Cold Conviction Book Review

Cold Conviction Book Review

Title: Cold Conviction
Author: Daryl Wood Gerber
Published: October 27, 2020, Beyond the Page Publishing
No. of Pages: 256
Cover Price: $15.99 Paperback, $4.99 Kindle

Protagonist Aspen Adams is back in the third installment of the Aspen Adams Novel of Suspense Series by award winning writer, Daryl Wood Gerber. In Cold Conviction, Aspen Adams, a private detective working in Lake Tahoe, travels back to her childhood home to try to solve the murder of her parents that happened fourteen years prior and has gone cold. Unfortunately, Aspen’s sister, Rosie, who is a drug addict, is having guilt problems from the past, and begs her sister to solve the murder. Aspen digs up the old case files and interviews past suspects, putting herself in some danger. Several people from her past, including her Mother’s best friend, Tammie, are there to help, and as Aspen uncovers clues that weren’t available earlier, she puts herself in more danger.

Gerber is an excellent storyteller, and has written several different series including cozies as well as some more traditional suspense novels. She has the ability to keep readers on the edge of their seats with unexpected scenarios. Gerber also does a good job of developing her characters. The main characters, like Aspen, Aunt Max- owner of the detective agency, Nick - Aspen’s boyfriend, Candace - Aspen’s niece who lives with her because her mother is a mess, and Rosie - Aspen’s sister are quite believable characters. Aspen is a bit pushy, but that apparently makes her a good private detective. Candace is an entitled teenager, and anyone with teenagers will relate.

While the books in these series aren’t exactly cozies, they aren’t heavy-duty suspense novels, either. There is no sex, foul language, or graphic violence, but the stories are good, and there are solid plots. All told, this is a series that can be read by all ages, and will be enjoyed by anyone who likes a good suspense novel.

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

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