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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Janice Cantore: Burning Proof

By Kelly Bridgewater

Description (From Amazon):

After months of investigating the brutal homicide of a young girl, Detective Abby Hart finally has the evidence she needs. But when the arrest goes terribly wrong, Abby begins to doubt her future as a police officer. As she wrestles with conflicting emotions, old questions about the fire that took her parents’ lives come back to haunt her.

“There is proof.” PI Luke Murphy can’t stop thinking about what Abby’s former partner, Asa Foster, mumbled just before he died. When he uncovers a clue to the murder of Abby’s parents and his uncle, he’s reluctant to tell Abby, despite his growing feelings for the beautiful detective.

A decade-old abduction case brings Luke and Abby together, but will his secret tear them apart?

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My Review:

I enjoy watching crime solving shows at television and lean toward that genre when reading books. I love the thrill of hunting along with the characters to find out what happened and who did the murder, the abduction, or the terrorist threat. Suspense and mysteries are my chosen genre. Janice Cantore newest addition to her Cold Case Justice Series Burning Proof truly shows the inner workings of the police force with reoccurring characters from the previous book.

One aspect of a book series that I have actually personally blogged about was why writers can’t allow a romance or mystery to cover more than one book. It appears Cantore is doing exactly that in her Cold Case Justice Series. Yes, there is a mystery that is solved in each individual book to intentially satisfy the readers, but there is an overall mystery that stretches over all three books. Even the romance has obstacles. Abby is engaged to a man with a heart to travel overseas to do mission work. Luke can’t stop thinking of Abby, and neither can she stop thinking about him. The romance between Luke and Abby doesn’t completely have them married by the end of this book.

True to her roots, Cantore writes with such authenticity that I never for once doubt any terms or procedure that she writes on the page. Cantore grabs my attention on the first page and fills my ultimate desire to see the inside of the police force with her novels. It is why I enjoy shows like Castle and CSI. I enjoy the method behind solving the case, even if I, personally, cannot stand science classes in school.

Cantore has created a completely original and unpredictable realistic crime novel showing the affect of shooting a person has on a police officer. Even though shooting is part of their job, Cantore allows me to understand and empathize with the struggles an officer has after shooting someone.  

I really enjoyed returning to Abby and Luke as I learned more about them and watch them as they grow closer in their feelings for each other. As I already said, I enjoyed how Cantore shows how PTSD affects officers.

Creating a realistic drama sprinkled with romance, Janice Cantore’s Burning Proof is a realistic look at the world of solving cold cases, showing the grisly side of the affects on the personal officers. The story doesn’t move fast or have a lot of tension, but I didn’t feel like I had to put the book down from boredom.

I received a complimentary copy of Burning Proof from Tyndale Publishing and the opinions stated are all my own. 


My Rating:  4 out of 5 Stars

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