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Accused (Pacific Coast Justice #1)

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Detective 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 b ...more
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Published January 20th 2012 by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc (first published January 1st 2012)
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Debra Brinkman
Aug 21, 2012 Debra Brinkman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cop story written by a cop is what grabbed my attention. And it is clear throughout the novel that the author is familiar with her subject. Not that I am remotely an expert on what being a cop is all about, but the police activity just has that air of authenticity to it.

I believe this is Cantore's first novel, and that did come through at times with some of the pacing.

The introductory parts -- setting up the characters and setting -- dragged a lot, and I really was hard-pressed to find any cha
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Nancy Steinle gummel
Accused by Janice Cantore is the first book of the Pacific Coast Justice Series. It is a hard hitting drama and retains a Christian outlook in matters of faith. It surrounds our heroine Carly, a divorcee, who is also a police officer. She left her husbank Nick Anderson after finding out he slept with another woman, a cocktail waitress, who tried to blackmail him. When he refused, she called and told Carly. Carly is sent to the juvenile division after an accidental shooting. She hares it. She wou ...more
Iola
Las Playas Police Detective Carly Edwards is 33, her divorce has just come through, and she is frustrated, having been moved from patrol into juvenile investigations after a shootout that killed a civillian. Carly has no time for things of God, nor respect for her 'Jesus freak' mother who spends her time trying to save people. She also has no time for men, after her husband of eight years cheated on her.

Carly is surprised to be called into assist in a homicide investigation, at the request of th
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Lisa Johnson
Jan 22, 2012 Lisa Johnson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The day was Saturday January 2012; I always look forward to getting the mail. That day was no different. I opened a package and there was a novel—Accused—that was new and captivating. On Sunday, I began reading it in earnest; I couldn’t put it down. There are many stories I like because of the setting and characters who are involved in law enforcement or in courtrooms. A story has to grip my attention the moment I turn a page, or I stop reading it before I really get too far into it. Are you lik ...more
Michelle
Accused was a compelling story with a lot of twists and turns. I loved the subplot regarding Carly's failed marriage and the whole idea of who to trust. Carly had gone through some tough situations and had been burned a number of times, so trusting was hard for her. But sometimes given life and death situations, a person learns who their heart trusts. That was certainly the case with Carly. I can't imagine working for a police department and discovering some cops and detectives were corrupt, but ...more
Stephanie Lefevre
I love the crime story, and wanted to find out if I was correct on who was who (and I was), but I felt that the religious portion was just a little too strong. I understand that it helps the story, especially in the end, but it still felt to strong in the middle and end of the story.
Donita Corman
Jun 28, 2013 Donita Corman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book ive read by this author and I loved it. There was a lot of action and corruption of law enforcement. Struggle to find faith and forgiveness. This book would make an exciting movie. I look forward to reading book 2.
Patricia
Feb 18, 2015 Patricia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been "trying out" books by new-to-me authors of Christian suspense fiction. This is the first book I have read by Janice Cantore and I think Ms. Cantore is a great writer--I really liked this story. I LOVE that she understands police procedure and legalities and writes accurately about them. One pet peeve I have is when an author evidently does not know procedures or legalities. While I am not a police officer, I am law trained and it drives me crazy to read inaccuracies and skimpy proof ...more
Debbie
Aug 06, 2012 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Accused is a Christian detective suspense/mystery novel. The police-action part of the story was very exciting and interesting. The details about the job and setting were vivid enough to immerse me in the story and didn't slow the fast pacing. The suspense was created by not knowing who could be trusted and by the physical danger to anyone who questioned how the case was being handled.

Carly was an engaging character who reacted in realistic ways to the situation she was in. There were a large n
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Leona
Sep 01, 2012 Leona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Accused By Janice Cantore

From the Back Cover
“Time to prove she isn’t a broken cop.”
An officer-involved shooting six months earlier takes Detective Carly Edwards off the street and sends her to a boring desk job in juvenile. When a troubled youth is arrested for the murder of the mayor, Carly is summoned to the crime scene. Homicide thinks it’s a quick, open-and-shut case, and Carly hopes this will be her ticket back to patrol.

Though her professional life seems to be on track, Carly still has unr
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Laura
Aug 27, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After an officer-involved shooting, Carly Edwards is stuck in the juvenile division doing desk work. When a former gang member who knows Carly’s mother through church asks for help when he’s wrongfully accused for the mayor’s death, Carly begins to unravel a conspiracy that reaches the top of the community. Unsure who to trust, Carly finds herself in the killer’s hands.

The good: Janice Cantore is a retired cop, and her experience and knowledge is visible throughout the book. The book is action-
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Brooke (i blog 4 books)
Not sure how I've missed out on Janice Cantore's previous novels, but Accused is one of the best suspense novels I've read in a while! The book read very much like an episode of a TV police drama . . . well, maybe two or three episodes! (Think Law & Order but cleaner and better!)

I loved both Carly and Nick and found myself rooting for them . . . even before I really had the entire back story.

Janice's background as a police officer made the book so realistic. It's obvious she knows what she'
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Victor Gentile
Apr 25, 2012 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Janice Cantore in her new book, "Accused" Book One in the Pacific Coast Justice series published by Tyndale House Publishers brings us into the life of Detective Carly Edwards.

From the Back Cover: “Time to prove she isn’t a broken cop.”
An officer-involved shooting six months earlier takes Detective Carly Edwards off the street and sends her to a boring desk job in juvenile. When a troubled youth is arrested for the murder of the mayor, Carly is summoned to the crime scene. Homicide thinks it’s
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Sue
Aug 15, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-thrillers
I received a free download of "Accused (Pacific Coast Justice)" by Janice Cantore to read on my Kindle.

Las Playas police officer, Carly Edwards and backup partner Derek Potter, received a call from dispatch, and responded to a domestic disturbance call.But when they got there, everything went wrong...there was a rapid exchange of fire, one person was dead, and he had been unarmed.

The investigation that followed forced Potter to go off on stress leave and Carly was wrongly accused and transfered
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Christy
Dec 30, 2011 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Before reading Accused, I had never even heard of Janice, and had no idea that she's been writing books for a few years now. I thought I would be getting an early peek at a debut author (considering this book doesn't release for another month). Well...no debut here, but nonetheless, Janice is definitely an author I'll be reading more from in the future! She does what all authors should do, in my opinion...write what they know. Being a veteran police officer-turned-author, her knowledge and exper ...more
Renn Shearin
Aug 07, 2012 Renn Shearin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detective 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.

Car
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Tamara Tilley
Jan 23, 2016 Tamara Tilley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own

ACCUSED by Janice Contore was a great cop drama that I thoroughly enjoyed.
Detective Carly Edwards has been behind a desk for six months following an officer involved shooting. When a youth her mother has befriended gets collared for homicide and asks to speak to Carly, she thinks this just might be the ticket she needs to get her back out on the streets. If she can get the kid to confess, she’ll be back doing what she enjoys most. Unbeknownst to Carly, her involvement in this high profile case j
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Michelle
Nov 16, 2011 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this novel, the cover looks a bit cheesy, and didn't inspire a lot of hope. However, Accused quickly grabs you in an edge-of-the-seat police thriller that compels you to finish the book in one day. Detective Carly Edwards was transferred to juvenile after a call gone bad. Attacked in an alleyway, she fires at the man lunging at her and wounds him...but her partner empties his gun into him. After the whirlwind of negative publicity, she finds herself tr ...more
Voni Harris
Aug 25, 2012 Voni Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Las Playas Police Officer Carly Edwards seems to have problems with partners. One partner kills someone and the incident gets her bumped down to juvenile duty. Her police-officer husband, Nick, has cheated on her, and their divorce has recently gone through—but she trusts him anyway, somehow. Nick’s police partner has disappeared, appearing only to her, but he keeps telling her cryptically not to trust Nick. Her roommate is a good friend, but not a particular encouragement to her. The one person ...more
Linda
Aug 12, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a police, suspense, mystery, Christian novel. Police officer Carly Edwards has been stuck in Juvenal detention since she was involved in an officer involved shooting 6 months earlier which her sergeant said is for her own good. She is also recently divorced. She is called in to help with a homicide that involves a young man who asked for her because she finds out he is a friend of her mother's. Her mother is a Christian and has shared the message of Christ with this young man, Londy ...more
Barbara Brink
Nov 14, 2011 Barbara Brink rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Accused is an action-packed suspense novel with just enough police procedural to give it an authentic feel without being overloaded with information. The heroine, Carly Edwards, is a tenacious and believable female officer trying to come to terms with her recent divorce, the death of her father, and a demotion from the streets to a desk job through no fault of her own.

When the city’s mayor is found murdered and a young man is obviously being set up to take the fall, she gets caught up in a strin
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E.A. West
Dec 01, 2011 E.A. West rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Detective Carly Edwards is stuck in “juvenile exile” and wishes she was back in her patrol car, on the front lines of protecting Las Playas, California. When a juvenile she knows is accused in a high-profile murder case, Carly is sure it will lead to her release from working in juvenile investigations and return her to patrol. Instead, it leads her into the investigation of her life and forces her to figure out who she can trust. Unfortunately, one of the few people she is sure she can trust is ...more
Sela
Jan 06, 2012 Sela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
This book was a fun, easy read. It kept you guessing, but gave enough information to keep you reading too. The story was solid, yet not too heavy. I don’t watch TV, but I’m guessing that this is what the ever-popular police dramas would be like if they were cleaner and had a Christian bent to them.

The characters were well enough developed. A few of the supporting characters were very very shallow, but the main characters were personable and easy to relate to. The author took enough time to expl
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Chelsea Johnson
Janice Cantore writes a book that holds your interest. The fact that she herself used to be a police officer helps immensely I'm sure! :)

After an officer involved shooting, Officer Carly Edwards is pulled from patrol. Even after being cleared of the shooting, she remains working juvie despite the fact that it's the last place she wants to be. When the mayor is found murdered in the trunk of her car, Carly is called to the scene because one of the suspects is a minor. Seeing this as her ticket ba
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Sally
May 27, 2012 Sally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Accused
By: Janice Cantore

I loved this book! Janice Cantore does a great job of pulling you into the story and not letting you go. Detective Carly Edwards is a patrol cop. She is part of an officer-involved shooting and is reassigned to a desk job in juvenile. She doesn’t understand why God would do this to her. She loses her patrol job, goes through a divorce, and is left wondering where God is in her life. Nick, her ex-husband, is also a cop and has become a Christian since their divorce. He h
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Lisa
Dec 18, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Police officer Carly Edwards is angry - angry at the supervisors who stuck her in juvenile after an officer-involved shooting, angry at her ex-husband Nick for having had a one night stand, angry at her mother for interfering, and angry at God for taking away her beloved father.
When Londy, the son of her mother's best friend, is accused of a murder he did not commit, Carly is not thrilled about helping him out...but she does not want an innocent person serving time either. Working with her frien
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Casey
Feb 03, 2012 Casey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Accused” gives a glimpse into the life of a cop from the perspective of a cop author, which is what drew me to the novel.

Carly is an extremely tormented character. A fresh divorce, a conspiracy theory that the agency she works for is corrupt and a cop-related shooting has taken her off the streets and put her behind a desk. Her bitterness drove me away from her a bit. For the first quarter or so of the book she is very much against a faith in Christ and makes that very clear to the reader and
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Audrey Grant
Jul 24, 2012 Audrey Grant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-book
This book was uniquely different than what I had expected and am used to. The main character was the "good gal" as was to be expected and yet she wasn't because she was running as hard and fast from God as she could! She wanted nothing to do with God or anyone who had anything to do with Him!
It takes a lot for this stubborn cop to see that she even needs to start accepting that there might in fact be a God and start asking Him to show Himself to her! Tough Gal!
The story line it's self is very go
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Julie Graves
Carly Edwards is a police officer sworn to protect the community she serves in. While out on patrol with a substitute partner she was involved in a shooting. Now she is working juvenile until the investigation is over.

Carly's personal life is also in a shambles. She has just recently divorced her husband Nick for being unfaithful. She can't get away from him though since he too works for the police force.

Carly wants nothing more than to be back out on the streets. She thinks she is being given t
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Nancy Silk
"Looking For Faith While Solving A Crime"

As a former Long Beach, CA police officer, Author Janice Cantore has written an exciting novel. In this novel, Detective Carly Edwards has been reassigned to juvenile cases which is basically a desk job. She was removed from her patrol work because of her involvement in a shooting incident of an unarmed man in a dark alley one night. It's been a nightmare for the last six months since that debacle. She's tired of the juvenile job and is hopeful to get re
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A former Long Beach, California, police officer of twenty-two years, Janice Cantore worked a variety of assignments, including patrol, administration, juvenile investigations, and training. She’s always enjoyed writing and published two short articles on faith at work for Cop and Christ and Today’s Christian Woman before tackling novels. A few years ago, she retired to a house in the mountains of ...more
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“Frankly I was a little surprised at the unfair press coverage you and your partner received. Sometimes I wonder at people who live their safe lives on the sidelines, yet still want to make all the calls.” 0 likes
“He could, but he loves us too much. He wants us to love him because he first loved us, not because he snaps his fingers. It may not make sense, but God made us this way, with the capacity for good and evil, because he loves us. Look, I know you hate being pushed into anything. God doesn’t push. We aren’t puppets. He’s waiting for you to ask, to choose him.” 0 likes
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