Burning Proof (Cold Case Justice)

by Janice Cantore

Paperback, 2016



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Tyndale House Publishers (2016), 416 pages


After months of investigating the brutal homicide of a young girl, Detective Abby Hart finally has the evidence she needs. But when the arrest goes terribly wrong, Abby begins to doubt her future as a police officer. As she wrestles with conflicting emotions, old questions about the fire that took her parents' lives come back to haunt her. "There is proof." PI Luke Murphy can't stop thinking about what Abby's former partner, Asa Foster, mumbled just before he died. When he uncovers a clue to the murder of Abby's parents and his uncle, he's reluctant to tell Abby, despite his growing feelings for the beautiful detective. A decade-old abduction case brings Luke and Abby together, but will his secret tear them apart?


Original language


Physical description

416 p.; 8 inches


1414396694 / 9781414396699



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LibraryThing member Virginia51
This second book in the Cold Case Justice series was even better than the first. I did not want to put this book down. There were many twists and turns. Each cold case led to to clues in the others. Abby and Luke are still trying to solve the death of her parents and his uncle. Abby has doubts
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whether she wants to remain a police officer. How will this end. I loved it. I received this book from Tyndale blog Network for a fair Nd honest opinion. So looking forward to number three.
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LibraryThing member jfe16
After months of investigative work homicide detective Abby Hart finally has the evidence she needs to bring the killer of a young girl to justice. But an unexpected event creates a tragedy that leaves her questioning her calling to become a police officer, to be the one to fight for those who no
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longer have a voice.

After much soul-searching, Abby finds her way back, but her former partner’s declaration that “there is proof” throws her into the never-out-of-her-mind case of the restaurant fire that claimed the lives of her parents twenty-seven years ago.

The second in the Cold Case Justice series, the story focuses Abby’s calling while simultaneously revealing truth as the investigation into the fire that claimed the lives of Abby’s parents some twenty-seven years ago unfolds. A subplot involves Abby’s conflict with choosing between her police work and joining her fiancé, Ethan, in the mission field. Will the detective’s growing attraction to a private investigator who lost an uncle in the fire that claimed Abby’s parents cause trouble for the engaged couple? Will the investigation into the fire leave Abby with more questions than answers?

Cleverly plotted, populated with well-developed, realistic characters, this faith-based story draws on compelling suspense and unexpected plot twists to spin out an absorbing tale that readers will find difficult to set aside before turning the final page.

Highly recommended.
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LibraryThing member lamb521
Title: Burning Proof (Cold Case Justice #2)
Author: Janice Cantore
Pages: 400
Year: 2016
Publisher: Tyndale
My rating is 5 stars.
The Cold Case Justice series begins with the novel, Drawing Fire where we are introduced to three main characters. One is Detective Abby Hart who lost her parents in a fire
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that destroyed their restaurant. Next meet a retired cop named Woody who is helping Abby get used to working at the level and intensity she does, along with teaching her his on-the-job wisdom. Now meet Luke who is a private investigator, widower and a single father to a little girl named Maddie.
In the latest novel, we find all three characters working together at various times and for various reasons. Like when Woody and Luke both sign up for the new federal task force dealing with cold cases. Readers will also become engrossed in Abby’s conundrum as she is engaged to a missionary named Ethan, but finds her heart unsure whenever Luke is around.
Janice Cantore writes some of the best works of fiction because she expertly introduces a new twist in the plot that will keep readers guessing as they progress in the book! There is more going on than what one might think as I learned when I read her stories. She has a way of throwing uncertainty into a readers mind right when you thought you might figure out where the plot was going to end up.
A main theme is the series is learning to see how good God is when His answers aren’t as forthcoming to our prayers as we might want Him to be. The author does a wonderful job of not giving “pat answers” to who God is or why He allows tough experiences to enter into someone’s life. The characters that had to wrestle with these issues had to remember to draw near to God instead of pulling away. The other lesson is remembering who He really is and firm up their understanding of Him by reading Hs Word. Above all, the affected characters voiced their feelings, frustrations and questions.
I cannot wait for the next installment as I feel like I am hanging on to a great cliff hanger! Join me by reading this series and Janice’s other works of fiction that are great suspense and thriller books!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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LibraryThing member Anne_Rightler
Burning Proof, the second book in the Cold Case Justice series by Janice Cantore, is fast-paced crime fiction at its finest. The author is a retired police officer and draws on her career experience to bring an authentic story. Although the author continues with the same characters from the first
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book in the series,(Drawing Fire) which lends a familiarity and continuity to the story, the book can easily be read as a stand alone novel. With a beautiful blogger with questions of her own, a cold case (will this unsolved case ever come to closure?) and determined detectives, the story is full of explosive action and suspense. Good cops, bad cops, who to trust? Who to believe? Lives that have been defined by a tragedy from the past are now plagued with career-changing questions. Surprising and effective twists to the plot make this is a book that lovers of suspense fiction won't want to miss.
I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
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LibraryThing member polarmath
Burning Proof is the second book in the Cold Case series. While it uses characters from the first book, it can be read without having read the first book. Abby Hart is a detective who has decided to move on from trying to find out the truth about the death of her parents. She has been working hard
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on a case about the killing of a young girl only to have the arrest not go down as planned. This causes her to question what she should do. Luke Murphy is a PI who has uncovered more about the death of Abby's parents, but is unsure how to tell her.
I liked seeing how Abby worked through her emotions. She knew what needed to happen, but had to struggle to make it occur. I liked seeing how the relationship between Luke and Abby progressed and how they worked to get the truth out. I would recommend this book to someone who likes a good character working relationship and suspense.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher to read and review.
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