Detective Tracy Crosswhite and attorney husband Dan O’Leary have returned to their hometown of Cedar Grove, Washington for a couple of months. She’s on leave and he’s representing one of the town’s long time merchants who’s being forced to give up his property as part of a revitalization plan. The former sheriff has approached Tracy for help with a cold case that’s resurfaced because the current sheriff’s wife was recently murdered. Sheriff Finlay Armstrong has claimed his innocence but optics are terrible because he was one of the prime suspects in the cold case murder of Heather Johansen thirty years ago and most believe they are connected.
the heart of the story…
There’s so much to sink into here that I quickly engaged and became immersed in Tracy’s investigation, Dan’s case and the inner turmoil for both of them by her working as she considered her next steps in her career now that she’s a mother. I also love cold case investigations as they’re harder to resolve but old secrets seem to be more prone to being revealed over time, as was the truth here. Dan’s case was a bit more technical with lots of data needing to be synthesized but it wasn’t hard to keep up. I knew that somehow these two cases would intersect and when they did, things just got even more intriguing. It was all fascinating, capped with the best in courtroom drama, which is like catnip for me. It had so many popcorn worthy moments.
I’ve made it clear in earlier reviews of this series that Sutton-Smith’s performances make these exceptional listening experiences. Nothing’s changed with this installment and she continues to make these great stories even more exciting.
the bottom line…
Tracy’s acceptance of what could possibly be a dangerous assignment while she was on maternity leave raised issues that were handled intelligently and thoughtfully. There were no predictable paths taken and I loved this aspect of the story. The cases were highly intriguing and difficult to resolve as there were so many angles you could explore. I correctly guessed some aspects, including the villain, but there still some revelations that surprised me. The courtroom scenes were riveting and they alone made this story a win. And, it was fun seeing Dan in action. This series just gets better with every story and I’m looking forward to what’s next for Tracy as she returns to Seattle and her job.
- Release Date: February 4, 2020
- Series: Tracy Crosswhite #7
- Narrator: Emily Sutton-Smith
- Audio Length: 10 hours, 31 minutes
- Publisher: Brilliance Audio