Drawing Fire (Cold Case Justice #1) by Janice Cantore

drawing-fireGenre: Mystery, Suspense, Romance
Publisher: Tyndale
Publication Date: May 2015

One case has defined Abby Hart’s life — her parents’ unsolved murder. It’s the sole reason why she became a homicide detective, not that it’s helped her uncover the truth. For years, she has hidden her true identity, fearful that the ones who left her to die all those years ago might return to finish the job.

While investigating the possible handiwork of a serial killer, Abby discovers ties between the latest victim and the governor. Despite the risk, Abby seizes the opportunity to reveal her real identity, hoping the governor will re-open her parents’ case. Not everyone is happy with the detective’s revelation. Many believe the past belongs in the past, including her mentors, fiancée, and the aunt who raised her. Abby finds an unlikely ally in Luke Murphy, the irritating yet handsome private investigator who has his own reason for wanting the cold case revisited.

An engaging story of forgiveness, Drawing Fire opens Janice Cantore’s new Cold Case Justice series. My first time reading anything by this author, I discovered a book filled with suspense, action, and romance. The perfect ingredients for a fun mystery.

Cantore makes it easy for the reader to empathize with the characters in their various struggles and ways of approaching forgiveness. The growing feelings between Abby and Luke offered a nice reprieve from the heavier topics broached in the novel.

Though Abby wraps up the serial killer case and uncovers the answers to many of the questions surrounding her parents’ 27-year-old murder, which gives the novel a satisfying end, the mystery is far from finished. Cantore leaves enough lose ends to make the reader eager for the next installment. I recommend Drawing Fire to readers looking for faith-filled suspense.

Review copy provided by publisher. Thanks!

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