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He got away with murder once before... A missing persons case in White Rock, New Hampshire turns sinister and sheds light on what might be the biggest mistake of Sam Mason’s career. But the sickening realization that his arch-enemy, Lucas Thorne, may not be guilty of the crime that put him behind bars is the least of Sam’s worries. A dangerous killer is targeting young girls He got away with murder once before... A missing persons case in White Rock, New Hampshire turns sinister and sheds light on what might be the biggest mistake of Sam Mason’s career. But the sickening realization that his arch-enemy, Lucas Thorne, may not be guilty of the crime that put him behind bars is the least of Sam’s worries. A dangerous killer is targeting young girls and Sam and his K-9 Lucy must stop him. But life at the White Rock Police station is complicated. Sam has just discovered that his second in command, Jody Harris, hasn’t exactly been truthful to him. Officer Kevin Deckard is still in a coma, and newcomer Wyatt Davis has secrets of his own. The only steady thing in Sam’s world right now is his trusty K-9 Lucy. As the killer escalates, Sam races against the clock to prevent the death of another victim. But the leads are dead ends and the clues don’t make any sense... until Sam uncovers the shocking true identity of the killer.... Too bad he may have figured it out, just moments too late.


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He got away with murder once before... A missing persons case in White Rock, New Hampshire turns sinister and sheds light on what might be the biggest mistake of Sam Mason’s career. But the sickening realization that his arch-enemy, Lucas Thorne, may not be guilty of the crime that put him behind bars is the least of Sam’s worries. A dangerous killer is targeting young girls He got away with murder once before... A missing persons case in White Rock, New Hampshire turns sinister and sheds light on what might be the biggest mistake of Sam Mason’s career. But the sickening realization that his arch-enemy, Lucas Thorne, may not be guilty of the crime that put him behind bars is the least of Sam’s worries. A dangerous killer is targeting young girls and Sam and his K-9 Lucy must stop him. But life at the White Rock Police station is complicated. Sam has just discovered that his second in command, Jody Harris, hasn’t exactly been truthful to him. Officer Kevin Deckard is still in a coma, and newcomer Wyatt Davis has secrets of his own. The only steady thing in Sam’s world right now is his trusty K-9 Lucy. As the killer escalates, Sam races against the clock to prevent the death of another victim. But the leads are dead ends and the clues don’t make any sense... until Sam uncovers the shocking true identity of the killer.... Too bad he may have figured it out, just moments too late.

30 review for Crossing Lines

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    I was excited to read this mystery that takes place in my neighboring state of New Hampshire, especially with one of the main characters being a shepherd named Lucy. Well, Lucy was the only reason I finished it. It felt like a very amateur effort in writing a book. There were very few details in this murder mystery, and the conversations all felt like idle chit chat, as if it was taking place between people waiting for an appointment. I’m shocked it had almost 4.5 stars. The only reader I could I was excited to read this mystery that takes place in my neighboring state of New Hampshire, especially with one of the main characters being a shepherd named Lucy. Well, Lucy was the only reason I finished it. It felt like a very amateur effort in writing a book. There were very few details in this murder mystery, and the conversations all felt like idle chit chat, as if it was taking place between people waiting for an appointment. I’m shocked it had almost 4.5 stars. The only reader I could possibly recommend this to would maybe be a younger person that may be interested in trying out the genre. It’s very tame and I don’t remember seeing even one swear word. Now, I’m not interested in seeing the “F” word every sentence, but I do like to see any occasional “damn” or “asshole” or maybe even “shit.” The chief of police said “crap” and he referred to his friend as his “bestie.” From a grown man in his 40s? SMH! Maybe I’m just becoming picky as I get older.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Abibliofob

    I've read Crossing Lines by L.A. Dobbs. Piece by piece we get to know the backstory with the different characters in this series. I love this series it's a small town story with some serious crime going on. The different people involved all have their bagage, even the cat and dog at the station have problems. I really love the way Dobbs describes the people and settings. Maybe I should try something else from this author? If you like complex mysteries involving both the past and the present then I've read Crossing Lines by L.A. Dobbs. Piece by piece we get to know the backstory with the different characters in this series. I love this series it's a small town story with some serious crime going on. The different people involved all have their bagage, even the cat and dog at the station have problems. I really love the way Dobbs describes the people and settings. Maybe I should try something else from this author? If you like complex mysteries involving both the past and the present then I think you would like this.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mara

    Another young woman's body is found in a shallow grave, but the man accused of the previous murders is in custody. Could they have the wrong man? Could this be a copy cat? Some things are different than in the murders that happened 5 years ago. Could the killer have changed his MO? Could a small town such as White Rock have yet another serial killer? Sam Mason and his fellow officers need to find the answers to those questions before more young women in White Rock go missing. Finally we get the a Another young woman's body is found in a shallow grave, but the man accused of the previous murders is in custody. Could they have the wrong man? Could this be a copy cat? Some things are different than in the murders that happened 5 years ago. Could the killer have changed his MO? Could a small town such as White Rock have yet another serial killer? Sam Mason and his fellow officers need to find the answers to those questions before more young women in White Rock go missing. Finally we get the answers about the murders of the young women and who the guilty party really is. I never would've guessed who the murderer was, my money was on someone else. I'm excited that officer Kevin Deckard has finally come out of his months long coma and he actually gave a clue to the still ongoing mystery of the former Mayor's murder, and hopefully that ties into why Kevin was shot. I really liked the addition of Jo's sister, Bridgett and that Jo finally confided to Sam that she's been investigating her younger sister's abduction and murder. The hilarious antics of K-9 Lucy and Major the cat added a light-hearted element to the book. I hope the next installment answers all the still hanging questions surrounding Lucas Thorne and the former Mayor Dupont. I'm ready for Sam and the gang to wrap this storyline up and get on to something new.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    A good quick read murder mystery. Simple plot, believable characters and light reading. A nice break

  5. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    This is the sixth in the series and I couldn’t wait to see if Kevin would come out of his coma & would he be ok. Jody tells Sam about her side case she has been working with an FBI agent. Jody’s sister comes to stay with her. With Thorne in jail, who is killing young redheads in the community? The search is on. Are the killings from 5 years ago and these connected? If not, will Sam and company find the killer? Will Thorne get off? How does Beryl’s evidence play into the scheme of things? There were This is the sixth in the series and I couldn’t wait to see if Kevin would come out of his coma & would he be ok. Jody tells Sam about her side case she has been working with an FBI agent. Jody’s sister comes to stay with her. With Thorne in jail, who is killing young redheads in the community? The search is on. Are the killings from 5 years ago and these connected? If not, will Sam and company find the killer? Will Thorne get off? How does Beryl’s evidence play into the scheme of things? There were plenty of twists and turns. We learn more about the individuals that work with Sam. I liked seeing the character growth and sense of family. I thought the relationship between Lucy and Major Payne was endearing. The main mystery for this story was answered but left the story ongoing to what happens next, who finds out what in the future and how will the threading mystery be resolved? I was given an advanced copy of the story and am not required to leave a positive review. I thought this was one of the best in the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Miss W Book Reviews

    Crossing Lines is Book 6 in The Sam Mason Mystery Series. I cannot even express how GOOD this book was. If I could give it 10 stars I would. The story is told in different perspectives and I found the chapters told in the perspective of the killer added such depth to the murder mystery. The story starts with a missing teenager and the body is found a little bit later. Is it related to all the murders 5 years ago? Lucas is in jail for those murders, so is this a copy cat? I love the characters in Crossing Lines is Book 6 in The Sam Mason Mystery Series. I cannot even express how GOOD this book was. If I could give it 10 stars I would. The story is told in different perspectives and I found the chapters told in the perspective of the killer added such depth to the murder mystery. The story starts with a missing teenager and the body is found a little bit later. Is it related to all the murders 5 years ago? Lucas is in jail for those murders, so is this a copy cat? I love the characters in this mystery. They are well developed, complex, complicated and fleshed out. There is a playful fun storyline between Lucy, the police K-9 and the resident precinct cat, Major. There were quite a few surprises and I was impressed with how the author wrote the character of Jo's sister, Bridget, who is a recovering addict. I highly recommend this series, start with Book 1 and you will not be disappointed.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Another wonderful book in the Sam Mason series!! In this book, Sam and Jo are looking for a missing teenage girl. When K-9 Lucy finds the body of the girl in a shallow grave, the similarities to past serial killings are giving them pause. Is there a copy cat murderer out there, or did they arrest the wrong man for the previous murders?? The antics of K-9 Lucy and the station cat, Major Payne will have you chuckling while you piece together the clues of this latest case.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Richard

    An OK book, but no more than that. I was surprised when I realized that this was the sixth in a series - the characters are shallow and not terribly interesting, and the setting isn't much better. Maybe a lot of this was explained in other books, but I have a really, really hard time believing that there is a police department anywhere that relies on cell phones and has only recently added a radio dispatch system. Radios were around for many years before cell phones, leading to the obvious quest An OK book, but no more than that. I was surprised when I realized that this was the sixth in a series - the characters are shallow and not terribly interesting, and the setting isn't much better. Maybe a lot of this was explained in other books, but I have a really, really hard time believing that there is a police department anywhere that relies on cell phones and has only recently added a radio dispatch system. Radios were around for many years before cell phones, leading to the obvious question: What did this department do before cell phones (since they didn't use radios)? The internal dialog that provides insight into the characters' thought processes is stilted throughout - and could have been done much, much better. In fact, for the most part it didn't need to be there at all; the police chief has three confidants - Lucy (the dog - lots of possibilities there for long, in-depth conversations as he works through theories; in fact, he does that at least once), Mick (whose sole purpose in the book seems to be listening to the police chief), and Jo (his "partner"). Which leads to another interesting point - why does the chief of police have a partner? Chiefs supervise other officers, they don't partner with them. The intelligence of the police is also somewhat variable. They're not smart enough to see some things (especially those that would make the story move along faster), doubting them even when they're right in front of their face. On the other hand, when it becomes necessary to save the victim, they can put everything together in a heartbeat. That kind of inconsistency bothers me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Scot

    This is an odd book and it's a bit surprising to see it is sixth in a series and the author apparently writes several mystery series. It's set in rural New Hampshire, which is nice I suppose, but there aren't many details about anything so not much sense of setting is developed. Characters are all very shallow, similarly not developed, and their conversations are as if from an old sixth grade reader, to the point, general, unrealistic. There seems to be a serial killer operating in town, and he c This is an odd book and it's a bit surprising to see it is sixth in a series and the author apparently writes several mystery series. It's set in rural New Hampshire, which is nice I suppose, but there aren't many details about anything so not much sense of setting is developed. Characters are all very shallow, similarly not developed, and their conversations are as if from an old sixth grade reader, to the point, general, unrealistic. There seems to be a serial killer operating in town, and he could be a copy cat or a reappearance of an earlier serial killer whose actions haunt the memories of a few characters, Main characters are the staff of a police department, with the lead cop and his female partner romantically attracted to each other and constantly second guessing what each other might really want or mean but never doing anything about it, never revealing their feelings. That gets old fast! What details there are center around the canine cop, a German shepherd named Lucy, and a cat that the station adopted that has become Lucy's nemesis in a dispute over a pet toy. We also get regular reports when these animals are hungry, troubled, or in the case of the cat, acting as if they could care less. A day or two after reading the book, that is about all I retain. Serial killer--what serial killer?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Scott aka Curmudgeon

    It was good but some frowns The story was clean always a big plus for me but some I guess I’ll call them frowns in that they don’t make sense or just blunders. The biggest for me was and I see it in a lot of books, some bringing a cell phone into a jail or prison. I haven’t been in all the jails and prisons but I’ve been plenty and have never been in one where cell phones are allowed beyond the front gate even by staff let alone near a prisoner. Jo and Sam bring one picture of a suspect. It would It was good but some frowns The story was clean always a big plus for me but some I guess I’ll call them frowns in that they don’t make sense or just blunders. The biggest for me was and I see it in a lot of books, some bringing a cell phone into a jail or prison. I haven’t been in all the jails and prisons but I’ve been plenty and have never been in one where cell phones are allowed beyond the front gate even by staff let alone near a prisoner. Jo and Sam bring one picture of a suspect. It would never hold up in court. Then when Jo sees Kevin’s foot twitch twice and the doctors come in and she doesn’t repeat what’s she said so the doctor can see? Petty but it is little things like that bug me. The thing between Lucy and the cat Major is silly, there are more silly things like it seems everyone assuming what another is thinking aka as insecurity. I’m a curmudgeon so as my wife will say I suck the fun out of everything 🤓 Despite all my petty stuff I enjoy the series, I’d rather have clean and cheesy over sex and profanity any day.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cinda Inman

    Sam Mason and Jody Harris have a report of a missing teenage girl, Kirsten Stillwell. The next day, K-9 Lucy finds her body in a shallow grave in the Owl Sanctuary. Is Lucas Thorne in jail by mistake for the murder of five young girls? Is he guilty of murder or only drugs? Sam and Jo fear there will be another girl murdered because this murderer has contacted Joseph Menda, a serial killer in prison. Jo's sister, Bridgett, has come to White Rock to live with her after she has completed her rehab.K Sam Mason and Jody Harris have a report of a missing teenage girl, Kirsten Stillwell. The next day, K-9 Lucy finds her body in a shallow grave in the Owl Sanctuary. Is Lucas Thorne in jail by mistake for the murder of five young girls? Is he guilty of murder or only drugs? Sam and Jo fear there will be another girl murdered because this murderer has contacted Joseph Menda, a serial killer in prison. Jo's sister, Bridgett, has come to White Rock to live with her after she has completed her rehab.Kevin Deckard is waking from his coma. Can he help them find the mayor's killer? Does White Rock have another serial killer? Lucy, the German Shepherd K-9 and the station cat, Major Payne, keep busy playing during the story. I love this series. It keeps getting better and better. I received an advance copy. This is my honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ana Cisewski

    Disappointing I've been caught up in the ongoing mystery and the characters in the Sam Mason series but I'm disappointed with the whole series. Maybe a bit more editing would help. The dialogue and the characters' thoughts are repetitive throughout the books. The plot had promise and I liked how the officers are meshing as a team. There are still unanswered storylines carrying forward. Still a lot of personal secrets. This series does not really have stand books. Apparently one major plot line i Disappointing I've been caught up in the ongoing mystery and the characters in the Sam Mason series but I'm disappointed with the whole series. Maybe a bit more editing would help. The dialogue and the characters' thoughts are repetitive throughout the books. The plot had promise and I liked how the officers are meshing as a team. There are still unanswered storylines carrying forward. Still a lot of personal secrets. This series does not really have stand books. Apparently one major plot line is resolved but many more are unresolved. I was dragged along book 1-5 hoping to find out the answers to the main mystery. Book 5 was written in 2018. Book 6 was written in Oct 2020. I hope we don’t have to wait two years for book 7. And hopefully there will be some resolution. Very frustrating.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy Brown

    Sam mason K-9 Mystery Book series I loved this whole series! Sam as sheriff & Jo, his partner, work together so well they can guess what the other is thinking! After the death of one of their own & another injured, & Because of interference with local mayors, (one of which was killed unexpectedly trying to pass on information ) sheriff from another county , the FBI, they had to do their own private on-the-side investigations with their adopted K-9 Lucy, who started out to be a joke but as more de Sam mason K-9 Mystery Book series I loved this whole series! Sam as sheriff & Jo, his partner, work together so well they can guess what the other is thinking! After the death of one of their own & another injured, & Because of interference with local mayors, (one of which was killed unexpectedly trying to pass on information ) sheriff from another county , the FBI, they had to do their own private on-the-side investigations with their adopted K-9 Lucy, who started out to be a joke but as more deaths occurred, became a very valuable asset, but Major, a stray cat, didn’t think so. Jo’s secret though threatened the relationship with Sam but Bridgett, Jo’s estranged drug-addict sister brought it all back together! There are so many twists and turns, your interest stays peaked through every book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Scott Sammons

    Really short! I generally do not bother to download books with less than 300 pages. This book went by really quickly. This is not ma favorite series. I downloaded this book for free then tried the first in the series to get a taste of the series, I didn't like it. I then read this one, I don't like it any better than the first book. Light and fluffy "Murder She Wrote" scripts not actual mystery genre novels. I want nothing more to do with this. The writing and editing are professional even though Really short! I generally do not bother to download books with less than 300 pages. This book went by really quickly. This is not ma favorite series. I downloaded this book for free then tried the first in the series to get a taste of the series, I didn't like it. I then read this one, I don't like it any better than the first book. Light and fluffy "Murder She Wrote" scripts not actual mystery genre novels. I want nothing more to do with this. The writing and editing are professional even though the stories themselves are far too light for my tastes. Mostly clean language no graphic sex, or carnage, despite the murder and kidnapping theme.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ellen White

    A wife bringing the evidence that put her husband in jail for the killings. Now a lawyer, a cousin is going to get him out. The drug charges would still keep him for a time. Killer didn’t feel bad about the wrong man for what he had done, it wasn’t his fault, more of a need. Now he has a urge for that again, they never will find the burial places He didn’t know about Lucy the police K9. Secrets between Jo and Sam keep coming up, will this latest about why she came to this little town, be the last A wife bringing the evidence that put her husband in jail for the killings. Now a lawyer, a cousin is going to get him out. The drug charges would still keep him for a time. Killer didn’t feel bad about the wrong man for what he had done, it wasn’t his fault, more of a need. Now he has a urge for that again, they never will find the burial places He didn’t know about Lucy the police K9. Secrets between Jo and Sam keep coming up, will this latest about why she came to this little town, be the last straw. Jo could tell Sam was hurt. Good story of them working together and their lives in and around this small community.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Linda Pennington

    Serial murders Sam, Jo, and Lucy finally find the serial killer who has been murdering young girls in the area of White Rock. At the end of the last book they thought they had him but as another girl is killed and another abducted they find clues to a new killer. His niece framed her husband and took the investigation in a different direction. Now as Kevin is waking up from his coma he might be able to rap up the investigation of the mayors death. As always Leighann Dobbs writes a fast moving sto Serial murders Sam, Jo, and Lucy finally find the serial killer who has been murdering young girls in the area of White Rock. At the end of the last book they thought they had him but as another girl is killed and another abducted they find clues to a new killer. His niece framed her husband and took the investigation in a different direction. Now as Kevin is waking up from his coma he might be able to rap up the investigation of the mayors death. As always Leighann Dobbs writes a fast moving story. Love reading her books.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Ok I was wrong I thought this was the last in the series. Had the wrong person pegged as the killer. Oh well. I have binged this for long enough but may come back to it. Would recommend reading once in a while instead of all at once. Easy to get back into as the story and characters are overly described/declared/explained in each book. Just enough is left out of each characters trajectory to want to read more so cudos for that

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nadine

    Riveting! What a well-written book! Multi, multi-layered! We also get the killer’s POV, which really added another layer to the story. Riveting! This book is a little more serious, darker, grittier (serial killer) than my normal cozy reads, but Dobbs is one of my favorite authors and she can really bring it. So I was very happy to make an exception! It’s such a clever book! A.W.E.S.O.M.E.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Doreen

    Excellent! Another exciting murder mystery! Seems that the serial killer from 5 years previously is back! A thorough investigation starts, with time factor shadow lurking, fearing a second murder. Same great characters and mayoral race coming increases the pressure on Sam and Jo!! My only issue is another cliffhanger completes this mystery

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aparna J

    Wow I loved this thriller. There is one unsolved mystery with another murder mystery involving serial killings. Detectives Jo Harris and Sam Mason investigate the murder of Kirsten Stillwaters. In spite of confusing clues, the detective pair manage to solve the case by following proper leads. I am amazed. Wonderful.

  21. 4 out of 5

    mary arnold

    I enjoy the characters in this book. Sam and his dog Lucy, Jo, his partner and the rest of the crew at the station. This is small town USA specifically New Hampshire. Sam has put a man in prison for the murders that he is now having to investigate again as others with the same MO are happening.. Twists keep the reader wanting to know what’s next.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Robert C. smith

    Good Entertaining Suspenseful Mystery! Folks is a master at throwing out a wide variety of questionable characters and scenes as she hooks readers into wanting to turn pages faster and faster to discover what happens next! Lovable, believable characters hold their own against unsuspected villans!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carol Franks

    I love a good mystery and this book is exactly that! The book is well written, the characters were interesting. The final outcome was a surprise. The book was well written, the story was captivating. I highly recommend this to anyone who likes police mysteries. I enjoyed every bit of it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Great mystery series I hated to see this series end. It kept me interested through each book and I couldn't wait until the next one. I enjoyed the interaction between the characters . Any age reader could read these books as there was no sexual scenes or bad i language. I hope there will be several more books to wrap up what happened to Jo's sister Great mystery series I hated to see this series end. It kept me interested through each book and I couldn't wait until the next one. I enjoyed the interaction between the characters . Any age reader could read these books as there was no sexual scenes or bad i language. I hope there will be several more books to wrap up what happened to Jo's sister

  25. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    Interesting This is the first book I’ve read by Dobbs and will likely not be the last. It’s a good mystery with realistic characters. There are several questions left at the end. I prefer stand-alone books, even when they’re part of a series, although I understand that one of these questions must be an ongoing one. I absolutely love the interaction between Lucy and Major.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    Sam Mason series I’ve liked this series and it’s characters. It’s slow moving and a bit redundant but I like the interaction among the characters. I look forward to the next book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Great story! Again, another well written book by L.A.Dobbs! I love these characters! They all mend together and flow as a team. Well developed and relatable. The bad guys/ladies as well are fully fleshed out. This story will keep the reader guessing right up to the very end!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    Excellent murder mystery! I really liked having the murder's point of view interspersed with the other characters. It added a whole other perspective and depth to the story, not to mention suspense. Look forward to reading more of this series! Excellent murder mystery! I really liked having the murder's point of view interspersed with the other characters. It added a whole other perspective and depth to the story, not to mention suspense. Look forward to reading more of this series!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Bartles

    I love Sam, Jo and Lucy so much in this series, that I hope Sam and Jo find their way to being together. This book exposes a lot from other books, yet leaves enough for there to be future books in the series. I don’t want to leave any spoilers, so I will just say this is a must-read book!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn Chandler

    Always a good read Read the whole series and enjoyed it. Entertaining and a quick read. If you want a "Who Done It" which keeps you involved in the plot with likeable characters, this series is great. I'm waiting for the release of book #7. Always a good read Read the whole series and enjoyed it. Entertaining and a quick read. If you want a "Who Done It" which keeps you involved in the plot with likeable characters, this series is great. I'm waiting for the release of book #7.

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