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When the bodies of a local family are discovered on a quiet street in the small town of Dumfries, Virginia, Detective Amanda Steele takes charge of the case. Brett and Angela Parker were shot three times each, leaving no hope of survival, and their tidy suburban home has been ransacked. Their beloved six-year-old daughter, Zoe, is left alive, but can Amanda catch the Parkers’ killer before the little girl she’s desperate to protect pays the price?


Carolyn Arnold recently spent some time with The Big Thrill discussing her latest novel, THE SILENT WITNESS:

What do you hope readers will take away from this book?

I hope readers take away that even in the shadow of extreme darkness, there is light. It may show through a crack at first, but it’s so important to grasp on to hope and optimism.

Carolyn Arnold

What attracts you to this book’s genre?

I love the mystery and intrigue but also the complexity of the plots. This genre makes a person think.

Was there anything new you discovered, or that surprised you, as you wrote this book?

This is the third book in the Amanda Steele series, and I’m starting to sense a little more than platonic feelings between my two main characters. A romance between them was never planned or intended, but it may happen yet.



Carolyn Arnold is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has several continuing fiction series and has nearly thirty published books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures. Her crime fiction series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining. This led to her adopting the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

To learn more about the author and her work, please visit her website.