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Burning Proof

(Cold Case Justice #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  520 ratings  ·  92 reviews
After months of investigating the brutal homicide of a young girl, Detective Abby Hart finally has the evidence she needs. But when the arrest goes terribly wrong, Abby begins to doubt her future as a police officer. As she wrestles with conflicting emotions, old questions about the fire that took her parents’ lives come back to haunt her.

“There is proof.” PI Luke Murphy c
Paperback, 400 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Tyndale
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
Burning Proof picks up almost where Drawing Fire left off and, while it’s not quite as action-packed as its predecessor, there are still plenty of edge-of-your-seat moments! Both cold cases are riveting – the current one that Luke and Woody are researching for beautiful blogger Faye (woeful sigh) and the ongoing arc of the murder of Abby’s parents’ and Luke’s uncle. The latter case keeps gaining new layers to peel back, new aspects to investigate, and a stunning development or five that I though ...more
Beth Erin
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Full review on Faithfully Bookish

Abby’s faith and confidence are shaken when flashbacks and nightmares plague her after she faces a devastating incident. The turmoil and anxiety produce a more authentic character. Abby struggles as she reexamines the very foundation of her faith and her career. Her introspection and soul-searching reveal a deeply vulnerable side of her personality.

Luke continues investigating the cold case that intertwines his life and ca
Tamara Tilley
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, janice-cantore
BURNING PROOF is book two in the Cold Case Justice series and another winner from Janice Cantore.

Detective Abby Hart is devastated when her latest case ends tragically. Taking a leave of absence, she spends time with her fiancée, doing what he loves, hoping his passion will become hers. Instead, Abby finds herself struggling with the relationship. With extra time on her hands and needing a distraction, she gets involved with a case Luke Murphy is working on. Abby knows she shouldn’t spend more
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-books
Burning Proof was a great follow-up to Drawing Fire! It continued the story of finding out what really happened when Abby's parents were murdered and who the guilty party was. While this book did answer some questions, it also left me wondering about other things and anticipating the next installment!

The story had several different subplots going at once, but in the end they all kind of fit together and made the story interesting. I did get a little confused when the POV would change to someone
Stella Potts
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Burning Proof is the second book in the Cold Case Justice series. I loved the first book and the second book did not disappoint. Janice Cantore has a way of bringing the characters into your heart. Abby and Luke continue to try to solve the 27 year old cold case in which her parents and Luke's Uncle were murdered and also another cold case as well. Many twists throughout the book that will keep you literally on the edge of your seat. Cantore also includes spiritually and faith struggles in her c ...more
Jul 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Non-stop action, case drama, clues and twists provide the perfect suspense for this utterly addictive book. With hints of romance and a solid basis in faith, this second book in the Cold Case Justice series continues all the excitement from book one with likeable characters and heart-wrenching cases.

With the cold case of the Triple Seven fire and murders having settled down somewhat, Detective Abby Hart has continued with other investigations, most recently the homicide of a young girl. But when
Lisa Johnson
Mar 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title: Burning Proof (Cold Case Justice #2)
Author: Janice Cantore
Pages: 400
Year: 2016
Publisher: Tyndale
My rating is 5 stars.
The Cold Case Justice series begins with the novel, Drawing Fire where we are introduced to three main characters. One is Detective Abby Hart who lost her parents in a fire that destroyed their restaurant. Next meet a retired cop named Woody who is helping Abby get used to working at the level and intensity she does, along with teaching her his on-the-job wisdom. Now meet L
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Riveting suspense with a bit of romance

Burning Proof by Janice Cantore opens with Long Beach Detective Abby Hart and her new partner Bill Roper wrapping up a homicide case. Unfortunately an individual involved in the case is shot by Abby (not a spoiler, but you need to read the story for the details). Abby has to work through the emotions resulting from the shooting, and a major theme of the story is that process. During her time away from the police department, she re-evaluates many areas of he
Kelly Bridgewater
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoy watching crime solving shows at television and lean toward that genre when reading books. I love the thrill of hunting along with the characters to find out what happened and who did the murder, the abduction, or the terrorist threat. Suspense and mysteries are my chosen genre. Janice Cantore newest addition to her Cold Case Justice Series Burning Proof truly shows the inner workings of the police force with reoccurring characters from the previous book.

One aspect of a book series that I
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A strong follow up to the first book, Drawing Fire. The action continues as Abby continues working with her new partner and Luke joins a cold case task force as well as continues his work as a PI. In my opinion, you'll want to read the first book before this one. There's some background and action that takes place in the first book that relates to and explains some of what happens in this book.

Abby's character is well developed and complex. I liked the authenticity of her character in this book
Apr 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: thriller, netgalley
Following on from Drawing Fire, which you should read first, this continues the story of Abby Hart. There's less of her personal story, though a very thought-provoking scene should cause most readers a few searching moments and the idea that justice is for *all*, not just those we *like* provides an ongoing thread, perhaps causing some doubt amongst the previously morally-certain. Forgiveness, too, is for everyone.

Again, the Christian angle is very light, more explaining Abby's distress at the c
Apr 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Burning Proof" is a Christian detective novel. It's the second book in a series, and it continues the story of the previous book. I'd recommend reading these books in order (starting with "Drawing Fire"). The story contained an ongoing case and a new case. These cases were the focus of the second half of the book. There were suspenseful moments as the bad guys plotted to kill our main characters.

Much of the first half of the book was about Abby dealing with a fresh trauma on top of everything
Janka H.
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great novel in the sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat-thrilled series!

Abby Hart and Luke are continuing the search in the cold case concerning their relatives being murdered. Is it possible that there is a proof to the one who gave the order to kill? And what about the shocking revelation that Abbys father might be alive?

And while investigating that, the life is not stopping at the door. And when one of the Abbys cases turns into an ugly ordeal, she is shaken and so is her faith. Is she re
Edward Arrington
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the Cold Case Justice series picks right up where the first one left off with more power-packed action and suspense. Unless you are a reader who turns to the end of the book to see how things turn out before reading the rest of the book, I definitely recommend you read this series in sequence. Still struggling with the lack of complete resolution regarding the murder of her parents years earlier, Detective Abby Hart is thrown into a serious crisis that almost knocks her out of ...more
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: action-suspense
I am so intrigued by this series!! It's so different from others I've read. Firstly, the MCs are not really in mortal danger ever (i.e. kidnapping, hostage, etc). Secondly, all three books are the same storyline and characters, making for a longer story arch. It's very fun.

With partial answers to the murders of her parents, Abby Hart is trying to accept that this is a solved as the case is likely to get. But... her dad. So she's not giving up completely but she's also not doggedly going after a
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I don't know if I liked it has much as the first book in this series, but it was still really good. I'm glad we got to see more of Woody and that he and Luke are now working together. But, I hate that Abby and Luke are still not together. She's finally available and he's not...Ugh! As far and their common cold case, it will be interesting to see how it all wraps up in the next book.
Mar 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
While the reader learns more about the series mystery, Janice treats us to other cases that are just as intriguing. The romance is slowly building, which is my style, and while not the focus, the fact that Abby and Luke have a real connection draws the reader firmly in place.
Make sure you read the 1st book of the series before this one!

Full review coming soon to!
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Abby and Luke finally get more answers. Abby is shaken by one of her cases, but comes to see that God is truly the foundation.
Library Queen
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lsrp-2019, 2019, library
Solid suspense story, but I guessed the mystery lead bad guy.
Nathan Albright
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Tyndale Press in exchange for an honest review.]

Although I do not get the chance to read too many novels, at least compared to the nonfiction books I read, I do enjoy reading well-written Christian legal fiction [1] as well as Christian mystery novels [2], when I get the chance to add them to my usual material. This book is part of the author's Cold Case Justice series, and as I am not familiar with the first novel in the series, it took a bit of t
Fiction Aficionado
Apr 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was expecting more from this book, which disappointed me from both a romantic and a suspense point of view. This is the second book in Janice Cantore’s Cold Case Justice series, and I do suggest you start with the first in the series, Drawing Heat; but do so realising that you will need to read the entire series in order to get closure on some of the plot lines.

The overarching story to this series is the unresolved murder of Abby’s parents and Luke’s uncle, all of whom died in the same inciden
Stephanie Allen
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it

Detective Abby Hart has been investigating the death of her parents for years. She has finally come to the realization that everyone else is right and that she has been obsessed by finding her parents killers. She has come to grips with the fact that justice will be served in God’s timing and not her own. As she moves on with her life, she puts all of her focus into solving current cases. When she finally gets the break in the case she has been working, she goes to make an arrest but things go t
Stephanie Norton
May 29, 2016 rated it liked it
I am taking a break reading self-help books for now. I have started reading some inspirational fiction to get my mind off of things in my life at this moment. I think I have been focusing too much on improving myself and am getting worn out LOL. Anyways, I picked up a book by Janice Cantore called Burning Proof. It is a crime drama inspirational fiction.

I would suggest reading Drawing Fire first because Burning Proof is the second book of the series. I didn't know that when I started reading it
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In this second book of the Cold Case Justice series, Detective Abby Hart is closing out a case by making an arrest when everything goes wrong….seriously wrong. It makes her wonder if she really is called to be a police officer. Maybe this is a sign that she should join her fiance Ethan in mission work.

And just when she feels she has some closure in her own cold case…that of her parents’ mysterious deaths…her home and life are in danger. Who is still feeling threatened by Abby and Luke looking in
Sara Wise
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
** “I do know that God is still God. No one escapes his justice. There is nowhere to run, nowhere for anyone to hide. You need to stand up straight, beat the man that hurt you by living your life, stepping forward with your head up no matter what you face.” **

Picking up immediately following “Drawing Fire,” Janice Cantore continues the story of homicide detective Abby Hart and private investigator Luke Murphy in “Burning Proof.”

As Abby and Luke are still trying to piece together the clues of th
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Janice Cantore continues her Cold Case Justice series with Burning Proof as PI Luke and his now partner retired cop Woody, are taking care of the files and evidence of late Asa Foster’s (Abby’s former partner), that concerns the murder of Abby’s parents and Luke’s uncle. Choosing not to let Abby know what they found, Luke and Woody have also signed up to work with the newly formed Cold Case Squad. Their first unofficial assignment involves a young woman who was kidnapped and brutally assaulted y ...more
Victor Gentile
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Janice Cantore in her new book, “Burning Proof” Book Two in the Cold Case Justice series published by Tyndale House Publishers gives us another case with Homicide Detective Abby Hart.

From the Back Cover: After months of investigating the brutal homicide of a young girl, Detective Abby Hart finally has the evidence she needs. But when the arrest goes terribly wrong, Abby begins to doubt her future as a police officer. As she wrestles with conflicting emotions, old questions about the fire that to
Linda Walters
As I started reading this story, I kept thinking, "Are you sure you haven't read this book before? It sure seems familiar.". I finally figured it out. It wasn't the same book but Book 2 of the adventure I had started with the first book , Drawing Fire . I liked it and had hoped that this would tie up all the loose ends. Well, not exactly. A lot was solved but I see that there is Book 3 to hopefully finish up the rest.

I liked both of the main characters Luke and Abby. Woody, who was a friend fig
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Burning Proof is Janice Cantore's second installation in her Cold Case Justice series. Detective Abby Hart and Private Investigator Luke Murphy are still left without answers regarding the fire at the Triple Seven restaurant that killed Abby's parents and Luke's uncle. It has been over twenty years and they are still left wondering what happened and who was behind it. While trying to make peace with not knowing, both Luke and Abby live their lives fighting for justice for others.

When an arrest
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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. Janice writes suspense novels designed to keep readers engro ...more

Other books in the series

Cold Case Justice (3 books)
  • Drawing Fire (Cold Case Justice #1)
  • Catching Heat (Cold Case Justice, #3)