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
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 2nd, 2017
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764219979
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Mystery, Fiction, Christian, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Romance

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

  • Cara Putman
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Maureen
    January 1, 1970
    3 1/2 stars.....did not enjoy this one as much as the first in the series, "Traces of Guilt." I feel the book was too long with details that did not interest me on cold case crime solving. I will read the next book in the series because I gave the first one 5 stars.
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't like this book. The main mystery was interesting, but I wanted more from the conclusion. The other mysteries were interesting,too, but I didn't care as much about their endings. There were too many storylines in this book. Also, I thought this book was too slow. There isn't much action. It's character driven with a lot of telling, not showing. I did like the characters, though.
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  • Denise Hershberger
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Leigh
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars... I really enjoyed the complete story and the cases was interesting. I found myself hooked from the start and loved every idea about the case. The only thing that annoyed me was that there seemed to be to many coincidences in overlapping life and the case but this didn't distract from an engaging story. I really enjoyed the introduction of the new characters and felt that most added something except Evie boyfriend, I found him to be an annoying side story that just dragged the book ba 4.5 Stars... I really enjoyed the complete story and the cases was interesting. I found myself hooked from the start and loved every idea about the case. The only thing that annoyed me was that there seemed to be to many coincidences in overlapping life and the case but this didn't distract from an engaging story. I really enjoyed the introduction of the new characters and felt that most added something except Evie boyfriend, I found him to be an annoying side story that just dragged the book backwards and the character really hard to like or see with the main character. Even despite the authors best efforts to give him a favourable look. Still Looking forward to the next one...
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    An excellent novel and series. I love all of Evie’s coworkers and friends. This is one of those books I will re listen to and enjoy just as much every time. Ms. Henderson’s novels are timeless. Looking forward to the next in the series.
  • Amanda Tero
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first Dee Henderson book to read. Given that I enjoy a taste of suspense, I thought I might like it and I was right. There was the perfect balance of “regular life” with the suspense of Evie being a detective on a cold case. The entire plot of Jenna had me intrigued. I was kept guessing as to what the answer to her disappearance was. I felt like I journeyed along the quest with Evie and David.I really appreciated the spiritual content. David had a simplistic earnestness about him, an This was my first Dee Henderson book to read. Given that I enjoy a taste of suspense, I thought I might like it and I was right. There was the perfect balance of “regular life” with the suspense of Evie being a detective on a cold case. The entire plot of Jenna had me intrigued. I was kept guessing as to what the answer to her disappearance was. I felt like I journeyed along the quest with Evie and David.I really appreciated the spiritual content. David had a simplistic earnestness about him, and his testimony was realistic and Biblical. Evie’s prayers were sometimes a little too familiar (like calling God “Dad” and chatting with Him something like, “I don’t have time to talk right now, but I’ll catch up later, okay?”). Yes, God is not just a “great judge sitting up in heaven,” but we are to reverence Him. That seemed to be a little lacking. There was one character that was debating the question of salvation. I’m unclear as to whether or not she actually accepted Christ. It appeared that she just took a step that direction (which I don’t have a problem with; it just wasn't 100% clear to me).The romance was very little in this book. Evie and David were co-workers, yet were not love interests. I was afraid a love triangle might happen (which I don’t like), but it didn’t. Evie and Rob were a great pair and David and Maggie a great pair. I actually appreciated Evie’s struggle with her relationship with Rob (as in, she didn’t have relationship problems; she just had to decide why she was hesitant to say a hearty “yes!” to him). It was very realistic—not all of the “romance is nothing but rosy” viewpoint. There were some kisses mentioned as well as hugs, but they were all casual. I don’t recall any of the feelings explored. So, in short, I liked the romance aspect in this book (shockers!).Now…the writer in me…this was a dialogue-driven book. If I were to give a guesstimate, it appeared that about 80% of the book was dialogue. Given that they were talking through a case, it was interesting. The downfall was that I didn’t really feel that I was “in” the characters. I didn’t really know them. I realize that this is my critique as a writer, so it would be injustice to knock a star for that. I did enjoy the read. I just had to shut off my writer’s brain for the narrative.Overall, this leaves me waiting to get my hands on another Dee Henderson novel.*I received this book from Bethany house and happily provided my review*
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Another amazing book from Dee Henderson! I am quite enjoying this new character of Evie. The cases are interesting (love the cold cases angle) and I really liked the addition of David and the rest of the task force. David was an extremely likable character and one of my favorites, I look forward to seeing him again. There were a few personal threads left open for the next book and I can't wait to see what happens next. Hoping for another book in this set sooner rather than later!!
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  • Vera Godley
    January 1, 1970
    My thoughts: I have been a long-time fan of Dee Henderson's books eagerly anticipating each new release in a series beautifully connected. Her writing skills and story telling expertise render a reader's experience that is full blow enjoyment.Usually entailing her writings with matters of suspense and criminal investigation, the reader's ride through the pages is hard to stop until the very last page of text has been consumed.In her new series featuring Evie Blackwell and her cast of cohorts in My thoughts: I have been a long-time fan of Dee Henderson's books eagerly anticipating each new release in a series beautifully connected. Her writing skills and story telling expertise render a reader's experience that is full blow enjoyment.Usually entailing her writings with matters of suspense and criminal investigation, the reader's ride through the pages is hard to stop until the very last page of text has been consumed.In her new series featuring Evie Blackwell and her cast of cohorts in crime solving, book one titled Traces of Guilt begins Evie's adventures as a member of a special task force charged with examining Cold Cases. The task force continues to look into several cold cases in Threads of Suspicion where she works closely with David as they pursue connections for each of their assigned cases and find that often one clue leads to an entirely different case.I found the first half of this Henderson book less enjoyable than her previous publications. Usually, the story and action grab your attention right from the beginning and the reader finds it difficult to put it aside. With Threads of Suspicion I found myself struggling to "break ground" with the process of the story. I don't know if this is the fault of too little editing or the fault of this reader's own lack of attention at the time of reading. Whatever, I did continue because I felt that Henderson would have a real story and a real twist worthy of pursuing.I was not disappointed as the ending action and case solved led to a satisfactory conclusion to all the threads pursued during the investigation of these varied cold cases.DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House a division of Baker Publishing Group to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own and freely given.
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  • Maureen Timerman
    January 1, 1970
    Loved being back in Evie Blackwell’s life, I’ve come to admire this girl, and this book doesn’t disappoint. If I had a missing loved one, I would sure want my Governor to put his recourses into find answers, and that is exactly what Evie and her task force are doing.Evie and her partner David Marshall are placed together and bounce their cases off of each other. I would have love being in that office. These two have a lot more than law in their corner; they both have a deep faith in God, and sha Loved being back in Evie Blackwell’s life, I’ve come to admire this girl, and this book doesn’t disappoint. If I had a missing loved one, I would sure want my Governor to put his recourses into find answers, and that is exactly what Evie and her task force are doing.Evie and her partner David Marshall are placed together and bounce their cases off of each other. I would have love being in that office. These two have a lot more than law in their corner; they both have a deep faith in God, and share this with others.Evie case revolves around a missing college coed and David’s is a missing PI, and you are going to be surprised how one case helps solve another, and how their personal lives become intertwined.I hope we will be back again soon and help bring hope back to grieving families and friends.I received this book through Bethany House’s Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.
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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second Evie Blackwell Cold Case mystery but reads well as a standalone. The special cold case task-force is now official and working on their first cases. Threads of Suspicion features David and Evie in a fascinating play-by-play of police procedures. And I do mean fascinating.It's like watching a crime drama show only getting all the clue building bits they skim over to get to the action scenes. This suspense is the opposite. Low on action and danger but high on the painstaking work This is the second Evie Blackwell Cold Case mystery but reads well as a standalone. The special cold case task-force is now official and working on their first cases. Threads of Suspicion features David and Evie in a fascinating play-by-play of police procedures. And I do mean fascinating.It's like watching a crime drama show only getting all the clue building bits they skim over to get to the action scenes. This suspense is the opposite. Low on action and danger but high on the painstaking work police officers put in before they make an arrest. It's rich in dialogue, friendship building and complicated romances (David and Evie are both in serious relationships -- but not with each other.)Evie is an astute, tough-as-nails cop but surprisingly vulnerable in her personal life. It's an intriguing contrast -- the confident and brilliant investigator doesn't mesh with the caution she carries into her romantic relationship. Love the rich, deeply thoughtful conversations she has with Rob. His steadfastness and patience as he waits for her. A brilliant glimpse into the complicated world of investigative police work -- not your typical action-packed suspense but captivating all the same.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I have not read a Dee Henderson book in a long while, too long so I opted to start with the second book in her new series, An Evie Blackwell Cold Case. This novel is over 400 pages and did take me some time to read it. Not because it was slow or anything, just because there was so much story and information within in the story that really did fascinate me. The author definitely has done her research in how missing person cold cases are handled and just some of the thought processes and work proc I have not read a Dee Henderson book in a long while, too long so I opted to start with the second book in her new series, An Evie Blackwell Cold Case. This novel is over 400 pages and did take me some time to read it. Not because it was slow or anything, just because there was so much story and information within in the story that really did fascinate me. The author definitely has done her research in how missing person cold cases are handled and just some of the thought processes and work processes that are involved. This is about a team of detectives that are given cold cases to try to solve. This particular story was focused on Evie Blackwell and her partner David. The amount of information they had to process and given the time that had passed on the cases, to me was staggering. I thoroughly enjoyed the way their brains worked and the white board scenarios that grew from looking at all the old evidence with fresh eyes.We do get to see some of the personal lives of these detectives, especially in the romance department. I liked that we had two people working together and they were just friends and partners as they each had someone else special. This story was intricately detailed and was quite a mystery/suspense. I wanted to just peek at the end so many times to see how everything wrapped up but I did not as that would have ruined the whole story. If you enjoy well-done crime dramas, this is a story that really gets into the details of how detectives work.I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to give a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.http://pausefortales.blogspot.com/201...
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  • Stephanie Tiner
    January 1, 1970
    Evie Blackwell is a successful detective in the Illinois State Police. The new governor has recently established a Missing Persons Task Force, and Evie has been selected to be part of the team. With her new partner, David, Evie heads to Chicago to solve the mystery of a missing college student, while David tries to locate a missing Private investigator. It has been nine years since Evie’s college student disappeared and Evie is hoping to help the family find closure. When David and Evie’s cases Evie Blackwell is a successful detective in the Illinois State Police. The new governor has recently established a Missing Persons Task Force, and Evie has been selected to be part of the team. With her new partner, David, Evie heads to Chicago to solve the mystery of a missing college student, while David tries to locate a missing Private investigator. It has been nine years since Evie’s college student disappeared and Evie is hoping to help the family find closure. When David and Evie’s cases intercept, it becomes clear that more may be on the line than the governor’s new task force. Can David and Evie solve the case before another young woman goes missing? Evie Blackwell is a strong, vivid character that draws the reader in with her drive to find the truth and solve her case.The case is very interesting, seemingly simple, but proving to be much more complex as certain aspects unfold throughout the investigation. Her new partner, David, is rather charismatic and seeing the different ways that they both employ to solve their missing persons cases is interesting. Both Evie and David are devote Christians and employ their faith to help them solve cases but they also understand that not everyone, including ones that they love, share their faith. They sometimes discuss their faiths together, opening up the gates to the religious questions that sometimes plague the faithful as well as those seeking the truth behind Christianity.Despite the religious aspects of this story, this book is a great read for anyone looking for an interesting cold case investigation type of read. It focuses more on the case than the faith, making a great read for Christian and non-Christian mystery fans. I’ve always been a fan of a good mystery novel, especially one that kept me guessing, which this one did. It was difficult to be able to guess ahead of time, but still a very satisfying mystery.The dynamics involving local and non-local celebrities, such as the governor and the senator, heightened the interest of the social dynamic outside of the college crowd. I would have liked the case to have been slightly more intense than it was, however, understanding that this was a nine year old cold case made the intensity level understandable. As the case progressed so did the intensity level to some extent. I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys a tough puzzle and/or anyone who enjoys Christian fiction mysteries. I borrowed my copy of this novel from my local library and have permission from the publishers at Bethany House to use the image of the cover artwork featured above. stephanietiner.weebly.com
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  • Lonnie
    January 1, 1970
    I've had this book for over 2 weeks, but I hadn't had a lot of time to sit down and read a book, book. It actually only took me two sittings to get the book done when I finally had some time!This was another great book by Dee. The cold cases were interesting and it was fascinating to see how they were interrelated. We were introduced to some new key people...I loved David from the get-go and am glad Evie gets to work with him. It took me a while to warm up to Rob though (I think he was mentioned I've had this book for over 2 weeks, but I hadn't had a lot of time to sit down and read a book, book. It actually only took me two sittings to get the book done when I finally had some time!This was another great book by Dee. The cold cases were interesting and it was fascinating to see how they were interrelated. We were introduced to some new key people...I loved David from the get-go and am glad Evie gets to work with him. It took me a while to warm up to Rob though (I think he was mentioned in passing in the first book, but this is the first time we've met him).Most of the book is slow and methodical, with a lot of suspects and a lot of theories to go through, but the tension picks up in just the right spots. I could almost feel what Maggie was feeling in the safe room and I was hoping and praying certain suspects weren't the murders! I couldn't help but breath a sigh of relief when the cases were resolved.Can't wait for Evie's next cold case!
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  • Carol
    January 1, 1970
    Threads of Suspicion is a enduring book you want to settle down and get ready for a major ride. A ride that has twist and turns. Yes but it also goes upside down in a heartbeat and with you unawares. Meanwhile you have your romantic partner there making sure you feel safe. That is how you feel reading this book, romantic, safe, with some mysterious vibes that smacks you in the face and surprises the crap out of you, but you enjoy it then you get upset because you find you are at the end of the b Threads of Suspicion is a enduring book you want to settle down and get ready for a major ride. A ride that has twist and turns. Yes but it also goes upside down in a heartbeat and with you unawares. Meanwhile you have your romantic partner there making sure you feel safe. That is how you feel reading this book, romantic, safe, with some mysterious vibes that smacks you in the face and surprises the crap out of you, but you enjoy it then you get upset because you find you are at the end of the book and you cannot wait until you find out that Ms. Henderson wrote another one. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. I read this book and all of the opinions area my own.If you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to christianlybookreviewers.blogspot.com
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  • Becki
    January 1, 1970
    There was *a lot* going on in this book. So much so that at times I lost track of cases and characters, and I think the characters lost track of their own thought flows. Evie Blackwell and the Missing Persons Task Force she's been assigned to is on their first official cases. Five cases; 5 task force members. Evie is for some reason paired up with David Marshal even though they are working different cases. All the other task force team members work solo and only pop up occasionally. There are ta There was *a lot* going on in this book. So much so that at times I lost track of cases and characters, and I think the characters lost track of their own thought flows. Evie Blackwell and the Missing Persons Task Force she's been assigned to is on their first official cases. Five cases; 5 task force members. Evie is for some reason paired up with David Marshal even though they are working different cases. All the other task force team members work solo and only pop up occasionally. There are task for members, crime suspects, crime victims, witnesses, friends, love interests, famous people, security, hairdressers...just a lot of people and names to keep track of. And so many story lines: crimes for the task force, arson for not the task force, romantic ties, friendships, God, music, fan obsession. I think this book just tried to do too much. And I think I'm settling into the idea that Dee Henderson writes relationship novels not suspense novels. As usual, Henderson brings in characters from her other stories and series. On that note, I think it's time to reread the O'Malley series - her best work, in my opinion. P.S. Hate the cover.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Nickie Coby
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Fiction Aficionado
    January 1, 1970
    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
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson is a captivating look into the world of detectives. From the first page, I was thrown into the action with Evie and David as they were assigned to two different cold cases in the same county. It was nice to return to Evie and watch as she struggles with the decision to marry her boyfriend, Rob. The romance was not too heavy. Instead, it appeared to be too perfect. Maybe even a little unrealistic. Rob, Maggie, and David were perfect for one another and acted Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson is a captivating look into the world of detectives. From the first page, I was thrown into the action with Evie and David as they were assigned to two different cold cases in the same county. It was nice to return to Evie and watch as she struggles with the decision to marry her boyfriend, Rob. The romance was not too heavy. Instead, it appeared to be too perfect. Maybe even a little unrealistic. Rob, Maggie, and David were perfect for one another and acted just the way a couple should be. I don't think any guy would just sit around and wait forever for a girl to come to know Christ, so he could marry her. After a while, he would lose patience and move on. Luckily, for Henderson that is not the complete idea of the story, it is just the subplot, rounding out the characters, so I can ignore the romance. As for the pace of the novel, it appeared to go on and on and on. Every thought David or Evie had about the cold cases were spoken about at dinner, driving to interview someone, or in their makeshift office. There was no moments for pondering the case for myself. Henderson told me what to think and how to think about the missing Jennie. Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed the story, and I loved seeing how detectives work and how much thought goes into the process. But I think it could have been paired back some to include more about Evie. Honestly, I don't know much about her except she is in a relationship with Rob and doesn't know if she wants to marry him and loves God. Overall, the novel is a great insider look at the workings of a case. Fans of CSI and Castle would enjoy this novel. If you enjoyed her first book in this series, Traces of Guilt, you might enjoy this book too.I received a complimentary copy of Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson from Bethany House Publishers, and the opinions stated are all my own.
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  • Eden
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Fizzy
    January 1, 1970
    When I saw this book description offered by Bethany House I knew I had to request. Christian fiction - win. Mystery - win. Cold case files - bonus. I knew it was the second book in a series but since I was getting the eBook version through NetGalley I decided that if I started it lost I'd set it aside and grab the first book before reading and reviewing. And while I know there is crossover with previous character development it worked just fine on it's own so I just kept on reading. Knowing full When I saw this book description offered by Bethany House I knew I had to request. Christian fiction - win. Mystery - win. Cold case files - bonus. I knew it was the second book in a series but since I was getting the eBook version through NetGalley I decided that if I started it lost I'd set it aside and grab the first book before reading and reviewing. And while I know there is crossover with previous character development it worked just fine on it's own so I just kept on reading. Knowing full well I'll go back and grab the first book too, because I can and want to. Not have to mind you but want to. As I was reading I didn't expect to get so caught up in the lives of all those involved. Evie with her boyfriend and her hard decisions about taking the next step. David and his super famous fiance and their hard decisions about taking the next step. The cold cases they were working and the lives that were changed because of what happened, and never knowing for sure what happened. The way their totally unrelated cases overlapped into each other and intertwined with their personal lives. All of it was engaging. Which makes me wonder how on Earth anyone can write a synopsis of a mystery that is engaging without giving anything away? I feel like I always miss the mark but gravy if I'm throwing out spoilers!There were a couple of drawbacks for me in this book, outside a mostly positive overall experience. First, at times the faith in the book felt awkward. Even the times where it fit into the story so well it took an awkward feel to it as though 'I've got to get as much in here as possible so if a little is good a lot is better'. That approach is sorta like salt and cooking. When it's the right amount in the right food it's perfect. A lot doesn't make it better. And even a little in the wrong thing doesn't work either. It wasn't a huge negative but I think the edges could have been smoothed a bit. The other biggie was the lack of scene segues or even just scene breaks period. A conversation one day goes right into another thought the next day. An inner monologue between two different days doesn't really do it either. I'd have to go back and reread a paragraph or two just to make sure I hadn't totally missed something. I didn't it just didn't break naturally. So, that out of the way lets talk good stuff.And good stuff there is. Henderson does an amazing job of writing a mystery with real people and real lives that draws you in. I care about these characters, I care about their victims and I care about their lives. And when the mysteries were solved I was taken right into it. Evie's mystery? Kept me guessing right up to the end. Though how on earth those bones weren't found on accident during a scuffle or some roughhousing (I guess you have a baby spoiler there) I will never understand. They just appeared too easily for how little physical effort it took. But it took me through to the very end. That makes an amazing mystery to me! Like I said, this book had characters that I engaged with and I can't wait to go back and read the first book. And the upcoming books in this series!I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Bethany House and NetGalley. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review. Originally posted at https://fizzypopcollection.blogspot.c....
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  • Janell R.
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Rhonda
    January 1, 1970
    I love shows like Cold Case, Criminal Minds, and CSI on television and this book is a wonderful one to fill my desire as it combines elements of each of these shows as Evie attempts to solve some unsolved missing person cases. While she would love to find the missing person alive, it's been a long time and she knows that the best thing she can do for the families is to recover the body and give them resolution. Dee Henderson has truly given readers a sense of the hard work, determination, and co I love shows like Cold Case, Criminal Minds, and CSI on television and this book is a wonderful one to fill my desire as it combines elements of each of these shows as Evie attempts to solve some unsolved missing person cases. While she would love to find the missing person alive, it's been a long time and she knows that the best thing she can do for the families is to recover the body and give them resolution. Dee Henderson has truly given readers a sense of the hard work, determination, and compassion of investigators. Add a bit of romance to the mix and you have a great read. Romantic decisions must be made: one isn't sure she is ready to commit to love and marriage while one is eager to marry but his partner is not a Christian and he refuses to be unequally yoked. The faith of the characters is woven naturally into the lives and conversations so that it is not contrived as is often the case in many works of Christian fiction. There were too many details and characters at times for me to follow the story, but this may be due to the fact that I did not read book one in the series. I rate this book 4 stars and highly recommend it to readers and I do recommend reading book one before tackling this one. I received a complementary e-version of this book from netgalley and the publishers. I was encouraged but not required to write a review and all opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    "Threads of Suspicion" is the second novel in the Evie Blackwell Cold Case series by Dee Henderson, author of fourteen best-selling novels, including the acclaimed O'Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series, and a leader in inspirational romantic suspense. The story follows Lieutenant Evie Blackwell as well as her partner, David Marshal, as they solve their first cases after being appointed to a new statewide Missing Persons Task Force. At first I was intrigued with this book, jumping right "Threads of Suspicion" is the second novel in the Evie Blackwell Cold Case series by Dee Henderson, author of fourteen best-selling novels, including the acclaimed O'Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series, and a leader in inspirational romantic suspense. The story follows Lieutenant Evie Blackwell as well as her partner, David Marshal, as they solve their first cases after being appointed to a new statewide Missing Persons Task Force. At first I was intrigued with this book, jumping right in to a new genre category, and I hoped it would keep my interest and be an exciting change of pace from the inspirational fiction I normally receive for review. While it was certainly a change of pace, I wouldn't call it exciting, however, and several things detracted from the story overall as well.The two main characters in "Threads of Suspicion" are looking into the cases of a college student and a private investigator, both missing for several years. From the beginning, there is a lot of detail, mainly in the form of dialogue between characters and their internal thought processes and theories, often down to minutia, which gives the reader insight into the detectives' analysis of case data, interviews they conduct, etc. I appreciated the detail but not too shortly found it becoming drawn out and tedious (along with the frequent, very distracting run-on sentences), and that procedural focus weakened any sense of suspense because it read more like a case report than a novel. While there is some plot creativity in how the two cases overlap and have present-day connections, which was enough to keep me reading in case there was a plot twist or other truly suspenseful situation, the story concluded rather dully (and with some unanswered questions about the characters themselves, which I personally dislike even in a series). Meanwhile, the characters weren't very well developed, and were a little stiff and too perfect; Evie, for example, is great at her work, is always considerate and helpful to her partner no matter how little sleep she had the night before, and really has only one question "beneath the surface in her personal life" and that is whether to accept her great boyfriend's marriage proposal. With the two main characters both having their own love interests throughout the story, there isn't romance per se, at least not enough to help add interest or depth.I really hoped this book would live up to my initial interest, but unfortunately I wasn't too impressed with "Threads of Suspicion". The plot was sluggish and the characters overly scripted, leaving very little intrigue or suspense in my opinion.Disclaimer: This book was received for free from Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review.
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  • Erika Hayes
    January 1, 1970
    Well, it was a good book. I was a little disappointed by the lack of excitement in the last 30 pages and I don't feel like the ends were tied up. I really loved the first Evie Blackwell book and this one was a little odd. I felt like David took on the lead toward the end and that made it like Evie didn't figure things out. Just a little different. I will read any of the next in the series but this was not as good as the last book. Worth the time to read it, but just know it may not be as good as Well, it was a good book. I was a little disappointed by the lack of excitement in the last 30 pages and I don't feel like the ends were tied up. I really loved the first Evie Blackwell book and this one was a little odd. I felt like David took on the lead toward the end and that made it like Evie didn't figure things out. Just a little different. I will read any of the next in the series but this was not as good as the last book. Worth the time to read it, but just know it may not be as good as the first book.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    This novel is about a task force tackling unsolved missing persons cases and trying to bring them to closure. The action is riveting at times, and the thought processes the investigators go through are fascinating. Coming up with many different theories about why, how, and even where a person went missing and then narrowing them down takes true intelligence. This is the second Evie Blackwell cold case mystery I have read, and both of them were excellent. I can’t wait for the next one!
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