A Cold Trail by @RobertDugoni #Suspense #BookReview

From Amazon:

In New York Times bestselling author Robert Dugoni’s riveting series, Seattle homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite returns home to a brutal murder and her haunted past.

The last time homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite was in Cedar Grove, it was to see her sister’s killer put behind bars. Now she’s returned for a respite and the chance to put her life back in order for herself, her attorney husband, Dan, and their new daughter. But tragic memories soon prove impossible to escape.

Dan is drawn into representing a local merchant whose business is jeopardized by the town’s revitalization. And Tracy is urged by the local PD to put her own skills to work on a new case: the brutal murder of a police officer’s wife and local reporter who was investigating a cold-case slaying of a young woman. As Tracy’s and Dan’s cases crisscross, Tracy’s trail becomes dangerous. It’s stirring up her own haunted past and a decades-old conspiracy in Cedar Grove that has erupted in murder. Getting to the truth is all that matters. But what’s Tracy willing to risk as a killer gets closer to her and threatens everyone she loves?


Robert Dugoni is the New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and #1 Amazon Internationally Bestselling Author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series : My Sister’s Grave (2014), Her Final Breath (2015), In the Clearing (2015), The Trapped Girl (2016), Close to Home (2017) and A Steep Price (2018). 

Dugoni’s espionage novel, The Eighth Sister, inspired by real events, arrives April 2019.

His critically acclaimed literary novel, The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell (2018) won Suspense Magazine’s Crimson Scribe Award as The Best Book of 2018 and has drawn comparison’s to novelist John Irving’s work. Dugoni also won a Golden Microphone for his narrationo that novel. Connect with him on Facebook @AuthorRobertDugoni, on Twitter @robertdugoni, and on Instagram, robertdugoni, author

Dugoni is also the author of the David Sloane series: The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm, Murder One and The Conviction. 

Dugoni is the winner of the 2015 Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction, has twice been a finalist for the Harper Lee Award for Legal Fiction, twice been a finalist for the Silver Falchion award for his mysteries, was a 2015 and 2017 International Thriller Writer’s finalist for thriller of the year, and a 2017 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Finalist for his stand alone novel, The Seventh Canon. His books are sold world-wide in more than 30 countries and have been translated into dozens of languages including French, German, Italian and Spanish. 

Dugoni’s first in the Tracy Crosswhite series, My Sister’s Grave (Nov. 2014), became a months-long #1 Amazon Bestseller in the United States, France, Italy, Germany and in the UK, as well as a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Best Seller and won the 2014 Nancy Pearl Award for fiction. Library Journal gave it a Starred Review and said it “Combines the best of a police procedural with a legal thriller, and the end result is outstanding…Dugoni continues to deliver emotional and gut-wrenching, character-driven suspense stories that will resonate with any fan of the thriller genre.” 

The sequel, Her Final Breath, also became an Amazon top 10 bestseller, as did In the Clearing. The Trapped Girl was a #1 Amazon and #1 Wall Street Journal best-seller that Kirkus and Booklist are calling his best book to date. Close to Home debuted at #2 on the Wall Street Journal Best Seller list. 

For more on Robert Dugoni and his novels, visit his website at http://www.robertdugoni.com

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My Review

Tracy Crosswhite and her husband Dan make the trip to their childhood home and are soon immersed into a tangled web of murder, betrayal, and conspiracies.

A series of brutal murder draws Tracy into investigating the cold case connections to a young woman’s death, along with that of Tracy’s sister, while Dan accepts a suspicious case against the city. When Tracy and Dan’s cases show a few too many coincidences, the danger ramps up.

As a killer draws close, Tracy fights not only her own parental instincts, but her husband’s disapproval. With more questions than answers, Tracy’s hunt leads to a surprise ending.

I love a good whodunit, and for the most part this story fit the bill. I did guess who the murderer was and would have liked to have felt a bit more tension throughout the book, but overall a good read.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this advanced copy of A Cold Trail- 4 lovely kisses!


  1. An exciting sounding story, Jacquie. Thanks for this review.

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    1. The underlying theme is about professional women making tough decisions after childbirth, Robbie. Something you can probably relate to!

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      1. Yes, it is something I can relate to.

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  2. Shalini says:

    Sounds good. I have read only the first book in this series great review 😍

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    1. This was my first by, Dugoni, Shalini. I really enjoyed his characterizations.

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  3. Mae Clair says:

    I love whodunits too, Jacquie.. This sounds like a good one and the book cover is awesome!

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    1. It backs up the title nicely, doesn’t it? 🙂

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  4. D.L. Finn, Author says:

    Nice review Jacquie:) I’ve always been a fan of a murder mystery!

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    1. Me, too! I love trying to figure out the bad guy before the end 🙂


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  5. I’ve just read one book by him and really loved it. (The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell) and really enjoyed it. I need to read more. Wonderful review, Jacquie!

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    1. I’ve seen that one, Jennifer. The title really catches the attention! I’ll have to give it a try, thanks 🙂

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      1. I think you’ll love it- it’s emotional and really unique.

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  6. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Great review Jacquie! I wonder if I would have guessed “who did it” too LOL

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    1. That’s the fun of mystery novels, right? 😊


  7. Staci Troilo says:

    I’m a whodunit fan. It’s a shame about the tension, but the characters sound compelling. I might check this one out. Thanks, Jacquie.

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    1. He’s a strong writer, Staci, I think you’d enjoy it 🙂

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  8. Teri Polen says:

    I’ve seen this author’s books everywhere, but haven’t read any yet. I also love a good mystery – and that cover is perfect.

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    1. This was my first by him, Teri. Really good!

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  9. carhicks says:

    Great review Jacquie. I have read all the previous books in this series, so need to make time for this one for sure. Too bad it was not as tense as you expected.

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    1. This was my first, so that could be part of the problem.

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