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March 28, 2016

Burning Proof {Janice Cantore}

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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?

My Thoughts:
Since I finished Drawing Fire (the first book in this series), I have been looking forward to Burning Proof. Abby and Luke were left with so many unfinished stories in the last book, and I could not wait to catch back up with them.

This book begins right where the first one left off. Abby and Luke seem to have found the answers they were looking for in the deaths of Abby’s parents and Luke’s uncle, but something hinted that they may not have the entire story. But the two of them do their best to move on with their separate lives.

Not long into this book, Abby is involved in a very unfortunate event in her career and finds herself taking some time off. It is during this time off she can truly reflect on her career, her life, and her relationships. It is also during this time off we realize the answers may not have been as wrapped up as we thought in the deaths of her parents.

Luke is also moving on with his life and has taken on a cold case with his friend Woody. But as his case takes some interesting turns, he also realizes the case of his uncle’s death is not completely wrapped up.

Of course, Abby and Luke find themselves working together once again and searching for answers they thought they would not have to find. This book finds Luke’s cold case and the deaths of their loved ones intertwined in a way I never saw coming. And without any spoilers, we also get to see Abby finally make up her mind about her relationship with Ethan, her fiancé.

There are still some loose ends in Abby and Luke’s life, and I am so looking forward to book three to see what the future holds for these characters. I have grown very attached to them, and I have my ideas of a perfect ending to their story.

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.

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