Contemporary Fiction, Review

Drawing Fire by Janice Cantore

If you enjoy police dramas with a bit of romance, Drawing Fire by Janice Cantore is an excellent pick for your tbr!

about the book

Drawing Fire by Janice Cantore (Cold Case Justice book 1)

Drawing Fire by Janice CantoreOne 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?

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My Thoughts

I don’t often pick up a title from the suspense genre, but I’m really glad I had the opportunity to read Drawing Fire… I am a BIG fan! Janice Cantore kept me on the edge of my seat and I was spellbound by the investigation, characters, and emotion.

At first glance, Abby Hart is a tough, thorough, and smart detective but she’s much more than that below the surface. The kind of childhood she experienced is hard to fathom yet I know there are countless children who live through even worse. Abby is tenaciously determined to solve her parents’ cold case. I would imagine she desperately needs justice and closure. When Abby crosses paths with an adorable lap dog named Bandit, he’s exactly what she didn’t even know she needed.

The more I learn about Luke Murphy, the more I like him! He’s not perfect and he carries guilt from past mistakes but he’s dedicated to being a loving father and making a positive difference in the world. I’m really glad Janice Cantore mentions human trafficking in the book because it is a topic that deserves attention and awareness. Luke is attracted to Abby and wants to protect her yet he consistently maintains a proper distance since she’s engaged to someone else.

Thankfully, I already have the next book in the series, Burning Proof. It would have been extremely hard to wait very long for it after seeing the ad at the end of this book. I highly recommend this series and I’m searching my library for more Janice Cantore titles!

I requested the opportunity to read and review this book through The Book Club Network. The opinions expressed are my own.


About the Author

Janice CantoreA 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.

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