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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?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 425
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 X 1.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1414396686
ISBN-13: 9781414396682
Series: Cold Case Justice

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Christian Crime Mystery
    September 7, 2016
    nkwbookreviewer
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Drawing Fire by author Janice Cantore is Book One in her Cold Case Justice Series. This Christian contemporary crime suspense is published by Tyndale and is a 416 page paperback. The author is a retired police office giving her experience in her subject matter. She states that during the course of her uniformed career faith was indispensable in every aspect of it.

    Drawing Fire is the story of Abby Hart, a police detective, and a case that has been unsolved for almost thirty years. It is a cold case now. It is also the tale of private investigator, Luke Murphy. He is someone that can help Abby with her cases and looking for a serial killer.

    Abby's parents were murdered years ago and she was adopted by her aunt. She decided to go into homicide at the police department and has been mentored by the two policemen working her parents' murder case. This book has mystery, suspense, intrigue, action, and a bit of romance. The crimes are described with details and precision. The author definitely draws from her own police days.

    The author has a great, interesting writing style. She hovers between past and present day. Her storyline is well researched, organized, and believable. It grabs readers and won't let go until the end of the book. This fast paced, action packed book has a heavy dose of twists and turns. It also has a great amount of inspiration and trusting God, which is essential for any Christian book. The characters are well defined and believable. It is easy to like some of them and not like others. The dialogue is smooth in this well written thrilling book. I became invested in the story and wanted to keep reading it to get answers.

    This is a book that I would recommend for someone that likes contemporary suspense, crime novels. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars. A copy was provided by The Book Club Network for my honest review.
  2. Georgia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fictional mystery and suspense novel
    August 7, 2016
    Donna
    Georgia
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Janice Cantore has written a fast paced action packed suspense novel with some romance and some faith with great and well defined characters,

    Abby Hart is a homicide detective for the Long Beach Police Force hoping to solve a cold case file that involved the killing of her parents when she was a child. After their deaths her identity was changed. Why? Currently she is trying to identify a serial killer who is targeting elderly women. At the crime scene she encounters Luke Murphy a private investigator that saw a suspect flee the crime. Abby is not sure of Luke but they warm up to each other when she finds out they are are linked together in solving the murder of her parents. What is the connection? When feelings begin to grow Abby tries to fight the attraction as she is engaged to Ethan. Luke's wife died a in a tragic car accident. He is raising his daughter as a single parent.

    When they discover the latest victim is the Governor's Aunt, Abby and Luke both are interested in talking with him to maybe find answers to the death of her parents.

    Janice Cantore who is a retired police officer from the Long Beach police department has written an amazing story with twists and turns and danger. Love the main characters and secondary characters. A great read. Look forward to reading the next book. I highly recommend this book,

    I received a free copy of this book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion and review.

    Am amazing storyteller

  3. Phoenix, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Exciting and Suspenseful Christian Mystery!
    July 12, 2016
    Jeanie
    Phoenix, AZ
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Drawing Fire is the explosive first mystery in the Cold Case Justice series. If you havent read anything by this author yet, you are in for a delightful surprise! I always look forward to Janice Cantores novels, and this exceeded my anticipation. The author is very thorough in covering the details of the crimes and resolutions, and delivers surprise after surprise while the solutions are sought.

    Abby Harts name was changed when her aunt adopted her in an effort to help protect her from the bad guys/ gals who murdered her parents in their highly successful restaurant many years ago. Whoever did the crime had almost taken her life when burning the restaurant, then also burned her familys home. Abby was now a homicide detective, having been mentored in the police department by the two officers still there from the day of the murders. She had been collecting all she could to work the cold case that her parents death had become.

    Her newest case was the murder of the governors aunt. Woody, one of the cops who mentored her, knew the aunt as whenever she called in for prowlers or noisy neighbors and he responded, she would invite him to stay and visit. There was a witness to someone running from the home who called the police; Luke Murphy was a PI following up on a lead for one of his missing teen cases but was not able to see anything that would help identify the runner. Unfortunately, he was the best lead she had, and he was also someone who could help her with finding her parents killer(s). The governor is also someone who could help with that case, having been her parents business partner, but talking with him was almost impossible.

    The author defines her characters through their conversations, actions, and at times their thoughts. I felt as if I knew Abby very quickly, learning more about her throughout. Luke is also someone the reader gets to know well. The secondary characters, including possible suspects, are described as necessary for their roles. I greatly admire Abby for the challenges she has met and is currently facing; she says that she is trusting the Lord with regards to solving her parents murder or her other cases, yet it seems that she tries to control the progress of those cases. Luke is a Christian also, someone who I see as stronger in faith than Abby and more willing to seek Gods will.

    The storyline is excellent, a mixture of past and present as well as Lukes missing teen cases and Abbys homicide investigations. The murder of her parents and the fires that ripped apart her childhood was also a case that Luke had interests in. There are plot twists and suspense that can take ones breath away, and a primary spiritual lesson woven throughout without being preachy. I appreciated the diligence and integrity that motivated Abby and Luke through their professional lives. The ending was not anticipated; in many ways it was satisfactory and in other ways, sad. The bad guys/ gals were partly a surprise, yet ultimately it was flawlessly executed by the author and very satisfactory to this reader.

    I highly recommend Drawing Fire for women of any age, possibly older teens as well, who appreciate Christian suspense that is well written with the potential for romance, and characters who are extremely likable and believable.

    With a grateful heart, I received a copy of this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
  4. Cottonwood, CA
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    AMAZING
    May 27, 2016
    hannah97
    Cottonwood, CA
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Drawing Fire by Janice Cantore was amazing! I have loved all of her books and this one was no exception. The characters created by Cantore are always captivating and detective Abby Hart is no exception. She is another stunning lead character who you will love to follow. I love everything about Drawing Fire. I honestly can't think of one complaint, I was captivated from page one until the very end and I can't wait for book two in this series. If that doesn't convince you that you need to pick up this book I don't know what will. I love, love, loved it!

    6 out of 5. I loved it. (I haven't said that yet, right?)

    I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
  5. upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Very good
    May 13, 2016
    Virginia
    upstate NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Police detective Abby is trying to find a possible serial killer and ends up working with private investigator Luke. A cold case that is personal to both of them brings them closer together. I thought this book was very good. The cliffhanger ending made me want to read the rest of the series.
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