Dead Cold Book Review

Dead Cold Book Review

Title: Dead Cold
Author: Jennifer Chase
Published: July 2, 2017, JEC Publishing
No. of Pages: 326
Cover Price: $.99 Kindle

Jennifer Chase has released a novel in her popular Emily Stone series, Dead Cold. Emily Stone is a former FBI profiler and forensics expert who has gone undercover to solve crimes anonymously with her partner, former FBI agent, Rick Lopez. Together they rescue kidnap victims, hunt criminals, and expose crime scenes. Their method is generally to go into a crime scene, rescue victims, or disable criminals, then call the police and disappear before anyone shows up to identify them. In this particular case, when frozen body parts begin to show up at numerous locations, both Emily and Rick are intrigued, and begin to research and investigate the case. They know the two of them can’t solve the case and handle it without help, so they bring in an old friend, Jordan Smith, who is familiar with their covert operations and skilled in high tech gadgets which he supplies to help them stay on top of the case. The more they get into the case, the more that suspense builds, and the more danger there is.

Chase has come up with characters that are fairly well-developed. They are likeable, and quite human, making it seem that they are friends or acquaintances that we would know in real life. The story flows well, and the book is difficult to put down. There is one problem with Chase’s writing, however, which may not be significant to the general reader, but is significant to English majors, and those who know proper grammar protocol. When describing the murderer, she refers to a singular murderer and then goes with her other comments as plural in the same sentence, i.e., location 1935: “the (singular) killer had spent in it, steps they (plural) took, and why they (plural) had…” This error is exhibited throughout the book dozens of times and can be quite irritating. A grammar 101 class would take care of the problem.

All told, the book is a good read. It has a fascinating storyline, good characters, and an exciting dénouement.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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