Touch of Evil by Colleen Thompson. Publisher: Love Spell, February 2010
The noose cuts off all air, leaving its victim struggling hopelessly against death. One by one, the members of a small town zydeco band are being murdered by a macabre killer.
Sheriff Justine Wofford is boxed in on all sides, investigating a series of gruesome hangings everyone else considers suicide. Hospitalized by a severe blow to the head, unable to remember the details of the attack, under fire from her own department, she reaches out to the man she’s sworn to avoid at any cost.
Their affair was a close-kept secret, their bodies coming together with explosive heat even as she tried to maintain emotional distance. But now Justine can’t stay away from Ross. Somehow, he’s mixed up in this case and his hold on her is only getting tighter.
All Justine wanted to do was a good job as the town’s sheriff and raise her son. With three murders hanging over her head, Justine has to deal with insubordinate workers, an estranged relationship with her father and and a lost love patiently waiting for her. When her son is threatened and she loses an officer, Justine doesn’t see the people who mean harm to her and her friends. This was a page-turning story that I just couldn’t put down until the end. My rating: 4.5 stars