Sunday, May 15, 2016
TRACES OF GUILT by Dee Henderson
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 grew up in Carin County and is 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 focused on unsolved crimes across the state. She will work with the sheriff's department on a couple of its most troubling missing-persons cases. As she studies old evidence to pull out a few tenuous new leads, she unearths surprising connections. One way or another, she knows Gabriel Thane and his family will be key to the answers she seeks.
Another Dee Henderson novel that left me wondering how they could get any better. Loved the steady pace, the earthy characters both new and those from previous books. Especially interesting to me is the crime solving procedures, here Detective Evie Blackwell looks into two cold cases and her investigation is engaging. There's light romance which is good but sometimes I wish there was just plain old investigating, makes it more suspenseful. I felt like some of the areas could be picked up in a future novel. Overall, it's well worth the read.
I received a copy of this book free from Bethany House Publisher in exchange for an honest review.