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Cold Case Recruit (Cold Case Detectives) Mass Market Paperback – September 6, 2016
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Two-time 2009 RITA nominee, Golden Quill winner and HOLT Medallion Merit award recipient, Jennifer Morey writes her happy endings in Denver, Colorado, where she lives with her real-life hero. She was featured in the October, 2009 Life List section of LADIES' HOME JOURNAL. Contact her through her website, www.jennifermorey.co
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Though Brycen Cage decided to not be a homicide detective any longer, his life still revolves around murder. But now his career focuses on prior cases that he worked on, as he is a host on a television show about how these killings played out. Recently, the owner of Dark Alley Investigations talked Brycen into reexamining a cold case in Alaska, where a state trooper was mysteriously gunned down for no apparent reason. While he does want to find the murderer, he also dreads going back to an area which brought much stress into his life.
After her husband was killed, Drury Decoteau has continued to support herself as a bush pilot, often taking clients to remote places in Alaska. She has never given up the hope of seeing whoever was responsible for making her a single parent brought to justice, and she desperately wants the detective coming to work the case to be successful where others have failed. When Drury meets Brycen, questions are asked and he is immediately ready to start searching for any new evidence. Then a surprising connection between them develops when threats against her keep escalating, and these unanticipated feelings have Brycen reevaluating his beliefs about relationships.
There are lots of uncertainties in the story, and I enjoyed seeing how Brycen’s mind worked in trying to solve each hidden truth. While he has moved on from his career as a homicide detective, he has certainly not forgotten all the skills he gained over the years. Though he is confident when it comes to catching murderers, he would much rather avoid anything having to do with exclusively dating one woman or family matters. But from the moment he comes in contact with Drury who has long been deeply affected by the death of her husband, Brycen is never the same afterward. It was fun watching this confirmed bachelor get drawn into matters only found when a situation concerns a child, and the author makes these moments realistic. As for Drury, I could easily understand why she would want answers to the unresolved details associated with the senseless killing of her spouse. She is personally involved in much of the investigation, and I liked how she was willing to participate. A few scenes with her son are particularly moving, as reactions are genuine.
COLD CASE RECRUIT intrigues with numerous suspicions. The murder case has only a few leads, and I kept wondering if any new information learned was actually connected to what occurred or unrelated. Jennifer Morey had me guessing the incentive with carefully placed clues, thus making the story more suspenseful. Cold cases are especially difficult on those who loved the victim as well as the cops determinedly trying to find the killer, and this miniseries gives insight into the motivations of both.
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Drury is still mourning the death of her husband, and not satisfied with the lack of progress in the investigation. She goes to DAI with her request for help, and gains new hope that answers will be found. She has also received a couple threats, and worries that her son is in danger because of it.
From the moment they meet, there is a connection between Brycen and Drury. She is surprised by her attraction to a man who so obviously wants nothing to do with it. Brycen has avoided relationships and anything to do with family since he left Alaska years before, haunted by a death that he feels responsible for. But from the very beginning, Drury and her son Noah get past his defenses. The escalating threats against Drury bring out an unexpected protectiveness in Brycen. He also forms a bond with Noah, who is having a hard time dealing with his father's death. There were some really emotional scenes between Noah and both Brycen and Drury. Drury hadn't been looking for a new man in her life, especially one that has no intention of staying in Alaska. She is drawn to his strength, but also to the hint of vulnerability she senses in him. I loved her reaction when she found out what had happened, and what she did about it. It was pretty special to see how she stood up for him. She also melts over the way he helps Noah. The attraction between them continues to build until they can no longer resist it. But Brycen still balks at the idea of forever with someone, and Drury can't do a relationship without commitment. A conversation with Kadin gives Brycen something to really think about. I loved Brycen's big moment at the end, and Noah's willing participation.
The suspense of the story was really good and kept me turning the pages to see what was going to be revealed next. I couldn't tell at first if some of the information was related to the killing, or just part of the background. Even as connections became clear, I didn't expect the reason to be what it was. The final confrontation was really intense, and answered a lot of the questions. I loved how Brycen involved Drury from the start, and that she wasn't just a tagalong but a full participant.