A Cold Trail (Tracy Crosswhite #7) by Robert Dugoni
Published February 4th 2020 by Thomas & Mercer
I really enjoy the Tracy Crosswhite series, and this book is not exception. Tracy has recently given birth and she and attorney husband, Dan are back in Cedar Grove where they both grew up. They are staying in Dan’s parents house while their actual home is being renovated. She is approached by the Sheriff regarding a cold case, and as he planned, she gets the itch. He was retired and called back to work when the actual Sheriff is suspected of arson and the murder of his wife. Years earlier his girlfriend had been killed and he was the main suspect in that case as well, but the same man who killed Tracy’s sister, was convicted of that crime as well. Now Tracy begins nosing around to find out if the cases are linked and who the actual killer really is.
I enjoyed the setting of this story. Cedar Grove is a town that had almost died out, but is undergoing a rejuvenation. Old businesses are bought out and being renovated. It seems that all is going well, except Dan’s client does not want to sell his business and is getting pressured by the town. It was also interesting to see how Tracy is going to deal with being a working mother, and the inner turmoil she feels. This was a well written and plotted story. The case takes Tracy into areas that she was not expecting and her and Dan work together to solve the mystery. There are some new characters in this story, but they fit right into the story and family as if they had always been there. There are some nail-biting scenes, some tense and taut investigation and the story comes to a very satisfying conclusion. I had no idea how this was going to end or who the killer might have been, but when the reveal was made, it all fit together perfectly. Another great Tracy Crosswhite story. I was gifted a copy of this book upon request. The rating and opinions shared are my own.
Cross Her Heart (Bree Taggert #1) by Melinda Leigh
Published March 17th 2020 by Montlake
I really enjoyed Melinda Leigh’s Morgan Dane series and when it ended, I was saddened. Of course, that was short-lived as she has a new protagonist in Bree Taggert and I was pulled right into this story and am now invested in this new series. From the moment this story opens with the death of Bree’s sister, to the end where all the loose ends are pulled together, I was riveted. This was another of those books that I read in one day, taking every available moment to read and find out what was going to happen.
Bree is a wonderful main character and Matt Flynn makes a great sidekick. Matt was a K-9 officer who was injured on the job. He thinks the Sheriff who was corrupt set him up, but it is speculation. He has retired from the force, but his cop instincts are still strong. He is also the best friend of Bree’s brother-in-law, Justin, the main suspect in the murder. Bree and Matt are realistic, multifaceted characters that work very well together and complement each other. There is some sizzle under the surface, but it doesn’t go too far. I look forward to seeing this relationship develop in future books in the series. She is not only trying to solve the case, but is dealing with trying to get custody of her niece and nephew from their estranged father, as her sister, Erin, wanted. Bree’s compassion when dealing with Erin’s kids is realistic and gives us an insight into her character. The many secondary characters are well written and play important parts in the story. The plot is well-developed and had several twists that kept me guessing and quickly turning the pages. I thought I had it all figured out, but was incorrect. When the final showdown occurs, I was shocked in a good way. It all fit together nicely and came to a satisfactory ending. I am looking forward to See Her Die, #2 in the Bree Taggert series. I definitely recommend this one if you enjoy Crime/Mystery/Police Suspense with a Romantic Suspense plot as well.