Monday, September 12, 2016

Review: Burning Proof by Janice Cantore

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


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?


A strong follow up to the first book, Drawing Fire. The action continues as Abby continues working with her new partner and Luke joins a cold case task force as well as continues his work as a PI. In my opinion, you'll want to read the first book before this one. There's some background and action that takes place in the first book that relates to and explains some of what happens in this book.

Abby's character is well developed and complex. I liked the authenticity of her character in this book as she struggles with an action she takes during an arrest that goes horribly wrong. She ends up questioning the path her life is taking and after pretty much hitting rock bottom, the only thing that saves her is her family, friends, and faith. She also thinks that she has a hit a brick wall in the investigation to her parents death and has pretty much made peace with the fact that she may never get the full truth. What will she do when Luke uncovers another clue?

Luke continues working PI cases and looks forward to joining a cold case task force. His current case takes him into some sticky situations and leads him to a stone cold killer. Meanwhile, as he teams up with Woody, a new clue surfaces about the Triple Seven murder. Woody and Luke decide to keep Abby in the dark about it until they find out if it's another dead end. In the end, will this break the trust that he had built up with Abby?

Luke and Abby are still fighting their attraction to one another. Luke knows that Abby and Ethan are still working on their relationship but he can't help feeling the attraction every time he sees her. Meanwhile, a new case brings him into contact with a beautiful blogger who also catches his attention. I must admit I'm not a fan of this at all! I'm still in the Luke and Abby camp and don't want to see the misunderstandings and hurt feelings that invariably come from this kind of "triangle". Ah well, maybe it will all be fixed in the third book! :D

All in all, a very well written, fast paced story with edge of your seat suspense and plenty of action to keep you turning pages! I'm looking forward to the conclusion of the series with book 3, Catching Heat.

*Thanks to NetGalley & the publisher Tyndale for a complimentary copy of this book 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