My rating: 4 of 5 stars
An excellent start to the series of Cold Case Investigation. Lauren is all for justice, but she’s as real as it comes with typical lost loves and 2 failed marriages, in fact, Lauren Riley reminded me of Karen Pirie by Val MacDermid. The author Lissa Marie Redmond definitely knows her work, and it shows in how detailed and structured the story begins with. The first part of the story focuses on introducing the characters and everything is quite descriptive but not in a boring too much way.
A Cold Day in Hell is a part investigative and part legal thriller. Lauren works with Shane Reece in the cold case division and the warmth friendship they both share is dished out perfectly. Even though I expected a cold case to be the main theme of the story, the major investigation is by Lauren as a PI for the defense advocate with whom she doesn’t share a good equation. There is quite a lot happening in the story as we are made aware of her ex lover bully cop, the ex husband with whom she’s still in love, her girls and their relationship, the stalking drama , and 2 other cold cases where most times justice is not served.
A brilliant work and looking forward to continuing the series.
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Lauren Riley is an accomplished detective who has always been on the opposite side of the courtroom from her nemesis, slick defense attorney Frank Violanti. But now he’s begging to hire her as a private investigator to help clear his client of murder. At first Lauren refuses, wanting nothing to do with the media circus surrounding that case—until she meets the eighteen-year-old suspect.
To keep an innocent teen from life in prison, Lauren must unravel the conflicting evidence and changing stories to get at the buried facts. But the more she digs, the more she discovers that nothing is what it first appears to be. As Lauren puts her career and life in danger, doubt starts to lurk on every corner . . . and so does her stalker.