A COLD TRAIL BY ROBERT DUGONI

SYNOPSIS

The last time homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite was in Cedar Grove, it was to see her sister’s killer put behind bars. Now she’s returned for a respite and the chance to put her life back in order for herself, her attorney husband, Dan, and their new daughter. But tragic memories soon prove impossible to escape.

Dan is drawn into representing a local merchant whose business is jeopardised by the town’s revitalisation. And Tracy is urged by the local PD to put her own skills to work on a new case: the brutal murder of a police officer’s wife and local reporter who was investigating a cold case slaying of a young woman. As Tracy’s and Dan’s cases crisscross, Tracy’s trail becomes dangerous. It’s stirring up her own haunted past and a decades old conspiracy in Cedar Grove that has erupted in murder. Getting to the truth is all that matters. But what’s Tracy willing to risk as a killer gets closer to her and threatens everyone she loves?

MY REVIEW

I do own a couple of the earlier books in this series but haven’t got around to reading them yet. But after this one they may have to climb my TBR pile a little faster.

Detective Tracy Crosswhite has recently given birth to a daughter, Daniella. Currently on maternity leave, she is unsure whether to go back to work or not, her husband doesn’t seem to keen, but is trying to be supportive in whatever she decides. They have gone back to their hometown of Cedar Grove whilst their home in Seattle is being remodelled to make room for their new addition to the family.

Whilst in town, Tracy gets cajoled by acting chief Roy Calloway, who has been called out of retirement to cover for the Police Chief, who is on compassionate leave after the death of his journalist wife in a house fire. The journalist had been looking into an old local murder case dating back to 1993 when she died. Roy just wants fresh eyes on the case. But as Tracy starts to dig deeper things become more complex, she is digging up secrets that some people would rather leave buried and forgotten. Both Tracy and Dan have grown up in Cedar Grove, so she becomes increasingly aware that whoever the killer is they may know the person.

Dan is also working taking on the case of a local businessman who is worried about losing his business. Because for some reason the city is buying up properties along the man drag, but Dan’s client doesn’t want to sell. Dan starts to dig, as he finds the situation odd something seems not quite right. The story develops the plots thicken and it appears that Dan and Tracy’s cases have connections.

Not knowing what Tracy was like in previous books before becoming a mother is a little difficult, because here she is clearly feeling guilty for working whilst juggling being a new mum. She is also still haunted by what has happened in the past family history.

There are lots of twists and turns, linking things together nicely with past conspiracies, murders that come close to affecting Tracy and her new family. How much is she willing to risk?

I found the story to be well plotted, I like Tracy and Dan but need to go back and read the earlier books in the series to understand more. This can be read as a stand alone book, but the characters have obviously developed over the previous books.

I found it to be an engaging, tense and at times atmospheric book. The pace was good not too fast but not too slow, there was a slight bug in the middle that dipped but then picked up again driving to the finish.

I would like to thank #Netgalley and #ThomasandMercer for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A writer turned lawyer turned writer. Robert DUGONI was born in Idaho and raised in Northern California the middle child of a family of ten siblings. Dugoni jokes that he didn’t get much of a chance to talk, so he wrote. By seventh grade he knew he wanted to be a writer.

Dugoni attended UCLA law school and practiced law for 13 years in SAN Francisco. His longing to return to writing never wavered, however, in 1999 he awoke one morning and made the decision to quit law and write novels. On the 4 year anniversary of his wedding day, keeping a promise to his wife, he drove a u haul trailer across the Oregan Washington border and settled in Seattle to pursue his dreams.

For the next 3 years, Dugoni worked daily in an 8 foot by 8 foot windowless office in Pioneer Square to complete three novels, winning the 1999 and 2000 Pacific Morthwest Writer’s Conference Literary Contests.

Dugoni’ s first novel, The Jury Master, followed and became a New York Times bestseller. Deadly Pleasures mystery magazine chose The Jury Master as one of three “Best of the Best” debut novels in 2006 and the Seattle Times likened Dugoni to a young John Grisham, calling The Jury Master, “A riveting tale of murder, skullduggery and treachery at the highest level”

Dugoni’ s first Tracy Crosswhite novel was released in November 2014. This is the seventh Tracy Crosswhite novel in the series.


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