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Toledo police detective Audrey Vorkink has a rep for getting things done. She might look like a middle-aged soccer mom (complete with bobbed hair), but she works hard and unwinds even harder. One night, as she’s meeting with her edgier-than-it-sounds knitting group, a hit-and-run accident turns deadly right outside the building. But something’s fishy about the missing drivToledo police detective Audrey Vorkink has a rep for getting things done. She might look like a middle-aged soccer mom (complete with bobbed hair), but she works hard and unwinds even harder. One night, as she’s meeting with her edgier-than-it-sounds knitting group, a hit-and-run accident turns deadly right outside the building. But something’s fishy about the missing driver, something positively…inhuman. Audrey can run down any criminal, but what if this one’s from another planet? Can she bring the bad guy to justice? Is she going insane? Will she ever manage to get a decent haircut? Find out in this snarky police thriller meets extraterrestrials (maybe) by Carrie Harris, author of BAD TASTE IN BOYS and DEMON DERBY....

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ISBN : 32320102
Format Type : Kindle Edition
Number of Pages : 232 Pages
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  • Sadie Forsythe
    2018-11-19 08:21

    3.5This was almost a four star book. Almost. It was a snarky, fun read. I loved that the main character was a full adult, with an adult child. You just don't see 40ish-year-old women as leads all that often. She's a cop and good at her job. She had female and platonic male friends. And she was appropriately skeptical when aliens came onto the scene. It's really a great set up.For most of the book I was leaning toward a four star rating. Four, not five, because it felt a bit too slow. I just kept waiting for the pace to pick up and it didn't, until the very end. And it's that ending that lost it the further half a star. The book kind of ends where you'd expect the real story to begin, leaving the reader feeling abandoned. And while that's a great hook to pick up the next book, it feels manipulative to readers (or this reader). We've all become familiar with this technique, as we see it all the time in free prequel novellas to series and, though a bit too long to be a novella, it has that same not-a-stand-alone feel to it.It's well-written and fun. So, I don't consider my time wasted. I do have a major gripe about the over though. I know it's a small thing, but it annoys me. The book started with the main character being mocked for her soccer-mom bob and this became a bit of a running gag. It's a thing in the book until she got it cut even shorter.........So, the long ponytail on the cover is wrong. And the ship too...

  • J.C. Steel
    2018-12-05 08:03

    Detective Audrey Vorkink suspects that her new haircut may have been a mistake. Unfortunately, what with caseload, winter in Toledo, USA, and the inevitable paper trails that come with police work, getting called a soccer mom over her new ‘do has to take second place. There’s a murderer on the loose who doesn’t seem to fit the usual parameters, such as they are, forensic results that make no sense, and aircraft behaving in ways that the local university’s Physics department can’t explain. Whether Audrey can explain it, without losing her job to the claws of an IA investigation, is still in question.Carrie Harris’s Illegal Alien is a great mix of police procedural and science-fiction, managing to maintain an air of utter plausibility that really makes the story shine. Some of that comes from the characters, who add colour to the book on every page with quirks, some merciless teasing, and their own back stories of mistakes made and lessons learnt. Another of the real strengths of the novel is that Audrey isn’t omniscient, she isn’t perfect, and she doesn’t have that perfectly complaisant, unshockable superior willing to mobilise the Army because his best detective has a feeling. Audrey’s dilemmas gain a great deal of plausibility exactly because she has to figure out how to deal, and has to face up to taking risks and coping with the fall out, and colleagues who lose faith in her. It’s also completely free of annoying editorial errors, which always makes me want to weep tears of gratitude and genuflect towards the Merriam-Webster offices. Definitely a book worth reading, whether your thing is sci-fi or detective work. Reviewed for By Rite of Word reviews.

  • Beth
    2018-11-13 08:14

    This was a fun mystery with a sci fi element. I loved that the main character, Audrey Vorkink, is a single mom cop in her 40s. The story was interesting and fast paced, with well-fleshed-out characters. Many of the scenes were funny, and a few poignant. My only objection, which nearly causes me to lower this to a 3 star review, is the unnecessary foul language, liberally sprinkled throughout. This is currently on Kindle Unlimited.

  • RaChelle Holmberg
    2018-12-10 06:04

    I found this book on FreeBooksy and loved the premise. The book kept me interested, had an exciting story line and characters, then popped me suddenly with a pet peeve - it was only part ONE and if you want to know anything, you're hijacked into buying book two, which just released. I can look at it like " oh well you got book one as a prize" but the truth is, I like to KNOW these things before I'm unpleasantly surprised.That said, I probably will buy book two, but will that be explanatory or will we be hijacked again. ......grrrrrrrrrrr!!!

  • Jane Mercer
    2018-11-24 04:05

    Enjoyable, an alien murderer in winter Toledo definitely different.I liked the characters and plot, Audrey Vorkink is a cop who hears an accident near her friends house, when she gets to the scene it is apparent it was no accident and one of the drivers has vanished without trace the other is dead.Investigating leads to tragedy and suspension. Will she find the murderer, of course but everything is not as it seemes

  • Jeanne
    2018-11-17 06:03

    DisappointingA story about an alien and the crimes it committed. The heroine and a beginning love affair. Interesting characters well developed. The disappointment is that this is only the first half of the story. I really hate when if you want to know the end you have to buy the next book. I NEVER do.

  • Sherry Pace
    2018-11-22 04:00

    A normal police procedural, until it isn't!Great characters and dialogue. Car crashes, gangs, office politics, and a surprising twist. Very entertaining, can't wait to read the next in the series.

  • Isis Ray-sisco
    2018-11-27 00:14

    Illegal Alien is the first book in the Illegal Alien series by Carrie Harris. It is the first book that I have read by this author and I can't wait to get my hands on the next book in the series. I really liked Audrey. She was a great female heroine and very tough. I liked that she looked like a soccer mom but was a bad ass. She didn't let others bulldoze over her. She always got her man. She liked her job and working with her partner. Then things go horribly wrong and life as she knows it is about to change. She knows what she saw but it couldn't be. She is taking flack at the office too and it is spilling over into her home life. Her co-workers are teasing her mercilessly. Some are even lashing out at her and blaming her for things that were not her fault. She is going to get to the bottom of things even if it is the last thing she does. Will she be able to redeem herself? Will she ever find out what she saw? Will she get her man? Or will she end up paying the price for her choices? I would recommend Illegal Alien to anyone who enjoys a good sci-fi read with a strong female lead.

  • T.M. Catron
    2018-11-21 03:02

    I received a review copy of Illegal Alien in exchange for my honest opinion....And I'm really glad I did. This is a fun read. The characters are snarky and intelligent. The plot is engaging. It's well-written and well-edited. And every time I had to put the book down for something, I wondered when I could go back to it. My only criticism was for the ending, which felt a bit anticlimactic. That's why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.However, I enjoyed the book all the way through. It's part of a series, so the ending leaves you hanging, but I will definitely check out the next books to find out what happens.Side note: I don't know anything about detective work except what's on TV (and I'm pretty sure that's all wrong), but it feels like the author either has experience or did her research before writing.If you want a fun read with an engaging protagonist (and mystery and aliens!), read this book!

  • Paula
    2018-11-19 05:57

    Illegal Alien is the first in a new series by Carrie Harris. The protagonist is Toledo police detective Audrey Vorkink who begins investigating an unusual two vehicle fatal hit and run accident while she is off-duty. One driver is dead, and the other mysteriously vanishes. Audrey and her partner, Detective Ronda Ross, continue investigating this peculiar accident that grows stranger and stranger.This is an approachable and entertaining novel with believable and likeable characters. Along with being entertaining, the book deals with the issues of middle age and female friendship. It's a deeper, more well rounded and substantial read than the usual action series entry, yet, Ms. Harris still adeptly maintains our interest in these characters.Overall a very nice read and an excellent start to a new series with a very human and everyday protagonist. And Audrey will triumph over the aliens in the end!

  • laurie moore
    2018-11-30 06:06

    I love itCops and bad aliens. I love that the cop is a single mom with a mouth. It's both funny as well as heart braking. I hope you all take time to read the book.

  • Aldis
    2018-11-21 08:04

    Audrey Vorkink is a veteran police detective who knits. At her knitting group, she becomes the first responder to a fatal 2 car accident. The other driver is missing, not seen by any witnesses. When she starts investigating the victim, she thinks he is a kook until she discovers he was right, and killed deliberately for his discovery. Carrie Harris has a knack for creating quirky, believeable characters, and sassy and snarky are the best words to describe Audrey. When tragedy strikes and Audrey is put on administrative leave, can she keep it together enough to get the perp? I really liked this no-nonsense blending with the paranormal.

  • Alison Devonish
    2018-12-03 04:18

    Audrey is a mom and a detective. She loves her job so much it seems that's all she does until her friends and family push her to do things outside of work like knitting. While at a friend's there was an accident and Audrey was first on the scene but nothing makes sense. Where is the driver of the 2nd vehicle? why are there no skid marks from the vehicle trying to avoid the accident? These unanswered questions have the detective very puzzled and she knows she will do what she must, to solve the case even if it means thinking about some far-fetched theories. "I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book."

  • Lee Stewart-Taylor
    2018-11-23 00:14

    Buy it !It starts off as an everyday police procedural...but the main cop Detective Vorkind grows on you and you really start to care about her. Add an very different suspect and you have the beginning of a story that will keep your attention to the very last page.

  • Terrie Williams
    2018-12-03 08:11

    Great storylineLoved the story. Well written story about a female detective solving a murder that looks like it might have been committed by... What? An Alien from outer space. Audrey's on the trail but she has to convince her department that she hasn't lost her marbles first.

  • Victoria M Morton
    2018-11-25 07:11

    AWESOME!Love the premise. The characters are believable.I am buying everything she has written. I so recommend this writer. This dampened site demands a certain number of words and that passes me off! How dare they!

  • C Dove
    2018-12-06 02:12

    Reality cop meets alien. Yep tried and true story line with enough real life reality to make all stick together. Good read with a probable real life hero one.

  • Caroline Gabel
    2018-11-25 04:08

    loved this book, i was so happy to find that the next book just came out.