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Traces of Guilt, by Dee Henderson
Gabriel Thane is the sheriff and lifetime resident of Carin County Illinois, committed to upholding the law and keeping the residents safe. Lieutenant Evie Blackwell is a State Police Detective skilled at investigations. She launches a new task force to reexamine unsolved crimes across the state. She begins work with the sheriff’s department on a few of its most troubling missing-persons cases, a deputy, his wife and eleven-year old son’s disappearance, and in an unrelated case involving a six-year-old girl abducted from a hotel. As she examines old evidence, she finds a connection to a third cold case.
Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
Series: Evie Blackwell Cold Case
Sins of the Past: A Romantic Suspense Novella CollectionDee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, Lynette EasonBethany House / Trade Paperback$9.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 40 Reviews
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Evie Blackwell loves her life as an Illinois State Police detective . . . mostly. She's very skilled at investigations and has steadily moved up through the ranks. She would like to find Mr. Right, but she has a hard time imagining how marriage could work, considering the demands of her job.
Gabriel Thane is a lifetime resident of Carin County and now its sheriff, a job he loves. Gabe is committed to upholding the law and cares deeply for the residents he's sworn to protect. He too would like to find a lifetime companion, a marriage like his parents have.
When Evie arrives in Carin, Illinois, it's to help launch a new task force dedicated to reexamining unsolved crimes across the state. Spearheading this trial run, Evie will work with the sheriff's department on a couple of its most troubling missing-persons cases. As she reexamines old evidence to pull out a few tenuous new leads, she unearths a surprising connection . . . possibly to a third cold case. Evie's determined to solve the cases before she leaves Carin County, and Sheriff Thane, along with his family, will be key to those answers.
cmwinnerHalifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5ExcellentNovember 29, 2016cmwinnerHalifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Evie Blackwell is a skilled investigator with the Illinois State Police. She has been asked to go to Carin, Illinois to help start a new task force that would work on cold cases. She's been sent there to work on two cases - one a missing child and another a missing family.
Gabriel Thane grew up in the area and is now the town sheriff. He very much loves his job and what he does. The missing family case holds a special place in his heart, as the father of the family was a deputy.
Evie arrives in town and, after an arrival she didn't exactly plan for, dives into the cases. As she dives into the cases she unearths many new leads and some very surprising connections - some connections Gabriel doesn't want her to make. Evie realizes that Gabriel and his family are the ones best able to help her.
As Gabriel and Evie work together they draw closer together. They spend many times talking about the case, but also talking about each other and their plans for their futures.
Dee Henderson has written a remarkable book! You were drawn in from the very beginning. The story lines keeps you going until the very end - and then the end comes way to soon and leaves it unfinished between Gabriel and Evie. I can't wait for the next one in this series!!!
This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are entirely my own.
JenW5 Stars Out Of 5AnSeptember 16, 2016JenWQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I am a Dee Henderson fan and have read every one of her books. I really enjoyed reading "Traces of Guilt". It was very well written and a real page turner! It actually kept me (a mother of two young children) awake reading at night because I just had to find out what happened next! I really liked Evie Blackwell and look forward to reading the rest of her story in future books.
Delrose Patzner-hansen5 Stars Out Of 5Traces of GuiltSeptember 3, 2016Delrose Patzner-hansenQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Loved this book. I enjoy how characters build from her previous books and how she builds her plots. Excellent writer.
deafedtchr5 Stars Out Of 5Traces of GuiltAugust 31, 2016deafedtchrQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Loved it. It was different from other Dee Henderson Books but is a great start to a series. If you loved the O'Malley series, I am suspecting this will be along those lines with characters intermingling.
Kav4 Stars Out Of 5Traces of GuiltAugust 24, 2016KavQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I think in order to enjoy Dee Henderson's new storytelling style you have to let go of the O'Malleys. Yes cherish them and reread them and display those books on your keeper shelves, but opening a current Henderson novel and expecting an O'Malley type of story isn't doing the author or the reader any favours.
No matter what style she's writing in, Henderson is still the best at showing the slow but steady journey towards relationship. At the beginning of Traces of Guilt, Evie and Gabriel don't even know each other -- they have a bang up first meet that develops into a professional respect and then friendship over the course of the story. I like Evie and I like Gabriel and I'd like to see them romantically linked. That hasn't happened in this book but since this is labeled as An Evie Blackwell Cold Case, I'm hoping there's another book which will lead to the resolution I long for.
This isn't a nail-biting-edge-of-your-seat kind of read. Instead the author has chosen to highlight the methodical, painstaking process of police work. It's a fascinating look into the thought process of a detective. And when they talk shop it's full of realistic dialogue which isn't always riveting and is sometimes repetitive.
In a broader sense, this is a Thane family story. We're introduced to brothers, Josh, Will and Gabe. Given enough meat to whet our appetite for further books. Each brother has a complicated relationship with a woman they are interested in and Ann Turner (a recurring character from previous books) seems to know the secrets of all these women. She's as cryptic as ever -- warning without explaining, throwing out hints until your mind runs in a thousand gruesome directions but rarely coming out with something substantial when you think she should. But that's Ann -- keeper of secrets. And she does reveal all eventually.
Not your typical suspense since it highlights methodology rather than action. I can usually read a book in a day -- especially when it's an edge-of-your-seater -- but it took me three days to finish Traces of Guilt. Not because I wasn't intrigued...but I didn't feel the kind of sense of urgency that would keep me up at night turning pages. A good, steady, enjoyable read with promise of more to come.