A Cold Trail Book Review

A Cold Trail Book Review

Title: A Cold Trail
Author: Robert Dugoni
Published: February 4, 2020, Thomas & Mercer
No. of Pages: 358
Cover Price: $15.95 Paperback, $14.99 Kindle

Book 7 of the Tracy Crosswhite series, A Cold Trail finds Tracy, a Seattle homicide detective, her lawyer husband Dan, and their two month old baby Daniella back in Cedar Grove, their hometown, while their home near Seattle is remodeled. Dan has taken on a case in Cedar Grove with a business owner who feels like something isn’t right as the city is forcing the main street businesses to sell. While Tracy loves being a mother, she is a little bored, and when the acting Chief of Police, Roy Calloway, an old friend of her father, asks her to help on a cold murder case and a new murder case that may be related, she jumps at the chance.

Although Roy is retired, both he and Tracy suspect Finlay Armstrong, Calloway’s successor, in both murders, so Finlay is off and Roy has taken charge. Tracy is excited to be back working, however it has caused a bit of a rift between her and Dan. Dan is worried about her safety, but knows that she is, after all, a homicide detective and he knew what she did before he married her.

The Tracy Crosswhite series is a favorite, and Dugoni has developed the characters so that they seem like real acquaintances. He has also captured the small town feeling and the fact that news travels fast. Tracy isn’t particularly popular now that she has come back to town due to the fact that she wasn’t sure that her sister’s murderer was guilty and brought a trial back a few years before. Dugoni is organized and the story flows; the novel is well-written and very hard to put down. Although this book can be read as a stand-alone, it helps to read the previous novels to get a sense of the past.

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

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