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New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Novel

Where there's smoke…
Kaz Jorgensen is used to fear–the anxiety of negotiating treacherous currents as she captains her family's fishing trawlers, the terrifying nightmares of the day she almost lost her life on the river. But now a man is dead, an arsonist has set the Anna Marie ablaze, and her brother is missing.
There's fire…
Michael Chapman knows how to take the heat–as the new fire chief of Astoria, Oregon, he's dealt with more than his share. No way can he afford to get involved with the sister of a suspect. But the scorching attraction between him and Kaz burns out of control, and when someone takes a shot at her, his protective instincts kick in. Whatever happens, he can't allow another woman to die because of him.


"…an intriguing contemporary romantic suspense with an engrossing plot and lots of mystery that keeps you guessing. With this debut, P.J. Alderman shows that she is clearly an author to look out for." –Fallen Angel Reviews

"The plot twists and turns like a fishing line in a rip tide." –New Mystery Reader

"If P.J. Alderman's first foray into writing is any indication then we should be on the receiving line for some enjoyable books. Her characters are very real and kind of rough around the edges, which is what make them so wonderful to get to know. Even the bad guys have their moments. That was what made it an interesting ride to see who was responsible for the murders, arson and general mayhem. Alderman, who paints a wonderful picture of the lives and trials of the fishermen born into a life aboard the trawlers and have to circumnavigate treacherous waters, brings the story to life." –Fresh Fiction

"For a debut author, P.J. Alderman does a fantastic job of creating intrigue, suspense, drama, romance, and so much more. The plot is well laid out and incredibly plausible with characters who are full and real…if A Killing Tide is P.J.’s debut, a bright future is on the horizon and I can’t wait to see more." –Once Upon a Romance

"Kudos to Ms. Alderman on a job well-done. The edgy THE KILLING TIDE is a fabulous debut, an edge-of-your-seat chiller guaranteed to thrill." –Romance Reader at Heart

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 873 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0983843104
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0040JI3M4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

"Stormy waters"

 on 4 August 2015
By Father Ted
The life of a fisherman is hard; of that there is no doubt. Men and women who put to sea in treacherous waters deserve our utmost admiration. ‘A Killing Tide’ gives you a salty taste of the sense of danger that is ever-present. In this story the dangers are ashore as well as at sea. A typically insular local community that mistrusts incomers is the setting for a brutal murder; the main suspect is our heroine’s twin brother. Kaz Jorgensen is determined to clear her brother’s name and find the real killer. Michael Chapman, newly arrived in Astoria is a fire-investigator. Most of the heat is generated when these two get together. All the local’s have an agenda; any one of them could be the killer. Will Kaz and Michael manage to solve the riddle?


 on 20 February 2017
By Jules
Not the worst book but not the best either. The characters were a bit confusing and sometimes too many sub plots. Good read though. Would read more of her stuff.

Easy to read.

 on 27 September 2017
By Grethe O'Sullivan
There isn’t a lot to be said about this book other than it was an easy read. Gripping all the way through with an uncomplicated plot. A little predictable at times.

Thrilling Romantic Suspense

4 people found this helpful.
 on 11 October 2006
By Marilyn Rondeau
One of the things I like when reading debut authors is they almost always come up with a new angle to tell their stories. In this debut I found that to be true, offering both a fresh voice and an exciting and thrilling edge-of-the seat read.

debut novel near flawless in its execution

11 people found this helpful.
 on 21 December 2006
By Deborah Macgillivray
Author, P.J. Alderman comes off the starter’s block with a powerful novel, hardly showing this is her first book. Many first-time novelists want to tell too much, flood the first part of a novel with back-story; it’s only when you get into the action of the plot do the books come alive. You won’t find that in Alderman’s book. She is a strong writer, with a clear voice that only leaves you to wonder how much better can she get.

Enjoyable read

 on 30 July 2014
By book sponge
It’s OK; more good points than those to criticise bearing in mind that criticism is very subjective. An excellent atmospheric opening to the story, laying the foundation for a murder mystery. A sister returned from city-life to help her ex-Ranger brother with the family’s fishing boats in North-West America. Include a handsome new Fire Chief (accompanied by his fluffy Alsatian doggy assistant) to provide the evidence-gathering as well as the ‘love interest’, and the story takes off. However, I think the basis of the story is the inter-relationships between the main characters and the close-knit community relying on the sea for their living and the undercurrent of something being ‘not-quite-right’: all is not well in that community and that’s what keeps the pages turning.

Loved it!

 on 11 April 2011
By E. Ramer
It’s hard to believe this is a first book, it’s so good. Alderman did everything right and I didn’t want to stop reading. Kaz Jorgensen takes time out from her successful business in San Francisco to return home to Astoria, Oregon to help save her twin brother’s fishing business. Then her twin’s best friend is killed, he’s the suspect and nowhere to be found. Kaz can’t believe he did it, and sets out to prove it.

A phenomenal debut novel combining suspense and romance against the backdrop of the sea.

6 people found this helpful.
 on 21 October 2006
By Amy Sorter
Many times, a writer’s first novel is good, but can have inconsistencies that are hopefully addressed as the author matures in his or her craft. Maybe one of the characters is underdeveloped. Or a weird glitch in the plot happens that doesn’t make sense. Or too much backstory might be crammed into the present tense.

Love this book!

 on 19 April 2011
By Amazon reviewer
It’s not often that I find a book that grabs hold right at the beginning and makes read it right to the end. I wanted ti make it last, but couldn’t put it down. The characters hooked me in right at the beginning and took me on a fascinating adventure. Love the heroine, the hero and definitely the setting. Of course, the dog just made himself right at home in my heart too.
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