Sunday, May 29, 2016

Book Review - Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson


She's turning up the heat on Carin County's cold cases . . .

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 grew up in Carin County and is 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 focused on unsolved crimes across the state. She will work with the sheriff's department on a couple of its most troubling missing-persons cases. As she studies old evidence to pull out a few tenuous new leads, she unearths surprising connections. One way or another, she knows Gabriel Thane and his family will be key to the answers she seeks.


Dee Henderson is the author of numerous novels, including Taken, Undetected, Unspoken, Full Disclosure, and the acclaimed O'Malley and Uncommon Heroes series. Her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, such as the RITA Award, the Christy Award, and the ECPA Gold Medallion. Dee is a lifelong resident of Illinois. Learn more at


I am a huge Dee Henderson fan so when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it! I really love Dee's writing style as it's easy to read yet her descriptive writing makes you feel as though you're experiencing what the characters are and you're right there with them.

Evie Blackwell is on a task force that is looking into solving cold cases and she is focusing on some missing person cases. This is a new task force so we get an inside look into what goes into this sort of thing. I really love her dedication to her work and how she cares so much about these people and their families. I also liked how the author took us through so many of the procedures involved in police work. I found this very interesting!

I also enjoyed the Thane brothers. Gabriel is a caring Sheriff who is more than willing to work to try and solve these unsolved cases. I loved that there was no conflict between departments and that everyone was focused on solving things and not egos. I really liked his brothers, too, and the complexity of each of their personalities. There are hints of faith with some of the characters, too, and I liked how that was handled, too. Very realistic as they lived out their faith.

I really liked the hint of romance between a couple of the characters yet it wasn't an overshadow the main theme. Dee stays focused on the mystery and kept me intrigued throughout the whole story.

I really loved this book and am hoping that this is just the beginning of a new series from the author. I enjoyed this so much. I highly recommend it to anyone that loves a good mystery.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Bethany House

Blessings - Julie

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