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Police officer turned inspirational crime novelist Cantore delivers another round of crime and intrigue to readers in Accused, the first in her Pacific Coast Justice series. Carly Edwards has been a cop for 10 years, divorced for 1, and stuck behind a desk in juvenile for six months. When a suspect requests Carly by name, she jumps at the chance to get back in the action. But the case is not the simple open-and-shut homicide case it appears to be, leading Carly, instead, into a web of political scandals and police corruption. Who can she trust as she tries to get to the truth? Her ex-husband Nick proves to be an unexpected ally, and his new Christian faith has changed him, making it harder to hate him. As she goes deeper into the murky details of this dangerous investigation, Carly also feels a deeper pull toward God, shared by so many around her. Forced to trust people she has been wary of, Carly begins to see the benefit in trusting faith as well. --Carolyn Richard

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“Time to prove she isn’t a broken cop.”
An officer-involved shooting six months earlier takes Detective Carly Edwards off the street and sends her to a boring desk job in juvenile. When a troubled youth is arrested for the murder of the mayor, Carly is summoned to the crime scene. Homicide thinks it’s a quick, open-and-shut case, and Carly hopes this will be her ticket back to patrol.

Though her professional life seems to be on track, Carly still has unresolved issues in her personal life. Nick, her ex-husband and fellow police officer, is determined to show Carly that he’s a changed man, but she isn’t convinced he won’t betray her again.

As the murder investigation progresses, Carly suspects a cover-up and strikes out on her own, uncertain whom she can trust. But she soon realizes the case may put her directly in the killers’ crosshairs.

Janice Cantore is a retired Long Beach police officer who now writes suspense novels to keep readers engrossed and leave them inspired. Her years of experience on the force lend authenticity to her stories. Accused is the first in the three-book Pacific Coast Justice series.

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Product Details

  • Series: Pacific Coast Justice (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; First Edition edition (January 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414358474
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414358475
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A retired Long Beach California police officer of 22 years (16 in uniform and 6 as a non-career officer), Janice Cantore worked a variety of assignments, patrol, administration, juvenile investigations and training. During the course of her career in uniform Janice found that faith was indispensable to every aspect of the job and published articles on faith at work, one for a quarterly newspaper called "Cop and Christ", and another for the monthly magazine "Today's Christian Woman".

With retirement Janice began to write longer pieces and several novels were born. Janice is excited and honored to now be a part of the Tyndale Publishing House family. Accused, the first installment in her new suspense offering, The Pacific Coast Justice Series, was released February 1, 2012 and kicked off a brand new chapter in her writing career. In addition to suspense and action, her books feature strong female leads. Janice writes suspense novels designed to keep you engrossed and leave you inspired.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer VINE VOICE on February 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
"Accused" gives a glimpse into the life of a cop from the perspective of a cop author, which is what drew me to the novel.

Carly is an extremely tormented character. A fresh divorce, a conspiracy theory that the agency she works for is corrupt and a cop-related shooting has taken her off the streets and put her behind a desk. Her bitterness drove me away from her a bit. For the first quarter or so of the book she is very much against a faith in Christ and makes that very clear to the reader and those in her life. I was searching for something that would make her more likeable and struggled until just about half way when she started to soften.

There was much going on, both on an emotional level for Carly and a greater story level for the suspense of the story. A part of the ending did surprise me (in that it actually happened), but there is certainly much to keep the book from being dull -I would have liked a faster pace through the middle of story, but that is my personal opinion in what I want in suspense.

"Accused" is a pretty quick read, I thought parts of the actual writing could be improved, but at the close of the novel, it makes me wonder how Carly will become a stronger character in later books.

This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By AvidReader on June 29, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I wanted to love the book, i am always looking for more Christian mystery writers to add to my must-read list, but I found my mind wandering half way through and realized I didn't even care how it turns out...never a good sign! There just wasn't enough believability and genuine intrigue for me. I found myself wanting to tell the main character to stop whining rather than wanting to root for her! There was a little too much over-explaining for my tastes as well, I prefer stories that flow seamlessly without the author having to completely spell every single little thing out over and over again for the reader.
The writing style seemed slightly disjointed, but nothing that was too distracting. It seemed as though this must be the author's first novel...although I did not check, so not sure if that is the case. If it is, hopefully the series will get better, but I don't think I'll be looking for the next book.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By i blog 4 books on February 19, 2012
Format: Paperback
Not sure how I've missed out on Janice Cantore's previous novels, but Accused is one of the best suspense novels I've read in a while! The book read very much like an episode of a TV police drama . . . well, maybe two or three episodes! (Think Law & Order but cleaner and better!)

I loved both Carly and Nick and found myself rooting for them . . . even before I really had the entire back story.

Janice's background as a police officer made the book so realistic. It's obvious she knows what she's writing about! Janice did a great job staying one step ahead of me, so that it wasn't until the very end that I knew for sure "whodunit." (I love trying to guess who the culprit is but hate figuring it out halfway through the book!)

Due to the nature of a police drama, there were quite a few characters and sometimes I had trouble remembering who was who. However, knowing this is the first in a series, I'm sure I'll get to know the main characters better in future books.

The ending was beautifully done . . . not too rush, not trite, but realistic and a good pace. And ... Janice did an amazing job at tying up the loose ends of Accused while obviously setting the stage for the next book in the series. I can't wait to read the next installment of Carly and Nick's story!

I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my fair and honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christian Book Review Blog on March 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
Accused was one wild ride. A ride I completely enjoyed. Janice's writing style is hip and modern and she is obviously learned on her subject. This was one of those books that is not only entertaining but also enlightening. I enjoyed the generous sprinkling of "cop" facts littered throughout the book. For example, 5150 means crazy in cop language.

The romance was believable and sweet, although I definitely must read the next installment in this series since I need to "see to the end" the blossoming relationship between Carly and her ex-husband Nick. By the end of the story, their still not completely comfortable in each others presence- much less ready to remarry... at least not yet.

Faith was woven seamlessly into the story and I enjoyed the spiritual elements immensely. In contrast to some reviewers' claims that the story was preachy, I felt refreshed that Jesus was a prevalent part of the story. The only drawback to this book was that Carly's best friend was somewhat scandalous.

And I can't forget the suspense! Edge-of-your-seat suspense. Although I was not surprised by who the killer was, I enjoyed every step (and the twists!) in this wild ride that Janice skillfully created. And the ending was heart-pounding! I am eagerly awaiting Janice's next release Abducted. But in the mean time, I suggest that you grab yourself a copy of Accused. Trust me, you'll be screaming for more.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christy VINE VOICE on February 2, 2012
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Before reading Accused, I had never even heard of Janice, and had no idea that she's been writing books for a few years now. I thought I would be getting an early peek at a debut author (considering this book doesn't release for another month). Well...no debut here, but nonetheless, Janice is definitely an author I'll be reading more from in the future! She does what all authors should do, in my opinion...write what they know. Being a veteran police officer-turned-author, her knowledge and expertise in law enforcement shines through much of this story.

Accused is also a very appealing read for those who want a little romance with their suspense, and the mix here is just right--not too much so that it's corny, but not too little to make you think no one has a heart. :o) It is all-the-more believable since Carly and Nick are divorced, and Carly still carries a great amount of bitterness toward Nick because of their split.

But the icing on the cake here is the plot itself! It is so twisted that you won't come up for air until the very last page! The bad guys in this story are all over the place, too, and just when I think I've got one pegged, another one rears his ugly head. To me, that's what makes a good suspense novel. Give me a little something to figuratively chew on, while keeping me glued to the pages at the same time, and I'm a fan for life.

If there's anything to dislike here, it would be the spiritual elements. Now, since I read nothing but Christian fiction, you'd think I wouldn't have a problem with this, but this is the first book that I've read in awhile that is as preachy as this one is. Carly has some major issues with anything concerning God, and her disinterest initially is a little repetitive.
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