About this Book

A Riveting Cold-Case Mystery from Dee Henderson

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.

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My Review

Since Dee Henderson’s return I’ve felt like her new books have been really good but have tended to go into way too much detail. However, I didn’t see that in Traces of Guilt. In this story we get great new characters as well as catching up with “old favorites.” I love how Henderson weaves characters from her previous books into the current one. We also get an excellent story with unresolved subplots that make you want to read the next book.

Evie Blackwell is a great edition to Henderson’s cast of characters. She is smart, independent, and has the tenacity to solve the case. I also really like the Thane brothers. Each one has a unique personality that I trust Henderson will develop over time. It was also great to see Ann and Paul Falcon again. And although we didn’t get to “see” much of her, I’m pretty sure Rachel from the O’Malley clan made a visit to Carin County.

This story was extremely well done. At first I thought it was going to get “muddy” with subplots. But Henderson kept the focus on the main plot, the two cold cases, while  bringing closure to one of the secondary plots. She gave us just enough on a third plot to make me anxious for another book.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. And hope to see more of Evie Blackwell and then Thane family.

Henderson fans should enjoy this story. If you’ve not read Henderson this would be a great book to start with.

Disclaimer:  I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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