Catching Heat

Catching HeatCatching Heat by Janice Cantore
Series: Cold Case Justice #3
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Published by Tyndale Publishing on September 01, 2016
Pages: 432
Also in this series: Burning Proof
Also by this author: Burning Proof

 

Publisher’s Summary:

Twenty-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.

I love to dive into well-written romantic suspense on a Friday evening with every intention of reading too late into the night. Janice Cantore’s Cold Case Justice series is just the ticket. Catching Heat, sequel to Drawing Fire and Burning Proof, continues the story of a California police detective and a private investigator who were pulled together by events of their childhood and recent cold case developments.

I love to dive into well-written romantic suspense on a Friday evening with every intention of reading too late into the night.

Abby continues to grow as a character in this installation of the Cold Case Justice series, and she continues to be relatable, likeable and root-for-able. I was a little frustrated in this novel that Abby’s character seemed inconsistent — she is both extremely intelligent, yet makes poor decision after poor decision and cannot see her own obsession. Perhaps that is how obsession goes, maybe it is all but impossible for one obsessed to recognize it, but as a reader, it was frustrating to see an intelligent character blindly make such poor decisions.

I was a little frustrated in this novel that Abby’s character seemed inconsistent — she is both extremely intelligent, yet makes poor decision after poor decision and cannot see her own obsession.

Luke, on the other hand, felt all but perfect in this installment, making him less relatable. His daughter, who would clearly be central to his life, was hardly to be seen. His treatment of Abby is perhaps as perfect as a human could get, with few lapses in judgement. So while I enjoyed the new cold case Abby and Luke tackle, and I appreciated the continued plot of the larger case involving Abby’s parents, I found this the hardest to swallow character-wise.

As always, Cantore’s personal experience as a police officer brings an element of realism to the law enforcement threads of plot, and the writing is well executed.

As always, Cantore’s personal experience as a police officer brings an element of realism to the law enforcement threads of plot, and the writing is well executed. I definitely recommend reading this series in order, to fully appreciate the bigger picture plot that runs through the series. And while Catching Heat wasn’t my favorite of this series, I would still highly recommend the Cold Case Justice series to lovers of police procedurals and mysteries with just a touch of romance.

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