Cold Case Justice, Book 3
September 2016/432 pages/$14.99
Twenty-seven years after the deaths of Detective Abby Hart’s parents, she’s desperate to find the proof that will put the mastermind—the governor’s wife—behind bars. When she joins a newly formed task force and teams up with PI Luke Murphy, Abby is sent to San Luis Obispo to work the cold case of a murdered college student. Realizing their investigation will bring them near the town where Alyssa Rollins grew up, Abby decides to do a little digging of her own into the Triple Seven fire.
Luke is eager to help Abby close the books on a case they both have personal stakes in. But as she uncovers long-held secrets, Abby stumbles into an explosive situation, and Luke fears that her obsession may prove deadly.
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Janice Cantore brings her Cold Case Justice series to a satisfying close with Catching Heat. While this book does build on events in the previous two novels in the series, it can be read as a standalone. In fact, one of my mild frustrations is that the early part of the book contains so much background. Additionally, Abby and Luke spend quite a bit of time simply discussing the case, traveling, and other pedestrian activities. While that is likely more realistic than continual action-packed scenes filled with confrontations and life-threatening moments, it does get a bit tedious at times. The action and the pace pick up about halfway through the book and I was glad I stayed with it as various threads began to unravel or tie together, depending on the situation. And never fear: Cantore infuses plenty of heart-pounding moments into the final chapters! Perfectly timed to be read as political campaigns are heating up, this book and series will make a great addition to your fall reading list.
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