There are so many good police procedural, crime thriller, and detective series out there that I have several series on the go. Kate Burkholder and Tracy Crosswhite are two of my favourites. Finding them on audiobook is a bonus for me as I can listen while working out in the pool.
The Hidden One (Kate Burkholder #14) by Linda Castillo, Kathleen McInerney (Narrator)
Expected publication: July 5th 2022 by Macmillan Audio, Minotaur Books
5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Hidden One is #14 in the Kate Burkholder series and once again, Linda Castillo has penned an engrossing, gripping story. This edition finds Kate investigating a case where an old friend has been arrested for murder. The Bishop and elders from the Amish Community in Pennsylvania where Jonas Bowman lives, have come to ask Kate to see what she can do to clear Jonas Bowman in the 20 year old murder of Bishop Ananias Stoltzfus. Although Kate has no authority in Pennsylvania, she remembers Jonas from their teenage years, and is sure that he couldn’t have killed anyone. She has an in with the Amish Community and knows what to ask, and how to talk to them. Will she be able to find the evidence and convince the local police to look elsewhere?
This was a very different Kate Burkholder story as Kate was not investigating this crime for work, but took some time off and traveled out of her jurisdiction to do something she felt the need to do for an old friend, something you owed him. I love how smart Kate is, her wonderful instincts, her excellent questioning ability, he understanding of the Amish Community and her persistence. With her working alone in this case, it is no wonder she finds herself in danger and taking chances, which is the one thing that bothers me about this strong female police officer. As Kate investigates and digs into the victim, it seems Bishop Stoltzfus is not the loved Bishop everyone has made him out to be. There are several suspects that need to be investigated. Along with some great leads, there are also a lot of red herrings. Of course, Kate solves the case, but it is a story that hooked me and carried me along right to the end. The murderer was not even on my radar, but it totally made sense when all was revealed. Kathleen McInerney, does a wonderful job with the narration of this audiobook. She reads at a nice pace and has a pleasant, easy to listen to, voice. I have come to identify Kate’s voice and enjoy listening to this series. It definitely adds to my enjoyment of the story. You don’t need to read all these books in order to enjoy The Hidden One, but it definitely helps understand the growth of the characters and their relationships. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
In Her Tracks (Tracy Crosswhite #8) by Robert Dugoni, Emily Sutton-Smith (Narrator)
Published April 20th 2021 by Brilliance Audio, Thomas & Mercer
In Her Tracks is #8 in the Tracy Crosswhite series by Robert Dugoni. Tracy took an extended leave of absence after giving birth to her daughter, and is now ready to return to work. Johnny Nolasco is her boss and he has been waiting for years to pay her back for what happened at the Academy. When Tracy returns to work, there are no openings for her on the team she worked with before. The only position is in “Cold Cases” and Nolasco is hoping she will refuse and leave the force. Tracy will not let him drive her out, so she accepts the position. Looking through cases her predecessor has left her, she selects the case of a missing young girl, the daughter of a police officer who disappeared while in his custody, five years earlier. Because the department is so busy, Tracy is brought into an active investigation with former partner Kinsington Rowe. A young woman has vanished on an isolated jogging trail in North Seattle. Tracy divides her time between these two cases, but most is on the recent one.
This was a different side to Tracy, a young mother trying to juggle her job and being a parent. She is also trying to solve two different cases, defying Nolasco while working with Kins. She has suffered trauma in her past, including some of her cases that have resulted in PTSD, and is seeing a therapist to work through some issues. I like that realism in the story. Tracy does an excellent job solving this case with good police investigative work. I was really interested in the use a a “Man Tracker” Kaylee Wright. She susses out clues that would be missed by others. Although the reader knows what is going on with the jogger, we don’t know if Tracy will make it in time to save her. The cold case was also very interesting and I enjoyed seeing how Tracy followed clues, questioned witnesses and dug up information that others had missed. This was a great story, a police procedural or crime thriller with characters you can identify with, criminals you dislike, and crimes that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I read the previous books in this series, but listened to this one. Emily Sutton-Smith does a good job with the story, the voices and the expression used giving emotion to the story and voice to the characters. I enjoyed the audiobook and think listening to this one added to my enjoyment.
The Coroner (A Coroner’s Daughter Mystery #1) by Jennifer Graeser Dornbush, Sophie Amoss (Narrator)
Published August 7th 2018 by Blackstone Audio, Inc., Crooked Lane Books
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Emily Hartford is a promising up and coming surgeon in Chicago, when she gets a call that her father has suffered a serious heart attack. She heads home to Freeport, Michigan, the small town she fled a decade ago after the death of her mother. She is estranged from her father, not calling him or answering his calls. She is needed to care for her father, as well as help with a murder case. Her father is the local medical examiner and there has been a suspicious death. The sheriff, Nick Larson, Emily’s old high school flame, wants her help and she can’t say no. The longer she stays in town, the more she realizes that she is not happy with her fiance, not in the path she has planned out. Can she help solve the murder of a young woman, hold down the fort at the medical examiner’s office and reconcile with her father?
I liked getting to know Emily and the relationship she had with her father growing up. It was his tutelage that directed her into medicine. Working together with Nick rekindled the feelings they had growing up, and they made a great team. The crime/mystery was well written with several suspects and lines of inquiry to follow. This wasn’t a hard core police procedural, but still a good story. I enjoyed this book and the narration by Sophie Amoss. She is a new narrator to me and I liked her voices, expression and tone. I hope to read or listen to the second book in this series, especially as there are a few things that were left up in the air in this one.