Audio: A Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni @robertdugoni ‏@esuttonsmith #BrillianceAudio #LoveAudiobooks

Posted February 6, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 13 Comments

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Audio: A Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni @robertdugoni ‏@esuttonsmith #BrillianceAudio #LoveAudiobooks  A Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni
Narrator: Emily Sutton-Smith
Series: Tracy Crosswhite #7
Published by Brilliance Audio on February 4, 2020
Genres: Mystery
Length: 10 hours, 31 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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The last time homicide detective Tracy Crosswhite was in Cedar Grove, it was to see her sister’s killer put behind bars. Now she’s returned for a respite and the chance to put her life back in order for herself, her attorney husband, Dan, and their new daughter. But tragic memories soon prove impossible to escape.

Dan is drawn into representing a local merchant whose business is jeopardized by the town’s revitalization. And Tracy is urged by the local PD to put her own skills to work on a new case: the brutal murder of a police officer’s wife and local reporter who was investigating a cold-case slaying of a young woman. As Tracy’s and Dan’s cases crisscross, Tracy’s trail becomes dangerous. It’s stirring up her own haunted past and a decades-old conspiracy in Cedar Grove that has erupted in murder. Getting to the truth is all that matters. But what’s Tracy willing to risk as a killer gets closer to her and threatens everyone she loves?

The Tracy Crosswhite series  is very much a favorite, which I borrowed the audiobooks through Kindle Unlimited and then purchased them.  Each book is a well crafted development of characters in this group of co-workers, family and friends. Even the witnesses and suspects are brought to life in a realistic way.

I love the puzzling mysteries, police procedures, and thrilling action, with issues of evidence and politics.  I would read this series in order due to the spoilers in the personal and professional lives of the characters, plus it is such a pleasure to read them.

Tracy is smart and excellent in her work.  She is struggling with a decision about raising her child, continuing her career and the time and expectations in her marriage.  This is a realistic issue all women with children and careers face.  For some it is a more difficult decision than others.

A Cold Trail is set back in Cedar Grove where Tracy and Dan grew up.  We know some of the characters from their childhood, others were new to the reader, but people they knew.  A murder just before Sarah’s disappearance and a current couple murders seem to be linked, maybe, but how? The local police have asked her to help due to both her experience and the local department may be too closely involved to be as objective as is needed.

Tracy does take the case.  She has to deal with feelings of not spending enough time with her daughter.  There is also the danger she or her family might face from the killer(s) she crosses in her work.   I love Tracy and can’t wait to see what is next for her!



I love Emily Sutton-Smith as the narrator for this series.  I am thrilled I can get the audiobook version through Kindle Unlimited.  The male and female voices are distinct and I recognize characters pretty well now.  I was able to listen  at my usual 1.5x speed.

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About Emily Sutton-Smith

Emily sits in a carpet covered box and tells stories, and loves it. She also helped to found an Equity theatre, which she works to keep alive and thriving.

About Robert Dugoni

Robert Dugoni is the New York Times, #1 Amazon, and #1 Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author of the Tracy Crosswhite series: My Sister’s Grave, Her Last Breath, In the Clearing, The Trapped Girl and Close to Home, as well as the short prequels The Academy and Third Watch. The police procedural featuring Seattle Homicide Detective Tracy Crosswhite has kept Dugoni in the Amazon top 10 for more than three years and sold more than 4 million copies. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, released April 2018. Dugoni’s first series featured attorney David Sloane and CIA agent Charles Jenkins.

He is the winner of the Nancy Pearl Award for fiction, a two-time nominee for the Harper Lee Award for Legal Fiction, A two-time nominee for the Mystery Writer’s of America Edgar Award and a two-time nominee for the International Thriller of the year. His non-fiction expose, The Cyanide Canary, was a 2004 Best Book of the Year. He is published in more than 30 countries and two dozen languages.

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Posted February 6, 2020 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 13 Comments

13 responses to “Audio: A Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni

  1. I have been meaning to try his books and even got one to listen to from KU but let it go back when I wanted something else. I can see I need to start this series. Soon.