Cold Case Connection
by Dana Mentink
Series: Roughwater Ranch Cowboys #3
Published by Love Inspired Suspense
Publication Date February 1, 2020
Genres: Christian Fiction, Suspense, Clean Romance
Setting: California Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-3
Written for: Adults
Hunting down old leads puts a murderer on their trail.
Convinced his sister's death wasn't an accident, private investigator Sergio Ross is determined to catch her killer. But with all the clues hinting at a connection to another unsolved murder, he has to join forces with Helen Pike -- a woman linked to both deaths -- to find the truth. Can they follow the cold evidence trail to get justice...before they become the next victims?
I would like to thank Celebrate Lit for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: Danger on the Ranch, Deadly Christmas Pretense, Secrets Resurfaced
Cold Case Connection is a fast-paced adventure as Helen and Sergio attempt to find the person who murdered his sister (her best friend) Fiona, three years earlier, and whom they suspect also murdered a high-school girl in the nearby caves fifteen years earlier. Danger lurks on every side and likely suspects seem to pop up everywhere.
I enjoyed seeing how Sergio was so devoted to his lovely toddler nieces he adopted at Fiona’s death. His love for them was so strong! Unlike some daddies in stories who are a bit of a superman, he was quite a bit at a loss of what to do – which made me like him more.
Sergio’s strong sense of family caused him to desire vengeance – enough that he became licensed as a private investigator so he could pursue the case! He had such a lesson to learn about allowing the Lord to be the one to take vengeance instead of taking matters into his own hands.
Helen’s many brothers were familiar from the other stories in the Roughwater Ranch Cowboys series. Though not brothers through blood, they were a close-knit family, sometimes smotheringly so. I loved the way they all cared for each other.
One of the things I really enjoyed was the way each character’s relationship with the Lord was so natural and so much a part of who they were. There was nothing preachy about the story and yet the spiritual aspects flowed throughout.
While the real murderer was not very high on my suspect list, this person really was there. (Do you like the way I’m not giving away the gender?!) I confess, I really liked my own convoluted theory and the way it would have thrown a wrench into things but the real solution worked, too. 🙂
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Cold Case Connection was really fun to write because it’s Helen’s story. She’s an intelligent, sensitive woman who is the sister to the men living on the Roughwater Ranch. Liam is her biological brother, but she’s just as close to Chad and Mitch who might as well be blood relatives.
In this novel, Helen has to relive the worst moment of her teenage life, the night when a mysterious murder occurred during a teen prank. Helen is going to have to face the past in order to preserve her future. Cowboys, a case gone cold, a coastal ranch and a whole lot of danger…I hope you will enjoy the ride!
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To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize of a Mentink giveaway bundle, including:
- a tote bag
- a copy of Cold Case Connection
- an Amazon gift card!!
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