Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson
Evie Blackwell is an Illinois State Police detective who has been appointed by the Governor to be part of a cold case team. She likes her job and is driven by solving cases. Her desire to give her best, causes her to take a weeks vacation to get a jump on three cold cases that her team will be exploring in Carin, Illinois. Through her investigating the three cases she meets the Thane family, including sheriff Gabriel Thane.
Gabriel, the local sheriff, loves Carin, police work and his family. He took over the sheriff’s job from his father. His live has revolved around good friends, community, family and his work. He one day hopes to settle down and raise a family but for now enjoys his life. Evie and Gabriel form a friendship through the investigations that lead them on many different paths.
This story is a quick and enjoyable read. It is the beginning of a new series for Dee Henderson. Ms. Henderson’s fans will not be disappointed and find many familiar characters within this story. Ms. Henderson continues to develop characters within her many stories in such a way that readers can pick up any title and enjoy the mystery while at the same time, long time readers feel that they are keeping up with old friends, they have found in earlier works.
For new fans ,this book can be read as a standalone but reading Ms. Henderson’s previous works will help make the characters feel like old friends. Her characters are believable and at least one of the cases had an unexpected ending.If readers are looking for fast plot driven mysteries they might disappointed by this title. Recommend this title to readers who enjoy character -based stories with a good mystery.
Note: I received an electronic version of this title through Net Galley and the publisher, Bethany House Publishers.