Thursday, December 27, 2018
Intriguing! 'Lethal Target - Line of Duty 2 - by Janice Cantore
This was an enjoyable suspense with a dash of romance! The story follows Police Chief Tess O'Rourke as she deals with the suspicious death of a teenager in her small town. Pot farms have sprung up near town and there's an upcoming vote to decide whether it will be legal to sell it in town, also. She's worried more serious drugs might be soon to follow. She suspects someone involved in a pot farm might have had a hand in the teenager's death. The father, especially, is not taking it well and is blaming Tess for not solving the case fast enough. Meanwhile, a man from her past shows up in town, spreading lies and making the townspeople doubt her abilities as chief.
Her good friend, Pastor Oliver Macpherson, gives her a lot of support and a listening ear just when her relationship with Sergeant Steve Logan seems to hit the rocks. While she values the pastor's opinions, she just can't trust in a God who would take her father from her as a teenager. She also can't understand how he can still have faith after his wife was murdered.
I really enjoyed this story as Tess investigates the death and follows the clues. It was like a police procedural but with small town politics and pot farms thrown in! I was really frustrated with this guy who showed up to make her life a nightmare. I just have a hard time understanding people who want to make life difficult for others. There were some good spiritual elements, as the pastor talks with different people about suffering and he thinks about what he went through with the loss of his wife. He knew he would see her one day in Heaven and that God was in control and had a purpose for the pain and he wanted to help Tess see that. There was a hint or romance and some good suspense and action as she tracks down a killer. We got different viewpoints, which always makes a book more interesting. I haven't read book one yet but it was easy to read as a stand-alone, though I did feel that there were characters I probably would have met in book one and maybe had more backstory on. I would recommend this one if you like suspense!
I received this book from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.