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Criminals of Kansas City are being murdered and displayed to the public. In an annual ritual known as Blood Week, bodies appear around the city for seven days until the vigilante goes into hiding again. While the public debates, Detective Alexander Saint is charged with stopping the killer. He may be a playboy with a trust fund, but he takes his job on the force seriously. Criminals of Kansas City are being murdered and displayed to the public. In an annual ritual known as Blood Week, bodies appear around the city for seven days until the vigilante goes into hiding again. While the public debates, Detective Alexander Saint is charged with stopping the killer. He may be a playboy with a trust fund, but he takes his job on the force seriously. Teaming up with his new partner, Marcus Delgado, they must discover the meaning behind the clues written in Latin at each crime scene before he disappears for another year. The detectives search for the killer in an investigation that forces them to deal with the morality of vigilantism. Is he doing the police a favor by cleaning up the streets, or circumventing the justice system by declaring himself judge, jury, and executioner? Saint and his partner must decide where they draw the line between justice and murder.


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Criminals of Kansas City are being murdered and displayed to the public. In an annual ritual known as Blood Week, bodies appear around the city for seven days until the vigilante goes into hiding again. While the public debates, Detective Alexander Saint is charged with stopping the killer. He may be a playboy with a trust fund, but he takes his job on the force seriously. Criminals of Kansas City are being murdered and displayed to the public. In an annual ritual known as Blood Week, bodies appear around the city for seven days until the vigilante goes into hiding again. While the public debates, Detective Alexander Saint is charged with stopping the killer. He may be a playboy with a trust fund, but he takes his job on the force seriously. Teaming up with his new partner, Marcus Delgado, they must discover the meaning behind the clues written in Latin at each crime scene before he disappears for another year. The detectives search for the killer in an investigation that forces them to deal with the morality of vigilantism. Is he doing the police a favor by cleaning up the streets, or circumventing the justice system by declaring himself judge, jury, and executioner? Saint and his partner must decide where they draw the line between justice and murder.

30 review for Blood Week (The Saint and the Sinner, #1)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    3.5 stars "I can't stand the filth that has overridden this city." Kansas City - by all accounts a lovely place to live - spends one week once a year where the foulest, most repulsive criminals shake in terror. There's a serial killer on the loose - and he's targeting all the lowlifes in town. "Oh God...what are you doing?" "I told you...loose ends." We follow Alexander "Alex" Saint - a young and energetic detective - as he attempts to track down this serial killer for yet another y 3.5 stars "I can't stand the filth that has overridden this city." Kansas City - by all accounts a lovely place to live - spends one week once a year where the foulest, most repulsive criminals shake in terror. There's a serial killer on the loose - and he's targeting all the lowlifes in town. "Oh God...what are you doing?" "I told you...loose ends." We follow Alexander "Alex" Saint - a young and energetic detective - as he attempts to track down this serial killer for yet another year. He's joined by his new partner, Delgado, as they race against time - and yet the longer this serial is on the loose, the less the public wants him brought in and even Alex is beginning to have his doubts. So, right off the bat - loved the premise. I thought J.D. Martin really had a great plot to work with...However, there were a few things that threw me out of the story: mainly the personalities of a few of his characters. Main Character's Personality He was too good (and I don't mean that in a good way) - he's so kind, considerate, thoughtful and generous that I just couldn't stop eye-rolling at his antics. For example, one of his witnesses is forced to close his business for the day, Alex seeks to remedy the situation: I thanked him for his statement and his hospitality with a tip of $100. Later, when he tries hitting on a girl and fails, Alex Saint finds the most over-the-topway to back down from the situation - aka he tips her another $100 and tells her to go on a nice date with the boyfriend. Both times the gesture just seemed weird - who really goes around throwing hundred dollar bills away (well, other than at the strip club). In addition, there is so much page space devoted to Alex's inner dialogue - waxing poetic on various aspects of his life - his clothes, his poker nights, his outfits, his habits... I tried to shop at local businesses that helped the community they serve. It was the least I could do for the kindness they shared. While the whole novel wasn't like that, there were enough lines that just made Alex seem like someone I would dislike to meet in person. The Female Personalities Breathing in her [Amy's] scent, my hands squeezed her ass as she responded by wrapping her legs around me and squeezing me tight. Before I go any further, that quote was taken from the tour that Alex was giving to his new partner of the morgue. Really? REALLY? "Mr. Saint," she [Kathryn] said coyly. "What happened to our date last week?" She puffed out her bottom lip... As you may have guessed, I had an issue (or two) with the female characters. They didn't have personalities - they were just background bangs to make the main character look smooth and sexy. "Does Amy know about her? I shrugged. "She might," I said. "There hasn't been any talk about exclusivity. Besides, that's not really my style. I like to sample from all the buffet has to offer. Okay, other than the sleazy cringe, I just couldn't believe that those women were real. Throwing two hot, horny women at the main character and by some miracle of miracles, they are both exclusive to him while he bangs any other hot girl out there is just something I can't buy. Note: Not all of the women were portrayed like this. For example, the police chief was a fantastically strong female character but she wasn't given enough page space to overtake the Amys/Kathryns of the book. But that ending though I enjoyed this book (minus my nitpicks above) and was genuinely intrigued by the mystery. I thought J.D. Martin did a fantastic job of setting up the story (despite spending too much time on the setting (ha)). The ending was a rather well-crafted and I was pleasantly surprised by the last fifty pages. I loved the energy throughout the book - really looking forward to the next one. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review YouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Snapchat @miranda_reads

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sandradine

    A good action packed plot around the age-old question of good versus evil and the thin line between them. The book still needs some editing as there were typo errors but otherwise, it was an enjoyable read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Mercedes Salazar

    .... Oh where to start with this one. First, I received this book in a Good Reads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. An honest, is going to be hard as this book was SO DIFFICULT to finish. I gave a 2 star review only because the last 15% of the book finally captured my attention and was honestly, an amazing ending. The author took my suspicions on who the killer was - from chapter five - and played on them until the very end, where I found out I was VERY wrong. Wow, props to J.D. Martin .... Oh where to start with this one. First, I received this book in a Good Reads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. An honest, is going to be hard as this book was SO DIFFICULT to finish. I gave a 2 star review only because the last 15% of the book finally captured my attention and was honestly, an amazing ending. The author took my suspicions on who the killer was - from chapter five - and played on them until the very end, where I found out I was VERY wrong. Wow, props to J.D. Martin on that ending, I really did not see that coming. Now for everything that was wrong with this book (in my opinion of course). There were SO MANY details that droned on, and on, and on... I mean, how many pages can cooking dinner, getting dressed, walking down the street etc take up? While I am usually one to be engrossed by detail, this just felt like filler and it was drowning me. Next, this book did not pick up for me as I said until the last 15% of the book. Everything from that point on was great, but leading up to that was torture. I read on average a book every 1 to 2 days and this took me WEEKS! This book is obviously the first in the Saint and the Sinner series but unfortunately I do not think this is a series I will be continuing.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Van fleet

    You know those books where you get frustrated because every time you think you have figured it out there is another twist. Those are the good books that keep you guessing and make you want to keep reading. This book is one of those. Every time I figured it out, something else came along to prove me wrong. It kept me fully engaged until the end, and the end did not disappoint. A rich, handsome detective investigating a murder case of a vigilante. It makes you think about morals and tests your min You know those books where you get frustrated because every time you think you have figured it out there is another twist. Those are the good books that keep you guessing and make you want to keep reading. This book is one of those. Every time I figured it out, something else came along to prove me wrong. It kept me fully engaged until the end, and the end did not disappoint. A rich, handsome detective investigating a murder case of a vigilante. It makes you think about morals and tests your mind as you are reading and searching for the answers to the mystery. With so much happening in the book you never get bored reading it and find yourself wondering what will come next every time that you have to put it down. This is one that I will be recommending to my friends to read. It definitely kept my interest peaked throughout the story.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Engrossing thriller! Did notice a few editing errors, but nothing a pro editor (who will treat the author well) can't fix for future books. And, I hope there will be future books! Such a great story, I had a hard time putting it down, not to mention loved the home town references. Almost doubles as a where to go in KC guide for any out of town readers (wink wink) Huge fan! Engrossing thriller! Did notice a few editing errors, but nothing a pro editor (who will treat the author well) can't fix for future books. And, I hope there will be future books! Such a great story, I had a hard time putting it down, not to mention loved the home town references. Almost doubles as a where to go in KC guide for any out of town readers (wink wink) Huge fan!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Dottie Hill

    For a debut author I must say this was a fast paced and food read. Detective stories are a dime a dozen but this one has interesting twists you just don't see coming. It's a pleasant plot line with characters that are so real you can practically see them strolling the streets of KC, hanging out in City Market and frequenting the favorite dives and haunts of the city. For a debut author I must say this was a fast paced and food read. Detective stories are a dime a dozen but this one has interesting twists you just don't see coming. It's a pleasant plot line with characters that are so real you can practically see them strolling the streets of KC, hanging out in City Market and frequenting the favorite dives and haunts of the city.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Donna Leone

    Waiting for book 2 I hope there will be more of Saint! I was captivated the entire time. I surely did not see that ending coming. Gotta know Delgado's story! I tried to find other books by J.D.Martin and didn't see any. So if this is a first effort, well done! Waiting for book 2 I hope there will be more of Saint! I was captivated the entire time. I surely did not see that ending coming. Gotta know Delgado's story! I tried to find other books by J.D.Martin and didn't see any. So if this is a first effort, well done!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kimber Burnett

    Great book!! I thoroughly enjoyed it. Vigilante taking out the criminal element and trying to help clean up the streets of Kansas City! I loved Saint, the leading character. Sexy, charismatic, charming... I just really enjoyed the entire book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Diane Hoffman

    What an ending! Excellent read. I literally had no idea that it would turn out this wat. Gripping until the last shocking paragraphs.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Debi

    The story wasn't bad but it was entirely too 'wordy' in several areas. There were quite a few errors that were annoying. I would consider trying another book if the author continues the series. The story wasn't bad but it was entirely too 'wordy' in several areas. There were quite a few errors that were annoying. I would consider trying another book if the author continues the series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Great read with plot twist to keep you guessing

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tony Anthony

    I couldn’t even get past the first 30 pages. This is a really pathetic attempt at writing. This author should give up... A shining testament to why self-publishing is destroying literature. There’s no plot, no character development, and the syntax is painfully elementary. Do yourself a favor and pass on this garbage. I hope this person has a day job!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Sherri Smith

    Excellent I was lucky to receive this as part of Goodreads first read. I couldn't be more thrilled! This was a very dark and intriguing mystery! I highly recommend this book to those who like good mystery stories! Excellent I was lucky to receive this as part of Goodreads first read. I couldn't be more thrilled! This was a very dark and intriguing mystery! I highly recommend this book to those who like good mystery stories!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Chanel

    I accidentally found this book by reading the synopsis for the second book. I thought I knew what was going to happen because of it but I was wrong. Boy, what a twist!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Saravanan

    ஆரம்பத்தில் கொஞ்சம் விறுவிறுப்பாக செல்லும் கதை, நடுவில் தடம் மாறி, கணிக்கக் கூடியதாகி, சலிப்பு தட்டி விடுகிறது.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Becca

  17. 5 out of 5

    Debee Sue

  18. 5 out of 5

    J.D. Martin

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

  20. 5 out of 5

    Judith A Patterson

  21. 4 out of 5

    A.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Julia Pedrick

  23. 5 out of 5

    Montanasmith

  24. 5 out of 5

    Katie Harbin

  25. 5 out of 5

    ricardo pascua

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Cheresnick

  27. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Wise

  28. 4 out of 5

    Megan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Gerald

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cyber

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