A puzzling case and a target on her back... Lethal Target by Janice Cantore (Review)

Lethal Target
(The Line of Duty #2)
By Janice Cantore
Christian Romantic Supsense
Paperback & ebook, 416 Pages
October 9th 2018 by Tyndale House Publishers


Police Chief Tess O'Rourke thought she'd taken care of her small town's drug problem last year. But now Rogue's Hollow residents are up in arms over a contentious vote on legalizing the sale of marijuana within city limits. And when an eighteen-year-old is found dead of a possible overdose, Tess wonders if the local pot farms might be involved and begins to fear that a new, deadlier drug supply chain has cropped up. As tempers flare and emotions boil over, Tess faces the possibility of losing the town's support.

With her relationship to Sergeant Steve Logan on shaky ground, Tess could really use a friend, and she feels drawn to Pastor Oliver Macpherson's quiet presence. But the anger she holds over her father's death prevents her from embracing his faith and finding peace.

Battling storms within and without, Tess is shocked when a familiar face from her past shows up in town to stir up more trouble. And his threats against Tess may prove lethal.

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My Review

LETHAL TARGET is another roller-coaster, emotional, danger-filled suspense. From the beginning there is action and a murder to be solved, and the plot just thickens from there. The characters and small-town are again an enjoyable part of the story, with Tess and Oliver taking the forefront. The inspirational element is stronger than in the first book, but well done. It felt genuine and was inspiring as these characters work through some very difficult things, both in the past and in the present. Another highly recommended read for inspirational suspense readers!

I've fallen in love with the characters in this series. Tess is just fabulous and easy to relate to. She's conflicted, tough, but has the biggest heart, and has her own past issues to work through. The town also has its own issues to work through as Tess is faced with a murder to solve, a heckler who hates her and makes life miserable, and a target on her head. Then there's Tess trying to work through her faith and decide if she's ready to open her heart again.

There are mainly just two point-of-views in this story, between Oliver and Tess. I wasn't sure why Oliver had a strong POV at first, but then I got the why and enjoyed seeing what he was thinking and getting his perspective. I'm not quite sure I'm in love with where things are leading there, but I'm hoping I'll warm up to it in the next book. There were a few other short POVs from some others, which always throws me a little, but worked for the story.

Then there's the suspense. There is a lot going on in this story! Different people missing, different crimes being committed, law enforcement politics, as well as law enforcement trying to figure out what's going on and who is to blame. I really like how this series is so steady. There is a steady stream of things happening, little clues here and there, character development, different aspects with faith and a touch of romance. Everything grows in intensity all the way to a climatic ending.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I thoroughly enjoyed this story! I couldn't put it down and was flipping pages as fast as I could towards the end. There's plenty to love for inspirational suspense fans! I'm eagerly anticipating the next book in the series.

Content: Some violence due to this being suspense, but clean.
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not require a positive review nor affect it in any way.

Other Books in the Series

Crisis Shot
(The Line of Duty #1)
By Janice Cantore
Christian Romantic Supsense
Paperback & ebook, 391 Pages
September 5th 2017 by Tyndale House Publishers


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.

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Make sure you check out my review of book one here and the guest post from the author here.

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