Drawing Fire is Janice Cantore's sixth book, and the first book in her new Cold Case Justice series. I love crime and police procedural books, so the fact that Cantore blends those genres with Christian fiction makes her one of my favorite new authors. I also love the fact that her books are all set in southern California, since that's where I live. It's fun intimately knowing the locales she sets her books in. Her new series focuses on detective Abby Hart and private investigator Luke Murphy. The back cover reads:
"With a possible serial killer stalking elderly women in Long Beach, California, homicide detective Abby Hart’s best lead is Luke Murphy, an irritating private investigator who saw a suspect flee the scene of the latest homicide. But as she works with the handsome PI to unravel the serial killer case, she must also confront the spark between them. 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. With everyone else telling her to walk away from this case, Abby and Luke search for evidence buried beneath years of deceit . . . and soon realize that someone will do anything to make sure this case remains cold."
Janice Cantore is definitely refining her writing style with each and every new book she publishes. Her writing style and plots are just getting better and better, and this book definitely didn't disappoint. This story is a thrilling page turner - it kept me up late at night turning the pages! The plot is tightly written and there were plenty of twists and turns along the way. I enjoyed the progression of the relationship with Abby and Luke, and the ending was satisfying. The faith themes weaved in throughout were natural and not forced, like sometimes is the case in Christian fiction. I'm looking forward to the next book in the Cold Case Justice series. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys crime/police novels.
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.