Friday, June 24, 2016

Book Review-Traces of Guilt By: Dee Henderson



Traces of Guilt
(An Evie Blackwell Cold Case)
By:  Dee Henderson
Publisher:  Bethany House

Evie Blackwell loves her life as an Illinois State Police detective . . . mostly. She's very skilled at investigations and has steadily moved up through the ranks. She would like to find Mr. Right, but she has a hard time imagining how marriage could work, considering the demands of her job. 

Gabriel Thane is a lifetime resident of Carin County and now its sheriff, a job he loves. Gabe is committed to upholding the law and cares deeply for the residents he's sworn to protect. He too would like to find a lifetime companion, a marriage like his parents have.

When Evie arrives in Carin, Illinois, it's to help launch a new task force dedicated to reexamining unsolved crimes across the state. Spearheading this trial run, Evie will work with the sheriff's department on a couple of its most troubling missing-persons cases. As she reexamines old evidence to pull out a few tenuous new leads, she unearths a surprising connection . . . possibly to a third cold case. Evie's determined to solve the cases before she leaves Carin County, and Sheriff Thane, along with his family, will be key to those answers.

This is not your typical Dee Henderson romantic suspense novel.  Instead this is more about closing cold cases using good old fashioned detective work.  Evie Blackwell has been asked by Ann Falcon (from Full Disclosure) to come to Carin County to work cold-cases involving a six year old girl (Ashley Dayton) along with the Florist family gone missing with no traces being left behind, two pedophiles being killed, Karen Joy Lewis hiding from a killer and Grace Arnett trying to find out what happened to her parents so she can begin healing after being abused for years after her parents went missing.  If Evie can close these cases…she might be chosen to work the new cold-case task-force Governor-elect Bliss will be implementing when he is sworn into office.   There is no justice in any of these cases as most of the people died, but there is healing for the community and those family members left behind.  Although this is not what I expected when I picked up the book to read it, I was encouraged by the degree of healing, forgiveness and love for humanity.  I also felt there was a budding romance between Evie Blackwell and Gabriel Thane.  I believe the ground-work is being laid to see them together again in the future in a more romantic setting.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend.


Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

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