A Cold Trail (Tracy Crosswhite, #7)
In New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni’s riveting series, Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite returns home to a brutal murder and her haunted past. The last time homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite was in Cedar Grove, it was to see her sister’s killer put behind bars. Now she’s returned for a respite and the chance to put her life back in order for herself, her attorney husband, Dan, and their new daughter. But tragic memories soon prove impossible to escape.Dan is drawn into representing a local merchant whose business is jeopardized by the town’s revitalization. And Tracy is urged by the local PD to put her own skills to work on a new case: the brutal murder of a police officer’s wife and local reporter who was investigating a cold-case slaying of a young woman. As Tracy’s and Dan’s cases crisscross, Tracy’s trail becomes dangerous. It’s stirring up her own haunted past and a decades-old conspiracy in Cedar Grove that has erupted in murder. Getting to the truth is all that matters. But what’s Tracy willing to risk as a killer gets closer to her and threatens everyone she loves?

A Cold Trail (Tracy Crosswhite, #7) Details

TitleA Cold Trail (Tracy Crosswhite, #7)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 4th, 2020
PublisherThomas & Mercer
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GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction

A Cold Trail (Tracy Crosswhite, #7) Review

  • Debra
    January 1, 1970
    Tracy Crosswhite has returned to her hometown of Cedar Grove, a place that holds painful memories for her. The last time she returned was to see her sister, Sarah's killer put behind bars. Now she has returned with her husband Dan and their daughter, Daniella. Dan is an attorney who is representing a local business/merchant who is in jeopardy of going out of business due to the town's revitalization.Tracy has a chance meeting with an old friend (former police chief, Sam Calloway), and is drawn Tracy Crosswhite has returned to her hometown of Cedar Grove, a place that holds painful memories for her. The last time she returned was to see her sister, Sarah's killer put behind bars. Now she has returned with her husband Dan and their daughter, Daniella. Dan is an attorney who is representing a local business/merchant who is in jeopardy of going out of business due to the town's revitalization.Tracy has a chance meeting with an old friend (former police chief, Sam Calloway), and is drawn into the current investigation(s) of the deaths of a journalist and a former lawyer/P.I. who were both killed while investigating a cold case of a young woman who was murdered in 1993. As Tracy begins to investigate it becomes clear that she is making the murderer nervous and may be getting closer to solving the case than she thought.This being the seventh book in the series, may work as a stand-alone, but I do highly recommend reading the previous books in the series, to better understand all the characters and their motivations. In this book we get to see another side of Tracy - she is a Mother now and we see her tender, loving and worried side coming out more than before. We also see her thinking about her sister and father while navigating life in her former hometown. The reader is shown Tracy and Dan as parents and their disagreement about Tracy taking on a potentially dangerous case while having an infant at home. The plot was interesting, and I enjoyed how everything came together. Dugoni never pulls anything out of left field. There is never any shocking or jarring reveal at the end. You know the ones where the murderer is your brother's cousin's sister's attorney's daughter's friend from out of town twice removed who was never mentioned once in the book yet pops up in the last three pages to be the killer who has been plotting revenge for 30 years because the victim once ran over his/her toe with their tricycle when they were four. I know that doesn't make sense but I'm not a fan of the whiplash reveals that are only put in for shock value. When the reveal does come in this book, it does make sense and seems plausible. The reveal is well thought out and crafted. Everything falls into place and nothing in this book felt rushed. Well thought out, riveting and compelling. I always get excited when I see there is another installment in this series. I look forward to the next one, and the one after that and so on and so on....You get the idea - I'm a fan!Thank you to Thomas and Mercer and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.
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  • Paromjit
    January 1, 1970
    This is the seventh and latest addition to Robert Dugoni's brilliant Seattle based series featuring homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite. The winds of change bring us Tracy on maternity leave, she and her lawyer husband, Dan, are delighted at being parents to two month old baby Daniella. However, their Seattle home is struggling to contain them, triggering a temporary move back to Cedar Grove. a place that holds painful memories and trauma for Tracy. It was here that she was instrumental in This is the seventh and latest addition to Robert Dugoni's brilliant Seattle based series featuring homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite. The winds of change bring us Tracy on maternity leave, she and her lawyer husband, Dan, are delighted at being parents to two month old baby Daniella. However, their Seattle home is struggling to contain them, triggering a temporary move back to Cedar Grove. a place that holds painful memories and trauma for Tracy. It was here that she was instrumental in putting her sister Sarah's murderer in prison. The weather is atrocious with bitterly cold winds and snow, and it soon becomes apparent that Dan and Tracy need more in their lives that just being parents.Dan takes on a local business client concerned about losing his business. Tracy gets drawn into a murder investigation by old friend, Ray Calloway, out of retirement and covering for the police chief on leave after his journalist wife dies in a house fire. It transpires that the journalist had been looking into a cold case from the 1990s and Calloway wants Tracy to investigate. Tracy and Dan's cases turn out to have connections. We see a significantly more emotionally vulnerable Tracy plagued by her fears and concerns about motherhood, and still haunted by her tragic family history and becoming aware of the problems and guilt associated with being a working mother. This is a suitably twisted story of past conspiracies, murders and dangers that sweep dangerously close to the doorstep of Tracy's family.Dugoni gives us a great, well plotted crime read that continues in the tradition of this much loved series. What makes this series so good has always been the wonderful characters and their continuing development. This is an atmospheric, tense and engaging read, one in which the dynamics have shifted, unsurprising as a baby enters Tracy and Dan's life and the inevitable changes that ensue. Many thanks to Thomas and Mercer for an ARC.
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  • Sandy
    January 1, 1970
    Tracy Crosswhite is back & the first thing you’ll notice is her gun & handcuffs have been replaced with a bottle & diapers. Baby Daniella has arrived. She & Dan are ecstatic but their little house in Seattle is bursting at the seams so the whole family moves back to Cedar Grove while it undergoes renovation.Dan picks up a case representing a local merchant. For some reason the city has been buying up properties on the main drag but his client has no desire to sell. As far as Dan Tracy Crosswhite is back & the first thing you’ll notice is her gun & handcuffs have been replaced with a bottle & diapers. Baby Daniella has arrived. She & Dan are ecstatic but their little house in Seattle is bursting at the seams so the whole family moves back to Cedar Grove while it undergoes renovation.Dan picks up a case representing a local merchant. For some reason the city has been buying up properties on the main drag but his client has no desire to sell. As far as Dan is concerned, there’s something sketchy about the whole thing & begins to dig.Tracy is on mat leave & adjusting to being a stay at home mom. She runs into her old friend Roy Calloway & is surprised to learn he’s come out of retirement to fill in as chief of police. The current chief is on leave after his wife died in a house fire & Roy has a proposition for her. It seems the chief’s wife was a journalist who was looking into a local murder from 1993 when she died. The case was related to the death of Tracy’s sister. With questions swirling about the original investigation & the woman’s subsequent death, Roy needs a fresh set of eyes on the whole mess. Would Tracy like a part time job? Why, yes….yes she would. Dan’s case becomes increasingly more complex & as Tracy unearths old secrets, it’s clear some people would rather she let sleeping dogs lie. She & Dan grew up here & as things heat up, she’s very aware that her search for a killer may lead to someone she knows.This instalment focuses just as much on Tracy’s personal life as the investigative side of the story. She comes across as more fragile in this one. A combination of postpartum hormones, doubts about motherhood & reminders of her sister have her emotionally on edge. Dan’s not happy she’s back in business & Tracy has to wonder if she can really have it all. It’s the guilt every working mother deals with. Thankfully, her colleague Faz shows up to lend a hand & boost her spirits. There are plenty of red herrings & surprising connections along the way to keep you guessing. It’s a solid read but I must confess I preferred the investigative side of the plot. Having Faz pop by provides some added humour but I missed Kins & the Seattle PD. What hasn’t changed is this author’s ability to deliver a story full of vibrant characters in an atmospheric setting. A slower middle section gives you time to rest up before a cracker of a finish. Big fans of the series will find much to enjoy here.3.5 stars
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsIn this 7th book in the 'Tracy Crosswhite' series, the homicide detective investigates three cases. The book can be read as a standalone, but familiarity with earlier books is beneficial. *****At the core of the story are three unsolved deaths, all of which occurred in Cedar Grove, Washington. Heather Johansen - an eighteen-year-old girl who worked for the then mayor was killed in 1993; Jason Matthews - a retired criminal defense lawyer hired to look into Heather's death was killed in 3.5 starsIn this 7th book in the 'Tracy Crosswhite' series, the homicide detective investigates three cases. The book can be read as a standalone, but familiarity with earlier books is beneficial. *****At the core of the story are three unsolved deaths, all of which occurred in Cedar Grove, Washington. Heather Johansen - an eighteen-year-old girl who worked for the then mayor was killed in 1993; Jason Matthews - a retired criminal defense lawyer hired to look into Heather's death was killed in 2013; and Kimberley Armstrong - a journalist writing a book about Heather's murder recently died in a house fire. Cedar Grove's Chief of Police, Finlay Armstrong, has connections to all of the above. Finlay was Heather Johansen's stalkerish ex-boyfriend 26 years ago; was acquainted with Jason Matthews; and was Kimberly Armstrong's husband. Since Finlay can't investigate his wife's death - AND is a person of interest - he's on mandatory leave. Former Police Chief Roy Calloway, who has always been a formidable figure in Cedar Grove, is now Acting Chief, and is investigating Kimberley's demise.It so happens that Seattle Homicide Detective Tracy Crosswhite and her attorney husband Dan - new parents to two-month-old Daniella - are staying in Cedar Grove while their Seattle house is being renovated.Both Tracy and Dan grew up in Cedar Grove, and they're staying in Dan's family home with their baby, their two Rhodesian mastiffs Sherlock and Rex, and their nanny Therese - who was hired to help with Daniella. Acting Chief Calloway, an old friend of Tracy's family, asks the detective - who's on maternity leave - to help investigate Kimberley's homicide AND the cold cases. Calloway believes all three murders are related, and may have been perpetrated by the same person. Tracy agrees, to the dismay of Dan - who was hoping his wife would stay home with baby Daniella.Tracy proceeds to re-examine all the murder scenes, and to re-interview people who knew the victims. It soon becomes clear that someone doesn't want Tracy to investigate, and will take drastic measures to stop her.In the meantime, attorney Dan accepts a local client named Larry Kaufman. Larry, who owns the only open business on Market Street, is being pressured to sell. The city wants to rejuvenate the run-down area, and has bought almost all the old stores and sold them to developers.Now the city's lawyers are trying to use some murky statutes to acquire Larry's establishment, and Larry is fighting them. Since Dan is in town, Larry hires the lawyer to help him. When Dan looks into the matter, he learns that things going on 'under the table' could generate a lot of money for Market Street entrepreneurs. Two favorite recurring characters in the series, Seattle Detective Vic Fazzio (Faz) and his wife Vera, drive to Cedar Grove to help Tracy. Faz assists with the homicide investigations, Vera helps with the baby, and both Fazzios prepare meals. It turns out that Tracy's investigation and Dan's legal case have connections, and uncovering them helps resolve all the mysteries in Cedar Grove.I enjoyed this intriguing story and recommend it to readers who enjoy suspense novels, especially Tracy Crosswhite fans.Thanks to Netgalley, the author (Robert Dugoni), and the publisher (Thomas & Mercer) for a copy of the book. You can follow my reviews at https://reviewsbybarbsaffer.blogspot....
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  • Marialyce
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this book and its fast paced action. Although I have not read the previous stories in this series, I found the book to be easily read and one in which I am encouraged to go back and read the books that preceded it. I do like a strong female protagonist, and in Tracy Crosswhite I have found exactly the spunk, tenacity, and common sense approach to solving a crime that is often missing in so many other mysteries and police procedurals..I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy I enjoyed this book and its fast paced action. Although I have not read the previous stories in this series, I found the book to be easily read and one in which I am encouraged to go back and read the books that preceded it. I do like a strong female protagonist, and in Tracy Crosswhite I have found exactly the spunk, tenacity, and common sense approach to solving a crime that is often missing in so many other mysteries and police procedurals..I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy a book that makes sense, follows a line of reasoning that flows, and one in which we are rooting for the protagonist to solve the crime and save the day. Thank you to Robert Dugoni for writing an intelligent story, to Thomas and Mercer, and NetGalley for an advanced copy to this solid series book due out in February 2020.
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  • Alan Cotterell
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC of the 7th installment of the Tracey Crosswhite series.This was a new author and series for me, although I didn’t feel that I was too disadvantaged, by not having read the first 6 books.Detective Tracey Crosswhite returns to Cedar Grove with her husband Dan and new daughter, Daniella. While on maternity leave, she is asked to investigate two fatal events. During her investigations, she uncovers a few discrepancies in the cause of death rulings for three people Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC of the 7th installment of the Tracey Crosswhite series.This was a new author and series for me, although I didn’t feel that I was too disadvantaged, by not having read the first 6 books.Detective Tracey Crosswhite returns to Cedar Grove with her husband Dan and new daughter, Daniella. While on maternity leave, she is asked to investigate two fatal events. During her investigations, she uncovers a few discrepancies in the cause of death rulings for three people (two of whom are decades old)! The web of murders and conspiracies are quite complex, and you will need to pay attention to follow along. It is all revealed in a thrilling climax.
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  • Jean
    January 1, 1970
    You can take the girl out of the cop station, but you can’t take the cop out of the girl. In Robert Dugoni’s A COLD TRAIL , Tracy Crosswhite is back in her hometown of Cedar Grove, where she and husband Dan O’Leary and two-month-old daughter Daniella are staying in Dan’s childhood home while their home is being renovated to make more room for their family. Tracy is still on maternity leave, and she is learning the joys and concerns of motherhood. When the former police chief Roy Calloway calls You can take the girl out of the cop station, but you can’t take the cop out of the girl. In Robert Dugoni’s A COLD TRAIL , Tracy Crosswhite is back in her hometown of Cedar Grove, where she and husband Dan O’Leary and two-month-old daughter Daniella are staying in Dan’s childhood home while their home is being renovated to make more room for their family. Tracy is still on maternity leave, and she is learning the joys and concerns of motherhood. When the former police chief Roy Calloway calls her to discuss a case, Tracy’s detective juices start flowing. The wife of the current chief has died in a fire, and the chief, Finlay Armstrong, is on leave, so Calloway is acting chief. Not only is there a mystery surrounding Kimberly Armstrong’s death, but there is also the unsolved murder of a high school girl back in 1993, not long before Tracy’s sister Sarah went missing. Back then, Finlay was considered a suspect in Heather Johansen’s murder; now, with the murder of his wife, fingers are pointing at him again. Despite Dan’s concerns for Tracy’s safety and well being, Tracy agrees to investigate. Cedar Grove is a small town, and tongues start wagging immediately. Not everyone wants to cooperate.Dan has business of his own to attend to. He is representing a small business owner in a lawsuit against the city. Businesses have been springing up like crazy, and Dan’s client has been the lone holdout in selling to the city. It would seem that he doesn’t have a chance, but Dan decides that perhaps you can fight city hall.I love the complex cases that both husband and wife face in this story. Since they both grew up in Cedar Grove, they cross paths with former classmates, friends, and rivals. Tracy, especially, faces a whole spectrum of emotions, especially since it’s her first time back in her hometown following the trial of her sister’s killer. Her parents are gone, her father, dead by suicide over her sister’s murder. Now she is a mother, and she wonders what kind of life she owes her daughter and her husband. Love, gratitude, duty...She is a mother and a wife, but she is also a cop. How does she find the perfect balance?The personal touches felt very real to me. I really liked the big role that Dan plays in this book. I also really enjoyed Faz (Vic Fazzio) and his wife Vera. That is loyalty! And Vic was a hoot!The legal issues were a bit confusing for a reader like me, who is a bit challenged when it comes to understanding torts, contracts, and the like. So things got a bit bogged down in a few places, but I liked how Dan sort of pulled a rabbit out of his hat in court! Yay, Judge Harvey! Who’d’ve thought?There are some big dramatics at the end, so hold on to your winter hats and gloves! (It snows A LOT in this novel.) As usual, Mr Dugoni has provided a very thrilling, entertaining story.Thanks to NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer, and the author for this ARC. My views are my own.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    A new book by Robert Dugoni always makes me happy. Another Tracy Crosswhite story makes me even happier. Spoilers ahead.....Now that Tracy is on maternity leave and is wondering if she can balance being a cop and mother, she has a lot of time on her hands to grasp what she wants to do. So while her and Dan's house is being renovated, they go back to their hometown of Cedar Grove. Dan is working on a trial involving some businesses there and Tracy somehow gets involved in a policeman's wife's A new book by Robert Dugoni always makes me happy. Another Tracy Crosswhite story makes me even happier. Spoilers ahead.....Now that Tracy is on maternity leave and is wondering if she can balance being a cop and mother, she has a lot of time on her hands to grasp what she wants to do. So while her and Dan's house is being renovated, they go back to their hometown of Cedar Grove. Dan is working on a trial involving some businesses there and Tracy somehow gets involved in a policeman's wife's murder and the cold case that she was working on. Her involvement doesn't bring happiness to the town though, because of the last time she was in town she stirred up trouble looking for her own sister's murderer. This was another good story by Dugoni. Its always nice to get back into the lives of characters that you've been reading about for awhile now. See how their lives change and the many different cases that they end up involved in. I'm never bored with Tracy and the side characters. I always recommend Dugoni's books, not once have I been disappointed in them. Now we see what happens next.....*Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Adrian Dooley
    January 1, 1970
    I seem to say this with every Dugoni book I read but, well here I go again. There is something about Robert Dugonis writing that just sits perfectly with me. Be it the Tracy Crosswhite series or some of his stand alones, I just feel in safe hands and am 100% in from the start. In this latest in the series we find Tracy and husband Dan back in their childhood hometown of Cedar Grove along with their two month old daughter Daniella. Their home in Seattle is being renovated and so they move back I seem to say this with every Dugoni book I read but, well here I go again. There is something about Robert Dugonis writing that just sits perfectly with me. Be it the Tracy Crosswhite series or some of his stand alones, I just feel in safe hands and am 100% in from the start. In this latest in the series we find Tracy and husband Dan back in their childhood hometown of Cedar Grove along with their two month old daughter Daniella. Their home in Seattle is being renovated and so they move back temporarily to Cedar Grove while the work is carried out. Here they both get embroiled in a legacy murder case that may be connected to more recent deaths in Cedar Grove. While Tracy helps out with investigations with the local sherif, an old acquaintance and friend of her late father, Dan is involved in a local case where a local business owner refuses to sell to the City and wants to sue them. Little do they know that both their cases are interlinked and could blow the lid on both current and historical events in the town. So yeah, I just loved this. Dugoni has a great knack of holding your hand throughout his stories, making the complicated easy to follow without dumbing it down at all. I’ve read less complicated stories more recently that I found a lot harder to follow. Not once here was I confused or reading back a few pages to see which character was which. All of them, both major and minor were clearly defined and so easy to keep track of. The story itself is quite clever and really well told. It dips back into events in previous books and shines some light on them and the fringes of them, while dishing up a fascinating story line in the present. The fact that we have both Tracy and Dans stories alternating and both leading to the same goal is really clever too. I always look forward to a new Dugoni book. He seems to be my go to guy and again I’m in no way disappointed. Oh and special mention to the Irish nanny. The Irish slang and use of words was 100% on the money. An easy five stars for me. Thanks to Netgalley, Thomas and Mercer and Robert Dugoni for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Sharon Metcalf
    January 1, 1970
    Robert Dugoni never disappoints whether I'm reading one of his standalone titles or part of a series. In this case I've just read and thoroughly enjoyed the latest in his Tracy Crosswhite series. A Cold Trail was another fabulous addition to the collection. I've previously commented about the series getting better with each new title and I steadfastly endorse that observation. Not only do I enjoy the mix of police procedural and mystery/suspense but I delight in catching up with some much loved Robert Dugoni never disappoints whether I'm reading one of his standalone titles or part of a series.    In this case I've just read and thoroughly enjoyed the latest in his Tracy Crosswhite series.  A Cold Trail was another fabulous addition to the collection.   I've previously commented about the series getting better with each new title and I steadfastly endorse that observation.    Not only do I enjoy the mix of police procedural and mystery/suspense but I delight in catching up with some much loved characters  - especiallyTracy and Dan.    What's more, in this title Dan was more involved in the storyline and I enjoyed the courtroom drama this added.Tracy and Dan are now proud parents of two month old Daniella.   Whilst renovations are being completed on their home they temporarily move back to Cedar Grove, the place where Dan and Tracy both grew up.   While wrestling with the idea of returning to work Tracy finds herself thrust into a murder investigation which seems to tie in with a Cold Case murder from around the time of her own sisters death more than 25 years ago.  The story  was engaging, I'd call it a page turner, it had enough to keep readers guessing, and (this is a good thing in my opinion) though it was a murder mystery there was not a lot of violence. As we approached the end of the book I had cause to think this may have been the concluding instalment but the Epilogue left the door open to the possibility of more of Tracy, Dan and Daniella.   I really hope I'm right.My sincere thanks to Robert Dugoni, Thomas & Mercer, and NetGalley for the opportunity of reading this digital ARC in exchange for an honest review which it was my pleasure to provide.
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  • Judy
    January 1, 1970
    Terrific, suspenseful crime drama! I really like the character Tracy Crosswhite. She's a new mother and a homicide detective out on maternity leave. She and her husband Dan have moved to Cedar Grove, Tracy's childhood hometown, while their home is being renovated. Dan is an attorney who ends up representing a merchant in town against the city. Tracy gets drawn into murder investigations that seem to be tied together. Both Dan and Tracy have their hands full in their pursuits. An interesting, Terrific, suspenseful crime drama! I really like the character Tracy Crosswhite. She's a new mother and a homicide detective out on maternity leave. She and her husband Dan have moved to Cedar Grove, Tracy's childhood hometown, while their home is being renovated. Dan is an attorney who ends up representing a merchant in town against the city. Tracy gets drawn into murder investigations that seem to be tied together. Both Dan and Tracy have their hands full in their pursuits. An interesting, complex investigation that kept my attention and kept me wondering.This is the first Tracy Crosswhite book I have read; however, it could easily be read as a stand alone and I was glad of that. I will be reading more. The only other book I have read by Robert Dugoni is The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hill, which was a really good read. He's a good author with writing skills that will keep me reading more.Thanks to Robert Dugoni and Thomas & Mercer through Netgalley for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Samantha Gonsalves
    January 1, 1970
    Robert Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite series is one series I have always found synonymous with a good suspense thriller. So much that I didn't bother reading the description or the blurb before picking it up. I picked up the first book in the series in 2017 and there was no looking back for me. I devoured book after book in this brilliant series and it just kept getting better and better! A Cold Trail is a brilliant, compelling and tension-filled addition to the already outstandingly amazing series. Robert Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite series is one series I have always found synonymous with a good suspense thriller. So much that I didn't bother reading the description or the blurb before picking it up. I picked up the first book in the series in 2017 and there was no looking back for me. I devoured book after book in this brilliant series and it just kept getting better and better! A Cold Trail is a brilliant, compelling and tension-filled addition to the already outstandingly amazing series. There is a suspenseful atmosphere throughout the book that creeps in right from the first chapter to the very last. Robert Dugoni is the master of creating nail-biting suspense in a story.When Tracy and Dan return to Cedar Woods for Tracy to enjoy her maternity leave little does she know she's heading right into another case. Following the disappearance of her sister, 20 years ago, Tracy only returned to Cedar Woods a few years ago when the body of her sister was found. Solving the mystery behind the disappearance and murder of Emily took a heavy toll on Tracy and now returning again to Cedar Woods is a bittersweet moment for Tracy. So Tracy decides to make the most of it by spending quality time with her new-born daughter Daniella. Her husband Dan is drawn into representing a local merchant whose business is jeopardized by the town’s revitalization. And Tracy is urged by her old friend Calloway to put her own skills to work on a new case: the brutal murder of Kimberley, a fellow officer's wife and local reporter who was investigating a cold-case slaying of a young woman who disappeared and was killed just before Emily did. As Tracy’s and Dan’s cases crisscross, Tracy’s trail becomes dangerous. The characters and plot of this book were brilliant. I loved seeing the tender, caring side of Tracy who is a new mother. I also liked that she involved some of her team members in the new case, so she wasn't fighting this alone. While the Dan-parts of the story got a tad bit too legal for me, I nonetheless enjoyed experiencing this different kind of thrill. I loved experiencing the thrills as the plot slowly unwinded itself to reveal the perp. The ending was fabulous. I loved seeing the old characters mostly from book 1 like Calloway and Finlay. Faz and Vera too make a brief appearance. The dialogues written for the characters in this book were so damn good too. Det. Tracy Crosswhite is one of the most brilliant series I have had the pleasure of reading and I cant wait to see what's in store for Tracy in the next installment. I really can't wait!Thank You NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer & Robert Dugoni for an arc!
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  • Elaine Tomasso
    January 1, 1970
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of A Cold Trail, the seventh novel to feature Detective Tracy Crosswhite of the Seattle Homicide division.Tracy, her husband, Dan and their newborn daughter have returned to their home town of Cedar Grove while their own house is being remodelled. For various reasons Tracy is cajoled into looking at the murder of an old school friend, journalist Kimberly Armstrong who, in turn, had been investigating a twenty six year I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of A Cold Trail, the seventh novel to feature Detective Tracy Crosswhite of the Seattle Homicide division.Tracy, her husband, Dan and their newborn daughter have returned to their home town of Cedar Grove while their own house is being remodelled. For various reasons Tracy is cajoled into looking at the murder of an old school friend, journalist Kimberly Armstrong who, in turn, had been investigating a twenty six year old cold case murder. Dan is keeping busy too, having accepted a case against the local council.I enjoyed A Cold Trail which has two distinct plot lines until, of course, they merge into a rather surprising one. Tracy’s story is rather more run of the mill with her linking three murders over the course of twenty six years. It is interesting but fairly straightforward. Dan’s story is more tricky as it covers some unusual legal manoeuvres, the details of which were a bit esoteric for me and flew right over my head. Surprisingly as I like a good police procedural I enjoyed this part better, probably because it was something different and required some lateral thinking. I’m not sure if it was just my mood but this one did not catch my attention and totally engross me as some of the previous novels have.Tracy has just given birth so her priorities have changed. She’s unsure about going back to work and I don’t think Dan is too keen on it although he’s trying to be the liberal, supportive husband. This is a case to make up their minds on where they stand. I was rather disappointed that while her colleague, Faz, makes an appearance there is no sign of his sidekick, Del. These two together are comedy gold so the novel lacks their light touch.A Cold Trail is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.
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  • Pamela Small
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC of the newest installment of the Tracey Crosswhite series.Please refer to the publisher’s summary and book jacket for the plot line. This review will give my personal reflections. Detective Tracey Crosswhite returns to Cedar Grove with her husband Dan and new daughter, Daniella. While on maternity leave, she is asked to look into two fatal events. As she investigates, she uncovers discrepancies in the cause of death rulings for three people(two of whom are decades Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC of the newest installment of the Tracey Crosswhite series.Please refer to the publisher’s summary and book jacket for the plot line. This review will give my personal reflections. Detective Tracey Crosswhite returns to Cedar Grove with her husband Dan and new daughter, Daniella. While on maternity leave, she is asked to look into two fatal events. As she investigates, she uncovers discrepancies in the cause of death rulings for three people(two of whom are decades old)! Reviewing cold cases causes jitters among some of the locals, especially the guilty party who has literally gotten away with murders to this point in time. Attorney husband Dan is representing a client in a legal dispute in Cedar Grove as well, which intertwines with the murders, all leading to an explosive conclusion of conspiratorial murder mayhem! This spider web of murders and conspiracies are complex, and effort is needed to follow along, yet all are resolved in a stunning and surprising climax! Very suspenseful and full of twists, this book is an absorbing crime mystery! The characters in this series are well rounded and dynamic. The character driven plot in this series holds my interest. A word of caution: It is necessary to read the series from the beginning. There are MANY references to past events infused throughout the book. Additionally, the layers upon layers of questionable police findings in the old cold cases that Tracey peels away are somewhat tedious, and pacing is adversely effected. But, the pacing picks up again for the explosive climax! The denouement is satisfying.
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  • Kasa Cotugno
    January 1, 1970
    Great addition to this series. The first time I was hooked on a series was when I read Ed McBain's 87th Precinct novels, and I read them from the 1960's all the way through. Although each installment proposed a new situation, it was the back story that kept me grabbing them up on publication day. In hardback. Robert Dugoni has hit on the same formula -- finely crafted characters a reader can truly care about, and ongoing situations, almost like reading one book in serial form.
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  • Dee Arr
    January 1, 1970
    Robert Dugoni has again crafted a novel mixing several genres together, with Tracy Crosswhite providing the detective aspect while husband Dan takes us inside the courtroom. This was my first Robert Dugoni novel and after reading a few chapters I realized the book would probably make it as a standalone, but I would be better served to read at least one of the previous six books in the series. Using some of the backstory dropped in “A Cold Trail,” I decided to read book #1 before moving to the Robert Dugoni has again crafted a novel mixing several genres together, with Tracy Crosswhite providing the detective aspect while husband Dan takes us inside the courtroom. This was my first Robert Dugoni novel and after reading a few chapters I realized the book would probably make it as a standalone, but I would be better served to read at least one of the previous six books in the series. Using some of the backstory dropped in “A Cold Trail,” I decided to read book #1 before moving to the most recent book. As Tracy is returning to her home town of Cedar Grove (the backdrop for book #1), my choice to read the initial book in the series helped introduce many of the characters in “A Cold Trail.” This book is Tracy’s seventh appearance. She and Dan have returned to Cedar Grove while their main home is being renovated, which also gives Tracy time to bond with her new baby and decide what to do about her job as a detective in Seattle. She soon has a new mystery drop in her lap, and chooses to see if she can handle both her career and being a mom at the same time. Mr. Dugoni includes scenes dealing with this quandary, fleshing out Tracy’s character with an issue many new parents must wrestle with.For me, it seemed the book was split in half, with most of the detective and action scenes occurring in the first part and the courtroom filling up time in the second. There seemed to be a lot of back and forth over the same evidence, and though that reflects the realism of police work (sifting through the clues and attempting to uncover what might have been missed) it also felt like it slowed the plot. On the positive side, Mr. Dugoni again does what he does well in his books. He always depicts realistic courtroom drama, giving enough information to make the readers feel like they are witnessing each testimony. Additionally, once we reach the end of the book and the big reveal, the author doesn’t reach out into left field for some implausible ending. His books are well-crafted, dropping hints and that clues that make total sense once the mystery is solved.Bottom line: Very satisfying read, and fans of Mr. Dugoni will be happy with this new addition to the Crosswhite series. As for me, I would like to see more of her interaction with her detective partners in Seattle, and plan on catching up by reading books #2-6. Four stars.My thanks to NetGalley and Thomas and Mercer for a complimentary ebook of this title.
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  • Bent Hansen
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the first books in Robert Dugoni's series about Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite. Dugoni has now published the seventh book in the series, and in my reviews of the past couple of books, I have suggested that Dugoni should end the series as Crosswhite had become a domesticated, emotional and rather uninteresting character very much unlike the badass gunslinger from the beginning of the series. In fact, in this book, when facing mortal danger, Crosswhite acts like a deer frozen I loved the first books in Robert Dugoni's series about Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite. Dugoni has now published the seventh book in the series, and in my reviews of the past couple of books, I have suggested that Dugoni should end the series as Crosswhite had become a domesticated, emotional and rather uninteresting character very much unlike the badass gunslinger from the beginning of the series. In fact, in this book, when facing mortal danger, Crosswhite acts like a deer frozen in the headlights of an approaching car. The plot in this book shows promise but moves along with dragging feet and only becomes remotely interesting in the last quarter of the book when Crosswhite's old detective partner, Faz, comes to her rescue while recovering from the wounds he got in book 6. At the same time, Crosswhite's lawyer husband, Dan, is now such a major character in the series that - combined with Crosswhite's own diminishing role - it is hardly fair to continue to name the series after her alone.Summing up, if Dugoni hadn't been one of my favorite authors in recent years, I would have deserted this series long ago, and I will repeat my suggestion that Dugoni stops the series now before even his fans turn their backs on it.[An ARC of the book was generously provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review]
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  • Diane
    January 1, 1970
    A Cold Trail by Author Robert Dugoni is the seventh book in the Tracy Crosswhite series. Tracy is a smart and fearless detective. I have really enjoyed this series of books and how Tracy was able to find answers about the murder of her sister. She is now home on maternity leave but is asked to unofficially help in a cold case in Cedar Grove where she and Dan are staying while her house is being renovated to make room for baby Daniella. This causes some problems for Tracy and Dan, but she just A Cold Trail by Author Robert Dugoni is the seventh book in the Tracy Crosswhite series. Tracy is a smart and fearless detective. I have really enjoyed this series of books and how Tracy was able to find answers about the murder of her sister. She is now home on maternity leave but is asked to unofficially help in a cold case in Cedar Grove where she and Dan are staying while her house is being renovated to make room for baby Daniella. This causes some problems for Tracy and Dan, but she just can not resist looking into the murder of Kimberly and the possible link to the death of Heather from years past. She hopes this will answer the cloud of suspicion which hangs over Finlay and he will be able to go back to work with the Cedar Grove police department. After reading the complete book I could understand how Dan's current case for one of the owners of the Market Street business district had suspicions of fraudulent motives as the city was purchasing and reselling the historical buildings which seemed to have been abandoned for current business. Even though the court case proved to be linked to a planned scheme, it did take away from the suspense of the overall plot of the book. It overshadowed Tracy's strengths and abilities. Of course with a two-month-old baby, Tracy can not be in the middle of an action-packed thriller, but I did find this book lacking the pace of the previous books in this series. The rescue of Therese by Tracy was the most exciting scene in the book. It will be interesting to see what the next book will hold for Tracy and Dan.Publication Date: February 4, 2020Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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  • Pattyh
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to preview A Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni. This is the 7th book in the Tracy Crosswhite series. If you are a fan, this book will not disappoint. Tracy is still struggling with her personal demons including the death of her sister. She and her husband need time to heal. Dan is representing a local merchant, and Tracy is asked to help on a case. Soon the two begin to merge into a mystery that brings Tracy's family into the mix - murder and more murder.Fans Thank you Netgalley for the opportunity to preview A Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni. This is the 7th book in the Tracy Crosswhite series. If you are a fan, this book will not disappoint. Tracy is still struggling with her personal demons including the death of her sister. She and her husband need time to heal. Dan is representing a local merchant, and Tracy is asked to help on a case. Soon the two begin to merge into a mystery that brings Tracy's family into the mix - murder and more murder.Fans will like this book.
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  • Scott Parsons
    January 1, 1970
    Intriguing NovelThis is the seventh in a series by Robert Dugoni featuring police detective Tracey Crosswhite. While there are numerous references to past events in Tracey's life, I found it was a compelling read by itself without having read the earlier books.Tracey is on maternity leave from the Seattle police department. She and her husband Dan plus baby Daniella have returned to Tracey's hometown of Cedar Grove while their city house is being renovated. While she has a lot to do has a Intriguing NovelThis is the seventh in a series by Robert Dugoni featuring police detective Tracey Crosswhite. While there are numerous references to past events in Tracey's life, I found it was a compelling read by itself without having read the earlier books.Tracey is on maternity leave from the Seattle police department. She and her husband Dan plus baby Daniella have returned to Tracey's hometown of Cedar Grove while their city house is being renovated. While she has a lot to do has a stay-home mother, Tracey is recruited by an old friend, acting Police Chief, to help with the investigation into a couple of murders. Dan meanwhile is retained by the owner of a long established grocery store to repel attempts by the town to expropriate his property as part of a major redevelopment initiative. The acting police chief is substituting for the actual police chief who is on leave grieving the loss of his wife in a fire that consumed their house and was clearly arson (There is suspicion that the police chief may have set the fire).The chief's wife Kelly was a journalist who was digging into the unsolved murder of a young woman named Heather on a cold winter night some years before. So Tracey is pursuing both murders. There are many twists and turns in the plot as Tracey slowly unravels some of the mysteries to uncover the killer. Meanwhile her husband Dan discovers that the redevelopment of Cedar Grove also hides some dark secrets.I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and intend now to read some of the earlier ones in this series.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an Advance Review Copy of this novelFootnote: I had previously read one other novel by Robert Dugoni, The Eighth Sister, an espionage novel, which I also greatly enjoyed.
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  • Aleksandra Tasic
    January 1, 1970
    Robert Dugoni - A Cold trailDetective and a new mom Tracy Crosswhite temporarily returns to her home town of Cedar Grove with her husband and 2 months old daughter while their home is being renovated.She returns to the place that will always remind her of the great loss - her sister Sarah had been murdered, her family falling apart after that tragedy...Upon arrival she finds out about 2 new deaths that seem to be accidents...But nothing is what itseems in this little town and we soon follow both Robert Dugoni - A Cold trailDetective and a new mom Tracy Crosswhite temporarily returns to her home town of Cedar Grove with her husband and 2 months old daughter while their home is being renovated.She returns to the place that will always remind her of the great loss - her sister Sarah had been murdered, her family falling apart after that tragedy...Upon arrival she finds out about 2 new deaths that seem to be accidents...But nothing is what itseems in this little town and we soon follow both Tracy and her husband Dan who is a lawyer in what seem to be 2 different cases...Police procedural and a courtroom thriller all in one and they both entwine throughout the book.The characters are well portrayed and the scenery is beautifully depicted, one can almost start shivering from the cold...The conspiracy that unveils before the reader is well thought out and reveals a surprising and rather emotional ending.This was the first book I've read by Dugoni, now I have to find all the others and read them as well.A job well done with this book!
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  • L Corky
    January 1, 1970
    #NetGalley #A Cold Trail #Thomas & MercerThis is the seventh book in the Detective Tracy Crosswhite series, I have read them all and was very excited to read this latest installment. Tracy and her attorney husband Dan have temporarily moved back to Cedar Grove while their home in the big city is being renovated. Tracy and Dan both grew up in Cedar Grove, a small town that is still slower paced than the city they now live in and everyone knows each other. They want their new daughter two #NetGalley #A Cold Trail #Thomas & MercerThis is the seventh book in the Detective Tracy Crosswhite series, I have read them all and was very excited to read this latest installment. Tracy and her attorney husband Dan have temporarily moved back to Cedar Grove while their home in the big city is being renovated. Tracy and Dan both grew up in Cedar Grove, a small town that is still slower paced than the city they now live in and everyone knows each other. They want their new daughter two month old Daniella to know where her parents grew up and to learn about her family history. Tracy is still on maternity leave, she hasn't decided if she will return to work. Part of her doesn't think she can give up her career but she also knows how dangerous her job can be and she has a child to care for now. Retired Sheriff Calloway (also best friend to Tracy's father) is back as acting sheriff because the new Sheriff Finlay is on leave. His wife Kimberly died when their house burned to the ground, but the medical examiner finds that she actually died of blunt force trauma to the head, prior to the fire. Sheriff Calloway is also dealing with a old 1993 case, the unsolved murder of eighteen year old Heather Johansen. There is one more unsolved murder, a attorney named Matthews. Matthews was was looking into Heather's murder, he was hired by Heather's parents. The Johansen's however, fired Matthews when he told them some of the rumors he uncovered about Heather. .Sheriff Roy asks Tracy to help him investigate the three cases. Tracy jumps at the chance which Dan is not too happy about. Meanwhile Dan is representing a merchant from town, Larry Kaufman. Larry Kaufman is suing the town of Cedar Grove. Soon Tracy's cases and Dan's case start to reveal some strange coincidences. They are seeing their hometown in a new light and not happy with the level of corruption they are finding. Mr. Dugoni has once again delivered a wonderful page turner. He brings the characters to life, there are always enough twists and turns to keep me guessing. I was very surprised at some of the turn of events, especially when the bad guy was revealed. I will be anxiously awaiting the next book by Mr. Dugoni.
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  • Debi Hawkes
    January 1, 1970
    One of the nice things about reading a series is character, storyline familiarity. Its comfortable, like spending time with family and friends.One of the downsides to a series is it's all so comfortable, lol. And I feel compelled to read the next one to check in with my "friends" This is why I try to refrain from starting a seriesThanks to NetGalley for this ARC.
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  • Joyce
    January 1, 1970
    4 starsDetective Tracy Crosswhite and her attorney husband Dan have moved back to Cedar Grove temporarily while their home in the city is being remodeled. Tracy and Dan both grew up in Cedar Grove. They are now the proud parents of a two-month-old daughter whom they name Daniella. Tracy has two months to go on her maternity leave and hasn't yet decided if she will go back to work at all. Former sheriff and now acting sheriff Roy has a puzzle on his hands. Since he knows Tracy quite well he 4 starsDetective Tracy Crosswhite and her attorney husband Dan have moved back to Cedar Grove temporarily while their home in the city is being remodeled. Tracy and Dan both grew up in Cedar Grove. They are now the proud parents of a two-month-old daughter whom they name Daniella. Tracy has two months to go on her maternity leave and hasn't yet decided if she will go back to work at all. Former sheriff and now acting sheriff Roy has a puzzle on his hands. Since he knows Tracy quite well he cajoles her into “assisting” on the case. Basically he wants her to look into three murders and solve them. The first was an eighteen-year old young woman named Heather, the second an attorney from the city (who was an alcoholic), and the third is the current sheriff's wife in a house fire. But before the fire was set, she was hit on the head. Dan is not happy about Tracy taking the case for what happened to Heather is too much like what happened to Tracy's sister Sarah several years ago. Meanwhile Dan also picks up an interesting case involving the city of Cedar Grove and his client; a man whose business is in trouble as a direct result of the city's actions. As time goes by, Dan and Tracy's cases begin to dovetail. Some very interesting coincidences begin to crop up. Meanwhile, Sheriff Calloway and Tracy continue to interview people. Some are reluctant to answer their questions and some seem to be pretty forthcoming. The exciting conclusion to the story reveals the killer. I was suspicious of this person since about fifty per cent of the book. But I had a very good time getting to the conclusion. This book is written in Robert Dugoni's usual well thought out style. The events in the story followed one another in a logical manner. I really liked the parts of the story that dealt with Tracy and Dan's relationship. I liked getting to know them better and it seemed like they had such a mature relationship. I liked the good guys in the book. They were of a similar mindset and seemed to be the best people that they could be. This book has action, a little romance, tension and moves along at a very good pace. It may be my favorite Tracy Crosswhite story to date. Well done, Mr. Dugoni.I want to thank NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for forwarding to me a copy of this very good book for me to read, enjoy and review.
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  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    January 1, 1970
    I'm an avid fan of Robert Dugoni. If he writes it, I will read it. A Cold Trail is the seventh book in his popular suspense series which follows tough-as-nails police detective Tracy Crosswhite. A few reviewers call this a standalone, but I disagree. There are several references which new readers won't understand if they haven't read the earlier books. Background is especially important because Tracy heads back to her hometown in this latest book - the place where her sister was brutally I'm an avid fan of Robert Dugoni. If he writes it, I will read it. A Cold Trail is the seventh book in his popular suspense series which follows tough-as-nails police detective Tracy Crosswhite. A few reviewers call this a standalone, but I disagree. There are several references which new readers won't understand if they haven't read the earlier books. Background is especially important because Tracy heads back to her hometown in this latest book - the place where her sister was brutally murdered many years ago (not a spoiler - the first book is titled My Sister's Grave).This is a story about small town dark secrets and Tracy's personal demons, but I missed the old Tracy - the Tracy who was full of grit, sass and confidence. This time out, Tracy shares a lot of the spotlight with her husband Dan and his legal case. I like Dan but felt that his POV overshadowed Tracy's and the legal aspect dragged for me. We also see a bit of Tracy struggling with the balance of motherhood and work but it's on the periphery of the story. What we do see is Dan, uncharacteristically, being an arse and 'mom shaming' Tracy for wanting to go back to work. Oh Dan, really?!Overall, this is a good addition to the series - just not my favourite. I liked being back in Tracy's hometown (and enjoyed the addition of Faz and Vera). This series remains one of my favourite suspense series but I'm hoping future books go back to showing Tracy's independent, tough and sassy side. Moms can be tough, sassy and even smart-assy too.Disclaimer: My sincere thanks to the publisher, Thomas and Mercer for providing me with a complimentary digital copy of this title in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    So happy when a new Tracey Crosswhite book comes out. This is book 7 amd I strongly suggest you start with the first book, My Sisters Grave. A lot has happened I’m the previous 6 book series and you really want to read the, in order to truly understand what drives Tracey. She is a complex character with a sad and devastating past and you really want to know it all. I these books are so easy to get lost in and before you know it you are reading at 3am! Tracey and Dan have returned to Dans family So happy when a new Tracey Crosswhite book comes out. This is book 7 amd I strongly suggest you start with the first book, My Sisters Grave. A lot has happened I’m the previous 6 book series and you really want to read the, in order to truly understand what drives Tracey. She is a complex character with a sad and devastating past and you really want to know it all. I these books are so easy to get lost in and before you know it you are reading at 3am! Tracey and Dan have returned to Dans family home in Cesar Grove with their 2 month old baby Daniella while their home is renovated. It is hard being back in a town that has been the scene of so much heartache for Tracey. But now that she’s is a mother she wants to face her past for her daughter. As a police officer she is struggling with how her life is going to be with a child and a dangerous job. But Tracey being Tracey she cannot help herself and gets involved in the case of a murdered reporter that was looking into a cold case of a young girl in town a young girl who was friends with her sister Sarah. Meanwhile Dan is representing a local business who is fighting the council that is trying to push them out of town in order to revive the town. When you pick up a Tracey Crosswhite book you know you are in for a treat...A Cold Trail is no exception. Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas and Mercer for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    A Seattle detective returns home to a brutal murder and is forever haunted by her past.Time to put her life back in order Tracy returns to Cedar Grove with her attorney husband Dan and their daughter.What she didn't plan on was Dan taking on a new case dealing with revitalization for a local business owner and the consequences of such upon his business.Meanwhile Tracy is approached by the town's PD to take on a case involving a brutal murder of a police officers wife.Getting to the truth may be A Seattle detective returns home to a brutal murder and is forever haunted by her past.Time to put her life back in order Tracy returns to Cedar Grove with her attorney husband Dan and their daughter.What she didn't plan on was Dan taking on a new case dealing with revitalization for a local business owner and the consequences of such upon his business.Meanwhile Tracy is approached by the town's PD to take on a case involving a brutal murder of a police officers wife.Getting to the truth may be dangerous and downright deadly for Tracy and her family.
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  • Kathy
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Thomas & Mercer I was granted copy of this seventh Tracy Crosswhite book for my enjoyment through NetGalley. I have read all of the books in this series featuring a female Seattle homicide detective. The now happily married and new mother Tracy is on baby leave from her job and the couple is temporarily living in husband Dan's parents' cottage while their home is being remodeled in the Seattle area. Cedar Grove, Washington is thus the location where both grew up and where the 1993 Thanks to Thomas & Mercer I was granted copy of this seventh Tracy Crosswhite book for my enjoyment through NetGalley. I have read all of the books in this series featuring a female Seattle homicide detective. The now happily married and new mother Tracy is on baby leave from her job and the couple is temporarily living in husband Dan's parents' cottage while their home is being remodeled in the Seattle area. Cedar Grove, Washington is thus the location where both grew up and where the 1993 murder of another young girl calls for new investigation after others are killed after looking into it in concert with other suspicious happenings in the town."How could so much evil exist in one small town"...A major real estate scam is linked to the dangerous events, and Tracy's husband Dan is the lawyer bringing the activity to light in the courtroom as attempts on Tracy's life eventuate.3.5 stars from 5 for me as I have liked a couple of these books more than this highly emotional one.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I love the Tracy Crosswhite series! I think I was hooked from #1 and continue to enjoy reading the mysteries and drama in Tracy's life. In A Cold Trail, Tracy and Dan have just had their baby daughter, Daniella, and during the remodel of their house just outside of Seattle, they move back to their home town of Cedar Grove (near Bellingham, WA if you are familiar with the area). A few days after they move back, the chief of police sees Tracy at a diner and asks her if she would help out on a case I love the Tracy Crosswhite series! I think I was hooked from #1 and continue to enjoy reading the mysteries and drama in Tracy's life. In A Cold Trail, Tracy and Dan have just had their baby daughter, Daniella, and during the remodel of their house just outside of Seattle, they move back to their home town of Cedar Grove (near Bellingham, WA if you are familiar with the area). A few days after they move back, the chief of police sees Tracy at a diner and asks her if she would help out on a case he's working on. Of course, Tracy can never get away from her work as a detective and goes to meet with him... and is immediately hooked. It causes some tension between her and Dan because he would rather her stay with Daniella during her maternity leave, but Tracy can't stop thinking about the case especially when it has some ties to the murder of her sister Sarah.At the same time, Dan is litigating a case involving one of the local businesses in Cedar Grove which starts to have connections to the case that Tracy is working on. Cedar Grove is a small town, and secrets cannot be kept, so everyone soon learns that Tracy is working on the local case. Her life becomes threatened which kicks in her mothering instincts to keep Daniella safe. I love that her partner in the PD, Faz and his wife Vera come to her aid. Faz is a hilarious addition and their banter is so entertaining. Tracy teams up with several people to find out what is going on in this small town and quickly discovers that people are not all that they seem. This series is built on the vibrant characters, as well as the compelling story line and mystery. Another enjoyable read!*Thank you to Net Galley for providing a copy of this book to read and review.*
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  • Joanne Hurley
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to #NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this Uncorrected Proof of "A Cold Trail", the 7th book in Robert Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite series of mysteries. I have to admit that I haven't read the previous installations in the series - but I certainly plan to after this one (I don't mind going back to the beginning).Tracy Crosswhite, her husband, Dan O'Leary and their tw0 month-old baby are back in Cedar Grove, where they grew up, while waiting for their house to be Thanks to #NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this Uncorrected Proof of "A Cold Trail", the 7th book in Robert Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite series of mysteries. I have to admit that I haven't read the previous installations in the series - but I certainly plan to after this one (I don't mind going back to the beginning).Tracy Crosswhite, her husband, Dan O'Leary and their tw0 month-old baby are back in Cedar Grove, where they grew up, while waiting for their house to be remodeled. And of course, while there Tracy becomes involved in three - count them, three - cased: one very cold, one a little less cold and one that's hot, literally; simultaneously, Dan is involved in a case involving the revitalization of Cedar Grove.Throughout the book, we get insights into Tracy's life, growing up in Cedar Grove and her continued regrets as to what happened to her sister and how it affected her family.Piece by piece, the cases begin to fit together.This version may have been an Uncorrected Proof, but I did not see any areas that could stand improvement.Highly recommended for those fans of the previous books, and could even be read as a standalone.
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