Crisis Shot (Line of Duty, #1)
Tess O'Rourke dreams of becoming the first female chief of police in Long Beach, California. As commander of the East Division, she is well on her way . . . until the night she responds to an officer-needs-assistance call and fatally shoots an unarmed teenager. Despite being cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury, Tess is so hounded by the public that she takes a job in Oregon to escape the bad press.Winning over the residents of Rogue's Hollow might be more difficult than adjusting to her new role as police chief in the small, backwater town. Especially when her closest friend, the pastor's wife, goes missing and the woman's cousin is found shot. Tess finds an ally in sheriff's deputy Steve Logan, but as they track down Rogue's Hollow's first murderer, she worries that she's breaking one of her rules and getting too close to him.

Crisis Shot (Line of Duty, #1) Details

TitleCrisis Shot (Line of Duty, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 5th, 2017
PublisherTyndale House Publishers
ISBN-139781496423702
Rating
GenreChristian Fiction, Suspense, Mystery, Christian, Fiction, Contemporary

Crisis Shot (Line of Duty, #1) Review

  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Crisis Shot is the first book in a new series by Janice Cantore. It is full of gripping suspense, and has a very real quality to the crime that hits home. When Tess is involved with a police shooting, the fallout threatens to destroy the career she has worked so hard to build. Left with few options, she decides to leave Long Beach and apply for a position as Chief of Police in a small rural town in Oregon. In her first few weeks she faces much opposition, but she had the chance to prove herself Crisis Shot is the first book in a new series by Janice Cantore. It is full of gripping suspense, and has a very real quality to the crime that hits home. When Tess is involved with a police shooting, the fallout threatens to destroy the career she has worked so hard to build. Left with few options, she decides to leave Long Beach and apply for a position as Chief of Police in a small rural town in Oregon. In her first few weeks she faces much opposition, but she had the chance to prove herself when a man is murdered and the local pastor's wife goes missing. Crisis Shot begins with the very topical and somewhat controversial police shooting of a young boy. It brings to light this story from the officer's perspective, in this case our main character Tess. So sad for the police offer, the young teenager and his family, and the wider community. Cantore makes it clear that, in this case, the officer was the in the right, but this certainly doesn't prevent the outpouring of grief and blame, exaggerated by the media. This is certainly a topical theme and I found it very poignant. I read these sections with a critical eye and I was also a little dubious about the way this part of the storyline was concluded. I understand that it is what was needed for the story, but I thought it did make simple what is, I'm sure, far more complicated and less clear cut. I could imagine that the way this story handles the topic of police shootings and positions the reader might be distasteful to some people. However, this plot line is really just the motivator for Tess to move to a new area and the crimes she investigates as the new police chief are the focus of the story. Tess is an intriguing character. She is strong and determined, but also compassionate. She has a long list of rules that govern her police work, something she learnt from her father. She wants to prove herself in her new role, perhaps even quiet her own doubts that have appeared since the shooting. The investigations are the focus of the story and I found them to be intriguing, with a nice balance between good detective work and high-tension action. I did find that it sometimes got a bit distracting with the detailed descriptions of town landmarks or history, stuff I really wasn't interested in. However, the rest of the writing was captivating and the action was fast-paced. There is just a hint of romance in this story. Tess is attracted to the deputy sheriff, but neither she nor the deputy, Steve Logan, make any moves. If the series continues to follow Tess, then I believe there will be plenty of opportunity for this romance to develop, along with Tess's continuing questions about faith and God. Something to look forward to. Overall, Crisis Shot was an entertaining novel, with a strong focus on mystery and milder investigation. 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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  • Cara Putman
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this novel that feels ripped from the headlines. It has a great blend of mystery and romance. Definitely kept me engaged.
  • Lisa Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Crisis Shot (The Line of Duty #1)Author: Janice CantorePages: 432Year: 2017Publisher: TyndaleMy rating 5 out of 5 stars.In the first book of a new series for the author, we meet a young policewoman who is a commander working in Long Beach when she becomes involved in a police shooting. Tess is a second-generation police officer whose father died years prior in the line of duty. Throughout the novel, what entertained me was reading Tess’s various rules she has collected over the years from Title: Crisis Shot (The Line of Duty #1)Author: Janice CantorePages: 432Year: 2017Publisher: TyndaleMy rating 5 out of 5 stars.In the first book of a new series for the author, we meet a young policewoman who is a commander working in Long Beach when she becomes involved in a police shooting. Tess is a second-generation police officer whose father died years prior in the line of duty. Throughout the novel, what entertained me was reading Tess’s various rules she has collected over the years from her dad’s wisdom and her learning experience.Now, due to the press and a certain blogger who is out to smear Tess’s reputation, Tess must find a police job elsewhere. But who would hire someone with all the bad press and think Tess capable of doing a good job? When Tess relocates reluctantly to what seems like a peaceful and low-key town without problems, quickly morphs into something totally different than Tess expected!I have read most of Janice’s books over the years and each one is not just entertaining, but also a journey in faith for the characters in law enforcement. In this story, there is a pastor who is a humble man who even when suffering terrible heartache who is right there ministering to people he knows. I fell in love with this character as he faces some heart-rending trials, and though he hurts like any other human being he still reaches out. When others in the town learn of how he is hurting, they come from everywhere to support him in his time of need. A true picture of people being the hands, heart and feet of the Messiah in action.I highly recommend if you haven’t read any of Janice’s books that you grab an opportunity to do so and get ready for the next installment in the series coming out probably in 2018!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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  • Debbie Oxier
    January 1, 1970
    This was an excellent start to the author's new series. Tess O'Rourke was a Long Beach police officer. She loved her job, never encountered any serious problems until the day she shot an unarmed teenager. While no charges were filed against her, consequences caused her to apply for the chief of police position in Rogue Hollow, Oregon. Although she was met with some opposition when hired, she was slowly coming to know the people and becoming accustomed to life in a smaller town.When a murder take This was an excellent start to the author's new series. Tess O'Rourke was a Long Beach police officer. She loved her job, never encountered any serious problems until the day she shot an unarmed teenager. While no charges were filed against her, consequences caused her to apply for the chief of police position in Rogue Hollow, Oregon. Although she was met with some opposition when hired, she was slowly coming to know the people and becoming accustomed to life in a smaller town.When a murder takes place and a local pastor's wife goes missing, Tess has her hands full. The mayor is constantly on her case, wanting to bring in outside help. One of her officers seems to have a rather large chip on his shoulder. And the woman missing just happened to be the one true friend Tess had made since arriving in Rogue's Hollow. Everything leads from one dead end to another until Tess discovers there is a possible witness to the crime. A woman named Tilly, who has some serious mental issues. Knowing Tilly's testimony would never hold up in a court of law, it's still up to Tess to find Tilly and hear just how much she knows. Then maybe Tess will know just how much she can prove.An interesting plot, a bevy of characters to get acquainted with, and a good mystery to solve, combine to make this a really enjoyable read. I especially liked Tess. She'd been through a lot but kept pushing on, refusing to give up no matter the opposition against her. She was determined to solve the murder and find her friend even when people seemed bent on reminding her of her past. She does find an ally and a friend in Steve Logan, who could possibly be a love interest at some point during the series. I'm looking forward to the next book when it comes out.
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  • Kav
    January 1, 1970
    Cantore addresses some tough subject matter in this riveting pager-turning suspense. Love the candor and expertise that comes from her 22 year career in law enforcement. That insider's knowledge brings an authenticity to the policing scenes that I found fascinating.Tess is a third generation police officer. It's the family business and she's as dedicated as they come. And then a life-altering decision changes everything. Her hopes for the future are dashed and she finds herself pushed into an un Cantore addresses some tough subject matter in this riveting pager-turning suspense. Love the candor and expertise that comes from her 22 year career in law enforcement. That insider's knowledge brings an authenticity to the policing scenes that I found fascinating.Tess is a third generation police officer. It's the family business and she's as dedicated as they come. And then a life-altering decision changes everything. Her hopes for the future are dashed and she finds herself pushed into an undesirable career shift. Sure, she's made Police Chief -- but it's in a Mayberry kind of town with a force totaling eight officers.Faced with prejudice and resistance both inside the presinct and out, Tess struggles to make the transition easier for everyone -- including herself. Then a murder and a missing persons report generates a complicated investigation that will either make or break the new police chief.Loved all the multi-layered dynamics of both officers and townsfolk. And the solid support of a certain sheriff's deputy who has a relatively small role to play in this first book in the Line of Duty series. Though I predict that Steve Logan is in for the long haul as Cantore tends to develop the romantic element over the course of a series but the groundwork has been laid here in Crisis Shot and I'm anxious to follow Tess and Steve in future books.A gripping police procedural kind of suspense that held me captive to the very last page.
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  • Caitlyn Santi
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars!This is the fourth book by this author that I've read and I enjoyed it!I liked main character Tess very much, and the message of trusting God and supporting law enforcement was powerful, and be sure to read the author's note at the back of the book! This book definitely held my attention though I didn't enjoy it as much as some of this author's other books as I felt that in my opinion this one didn't have as much suspense throughout as I'm used to from this author's books, I loved the 3.5 Stars!This is the fourth book by this author that I've read and I enjoyed it!I liked main character Tess very much, and the message of trusting God and supporting law enforcement was powerful, and be sure to read the author's note at the back of the book! This book definitely held my attention though I didn't enjoy it as much as some of this author's other books as I felt that in my opinion this one didn't have as much suspense throughout as I'm used to from this author's books, I loved the ending and the pace of the last fifty pages or so was so crazy that the pages just seemed to fly, which I loved! I loved that Crisis Shot was set in a small town. I loved the dog in this one as well as Tess and several of the secondary characters, so I am looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book of the series. Overall, while Crisis Shot did not become a favorite I still enjoyed it and highly recommend it! I received this book from the publisher. No review required. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.
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  • C.J. Darlington
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. I always enjoy a Janice Cantore story for its accuracy. Having been a cop herself, I can know her books will portray police life as it is. Crisis Shot is no exception. Tess becomes police chief in a small Oregon town after practically being chased out of LA for shooting and killing a teen in the line of duty. She's been exonerated, but it still haunts her. A change of pace is just what she needs. At first Rogue's Hollow gives her just that. But soon a murder and a missing woman consum 3.5 stars. I always enjoy a Janice Cantore story for its accuracy. Having been a cop herself, I can know her books will portray police life as it is. Crisis Shot is no exception. Tess becomes police chief in a small Oregon town after practically being chased out of LA for shooting and killing a teen in the line of duty. She's been exonerated, but it still haunts her. A change of pace is just what she needs. At first Rogue's Hollow gives her just that. But soon a murder and a missing woman consume Tess, and it's a race against time to catch the killer. I'm a big fan of suspense, especially featuring cops, but the pace seemed a little bit slow. If would be better classified police drama.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    You can see my "2 Minute Review" at: https://youtu.be/Ci0_gCUlzpc This is my first book by this author and I liked her writing style and the topic. It's one of those "Ripped from the headlines" type of story. Strong story, stronger characters.I really liked Tess because she is a fighter. I also respected her when she realizes she is fighting a losing battle after the shooting. I admired her tenacity as she takes on the role as the first female chief of police in a small community in Oregon.The s You can see my "2 Minute Review" at: https://youtu.be/Ci0_gCUlzpc This is my first book by this author and I liked her writing style and the topic. It's one of those "Ripped from the headlines" type of story. Strong story, stronger characters.I really liked Tess because she is a fighter. I also respected her when she realizes she is fighting a losing battle after the shooting. I admired her tenacity as she takes on the role as the first female chief of police in a small community in Oregon.The story itself is excellent. Characters to love and characters to not care for. The author also allowed the reader to try and solve the case along the way. Something I also appreciate. There were some "gotcha" moments at the end. Thankfully, this appears to be a book 1 in a new series, because there were a lot of unanswered questions at the end.Disclaimer:  I did receive a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, I was not required to give a review and the opinions here are my own.
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  • Jerrye Bell
    January 1, 1970
    Crisis Shot by Janice CantoreRating: 4.5 out of 5 stars____________________________________________________________Story NotesJanice Cantore begins her new In the Line of Duty series with a relevant and carefully developed story that shows that this series is one that is certainly not to be missed.Janice Cantore is a retired Long Beach Police officer who has created a wonderful second career as a police/crime author. I have enjoyed reading her Pacific Coast Justice Series and was excited to see Crisis Shot by Janice CantoreRating: 4.5 out of 5 stars____________________________________________________________Story NotesJanice Cantore begins her new In the Line of Duty series with a relevant and carefully developed story that shows that this series is one that is certainly not to be missed.Janice Cantore is a retired Long Beach Police officer who has created a wonderful second career as a police/crime author. I have enjoyed reading her Pacific Coast Justice Series and was excited to see she has begun another – using the city in which she served for over 20 years as the beginning backdrop for the series. This fictional account of a fatal police necessitated shooting shows a real truth that is often buried by the media outbursts for supposed police brutality: that there is more than one victim in a necessitated shooting. Tess O’Rourke is a Commander on the Long Beach Police force who responds to a call for help from a fellow officer – a call that will totally change her life. Tess finds her fellow officer on the ground with three young black men standing over him, one of which tries to grab the downed officers gun, leaving Tess with no choice to shoot the young man in an effort to defend herself. With no witnesses besides herself (the other two young men fled at the sight of her), Tess finds herself caught in the whirlwind of negative press, headed by a blogger named Hector Connor-Ruiz who has a great dislike for the police. And although she is cleared by both evidence and a grand jury inquiry, Connor-Ruiz keeps the public crying out for Tess’s badge for the supposed wrongful death. Finding she has no other choice, Tess sends out applications for a position on another force. She is offered the Chief of Police in the Oregon town of Rogues Hollow and decides this will give her a chance to get away from the bad press and, further give her her long dreamed of position as Chief of Police – even if it is in a small town. But Tess will have to fight small town prejudices and her own staff to prove that she is there to do her job to the best of her abilities no matter how she was painted by the press in Long Beach. She does find one ally in Sheriff’s Deputy Steve Logan who is willing to give Tess a chance to do the job right. And when Rogue’s Hollow is shocked by the first murder and suspicious disappearance in recent history, Tess will need all the help she can get. With the mayor breathing down her neck for progress, the local businessmen scoffing at her ability to solve the case, and Tess’s personal connection to the case there are multiple reasons to solve this case quickly. Tess’s other new allies in Rogue’s Hollow are Pastor Oliver Macpherson and his wife, Anna, both of whom have welcomed Tess and are seeking to share their faith with her. And it will be Anna who mysteriously disappears, followed by the discovery of the murder of her cousin, Glen, a former drug dealer/user, that make this case personal and high priority for Tess. Tess will find that there are many secrets to be found, even in this small town, and that crime will eventually effect everyone. But her determination to see this case through, find Anna, and arrest those responsible for the crimes will gain her the support she needs from the town that was reluctant to welcome her in. There were many threads in this book that Ms. Cantore had to be careful not to allow to be lost in the tangle of the story’s web and she handled that pressure well. I could tell fairly quickly that this book was written by someone with a good working knowledge of police procedure and that gave the book an edge that others might lack. I can honestly say that this book presented a different way of telling a story, not one that was bad, merely different in the fact that Ms. Cantore did not sort out all the details of Tess’s life and faith with this first book. I find that approach refreshing and more real than others that try to tie everything up nicely before the last page. People are not going to come to faith in Christ just because someone tells them about Him once; rather it takes time for them to lay aside all their hurt and assumptions so they can honestly open their hearts to His love and mercy. And people who have been burned badly by love before do not immediately jump into a new relationship with the first person they feel attraction to; rather they need time to discover if they can trust that person with their friendship and then move to something deeper if there is common interest. So Ms. Cantore set up her series in a wonderful and honest way that I believe will make it a success. She crafted a well developed story with lots of mystery and suspense and kept the door open for the story to flow well into the next. I am very excited to see where this series will go and how Tess will find a way to be “at home” in Rogues Hollow. I will most certainly recommend this book to others and am pleased to add the copy I was provided with to my bookshelves.I received this book free of charge from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for a fair and honest review. I will receive no fiscal compensation from Tyndale House for this review.
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  • Kelly Bridgewater
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars I enjoy Janice Cantore's writings because she has been an actual cop and knows what goes on behind the scenes, which she does well at bringing into her fiction stories. So when I heard that Cantore was writing a new series, I got excited. I enjoy a good mystery with a murderer and the hunt for the killer as the story moves along.Cantore really does jump right in and include the reader in the drama. I never once doubted anything that Cantore has written about the work of the police work 3.5 stars I enjoy Janice Cantore's writings because she has been an actual cop and knows what goes on behind the scenes, which she does well at bringing into her fiction stories. So when I heard that Cantore was writing a new series, I got excited. I enjoy a good mystery with a murderer and the hunt for the killer as the story moves along.Cantore really does jump right in and include the reader in the drama. I never once doubted anything that Cantore has written about the work of the police work. She writes from experience and allows her cop characters to jump off the page with their lives' work. I could picture the setting of Rogue Hollow and the rustic backwoods small town in the northern part of Oregon. While the change in scenery is hard on Tess since she comes from South Beach, California, Cantore does a good job at allowing me to see and understand the surrounding characters feelings of this outsider.As for the character of Tess, I felt bad for her. She was doing her job and had to move in order to keep face and make the public in California happy. The story could have been ripped from the headlines, especially with all the stories of the police injustice today. Tess moved without really any complaint and allowed herself to take over another police force, knowing she didn't feel right, but she loved her career choice, so she did it willing.At the end of the first book, there really isn't any romance that stands out to satisfy those romance needing readers. But . . . there might be two guys that could stand out as a potential romance in the future. I have to keep reading to find out if Cantore allows Tess to find romance in this series.The plot. The reason I am reading the book in the first place. While I have read Cantore's stories before, so I had a good idea of how she writes and creates her stories, Crisis Shot is a lot more tame and laid back from her normal stories. In Crisis Shot, it takes a while to get to the murder of the story. While most suspense stories have the cop in danger and running for their life, Cantore doesn't write Tess as being threaten at all. Her life moves along through the interviews without once someone trying to stop her. Crisis Shot felt more like a pre-curser to the rest of the story. The beginning to the drama. I wanted more and expected more from Cantore.Even though this novel didn't hit it out of the park for me, some other fans of romantic suspense or suspense in general might enjoy this novel. Fans of Christy Barritt, Irene Hannon, and Colleen Coble might enjoy Crisis Shot. I'm not going to write off Cantore all together; I will still look forward to her next book.I received a complimentary copy of Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore from Tyndale Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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  • Linda Walters
    January 1, 1970
    This book had interesting main characters, and interesting challenges. Tess is over-qualified for her job in the small town she goes to. She also isn't welcomed by all. In fact, there is a lot of hostility coming her way.There is also instances of challenges to people's personal faith. The pastor Oliver and his wife Anna welcome Tess but they are facing a very serious almost hopeless health challenge. With more challenges to come. I really liked Oliver and he played a big part in this story as w This book had interesting main characters, and interesting challenges. Tess is over-qualified for her job in the small town she goes to. She also isn't welcomed by all. In fact, there is a lot of hostility coming her way.There is also instances of challenges to people's personal faith. The pastor Oliver and his wife Anna welcome Tess but they are facing a very serious almost hopeless health challenge. With more challenges to come. I really liked Oliver and he played a big part in this story as well. I liked the way that he was portrayed. Not a sanctimonious, self righteous wrath of God kind of pastor but someone with a heart for people and the knowledge of God and the Bible.The interaction between Steve and Tess doesn't start to become more of the story until about Chapter 23. He does show up several times before that, just kind of popping into the story until then. If you are looking for a romance in this book, it isn't happening. But what is happening is the promise of one. The action kept me on the edge of my seat and I didn't stop until I got to The End. The emotional parts of the story were so well done as well. Gabriel Bender was another person in Tess's department who was not happy about her being chief. And he wasn't shy about letting it be known. He added an interesting edge to the story. It seemed that there were more in law enforcement than just Bender who didn't want to work with her. They were also bold in letting her know it. Sure Tess, was hurt by it but she just kept putting one foot in front of the other and doing what she knew to do. It was easy to pull for her to win; she was a professional to the bone. But someone who was not only smart but with a really big heart too. I also liked that Tess had other supporters of her being Chief of Police and Oliver and Anna were numbered among those. On a side note, I just want to mention that I read a book some years ago by Janice Cantore and enjoyed it so much that I now keep an eye out for anything else that she writes. This was a good one. To comply with new regulations introduced by the Federal Trade Commission, I am mentioning that Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. And this is my honest opinion of it.
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  • Mark
    January 1, 1970
    I have yet to be disappointed in a Janice Cantore book, and was happy to see a new series starting by her. The fact that she is a former police officer makes her books all the more interesting, as she knows police work and knows police work and procedure. This book starts out with a look at what it is like for police officers when a justified shooting is declared unjustified by the public. There has been a lot of hatred towards the police in real life in a couple of such cases, so it it was int I have yet to be disappointed in a Janice Cantore book, and was happy to see a new series starting by her. The fact that she is a former police officer makes her books all the more interesting, as she knows police work and knows police work and procedure. This book starts out with a look at what it is like for police officers when a justified shooting is declared unjustified by the public. There has been a lot of hatred towards the police in real life in a couple of such cases, so it it was interesting to see a police officer's take on that, even in a fictional story. As with her other novels, Cantore has come up with some great characters, plot, and setting. Romance is rarely center stage in her novels, and she tends to build up to it all through a series instead of having the couple fall in love and be married at the end of the book..... not that I am knocking authors who do that. Crisis Shot is a book where you have a hard time deciding who the bad guy/guys are. Cantore did a great job of writing a suspenseful novel, and keeping her bad guys' identities a secret to the reader. There is a lot of suspense, police/detective work, and tense situations, all opportunities to test the new police chief. I read the book in one evening. It is the kind of book you don't want to put down, so I didn't. I had the time to read, so I read through to the great and climatic end. It was definitely an enjoyable read, and the author can add another great novel to her author resume'. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Virginia Campbell
    January 1, 1970
    Author Janice Cantore’s many years in law enforcement add great authenticity and an insider’s eye for detail to her storytelling. “Crisis Shot”, Book One in her “The Line of Duty” series is a compelling romantic suspense tale featuring an appealing heroine. When a tragedy in the line of duty ends Tess O’Rourke’s dream of becoming the first female chief of police in Long Beach, California, she relocates to the small town of Rogue’s Hollow, Oregon. Serving as chief of police of the small community Author Janice Cantore’s many years in law enforcement add great authenticity and an insider’s eye for detail to her storytelling. “Crisis Shot”, Book One in her “The Line of Duty” series is a compelling romantic suspense tale featuring an appealing heroine. When a tragedy in the line of duty ends Tess O’Rourke’s dream of becoming the first female chief of police in Long Beach, California, she relocates to the small town of Rogue’s Hollow, Oregon. Serving as chief of police of the small community is an adjustment to say the least, but small towns often have big secrets which lead to big trouble, and Tess soon has her hands full of problems. She finds a friend in sheriff’s deputy Steve Logan, and he proves to be a much-needed ally with finding a missing person and solving a murder. Tess has always had her own rules regarding not becoming involved with someone with whom she works. Will she break the rules this time? Faith, courage, and a dedication to law enforcement, along with trust, will be needed to bring all matters to right—can Tess and Steve find the strength of conviction to see justice served? I highly recommend other works and series by Janice Cantore. Book Copy Gratis Tyndale Blog Network
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  • Peggy Dover
    January 1, 1970
    First, a disclaimer. I don't normally read crime dramas so I tend to review them through a literary eye. I enjoyed the slow build of the story line, and character development of the principal names. I thought Cantore had taken quite a detour from the main plot line toward the end, but the denouement was complete in every detail. Tess O'Rourke is a believable character, who isn't written like a woman trying to be a police chief. She acts like a professional police chief should act, while remainin First, a disclaimer. I don't normally read crime dramas so I tend to review them through a literary eye. I enjoyed the slow build of the story line, and character development of the principal names. I thought Cantore had taken quite a detour from the main plot line toward the end, but the denouement was complete in every detail. Tess O'Rourke is a believable character, who isn't written like a woman trying to be a police chief. She acts like a professional police chief should act, while remaining fully human. This is because of the inherent authenticity of the author's first-hand experience in uniform, which is invaluable. Cantore teaches the lay person about terms and procedures without being preachy or obvious.I enjoy being able to read a book on crimes like this one that is genuine, but doesn't spell out every gruesome detail. That's what reader imaginations are for. I also enjoyed the refreshing fact that Tess and Officer Logan didn't jump in the sack the moment their hormones reacted. Anticipation. There are a lot of names in this story. Maybe it's my age or the genre, but I had a little trouble keeping all the peripheral characters straight, though not the main characters. Crisis Shot was that much more enjoyable for me because I'm very familiar with the location used. Most of the names/places are real. A great read to anticipate for this fall!
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  • Tee O'Fallon
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent plot and outstanding illustration of real life issues encountered by law enforcement officers! I listened to this book on audio, and selected it under the heading of "romance" books. Be warned, however, it's not a romance. While there is a handsome, hunky deputy sheriff in the mix, there is only a hint of a romance yet to come that doesn't play out on the pages. That said, the plot is outstanding, the crimes logically solved, and the heroine, Tess, is a character anyone would like. The Excellent plot and outstanding illustration of real life issues encountered by law enforcement officers! I listened to this book on audio, and selected it under the heading of "romance" books. Be warned, however, it's not a romance. While there is a handsome, hunky deputy sheriff in the mix, there is only a hint of a romance yet to come that doesn't play out on the pages. That said, the plot is outstanding, the crimes logically solved, and the heroine, Tess, is a character anyone would like. The author's law enforcement background is obvious in her attention to detail and in the way the heroine deals with every situation. While there is a religious theme in the background of the story, do not let that put you off if reading Christian stories is not your thing. It was just the right amount. An enjoyable read for me!
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  • Nicole
    January 1, 1970
    Author Janice Cantore creates an authentic and realistic suspense novel that deals with issues relevant in today’s society. Crisis Shot is perfect for fans of police suspense who prefer little to no romance. I look forward to the next book in the series.
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  • Library Queen
    January 1, 1970
    This is the first book I've read by this author, and I'm excited to read more by her! So happy when I find new great authors.
  • Karen
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed Cantore's Cold Case Justice series and was looking forward to this one, but I just couldn't get into it. I found myself not wanting to read. It felt more about the protagonist not wanting to be at her new job than anything else. Just felt repetitive. I made it to page 198 before I realized figuring out the murder was not worth my time. Will probably try another series of Cantore's someday.
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  • Just Commonly
    January 1, 1970
    "She fired." (6)A shot that changed the course for our main character, Tess O'Rourke in author Janice Cantore's latest release, Crisis Shot. It is also the first book in the new series, Line of Duty. Intense and mixed in with life's ultimate question of "why do God let bad things happened?" Crisis Shot hit all the right notes for a suspense thriller that includes a crime to be solved, but also the complexity of personalities and trials that is beyond our control."Either he's God over everything "She fired." (6)A shot that changed the course for our main character, Tess O'Rourke in author Janice Cantore's latest release, Crisis Shot. It is also the first book in the new series, Line of Duty. Intense and mixed in with life's ultimate question of "why do God let bad things happened?" Crisis Shot hit all the right notes for a suspense thriller that includes a crime to be solved, but also the complexity of personalities and trials that is beyond our control."Either he's God over everything or he's God over nothing." (376)Crisis Shot is the first novel of the author's I've read, and it definitely will not be my last. Suspense is one of those genres I love to read and am always amazed by authors' ability to keep it interesting. This story had it all and also gave us a little insight on the dynamics of the inner workings in the police force. I enjoyed the slow build in confidence of Tess' ability as police chief in a small town by the department as well as the town. Tess' ethics and professionalism gave the character strength, but also a great catalyst of the vulnerability of faith when faced with evil in her line of work. I love how the faith messaged tied into the story and the ultimate question of trust.In all, Crisis Shot will satisfy any fan who enjoys a good story, but also appreciate a well tied in message.This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
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  • Beth Erin
    January 1, 1970
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  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    Tess O' Rourke, a Long Beach, California Police Commander finds herself alone, in an alley, with a fellow policeman down, surrounded by a group of young guys. On of them is reaching into the fallen officers holster and then appears to have the gun pointed at the man's head, ready to shoot. Tess, fires, the boys disperse and a young 14 year old boy lies dead. In the aftermath, Tess and her action is investigated and she is absolved of any wrong doing. There is a blog author who immediately after Tess O' Rourke, a Long Beach, California Police Commander finds herself alone, in an alley, with a fellow policeman down, surrounded by a group of young guys. On of them is reaching into the fallen officers holster and then appears to have the gun pointed at the man's head, ready to shoot. Tess, fires, the boys disperse and a young 14 year old boy lies dead. In the aftermath, Tess and her action is investigated and she is absolved of any wrong doing. There is a blog author who immediately after the event begins posting his opinion of the shooting and the resulting findings in Tess' favor. Needless to say, although she acted without fault, public opinion is split, mostly negatively against her and the police. She is urged by the powers that be to either leave police work or find another job away from Long Beach. Confused, hurt and feeling sorrow over the death of a child, Tess begins to send out resumes. She feels betrayed, as well, being the daughter of a cop who lost his life in the line of duty, the granddaughter of another cop and she, herself a high ranking veteran of the force. She longs to stay in her home and on the force she has known her whole life. She is not getting many bites in her search, either, which is quite demoralizing but finally she is invited to a small town in Southern Oregon for an interview for the Chief's job. She is hired, barely getting enough votes from the town council. Soon she finds herself investigating the murder of a young man and the disappearance of the wife of the local minister. The author is herself a former policewoman from the Long Beach force. Her abilities to observe the people and places around her are quite evident in her book. What she has in addition is the ability to put those observations in words that give the reader a highly developed mental image of her characters and setting . She also nails the interactions among the diverse people that make up any small town. While the book is considered to be Christian it is not unreasonable heavy handed in that regard. In a small town the church and its pastor are integral parts of the fabric of the community. Not all the community members are part of a church community and they aren't here either but more than in a big city the religious aspects are noticeable. Perhaps the fact that the attraction between Tess and the sheriff's deputy, Logan is subtle and slow in developing is the result of this Christian bent but again, such a blossoming relationship, especially between two professionals in the same field, is realistic rather than " Christian " It is actually refreshing not to have them falling into bed immediately with hot and heavy sex. Perhaps, they may actually get to know each other as people and friends first. Also, the action is slow and realistic, too. At first, it isn't clear if the two cases are related. What actually happened is difficult to ascertain, there is so little evidence and so few clues. This is not a TV catch the killer or killers in a great shoot out after a hair-raising chase or bullet ridden entrapment. It is cooperative, literal footwork and interrogation that brings the solution to the crimes. And it is through Tess' dogged determination to solve the cases that she also finds acceptance and more support in a community slow to back this tainted officer in her work. A fast, satisfying, realistic police story with a dedicated, smart and sensitive female protagonist.This is a review of and ARC provided me by Goodreads in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Gail Welborn
    January 1, 1970
    ***the author's 22 years experience on the police force lends a unique authenticity to this compelling suspense***Tess O'Rourke, Commander of Long Beach, California's East Division still couldn’t get used to sleeping alone, even though her husband had left seven months ago. After another sleepless night she was driving in to work early when “999” exploded from the car radio which meant an officer needs assistance.Dispatch identified the officer’s last known location and Tess knew she was the c ***the author's 22 years experience on the police force lends a unique authenticity to this compelling suspense***Tess O'Rourke, Commander of Long Beach, California's East Division still couldn’t get used to sleeping alone, even though her husband had left seven months ago. After another sleepless night she was driving in to work early when “999” exploded from the car radio which meant an officer needs assistance.Dispatch identified the officer’s last known location and Tess knew she was the closest unit. When she arrived she saw a police car with its “flashing light bar “sitting empty in the middle of the street. Alarmed at the driver's side wide open door and no officer in sight, she “screeched to a stop" and informed dispatch, "Edward-7 is on scene, will advise." Then without a vest and handheld radio she bolted from the unmarked police car, service pistol in hand.She saw the officer’s index interview cards scattered on the ground in the patrol car's headlights and heard faint sounds coming from "...the alley behind an apartment building." Senses on high alert she ran toward the alley. She couldn't know that within seconds a fourteen-year-old boy would be dead and her life and the position she'd worked so hard to attain would be forever changed.Thus begins "Crisis Shot," book one of Janice Cantore's new series, a gripping suspense penned from a female police officer's perspective. From an officer shooting a teenager to a grand jury investigation to anti-police sentiment, political expediency and the power of the press exaggerated and aggravated by media and more, the controversies are authentic and realistic.However it's also Tess's story of relocation and appointment as police chief in a small Oregon town where she faces small town bias, loneliness, doubt and murder. Here the focus changes to investigative techniques and small town politics with a subtle hint of romance and questions about faith and God sure to be expanded on in future books.The characters are likable and fully developed and Tess is portrayed as an intelligent, compassionate professional. The author's previous twenty-two years’ experience with "patrol, administration, juvenile investigations and training" lends a unique authenticity to an intriguing story that could be pulled from today's headlines.'Crisis Shot (The Line of Duty),' by Janice Cantore, Tyndale House Publishers, Sept 5, 21017, 432 Pages, 978-1496423702, $14.99“Gail’s Bookshelf” Midwest Book Reviews: August 2017Google+GailWelbornPinterest: GailWelbornTwitter: @GailWelbornFaceBook: Gail Welborn
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  • Jessica Higgins
    January 1, 1970
    Janice Cantore is back in full force with one of her best novels yet. I’ve been waiting for her to write this book for a long time.Tess O’Rourke’s dream of becoming the first female police chief in Long Beach, California comes to a screeching halt when an unfortunate shooting leaves a fourteen-year-old boy victim and Tess as the shooter. Tess is cleared of any wrongdoing but, that doesn’t stop the public, especially an obnoxious blogger from trying to crucify her in the court of public opinion. Janice Cantore is back in full force with one of her best novels yet. I’ve been waiting for her to write this book for a long time.Tess O’Rourke’s dream of becoming the first female police chief in Long Beach, California comes to a screeching halt when an unfortunate shooting leaves a fourteen-year-old boy victim and Tess as the shooter. Tess is cleared of any wrongdoing but, that doesn’t stop the public, especially an obnoxious blogger from trying to crucify her in the court of public opinion. Tess decides her best option is to move away and start new somewhere else. She takes a job as police chief of a small town in Oregon. Even though it is a long way from Long Beach, the residents of Rogue Hollow have still heard of what happened and are hesitant to give Tess a chance to prove what she can do. She is able to make a few close friends, but things take a turn for the worst when her best friend turns up missing and the woman’s cousin is found shot dead. Tess must rely on the help of sheriff’s deputy Steve Logan who has been an asset since she moved to town and she quickly finds herself becoming attracted to him. Together, they work together to solve the first murder the town has seen and worry about mixing business with pleasure.Janice Cantore has been a favorite of mine for a long time, but after the last series I felt a little underwhelmed. It just wasn’t the great work I had come to expect from her. With Crisis Shot, I am happy to say my faith in her work has been restored. This was a great read. The characters were just right in all aspects of the story. Tess is a strong female lead that even though she is going through a tough situation, she handles it with dignity and is able to be logical and not let her emotions get the best of her. Steve was brought in but his presence wasn’t overwhelming. I really liked how the members of the force were very standoffish when Tess arrived, but after seeing how capable she was of handling the situations they were faced with, their attitudes changed quickly. With all the changes that Tess went through, she was still able to handle it well, I think it helped that she didn’t have family holding her in one place so she was able to go somewhere else and start a new life for herself. The fact that Cantore is a former officer gives credibility and authenticity to the writing that is missing from many police procedurals. I recommend this book to anyone who has read Cantore as well as to new readers looking for a great romantic suspense that won’t disappoint.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.
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  • Tamara Tilley
    January 1, 1970
    The Line of Duty series is off to a great start with CRISIS SHOT.Commander Tess O’Rourke has police work in her blood. Following in her father and grandfather’s footsteps, her ultimate goal is to be chief of the Long Beach Police Department. Regrettably, a controversial shooting, and the death of a fourteen-year-old, has her sitting on the sidelines. Knowing she did what she’s trained to do, and choosing to put her faith in the system, she breathes a sigh of relief when she is cleared of wrong d The Line of Duty series is off to a great start with CRISIS SHOT.Commander Tess O’Rourke has police work in her blood. Following in her father and grandfather’s footsteps, her ultimate goal is to be chief of the Long Beach Police Department. Regrettably, a controversial shooting, and the death of a fourteen-year-old, has her sitting on the sidelines. Knowing she did what she’s trained to do, and choosing to put her faith in the system, she breathes a sigh of relief when she is cleared of wrong doing by a grand jury. Unfortunately, a venomous blogger who hates cops won’t let the community forget what’s happened. He continues to post inflammatory articles and stirs vengeance in the gang communities. Hating the unrest she sees in the city she loves so much, Tess decides to resign and remove herself so the city can heal. Ending up in Rogue’s Hollow, Oregon, Tess takes the job of chief of police. The title might be what she wanted, but the department is all of twelve people, including her. Not the eight hundred strong she dreamed of leading one day. Knowing the vote of the city council wasn’t unanimous, Tess knows there are people that don’t necessarily want her in Rogue’s Hollow. Be that as it may, she is their chief, and she is going to put all her energy into her new position.Tess isn’t on the job two months when there is a murder. Things get even crazier when one of the townspeople goes missing. What follows is a bizarre twist involving prestigious residents of the Hollow, a bag of money, a homeless woman, a dog, and a kidnapping. The more convoluted the case becomes, the more pressure the mayor puts on Tess to solve the murder before someone else dies. I enjoyed CRISIS SHOT as a suspenseful novel, but to me, there wasn’t enough romance in it to garner the label. Everything else was there for sure. There were lots of twists and red herrings for the readers to follow, and great secondary character that brought the town to life. Tess even felt an attraction for local deputy sheriff, Steve Logan. Even so, what seemed like a mutual interest never really got off the ground. I guess I will have to wait until the next installment in the series to see if the flicker grows to a flame. Even though I was slightly disappointed in the lack of romance, the story itself was great. I thoroughly enjoyed CRISIS SHOT and will keep an eye out for book two in the Line of Duty series.Book provided for review purposes.
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  • Meagan Myhren-bennett
    January 1, 1970
    Crisis ShotLine of Duty #1By Janice CantoreTess O'Rourke wants to be a good cop just like her father and grandfather were. And she dreams of becoming the first female chief of police with the Long Beach Police Department. But in a split second decision, her entire life comes crashing down around her.Responding to an emergency call from a fellow officer in the early hours of the day Tess is forced to make a decision that costs a young man his life. And though she saved a fellow officer Tess found Crisis ShotLine of Duty #1By Janice CantoreTess O'Rourke wants to be a good cop just like her father and grandfather were. And she dreams of becoming the first female chief of police with the Long Beach Police Department. But in a split second decision, her entire life comes crashing down around her.Responding to an emergency call from a fellow officer in the early hours of the day Tess is forced to make a decision that costs a young man his life. And though she saved a fellow officer Tess found herself vilified by the local media and painted as an "incident waiting to happen". With Long Beach in turmoil and the lives of her fellow officers in danger with her proximity, Tess is faced with a choice - retire or seek police work somewhere else.Not willing to quit Tess finds work in Rogue's Hollow, a small community in Oregon. But small town doesn't mean her job is easy. Resentment over her big city ties, being a woman, and her shooting incident all combine to make her new life a tad trying. When a murder occurs and the local pastor's wife goes missing Tess has her hands full with small town politics and potential clues that just don't add up. There is more going on in Rogue's Hollow than meets the eye and Tess has to untangle all the loose threads to find which one leads to the truth. With the help of the Jackson County Sheriff's Department and Deputy Steve Logan, Tess hopes to find Anna Macpherson in time and before she finds her job again on the line.Crisis Shot is the first book in a new series by Janice Cantore and if this first book is any indication the Line of Duty series will be another winner. The characters are believable - some would love to get to know personally while others one would just as soon show them the door. Cantore has a way giving life to the written word that doesn't feel forced. And her books are from the headline stories that capture the reader's attention from page one. And I'll be honest I did not anticipate the identity of the perpetrator before the answer was revealed in the book - so high marks for keeping the suspense going throughout. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Tyndale House Publishers with no expectations of a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Crystal
    January 1, 1970
    About the Book:Tess O'Rourke, police officer for the Long Beach PD, finds herself in hot water after shooting an unarmed teenager in a suspected gang-related attack on another officer. Although she is cleared of wrongdoing, public opinion in Long Beach has turned against Tess. Consequently, she has no choice but to leave California. After taking a job for small-town Rogue's Hollow, Tess tries to piece back together her professional life but finds opposition in her new police officers and townspe About the Book:Tess O'Rourke, police officer for the Long Beach PD, finds herself in hot water after shooting an unarmed teenager in a suspected gang-related attack on another officer. Although she is cleared of wrongdoing, public opinion in Long Beach has turned against Tess. Consequently, she has no choice but to leave California. After taking a job for small-town Rogue's Hollow, Tess tries to piece back together her professional life but finds opposition in her new police officers and townspeople, too. Tess's reputation and leadership are put to the test after a local drifter is murdered and the local pastor's wife- also cousin to the murdered man- turns up missing. Tess has to work harder than ever to gain the trust of her police force, calm the fears of the residents of Rogue's Hollow, and stop a murderer on the loose before he can kill again.My Thoughts:Crisis Shot seemed to have potential, but I just had trouble not only following the plot but also just plain getting into the story. Details that I'm sure were meant to create suspense just ended up being dizzying to me as Tess seemed to go back and forth on trying to figure out evidence. One chapter she confidently took a direction, and a few chapters later it seemed she was totally up in the air following rabbit trails. Characters and details in some instances seemed to be completely irrelevant to the plot which was just frustrating. I was surprised by who Glenn's killer was, but even so, was left scratching my head at how in the world the killer (and his other crimes) connected at all to Glenn and Anna! Lastly, the attempt at creating a romance between Tess and Steve just didn't cut it. Not only did Steve never show any romantic interest in Tess (with the exception of saying she had a pretty smile), the attraction Tess had for him seemed very school-girl crush-ish. Disappointed because this story could have been so much better, but the result was just sloppy.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. However, this review reflects an honest view of my own thoughts and opinions regarding this book.
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  • Susan Wachtel
    January 1, 1970
    Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore – If you like mysteries and police novels, give it a try.I had previously read a novel by Janice Cantore and was looking forward to her new book Crisis Shot.The story starts out with Long Beach Police Commander, Tess O’Rourke answering an emergency call where a fellow officer is imminent danger. How Tess responds, right or wrong, will affect her future. The story could be taken out today’s headline news, where every action a police officer takes is scrutinized and c Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore – If you like mysteries and police novels, give it a try.I had previously read a novel by Janice Cantore and was looking forward to her new book Crisis Shot.The story starts out with Long Beach Police Commander, Tess O’Rourke answering an emergency call where a fellow officer is imminent danger. How Tess responds, right or wrong, will affect her future. The story could be taken out today’s headline news, where every action a police officer takes is scrutinized and condemned, even when there is little merit to critic’s narrative.When the fallout from Tess’ action doesn’t seem to be winding down, she decides to make a move to a small town in Oregon, with the hope of being able to resume the career she loves in law enforcement. It a huge change in her life. As Chief of Police in the small town of Rogue’s Hallow, she will be answering to the mayor and city council. It might be a small town but even there, evil is at work. I sort of liked the main character Tess, but didn’t feel like I got to know her well or really care about her like I wanted to. There was a bit of a disconnect. At first, I struggled with how Tess continually compared police work and what people were like in the small town compared where she had spent most of her life, in Long Beach, CA. Then I realized if I had made such a drastic change in my life, I would likely be reflecting back on where I came from and what it was like back then. The reader will get an understanding of how police work in a big city differs from a small town. I liked how the relationships with fellow police officers changed as they worked with their new Police Chief. The overall pace of the novel seemed to drag. Tess encountered many obstacles and people seemed to be tight lipped and withheld important information. I didn’t guess who the bad guy was, there weren’t a lot of clues along the way, just lots of suspicious behavior on the part of several towns people. I didn’t really connect with the characters. I didn’t come away from reading the book saying, “I can’t wait to find out what happens with Tess next.” Something was missing, but I’m not sure what it was.The Christian faith is a small part of the story. Tess is not a believer, but there are several Christians she encounters along the way. If there is a sequel I hope that Christian faith is a bigger part of the story. Crisis Shot is okay. I would definitely read Janice Cantore’s future books because of my good experience with her earlier novels. If you like mysteries and police novels, give Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore a try and be sure to read some of her earlier books. I would like to thank Tyndale House and NetGalley for the opportunity to read Janice Cantore’s newest book Crisis Shot. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    The first book in a new series by Janice Cantore, “Crisis Shot” features Tess O’Rourke, a commander in the Long Beach, California police department. Although cleared by a grand jury after the death of an unarmed young man, Tess is harassed by a popular blogger who keeps the citizens stirred up against her. For the sake of the department, Tess is persuaded to accept a job as police chief in the small town of Rogue’s Hollow, Oregon. Used to life in the big city, Tess has difficulty settling into h The first book in a new series by Janice Cantore, “Crisis Shot” features Tess O’Rourke, a commander in the Long Beach, California police department. Although cleared by a grand jury after the death of an unarmed young man, Tess is harassed by a popular blogger who keeps the citizens stirred up against her. For the sake of the department, Tess is persuaded to accept a job as police chief in the small town of Rogue’s Hollow, Oregon. Used to life in the big city, Tess has difficulty settling into her new position, especially since the town’s residents are not very welcoming. Resigned to serving in a routine, somewhat boring job, Tess makes the best of things and eventually makes a few friends. Everything quickly changes when her new best friend disappears and the town has its first murder.Although some reviewers have complained that “Crisis Shot” does not have as much action and suspense as some of Cantore’s previous novels, I found that it held my attention quite well. The plot moves along at a steady pace as the reader gets to know what drives Tess and becomes familiar with her background as well as learning a bit about Rogue’s Hollow. The action picks up when the murder is discovered and suspicions about the possible connection with the missing woman. Plenty of mystery and surprises are involved in solving the case.This novel does not contain much in the way of romance but by its end, there are two possible love interests for Tess. I am eager to read the next installment in order to see where that trail takes her. I would also like to know which of the two men is the one on the book cover. I couldn’t decide.I liked the fact that the characters and situations were natural and believable. Everything was not resolved with a happy-ever-after but life tends to be that way sometimes. I have always enjoyed books by this author and “Crisis Shot” did not disappoint.I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by The Tyndale Blog Network. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.
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  • Teresa Mathews
    January 1, 1970
    In this book one of her new series, In the Line of Duty, Janice Cantore tackles a subject that has been all over the news lately; a police officer has to make a quick decision and sadly someone loses their life. Tess O'Rourke is a wonderful example of an outstanding officer, she quickly rose to Commander of the East Division of Long Beach, California, and hopefully one day she will be the first female Chief. Sadly, that dream is snatched away when she shows up at a call where a fellow officer is In this book one of her new series, In the Line of Duty, Janice Cantore tackles a subject that has been all over the news lately; a police officer has to make a quick decision and sadly someone loses their life. Tess O'Rourke is a wonderful example of an outstanding officer, she quickly rose to Commander of the East Division of Long Beach, California, and hopefully one day she will be the first female Chief. Sadly, that dream is snatched away when she shows up at a call where a fellow officer is under attack and to save his life she is forced to shoot an unarmed teenager. One blogger with a beef against the police, paints a target on Tess's back and doesn't give up until he has people angrily questioning the shooting even after Tess is cleared of any wrong doing. Forced to resign from her job, she leaves behind her beloved city to be Chief in the small, quiet town of Rogue's Hollow, Oregon. Tess thought this peaceful town would be different from the fast pace of Long Beach but she soon finds out even a quiet town can harbor murders, drug addicts and kidnappers.Janice Cantore being a retired police officer, knows firsthand the dangers officers face every day and she handled this heated subject extremely well. Through Tess's story you can see an officers point of view, since the media never wants to tell the complete story. Janice also knows how to write a story that will quickly pull you in, and Tess's story did that to me. The characters were quite intriguing; a dedicated Pastor, whose wife is fighting cancer, an overbearing Mayor hounding Tess's every move, a young woman that the whole town has given up on, and of course, a handsome Sheriff's Deputy that is more than happy to help the new chief. I have been reading Janice Cantore's books for years and I have never been disappointed and I can't wait for book two of this series to come out. Thank you, Janice, for yet another satisfying read!***Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers and NetGalley for supplying a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion!***
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  • Dana Kamstra
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoy a good suspense novel. Especially those that can keep me guessing. But, sometimes it feels like I don’t have as many authors that I truly enjoy on my bookshelves for this genre as I do for historical fiction or contemporary romance. That leaves me eager and quick to try debut authors and new-to-me authors. Janice Cantore falls into that new-to-me category, and while there were parts of her latest novel, Crisis Shot, that I was less excited about, I think I may remain open to conti I really enjoy a good suspense novel. Especially those that can keep me guessing. But, sometimes it feels like I don’t have as many authors that I truly enjoy on my bookshelves for this genre as I do for historical fiction or contemporary romance. That leaves me eager and quick to try debut authors and new-to-me authors. Janice Cantore falls into that new-to-me category, and while there were parts of her latest novel, Crisis Shot, that I was less excited about, I think I may remain open to continue trying another novel by her.Crisis Shot is a book that had a number of things I really enjoyed. First of all, I loved the relevancy of it. The main character, Tess, is a cop who makes the tough choice to shoot at someone or risk her life and that of another officer. That choice follows her throughout the book. But that same choice reflects a lot of current events in our country today. But this same issue is something that made the book drag on for me as well. This moment that happens early on in the book is the catalyst that forces Tess out of her comfort zone and into something new. But that same moment, somehow seems to drag the pace of the book down for quite a few pages. But once I got through that and reached the point where things started happening in Rogue Hollow, my interested started to be engaged in the novel again and I found myself once again enjoying the book. Overall, I did enjoy this book. It is clear that much of Cantore’s personal experience in law enforcement comes onto the page and that lends a certain authenticity to this novel. And honestly, despite what I felt like was a very slow start, I did enjoy the book quite a bit once a bit more action started to happen and there was a mystery to solve. **I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
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