Janice Cantore’s new series (The Line of Duty) starts with a setting change from her recent books, moving the main character from California to rural Oregon. Cantore does well with the different setting, proving that she can set a suspenseful tale anywhere she chooses. Unfortunately, Tess O’Rourke seemed slightly one-dimensional for the first half of the story. More interesting for me was the pastor in the small town, and it was his part in the tale that caused me to want to continue reading. By the end of the book, however, I wanted another story with Tess to be waiting for me. She had progressed to a more realistic and intriguing personality than I felt had been there in the beginning, so perhaps I simply needed to let Cantore do her work and reveal Tess as the plot progressed.
I look forward to what Cantore has in store for her readers next!
Book description: Tess O’Rourke dreams of becoming the first female chief of police in Long Beach, California. As commander of the East Division, she is well on her way . . . until the night she responds to an officer-needs-assistance call and fatally shoots an unarmed teenager. Despite being cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury, Tess is so hounded by the public that she takes a job in Oregon to escape the bad press.
Winning over the residents of Rogue’s Hollow might be more difficult than adjusting to her new role as police chief in the small, backwater town. Especially when her closest friend, the pastor’s wife, goes missing and the woman’s cousin is found shot. Tess finds an ally in sheriff’s deputy Steve Logan, but as they track down Rogue’s Hollow’s first murderer, she worries that she’s breaking one of her rules and getting too close to him.