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by Janice Cantore

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Detective Carly Edwards hates working in juvenile—where the brass put her after an officer-involved shooting—and longs to be back on patrol. So when a troubled youth, Londy Atkins, is arrested for the murder of the mayor and Carly is summoned to the crime scene, she's eager for some action. Carly presses Londy for a confession but he swears his innocence,


Detective Carly Edwards hates working in juvenile—where the brass put her after an officer-involved shooting—and longs to be back on patrol. So when a troubled youth, Londy Atkins, is arrested for the murder of the mayor and Carly is summoned to the crime scene, she's eager for some action. Carly presses Londy for a confession but he swears his innocence, and despite her better judgment, Carly is inclined to believe him. Yet homicide is convinced of his guilt and is determined to convict him.

Carly's ex-husband and fellow police officer, Nick, appears to be on her side. He's determined to show Carly that he's a changed man and win her back, but she isn't convinced he won't betray her again.

As the investigation progresses, Carly suspects a cover-up and strikes out on her own, uncertain whom she can trust. But when danger mounts, she begins to wonder if she made the right choice.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Det. Carly Edwards juggles a high-profile murder case and a rocky romance in Cantore’s suspenseful first of a three-book series. When Los Angeles mayor Teresa Burke is gunned down, Carly is shocked that anyone would want to hurt the well-liked politician. Carly faces intense pressure from the media and from inside the force to wrap up the case, but she believes one of the prime suspects, a juvenile delinquent Carly’s mother mentored, is innocent. With the help of her ex-husband, also a cop, she tries to exonerate the young man. But once her life becomes threatened, along with the lives of people she loves, Carly must decide whether to persevere or fold under the pressure. Cantore provides a detailed and intimate account of a homicide investigation in an enjoyable read that’s more crime than Christian. Agent: D.C. Jacobson & Associates. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
“Time to prove she isn’t a broken cop.”
An officer-involved shooting six months earlier takes Detective Carly Edwards off the street and sends her to a boring desk job in juvenile. When a troubled youth is arrested for the murder of the mayor, Carly is summoned to the crime scene. Homicide thinks it’s a quick, open-and-shut case, and Carly hopes this will be her ticket back to patrol.

Though her professional life seems to be on track, Carly still has unresolved issues in her personal life. Nick, her ex-husband and fellow police officer, is determined to show Carly that he’s a changed man, but she isn’t convinced he won’t betray her again.

As the murder investigation progresses, Carly suspects a cover-up and strikes out on her own, uncertain whom she can trust. But she soon realizes the case may put her directly in the killers’ crosshairs.

Janice Cantore is a retired Long Beach police officer who now writes suspense novels to keep readers engrossed and leave them inspired. Her years of experience on the force lend authenticity to her stories. Accused is the first in the three-book Pacific Coast Justice series.

Library Journal
Following a shooting in which she was involved, detective Carly Edwards is put on desk duty in the juvenile section, and she hates it. Then she is called to a murder scene. The victim is Long Beach's mayor, and the top brass suspect teenager Londy Atkins. But after investigating the case, Carly believes not only that Londy is innocent but that he is the victim of a cover-up. Enter Carly's ex-husband and fellow officer, Nick. Nick wants to convince Carly that he's a changed man, but can she trust him? Can she trust anyone? VERDICT Cantore is a former cop, and her experience shows in this wonderful series debut. The characters are well-drawn and believable, and the suspenseful plot is thick with tension. Fans of Lynette Eason, Dee Henderson, or DiAnn Mills and readers who like crime fiction without gratuitous violence and sex will appreciate discovering a new writer.

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By Janice Cantore

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Copyright © 2012 Janice Cantore
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ISBN: 978-1-4143-5847-5

Chapter One

"I SWEAR IT'S AS IF my life is caught in a riptide, Joe." Carly hated the whine in her voice, but the frustration in her life that started six months ago had lately built to a fever pitch. "I feel like there's a current pulling me under, and every time I try to raise my head, I get buried by a wave." Her angry strides pounded an uneven path across the damp beach.

"Don't raise your head, then; you'll just get water up your nose," Joe responded. He walked alongside, dodging the sand Carly's feet kicked up.

She shot him a glare. He laughed, and in spite of her mood she managed a half smile. "What would I do without you? You always try to cheer me up even when I bet you think I'm just whining."

Matching her stride, Joe placed a calloused hand on her shoulder and said, "Hey, I know this isn't you. Being wrongly accused sucks—doubly so when you can't even defend yourself. I'm not sure I'd have handled the last six months as well as you have if I were in your shoes. If you need to vent, vent."

Carly stopped a few feet from the surf and blew out a breath as tears threatened. Emotions a jumble, she was touched by Joe's unwavering support. He'd been her partner on the force for three years—until the incident six months ago—and they'd been through car chases, foot pursuits, and fights together, developing a partnership that was as comfortable as her favorite pair of sweats. She knew, no matter what, she could count on Joe. She was lucky to have him, and he deserved better than her current bad attitude.

For a minute they were both silent, standing side by side watching the waves churn the salt water. The crash of the surf—a little rougher than she had expected—and the smell of the sea relaxed her a bit as the tableau soothed raw nerves.

Joe broke the silence. "Anyway, nothing will happen until all the facts are in and the litigation ends. Request your transfer back to patrol then. For right now, relax and be patient."

Carly swallowed the tears and dropped her beach bag. "I'm a horrible bench sitter. You know me; when they handed out patience, I stood in the ice cream line."

At that, Joe laughed and Carly was glad to hear it. One of the things that made them a good pair was the divergent way they looked at problems, Carly ready to kick the door in and Joe willing to wait hours if need be. Other officers teased them, labeling them Crash and Control. Carly would jump into things with both feet, while Joe would test the waters first with his big toe.

"I shouldn't dump on you. I'm just frustrated." Carly met his eyes and forced a smile.

"I don't mind listening." He shrugged. "That's what partners are for. You've listened to me enough over the years. We'll work together again." Joe tossed his bag next to Carly's.

Nodding, she bent to pull a towel out of her bag, biting down on her bottom lip, trying to swallow the frustration she felt and embrace the encouragement her partner gave.

"You sure you need to celebrate your birthday with a swim in this kind of weather?" Joe asked, hugging his arms to his chest. "Can't I just buy you a milk shake?"

Glad for the subject change, she followed his gaze to the water. The Pacific was a stormy deep-green color, pinched by small but choppy swells, melding to a gray and overcast horizon. Far to the left, several surfers bobbed on their boards, riding the swells while waiting for a good wave. Though late February, Southern California's mild water temperature made surfing and swimming possible. Dark, cloudy weather didn't bother Carly; it simply mirrored her mood. And for her, water normally made things better—even when it was forbidding and cold.

"It's good training." She looked down her nose at Joe. "You're not going to chicken out, are you? And you can also buy me a milk shake."

"No chicken here. Just giving you a chance to back out gracefully." He peeled off his sweatshirt and rolled his shoulders. "I mean, it could be embarrassing for you, the ocean star, to get an old-fashioned thrashing on your turf by a pool swimmer."

"Ha. I plan to give an old-fashioned thrashing. You haven't been training." She pointed to his slightly paunchy stomach before she pulled off her own sweats. The cold air brought on a shiver.

Joe proudly patted his bit of paunch. "This will only make me more buoyant."

Casting Joe an upraised eyebrow, a cop glance reserved for obviously guilty crooks who protested innocence, Carly laid down the swim's ground rules. "Okay, it's a mile and a half to the buoy. Last one back to the beach buys lunch, milk shakes included."

Joe nodded, and they both pulled on their goggles and shook out their arms. She counted, and on three they ran together into the surf and dove into a wave. The cold winter water took her breath away, but Carly wasn't worried, even when Joe pulled ahead. Joe was taller—five-ten to Carly's five-seven—and took longer strokes, but he also carried a good sixty pounds more than she did. In spite of her teasing, it was mostly muscle, which made him denser in the water, not more buoyant. All she needed to do was settle into her stroke. This race would go to the one with stamina.

Carly warmed up fast and swam hard, determined to leave her frustration on the beach. Joe was right; this wasn't her. She rarely indulged in pity parties. But today, as she woke up to her thirty-third birthday, everything in her life seemed to converge in a perfect storm of failure.

The divorce had started her funk; the final papers had arrived two days ago, and reading them abraded Carly's still-raw heart. Now was the time she always imagined she would be starting a family, not filing away the proof that one had disintegrated. Nick had taken so much of her with him that she felt hollow. As good a partner and friend as Joe was, he didn't understand.

And Carly felt like a failure when she faced her mother. No one in the family had ever divorced, until now. Mom's solution was church, as though that would somehow fix a busted marriage. Her roommate Andrea's response was more realistic but even less doable: "Forget about him and find a new man."

Work used to be her respite, a place of security, support, and camaraderie, but lately her assignment in juvenile was more a black hole of boredom, sucking her life away. Compared to LA, a neighbor to the north, Las Playas was a small city, but it had its share of big crime. Carly wanted to be back on patrol, crushing her portion of it. Joe hadn't talked about it, but she knew the entire force was on edge over Mayor Teresa Burke. The popular and high-profile mayor had been missing for four days. Carly wanted to be out in a black-and-white, chasing clues and leads, not stuck inside babysitting juvenile delinquents. She kicked the water with a vengeance.

Carly caught and passed Joe just before the buoy. Ignoring his presence, she made the turn and sliced through the swells with her best training stroke. Her shoulders heavy with fatigue, she pushed harder. She conjured up an image of Joe as a shark bearing down on her heels, his fin parting the water in hot pursuit, a mind game to keep her from slowing.

A local celebrity in rough-water swims, Carly laid claim to a perfect record: undefeated in eighteen races. "Whenever life closes in, retreat to your strength" was an adage she lived by. Lately the ocean was a second home.

The shoreline loomed before she was ready to stop punishing the water. But the ache in her shoulders and lungs forced surrender, and as she eased up in the waves, pushing her goggles off to look back for Joe, she realized she did feel better. The ocean was magic. She'd beaten an imaginary shark in Joe, and even though there were still real ones on land threatening to drag her down, she felt energized by the swim.

Carly glided to where she could float and relished a peace she hadn't felt in a while. She willed it to last. Joe was right on his second point as well—there was no reason to be impatient. Between the buffeting swells and the pounding of her heart, she wondered if she should just take a few days off, get away from her current assignment in juvenile, with all the reminders of what she couldn't be doing, and relax somewhere far away. She breathed ocean air and tasted salt while floating, the water a rolling cocoon, protecting her from life's demands and drains.

Joe soon joined her, and together they treaded water, facing one another.

"Boy," Joe gasped, "you swam possessed. Bet that would have been a record."

Carly splashed her friend, the smile now not forced. "Thanks for the swim. I feel better."

He splashed her back. "My pleasure. Just call me Doctor Joe."

She laughed and it felt good. "Anytime you want a swimming lesson ..." Carly turned with another splash and kicked for the shore.

"Ha," Joe called after her. "You missed your calling. Instead of a cop, you should be a sadistic swim coach somewhere, yelling, 'One more lap, one more lap.'"

Carly headed straight for her towel as the cool air turned her skin to gooseflesh. Joe followed.

"You need to get back into competition again," Joe said as he reached for his towel. "Admit it, you're half fish."

"I'd like to, but working an afternoon shift makes it difficult." She quickly slid into the comfort of dry sweats and wrapped her thick auburn hair in the towel. "But you're right; the water helps my mood as much as good ole Doctor Joe does."

The shrill chirp of a work BlackBerry cut off Joe's rejoinder. He looked toward his bag. "Yours or mine?"

"Mine." Carly dug the offending device out of her pocket, eyebrows knit in annoyance. The BlackBerry, or "TrackerBerry" as most officers who were issued the phones called them, rarely brought good news. The text message flashing across the small screen read, Call the watch commander ASAP, 911, 911. Her pulse quickened with a jolt. What kind of emergency?

"Look at this." She showed Joe the message.

"Whoa, I wonder what's up."

Carly shrugged and hit the speed dial for the watch commander's phone.


The name took her by surprise. Sergeant Tucker was the head of homicide. Why was he answering the watch commander line?

"Uh, Sergeant Tucker, it's Edwards. Did you page me by accident?"

"Nope, you're the one I wanted. We found the mayor and ... uh, hang on."

Carly could hear muffled voices in the background. Shock brought on by the sergeant's comment about the mayor left her slack jawed. We found the mayor coming from the homicide sergeant was not a good thing. She'd just been thinking about the woman! Speculation about Mayor Burke's fate had run the gamut among department personnel during the past four days. Now Carly's stomach turned as she guessed at the reality. She repeated the sergeant's words to Joe, who whistled low in surprise.

"You still there?" Sergeant Tucker came back on the line.

"Yes, sir." More questions clouded her mind. Why is Sergeant Tucker calling me about the mayor's case?

"I can't tell you much right now. The area is crawling with press. The mayor was murdered. We need you at the command post ASAP."

"What?" Carly's hand went numb with the confirmation of her suspicions. "Uh, sure, where?" Mayor Teresa Burke was murdered. This news would devastate the city she worked for. Carly listened as the sergeant told her where to report and broke the connection.

"Earth to Carly, you still with me?" Joe tapped the phone. "What happened?"

"Mayor Burke was murdered, and they want me at the crime scene now."

"Wow." His face registered the shock Carly felt. "What do they want you to handle?"

"Tucker didn't say." She held Joe's gaze. "Why me? I work juvenile invest, not homicide."

"My guess would be there's a minor involved somewhere. But why ask why? Go for it; this will be an important investigation. The fact that they want you says something."

"After six months of telling me to pound sand, suddenly they need me?"

Joe laughed. "You know what they say about gift horses? If you look them in the mouth, they bite! Just go and be the outstanding investigator I know you are." He gripped her arm. "Stop thinking less of yourself because they've stuck you in juvie. You're a good cop."

"Thanks. You're right, I guess, about doing my best with whatever they've got for me." She shrugged. "At least I've got nothing to lose. Thanks for the swim."

He applauded as she left him at the water's edge and jogged across the mostly empty beach toward home, a block and a half away.

After a quick shower to wash away the salt, Carly took a minute to shuffle through her wardrobe. Juvenile was a non-uniform assignment, the dress code business casual, which for her afternoon shift usually meant jeans and a department polo shirt. But this was a big case. Deciding that she wanted her appearance to scream competent and prepared, she chose a pair of black slacks, a dark-green sweater, and hard-soled shoes rather than the running shoes she normally wore.

A quick glance in the mirror left her satisfied. She double-checked the gun and badge in her backpack on the way to the car, the familiar ritual helping to calm her jumping nerves. But the adrenaline rush was intense.

I'm going to be a cop again. I'm going to do police work, sang in her thoughts. She locked the seat belt across her chest and started the car. A question popped in her mind and zinged her pumped-up nerves like tinfoil on silver fillings.

Why would anyone want to kill Mayor Teresa Burke?


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UpstateNYReader More than 1 year ago
When an experienced cop writes a police thriller, the result is awesome - at least in this case. Though I cannot speak to the for the authenticity of the action - but it did hold my attention. When Carley Edwards is pulled off patrol, even after being cleared of the shooting, she cannot but wonder why. At the same time, other questions continue to pop to the surface - the integrity of her fellow officers, a successful mayor is murdered, her mother's home is firebombed - it does not make any sense. And in the midst of all this confusion Carley's faith, or rather the lack of it, is challenged. Altogether it makes for a readable book that I could not put down - holding my interest as the best police drama on TV or at the theater can do. And when I got to the end of the book, I found I wanted more. And there will be more as Accused is the first in the "Pacific Coast Justice Series" being written by this author. Throughout the book, Carley is encouraged to examine her faith. Finally, she is challenged to ask God to reveal himself. What does she have to lose - if He does not exist, then nothing has changed; and if He does, she would find her world turned upside down. In the course of the book she does exactly that - and her life is turned upside down. Janice Cantore has done a good job of blending the drama of the police force, the diversity of life, and mystery of faith into an exciting and engaging novel - which should appeal to men and women from all walks of life. This review is based on a free copy of the book provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.
kristen4mk More than 1 year ago
Janice Cantore is a former police officer and this book is the first in a new series focusing on the main character, Carly Edwards. Carly is a veteran member of the (fictional) town of Las Playas in Southern California. Recently divorced because her fellow cop husband, Nick, cheated on her, she is on the verge of becoming bitter, and is often defensive towards just about everyone she comes into contact with - work, friends, and family alike. Additionally, her father died of cancer five years ago, and she just cannot reconcile God loving her with Him allowing her father die. This thought process, combined with her husband's infidelity, has very much shaped her into the person we meet in this book. The plot focuses on solving the murder of Las Playas' mayor, complicated by a potential corruption in the police department that appears to have very far reaching tentacles. Carly just isn't sure who she can trust, but is compelled to solve the mystery. I had mixed feelings about this book....I enjoyed knowing the author clearly knew what she was writing about, but felt that some of the conversations were stilted and seemed unnatural. However, overall I enjoyed trying to figure out the mystery along with Carly, and I will read the second book in this new series when it comes out.
readsbooksds More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book because it seemed to give a good view of police work. Because Ms. Cantore was a police officer she was able to put a lot of detail in this book about police work. I learned a lot of information and the story was interesting and kept me guessing. Great book!
tabithad More than 1 year ago
I just got done reading a great book by Janice Cantore called Accused. It is about a lady cop who is trying to find out who murdered the mayor of her town and was willing to frame a young teen to get away with. Carly Edwards "the cop" is determined to find out who did it even if it means her own life. The book has a lot of action and mystery in it and keeps you asking your self who did it.
lcjohnson1988 More than 1 year ago
The day was Saturday January 2012; I always look forward to getting the mail. That day was no different. I opened a package and there was a novel—Accused—that was new and captivating. On Sunday, I began reading it in earnest; I couldn’t put it down. There are many stories I like because of the setting and characters who are involved in law enforcement or in courtrooms. A story has to grip my attention the moment I turn a page, or I stop reading it before I really get too far into it. Are you like that? Can you tell if a book is one you will read by looking at the cover? Never before have I read a novel by Ms. Cantore, so I wasn’t sure what I would come across. Ms. Cantore writes a novel that is riveting from start to finish. The author has experiential knowledge having worked in law enforcement and written a couple of articles for different magazines sharing her faith openly and without apology. One of the articles was for Cop and Christ which I am sure helped Christians in law enforcement stay strong and faithful to Christ. The story starts out with cop, who in answering a call with her partner, suddenly finds herself off her beat, accused, and filled with doubt. Ms Cantore’s characters, though fictional, sound like everyday people as this officer has recently experienced betrayal, divorce, her father’s passing, and faith. Like anyone who has suffered much, any of us can be filled with doubt and questions. Yet, in this awesome novel, we see the main character go through many twists and turns that eventually bring up her deepest feelings she has tried so hard to bury. She has no clue who to trust, and when she does trust, it seems like her life only seems to go from bad to worse. Accused is brilliantly written to capture readers into the characters’ lives in a certain time, place, and area. The officer is looked at as guilty because of her partner’s actions. Constantly, our protagonist seems to question her faith, run from those who not only talk about the Lord, but their lives exemplify Him. How is this officer to get control of her faith, career, emotions, and life when several antagonists keep the pressure on her to give in and give up? The story is full of action, decisions to be made, faith to be exercised, but how does someone make decisions or exercise faith when she doesn’t have one? I don’t want to ruin the novel for you; all I can say is though this is a wonderful work of fiction, it also calls readers to look at their faith. Our main protagonist had the courage to face the questions that nagged at her heart and life. I wonder, will we also have the courage and fortitude to not only question, but like the officer, call out to God to show Himself as real regardless of what we are facing?
AlaskanTebowFan More than 1 year ago
They say "write what you know," and author Janice Cantore definitely did that! After learning that Ms. Cantore served more than 2 decades as a cop, I decided to give this contemporary fiction novel (not generally my preferred genre) a try. And I'm glad I did! I really enjoyed the reality and accuracy of this novel, which follows a few action-packed weeks of the fictional policewoman's life. In the book, police detective Carly Edwards faces betrayal, mystery and corruption in both her personal and professional life, all of which causes her to question all she has previously believed and held true in her life. Overall I enjoyed the story quite a bit, and the only reason I gave 4 instead of 5 stars is that I felt there was a bit too much foreshadowing and a lot of the twists and turns were predictable. However, it was a very enjoyable read and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series when it comes out. If you're intrigued by the world of law enforcement, enjoy stories of restoration and spiritual healing, or are just looking for a fun, interesting read, I would recommend this book to you!
dkinney1 More than 1 year ago
Like an episode of CSI, NCIS, or Law and Order, this book is fast-paced and action-packed. Carly Edwards is a beat cop who finds herself in hot water. As she tries to get herself out of trouble, she discovers the real problem is greed and deception within the department. In a parallel story, Carly is also discovering a new faith in God after turning her back on Him after her father died. I could relate to the heroin of the story as she struggles with having a faith in God after tragedy. As a cop, she is trained to do what is right and enforce the law. Yet as a person, she is not sure what is right anymore. After a life and death experience, she realizes that God is real and she does want a relationship with Him. What I liked about the book was that the action and drama that kept my attention. What I did not like about the book was that it took a life and death experience for the main character to choose to believe in God. Tyndale House provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for this review which I freely give.
mustlovetoread More than 1 year ago
Accused By: Janice Cantore I loved this book! Janice Cantore does a great job of pulling you into the story and not letting you go. Detective Carly Edwards is a patrol cop. She is part of an officer-involved shooting and is reassigned to a desk job in juvenile. She doesn’t understand why God would do this to her. She loses her patrol job, goes through a divorce, and is left wondering where God is in her life. Nick, her ex-husband, is also a cop and has become a Christian since their divorce. He has been spending time with Carly’s mother and she has introduced him to a personal relationship with God. Carly has to figure out who she can trust and who is out to kill her. When the mayor is killed, Carly must find out who is part of the conspiracy. Carly wants to do everything herself; it’s safer that way. However, she must learn to trust God and learn to forgive. You will not want to put this book down once you start! By the time you finish this book your faith will be strengthened and renewed. Follow Carly as she questions God and see if she surrenders to God, or stays on the same path resisting God. If you love a good mystery, this book is for you. The suspense and intrigue will keep you on the edge of your seat to the very last page. Nick is there with her every step of the way, but is he part of the conspiracy? Pick up this book today and be ready to be swept away! Janice Cantore is a retired Long Beach police office and brings her background into her novel. The scenes are depicted realistically and the characters are believable and lifelike. I can’t wait to read another novel by Janice Cantore.
AuthorAshleyDawn More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. Detective Carly Edwards has had it rough. She gets demoted to juvenile and wants to get back to her patrol. When she is called to a murder scene, she is determined to actually solve it. Though the evidence shows the teens are innocent, the case is closed and it makes Carly suspicious. I completely enjoy the strong female roles and this book definitely had that. Carly was a great character to get to know. The Christian message was there throughout the book, without the author coming across as 'preachy'. The book was paced well and main characters developed well, support characters developed just enough. I want to read more from this author. I rate this book a 4/5. It was a good book that I will probably reread! Thank you to Tyndale for the review copy of this book. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.
BikerBabs More than 1 year ago
Accused by Janice Cantore (The Pacific Coast Justice Series Book 1) Accused is an action-packed suspense novel with just enough police procedural to give it an authentic feel without being overloaded with information. The heroine, Carly Edwards, is a tenacious and believable female officer trying to come to terms with her recent divorce, the death of her father, and a demotion from the streets to a desk job through no fault of her own. When the city¿s mayor is found murdered and a young man is obviously being set up to take the fall, she gets caught up in a string of events that could be the death of her and the people she cares about. With talk of dirty cops and city council members, she doesn¿t know who to trust¿¿her ex-husband, Nick, least of all. After all, once a cheat, always a cheat. Right? But something about Nick is different now and she finds herself starting to trust him. Accused is a story about hope and redemption, as well as justice. Officer Carly Edwards is on a journey of discovery, a search for faith and trust. The spiritual aspects of the story were knit in with a deft hand and not preachy. The character, and her anger against God for letting her father die and her marriage fall apart, were believable and true to life. I look forward to reading the next book in the Pacific Coast Justice Series to find out where her search leads her next. I was given an advanced reader copy of Accused in exchange for an honest review.
love2readnovels More than 1 year ago
Carly Edwards loves being an police officer but doesn't like serving in juvenile (where they placed her after she was involved in an officer-involved shooting). When the mayor is murdered and they arrest a troubled youth named Londy Atkins she is called to the scene. Carly interviews Londy hoping to gain a confession and be moved back to patrol where she really wants to be. Londy swears his innocence and as Carly talks with him she's inclined to believe him. Carly's ex-husband Nick is also an officer and feels Londy is telling the truth. Nick lost Carly because of a stupid mistake. He's since given his heart to the Lord and wants very much to prove to Carly that he's a changed man and win her back. But Carly isn't sure she wants to trust him again. As she continues to look into Londy's case she suspects things are not as they appear. But where can she turn and who can she trust? Accused is an excellent, well-written, seat-gripping and soul-wrenching tale. I have not read anything by this author so didn't know what to expect but the cover really intrigued me. I promise you that once you pick up this book you will have a hard time putting in down. There were places in this story that actually caused me to gasp out-loud because it caught me by surprise. I also reached for the Kleenex as well. That's great writing that can do that. It felt in many ways like watching a movie because I could so clearly see in my mind how things played out. All the characters were very well developed and felt flesh and blood real. Their reactions and responses were true to life. You can tell this author used her vast experience as a police officer to give the story a real authenticity. I really appreciated how the spiritual message of hope was grafted so naturally into the story. It didn't feel forced or thrown-in and wasn't over-powering but it was powerful. You'll want to be sure an read the author interview at the end. If you like Dee Henderson and Anne Patrick then I would definitely recommend you pick up Accused! Be ready for some very fast page-flipping!!! Great job Janice!!! This is book 1 in the Pacific Coast Justice series. I am anxiously looking forward to the next installment!! A thank you goes to Tyndale for this complimentary ARC through Netgalley for my review. Paperback: 416 pages Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 1, 2012) ISBN-10: 1414358474 ISBN-13: 978-1414358475
rlighthouse More than 1 year ago
Drama Filled Book Janice Cantore, a former cop used her knowledge from working as a police officer to write an exception police novel. Carly is stuck working in juvenile while she is being checked out at work. Her ex husband Nick is moving up the ladder in the police station and Nick's best friend is working undercover and is missing. The mayor was found murdered and everyone starts pointing fingers. Carly is determined to find out the truth no matter the cost to her own life. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by Janice Cantore.
Virginia76 More than 1 year ago
Police officer Carly is involved in a shooting and sent to work in the juvenile department. She looks for a way to get back to her old job in patrol and the mayor's shooting might be the answer. She finds a cover-up and doesn't know who to trust, especially when her ex-husband offers to help. I thought this book was very good and an authentic read from a retired police officer. Corrupt people seem to be everywhere and it was interesting to find out at the end who was dirty and who wasn't. I do think the spiritual side of the book was a bit overdone in parts. Several characters preach at Carly, which makes her turn away from God instead of toward him. Overall, a good read and I'm looking forward to the second book.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Janice Cantore in her new book, "Accused" Book One in the Pacific Coast Justice series published by Tyndale House Publishers brings us into the life of Detective Carly Edwards. From the Back Cover: “Time to prove she isn’t a broken cop.” An officer-involved shooting six months earlier takes Detective Carly Edwards off the street and sends her to a boring desk job in juvenile. When a troubled youth is arrested for the murder of the mayor, Carly is summoned to the crime scene. Homicide thinks it’s a quick, open-and-shut case, and Carly hopes this will be her ticket back to patrol. Though her professional life seems to be on track, Carly still has unresolved issues in her personal life. Nick, her ex-husband and fellow police officer, is determined to show Carly that he’s a changed man, but she isn’t convinced he won’t betray her again. As the murder investigation progresses, Carly suspects a cover-up and strikes out on her own, uncertain whom she can trust. But she soon realizes the case may put her directly in the killers’ crosshairs. Get ready for excitement as Carly Edwards runs into murder and cover-up in the Police Department. The Bible tells us that the devil is the accuser and no where is that more evident than in this book. Accusations fly, there are cover-ups, lies and betrayal and in all this chaos Carly is trying to find a murderer while staying alive. "Accused" is a thriller with all kinds of excitement and danger. However, it is also a romance that builds as Carley and, her ex, Nick have to learn to trust each other. Janice Cantore knows how to weave a captivating story with wonderful characters that breathe. I enjoyed reading this book and look forward to the next book from Ms. Cantore in this series. If you would like to listen to interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 hours non-stop Christian music please visit our internet radio station Kingdom Airwaves Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the story and the charactors
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing against the author, but I found the story dry, & it just wasn't able to catch my attention. I started it months ago, left it, & picked it back up again recently to see if it made a difference. Sadly it didn't so I probably will not be finishing it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok, 267 pages (dw)
Maciemollysdad More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent book from one of my newest favorite authors.  Janice Cantore's writing style, story lines, & charaters are excellent & her books are hard to put down.  You can also feel her experience as a retire police officer in her books.  Looking forward to reading book #2 from this Pacific Coast Justice series (Abducted) & can't wait to see what's in store for Detective Carly Edwards.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This kept my attention from the first word to the last line. Loved how it had a touch of romance without being overly mushy. Great read!
Jaira More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the novel and read it in two days. I thought it was very realistic in the details.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm so glad I found Janice Cantore recently and am now reading her previous novels of which Accused is one. Janice's experience as a cop really enhances the plot and makes her writing realistic. Good job!
songbirdsue More than 1 year ago
Accused is a compelling story with a plenty of twists and turns. You are caught up along with Carly on who she can trust. It is delivered in a way that you cannot tell who are the good guys are until the end. Carly struggles with who to trust in many aspects of her life. Her relationships progress throughout the story moving at a pace that portrays realism and you are drawn with her. There is a moderate amount of preaching. I felt it was done in a good way, but something to be aware of.
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