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Maxine Revere has dedicated her life to investigating murders that the police have long since given up any hope of solving. A nationally renowned investigative reporter with her own TV show and a tough-as-nails reputation, Max tackles cold cases from across the country and every walk of life. But the one unsolved murder that still haunts her is a case from her own past.WheMaxine Revere has dedicated her life to investigating murders that the police have long since given up any hope of solving. A nationally renowned investigative reporter with her own TV show and a tough-as-nails reputation, Max tackles cold cases from across the country and every walk of life. But the one unsolved murder that still haunts her is a case from her own past.When Max was a high school senior, one of her best friends was strangled and another, Kevin O'Neal, accused of the crime. To the disgrace of her wealthy family, Max stood by her friend, until she found out he lied about his alibi. Though his guilt was never proven, their relationship crumbled from the strain of too many secrets.Now Max is home for Kevin's funeral―after years of drug abuse, he committed suicide. She's finally prepared to come to terms with the loss of his friendship, but she's not prepared for Kevin's sister to stubbornly insist that he didn't kill himself. Or for an elderly couple to accost her at the airport, begging her to look into another murder at Max's old high school. Max is more interested in the cold case at her alma mater than in digging around Kevin's troubled life, but she agrees to do both. As Max uncovers dark secrets, she finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies that hit far too close to home. And it's becoming increasingly clear that someone will do whatever it takes to make sure the truth stays buried....

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Notorious Reviews

  • Tairyn Ayala
    2019-01-05 04:39

    This book it's so infuriating it made me crazy! First of, it was so sloooooow. I can appreciate details, but when the writer goes on and on with such inconsequential details such as how many glasses of wine a character orders, and drag on conversations just because of word count. It just leaves me rolling my eyes and wanting to strangle someone. Then we have the main character Max. I read so many reviews calling her a strong female character, but to me she just seemed like a meddling, spoiled and selfish bitch. Everything she did in this book was self serving for her own egotistical satisfaction. She did not read honest to me at all. I hated her, and I do realize hate is a strong word. I kept thinking "this bitch would be less damaging if she were just a paparazzi" rather than mess with police investigations and people's feelings. Which she did not respect in the least. Just a meddling reporter. I didn't see how is she different than any other meddling reporter. I guess maybe the fact that she comes from a wealthy family. But that does not make her a hero. I also dislike her self righteousness. The author tried to humanize her with the fact (a fact that was mentioned repeatedly) that her mother abandoned her and she didn't know who her father was. That didn't humanize her to me. In fact she went to the best schools and got millions in inheritance because of it. Not something to feel sorry about in my book. I will ABSOLUTELY NOT follow this serie. It was hard enough to finish this book.

  • Alex is The Romance Fox
    2019-01-19 08:56

    Notorious Allison Brennan's new suspense introduces Maxine Revere, a high-powered and intrepid investigative reporter and host of her own nationally acclaimed reality TV show that investigates cold cases. Whilst the plot, involving the mystery of three unsolved murders that might or might not be connected, it’s the character of Max that really drives the story.Maxine is a very complex and interesting female lead character. Known to be tough, relentless, determined, she’s also independently wealthy, career-orientated and risk taker and is not afraid to using manipulation methods to get what she wants t gets what she wants.But the badass reputation hides another side of her that very few people get to see. She’s afraid of commitments and does not allow anyone to get close to her, affected by her mother’s disappearance and her very dysfunctional family. I connected with her from the start. Max returns to her hometown after a long stay-way to attend a friend’s funeral, whose suicide might be connected to the 13 year old unsolved murder of her best friend.There seems to be a connection between those two deaths and the death of a construction worker and so she starts her own investigation as the police force don’t seem to be doing enough. Nothing will stop her from finding the truth…she’s RELENTLESS,even when her life is in danger….she will not give up!!!A very fast paced plot, with interesting secondary characters, twists and turns and a total surprise when the murderer is finally revealed.A great start to a new series and I am looking forward to the next installment.

  • Robert
    2019-01-03 09:46

    Maxine “Max” Revere might have what one could call a strong personality. She knows what she wants, and she’s not afraid to go after it, diving right into the swimming pool. Whether it’s men, or a friend, or a story, or a dead body, she’s not afraid to mess up her manicure. Her strong will could bowl over even the hardest of hearts, and she has one devilish smile to even out the fair trade. And she knows how to dress for all occasions, even if it means she might get a little blood on her clothes.She may have a weakness for cops, or one might call it an obsession, and she’s rather adept with a pair of handcuffs. While I appreciated her sticky situation, I had trouble with my focus at various points along the way. Max, while intriguing, managed to keep me at a distance throughout much of the story, even while her NOTORIOUS circumstances managed to hold me in suspense and despair.The cold case concept intrigued me, and her beguiling smile deceived me, and her off-putting attitude caused her a whirlwind of trouble wherever she went, even if she kept her head in the game, and her eyes on the horizon. Making friends might not have been at the top of her list, but she commanded attention and a second glance wherever she managed to turn up next.Other than Nick Santini, many of the males felt like caricatures, instead of full-bodied versions ready to spring off the page and into my living room. Had the men measured up to the women, it might have provided a bit more balance to the equation, and made it a bit easier to swallow for this particular reader. Not bad writing, or a bad story, mind you, but not a tale that showcases Allison Brennan at her story writing best.I received this book for free through NetGalley.Cross-posted at Robert's Reads

  • Terri
    2018-12-22 02:55

    Original review found at3.5 starsIreceived this ARC novel as part of a Goodreads giveaway in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is March 25th 2014.I enjoyed this read. It had the perfect amount of mystery and suspense with the main character drawn in to the task of trying to solve two cold case murders. Mix in a handful of potential suspects and family drama and you have the ideal framework for a good "who dunnit". The writing was well done and the story was paced just write.I really enjoyed the supporting character of David and Santini. I found David's devotion to Max in assisting with her career and ensuring her security was admirable in spite of the fact that I felt Max did not offer him the same respect. Santini as the local cop was just dreamy in my opinion. Although there was no major love story attached (more a mutual attraction) I loved his even temperament and his personality. I looked forward to scenes in which he was a part of.The part that I struggled with was the character of Max. She was obviously the main character and was written to be strong and independent. I found that she was too much so. She was too hard and jaded which made it difficult to identify with her. She held the truth to the highest degree sometimes writing people out of her life for a lie yet she committed lies of omission throughout the entire story. This made her very hypocritical and left a sour taste in my mouth as she held people to a higher standard than herself. I know she was written to be a strong character who stops at nothing to get answers however I felt her character was not balanced enough to make her believable. It is my understanding that this is the first book featuring the character of Max and I think that for future instalments that she needs to be fine tuned so that she is tough yet believable at the same time.Although I struggled with Max this was still a good story. I enjoyed the time spent within the pages. I am just not sure if I will invest further time in Max' future stories. Then again it could be interesting to see how she evolves

  • Emily
    2019-01-10 01:57

    1.5 starsI was just not feeling this book. Lackluster, I would call it. Maybe it's because I have been reading some well-written books lately or because I haven't been reading much of this genre, but I found the writing very basic, cliched, repetitious, and formulaic. The book was really slow moving to me, which I understand is reality at times for an investigative reporter researching stories, but the author just didn't give me anything that I found interesting- not as far as plot, characters, descriptions, tone, themes, etc. The plot just kinda spun it's wheels a lot of the time. The ending wasn't bad, but nowhere near good enough to make up for the rest. I also thought the prologue gave too much away right off the bat about the main crime. Some of what should have been revealed as Max discovered it we already knew, and I would have preferred knowing less till the end.Then the main character. I found her cold and one-dimensional for the most part. As one of my favorite reviewers (Emily May) said in a recent vlog (not about this book), she was more of a caricature than a character- a gung-ho investigative reporter who doesn't want to get close to anyone.She REALLY has a thing about lying, about which she comes across as too black and white and uncompromising for me. Just hating everyone who lies for any reason and never lying yourself seems unsustainable. Which it turns out to be because she turns into a hypocrite, breaking into someone's apartment and then essentially lying about it and other things several times (as well as instances of lying by omission, lying with the truth, deflections, etc.)There was a minor romance element to the book, which made me feel absolutely NOTHING. I didn't dislike the love interest, but I didn't like him either. I can't tell you really anything about him after reading the book- his likes/dislikes, traits, habits, mannerisms- I don't even remember what he was supposed to look like. He was just central casting of white, American, good guy cop.

  • Lyn
    2019-01-19 02:51

    Investigative reporter Maxine Revere returns to her home town to attend the funeral of a childhood friend. Kevin O'Neal was a troubled young man who at eighteen was tried for, but not convicted of, the murder of Lindy Ames. Although Lindy was Max's best friend, she stood by Kevin when everyone else turned their backs on him. Soon after the trial she became disillusioned. Kevin lied to her about his alibi. She still didn't believe he killed Lindy, but his lie kept the real killer from being apprehended. From that time until his death Max refused to talk to him.Max was just a teenager when Lindy was murdered. Now she is a respected reporter with her own popular television show that specializes in cold cases. Because of her support of Kevin during his trial, Max has been on the outs with her wealthy family for years. She's only been home on two occasions, for the funeral of her great grandmother and for the wedding of a cousin. Maxine's own past is murky. She was raised by her grandmother from age ten, when her mother left and never returned.While still at the airport, Max meets the grandparents of Jason Hoffman. They want her to take a look into his murder, which recently happened on the grounds of her former high school. Although she won't be staying long, Max decides to do what she can while she is in town. Soon after the funeral she must return to New York to report on an upcoming trial. She has no intention of delving into either murder, but new pieces of data keep drawing her in.For a wealthy town where murder rarely occurs, the police have zero solve rates. Max is reluctant to leave Jason's case which is being put on the back burner just like Lindy's was. Lindy's case is also calling to her. When an anonymous phone call directs Maxine to leave town, she finds herself wondering why someone thinks she might succeed when the police did not.Investigative reporter may be overused as a mystery heroine, but Max Revere is fresh and original and the mystery will keep the reader guessing. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series.

  • Ashley
    2019-01-09 06:39

    Just finished the 1st book in the Alison Brenan Max Revere series (book 1)And all I can say isWOWWhat an ending!!!!I seen this at Kroger and thought well this looks ok... There's nothing else good here today.. AM I HAPPY I PICKED IT UP!!!! I seen a few days later on Goodreads the Ads and thought ok it seems good WOW just WOW....What a understatement!!!! It's fantastic.. I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!!!!!This was a awesome start of a series because of countless reasons but ill tell a few so not to give the whole book away.....It's a "Keep you on your toes"WOW WHAT THE HECK JUST HAPPENED!!!suspense story. S many twists and turns of "who dun it", what's gonna happen next, who is this woman!?!?!! The main character Maxine Revere is a woman of privilege, but a hardcore investigative reporter! She's a TOTALY GET OUT OF MY WAY, No Bulshit, Hardcore Strong Woman! (I loved her from the start!!) this was not only about a family of wealthy people with very disturbing history and secrets... But a senseless murder!!!I will be looking for book 2 in April!!!(Not close enough!!!!) And getting more books from her... She's got a bunch of books and series... Can't wait to check more out from her!!!An absolute terrific read!!!

  • Reindert Van Zwaal
    2018-12-23 03:52

    Just like the prequel, I liked this first installment of the series very much! Keeps you guessing almost until the end. I really like Max her character, her cynical remarks can be so funny. Had me laughing out loud multiple times. And of course Max her moral drive and the deeper personal layer present in the story made the book much better than a standard detective novel.

  • Dianne
    2019-01-19 07:57

    Brace yourself for the forces of the past and present as they collide with the firestorm that is Max Revere! Notorious by Allison Brennan is one action and intrigue packed moment after another as we are introduced to one of the strongest, and smartest female heroines ever! Max returns home to attend the funeral of a man she once turned her back on when he needed her most. The world she left behind holds no warm memories. Older, wiser and more independent than ever, Maxine is now an investigative reporter who has tasted danger, exposed the underbelly of life and lived to tell about it. Max promises the sister of her late best friend she will look into his suicide death, because something just does not sit right, there is more to the story and she is determined to get to the bottom of it, no matter who or what tries to get in her way. Kevin was accused of murder, a crime he swears he did not commit and he was acquitted in the eyes of the law, but branded in his own town. Obsessed with finding the real killer, he spirals into drug and alcohol abuse, until he takes his own life, but not before leaving scattered breadcrumbs for Max to follow. What she discovers has far more impact and uncovers other unsolved crimes and the trail is leading too close to home for her comfort. Few of the local authorities will cooperate, most do all they can to thwart her investigation, but obviously they do not know Max. A fascinating and riveting mystery thriller with one heck of a heroine, Notorious is a twisted ride through the dark tunnels of secrets, danger and the brutal glare of truths revealed!Allison Brennan knows how to bring life to her characters and lead them down into the world she has created for them like the consummate puppeteer. Max is tough, but feminine, smart and edgy, yet vulnerable to her own mistakes and regrets. She has heart, a conscience and a grit that makes her larger-than-life! The supporting characters keep you guessing, who can she trust, who is hiding something, are they good, evil or just mean-spirited? With each changing page and emotional tension, Ms. Brennan’s style makes this smooth sailing at warp speed. Mystery lovers, here’s your next great read, Mystery newbies, here’s the perfect introduction to a contemporary who-dun-it!I received this ARC edition from Minotaur Books in exchange for my honest review.Series: Max Revere - Book 1Publication Date: March 25, 2014Publisher: Minotaur BooksISBN: 9781250035059Genre: Adult Fiction | Mystery/ThrillersNumber of pages: 337Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

  • Annette
    2018-12-24 07:33

    I found Notorious to be a thrilling page turner that kept me guessing until the very end.Max is an interesting character. She's colorful, tough, and determined. She's up against her family in Notorious because she's back home trying to solve an old murder -- and the victim happened to be her best friend.Max is an investigative reporter who has a TV show, so she's recognizable to many. She returns back to California, to her home town, to attend the funeral of one of her high school friends who committed suicide. Kevin was accused of murdering one of their friends. He was tried but not convicted because of a hung jury. Kevin has lived with this for years, and Max was the only one who truly believed he was innocent.Also, when Max is recognized in the airport, she is approached by some people who want her to investigate the murder of their grandson, which also happened to occur in the same town. So Max can't help but become twisted up in these cases, and also involved with a sexy police officer who she is helping with the investigation (much to his chagrin.) She pisses off a lot of people, but she's feisty and keeps on digging until she gets to the truth.The pacing of Notorious is excellent. It moves quickly, and keeps you guessing as the plot twists and turns and ends up in places you would never guess. I'm interested to read more stories about Max. She kept referring to a college friend who was murdered and the killer was never convicted. I'm assuming she's going to tackle that case in a future book. I hope the sexy police officer comes along....Add Notorious to your list of fun, intricate murder mysteries. You won't be disappointed. Although this is an adult book, high school students will really enjoy this one too.

  • Michael
    2019-01-17 02:42

    Investigative reporter Maxine "Max" Revere returns to her hometown outside of San Francisco for an old friend's funeral. At the airport an elderly couple approach her. They recognize her from her TV show and ask her to look into the murder of their grandchild, Jason Hoffman.The funeral Max is to attend is for Kevin O'Neal. They grew up together and he was accused of murdering their friend Lindy Ames. Max was one of the few who took the stand in his defense years ago. Now, Kevin committed suicide and left a note for Max to look into the case because the killer was never found.Max investigates both murders. Jason Hoffman was an architect for the Sterling-Pierce Sports center at Max's old high school. This is a multi-million dollar project that could make or break careers or businesses.Max is a modern woman, fiercely determined to bring both killers to justice, even when it looks like members of her own family might be involved. Obstacles are placed in her way but the reader has confidence that she will succeed in finding the killers.There was good character build-up and descriptions of the setting. I enjoyed the story and Max as a character.

  • Cheryl
    2019-01-22 09:45

    "...all I could think was that Wonder Woman's real name is Maxine Revere."· Strong, smart, in-your-face female investigative reporter. Check!· Sexy, strong-enough-to-stand-up-to-her male cop. Check!· Realistic dialogue. Check!· Lots of action and quick page turning. Check!NOTORIOUS is one of the best mystery/thriller/romances I've read in the last few months. It caught my interest on the first page and kept the pace up to the "killer" ending.I liked Maxine Revere and am glad to see that she is going to have her own series. I did notice that there is a short story/novella out in Kindle land called "Maximum Exposure (Max Revere Novels)" that takes place prior to this tale. I plan on reading it next. And I hope the next Max Revere novel isn't too far out in the future.NOTE: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Evelyn
    2019-01-03 06:41

    I wanted to keep reading, and I enjoyed the main character.

  • Margreet Asselbergs
    2019-01-20 08:33

    http://ripeforreader.blogspot.com/201...My rating: 4 of 5 ⭐️Not excited about the prospect of facing her somewhat dysfunctional family, Maxine is on her way home at the request of the sister of her once best friend Kevin, to attend his funeral. Her family had never understood her dedication to take on unsolved murders, long cast aside by police, in order to give some closure to the families. Had made it her career as an investigative reporter and now host of a TV-crime show. They couldn't grasp the depth of her own feelings of impotence when not just one, but two good friends were lost to unsolved crimes many years ago.Kevin's death had been ruled a suicide, something his sister did not feel at peace with. And despite his unwavering claim of innocence for the murder of their murdered high school friend for which he was charged and later released, his life had been far from easy as a result and Max felt compelled to unearth the truth about that night, once and for all. But in doing so, she knew she would be stirring up the dust and her family for one, would not be grateful.When at the airport, an older couple recognizes her and convinces her to look into yet another murder at her old high school, but this one only six months ago, Max can't resist the call. Now pulled into two separate cold cases, she encounters detective Nick Santini, who initially is reluctantly willing to work together with Max, but has second thoughts when he discovers her rather 'reckless' methods of investigation. Unencumbered by rules and regulations, Max manages to uncover a slew of leads that not only seem indicate some sort of connection between the crimes, but also manage to aggravate and attract Nick Santini. But when the investigation cuts a little too close to the truth, and Max becomes subject to threats and danger, Nick is determined not to have anything happen to her.*****Excellent thriller by Allison Brennan!!Very tight and clever plot, with small clues sprinkled through the story, only recognizable as such once the full scope is revealed. Intricate web of threads and connections, all serving to detract and distract from the main vein of the plotline. An interesting and varied crew of characters, some of whom very surprising once completely revealed. Maxine, our main protagonist comes fully supplied with background and a complete context, leaving no room for uncertainty when it comes to her character. The why, the when, the how, the what....it is all meted out and the result is an almost fearless, single-minded crusader and kick-a$$ woman, who devotes her life to making sure the victims and their families are not forgotten. Her focus is such, that concern for her own well-being, her own social life, her own future, has become all but non-existent. Max has a few people in her life, who look out for her, even if she doesn't look out for herself. Or perhaps, because she doesn't. One is her bodyguard, and the other the producer of her show. In this book she also has Nick Santini, who plays an important role here, and certainly seems to be a love interest, but I am not sure if that will carry over into future books, since Nick has some baggage that is rather permanently tied to him.I devoured the book, beginning to end, loving the style of writing and the tight suspense and intrigue evident from the start. What I missed, other than a few mere glimpses, was the development of a personal connection. There was romantic tension, absolutely, but other than a stolen kiss in the midst of chaos, I'm pegging this book as a suspense thriller, not creating expectations for a fulfilling romance. It is a thrilling read and I can't wait for the next one!✨A chilling, tangled and fierce juncture.✨**Copy provided in return for an honest review.**

  • Heather
    2019-01-05 09:46

    Maxine Revere has dealt with more unsolved death in her life than the average person. While the murders of her high school best friend during their senior year, and later her college best friend in an unrelated crime led her to become an investigative reporter that takes on cold cases across the country for her national television show, she's still haunted by their deaths. Estranged from the friend who was accused but not convicted of the murder in high school, Max reluctantly returns to her home town for his funeral after he commits suicide. Kevin was never able to recover from the stigma of being accused of Lindy's murder, so he'd drank and drugged himself into oblivion in the ensuing years. But he'd also been doing some digging into the murder when the police wouldn't do anymore, and he tried to contact Max after thirteen years--but she wouldn't speak to him.Max has only been back to her hometown a handful of times since high school. Even though she grew up rich and privileged, she was the black sheep of the family since her flighty mother dropped her off to live with her grandparents when she was ten years old. Max has always been outspoken, hated lies to the point of exposing others deceit no matter what the consequences, and that doesn't go over well in the high society of her community that thinks they should be able to do what they want without repercussions. Her family certainly wasn't happy when Max sided with her friend Kevin, the boy accused of killing Lindy.When Max arrives at the local airport with her assistant/bodyguard David in tow, an elderly couple recognizes her and asks her to look into the murder of their grandson. This happened on a construction site of her former school's property, which is also where her best friend's body was discovered all those years ago. Even though she promises them nothing, she says that she'll look into it. In the meantime, she meets with Kevin's sister, who's convinced that Kevin didn't kill himself. When Max agrees to look into this, she unwittingly opens up a storm of intertwining events that go back to high school and Lindy's murder, and maybe even the latest murder in town. Just how far will Max go to find the truth and how much of the past is she willing to dig up to get there?Max is an interesting and complex character. Blunt, head strong, smart and determined, she is used to getting what she wants, and she knows exactly how to manipulate people and situations to her ends. Max is able to make connections and get information where the police haven't been able to, and that's what makes her such a great investigator. She is also afraid of commitment and has trouble sharing or asking people for help, however, and she has a very complicated relationship with her family. Her assistant David was a nice treat and I look forward to seeing more of him in the next book. He's smart, connected, and resourceful, and he's super protective of his boss.Detective Nick Santini helps Max when he can, but only after she's proven herself to him. He's tough, no nonsense, and sees through her crap, so he's on to her tactics in a second. Plus, Nick knows that the original detective in the murder has it out for Max and acts accordingly.I give Notorious a 4.5 out of 5. With great pacing and excellent twists, I couldn't put this one down as Max put the pieces together (with a little bit of help from Nick and David) and solved the murders. Max is a intriguing character and puts herself at risk while she's trying to find the answers, even if it's going to cost her personally. The back story snippets about Max's family and history that were sprinkled throughout have left me eager for the next book. This is an excellent beginning to thrilling new series.(Also on Bewitched Bookworms)

  • Kathy Martin
    2018-12-24 01:41

    NOTORIOUS was an engaging and entertaining start to a new series. The main character is Maxine Revere who is independently wealthy and is the semi-black sheep of a prominent California family. She had a messed up childhood. Her mother was constantly on the move and dragged Max with her until she was 9. Then her mother dropped her off with her grandparents and disappeared. All Max had were some birthday cards which stopped arriving when she was sixteen and questions - why did her mother leave her? who was her father?Max grew up with a close circle of friends including her cousin William who was more life a brother. Things fell apart when her good friend Lindy was strangled and her other good friend Kevin was accused of the crime. Max was the only one of her circle of friends who didn't believe that Kevin didn't do it. Trial ended without convicting Kevin - six jurors thought he was guilty and six did not. But when Max learned that Kevin had lied to her about his alibi, Max cut herself off from him. The one thing that Max wasn't able to tolerate in her life was lies. Max left for school on the East Coast and became an investigative reporter. The death of her college roommate while on Spring break in Florida helped push Max in that direction. Her roommate's body was never found and the person accused of the crime was never convicted. Max spent a year trying to find out what happened to her roommate which led to her writing her first book about the case.When this story begins, Max has a successful career and a television show which investigates cold cases. Max is determined to find the truth because she believes it is the only way that families can find peace. She is called back to California because Kevin has committed suicide. He could never get past being accused of killing Lindy and had turned to drugs and alcohol. He had also continued to try to find out who really killed Lindy.In the airport, she is approached by two people who want her to investigate the death of their grandson. When Max finds out that he was killed on the grounds of her old high school, she agrees to look into the case a little. It doesn't take long for Max to be deeply involved in both cases despite anonymous threats over the phone and threats from the detective who worked on Lindy's case and is sure that Kevin got away with murder. Max's investigation is complicated by all the intertwined relationships she has with those involved in Lindy's case.I liked the mystery even though I didn't really bond with Max. She was very rigid in her stance on lying and she was rather reckless too. I did admire her focus and her determination to find the truth no matter who might get hurt along the way. I liked her relationship with her assistant David and her tentative new romance with the police detective working the case of the dead grandson - Nick Santini. However, given Max's stance on relationships, I don't hold out much hope for a lasting romance there.I'll be eager to see where Allison Brennan takes Max next. I wonder how Max would be in a case that was not so personal to her. I can't wait to find out!

  • Terri Lynn
    2019-01-22 01:52

    Maxine "Max" Revere was dumped off on her snooty grandparents as a child by a mother who wanted to be free of all responsibilities and this led Max to have trust issues and an inability to tolerate even the smallest white lie. There is a rather sad sense of aloneness to her that was palpable throughout the book. She has a good heart and wants to help other people but she has a way of keeping others at an emotional distance so not to be hurt or disappointed again. Having inherited millions from her great-grandmother (her missing mother's share), Max writes books about true crime (like the author Ann Rule) and has her own television show where she delves into cold cases. She runs right into a bunch of cases when she returns to the town in California where her relatives live (she hasn't been there for years because she avoids them) for the funeral of an ex-boyfriend from high school at the request of the man's sister. Kevin had a cloud over him these past years since he was accused of murdering their high school friend Lindy and getting off due to a hung jury. Most still think he did it, including a very nasty cop who handled the case. Kevin didn't do it and Max had stood up for him which caused the town-and that cop- to turn on her. Now that she is back, she is up to her neck in trying to prove Kevin innocent plus trying to solve the reason why a young man was killed who found a body at the construction site of a new building at the exclusive private school and solve Lindy's case all while dealing with the smoldering hatred of the nasty detective, a smoldering hot attraction to another cop, and her impossible family led by the grandmother/matriarch who raised her and will do ANYTHING to protect the family from scandal. As Max digs deeper, she is followed, attacked, spends a night in jail (thanks to the nasty cop), faces witnesses who won't tell her anything, fights with the family, but keeps on digging. The closer she comes to solving the crimes, the more dangerous it gets for her.

  • Silver James
    2019-01-19 08:29

    Notorious is the first full-length novel in author Allison Brennan's new suspense series featuring investigative reporter/reality TV host, Maxine Revere. There is a prequel novella, MAXIMUM EXPOSURE, that doesn't have to be read prior to the novel, but doesn't hurt because it's a damn good read, too.Anyway. There is much to love about this new series. At the same time, I wanted to slap the heroine upside the head with a clue-by-four on more than a few occasions. Intellectually, I understand why Maxine is the way she is. Emotionally, I understand why she takes the risks, acts the way she does. But professionally--and I'm speaking of my former career in law enforcement--yeah. Clue-by-four.The plot, involving two murders, is tight-woven, very personal to Max, and fraught with pitfalls both professionally and personally for the intrepid heroine. Readers get a further glimpse at David, her assistant/bodyguard, though he's mostly off page. I'm looking forward to more David "face time." I'm also hoping Ms. Brennan has a way to give the reader more Detective Nick Santini. He's the local homicide cop working with, and sometimes against, Max as she investigates the murder of a promising young architect on the grounds of her home-town prep school. Home for the funeral of a high school friend accused of killing Max's best friend their senior year, she is drawn into far more danger than she bargained for. There are many twists and turns but those would be spoilers. Shhhh.Ms. Brennan weaves the threads of this complex plot with dexterity and offers up engaging characters full of depth and "realness." I found myself wanting to meet these people, to sit down and visit with them. I don't get sucked in easily so kudos to Ms. Brennan! This is a suspense novel with slight overtones of romance and a worthy read for anyone who enjoys the suspense genre.

  • Melissa
    2019-01-02 02:43

    We follow Max, a famous reporter who specializes in handling cold cases and finding the truth. In this book we find Max coming to her hometown for a funeral of a friend. She is approached by two elderly people who want the case of their grandson solved which has recently gone cold. She can't ignore the pull of a mystery so she goes on a quest to solve the murder for the couple. While she is there, it seems as if everyone from her past is telling her not to involve herself in a high school friend's cold case. The case her recently deceased friend was accused, something that happened 13 years ago while they were in highschool. One that she had no intention on solving. While she investigates one murder, thoughts keep turning back to the murder of her friend until she decides to solve that one as well. She as well as others in the community have needed that closure for quite a while.The twists in this book were certainly interesting. I thought the cases were connected, then I thought they weren't.... then I knew who did it, and then that fell through. Wait, was I right in the first place, or was it now one of the 3 or 4 other people I now suspect. Yes, this book kept me guessing until the end. It also involved another mysterious murder which seems to connect all three but yet hold it apart. Will it ever be solved?I really enjoyed this mystery. At first, I thought I would have problems connecting with Max since she tends to hold everyone at arm's length. She holds people telling the truth in high esteem. She cannot handle anyone close to her who lies. It is a betrayal in her opinion. This close connection to the truth and feeling of betrayal drew me closer to Max rather than further away. It showed a vulnerability otherwise lacking in her character.I give this book 4 stars. It's a fun mystery that will keep you guessing until the end. I haven't had that happen in quite a while. I recommend it for those that love a good murder mystery.

  • Kerry
    2019-01-10 05:58

    an audio book I picked up at the library without any design or idea of what I was getting aside from the back blurb. It was OK, not my kind of mystery. Too many people thrown at the reader to set up at least 10 people who might have been the killer, two different mysteries and no up front knowledge of how they are related. Too confusing to follow easily on audio. I did like the female heroine--Maxine Revere--she was smart, determined and had an interesting background--though a little too convenient for the story. Maxine is a television investigate reporter, returned to her home town for the funeral of a friend. A friend she stood by when he was accursed of a murder of their best friend. Maxine testified for his innocence and lost many friends in the process. Now he has killed himself and she wants to comfort his sister, who can not believe it was a suicide. Thats the story set up to try to explain where it goes from there would take too many pages. The author tries to obfuscate what is going on by introducing more and more characters, more and more details and more and more of the protagonist's background into too few pages. It was hard to keep straight who was who, who was related to whom and who were friends and who were enemies of whom. I found the 1st five CD's quite good but than it just got boring and I wanted only to skip ahead, might have felt different if I was reading it but I doubt it. Did want to see who really did it but had a good guess at the end. That was the reason for the 2 stars as the author did keep me guessing to the end.

  • Patty
    2019-01-12 05:36

    NotoriousByAllison BrennanMy " in a nutshell" summary...Max...sharp, astute, clever...has returned home for a funeral...and a little bit of sleuthing!My thoughts after reading this book...Max appears to have it all...in spite of a rough start. She has no clue where her mother is...or even if she is alive...she was dropped off at her grandmother's house on Thanksgiving Day. She has written books, hosts a TV show and is capable of solving crimes but not the one that involved her best friend and her cousin over thirteen years ago. This one remains unsolved. The boy who was thought to have committed this crime is dead...a possible suicide...and his sister reaches out to Max.Fortunately...in a book like this...there is a ton of stuff to figure out and Max throws herself onto the middle of all of it. She is slapped, followed, nearly run over, chased and jailed...but she persists until she finds out who killed Lindy. While she is solving the Lindy mystery she is also solving a connected murder...whew! Max is a lean, mean sleuthing machine!What I loved about this book...You can't help but love Max...she is fierce. She knows what she wants and she goes after it. This makes her tough and yet just a bit vulnerable.Final thoughts...This was a fast paced book that kept my head spinning!Would this be a good choice for you...potential reader?Readers who love crime novels with lots of twists and turns...should love this book!

  • Stephanie (Once Upon a Chapter)
    2019-01-02 04:58

    This review was originally posted on Once Upon a ChapterIt has been so long since I've read an Allison Brennan book and that was a mistake. After reading Felicia's review of Notorious I knew I had to pick this up sooner rather than later. I'm drawn to cold cases like a moth to the flame. There's just something about them. Perhaps it's the unknown or whatever it is that tripped up professionals. Whatever it is, Brennan delivered.I really, really enjoyed Maxine Revere as a character. She's independently wealthy but spends her time helping bring people closure. She uses her own resources to do it and can do things law enforcement officials can't. This doesn't mean that Max doesn't know how to pamper herself. She's someone I could very easily admire.The pacing in Notorious is quick but the story is still rich in all the right places. The mystery is fantastic and really kept me guessing up until the last few chapters. I'm very excited to see where Brennan takes this new series and I'm very eager for the second book!

  • Darcy
    2019-01-13 01:28

    This was an interesting book for me. A lot of it was because I had conflicting feelings about Max. I like that she sticks to her convictions, but I don't know that I like her as a whole. I felt bad for her, for her family, which she doesn't seem to fit into. She is definitely the black sheep, the dirty little secret they have to own up too, as much as they would much rather she just go away. I find the Grandmother to be an odd one. Max stumbles upon some great thoughts she has about Max, yet those words have never been told to Max, to make her feel loved. Instead Max is left with drivel, like the scene towards the end of the book. With family like this, who needs enemies.The mysteries were interesting and kept me guessing till the end. I liked how the past and present were woven together. I found it interesting how with a "big" town name death like Lindy, no one really wanted the truth, they were more content to take the easy way, with everyone covering for everyone else all the while they never talked about it, in the past or in the present. All they did was manage to ruin a person in the past and snuff out a bright light in the future, while some were just plain forgotten. Those are the ones to feel really sorry for.With all that happened it will be interesting what happens in Max's life, will she ever go back home? The one thing that is for certain is that she won't stop trying to do what is right.

  • DP Lyle
    2019-01-12 04:38

    Notorious by Allison BrennanMinotaur BooksMarch 25, 2014ISBN-10: 1250035058ISBN-13: 978-1250035059336 pages… a fun and fast-paced thriller …Maxine “Max” Revere, investigative reporter turned TV crime show host, returns to her hometown for the funeral of an old school classmate, Kevin O’Neal, who apparently committed suicide. Another of Max’s classmates, Lindy Ames, had been murdered years earlier while they attended Atherton Prep in California. Kevin, though never arrested or tried, was the only suspect and was deemed guilty by public opinion. Thus the motive for his taking his own life. Or did he? Max believes not. That his death was at the hand of another. But how can she prove it? And what about Lindy’s murder some 13 years earlier? Is it in anyway connected to Kevin’s “suicide?” Add to this the untimely death of a young construction worker at Atherton and Max’s radar is on full alert. She launches into solving all three deaths and runs against obstacle after obstacle, some of which threaten her own life. This is a fun, fast-paced thriller that will keep up late. Max is a character you will definitely want to hang with again and again. Hopefully more Max books are coming.DP Lyle, award-winning author of the Dub Walker and Samantha Cody thriller series

  • Shay Williams
    2019-01-13 09:53

    * * * * *It's been a couple weeks since I have posted a book review. It's not that I haven't been reading but I was working my way through some library books that I had picked up. Yeah my guilty pleasure is occasionally reading books that I don't review. NOTORIOUS however was the perfect book to slide me back into reviewing. The writing is taut, the pacing spot on and tension enough to keep the reader glued to the book.Now as my readers know, I usually try to avoid first person because if it isn't done just right, then it is a train wreck. I am happy to say that Ms. Brennan hit all the right notes. I really like Max and enjoyed learning more about what was going on in her mind and her search for truth. Even learning just how important her family really is to her did her need to know even if it might tear her family apart. I am really hoping that Ms. Brennan continues this series because I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Max and the secondary characters. I highly recommend this book to any of my readers that enjoy thrillers. You will not be disappointed in the least. *** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.

  • Kylie
    2018-12-30 03:33

    Max is an investigative reporter who works on cold cases to help bring killers to justice. And she is a very well written and believable character. Just the right amount of baggage, which is explored just enough but no laboured and not used as an excuse.I think it is the mark of a well written female lead character, that I couldn't tell you what she looks like. It may have been in there somewhere, but it isn't the definition of who Max is. I know she is fit, she needs to be for her job. I know she is reasonably tall, that came up in relation to something else. I assume she is attractive - she is on tv and has no shortage of admirers, these things usually mean a certain level of physical attractiveness. But more importantly, I know she is clever, with a quick mind. She is independent and focussed. She is many things and all of them are more than just what she looks like. Yay!I loved the story and the way Max got drawn into the story of her past, just like the reader does. I worked things out before they came out in the story, which is pretty standard for me, so I couldn't say if it would come as a surprise when things are solved or not. But it was a good solution and everything worked, which makes me very happy as a reader.

  • Britney
    2018-12-27 06:38

    Maxine Revere is a strong, confident, no-nonsense crime reporter who deals with cold cases. When she is called back home to attend a former friends funeral she ends. up looking into 2 cold cases that she wasn't expecting to. Notorious weaves through 2 murders and a suicide investigation. It has all the twists and turns that you look for in a crime/thriller novel. I liked most of the characters. Max's grandmother Eleanor isn't one of them. She is your typical money rich lady that will throw her family name around to keep things hidden, whether or not the truth comes outs. Max does whatever it takes to find the truth even if it means hurting her family in the process. I loved how the story evolved. It flowed nicely going from murder to the next. I like the way the relationship with Max and Nick plays out. Got to love the subtle flirting clues and their banter. Ms. Brannen put together a nice mystery. Would recommend for every to read. I got this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Nicole
    2018-12-24 09:57

    04/20/15 - I received this book in the mail today stating I won it, but I don't see that it was on Goodreads. It may have been directly from the publisher.5/14/15 - I enjoyed this book a lot. It's my kind of read - a mystery, thriller, a good strong female character, a bit of romance (though hardly any, just flirting mostly), and humor. There were actually 3 murders that needed to be solved in this one and it was interesting to see how they all wrapped up. There were lots of hints at Max's past and things that were left hanging and open that I'm guessing the author will deal with throughout the series as it unfolds in other books. It definitely makes you think what would you do if murder hit so close to your life that you had to look at your own family for the killer.Content: F bomb (occasional use)

  • Keri
    2018-12-24 07:48

    4.5 Stars. Awesome read and I can't believe I took this long to pick up Maxine Revere's story. Max is a investigative reporter that has her own television show that is dedicated to solving the crimes that police have given up on. She does her job so well that it tends to get her in trouble at times. Our Max is a very strong, rich woman with a sarcastic wit and a fondness for good looking dark eyed cops. Well for one named Nick for sure. Allison Brennan is known for her top-notch attention to the mystery details and this new series is no exception. Really looking forward to the next Maxine Revere mystery.

  • Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
    2019-01-11 08:43

    Maxine (Max) Revere has a serious hard on for getting justice for the dead. She makes no apologizes for how she gets the answers needed to solve cold case murders. This turned out to have more than one case that over the course of the book collided in a surprising reveal. I was riveted through out the book wondering who the killer was. Large cast of characters and with Max working on two separate cases at times the switch between them wasnt always obvious but overall it was an enjoyable read with a very strong personality heroine who is like a dog with bone on solving the cold cases.