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Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite
In Helen Starbuck’s intriguing murder mystery, A Cold Case of Conscience, Homicide Detective Alex Frost asks Annie Collins to help him with some cold case work. The first case is the arson death of a man renowned for his predatory behavior toward women. Traces of accelerant were found around the couch on which he died, and the toxicology report identified traces of alcohol and Rohypnol. Walkers stumbled on a young woman’s body in City Park who had been hit on the head. There was nothing around the scene that could have been used to kill her, and she had no ID on her. The only identifying mark was a tattoo on the inside of her wrist. Annie has a feeling that this homicide might be related to a long-standing cold case, but nobody is talking.
Helen Starbuck delivers a fantastic mystery in A Cold Case of Conscience. The main murder case is followed by other intriguing mysteries, creating several intriguing subplots. The tension throughout the story as Annie conducts her investigation makes it absorbing. I was drawn further into this compelling plot by the suspense, and I was unable to put the book down until I had finished. The characters were fascinating and authentic. I liked that the plot is led by a determined female character who refuses to be intimidated by the threats she receives. Alex Frost's viewpoint on the bleak reality of life as a detective was also something I truly liked. The story was very interesting and had my attention from the start. I was kept guessing until the end, and I was not disappointed.