Traces of Guilt by Dee Henderson is the brilliant first book of a new series. In it, though, those who’ve read Henderson’s other books will find many familiar fictional friends. Ann Falcon (from Full Disclosure) plays a large role in the story, introducing readers to the new characters and those characters to each other. Her husband, Paul, makes a few appearances, and there are mentions of many of their friends from other Henderson books—including a few members of the O’Malley clan. Henderson’s new novel is both familiar and brand new.
Evie Blackwell is the main character in this series, testing out a possible new job as head of a task force being put together by the governor-elect to solve as many cold cases as they can. Evie is using her own vacation time to travel to Carin County where two cold cases wait for her attention. Gabriel Thane, the county sheriff and a personal friend of one of the victims, will offer his assistance, along with that of his family. His father, former sheriff, is familiar with both cases. His brothers, Josh and Will, have reasons for getting involved as well.
As always, Henderson’s characters are so deep readers will almost believe they are real and they’ll care about what becomes of them. Unlike Henderson’s other books however, this one ends, but doesn’t end. In other words, though several aspects of the story come to a satisfying conclusion, others have intentionally been left open for the next book. Reading the books of this series in order will be a must.
I thank Bethany House Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. I loved it! Fans of Christian romantic suspense novels will enjoy Traces of Guilt too.