knew her. It ended her marriage. She started drinking. When her pity party was over she decided to be a cop and catch the bad guys. But it's hard to be a woman in a mans world after all of her screw ups. She made detective but doesn't play well with others and no one wants to partner with her. She gets a case that is going to either make or break her career and her life. She has to use her mind and the convict she put in prison to figure out who is killing the sorority girls in Boston. Fast paced action. She is tough with a mind of her own and it will either make her a hero or get her killed.
  • Worth the read

    By exealgal
    I couldn't figure out if I liked Avery or not until the end..until after I learned HER story. I'm reading at 2 a.m. and the loss of sleep was worth it...
  • Yes

    By yeskaaa
    Read it all in one day 👍🏻
  • Cause To Kill

    By Tenderloin56
    A decent book and plot. Just had some difficulty with the unrealistic "history" of the main character.
  • Avery Black book 1

    By ReaderNC
    Fast paced. Hard to stop reading. All characters well developed. Easy to identify with protagonist & understand her driven personality. Exciting to the end.
  • Cause to Kill

    By Ms. Reader C.
    After reading the first chapter I knew that I couldn't let my hands off of this book. I'm happy to say that I finished this book less than one week which is very rare that I finish reading a book in such a short period of time but this book was the best that I have read in the past couple of years. I'm now moving to book #2