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Charred

Detective Ellie MacIntosh

Kate Watterson

Tor Books

It’s the hottest summer on record. The streets are shimmering, walking outside is like walking into a furnace, and yet, someone is still setting fires…

 

Milwaukee homicide detective Ellie MacIntosh is called to an arson scene. She finds bewildered home owners, an unidentified corpse, and cryptic clues that lead nowhere. Is it a random killing? The ritualistic nature of the crime points to no, and Ellie fears that the already-oppressive summer is just starting to heat up.

 

Ellie doesn’t like her obnoxious new partner, Jason Santiago. That’s fine with Jason—he doesn’t like her either. When Ellie becomes convinced that their investigation is tied to a cold case, Jason finds himself grudgingly starting to agree. It might be hot as hell outside, but the details of the brutal homicide chill him to the bone…

 

As fires rage and the body count rises, Ellie and Jason must put their personal disagreements aside to catch a ruthless killer. The heat is on.

 

Charred is the second book in the thrilling Detective Ellie MacIntosh suspense series by Kate Watterson.

 

It’s the hottest summer on record. The streets are shimmering, walking outside is like walking into a furnace, and yet, someone is still setting fires…

 

Milwaukee homicide detective Ellie MacIntosh is called to an arson scene. She finds bewildered home owners, an unidentified corpse, and cryptic clues that lead nowhere. Is it a random killing? The ritualistic nature of the crime points to no, and Ellie fears that the already-oppressive summer is just starting to heat up.

 

Ellie doesn’t like her obnoxious new partner, Jason Santiago. That’s fine with Jason—he doesn’t like her either. When Ellie becomes convinced that their investigation is tied to a cold case, Jason finds himself grudgingly starting to agree. It might be hot as hell outside, but the details of the brutal homicide chill him to the bone…

 

As fires rage and the body count rises, Ellie and Jason must put their personal disagreements aside to catch a ruthless killer. The heat is on.

 

Charred is the second book in the thrilling Detective Ellie MacIntosh suspense series by Kate Watterson.

 

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Chapter 1


 
JULY 3, PRESENT DAY
The world shimmered.
It was that damn hot.
Detective Ellie MacIntosh said an obscene word under her breath as she slid out of the car and the humidity rolled over her like a tidal wave.
With a grimace, she said, “Sorry I’m late. Long story. Okay, why am I here?”
Not her usual greeting, but it had already been one hell of a day. Never mind that the arch of sky was a glowing blue and the air thick enough that when she took in a sharp breath she got a lungful of acrid smoke.
“One victim,” a young patrol
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Praise for Charred

Praise for Kate Watterson’s Frozen

"Beware. Frozen will have you shivering.”
—Sandra Brown, New York Times bestselling author

“Watterson draws you in and keeps you riveted until the last page.”
—Laura Griffin, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Twisted, on Frozen

 “Gripping, atmospheric, and fabulous!”
—Carla Neggers, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Saint’s Gate

 
“Watterson's evocative prose brings a Wisconsin winter to life where the most dangerous threat isn't the cold but a cunning killer who will leave you chilled to the bone.”
—CJ Lyons, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author


“A tale of psychological suspense that builds to a chilling ending…will keep you turning the pages late into the evening.”
—Jamie Freveletti, international bestselling author

 
“Taut, tense and completely original—I couldn't put it down!  Kate Watterson is a terrific storyteller and this compelling page-turner will wrap you in gripping suspense until the very last page.”
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity Award-winning author

 

Praise for Kate Watterson’s Frozen

"Beware. Frozen will have you shivering.”
—Sandra Brown, New York Times bestselling author

“Watterson draws you in and keeps you riveted until the last page.”
—Laura Griffin, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Twisted, on Frozen

 “Gripping, atmospheric, and fabulous!”
—Carla Neggers, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of Saint’s Gate

 
“Watterson's evocative prose brings a Wisconsin winter to life where the most dangerous threat isn't the cold but a cunning killer who will leave you chilled to the bone.”
—CJ Lyons, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author


“A tale of psychological suspense that builds to a chilling ending…will keep you turning the pages late into the evening.”
—Jamie Freveletti, international bestselling author

 
“Taut, tense and completely original—I couldn't put it down!  Kate Watterson is a terrific storyteller and this compelling page-turner will wrap you in gripping suspense until the very last page.”
—Hank Phillippi Ryan, Anthony, Agatha, and Macavity Award-winning author

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Kate Watterson

  • Kate Watterson grew up on a steady diet of mystery/suspense novels. If it involves murder and intrigue, she is bound to be hooked. Kate also writes award-winning historical novels as Emma Wildes. Charred is the second book in the Detective Ellie MacIntosh series following Frozen. She lives in rural Indiana with her husband, three children, and a temperamental cat named Poot.
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