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August 17, 2015

Drawing Fire {Janice Cantore}

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One case from her past defines homicide detective Abby Hart. With a possible serial killer stalking elderly women in Long Beach, California, Abby's best lead is Luke Murphy, an irritating private investigator who saw a suspect flee the scene of the latest homicide. 

When Abby discovers that the most recent victim is related to the governor, she's anxious to talk to him about a cold case that's personal to her--one Luke is interested in as well. As she learns more about the restaurant fire that took her parents' lives years ago, Abby discovers why Luke is so invested in finding the ones responsible. 

The more they uncover, though, the more questions they have. Can Abby find peace without having all the answers?

My Thoughts:
I stayed up way past my bedtime two night in a row to read this book - and it was worth every minute of lost sleep! It's been a while since I got into a book and enjoyed it this much. These characters were so complex, yet so easy to get to know and feel like you were friends with them.

From the opening chapter of this book there is suspense and tension. Abby and her team are determined to solve a couple recent murders, yet Abby wants nothing more than to find out what happened to her parents. Luke simply wants to know what happened at the restaurant, but things are so tense between him and Abby.

As the two of them discover they are secretly working on the same case, things really begin to move quickly and this book becomes one of those stories that you simply cannot put down. I kept telling myself "one more chapter", but then I would just have to keep going.

I was a tiny bit disappointed that when this book ended I felt like I had some questions that didn't get answered. But... I contacted Janice to find out about the upcoming books in this series and she assured me that these characters' stories would continue. So I'm good with that.

Drawing Fire is a must-read for your reading list, and its follow-up Burning Proof will be out in early 2016.

A former Long Beach, California, police officer of twenty-two years, Janice Cantore worked a variety of assignments, including patrol, administration, juvenile investigations, and training. She’s always enjoyed writing and published two short articles on faith at work for Cop and Christ and Today’s Christian Woman before tackling novels. A few years ago, she retired to a house in the mountains of Southern California, where she lives with three Labrador retrievers, Jake, Maggie, and Abbie. Janice writes suspense novels designed to keep readers engrossed and leave them inspired. Accused is the first book in the Pacific Coast Justice series, featuring Carly Edwards. Janice also authored the Brinna’s Heart series, which includes The Kevlar Heart and A Heart of Justice. Visit Janice’s website at and connect with her on Facebook.