Book Review: Accused

15 Feb

358475_w185Detective Carly Edwards hates working in juvenile-where the brass put her after an officer-involved shooting-and longs to be back on patrol. So when a troubled youth, Londy Atkins, is arrested for the murder of the mayor and Carly is summoned to the crime scene, she’s eager for some action. Carly presses Londy for a confession but he swears his innocence, and despite her better judgment, Carly is inclined to believe him. Yet homicide is convinced of his guilt and is determined to convict him.

Carly’s ex-husband and fellow police officer, Nick, appears to be on her side. He’s determined to show Carly that he’s a changed man and win her back, but she isn’t convinced he won’t betray her again.As the investigation progresses, Carly suspects a cover-up and strikes out on her own, uncertain whom she can trust. But when danger mounts, she begins to wonder if she made the right choice.





Janice-61374-200x300(From the author’s website) A retired Long Beach California police officer of 22 years (16 in uniform and 6 as a non-career officer), Janice Cantore worked a variety of assignments, patrol, administration, juvenile investigations and training. During the course of her career in uniform Janice found that faith was indispensable to every aspect of the job and published articles on faith at work, one for a quarterly newspaper called Cop and Christ, and another for the monthly magazine Today’s Christian Woman.

With retirement Janice began to write longer pieces and several novels were born. Janice is excited and honored to now be a part of the Tyndale Publishing House family. Accused, the first installment in her new suspense offering, The Pacific Coast Justice Series, was released February 1, 2012 and kicked off a brand new chapter in her writing career. Abducted followed in July 2012 and Avenged, the third installment in the series will be released April 1,2013. In addition to suspense and action, her books feature strong female leads. Janice writes suspense novels designed to keep you engrossed and leave you inspired.

Janice has bachelor’s degrees in Biology (University of California at Irvine) and Physical Education (California State University at Long Beach).  She also completed graduate coursework in Criminal Justice (University of Southern California) and is currently a member of American Christian Fiction Writer’s and Sisters in Crime.  She attends Rim Church in Running Springs California and lives in the small town of Green Valley Lake in the mountains of Southern California. Janice is single and has three Labrador Retrievers, Jake, Maggie and Abbie. Janice’s hobbies are reading, cross-stitching, kayaking, hiking, walking the dogs and trying to stay fit.

My Impressions:

I have been amassing quite a few novels on my Kindle, so this year I am determined to do something about it and have taken to turning on the text-to-speech while I am about my chores or errands. While the somewhat robotic voice (think your GPS reading you a book) takes a bit to get to used to, I find the story comes to the forefront and the odd cadence and pronunciations disappear. Janice Cantore’s first novel, Accused, was my latest foray into Kindle story telling. What I discovered is another fine suspense novelist exploring the disparate worlds of crime and faith. Cantore’s experience as a police officer brings an authenticity to her novel. I believed everything that her character Carly Edwards experienced — from her unjust treatment by the press, the loyalty to the police department and fellow officers, and the corruption that can overtake men. Carly also struggles with the faith of those around her. Her attitude shifts from open antagonism to curious interest until the faith of her mother, ex-husband and others proves itself. Accused is the first novel in a trilogy. I look forward to reading more about Carly’s pursuit of justice and truth. If you like suspense novels, especially those featuring policemen and women, check out Accused.


(I purchased Accused for my Kindle. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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