Threads of Suspicion, An Evie Blackwell Cold Case by Dee Henderson, published by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group
Henderson has a new fan. I’ve never read any of her work, and although I wondered about such a large book, over 400 pages soft cover, I was ready to see how this cold case was solved. I was pleased to see that it was not just one, but several cases, as a new task force was put together to solve cold cases in Illinois.
The book focuses on Evie Blackwell and her new partner David Marshal and the two cases they have individually taken on. While focusing primarily on their own assigned cases, they help each other as they can and the reader witnesses the growing friendship as the two strong Christians deal with the law enforcement careers they’ve chosen. Both believers are dealing with personal relationships that test their faith and commitment to God and to the people in their lives that love them.
This book not only dealt with the personalities and challenges of the people that intertwine in the story, it explores the procedures of research, interviewing and brainstorming as old case files are re-examined to try to determine if something might have been missed, or if a trail that was left unfollowed comes to light to fresh eyes. Henderson clearly illustrated that the passing of time can be essential in closing a cold case because so many things change. People can be more open to discussing what happened, and continued acts of violence might be connected to ultimately solve cold cases, and clues that went nowhere suddenly can connect with new facts.
This is what I call a thinking book. One you find yourself trying to brainstorm right along with the characters. It is also a solid example of the reality of being a devoted follower of Christ in a world of conflict. If that’s your type of story, get this book and enjoy it. I’m planning on reading more about Evie Blackwell and will be checking out more of Henderson’s books.
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