Killing Secrets (Nan Vining Mysteries #5) by Dianne Emley

Killing Secrets (Nan Vining Mysteries #5)

For fans of Patricia Cornwell, Tana French, and Lisa Gardner comes a razor-sharp novel of suspense featuring Detective Nan Vining—a single mother whose worlds collide when her teenage daughter stumbles upon a grisly double homicide. When she gets the call, Nan Vining responds as a mother first and a detective second. Her daughter, Emily, has made a gruesome discovery in a secluded section of a Pasadena park: a pretty, popular young teacher from...

Details Killing Secrets (Nan Vining Mysteries #5)

TitleKilling Secrets (Nan Vining Mysteries #5)
Release DateJul 21st, 2015
GenreMystery, Fiction

Reviews Killing Secrets (Nan Vining Mysteries #5)

  • Linda Strong
    Being a huge fan of Dianne Emley, I've waited so patiently for this book ... 5 years after the last Nan Vining book. I was so excited when I got my hands on this book and immediately wondered if it was going to be as good as what I was expecting. You know ... people change over time. I am delighted to say that I loved the book!Nan's daughter is now 16 and, along with a boyfriend of sorts, stumbles across the bodies of one of her teachers and anot...
  • April
    Many thanks to Random House Publishing Group - Alibi via NetGalley for an opportunity to read and review this book!Unlike a lot of thrillers, Killing Secrets had a very personal aspect to it, and although this may not be some people's cup of tea, I really liked it. It made the protagonist, Nan, seem much more human and vulnerable, than books where there is very little personal detail included.I enjoyed reading this book very much; it was a very a...
  • Debbie Oxier
    Nan Vining is supposed to be on vacation but when her daughter finds two dead bodies at a local park, she's back on the job. It turns out to be one of Emily's teachers and a fellow classmate. The woman was helping him with his writing but it appears there might have been more to their relationship than what met the eye. She's been stabbed repeatedly and his wrists have been cut. Murder/suicide, right? Nan isn't so sure. From the time she arrives ...
  • Krystal
    When I first found this little gem on Netgalley, I didn't realize that it was part of an already established series. It is in fact, book #5 of the series. Thankfully, this novel is a stand alone - meaning even though there are references to prior cases, you did not have to be familiar with them in order to understand and enjoy this one. In fact, if anything it made me want to go back and read the others in this series. I didn't feel like there wa...
  • Sheila
    This book is fifth in the Detective Nan Vining series set in Pasadena, California. Nan is struggling to do her job right despite interference from higher ups. Her life and job are complicated by the fact that her newest case is the apparent murder and suicide of a popular young female teacher and a disturbed male student from the school her daughter Emily attends.In addition to this case that is quite involved and not what it first appears is the...
  • Sheila Beaumont
    It was only recently that I had read the fourth book in the Nan Vining series, and I thought it was first-rate, the best one yet. Now I have to say that Nan Vining #5 is truly amazing, even better than the previous book. It's beautifully, tightly plotted with plenty of twists, packed with well-drawn, engaging characters, and so fast-paced and filled with action that I could hardly put it down! Nan is an intelligent, likable, determined heroine, a...
  • Debbie
    This was my second by this author and I'm hooked! She puts the "Oh no, look out" into suspense. I just knew who the murderer was, I know I knew. Wrong. The author put so much emphasis and just kept returning back to this character. I should have known better. Ha!! It's always the least one you suspect. I found this book very riveting. I just could not put it down. There were so many things going on and I was like how the heck do all these pieces ...
  • Susan
    Again I grabbed a book from NetGalley that wasn't the first book in the series. Not having read the previous books didn't cause any problems. This could definitely be read as a standalone. I love a tough female lead and Nan Vining certainly fit that. A single mother trying to raise her daughter while working as a detective with the Pasadena Police Department. And when that job could threaten her daughter, she'll do what she needs to keep her safe...
  • Jackie Baller
    Nan is back and better then ever. I received an advance copy and read it in less then 24 hours, ( didn't get anything else done but what hey)I just didn't want to put it down. I got mad and wanted to kick a few butts. Wondered how Nan didn't tell a few people to kiss off but she is a wise woman and knows how to win her battles.Fans of Dianne Emley Nan Vining will not be disappointed and first time readers will become fans
  • Denise
    2.0 out of 5 stars -- Although the 5th in the Nan Vining series, this is the first -- and last -- one that I will read. I like my suspense thrillers believable with realistic scenarios and characters with depth. The plot was thin and the mystery was weak. Nan Vining, Pasadena PD, is one of those cops who likes to work alone -- there's no trusty sidekick with witty repartee -- and she takes a lot of chances and gets into a lot of perilous situatio...
  • Anne Martin
    Ms Emley can write good thrillers/mystery books. I don't think I've ever read another book from her and it was a discovery. I was a bit surprised that her heroine, Nan, is only a corporal, though she must have been at least ten years on the force.Anyway, Nan's daughter finds a couple dead somewhere in the suburbs of Pasadena, where she went with her boyfriend. Of course, the police is called and Nan knows of the case. The dead bodies were Erika K...
  • Treacy
    Although few admit it, most parents of teenagers think of murder frequently. For Detective Nan Vining and her teenage daughter, the urge to kill isn’t about the rolled eyes or the contemptuous tone of voice. Someone tangled up in the double murder of a pretty, popular high school teacher and the shy student she took under her wing wants to get Vining off the case in Dianne Emley’s KILLING SECRETS. That’s because Vining rejects the tidy murd...
  • Jennifer Nowak
    *I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*I originally requested Dianne Emley's " Killing Secrets" from the NetGalley selections because it was recommended for fans of Tana French and Lisa Gardner. Since I really enjoy the work of both these authors, I decided to give it a try. Before I began reading "Killing Secrets", I realized it was the fifth book in the Nan Vining series and was afraid that I would be lost, having ...
  • Laura Salas
    Nan Vining is smart and determined, and I like that in a main character. Her relationship with her daughter, Emily, feels pretty realistic--at times heartwarming, at times makes-me-want-to-scream frustrating. The murder scene is riveting, as are the questions it raises about this teacher's involvement with her student. So...I wanted this to be a 5-star book. But for me, it wasn't quite there. Nan's various colleagues on the force blended together...
  • CL
    When Detective Nan Vining's daughter and her until now unknown boyfriend discover the body of one of their teachers and one of their classmates it appears to be a murder-suicide. But as details come to light Detective Vining thinks there is something not right about the way this crime has been handled. After talking to the mother of the student who appears to have committed suicide she begins to doubt that it is as simple as the department would ...
  • Maureen ~Bitch Can Write A Book
    I received a copy from NetGalley for an honest review...Well let me just say, if I could give this book more than 5 stars I would. It's been forever since we have heard from Nan Vining and hot diggity....the author outdid herself. I could not put this book down, I was sucked in from the first page. I read it in a matter of hours AND now I'm pissed because I have to wait for more. I so hope there is more. I love Nan's character and her relationshi...
  • Beverley
    Received free from Netgalley.Killing Secrets is the 5th in the series but the first I have read and I really enjoyed it. It is one you won't want to put down. Well developed, easy to relate to characters (female cop with a teenage daughter, trying her best to do it all) with a plot that just keeps going page after page. I plan to add the rest of the series to my reading list. A good one to have on your summer reading list.
  • Maxine Nunes
    I've always enjoyed the Nan Vining series, and this book was well worth the wait. Nan's daughter is now a teenager and Emley does a great job of showing both the conflict and the love between them. And the plot is just terrific. Riveting from page one, complex and very much character driven. A great read.
  • Paula Harp
    Nan Vining is a mother to teenage daughter first, and a detective second. Then her worlds collide as her daughter along with new boyfriend Mom didn't know about discover bodies in a park. Go along for a ride as Nan follows the clues to find the murderer and protects her daughter along the way. Very good mystery suspense read!
  • LPL Staff Reviews
    I'm now a fan of Dianne's. (So much so, I went back and purchased the first four books of this series for the Library's collection.) I can't wait to read about Nan from the very beginning.Melissa B.LibrarianMahon Branch
    2015-07-28 to you by OBS Reviewer JerjenNan Vining is a detective for the Pasadena Police Department, who is supposed to be taking some time off from work. She gets a phone call informing her that her daughter, Emily, and her boyfriend, Ashton, have found two dead bodies at a secluded teen hangout, called Stoner Glen. Nan is not sure what to be most concerned about: the fact that her daughter found the bodies,...
  • Dolly Sandor
    4.5 Stars!I read the first 3 books in this series ages ago and enjoyed them immensely. I was surprised to find Killing Secrets on NetGalley. When you've not read a book by a particular author in a while but remember their name and most of the characters, you know you've found a good author to read.What I liked: First, let me say that I somehow missed book 4, Love Kills but I didn't feel I missed anything by reading Killing Secrets first. (I will ...
  • Diane Coto
    Emily Vining and her boyfriend, Ashton McCarthy, are working on a school project at a Pasadena park — taking pictures of ‘moody shadows’. The last thing they expect to find is two bodies. One is Emily’s beloved teacher, Mrs. Keller. The other is Jared Hayword, considered a dork by many of the students. It seemed apparent that Jared had killed Erica Keller and then slit his own wrists. So, who needs an investigation since it seems so appar...
  • Autumn
    http://fallenoverbookreviews.blogspot...I received this book to give an honest review.WOW!! I truly enjoyed this detective book. The main character juggling not only being a mom but a detective as well she made it work and fit in her life. Nan seems to be a very strong character who has had a lot thrown at her, now I have never read the other books in this series but I really want to. I want to see the person that Nan has developed to be. This bo...
  • Lelia Taylor
    The action rarely stops or even slows down to take a breath in Dianne Emley's Killing Secrets. When Detective Nan Vining's daughter and a friend discover two bodies, Nan's protective instincts kick in but also her sense of knowing when something is not quite right. She's not satisfied when there's a quick rush to judgment that a lovesick teen killed his teacher and then himself and her hackles rise, bringing to the fore the questioning mentality ...
  • Kari
    Killing Secrets is the 5th book in the Nan Vining series. It's the first one that I have read and I thought it did a pretty good job of standing on its own. After reading this one, I do want to go back and check out the early books to read about Nan's earlier adventures. In this one, Nan is called to the scene of a crime that her daughter was unfortunate enough to stumble upon. When the case is quickly closed with little investigation, Nan knows ...
  • Jennifer
    Killing Secrets was the first book I’ve read by Dianne Emley. It is #5 in the Nan Vining series, and although I didn’t feel lost reading it, I did feel like I was missing part of Nan’s life. (Since I really enjoyed this book, I will be going back to read more in this series.) In Killing Secrets, Nan is a detective with the Pasadena Police Department and a single mom to her daughter, Emily. When Emily and her boyfriend, Ashton, discover the ...
  • Sharon
    Emily Vining was traipsing through the park at night with her boyfriend Ashton when they discover some grisly remains. Her mother, Detective Nan Vining, is called to the scene, but she discovers that her objectivity is called into question because her daughter is a witness. As the investigation intensifies, Nan is struck with the feeling that the case is more complicated that it originally appeared.I was given the opportunity to read this book vi...
  • R.K.
    I loved it. Killing Secrets opens with a compelling mystery and unfolds as a convincing police procedural, but what sets it apart from similar titles in the genre is the way Emley masterfully interweaves the paranoia of a corrupt police investigation with the terrors of being a parent (particularly a teen parent). The action and suspense build in a steady crescendo as Nan Vining struggles to solve the case while trying to maintain her bond with h...
  • Patricia
    I received this booked from Netgalley to review. Nan Vining is a homicide detective and a good one. She is a single mom with a teenage daughter and a great boyfriend. But sometimes her life is just too dangerous. Now she is investigating the murder of her daughter's teacher and a fellow student. But the teacher is also the wife of a cop and things are not what they seem. Now Nan must go under the radar and investigate this case without becoming a...