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 1,357 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) 



  • Wonderful book a must read!

    Wow finally a book where heroine is not perfect, but does what needs to be done no matter who makes hard on her.👍
  • Good First One

    By Max/ryder
    Enjoyed this first outing and look forward to the next. Believable characters and interesting story line.
  • Was this silence of the lambs?

    By Jacs2003
    Overall it was okay, just a complete ripoff of the silence of the lambs. I won't give away any of the spoilers, but really was not original.
  • Cause to kill

    By Pins4
    Always like a good book. Had me guessing till the end. But I did figure it out except for the relative.
  • A little disappointed

    By nicholemKO
    I became hooked on the Riley Paige series. This 1st book was free and thought I might enjoy it too. It didn’t catch me like the Riley series. I became distracted from the story because of all the type errors. The story ling was good but it didn’t grip me. I have a had time putting other books down. I want to keep reading. This book didn’t do that for me. I am going to buy the 2nd book in the series and hope it will be better, if it isn’t then I won’t waste my money.
  • Cause to Kill

    By Linretta
    This is a great book ! I have a wonderful list of books and this is one of my best.I will continue to read these books .
  • Cause to Kill

    By Sammisue79
    I enjoyed the book and liked that the main character.
  • Cause to Kill

    By Patric41
    A very good read. Avery Black is the only female detective in an all male department. She struggles for acceptance and to overcome past demons. Perusing a serial killer, she find herself having to visit a killer from her past to help put the present back together.
  • Too bad

    By I have time to read now
    Fast read, but characters and plot seemed contrived. Book was riddled with editing errors that should have been caught prior to publishing. The details related to the Boston area surroundings were poignantly real. Those parts were spot on. I was just expecting more than a mix between a Harlequin romance and Silence of the Lambs. Those aspects might be very satisfying for some readers though. I hope this author finds a following. Every author deserves one.
  • Cause to Kill

    By Me95880
    Gripping storyline