I just finished reading an excellent book by Janice Cantore. It is part of her “Pacific Coast Justice Series.” I recommend it.
Abducted is the second in the series, so it makes reference to a prior murder case, but it is very much a stand alone mystery and police procedural. Officer Carlie Edwards, on graveyard shift, collars a burgler, but that leads to a car chase, the abduction of her partner’s baby, and soon she is dealing with murder, arson and crimes that merit federal intervention. By the end of the book she has a whole stack of paperwork to be done and justice has been served.
Janice is a retired police officer who makes good use of her expertise. Officers use all of the codes and abbreviations need for their job, but Janice inserts enough short explanations that the reader is not lost in the numbers and letters. I appreciated that.
When I checked the book out from our library, I was a little surprised to see a sticker on the book identifying it as Christian fiction. Janice spins a wonderful yarn while inserting a Christian world view. I just finished hosting a blog tour on behalf of Emma Calin’s upcoming book. I would like to point out the contrast between these two wonderful books.
I was asked to warn readers that Emma’s book contains steamy scenes of consensual sex and rough street language. Janice’s book has plenty of sex, but all of it is behind the scenes. The way Janice writes, the reader’s imagination is stimulated to provide the details. For example, Janice’s roommate is engaged in sexual activities with men, at least one of whom is married. Christian writing is not all sweetness and light. To have a story, there must be conflict. The roommate’s sexual activities, thought kept off the page, cause a separation between the two friends and even threaten to derail Carlie’s attempts to reconcile with her ex-husband.
Emma’s book may be full of explicit sex, but Janice’s book is just as interesting to read. In addition, Abducted is spiritually uplifting, but I won’t spoil the plot by telling you the details.
(Reynold Conger, who writes this blog is the author of two books. Please visit his author website, www.ReynoldConger.com.)