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.
I love all of this author's books. Traces of Guilt is the beginning of a new series titled the Evie Blackwell Cold Case. This one is a little different than the rest of the author's books. There is only a little romance in it. There is not a lot of mystery or suspense either. The two big cases are cold cases that they are working on. There are several key characters in the book and at the beginning of the chapter she tells you whose point of view is that chapter. Evie Blackwell is an IL State Police Detective who is sent to solve two cold murder cases in Carin County. Ann Silver is a good friend of hers that we know from previous books and plays an active role in the book and lives of most of the main characters. Ann Silver as a character is a little unbelievable. She has history with most of the main characters. There are a few minor plot lines going on in the background. The length of the book was okay. The ending left me looking forward to reading book two to learn more. If you are new to this author start with the O'Malley series. They are her best books. This book is a little unusual but okay.
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