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Cold Justice: A Private Investigator Murder Mystery (A Jake & Annie Lincoln Thriller Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Not so long ago, Jake had been a construction engineer for one of Canada's largest land developers. At the time, Annie had been doing part-time research for a variety of companies from her home office. When the business Jake worked for had gotten into financial difficulties, he'd been laid off.
He'd moped around the house a few weeks, then one day approached Annie with the idea of expanding her growing business and taking on the name of Lincoln Investigations. Annie had decided it wouldn't hurt to give it a whirl.
Their new venture had required they take the proper course, get PI licenses, and pass police background checks. Several weeks later, they'd designed and printed new letterhead, gotten a dedicated phone line, and proudly displayed their diplomas on the office wall.
Lincoln Investigations had been born.
Though routine searches for missing persons, background checks for businesses, and research for legal firms were still their mainstays, they'd found themselves involved in several high-profile cases. Dangerous people of all kinds had crossed their paths. With the help of their growing relationship with RHPD, Lincoln Investigations had successfully tracked down some of Richmond Hill's worst criminals.
From the Back Cover
- ASIN : B00EG0D2NW
- Publisher : Ray of Joy Publishing; 2nd edition (August 11, 2014)
- Publication date : August 11, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1016 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 305 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #284,508 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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COLD JUSTICE by Rayven T. Hill starts out promising. I loved this premise. Someone seeing a murder and no one believing her instantly got me rooting for the pair of detectives to untangle what was going on and help the woman suffering the loss of a child. It’s my kind of book, and I should have enjoyed a lot more than I did.
What stopped me? All the harebrained, downright stupid things many, many characters did. Yes, it wasn’t just one person not using their noodle, it was multiple characters—on multiple occasions. For instance, you’re going to meet with the person you know is a murderer—you have positive proof, so you: (1) call the police so they can arrest him; or (2) meet in an uber crowded place where you know nothing can go wrong and where you can’t possibly end up the next victim; or (3) meet in the dead of night at a deserted location where no one can hear you scream? It seems obvious what any reasonable person would choose, but none of the characters are reasonable and it’s sometimes a problem with action-driven writing.
Sometimes an author becomes enamored with having a certain plot twist happen on a certain page, and rather than take the time to organically grow a situation where this incident would develop, they wrench a character from where he would naturally go to where they want him to go through a preposterous scenario … like meeting a murderer in a deserted location in the dead of night. The thing is that the author could just have easily had them meet at a crowded location, and had the killer trail the person home. It would have added intelligence to the plot, and given the killer the ability to identify and track the person they most want to eliminate. It would have also given the reader a plausible plotline to follow.
I’m making such a fuss because there were a lot of things I did like about COLD JUSTICE. For one, the writing. It’s solid without a lot of flourishes. It also has flow and holds a reader’s attention. There’s also the premise of the story. As mentioned, it’s more than good. Throw in the central characters, The Lincolns, and you’ve got the makings of what should have been a sensational read. It’s a shame because there’s a real likability about Annie and Jake, but they can’t behave like six-year-old children hyped up on sugar. Likability will only take someone so far.
Because of all of the above, COLD JUSTICE is a mixed bag of tricks. I feel the writer has talent, I’d urge him to give more thought to the situations he plops these characters into. There’s nothing wrong with being action-driven. There’s a heck of a lot of notable authors out there using it to sell a boatload of books and to entertain their audience, but those authors also go the distance in making sure everything makes sense and reads logically.
COLD JUSTICE rates a 3.0 from me. I would recommend it for those wanting a very light, quick, easy read and for those that don’t mind completely implausible situations from developing.
I failed to realize this was a series when I orders it. I try to stay away from those as they don'tusually stand alone . This one was not bad at all in that aspect. However, having a retired attorney in the family and a investigator as well I easily found fault with some of the logistics of the case. I don't think our laws are all that different in the U.S. so I'm pretty sure it is unheard of for private citizens to be involved in some aspects of this case as these were. Story was good, editing was good.
Spoiler: a psychiatrist shares confidential patient info with the police when his patient reports a murder but won't talk to you after the patient is dead? Seriously?
No suspense. No mystery.
Top reviews from other countries
A couple who decide to become private investigators can gain access to all Police records and have a Police Officer photo copy all the details of the case in question??? Oh and are allowed behind Police cordons to see grizzly remains.....Load of poppycock!!!!
A couple who have someone to look after their youngster immediately when they have to so called dash off to interview a suspect or someone related to the case ..really to find out if they take sugar in their coffee.
Non of the characters are believable and the storylines don't hold any mystery.
Having read a few of these books from this author they are all the same...The investigating couple live in a perfect world for them.....even in fiction this is stretching a point too far...needs to be more real world.
Will not be reading anymore of this rubbish from Mr Hill.
The heroine puts herself in danger, exactly like she did in the first book, wouldn't she have learnt? ?
The culprit is named in the first chapters, exactly the same as in the first book, I won't be reading the third.
There is no mistery,, menace or suspence and there isn't a believable character in it
Understanding read but I wouldn't recommend this author to any one other than an insomniac
It was also very predictable I worked out who the murderer was quite early in the book,
All in all a good book but missed the mark so I probably wont read any more in this series.
You don't need to read them in order as they are stories within themselves.