“The hurt has become a part of them and it’s scary to let go,” Abby recalls the warning in Janice Cantore’s novel, Catching Heat.
~ What ~
Third and final in the Cold Case Justice series, this four-hundred-thirty-two page paperback targets those that enjoy Christian suspense with a touch of romance. With no profanity, topics of human bombs, murder, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The English Standard Version of the Holy Bible, as well as the Living Bible, are referenced.
Having taken a break working with the Long Beach Police Department, Abby Hart is working on a cold case team with her mentor and friend, Woody, as well as private investigator, Luke Murphy. Breaking off her wedding engagement, Abby finds herself interested in Luke as the team tries to solve a cold case of a murdered college student in California’s Central Coast.
Adding to the complication of tracking down the killer, Abby and Luke try to meet a man who supposedly knows more about her parents’ deaths and the governor and his wife’s involvement. With the team dealing with a third case at the same time, there is little time to link the past to the present.
~ Why ~
With this being the final book in the trilogy, it gives answers to why Abby’s parents were murdered so long ago. I liked that each book concentrated on a different part of California (this one focused on San Luis Obispo area) since I used to live in Southern California so could relate to the locations mentioned. I appreciated how God was considered by Woody and his love for a newfound pet.
~ Why Not ~
Some may not like reading tales about police, politics, and people who are will do anything to maintain their status in society. Others may find the books have too many characters and get confused, but I did not have this issue.
~ Who ~
Author Cantore is a retired Californian police officer with twenty-two years’ experience working with the Long Beach Police Department. Having worked a variety of assignments such as patrol, administration, juvenile investigations, and training, she brings a plethora of police scenarios to her writing.
~ Wish ~
Since I have read all three books in the series and appreciate the writer’s details in the storyline and characters, I hope she continues to write suspenseful police stories that show how God is always there for us. Having a list of characters at the beginning may be helpful for some readers.
~ Want ~
If you enjoy police mysteries that is a part of a series, this brings a conclusion to the questions left unanswered in the prior two books. I found it to be the most interesting and engaging of the three.
Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for furnishing this book to read and review.
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