Monday, May 16, 2016

Traces of Guilt By Dee Henderson

Back of the book

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.

My Thoughts

I have been a Dee Henderson fan for a long time, the O'Malley series is at the top of my list of well written, entertaining series.  Yet  Henderson's last few novels have not had that same effect on me, they just seem out of reach from reality.  Traces of Guilt is an odd blend of the two styles of writing.  Ann Falcon from the novel Full Disclosure comes and goes throughout the book bringing her unique drama and personality into the story.  However, right in the middle of the book the old Dee Henderson (O'Malley) style comes back and I was thrilled, even though it didn't last long.  That being said, the characters were well written, each scene developed to a tee, and the plot made me stick around even during parts I didn't like.  

Traces of Guilt was full of twists in the characters lives, that will keep you guessing what is coming next.  If you are a fan of the last few Henderson novels you won't find a thing wrong with this book, but if you are a die hard O'Malley fan, as I am, this book is a page turner with glimpses of what you know and love.

I was given this book free from Bethany House Publishing for my honest review.

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