Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson is the first book in her new series, An Evie Blackwell Cold Case, and it is an excellent read for your summer vacation.
Evie Blackwell is a skilled Illinois police detective, who has been recruited to join a special task force to clean up cold cases across the state. While she takes the time to decide on whether to accept the offer, Evie takes a two week vacation to Carin County to help solve some cases that rocked the small town several years ago.
When she gets to town, Evie is immediately welcomed by local sheriff Gabriel Thane, whose family has lived in the town all their lives. The cold cases are personal for Gabriel, and he wants nothing more than to be able to put these cases to rest.
Working together, can the two finally help the town find the peace of mind it needs to move forward? Will Evie and Gabriel’s friendship materialize into something more?
I love how Dee Henderson makes her characters believable, keeping their feelings from developing too quickly and allowing for additional characters to be as richly developed as the ones at the forefront of the story. I also thought she did a great job in this book of keeping the reader guessing to the final outcome for the cold cases. She also does an excellent job of weaving God throughout her stories without throwing religion into the reader’s face.
I would definitely recommend this book as a great summer read!
*This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review by Bethany House Publishers.