Review – Justice for Katie by Linda Crowder

justice for katie Justice for Katie
(A Jake and Emma Mystery Book 3)

3rd in Series
Setting – Wyoming
Self Published
March 4, 2015
Paperback: 184 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1508434443


In 1985, budding author Jeb Cannon discovers the decomposed body of a young woman while riding fence with his father on their wind-swept Wyoming ranch. The case quickly goes cold but her memory haunts his imagination.

Thirty years and a number of best-selling thrillers later, Cannon asks Detective Matt Joyner to help him finally find justice for the woman, whom he has dubbed “Katie.” Joyner has his hands full investigating the modern-day murder of an Assistant County Attorney so Jake and Emma Rand step in to take a fresh look at the decades old case.

When they uncover a link between Katie’s death and the murder of the Casper ACA, they may finally unmask the mysterious “Boss” that has been orchestrating a campaign of murder and deception.

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is the 3rd book in this series following Too  Cute to Kill and Main Street Murder. I read and reviewed both back in March. This one has been shouting at me from my Kindle and I just couldn’t wait to read it any longer.

Jake and Emma start out taking look at a very cold case after a request is made to Detective Matt Joyner. He just doesn’t have the time as he has a high profile current case of his own. All of the sudden they realize the cases could be connected and even ties back to things in the previous books. This time Emma’s mentor and friend, Dr. Grace Russell, help them connect all the dots. 

The author crams a lot into the 184 pages and the story is quick paced and holds the reader’s interest completely. I really like these characters. They are very genuine and jump off the page. My favorite character was Grace. She has plenty of her own stuff to deal with but jumps right in to help solve this mystery the spans 30 years.

The story is well plotted and very believable. The setting is wonderfully described. This  story has something for everyone, friendship, a couple that is truly in love, drama, action and corruption. I love that the young girl, “Katie” was remembered by many after all these years and that like the title says, she needs justice.

A great read. For maximum enjoyment you need to read all three.

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linda Linda grew up in Loveland, Colorado, the youngest of six children. She moved with her parents to California when she was 16 and spent the next 16 years of her life in the Bay Area before moving home to Colorado and finally to Wyoming.

In her writing, Linda draws from her vast and varied experience with people facing domestic violence, hunger, homelessness, mental illness and suicide. Her nonfiction is full of practical strategies and her fictional characters leap off the page with all the nuances, strengths and frailties that draw readers to her work.

Her current projects include the third Jake and Emma Mystery, “Justice for Katie,” now out and a new edition of “Life Isn’t Just Luck” to give readers even more real-world advice and activities. Linda is also working on a series of inspirational short stories and exploring a humorous new series called “It’s a Gift” about a young woman determined to make the most of every day of her life.

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