Tess O'Rourke dreams of becoming the first female chief of police in Long Beach, California. As commander of the East Division, she is well on her way . . . until the night she responds to an officer-needs-assistance call and fatally shoots an unarmed teenager. Despite being cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury, Tess is so hounded by the public that she takes a job in Oregon to escape the bad press. Winning over the residents of Rogue's Hollow might be more difficult than adjusting to her new role as police chief in the small, backwater town. Especially when her closest friend, the pastor's wife, goes missing and the woman's cousin is found shot. Tess finds an ally in sheriff's deputy Steve Logan, but as they track down Rogue's Hollow's first murderer, she worries that she's breaking one of her rules and getting too close to him.
Author: Janice Cantore
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
In the first book of a new series for the author, we meet a young policewoman who is a commander working in Long Beach when she becomes involved in a police shooting. Tess
Now, due to the press and a certain blogger who is out to smear Tess’s reputation, Tess must find a police job elsewhere. But who would hire someone with all the bad press and think Tess capable of doing a good job? When Tess relocates reluctantly to what seems like a peaceful and low-key town without problems, quickly morphs into something totally different than Tess expected!
I have read most of Janice’s books over the years and each one is not just entertaining, but also a journey in faith for the characters in law enforcement. In this story, there is a pastor who is a humble man who even when suffering terrible heartache who is right there ministering to people he knows. I fell in love with this character as he faces some heart-rending trials, and though he hurts like any other human being he still reaches out. When others in the town learn of how he is hurting, they come from everywhere to support him in his time of need. A true picture of people being the hands, heart and feet of the Messiah in action.
I highly recommend if you haven’t read any of Janice’s books that you grab an opportunity to do so and get ready for the next installment in the series coming out probably in 2018!
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The story arc of small town police chief tackles hostile attitudes and big city crime is set up when main character, Tess O’Rourke is forced from the police force and city she loves by bad press from an officer involved shooting. Tess moves to Rogue’s Hollow, Oregon to take over the job of police chief and to try to begin again, but longing for home and doubts of her own combine to make her rethink her new job. But then the action starts, and Tess is determined to gain the trust of the town while solving violent and mysterious crimes.
Characterization is strong in Crisis Shot. We all loved main characters Tess and Oliver, the pastor of the local church. The two are good foils for each other — one a logical, independent thinker, the other a man of deep faith. Both are challenged by the circumstances they face. The book is fast-paced, and the reader is given glimpses of the bad guy(s) before the characters, but the mystery is not easily solved by either, keeping both on their toes. There is only a hint of romance for Tess — something we really liked. It seemed much more natural than books where the crime-solving sleuths spend as much time gazing in each other’s eyes as solving a case. 😉 Crisis Shot explores the theme of a good and just God in the midst of unfair and evil circumstances. It also provides the realistic struggles of one maintaining faith within the fire. The promise of a future romance, some unresolved spiritual questions for Tess, and a town that is sure to harbor more criminals makes this series one we want to continue. In fact, book 2, Lethal Target is on our selection list for early 2020.
(I purchased Crisis Shot from Amazon. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)