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Drawing Fire by Janice Cantore | Book Review

Do ya'll know how often I get to review a book that is the first in a series?!  Pretty much not at all.  At least not a book that is provided to me to review.  Which is why I was super excited to dive in to Drawing Fire by Janice Cantore*- I get attached to characters in books fairly easily, so I'm always looking for a series to read.  I'm also a big bag of neuroses, so I hate reading books out of order when they are apart of a series.  Cantore has written six books including this one, which is the first of the 'Cold Case Justice' series.  What's more is that Ms. Cantore is a retired Long Beach police officer.  What more could you ask for when you're reading a detective novel, than for someone that has actually lived the story?

At 391 pages, Drawing Fire centers around Detective Abby Hart, a member of Long Beach PD.  Abby's parents were murdered when she was 6 years old, and their restaurant set on fire to cover it up.  Oh, and she was in the back sleeping.  The cook managed to get her out, but he later died of smoke inhalation. 

Abby became a police officer and later a detective because of her parents' unsolved murder.  While she is working to solve the case of a [potential] serial killer, she finds out that her witness in that case also has an interest in her parents' murder.  Luke is a private investigator who happens to be the nephew of the cook who got Abby to safety many years prior.  Also, he is best friends with Abby's new partner.  SO MANY COINCIDENCES!

Abby and Luke start working together to find out who killed her parents and set fire to a building with two more people alive inside.  With a little bit of help from their friends along the way, they wind up uncovering more than they bargained for.


First off, I read a good 200 of the 391 pages in one day.  That to me is the ultimate test of whether a book is good or not.  Spending a day engrossed in a book is not always an easy thing to do, no matter how hard I try.  Dogs need belly rubs.  Dishes need doing.  Reading makes me tired sometimes and naps are had.  But not this one- while the dogs did get their bellies scratched, it was a half-hearted, one handed pat.  Dishes are still sitting in the sink, and while I had a nap, as soon as I woke up, I picked the book right back up.

The only two things that I wasn't a fan of in Drawing Fire were little things.  First, there is chemistry between Abby and Luke- they find themselves thinking of each other when they're not around each other.  I get where Cantore is going with this, but there's just something about how the characters get jealous over friends (and fiances) that irked me.  I think mostly because these feelings of jealousy occur at a point where they didn't know each other well enough to have these feelings.

Second is even more minor and I pretty much said it above.  How these people all intertwine in each others' lives!  Obviously there is necessity for their lives to overlap, but jeez!

Overall, an amazing, fast paced book that you won't want to put down.  It was a great start to my Summer Reading Challenge.

Book provided by Tyndale in exchange for my review!


  1. Melanie Redd9:09:00 AM

    Thanks for the book review. I'm always looking for a good book to read. And, I'm with you on the over drama of friends getting mad and jealous over things to quickly or too easily. I was watching a show on Netflix last night, and some of the drama started to bug me!

    Found you on the Thoughts for Thursday site, and I'm glad to find your blog!

  2. This was a really good book. At least the drama / jealousy was minimal, and it was written as thoughts, not that the other character knew they were jealous, which helped. But i was just thinking "come on, you BARELY know this person GET OVER IT!"

  3. Biana Perez9:35:00 AM

    I love when the author actually knows exactly what they are talking about with the details - it makes it so much more real!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  4. Me too! I think that's why I like the Daniel Silva books so much- while he's not actually an Israeli spy, he does take a couple pages at the end to go through what is fact or based on fact / research in the booK!

  5. This sounds like a great read. I am always up for a mystery challenge! And you know how I love a series too.

  6. It was really good! AND the author liked my FB page, so that's also kind of neat!!


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