Police Procedural Follows Threads of Suspicion

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Deb’s Dozen: Detailed police procedural with Evie Blackwell leads to a cold case solution.

Threads of Suspicion is a detailed police procedural in this new Evie Blackwell Cold Case book. Evie has been chosen by the governor to work on a new Missing Persons Task Force that is trying to solve cold cases around the state. She and an associate, David Marshal, have two unrelated cases located in suburban Chicago.

Evie and David share office space and serve as each other’s sounding boards as they work through the details of their cases, come up with theories, and try to tie the links together. Henderson tells us the process in gory detail as well. If you’re interested in the minutia of an investigation gone cold, you’ll love this book. I do but must admit at times I was skimming rather than reading those details.

To make the story more interesting, Evie and David both have love interests, but not each other. Evie’s is a successful banker who will propose when she comes to a decision about him, and David’s is famous singer, Maggie May McDonald with the band Triple M. Things become interesting when their cases intersect as well as their personal lives

Henderson knows the details of police work and explains them well-sometimes too well. She also knows how to write characters. Evie and David come alive and you care for them-as well as some of their suspects. I give Threads of Suspicion four stars, because I like police procedurals.

Dee Henderson is the award-winning author of the O’Malley Family series, which first drew me to her writing as well as the Uncommon Heroes series among others. She’s won or been nominated for the RITA, the Christy, and the ECPA Gold Medallion. Find out more about her and her books at deehenderson.com.

Bethany House gave me a copy of Threads of Suspicion, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.

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