Threads of Suspicion (Evie Blackwell Cold Case #2)
Dee Henderson Pens Another Compelling Cold Case MysteryEvie Blackwell's reputation as a top investigator for the Illinois State Police has landed her an appointment to the governor's new Missing Persons Task Force. This elite investigative team is launched with plenty of public fanfare. The governor has made this initiative a high priority, so they will have to produce results--and quickly. Evie and her new partner, David Marshal, are assigned to a pair of unrelated cases in suburban Chicago, and while both involve persons now missing for several years, the cases couldn't be more different. While Evie opens old wounds in a close-knit neighborhood to find a missing college student, David searches for a private investigator working for a high-powered client. With a deep conviction that "justice for all" truly matters, Evie and David are unrelenting in their search for the truth. But Evie must also find answers to the questions that lie just beneath the surface in her personal life.

Threads of Suspicion (Evie Blackwell Cold Case #2) Details

TitleThreads of Suspicion (Evie Blackwell Cold Case #2)
Author
FormatPaperback
ReleaseMay 2nd, 2017
PublisherBaker Publishing Group
ISBN0764219979
ISBN-139780764219979
Number of pages432 pages
Rating
GenreFiction, Christian Fiction, Mystery, Crime, Inspirational

Threads of Suspicion (Evie Blackwell Cold Case #2) Review

  • Cara Putman
    April 10, 2017
    Threads of Suspicion was an enjoyable read for this lover of all books by Dee Henderson. This is not your traditional romantic suspense, because it is a continuation with return appearances from characters. This is a mystery with overlapping cold cases, that come together in a myriad of twists and turns. There are a couple developing romances, but neither comes to a full resolution. While both seem frankly impossible, I want the couples to find happily ever afters together. My favorite part was Threads of Suspicion was an enjoyable read for this lover of all books by Dee Henderson. This is not your traditional romantic suspense, because it is a continuation with return appearances from characters. This is a mystery with overlapping cold cases, that come together in a myriad of twists and turns. There are a couple developing romances, but neither comes to a full resolution. While both seem frankly impossible, I want the couples to find happily ever afters together. My favorite part was watching two very different cold cases spiral into overlapping cases that led to further overlapping murders. I knew the author would weave her magic and I was not disappointed. In fact, I'm really curious to see what further cold cases are solved by the cast of characters. There's a great team-dynamic developing. I will definitely watch for the next installment in this intriguing series.
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  • Madison
    April 3, 2017
    Threads of Suspicion is an excellent suspense novel. Procedural, comprehensive and delightful, it was a pleasure to sink within its pages and join the investigators as they search for answers.Evie Blackwell has officially joined the Missing Persons Task Force. Their first case load takes them to Briar County, Illinois, where Evie begins investigating the disappearance of a college student. Meanwhile, Evie's new partner, David Marshall is investigating a missing PI. When their cases unexpectedly Threads of Suspicion is an excellent suspense novel. Procedural, comprehensive and delightful, it was a pleasure to sink within its pages and join the investigators as they search for answers.Evie Blackwell has officially joined the Missing Persons Task Force. Their first case load takes them to Briar County, Illinois, where Evie begins investigating the disappearance of a college student. Meanwhile, Evie's new partner, David Marshall is investigating a missing PI. When their cases unexpectedly connect and then take a very personal turn, Evie and David will have their work cut out for them if they are to close both cases. This is the second book in the Evie Blackwell Cold Case series. In the first book we met Evie Blackwell as she began a trial investigation for the newly created Missing Persons Task Force. Now that task force has official begun work and Evie, along with her new colleagues, are travelling to a new county within Illinois to investigate a series of cold cases. Despite this being the second book in the series, readers could easily begin their adventure with Evie with this book or read the books in any order, as they each feature a separate set of crimes and investigations. That said, it was lovely to rejoin Evie, reunite with a range of familiar faces from Dee Henderson's previously published books, and meet some new characters. David, Evie's new cold case partner is a particularly lovely new character, as is his girlfriend. I'm looking forward to getting to know them both a little better in future Evie Blackwell novels. There is just something so consuming about Dee Henderson's writing. I know that when I am about to start reading a new Dee Henderson book that I should clear my calendar and prepare to hunker down and hide within its pages. Dee Henderson's books deserve to be savoured. Fortunately, thanks to holidays and a large weather event, clearing my calendar was exactly what I was able to do and I devoured this novel. I love the intricate way everything is pieced together. I love the steady pacing and focus on internal musing, and the hit of tension at the end as the case very quickly comes together. I love the twists in the case that I never saw coming. It feels like a real criminal investigation, where Evie and David follow the discovery of information and are hindered by the time in takes to pursue and crunch that information. I also particularly love the characters. While sometimes the main characters feel incredibly perfect - flawed but flawed in a perfect way - they are nonetheless wonderful characters with whom to spend time. As mentioned before, there are plenty of familiar faces. Ann and Paul Falcon make a number of appearances, as do Bryce and Charlotte Bishop. Even a certain arson investigator named Cole gets a mention. Unfortunately, the character I most wanted to see, Gabriel Thane, did not make an appearance. While nothing romantic ever developed between Evie and Gabe in book one of this series, I was hoping it would in this second book. However, Evie is happily dating Rob Turney. While she is questioning her future with Rob, there was no mention of her reconnecting with Gabe. Sigh. It's not that I don't like Rob, he's an all-round great guy, I just preferred Gabe. But then, there is always the next book... Here's hoping. I am eagerly awaiting the next book in this series, as Evie, David and the rest of the Missing Persons Task Force travel to a new county and begin a new set of cold case investigations. It is sure to be just as exciting and wonderful as this book. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library.
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  • Karen
    April 2, 2017
    You simply cannot put this book down, it is that good. I love this cold case team, and the work they are doing. I am amazed at the story every single time, and the twists and turns it takes to keep you on your toes. This is a must-read for anyone who loves a good suspense. *I received a NetGalley copy of this book*
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  • Fiction Aficionado
    May 2, 2017
    If you enjoy police procedurals, Dee Henderson’s Evie Blackwell series has some of the most detailed investigations I’ve read. As with the first novel in this series, this is more mystery than suspense, but the intellectual challenge involved in solving these cases made for fascinating reading. Short of actually doing the detective work yourself, you couldn’t get a much more realistic experience.That being said, there’s a point at which realism becomes mundane in a novel, and I found myself reac If you enjoy police procedurals, Dee Henderson’s Evie Blackwell series has some of the most detailed investigations I’ve read. As with the first novel in this series, this is more mystery than suspense, but the intellectual challenge involved in solving these cases made for fascinating reading. Short of actually doing the detective work yourself, you couldn’t get a much more realistic experience.That being said, there’s a point at which realism becomes mundane in a novel, and I found myself reaching this point several times in this book. There’s lots of introspection and internal dialogue as Evie thinks things through. Discussions about what Evie and David will order in for a meal, who’s doing what and meeting whom when, and other such trivial matters are included in full, right along with extensive brainstorming sessions, talking through theories and ideas, and planning what their next step will be. It’s all seamlessly interwoven, completely natural, and interesting to a point, but it would have benefited from being trimmed down in the editing process. As it was, I inevitably found myself skimming these parts, wanting the story to get moving again.I think this story also suffered a bit due to a lack of scene-by-scene tension. Despite the intellectual challenge these cold-cases presented and the unresolved state of both Evie’s and David’s romantic relationships (more on that in a moment), many individual scenes and conversations lacked the kind of internal tension that keeps a book’s pulse ticking. I think that’s largely due to the characters themselves. They all approach and respond to things with a well-regulated evenness of temper. They’re always polite, considerate, understanding, and in perfect control of themselves. It's a nice idea, and probably something to aspire to, but on the page it becomes ho-hum, especially if there’s nothing else happening to drive the story forward at that point.In terms of the romance, both Evie and David are already in long-term relationships at the opening of the novel, and there is no suggestion that this will change, but both are working through some things that are preventing them from taking that final step to marriage. David’s story, in particular, is an interesting one, and although he isn’t a POV character in this novel (except for a scene or two at the end), I’ll be interested to see how his story develops. However, once again, a lot of the romantic tension is mitigated by the extremely rational (as opposed to emotional) way they each approach their situations.To sum up, this is a unique series for those who enjoy the challenge of solving the unsolvable with a bit (or a lot) of old-fashioned detection and deduction. If you don’t mind the slower pacing, it makes for a good read.I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced the content of my review.
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  • Kristine Morgan
    April 26, 2017
    Evie Blackwell is now appointed to the Governor's cold case task force, and this time she is partnered with David Marshal. It is refreshing to have a male and female partnership without the pair becoming romantically involved. Both David and Evie have their own love interests and they are secure enough to work together and remain faithful. I love reading how they go about investigating these cold cases, how the smallest details can turn the case around. I look forward to reading more Evie Blackw Evie Blackwell is now appointed to the Governor's cold case task force, and this time she is partnered with David Marshal. It is refreshing to have a male and female partnership without the pair becoming romantically involved. Both David and Evie have their own love interests and they are secure enough to work together and remain faithful. I love reading how they go about investigating these cold cases, how the smallest details can turn the case around. I look forward to reading more Evie Blackwell cases in the future, Dee Henderson has again created an enduring and sustainable character.From Amazon:Dee Henderson Pens Another Compelling Cold Case MysteryEvie Blackwell's reputation as a top investigator for the Illinois State Police has landed her an appointment to the governor's new Missing Persons Task Force. This elite investigative team is launched with plenty of public fanfare. The governor has made this initiative a high priority, so they will have to produce results--and quickly.Evie and her new partner, David Marshal, are assigned to a pair of unrelated cases in suburban Chicago, and while both involve persons now missing for several years, the cases couldn't be more different. While Evie opens old wounds in a close-knit neighborhood to find a missing college student, David searches for a private investigator working for a high-powered client.With a deep conviction that "justice for all" truly matters, Evie and David are unrelenting in their search for the truth. But Evie must also find answers to the questions that lie just beneath the surface in her personal life.About the author:BiographyDee Henderson is the author of 14 best-selling novels, including the acclaimed O'Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series. As a leader in the inspirational romantic suspense category, her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RWA's RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, the Holt Medallion, the National Readers' Choice Award, and the Golden Quill. Dee is a lifelong resident of Illinois and is active onlineI was given this book by NetGalley.com for review purposes. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Eden
    May 12, 2017
    Dee Henderson newest book, “Thread of Suspicion” was out May 2. I finished it about a week ago and wasn’t dissatisfied!The characters steal the show in this book. I love when the characters are complex and human like. It’s easier to relate to as a reader. The plot is also a complicated one, but Dee Henderson does a great job moving the reader through the book and the twists and turn found every couple chapters. I love that I couldn’t predict what was going to happen in the story. I felt the cold Dee Henderson newest book, “Thread of Suspicion” was out May 2. I finished it about a week ago and wasn’t dissatisfied!The characters steal the show in this book. I love when the characters are complex and human like. It’s easier to relate to as a reader. The plot is also a complicated one, but Dee Henderson does a great job moving the reader through the book and the twists and turn found every couple chapters. I love that I couldn’t predict what was going to happen in the story. I felt the cold case feel of the books, the “not knowing” where a lead was going to come out of was a great development. Evie, especially, helped the author convey that uncertainty. I don’t know if Dee Henderson has experience with cold cases, but it felt like she does. It was a very believable development into the clues and breaks. It wasn’t a solve this mystery in one hour. It was a great development. I couldn’t give it five stars for two reasons.First reason, several of the transitions from one person or event to another was very shaky. It literally took me having to stop reading to figure out where I was in the story. Many times, I didn’t know the character had moved onto a different day or into a different room until it was mentioned. Hopefully, this was strengthened in the editing process. Second reason, some of the conversations about God didn’t flow very well. I love the messages that were conveyed, but it felt a little forced with the flow of the rest of the book. Overall, this book was a great read. It was what I was hoping Dee Henderson would do and write. I love her work and wasn’t disappointed.I received this book free from Bethel House Publishers in exchange for an honest opinion.
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  • Janell R.
    May 7, 2017
    This is a perfectly named book! In the first half of the book there are so many threads that must be explored before Evie, with her co-investigator David, begins to find answers and narrow down the possibilities to the final conclusion. I will make the disclaimer that some people may find this particular writing style very difficult to get into. I can’t say it was absolutely riveting, but as someone who really likes Dee Henderson I was prepared to stick it out. And obviously these are cold cases This is a perfectly named book! In the first half of the book there are so many threads that must be explored before Evie, with her co-investigator David, begins to find answers and narrow down the possibilities to the final conclusion. I will make the disclaimer that some people may find this particular writing style very difficult to get into. I can’t say it was absolutely riveting, but as someone who really likes Dee Henderson I was prepared to stick it out. And obviously these are cold cases so they don’t have the same ‘thriller’ feel that others of her books do. Not only that, but I think her writing style portrays reality. A lot of the everyday life of detectives, etc. isn’t all thrilling and rush-rush, but more of just searching for threads to pull. I think she did a great job of portraying that. So things don’t start to pick up much until 50% and then the action steadily rises until the last chapters where the climax is reached and the resolution is complete. I really did enjoy this book and David and Maggie’s side story is so sweet as well as Jim and Lynne’s. I don’t know if their stories will see a little more resolution as this series continues, but I sure hope so! Also anxious to see how Evie and Rob’s story progresses. In the first book, I was not invested in their relationship at all and was rooting for another guy, but in this one, Rob’s character is fleshed out a little more and I really like him. So overall, it was a great story and I’m giving it 4 stars!Disclaimer: I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Denise Hershberger (100 Pages per Hour)
    April 30, 2017
    She's done it again! This book was so good. So complex and so surprising. I love how I can read the whole book and not have any idea who committed the crime! And I love how well she weaves all the current characters with her old characters and introduces new ones all at the same time without overwhelming me. It was such a joy to have Ann around again. She will always be one of my favorites though I must admit Evie is becoming a favorite now too!This new series is just a little bit different sinc She's done it again! This book was so good. So complex and so surprising. I love how I can read the whole book and not have any idea who committed the crime! And I love how well she weaves all the current characters with her old characters and introduces new ones all at the same time without overwhelming me. It was such a joy to have Ann around again. She will always be one of my favorites though I must admit Evie is becoming a favorite now too!This new series is just a little bit different since it focuses on cold missing person cases. But it is such a great follow up to Taken that it is a seamless transition. I really love the procedural side to this book. It is so amazing to watch Evie and David re-tackle a cold case using the initial findings, their own theories, and even new evidence. I really liked how they each had different methods for their work but still both found the answers they were looking for. I love that they were able to provide closure to families.This book has a little bit of a Criminal Minds aspect to it as they searched for who was responsible for their missing people. I also felt once again like I was in the middle of a Cold Case episode too. If you like either of those shows you'll like how this book is laid out.My only complaint about this book isn't really a complaint just a personal thought. I missed Gabriel Thane from the first book and wasn't crazy for Rob. I know I should probably give him a chance but he just doesn't impress me. If you want a book that will keep the pages turning as you desperately try to figure out whodunnit (times two!) then you'll love this book.I received an advanced copy from Bethany House. All opinions are my own. I might add that after reading this I immediately re-read Full Disclosure, Unspoken, Taken, and Traces of Guilt because I needed more Dee Henderson. I cannot wait for her next book!
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  • Kathleen Friesen
    April 24, 2017
    First, the disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, viaNet Galley. All opinions are my own.While Threads of Suspicion had some interesting twists and appealing characters , the suspense aspect of this book was not what I’d expected. Dee Henderson used to be one of my favorite suspense authors, but this book and its predecessor fell flat for me. I did enjoy the detectives’ different methods and the peek into the world of a musical star. However, the routine procedural “stuff” First, the disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book by the publisher, viaNet Galley. All opinions are my own.While Threads of Suspicion had some interesting twists and appealing characters , the suspense aspect of this book was not what I’d expected. Dee Henderson used to be one of my favorite suspense authors, but this book and its predecessor fell flat for me. I did enjoy the detectives’ different methods and the peek into the world of a musical star. However, the routine procedural “stuff” of unravelling this case made it easy to set the book aside. No nail-biting here.A lack of scene breaks also frustrated me as I read; hopefully the final copy will include some kind of indication of a scene or time break.For these reasons, Threads of Suspicion earn three and a half stars from me.
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  • Nickie Coby
    May 3, 2017
    I found myself falling more in love with the character of Evie Blackwell in this book than in Traces of Guilt. Meeting the other members of the task force was also a treat. Finally, this book brought back the threat of current danger similar to Dee Henderson's earlier books. Well done!
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  • Melissa
    March 4, 2017
    https://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-re...Henderson's second Evie Blackwell Cold Case novel again explores some intriguing mysteries sure to keep readers engaged and fascinated until the ultimate resolution. Extreme wordiness drags the pace quite a bit, and characters are a little too perfect, but overall this is such an intricate and captivating mystery that it overcomes the shortfalls. For readers who enjoy puzzles and watching the pieces come together, this is a great story.Evie Blackwell and D https://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-re...Henderson's second Evie Blackwell Cold Case novel again explores some intriguing mysteries sure to keep readers engaged and fascinated until the ultimate resolution. Extreme wordiness drags the pace quite a bit, and characters are a little too perfect, but overall this is such an intricate and captivating mystery that it overcomes the shortfalls. For readers who enjoy puzzles and watching the pieces come together, this is a great story.Evie Blackwell and David Marshal are assigned two cold cases in a town outside of Chicago. Evie's case is of a college student who disappeared without a trace after a concert, and David's case is about a missing private investigator. As they slowly unwind the clues, they realize that their cases may be connected — and they might also have a personal connection to David. As Evie and David work to bring closure to the families, danger might just be lurking, even after so many years.
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  • Jerrye Bell
    May 11, 2017
    Threads of Suspicion by Dee HendersonRating: 5 out of 5 stars____________________________________________________________Story NotesThis latest Evie Blackwell Cold Case is anything but cold and Dee Henderson makes sure her readers will read to the very last page to discover the extremely elusive culprit. Her ability to make you feel like you are the one investigating the case or belong in the situation she presents is why I and so many others always love her books. This new series brings a whole Threads of Suspicion by Dee HendersonRating: 5 out of 5 stars____________________________________________________________Story NotesThis latest Evie Blackwell Cold Case is anything but cold and Dee Henderson makes sure her readers will read to the very last page to discover the extremely elusive culprit. Her ability to make you feel like you are the one investigating the case or belong in the situation she presents is why I and so many others always love her books. This new series brings a whole new meaning to the word Tenacious, with a team dedicated to solving the crimes law enforcement has deemed unsolvable. Evie has picked a missing person’s case involving a college student who disappeared without a trace and whose body was never found. As she dives into the police reports and investigation notes she finds a thoroughness in them that makes her confident the detectives and officers in charge worked the case as far as they could before all leads ran out. But with the FBI and the Govenor’s office behind her, Evie hopes to use all her resources to find out what happened and bring the family the closure they desire. Digging deep below the surface of people’s lives is her life’s work and the deeper she digs into Jenna Greenhill, the more she finds that Jenna was not the sweet, smart friend parents and professors believed her to be. Jenna specialized in manipulation and used her “friends” to get her whatever she wanted, be it a new “boyfriend” or just the attention of everyone around. And this manipulation leads Evie to a suspect pool that grows larger with every question she asks. Evie has learned well from her mentor, Ann Falcon, that more information is always the best way to solve one’s case and although it means lots of reading and sorting this will serve Evie well when she starts finding ‘threads’ she can pull to find an answer to the mystery of Jenna’s disappearance. When one of the threads starts to lead in a direction that becomes personal for Evie’s friends and co-workers, she begins to pray the answers will not bring trouble or harm to those she loves most. Add to this the discovery that everyone who was interviewed after Jenna’s disappearance did not tell all they knew and Evie will have to work hard and fast to eliminate her ever expanding list of suspects. As she follows the evidence she begins to see that her case may be connected to other missing person’s cases that have yet to be fully resolved as well. And the linchpin of those connections may be the concert performances of her co-worker David Marshall’s fiancée, Maggie McDonald. Ms. Henderson brings from this tangled ball of threads a conclusion that is sure to leave her readers feeling that all questions were answered and all culprits caught. I loved reading every page of this story, from the descriptive ways that Ms. Henderson had Evie set up her suspect/questions boards to the interviews she conducted with those suspects. It was very much like walking alongside an investigator’s daily work without the aching feet to show for it. I also loved that Ms. Henderson included another case alongside the Greenhill disappearance that Evie consulted on. David has chosen to work the cold case of a missing PI who disappeared in the middle of multiple cases, several of which could have been the reason for his disappearance. I enjoyed seeing how Evie and David worked separately and together on both cases, each bringing new ideas and theories for the happenings of the crimes. Ms. Henderson was careful to give each their own distinctive voice and method of approaching a case. Their discussion of how they go about examining the evidence and reports was a fun conversation that helped me understand their ways of thinking about a case. And that Ms. Henderson also included excellent insights into both Evie and David’s personal lives was another of my favorite parts of this story. Evie is trying to sort out whether she loves her boyfriend Rob Turney enough to marry him, and if she will fit well into his life permanently. She loves that he is there for her at all times and that he lets her do her job without getting offended when the job breaks their plans. But is that enough to build a marriage on? And could she be the wife Rob needs to support his reputation as a much-sought-after fiscal banking advisor. David helps Evie ask the tough questions about her and Rob, making sure she tells Rob what her concerns are and how they can work through them. Ms Henderson is careful not to close out all of Evie’s relationship questions though, keeping the ultimate conclusion of that for another story in the series. With David, Ms. Henderson takes on the difficult situation of a person who has recently become a Christian but who is also engaged to a person who is not a Christian. I was thrilled to see that she made the situation as complicated as it should be but tempered it with kindness and grace. David loves Maggie very deeply but knows he can’t marry her unless she becomes a Christian. However he doesn’t feel God is calling him to break things off with Maggie, rather he understands that he must wait and let God bring her to Himself in His timing. Their story is so wonderfully powerful and sweet, showing that following God may be painful but trust is required if we wish to have the best that God has for us. Ms. Henderson closes out her story with the conclusion of both cases and both relationships growing in new and better ways. She also included a great new character named Lori Nesbitt who I hope will take on a larger role in later books. Ms. Henderson provides the perfect segue way between her books by solving the relevant crimes but leaving the persons involved incomplete in their decisions, both personally and professionally. I’m greatly looking forward to seeing how she will bring about the next phase of cold cases and personal lives of her characters. I have already recommended this book multiple times to others and will certainly continue to do so. Thank you Ms. Henderson for such a well written story!I received this E-book free of charge from Bethany House Publishers via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation from either company for this review.
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  • Sally
    May 11, 2017
    Disclaimer: I received this Book from the publisher, Bethany House, for free to read and review through their blogger review program. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review. All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.Evie Blackwell is a top notch investigator for the Illinois State Police. She has recently been appointed to the governor’s Missing Person Task Force, which is an elite group that will investigate cold cases. Disclaimer: I received this Book from the publisher, Bethany House, for free to read and review through their blogger review program. I was not required to give a favorable review only an honest review, nor was I compensated for my review. All thoughts and comments in this review are my own.Evie Blackwell is a top notch investigator for the Illinois State Police. She has recently been appointed to the governor’s Missing Person Task Force, which is an elite group that will investigate cold cases. Evie and her new partner David Marshal are assigned cases in suburban Chicago. Evie is looking for missing Brighton College student, Jenna Greenhill and David is looking for missing private investigator, Saul Morris. At first glance these cases seem to be totally unrelated, but then clues start crossing each other’s case. David and Evie feel that everyone deserves justice no matter how old the case, but with the twists and turns in this book, there are personal questions that are unanswered for both of them, making them want justice more than ever. For me the book had a slow start, but being a fan of Dee Henderson, I felt there was a reason and stuck with the first few chapters. As the book progressed I was hooked on the career of Evie Blackwell. As Henderson weaves a story of murder, mystery and romance, she portrays Evie a strong confident person in her career, however her personal life is a mess. She is sure she loves her boyfriend, Rob Turney, who has asked her to marry him, but she cannot get past his wealth and his parents seemingly disapproval of her career choice. She simply doesn’t feel like she can ever fit into their world. Will God be able to give her peace and show her his will in her life regarding Rob? In this book along with mystery and suspense there is also inspiration as David’s girlfriend, Maggie struggles with accepting that Jesus is real and that he did raise from the dead, however it is in no way “preachy”. I truly loved the inspirational part of this book. Maggie raised questions that a lot of people ask and Henderson’s answers were true and easy to understand.
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  • Joan
    May 12, 2017
    This is the second in the Evie Blackwell series. While there were some references to the previous book, this novel reads well on its own.Evie is on a state task force to solve cold cases. The plot follows the current investigation of a college woman gone missing years ago, the case never having progressed to an arrest. Do to the nature of the plot, this is a novel of police procedure. Except for a very brief experience near the end, there is no suspense in the novel. This is very much a characte This is the second in the Evie Blackwell series. While there were some references to the previous book, this novel reads well on its own.Evie is on a state task force to solve cold cases. The plot follows the current investigation of a college woman gone missing years ago, the case never having progressed to an arrest. Do to the nature of the plot, this is a novel of police procedure. Except for a very brief experience near the end, there is no suspense in the novel. This is very much a character driven plot. Much of the novel is about Evie and, David, another cold case investigator. They share an office and talk about their cases. Much of the novel consists of detailed conversations about the investigations, options for further investigation, theories and speculation. I felt some of it was repetitive. We also learn much about Evie and David and their dating lives. David is dating a popular singer so we also learn quite a bit about concerts and the life of a music star. There are also long passages of character thought, especially Evie. Evie and David are Christians and there is a good presentation of the Christian viewpoint and the gospel.I recommend this novel to readers who enjoy a police procedure novel that is much more about the characters involved than suspense. I felt it slow going but then I like a quick moving plot with plenty of action. With that in mind, I would like the book to be about a hundred pages fewer. A reader who likes getting lost in the lives of the investigators is much better suited to enjoy this novel.I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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  • Jessica Baker
    May 7, 2017
    Although I did not enjoy this book as much as I did the first in the series, I still found it to be a good read. I like to have some suspense in my mystery reads, and I thought that was lacking a little bit. I also would have liked to see Evie's romance develop a little more, or at least her thoughts towards it in particular. Aside from that I found myself intrigued by all the facts, Evie's thought process as she tried to piece the cold case together, and the interesting tie her case had to her Although I did not enjoy this book as much as I did the first in the series, I still found it to be a good read. I like to have some suspense in my mystery reads, and I thought that was lacking a little bit. I also would have liked to see Evie's romance develop a little more, or at least her thoughts towards it in particular. Aside from that I found myself intrigued by all the facts, Evie's thought process as she tried to piece the cold case together, and the interesting tie her case had to her partner David. The author does a fantastic job in making you feel as if you are a part of the case. You are seeing the facts, writing on the board, and trying to solve the puzzle. And just as in real cold cases, the facts don't come as quickly as we'd like, but you learn along the way. I'm glad she kept the speed of the story more realistic then just Evie going out, all of a sudden finding all this stuff and within days the case is solved. I am still looking forward to the next book in this series. I am hoping Evie picks an exciting cold case to solve and we can see some movement in her love life! I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Tammy
    May 10, 2017
    I love mysteries penned by Dee Henderson. And I've been anxiously awaiting this book, Threads of Suspicion. I'm like a kid at Christmas when a new book comes in the mail. 😊 Evie Blackwell, as you may remember is in Traces of Guilt, is a top investigator for the Illinois State Police. And now she is on the new Missing Person's Task Force...cold cases. Those cases that others have given up on ever finding out the truth about someone who died an untimely death. But Evie does not give up! She is one I love mysteries penned by Dee Henderson. And I've been anxiously awaiting this book, Threads of Suspicion. I'm like a kid at Christmas when a new book comes in the mail. 😊 Evie Blackwell, as you may remember is in Traces of Guilt, is a top investigator for the Illinois State Police. And now she is on the new Missing Person's Task Force...cold cases. Those cases that others have given up on ever finding out the truth about someone who died an untimely death. But Evie does not give up! She is one to ferret out the truth.Ferreting out the truth sure can bring on the action and adventure! But Evie is up to the chase.She has a new partner, David Marshal. Evie is seeking the truth and opens old wounds when she goes to a close knit community seeking the truth in the case of a missing college student. David, on the other hand, is seeking the private investigator. One thing that both Evie and David agree on is to seek "justice for all." This is a GREAT read! Of course, in my book, one can never go wrong with a Dee Henderson mystery/suspense story!*This book was provided for review by Bethany House Publishers*
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  • Rebecca
    May 7, 2017
    "I run theories, play what-ifs, see how many different stories I can create of the existing evidence. I try to simultaneously hold all of them as active possibilities as I explore for more facts." Detective Evie Blackwell is good at what she does; really good . . . . so good in fact, that she has just been appointed by the governor to serve on an elite "Missing Persons Task Force" for the state of Illinois. Working within a team of highly talented investigators, she and her partner, David Marsha "I run theories, play what-ifs, see how many different stories I can create of the existing evidence. I try to simultaneously hold all of them as active possibilities as I explore for more facts." Detective Evie Blackwell is good at what she does; really good . . . . so good in fact, that she has just been appointed by the governor to serve on an elite "Missing Persons Task Force" for the state of Illinois. Working within a team of highly talented investigators, she and her partner, David Marshal, head to Chicago to work on cases that don't seem to have anything in common except geographic location, until "threads of suspicion" begin to unravel in all directions and the two top cops feel a sense of urgency to find their killer. This second novel in Dee Henderson's "Evie Blackwell Cold Case" series reads like an investigative textbook; full of swirling data, and confusing innuendos, but thankfully letting its readers tip-toe into the hearts and minds of two very focused detectives, whose personal lives hold just as many challenges as the facts of this case.
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  • JaneReads
    April 29, 2017
    Full review can be found at: http://cjaneread.blogspot.ca/2017/05/...I have mixed feelings on this story. I found it moved slowly and was bogged down with lots of details and theories for the cases but I also couldn’t put it down. Expect it wasn’t the cases that kept me in the story it was the characters personal lives that I cared the most about. In respect to the mystery itself, David and Evie are working on two separate missing person cases that seem to not only intersect with each other but Full review can be found at: http://cjaneread.blogspot.ca/2017/05/...I have mixed feelings on this story. I found it moved slowly and was bogged down with lots of details and theories for the cases but I also couldn’t put it down. Expect it wasn’t the cases that kept me in the story it was the characters personal lives that I cared the most about. In respect to the mystery itself, David and Evie are working on two separate missing person cases that seem to not only intersect with each other but then take a personal turn for David. Keeping everything straight was a bit overwhelming at times. After following many threads they eventually have a strong lead to follow, but can they catch him before someone else gets hurt? The ending seemed unsatisfying to me as once again there is really no justice served, just answers to what happened. Also the changing of scenes irritated me; it would just all of sudden change with no indication making it hard to follow. I would have given this book a higher rating if I had felt more satisfaction with the ending, but the personal relationships ended in pretty much the same state as when the book opened and there was no justice served for the cases. Also there was no clear answer given of what motivated the villain. However I am now invested in Evie’s life enough that I will be waiting for the next book in hopes to get some closure to these personal relationships. (I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley; opinions expressed in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)
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  • Ashley
    May 5, 2017
    Dee Henderson was one probably the first Christian suspense author I read, and I instantly became addicted to her books. After a brief hiatus from publishing new books, she has recently come back into my reading queue with a new series, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it!In "Traces of Suspicion," Evie Blackwell is a cold case specialist who is looking into the disappearance of a college coed. At first glance, the options look to be centered around her friends, but the deeper Evie looks, the wider th Dee Henderson was one probably the first Christian suspense author I read, and I instantly became addicted to her books. After a brief hiatus from publishing new books, she has recently come back into my reading queue with a new series, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it!In "Traces of Suspicion," Evie Blackwell is a cold case specialist who is looking into the disappearance of a college coed. At first glance, the options look to be centered around her friends, but the deeper Evie looks, the wider the net is cast and the more possibilities arise. I really enjoyed this suspense thriller, especially reading the details of how the detectives in the story went about looking for the answers to the cold cases they were attempting to solve.Each of the main characters was relatable and likable. And I enjoyed seeing some of the characters from previous books that Dee Henderson has written making an appearance as supporting characters throughout the story. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book in this series and recommend adding this title to your reading queue!
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  • Pam Chaffin
    May 5, 2017
    I love this Christian series! Evie Blackwell, the rest of the cold cases team and all the people in the team member's lives make this a rich, fulfilling series, and that's before they start on the cases! The cases are interesting, stressful, suspenseful, often sad, but also give closure, and occasionally, great joy. The way the team works together, laughs and takes care of each other, is another fantastic element to this series. When you add that there's not any bad language orinappropriate beha I love this Christian series! Evie Blackwell, the rest of the cold cases team and all the people in the team member's lives make this a rich, fulfilling series, and that's before they start on the cases! The cases are interesting, stressful, suspenseful, often sad, but also give closure, and occasionally, great joy. The way the team works together, laughs and takes care of each other, is another fantastic element to this series. When you add that there's not any bad language orinappropriate behavior, the series is even better. Finally, though they aren't perfect, but are flawed just as we all are, the fact that Evie and her partner in this book David, are both Christians, is another reason I can't wait for the next book.
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  • Laura
    May 6, 2017
    I love Evie, and I love that Dee has given us a series that mainly revolves around the same central character across multiple books.I love that Ann and Paul, and Bryce and Charlotte make a return appearance. Even John Key and Cole briefly appear. And I love David and Maggie!Lori Nesbit seems very intereating from our brief meeting, I hope we see her again in the future. Also, I miss the Thane brothers from Carin County. We need to see them again.Speaking of the Thane brothers- I can tell that Ro I love Evie, and I love that Dee has given us a series that mainly revolves around the same central character across multiple books.I love that Ann and Paul, and Bryce and Charlotte make a return appearance. Even John Key and Cole briefly appear. And I love David and Maggie!Lori Nesbit seems very intereating from our brief meeting, I hope we see her again in the future. Also, I miss the Thane brothers from Carin County. We need to see them again.Speaking of the Thane brothers- I can tell that Rob loves Evie and that she truly cares for him in return, but she had way better chemistry with Gabriel in the last book than she does with Rob her boyfriend. He seems like a good guy, just not sure if he is right for Evie. Still, I think Dee will have her say yes to gis proposal eventually.
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  • Tracy
    May 4, 2017
    This was a nice read for any Dee Henderson fan. It's always enjoyable to have reoccurring characters pop back into the story line. But this book lacks suspense and romance. There is more character development and team building with Evie's task force but a lack of deep relationship development that I've come to expect from this author. Dee often writes very deep spiritual thoughts and prayers in her books that I really enjoy and I found this book lacking those as well. So for me it's a three star This was a nice read for any Dee Henderson fan. It's always enjoyable to have reoccurring characters pop back into the story line. But this book lacks suspense and romance. There is more character development and team building with Evie's task force but a lack of deep relationship development that I've come to expect from this author. Dee often writes very deep spiritual thoughts and prayers in her books that I really enjoy and I found this book lacking those as well. So for me it's a three star book.
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  • Abigail
    May 8, 2017
    This book could have been shorter. I felt there were too many times where I just wanted to skip ahead because a certain part of the supporting plot, dialogue, etc was unnecessarily drawn out. I had similar thoughts about the first book in this series. I am not ready to give up on the series because there are things I really like about the books and the author - just hoping to get more of flow we see in the author's other books.
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  • Kelly Gregory
    May 12, 2017
    Oh my goodness!!! I loved the first Evie Blackwell book but this one, despite being so crazy busy lately, I did not put down unless I absolutely had to! I love the characters, the mix with characters from previous books, and I cannot wait for the next one to continue Evie's story. I have enjoyed all of her books and have them in both paper book and audiobook format so I can choose to read either way or continue listening to them when I leave the house, but this series is by far my favorite.
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  • Dianne Sidebottom
    May 8, 2017
    continuing on with the Missing Person Task Force with the new team. Evie n David team up to tackle a case each with familiar people from previous books helping out. (Ann, Paul, Bryce n Charlotte, Sharon, Chapel Security team). Day to day workings of law enforcement reviewing evidence n looking further. Ready for the next chapter.
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  • Michele Rosenberg
    May 12, 2017
    Erie does it againDee Henderson is a fabulous Twitter who never disappoints. I enjoyed how the team worked well together,as well as watching their characters personalities evolve.
  • Sharon
    May 9, 2017
    Here is another great book by one of my favourite authors that takes the reader on another interesting journey with Evie Blackwell solving cold cases. Ms Henderson's characters have a depth of maturity and authenticity that I really appreciate. She writes intriguing plots, too.
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  • Patti
    May 9, 2017
    Good story, as always. Still not a wrap up with Evie. Waiting on the decision about Rob.
  • Holly
    May 12, 2017
    SOOOO GOOD! Full review coming soon!
  • Michelle VanHolstyn
    May 11, 2017
    Great Story Great book, kept me guessing until the very end. Love your work, Dee every book is a story that has to be read to the finish!
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