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August 24, 2021

Cold Case Double Cross by Jessica R. Patch ~ a Review

by MK French



Detective Cash Ryland is convinced his brother was wrongfully convicted of murder years ago and is willing to put himself in danger to prove it. Cold case investigator Mae Vogel could help him, but he mistreated her in high school. To solve this case, the past has to be put aside. If not, the true killer might come after them both.

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Cold Case Double Cross
August 2021; Love Inspired Suspense; 978-1335554529
ebook, print (224 pages); romantic suspense

Cold Case Double Cross
is the second book of the Cold Case series, and I hadn't read the first one. I didn't feel like I was missing anything, maybe because the series focuses on different members of the team. 

Mae has to deal with a lot of pressure both in the field and at home; her family is traditional to a fault so that her father and brother will spout rather misogynistic lines about how she shouldn't be working as an investigator and let the real men do the work. Cash is a detective caught up in his own personal case so that he often reacts by instinct and emotions rather than with logic. Mae is able to pull him back from it, even after she's threatened as well as he is. I appreciated her voice of reason, and that even when she made mistakes of her own, she was willing to apologize and make up for them.

People aren't who they seem to be at first, and the theme of alcoholism, domestic violence, and vengeance comes up throughout the text. None of it is described in-depth but is a linking factor between the victims in the story. As with many thrillers and mysteries, we have a lot of red herrings to sort through. We discover facts as Mae and Cash do, and digging further into who might have wanted Cash's brother out of the way only puts both of them in the killer's sights. The two are forced together, confronting the perceptions they had of each other and the past in their town. As with any good partnership, it works when there's trust and a shared goal.

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Born and raised in New York City, M.K. French started writing stories when very young, dreaming of different worlds and places to visit. She always had an interest in folklore, fairy tales, and the macabre, which has definitely influenced her work. She currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, three young children, and a golden retriever. 


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