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
Score: 4.5
From 2,034 Ratings


“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 is also available!

“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) 


  • Good book

    By cmarteen1
    Good book, a few grammar/spelling errors. I may buy book two it sounds pretty good too.
  • A great twenty four hours!

    By HGWXX /7
    I was so enthused by this book that I read it over two days, accomplishing little else on my weekend. I contacted a friend, and twisted her arm to read this book. Really, this is an excellent book!
  • Cause to Kill

    By Popalop56
    Wow a page turner
  • Cause to kill

    By ljlkcl
    Very good plot. Easy reading. Enjoyable
  • Gail

    By gailw46
    Great story! I couldn’t put my iPad down. I read it in less than 48 hours. It was a believable story.
  • Cause to Kill

    By Maxxthewonderdog
    This book is a thrilling page-turner. I highly recommend it to readers. I rated it four stars instead of five because of (1) several typos, and (2) unnecessary, frequent use of passive voice.
  • Disherm

    By Dimerli
    Okay story but too many typos and grammatical mistakes! Many of the relationships- i.e. Finley and Connelly -are not really developed well at all. And her gut feelings are not defined or believeable.
  • Typical of author

    By Issy's MomMom
    I enjoy the author’s stories and characters, however the amount of errors, typos and grammar in all of her books keep me from buying more in any of the series. It’s a shame, really, but I can’t see spending money of shoddy work. With as many books and she has and as much as she charges, she’d be a lot more successful if she hired an editor.
  • Great book

    By Bltutts08
    Very good book. Keeps your entertained
  • Decent story

    By PatMCB
    Not a bad puff thriller, but definitely lots of typos and the errors in Boston details seem like the author took half a glance at a map and then said, “close enough.”