Book Review: Catching Heat

Book Review: Catching Heat

Catching Heat by Janice CantoreCatching Heat by Janice Cantore is the third installation of the Cold Case Justice series.

The deaths of her parents appears to be settled — or as settled as it was going to be — so detective Abby Hart is prepared to move on. But when a key confession witholds information, Abby can’t stand the injustice. Now a part of the newly formed task force to address cold cases, she learns that it’s harder to let go than she thought.

Meanwhile, private investigator Luke Murphy is ready to blaze ahead with the first lead assigned to his new cold case team. Struggling to keep Abby’s focus on the case, he worries her seeming obsession might become deadly. Read more

Book Review: Burning Proof

Book Review: Burning Proof

Burning Proof by Janice CantoreHaving enjoyed previous books by Janice Cantore, I jumped at the chance to read and review her latest novel, Burning Proof.

Burning Proof, a sequel to Drawing Fire, follows Abby Hart’s career as a detective and her lifelong goal to finally solve her parents’ murders. After a life-changing incident in the line of duty, Abby takes time off of official work to recover. But new clues regarding her parents’ deaths lead her down new avenues of investigation. Meanwhile, private investigator Luke Murphy can’t stop thinking about his own suppositions regarding the old murders — but he is focused on solving a cold case abduction. Little does he know the old case might bring him and Abby closer together.

In this second installment of Cantore’s Cold Case Justice series is worth the read. The plot, while technically a stand-alone, does a great job of picking up the plot where Drawing Fire left off — both the mystery and the personal lives of Abby and Luke.

The reader is quickly drawn into Abby’s quest to learn the truth about her parents’ deaths and pursue justice for herself and all those who lost loved ones in the fire. You will find yourself caring very much about Abby’s quest and the struggles of her life. Meanwhile, Luke’s own mysteries will keep the reader guessing from cover to cover.

While the plot keeps the novel moving from cover to cover, the characters are what really shine in Cantore’s second Cold Case Justice series. While introduced in Drawing Fire, Abby and Luke are both further developed in this installment. I feel as though I’m getting to know a friend – piece by piece, little by little – as I read more about Abby.

Meanwhile, Cantore’s 22 years’ experience in the police force ads an element of reality and grit to her writing. She not only understands how to write, but even the procedural and behind-the-scenes police moments ring true to life.

Cantore’s 22 years’ experience in the police force ads an element of reality and grit to her writing. She not only understands how to write, but even the procedural and behind-the-scenes police moments ring true to life.

I received a complimentary copy of Burning Proof from Tyndale House Publishers, but I was not otherwise compensated for this review. All writing, thoughts, and opinions are solely mine.

Other books I’ve reviewed by Janice Cantore:
Abducted
Drawing Fire

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Book Review: Drawing Fire

Book Review: Drawing Fire

Drawing Fire by Janice CantoreDrawing Fire by Janice Cantore is engaging, entertaining, and interesting.

Desperate to solve her parents’ murder case, Abby Hart reveals her connection to the crime that shaped a community in Long Beach, California. But the implications might be more than she bargained for: homicide, drugs, the state governor… Meanwhile, when private detective Luke Murphy learns that Detective Hart has as much interest in the case as he does, it sparks a renewed commitment to learning who killed his uncle so many years ago. But will the path to truth put both of them in danger?

Drawing Fire, the first case in Cantore’s Cold Case Justice series is definitely worth the read for suspense lovers like me. The plot is interesting, with a few twists and turns. The suspense is definitely there (unlike some other books I’ve read recently that are labeled “suspense”). The characters are layered and their lives involved and interesting. They are relatable and you definitely want to root for them.

Cantore’s 22 years’ experience in the police force ads an element of reality and grit to her writing. She not only understands how to write, but even the procedural and behind-the-scenes police moments ring true to life.

I received a complimentary copy of Drawing Fire from Tyndale House Publishers, but I was not otherwise compensated for this review. All writing, thoughts, and opinions are solely mine.

Other books I’ve reviewed by Janice Cantore: Abducted

Book Review: Abducted

Book Review: Abducted

AbductedAbducted by Janice Cantore is an exciting combination of action, suspense and mystery.

Picking up where the first novel in the Pacific Coast Justice series left off, our heroine, police officer Carly Edwards, is in a good place with her life firmly under control. But as the book progresses, her life quickly begins falling apart. Her hopes of reconciling with her ex-husband diminish as he begins to pull away and her best friend’s recent choices threaten their entire relationship. Worse, her partner’s young baby is kidnapped and the search for him leads Carly right into the middle of major criminal investigation by the FBI.

Abducted is an exciting tale of when police work turns personal and a baby’s life is on the line.

Relatively new author Janice Cantore has 22 years of experience in the police force–a fact that shows through her writing. While her plot spins an intriguing tale, her writing depicts the reality of police work with accuracy and specifics, offering the reader a glimpse into the exciting, and sometimes dangerous, field.

While the technical details of the plot stand out as superb, Cantore’s characters are also well written and well rounded. As a fairly new Christian, Carly learns a lot about the daily reality of faith as she unwinds her latest mystery. The cast of supporting characters–from her ex-husband Nick to her reporter friend Alex and sometimes difficult roommate Andrea–are well developed and realistic, offering the reader the full scope of Carly’s life.

I would recommend Abducted for any fans of Christian suspense novels, as it is well written and exciting.

I received a complimentary copy of Abducted from Tyndale House Publishers, but I was not otherwise compensated for this review. All writing, thoughts, and opinions are solely mine.