3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Ms. Buchanan has written a book that clearly makes it out of the infield as a single. Based on the plot, Cold Case Squad could have been a home run. If Ms. Buchanan decides to continue this book as a series, I predict that the next book will be much more successful.
Each of the members of the cold case squad has a secret pain which is well known to the members of the squad . . . but kept from the reader until later in the book. Presumably, the pain must have been revealed in The Ice Maiden. As a result, a lot of the references are mysterious until the pains are disclosed later in the book. If the sources of that pain had been revealed sooner in this book, Cold Case Squad would have worked a lot better. Instead, there's a false feeling about the story telling. Now that I know what the secret pains are, the next book will be easier for me to follow.
As a result, you may want to consider reading The Ice Maiden before this book.
As the story opens, we are given a flash back into an old crime. Three deaths occur in a short period of time, but we don't know if they are all connected or not.
Moving forward to the present, a widow, April Terrell, comes into the cold case squad complaining that she keeps seeing someone who reminds her of her dead husband, who died 12 years earlier in an accident. Lieutenant K.C. Riley impulsively pulls her squad off of their current cases to crash on this one as a suspected homicide. Why? You'll find out before the book ends. But the investigation is an intriguing police procedural.
In the background, the detectives make headway in finding a serial killer who has been following a bizarre ritual. I found this part of the story the most satisfying.
One of the attractive parts of the plot is that it relies on the benefit of fresh perspectives on old problems to solve the cases. I thought that that approach was both realistic and interesting.
The character development of the squad leaves something to be desired, but their ascribed backgrounds are certainly colorful.
Good luck with the next book, Ms. Buchanan!
on 13 September 2012
This book arrived on time and in good condition. It was a hard back book which I had not realised but that made it even better. I have been collecting this author's books for a while now as I discovered one of her books in the libary but couln't get any more there. Her stories are exciting and I enjoy american authors, having read James Patterson, John Grisham and others, so to my mind her books are equally good.