Catching Heat (Book Review)

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Cold Case Justice #3
Janice Cantore
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
September 1, 2016

Twenty-seven years after the deaths of Detective Abby Hart's parents, she's desperate to find the proof that will put the mastermind--the governor's wife--behind bars. When she joins a newly formed task force and teams up with PI Luke Murphy, Abby is sent to San Luis Obispo to work the cold case of a murdered college student. Realizing their investigation will bring them near the town where Alyssa Rollins grew up, Abby decides to do a little digging of her own into the Triple Seven fire.Luke is eager to help Abby close the books on a case they both have personal stakes in. But as she uncovers long-held secrets, Abby stumbles into an explosive situation, and Luke fears that her obsession may prove deadly.

My Review: I struggled to write this review because I don’t like giving a negative review. The author was on the police force for 22 years and has credibility in what she writes.  Catching Heat has 4 1/2 stars on Amazon, so many people seem to enjoy it.  I struggled with it, part of that may be because it’s the third book in a series and I haven’t read the first two.  I had trouble following the many characters and story lines.

Here are some of my thoughts:

  • The writing wasn’t tight

Page 262 reads:  “She wondered if he was going to take her to the governor’s house in Naples area. But he didn’t exit the freeway until he got to the airport off-ramp.  He didn’t go to the terminal parking; he went around to the private plane portion of the airport. The area was gated, he stopped to enter the proper code and the gate swung open.  He parked next to the hangar and got out.”

Tight writing: As he exited the freeway towards the airport, I realized we weren’t going to the governor’s house.

  • Writing show not tell

Page 289 “They took the elevator to the third floor.  Once they got off, the woman led them to a small room off the waiting area. Two more agents were in the room. One was on the phone, while the other was clicking through TV news stations with the sound muted.”

Show: Arriving on the third floor two agents were waiting for them in a small room off the waiting area.  Looking up from his phone the agent looked relieved they had arrived.

  • It was written in third person. This is a preference, but after just finishing a book written in first person I wished this one had been as well.
  • It’s a Christian Book – I wished Christianity had been woven more through the book. It felt like there were a few references to church or a prayer here or there.  Page 350 “The church service was even better today than a week ago when Abby went by herself. She was so glad to have Woody and Luke in church next to her, especially Woody.”

I would recommend this book to: a teen, or someone who enjoys police action and is looking for a light read.



Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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Kelly Griffiths

As an author, I appreciated your examples straight from the book that you considered weak areas. I think the author would too. Please, more reviews like this one! Would you consider showing strong quotes too? If you rated the book highly?