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 2,624 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 read.

    By bemullins
    I enjoyed the book. It was interesting.
  • Couldn’t put it down!

    By bookjunkie77
    Was an amazing read had me on the edge of my seat the entire book! Definitely want to read the second book!!!
  • Cause to kill

    By me 1958
    Easy to follow tough to put down
  • Not so realistic

    By Acex2
    Besides the lack of book editing and all the errors that were distracting, Avery Black is a fantasy cop. Too many risks, too many second chances given by her superiors.
  • I'm torn...

    By carb0naddict
    The book itself was good. The story line, the characters and their backgrounds, everything was good to read. But the errors? The spelling, the sentence structures? Sometimes it was hard to follow. I won't be reading the rest of the series, based on the reviews of the following books. Also, I felt this book sometimes took a while to get into, I kind of dreaded reading it. Up until maybe the thirtieth chapter I was rethinking why I chose this book... Overall, it was okay, but it takes a while to get into. I would recommend reading the reviews before you decide to start, so you can prepare yourself.
  • Blake Pierce😋

    By Ladybug1191
    Love all her books so far. Very talented storyteller
  • Who is the proof reader. I caught errors of spelling, 3tense or syntax on nearly every page.

    By An eighdy old lady
    Who is their proof reader .I caught errors of spelling, tense or syntax on every page.
  • Cause to kill

    By Grandma Fox 85
    Absolutely one of the best books I’ve ever read. Enjoyed reading this book. The author has a gift for words. Not a spooky mystery that gives you a bad night to sleep. 📼💤ole grandma
  • Worth the read

    By hatzombie
    It’s a good story. I couldn’t wait to find out if the murderer would be caught. My only critique is Avery. She’s not likable for a reason. She does dumb things and knows it but still does them then wants to wonder why her life is miserable. It’s self inflicted. I hope her character is written better in the series.
  • Read it

    By katmondu
    Nonstop excitement! Make time to keep reading!