"Even small towns have crimes that can baffle"
Reviewed by Sharon Salituro
Posted September 29, 2017
Inspirational Mystery | Thriller Police Procedural
Tess O'Rourke followed in her father's footsteps. Tess had
become a police officer and would like nothing more than to
become the first women chief of police. But after one night
while responding to an officer's call for help, Tess
arrives and shots one of the criminals. The bad thing about
it is the victim is a young boy. Of course, Tess had no way
of knowing this, only that one of the offers was in danger.
While the investigation is going on, Tess is placed on
suspension. Tess knows that since the press is all over
this, her dream of becoming the chief of police is probably
out of the question now. While sitting waiting for the
investigation to be over, Tess takes an interview with a
small town called Rogue's Hollow. They are looking for a
new chief of police. When Tess is offered the job, she takes
it. Maybe starting over in a new town will be just what she
While Tess is starting her new job, several crimes occurred.
First, the pastor gives her a bag full of money that he got
from his wife's cousin. Than the minster's wife goes
missing and her cousin Glen is found dead in a wooded area.
Could these two things be connected? So Tess now has two
incidents to check out. The one problem is the other
officers are not real keen on her as their boss. The other
problem is several of the city council, also feel that she
is not the right person to be chief of police. Tess knows
that she must prove to everyone that she can do the job.
Janice Cantore writes a great novel showing how women can
really do any job that they put their minds to. CRISIS SHOT
also has some inspiration in it. The pastor believes more
than anything that God will take care of him and his wife.
Janice also shows that you should never judge a book by its
cover. As much as some of the people in the storyline feel
that Tess is not the right person, slowly they come around.
I also noticed that Janice is a retired police officer.
Perhaps this might have been based on either her life or
someone close to her. Janice also shows the behind the
scenes of what police might go through on a daily basis. I
also enjoyed the description of the area in which Tess was
working. Even though it is a small town, it shows how no
matter what, people do come together to help each other out.
Great read, especially now that the weather is changing.
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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