A Trace of Death (A Keri Locke Mystery--Book #1) - Blake Pierce

A Trace of Death (A Keri Locke Mystery--Book #1)

By Blake Pierce

  • Release Date: 2016-12-02
  • Genre: Women Sleuths
Score: 4.5
From 1,621 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.

Keri Locke, Missing Persons Detective in the Homicide division of the LAPD, remains haunted by the abduction of her own daughter, years before, never found. Still obsessed with finding her, Keri buries her grief the only way she knows how: by throwing herself into the cases of missing persons in Los Angeles.

A routine phone call from a worried mother of a high-schooler, only two hours missing, should be ignored. Yet something about the mother’s voice strikes a chord, and Keri decides to investigate.

What she finds shocks her. The missing daughter—of a prominent senator—was hiding secrets no one knew. When all evidence points to a runaway, Keri is ordered off the case. And yet, despite pressure from her superiors, from the media, despite all trails going cold, the brilliant and obsessed Keri refuses to let it go. She knows she has but 48 hours if she has any chance of bringing this girl back alive.

A dark psychological thriller with heart-pounding suspense, A TRACE OF DEATH marks the debut of a riveting new series—and a beloved new character—that will leave you turning pages late into the night.

“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery! The author did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side that is 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)

Book #2 in the Keri Locke series is also now available!



  • A trace of death

    By zcorea
    Has a wonderful plot and keeps you interested.
  • A trace of death

    By Elle0609
    A trace of death was a fantastic page turner!!! I could not stop reading once I started!!! Highly recommend.
  • A Trace of Death

    By retire reader
    Great story line. Caused you to become part of the story. Can’t wait to read the next story.
  • Strongly recommend

    By Joshua Mella
    After reading what I consider a masterpiece, I’ve been highly motivated now purchase a book for the first time in my life since School. This novel will keep the suspense going on and on while making it a very interesting read. It will even motivate you to certain aspects of your life. I strongly recommend. Good job Blake!
  • A trace of death

    By barbie4619
    This book kept me up until after 3:00 a.m. to finish it. Once I started it, I couldn’t stop until I finished it. It is riveting! I rarely give a book a 5-star rating, but A Trace of Death definitely deserves it.
  • Gripping

    By sandy w 746
    This is the second book I’ve read by this author and have thoroughly enjoyed each one. Great characters, high tension thrillers.Couple of errors in editing where the female names were switched but all in all I would read many more by this author.
  • A Trace of Death

    By Ralphnun1
    Fantastic mystery.....absolutely loved it!!!!
  • A well-paced crime mystery

    By Tipusnr
    This is the first book I’ve read by this author and it will definitely not be the last. The lack of superfluous characters keeps the story going right up until the personal touch at the end. Well done.
  • Couldn’t put it down.

    By Reader Austin
    I am writing this having just finished the series, reason being that once I finished this book, I had to start book two immediately. Blake Pierce has perfected the difficult task of placing you right into the scene. He/she makes it to where you are waking right along Keri but also watching the action from a birds eye view. The characters and scenery are very well described.
  • Murder mystery

    By jdt_s
    Very exciting mm I realised about midway in I had read before but read it again because it was so good. That is unusual for me, once I’ve figured out the mystery I’m usually over it but this author held my interest again! That is some recommendation!