ARC BOOK REVIEW: Cold Case Heat by Mary P Burns

Publication Date: September 12, 2023
Format: Kindle 
Genre:  Mystery Romance LGBTQ

Publisher: Bold Stroke Books
 304 Pages
Buy: Paperback 


Forty years ago, Sydney Hansen’s best friend was murdered. His killer left her a menacing note. Now the man Syd suspected was behind the killing has died—and she receives another threat, attached to a photo of her thirteen-year-old great-niece. Terrified but angry, she turns to the NYPD and Detective Gale Sterling to reopen the case.

Gale has been handling cold cases for over a decade, burying herself in her work and caring for her elderly father, a former detective himself. But this case isn’t like the others. Maybe it’s Sydney Hansen—she finds her beauty captivating. Or maybe it’s the bullet she takes for Syd one night when their date turns into an impromptu stakeout.

Syd and Gale just want to protect the innocent and bring a killer to justice, but as their feelings for each other grow the once cold case turns dangerously hot.


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Sydney has been sitting on evidence in the murder of her best friend scared to come forward after death threats to his son.  Now the son is grown and has a daughter of his own and has found out about how his father died. Sydney also wants to learn what happened to her best friend and get some justice but she receives another threat.  This time it doesn't deter her and she goes to the police.

I really enjoyed this story.  I find with a lot of lesbian mystery romances it's more about the romance than the actual mystery but this was not.  The cold case of what happened to Wyatt is a twisty winding road that has many possible suspects, missing evidence, a mole in the NYPD and a tap on Sydneys computer. 

Gale and her partner Tommy take on the case. I love their interaction and their nicknames for each other.  You can feel the closeness these two have from working together for so long. When Gale and Sydney meet there is an instant attraction but both have wounded hearts and then there is the cold case investigation between them.  This is a slow burn romance and it felt right, and natural.  

Well written with a great mystery and so many layers to a brutal murder that happened many many years ago. It seems MM romances are all the rage but lesbian stories don't get as much press or love. This is definitely a good one. Not every character is gay and the story line will have you second guessing yourself over and over. 

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