Thursday, March 31, 2016

Review: Drawing Fire by Janice Cantore

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


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?


I enjoyed this fast paced suspenseful story about homicide detective Abby Hart and private investigator Luke Murphy.  It was interesting how the cold case of the restaurant fire that took her parents' lives is also of personal interest to Luke.  It gave them a connection that was unique.  

I like how Abby is precise and exacting in her work resulting in a stellar reputation and early advancement in her career.   Abby is somewhat reserved due to the life she has led since her parents' death but she warms up as the story goes along.  

Although Abby has reservations about Luke at first, she quickly comes to see that he's a hard-working and loyal father and son.  She fights the attraction she feels because, well, she's engaged!  Her fiance is out of the country and is not supportive of her career or her desire to find out who killed her parents.   Luke is much more supportive and understands her drive to seek justice.  I'm definitely in Luke's camp here!  :)

Romance is pretty light in this book.  It focuses more on the suspense.  There were definitely a few twists that I didn't see coming!  And although there is closure to a few things, the underlying theme of her parent's cold case continues on into the next book.    I'm looking forward to reading it!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from The Book Club Network ( for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are my own.*

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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