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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Drawing Fire Cold Case Justice by Janice Cantore

           Drawing Fire Cold Case is Janice Cantore's sixth book and the first book in her new Cold Case Justice series. The story is based around Abby, a homicide detective, and Luke, a private investigator. Both are trying to make sense of a tragic event in their past and find justice. Both are determined and have been working toward their goal for years. With a possible serial killer stalking elderly women in Long Beach, California, homicide detective Abby Hart’s best lead is Luke Murphy, an irritating private investigator who saw a suspect flee the scene of the latest homicide. But as she works with the handsome PI to unravel the serial killer case, she must also confront the spark between them. When Abby discovers that the most recent victim is related to the governor, she’s anxious to talk to him about a cold case that’s personal to her and has Luke’s interest as well.

           Through an odd twist of coincidence, the two find out their pasts are intimately intertwined. Despite each being overworked with other pressing cases, they begin working together to solve their past. Abby experiences pressure from her fiancé and everyone close to her to stop her investigation, but Luke understands and helps her. The story takes some unexpected twists and turns which keep the reader guessing and keeps the pace moving. I thought the action and suspense were well paced. There is also a possible romantic entanglement, but by the end of the story it is one of the running threads left undone, not even a hint as to the possibilities.

            I have always loved a good suspense novel and Drawing Fire is just that. It is packed with suspense, lots of action, plot twists and several surprises along the way. While most of the storyline wrapped up at the end, a few remaining threads were left dangling to lead into the next book. When Drawing Fire concludes, the readers will know the “who done it,” but things aren’t neatly and perfectly tidied up, which is a lot like real life. 

            I was disappointed on the cliffhanger ending. Too many strings left undone. I have since discovered that this was a first in a series, may need to read the next book to see what happens next. Drawing Fire is an excellent read, full of action, mystery, romance, and an underlying message of leaving room for God’s justice before we seek our own justice. 

            At the end of Drawing Fire there are twelve discussion questions which can be used for a book club or the individual reader. I plan on reading the next book in the series. I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network for my review. 

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