Cold Case Pursuit
by Dana Mentink
Series: True Blue K-9 Unit: Brooklyn #7
Published by Love Inspired Suspense
Publication Date October 1, 2020
Genres: Inspirational Fiction, Suspense, Clean Romance
Setting: New York Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
A cold case solved by the K-9 unit…
but the past is not so easily escaped.
Decades after her parents’ murders, Penelope McGregor’s grateful the killer’s finally been identified—until he comes after her. Now Detective Tyler Walker and his K-9 partner, Dusty, must protect Penelope and catch the culprit…while making sure his little girl stays out of the crosshairs. But can the single father outplay a killer whose endgame will leave no one safe?
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
I’ve been reading all the books in the True Blue K-9 Unit: Brooklyn series in preparation for the release of Dana Mentink’s Cold Case Pursuit, knowing that each one builds on the previous one as the K-9 team hunts down the killer in a cold case. They have been releasing over the past six months, so by the time I picked this one up, I had forgotten it tells Penny’s story. When I saw that this was the case, I was so excited! How wonderful that one of my favorite Love Inspired Suspense authors would be the one to tell the story of the young woman who had been the only witness of her parents’ homicide twenty years earlier!
Drawn quickly into the palpable emotions of fear, insecurity, and hope, I even cried when Sergeant Gavin introduced Penny to Scrappy, the K-9 school reject who just needed someone to love him despite his many faults. It was so moving the way Penny and Scrappy met the needs of one other. And I was so drawn to the less than perfect dog with the big heart, floppy ears, and questionable parentage.
Getting to know Penny was such a treat. Despite the horrible things that had happened in her childhood, she chose to live and to hope. And to care well for those around her, doing what she could to make their lives better, even if it was just by providing the best coffee she could.
Poor Tyler was a mess. He deeply loved his two-year-old daughter and poured himself into her life in the ways only a loving daddy could. Wearing bunny ears, learning silly songs, and hugging away her tears. Yet he felt that he could never marry again – his wife’s desertion of him and their child had caused him to feel inadequate and unlovable. He somehow kept blurting out words that his heart knew but his head hadn’t yet accepted, words of caring towards Penny. And his action spoke louder than his words.
And then there is Bradley, Penny’s older brother. His story, Delayed Justice, will be next. It is the conclusion to the series and will release November 1, 2020. Understandably, we see quite a bit of him here, his fiercely protective nature and the nurturing he showered on Penny. I’m looking forward to reading this as soon as it is available!
The suspense and unknowns kept the story moving rapidly as the threats against Penny escalated. There was plenty of action and danger without becoming gory, and it was easy to follow what was happening.
The faith message was more subtle than in other stories by Dana Mentink. Penny, in her insecurity, had to learn the value God places on her. How beautiful the words Tyler shared with her to help her see the truth “You are lovable and loved because God said so.”