A Review of A Cold Day in Hell
Author ~ Lissa Marie Redmond
There is something about a well written police procedural story that I always enjoy, and I thoroughly enjoyed reading A Cold Day in Hell. Written by retired police officer, Lissa Marie Redmond, I found that this book had a very authentic feel to it, which you would hope it to have if written by a former police officer.
Lauren Riley is a detective at the top of her game, solving crimes in the Cold Case Investigations of the Buffalo Police Department. Single mother of two, who's girls have gone off to college, Lauren finds that she has a bit too much time on her hands. Frank Violanti, slick defence attorney, who's questionable clients and theatrical behaviour in court make him one of the best. When Franks's eighteen year-old client, David, is arrested for murder he begs Lauren to take the case on as a private investigator. Normally on opposite sides of the bench, Lauren and Frank don't generally see eye to eye, but upon meeting David, Lauren can't help but feel she needs to prove his innocence. Unravelling the conflicting evidence, Lauren discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. With an abusive ex stalking her and the press all over the case, Lauren puts here career in danger as doubt starts to plague her motives.
I have to say that with a lot of police procedural's, I usually have a pretty good guess who-done-it before the big reveal. I may not always be right, but I have my suspicions. That is half the fun of reading these, to see if you can pick out the clues the author has given. When reading A Cold Day in Hell, the clues were there, but I was never able to make up my mind, until the reveal happened. I also enjoyed the fact that while there was the big investigation to prove David's innocence, Lauren was still working her day job in the cold case department. TV is often very sensationalized with great intuitive leaps, but reading this book dispelled a lot of what you see on TV and explained that solving crimes is a lot of hard and diligent work and a fair amount of luck, especially in the cold case department.
While I enjoyed reading A Cold Day in Hell and was interested in the story developing and what was going to happen, for me, I was easily able to put this book down at night and I didn't find myself with the urgent need to read the book as fast as possible, until the last 2% of the book. Redmond has done an excellent job with a hook at the end that makes you want to pick up her next book ASAP. Now she just needs to write it.
I received an free ARC of A Cold Day in Hell from Midnight Ink via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.