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Traces of Guilt
     

Traces of Guilt

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by Dee Henderson
 

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A Riveting Cold-Case Mystery from 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.

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A Riveting Cold-Case Mystery from 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 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/18/2016
Launching a contemporary series, Henderson (Full Disclosure) introduces Evie Blackwell, a state cop tentatively being considered for a new governor's unsolved crimes task force. Evie begins with two Carin County, Ill., cases: a missing local sheriff's deputy and his family, and the case of a six-year old girl who goes missing while passing through the county on a family vacation. She teams with Gabriel Thane, the current local sheriff, whose father, Caleb, was sheriff at the time the disappearances occurred. With the exception of 10 pages encompassing a tedious interview with the missing family's counselor, Evie and Gabriel move quickly through leads and possibilities, enlisting help from Gabriel's two brothers and Caleb. Henderson's well-developed cast of supporting characters includes a few recognizable names from her previous novels. Romantic possibilities are raised, but Evie seems to be more concerned with overcoming doubts in a man's profession than she is with the man. Henderson treads very lightly in the faith department, keeping the investigations of the cold cases the focus of the story. Leaving as many mysteries in limbo as solved, Henderson ends this story with plenty of fodder for future installments. (May)
Library Journal
06/01/2016
Delving into cold cases is more intense than Illinois State Police detective Evie Blackwell could have imagined, but surprisingly she enjoys the task as she learns the ropes with Ann, her friend and mentor. Evie arrives in the town of Carin to help probe two unsolved crimes; one involves the disappearance of a little girl and the second concerns an entire missing family, including their horse, truck, and trailer. Henderson's writing is crisp, and the gripping story line will keep readers on edge until the final page. A twisty plot in which nothing is as it seems against the backdrop of a stormy winter is bound to have readers ready for spring. VERDICT RITA and Christy Award winner/nominee Henderson (Taken) starts her new romantic suspense series with a bang. Police procedural aficionados and the author's many readers will be lining up for this one.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764218866
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/03/2016
Series:
Evie Blackwell Cold Case Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
34,171
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.20(d)

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Dee Henderson is the author of numerous novels, including Taken, New York Times bestseller Full Disclosure, the acclaimed O'Malley series, and the Uncommon Heroes series. Her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, such as the RITA Award, the Christy Award, and the ECPA Gold Medallion. Dee is a lifelong resident of Illinois. Learn more at www.deehenderson.com.

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Traces of Guilt 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! Lots of inter-woven events. Loved the characters & plot
Anonymous 5 months ago
From the first time I picked up a book from the O'Malley series to this one, I have not been disappointed. Lots of surprises! Ready for the next one!
Anonymous 8 months ago
Good read. I enjoyed the multiple stories and the perspective of numerous characters. I found this book a little darker than her other books but still really enjoyable. I will be buying the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Soooo Amazon sells the paperback for 9.01 & ni shipping if you have Prime. Considering you get the actual book for your library & B&N sells a "no binding, no paper" copy, 9.99 is very costly!
TheArtistLibrarian More than 1 year ago
Award-winning romantic suspense author Dee Henderson continues to draw in new (and old) readers with her latest novel, Traces of Guilt. Mrs. Bookworm's Review: I couldn't put this book down! Award-winning romantic suspense author Dee Henderson continues to draw in new (and old) readers with her latest novel, Traces of Guilt. While her last few novels have been stand alones, I'm eager to see what this continuing series will bring! As always, Henderson does a great job describing her characters and expressing their thoughts and emotions in a way that makes it easy for me to connect to them. I was especially excited to see the return of characters from some of her previous novels in supporting roles, such as Paul and Ann Falcon from Full Disclosure and Rachel O'Malley from the O'Malley Series. It was like visiting with old friends! I love how Evie solves the cold cases. She works them like puzzles and is tenacious: like a dog with an old bone --constantly "chewing" on it. Since Traces of Guilt is the first in this new Evie Blackwell series, I'm hoping that some of the secondary characters (like the other Thane brothers) and their stories might be expanded on future books in the series. Regardless, I'm looking forward to Dee Henderson's next novel! [Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes.]
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bethany Publishing House recently sent me the novel Dressed for Death by Dee Henderson. Overall, I enjoyed the plot line of the book. It had an interesting story to it. At times the religious aspects of the book took away from the story rather than adding to it. One of the times that someone prayed it the book was very awkward as a mother cupped her hands around the face of a friend and prayed over her in that manner. It was really weird. The picture of marriage was overall nice. The book described both lives that were serving their neighbors in their vocations in the context of marriage and also those serving their neighbors in their vocations while being single. This discussion about how it is both okay to be single and to be married was nice. Because I have not read all the books by Dee Henderson, I could tell that I was missing information about other characters whose lives were described in previous novels, but the book was still good. In the end, I thought that this novel was okay for entertainment value, but not a book to learn theology from.
Freddikb More than 1 year ago
Someone knows what happened. Someone is not talking. Evie Blackwell has been put on a new assignment - Cold Cases. The first place on her list is Carin County where a young girl went missing and a family of three disappeared. With the help of the local sheriff, Gabriel Thane, she is hoping to finally find the answers and put to rest the questions the families of the missing have been left with. As Evie and Gabriel study old evidence and find new clues, Evie begins to wonder if there is a connection between the two cases. Will she and Gabriel be able to uncover the answers or is it too late? If you are a fan of unsolved crimes, of mysteries.... of a good story!.... check this book out! I highly recommend it. From the very first page, the first paragraph, I was sucked in and didn't want to leave Carin County for the "real world". I felt as if I was part of the investigation. The details, the stories, the characters, it was all spot on! Traces of Guilt is another fantastic story by Dee Henderson. Keep up the great work, Dee! *I received this book free from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. The thoughts I have shared are entirely my own.
TamaraTilley More than 1 year ago
With TRACES OF GUILT, Dee Henderson once again weaves together intriguing plots and engaging characters, and does it with such fluidity; I couldn’t help but be consumed by it. Detective Evie Blackwell is good at what she does. Catching the attention of the right people, it’s no wonder she’s assigned to a new task force that will concentrate its efforts on cold cases. Wanting to get a head start, Evie travels to Carin, Illinois, where she teams up with Sheriff Gabriel Thane to solve two crimes that took place in his county; the disappearance of a family, and the disappearance of a six-year-old girl. Evie, with Gabriel’s help goes over old evidence and finds new leads. Evie instantly feels a connection with Gabriel—their partnership easy and comfortable, but doesn’t think a two-cop relationship is healthy; her schedule is complicated enough. Trying to work a relationship around her agenda and that of a small-town sheriff seems like a recipe for disaster. Deciding it is best to keep their relationship professional; Evie and Gabriel find evidence that hits close to home for the Thane’s family. Emotions run high and clues lead to dead ends, but Evie refuses to give up. She knows they are on the cusp of solving not only the cases they intended, but others that have been unearthed in the process. At first, Gabriel Thane’s isn’t sure how he feels about Evie Blackwell coming into his town and opening old wounds. However, he realizes Evie brings a fresh perspective to the cases; something only an outsider can do. Intrigued by both her process and the women herself, Gabriel is committed to following the leads she finds, no matter how unorthodox, hoping to lay the unsolved cases to rest. TRACES OF GUILT is multi-faceted, with both old and new characters. The chemistry between Evie and Gabriel is palatable, yet Henderson keeps the reader guessing to the extent of their connection. Ann Falcon, from FULL DISCLOSURE has a large presence in this novel, and name-drops others from previous books. With the introduction of the Thanes family, Henderson has a deep well of characters to draw from for future installments. Though the stories of Josh and Grace and Will and Karen are introduced, there is so much more to learn about these couples. I also hope Ann and Paul continue to be a presence in this series. I can’t put my finger on what it is about Dee Henderson’s style, that makes her books irresistible, but whatever it is, it was in full force in TRACES OF GUILT.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
Fantastic read. Great start to a new series. I really look forward to reading more Evie Blackwell cold case books.it was great to meet the Thane brothers. Each brother has a bit of a diffeent personality. All would be nice to know. It will be nice to learn more about Evie and the brothers. I received this book from Bethany House for a fair and honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book description: "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." My review: This is a book I didn't dare start reading until I knew I had plenty of uninterrupted time to read! There is not one Dee Henderson book that I have not thoroughly enjoyed and "Traces of Guilt" is no exception. From start to finish I couldn't read fast enough to see what would happen next, yet I hated when the book was finished. I stayed up way too late reading, but it was totally worth it. Ms. Henderson has a way of making her characters come alive. By the end of the book, the characters feel like family and the setting feels like home. I can't wait for the next book in the series! I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Fitzysmom More than 1 year ago
Dee Henderson has provided us with some pretty amazing characters over the years but I think I've found a new one that I adore. Let me introduce you to her. Her name is Evie Blackwell and she works as an Illinois State Police detective. That's interesting enough, but what she is doing in her spare time is fascinating. Evie has been invited to join a team to reopen and perhaps solve many of the cold cases across the state. Before the task force gets started Evie decides to take some vacation time and look into a couple of cases in the sleepy little town of Carin, Illinois. Carin has two particular cold cases that have bothered the local sheriff, Gabriel Thane, for years. One hits very close to home because it involves a fellow officer. The other case seems to be farther removed with the crime happening locally but unrelated to the community. As with all of Dee's novels the main story line is only the beginning. She has once again filled this novel with supporting characters that leave me wanting more of them. I enjoyed watching seemingly unrelated events become intertwined with others. That in fact is the essence of small town life. In such a small community eventually everyone interacts with everyone else. The themes that are included in this work are gut wrenching. The types of things that you pray never touch your family. Unfortunately in a fallen world bad things happen. While the circumstances are horrific, this story will leave you uplifted as you watch the compassion of the Thane family encompass those that are grieving. I look forward to many more Evie Blackwell cold cases. It is a romantic suspense novel so not everything is tragic. There are several couples that allow you to look away from the tragedy for the moment and focus in on loving relationships. If you enjoy a fast-paced story full of intrigue and compassion then I think that you will enjoy this one. I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
coramdeo540 More than 1 year ago
Traces of Guilt Dee Henderson Book Summary: A Riveting Cold-Case Mystery from 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 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. Review: Great Characters and story line. The two mysteries were great for thinking and trying to guess who did the crime and what happened. I think the premise of the story was great! The details were a little overwhelming! Almost too many characters and too much going on at times. I loved Evie, the character was well written and enjoyable. Great procedural story with a lot of details about an overwhelming amount of information. Took a bit of time to get through the book, like going through each of Evie’s files. I liked all the characters, but sometimes the characters are lacking in a way to connect. I would like to thank Net Galley and Bethany House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. 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.
Madison-s_Library More than 1 year ago
Ten billion stars out of five (because one billion stars just wouldn't be enough). I'm always ecstatic when I start a new Dee Henderson book, but also a little apprehensive because how can she possibly continue to improve on what is already out-of-the-park brilliance. How can you improve perfection? Well, I don't know how, but Dee Henderson obviously does because her books just keep getting better and better. And Traces of Guilt is simply amazing. The world Henderson creates is completely absorbing. I love getting to know the characters. I love the way crimes are worked, the nitty-gritty details, the long hours, the pain and emotional toll. And I love the humour and family and faith that is mixed into the serious topics. I wanted to savour this story, wanted to know all the answers, wanted to see the journeys of each of the characters and wanted to read this book every moment that I could. Evie Blackwell and Gabriel Thane are our main characters. Evie is starting work with the new cold case task force and is using her vacation time to get started on two cold cases in Carin County, Illinois. Gabriel is Sheriff of Carin County and works with Evie on the cold cases that have rocked their community. Ann Falcon (from Full Disclosure) brings these two together, but it quickly becomes obvious that there is more at stake than two isolated cold cases. Ann and her husband Paul Falcon play a fairly large role in this story, as do Gabriel's brothers Josh and Will, and their parents. A chapter from Josh's perspective opens the book, and there are follow-up chapters from him, Ann, Will and even Grace and Karen, two women who also play important parts in the story and unfolding mysteries. These chapters are spread in between the majority of the sections that are from Gabriel and Evie. As a result, we get a great insight into all the characters, particularly the new ones. There are also mentions of a whole range of favourite characters, from the Bishops to Quinn and Lisa. I love Dee Henderson's heroes. Solid and steady, these men are men of faith and justice. Her heroines are equally impressive in their capacity and strength. There are some shattering reveals in this book. The cases are very personal to the characters and seeing their distress is heartbreaking. There are a number of mysteries in this book, some of which are solved more easily than others, but each is the perfect blend of intrigue, emotion and case details. There is a lovely mix of romance in this story, despite the cases being the focus of the book. There are the continuation of old romances, Ann and Paul's for example, that are a delight to read as continuing love stories. There are a few insights into ongoing romances, take Will Thane and his love interest Karen, who each get a chapter and have a few secrets of their own. And then there are the romances that are just beginning. Gabriel and Evie first meet in this book and they have a connection but if there is to be a continuing story it will progress in future books. This book has all the makings of a new series. And yet, I could also see it being a standalone, with tie-ins to future but separate books, much like how Full Disclosure, Unspoken and Taken all have various mentions and connections in this book but have distinct story lines. Personally, I would love to continue Evie's story, see her uncover more cold cases and work on the new cold case task force and I would really, really love more of the Thane brothers.
HollyMag321 More than 1 year ago
Since Dee Henderson’s return I’ve felt like her new books have been really good but have tended to go into way too much detail. However, I didn’t see that in Traces of Guilt. In this story we get great new characters as well as catching up with “old favorites.” I love how Henderson weaves characters from her previous books into the current one. We also get an excellent story with unresolved subplots that make you want to read the next book. Evie Blackwell is a great edition to Henderson’s cast of characters. She is smart, independent, and has the tenacity to solve the case. I also really like the Thane brothers. Each one has a unique personality that I trust Henderson will develop over time. It was also great to see Ann and Paul Falcon again. And although we didn’t get to “see” much of her, I’m pretty sure Rachel from the O’Malley clan made a visit to Carin County. This story was extremely well done. At first I thought it was going to get “muddy” with subplots. But Henderson kept the focus on the main plot, the two cold cases, while bringing closure to one of the secondary plots. She gave us just enough on a third plot to make me anxious for another book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. And hope to see more of Evie Blackwell and then Thane family. Henderson fans should enjoy this story. If you’ve not read Henderson this would be a great book to start with. Disclaimer: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest 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.
StephanieTiner More than 1 year ago
Evie Blackwell is a detective for the Illinois State Police. A job she loves, most of the time. She enjoys solving puzzles, and has high ambitions. Gabriel Thane is a small town sheriff in Carin County, Illinois. He became sheriff after his father retired. Growing up in Carin County, Gabe has always loved his town and the community that he has known his entire life. Being sheriff is a job he loves even though it can sometimes be very demanding. When Evie arrives in Carin County on a mission to solve two longtime cold cases, as part of a new task force focused on solving cold cases throughout the state, Gabriel can't help but worry. One of the two cases is very close to home, the disappearance of a local deputy and his family, and he is worried about failing to solve the case, again. Setting his worries aside, Evie and Gabe work together on the two missing persons cases. After a string of new evidence is uncovered, secrets are revealed, and answers are finally found. I loved this book. I have previously read Dee Henderson's O'Malley series and loved them, so when I saw this on Bethany House's blogging program, I jumped at it. This book was another winner. I was not ready for how this story played out. The writing is superb, I was trying to solve the mystery before the characters. At every turn there was a new surprise I hadn't seen coming. Despite the fact that I was trying to solve the mystery in my own head, I was relieved that I wasn't able to, at all. None of my assumptions were even close, and I am usually pretty good at solving the mystery early. The story line isn't action packed, after all it is two cold cases, but the intrigue was always there. I really enjoyed that there were so many layers and characters in this story. This wasn't just one story, more like ten, and usually I would say that was a bad thing. However, in this case, the stories threaded together perfectly, bringing depth to the story as a whole. My one complaint about this novel is the blurb. The back of the book lead me to believe that this was as much a romance story as a mystery, and while it has romance in it, it was not the romance I assumed would be present. I believe the blurb on the back of the book needs to be re-written. I would recommend this novel to fans of climatic, realistic, mysteries. I highly anticipate book two in the series. I received my copy of this book from Bethany House publishers as part of their blogger program for the sole purpose of writing an honest review.
JCgirl More than 1 year ago
The latest book from Dee Henderson, as usual, keeps you intrigued until the last page. I can't wait for the next one. She has a way of making her characters come alive, and you want to know everything about them. Putting mystery, complication and romance into the story makes her one the best Christian writers of today.
MNGringa1 More than 1 year ago
Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson Explosive for Henderson fans. First time readers will be pulled into the story very quickly, but the impact won't be the same. Henderson continues Ann and Paul Falcon's story as they take up the role of secondary characters in Traces of Guilt. The main characters are Evie Blackwell and the Thane family. Evie Blackwell arrives in the small town of Carin, Illinois, thinking that she will solve 2 cold cases. Instead she has an unfortunate accident with a buck, that scrambles her plans and her brain. Gabriel Thane is the sheriff of Carin county, and heads out to take care of the deer accident. He meets up with Evie Blackwell, and learns about her mission to solve a couple of cold cases. Gabe gives his full cooperation and even suggests a better place to work than the house Evie rented for 2 weeks. Evie works hard at her job, and the Thane family quickly surrounds her with love and support. As the story unfolds, we see the family step up to help, love, and do whatever they can for Evie as the investigations get into the messy parts of life. I love the way that this family sticks just like the O'Malley family sticks through the good and bad parts of life. I loved getting to know Evie and the Thane brothers. Each of them have interesting stories to tell, along with potential future story lines to be told. I love that Henderson simply hints at a romance between Evie and Gabe. There are romantic hints for Gabe's two brothers as well. Henderson leaves a breadcrumb trail of future cold cases for Evie to solve, as she will take over a new task force for the state solving cold cases. Once again, Henderson has left me wanting more. I love that I get to be reacquainted with the Falcons, while getting to know the Thanes. New readers will want to be sure and read Full Disclosure to get to know Paul and Ann's story. I want to go back and re-read this story to see what new things I pick up on that make this newest installment from Henderson more colorful and interesting. My thanks to Netgalley and Bethany House Publishers for the free e-copy of the book to read and review.
THouchin1 More than 1 year ago
I love the Thane family! They are a good, close-knit Christian family. It was nice to see the interaction between them as the story develops. Evie is an interesting woman. She is smart, strong-willed, and ambitious. All good qualities for a detective to have. She just hasn't figured out yet how to mix her professional live with the personal life she wants. The cold cases that are being worked on in this story are very interesting. It is fun to watch how Evie's mind works the puzzles. It is also cool how Dee Henderson contrasts the cool, methodical Evie to the emotional  way Gabriel Thanes approaches these cases. In these particular cases it takes both methods to get results. I am presuming since the title of the book is Traces of Guilt (An Evie Blackwell Cold Case), that there will be a series of Evie Blackwell Cold Cases. The way this story ended it did leave it open to that possibility. One of the cases was not solved. The task force was going to begin in January and Evie would be on it. Three relationships could definitely be explored more deeply as they develop more. I liked this book. Cold cases are interesting even though the tension is a little different than something happening in the here and now. The characters are what make this book.They are the reason people will want to buy the next book. People will want to know if Karen's bad guy show up. They will want to know what happens between Josh and Grace and if something other than friendship develops between Gabriel and Evie. I know I want to know. If you haven't read any other books by Dee Henderson I suggest you give her the O'Malley Series and Shield of Honor Series a try. These are some of my favorites. Let me know what you think.
train_lady More than 1 year ago
Solid character development, no action. I've read and enjoyed all of Henderson's suspense/mysteries. This one reminded me of her "Full Disclosure" in that it plodded through the romantic (sort of) relationship between Evie and Gabe. It never quite gets that resolved in this book, but you can bet it most likely will in future books in this series. The cold cases were very interesting, and the one of the missing Florist family is impossible to figure out in advance of the last uncovered details. That is the way real cases are solved, so no fault to the author there unless you like to solve mysteries before the end of the book. The Evie character was very likeable, but what's with her and her two dogs? She obviously loves them, but why doesn't she see them again until her two weeks of crime solving is almost over? Yes, she has them staying with someone in town she trusts will take good care of them, but not to see them for that long is hard to understand. Finally, there is the lack of action. I was expecting there to be some real nail biting, edge of your seat reading somewhere in this book, but it never happened. It could have. One of the characters is hiding from a bad guy who really wants to do her harm if he finds her. I kept waiting for that to happen, but the issue got resolved almost as an afterthought. Will I read the next in the series? You bet I will. Will I hope Henderson puts in some more romance and nail biting? Absolutely. Hope it will be there.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
Traces of Guilt is a well-crafted procedural! Dee Henderson populates this complex story with an extensive cast of characters and a myriad of details and descriptions. As multiple story lines converged, I puzzled through the cold case investigations alongside the characters and was surprised by several twists and turns. While Evie Blackwell’s crime-solving prowess is an integral part of the narrative, the Thane family was, for me, the heart of the story. I really enjoyed Traces of Guilt and am eager to read more Cold Case novels! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
This story is supposed to be about two cold cases, and in the end there are at least five crimes exposed, if not more. Evie Blackwell has taken vacation time from her Illinois State Police job, and is on the short list to head up the new Governor’s cold case task force. She is staying in Carin County, and looking into the disappearance of a local police officer, his wife, and son, the Florist family. Also a missing six year old, Ashley Dayton, missing from a rest stop, and family is still hoping for her return. What makes these cases so interesting, they seem to bring other cases to the forefront at the same time? We also meet the Thane family, and by the time we are finished with the book, you will want to move in with Marie. Marie’s husband, and her three sons, all seem so wonderful and devoted Christians, and have great hearts. One son Gabriel is the Chief of Police, and he interacts with Evie, and seems to always be looking out for her welfare. Kept hoping for some romantic sparks between the two, and think if either of them let them there would be. We follow leads and hunches all over the place, even believing the family could have obtained new identities. There is missing money, they were driving a camper, and it just disappeared. Wow, what minds looking into these cases. If you like mystery this one really should satisfy your needs. Will she be able to solve what no one else has been able to? I received this book through Bethany House Blogger Tour, and was not required to give a positive review.
StellaPotts77 More than 1 year ago
I don't want to do a long synopsis and plot breakdown of this book as there are plenty others who have already done this in their reviews. All I want to do is say how much I like this book and that as far as I am concerned Dee Henderson is one of the very best when it comes to writing suspense. I loved the tow main characters, Evie Blackwell and Gabriel Thane, however being the romantic that I am I was a little disappointed that a romance didn't more fully develop with them and you have to wait for another book in the series for that. I can highly recommend this book.
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GrandaddyA More than 1 year ago
Dee Henderson is masterful in her storytelling and always leaves me anticipating the next book. Her characters are well-developed as are the settings. Whenever Sheriff Gabriel Thane was heading to a location that was under investigation, I felt as though I was riding along in his car. The friendship the members of the Thane family had with Paul and Ann Falcon was such a beautiful example of what true friendship should look like. The Falcons chose their friends well and were very open-armed about sharing them with other friends. Thus Evie Blackwell felt very comfortable with the Thanes almost from the moment she met them. I could not deal with the type of work she did in trying to solve cold cases for the police. The skills she brought to bear in seeking clues would not bother me but getting out in the field and actually uncovering the remains from a crime scene are beyond anything I would ever want to face. As the story unfolded, there were discouraging moments but there was also an undercurrent of anticipation that a big discovery was going to be made. Her faith, as well as the faith of the Thanes and the Falcons, was always right there when most needed. I very much enjoy reading books with a lot of suspense, action, faith, and a bit of romance. The romance was more of an undercurrent than a major part of the story, but it was obvious there were strong feelings present in several relationships. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys romantic suspense.