Contemporary Fiction, Review

Catching Heat by Janice Cantore

Catching Heat by Janice CantoreTwenty-seven years after the deaths of Detective Abby Hart’s parents, she’s desperate to find the proof that will put the mastermind–the governor’s wife–behind bars. 

When she joins a newly formed task force and teams up with PI Luke Murphy, Abby is sent to San Luis Obispo to work the cold case of a murdered college student.

Realizing their investigation will bring them near the town where Alyssa Rollins grew up, Abby decides to do a little digging of her own into the Triple Seven fire.

Luke is eager to help Abby close the books on a case they both have personal stakes in. But as she uncovers long-held secrets, Abby stumbles into an explosive situation, and Luke fears that her obsession may prove deadly.

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My Thoughts

First I just want to say how much I respect and appreciate the men and women who serve our communities in law enforcement and first-responder capacities, the dedication and sacrifice of those professionals and volunteers is astounding.

Detective Abby Hart is driven and compassionate. She wants the person responsible for her parents’ deaths to be brought to justice. Abby may be as tough as nails but the Triple Seven cold case is one big complex beast. She’s a little intense but I like to think we could be friends.

Private Investigator Luke Murphy is committed to helping the helpless but he is also a devoted dad and his daughter is always priority one. He and Woody have built a solid partnership and friendship since the Long Beach officer’s retirement. Despite his attraction to Abby, Luke has been such a perfect gentleman throughout this series and I love that about him.

Abby’s experience and her expertise make her a perfect candidate for the new cold case task force. I am so happy to see her working with Luke and Woody. Unfortunately, their assignment took them out of town so Abby’s little dog, Bandit, stayed home with a friend and Woody’s new pup, Zena, needed a sitter, too. Woody is so sweet when he talks about his girl and I love all of the four-legged characters.

Catching Heat certainly has sufficient backstory and action to stand alone, however, I highly recommend reading Drawing Fire and Burning Proof before you pick up this third book in the Cold Case Justice series! The Triple Seven cold case is woven throughout the series and you won’t want to miss one single revelation!

I requested the opportunity to read and review this book through the Tyndale Blog 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. She has penned eight novels: the Pacific Coast Justice series, Visible ThreatCritical PursuitDrawing Fire, and Burning ProofCatching Heat is the third book in the Cold Case Justice series.

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