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What She Found

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This is a fantastic addition to the series. I am not fully caught up on all Tracy Crosswhite journeys and I would recommend reading them in order, but I was able to read the book without feeling like I was missing something strategic. In this one, Det Tracy Crosswhite agrees to look into the cold case disappearance of investigative reporter Lisa Childress at her daughter Anita's request. After twenty=five years, Anita would like to uncover the truth, no matter where it leads but as Tracy uncovers the truth, it tests her loyalties and her tenacity. 
Dugoni is an excellent storyteller, and Tracy's character evolves through the series as well. Tracy now has a family, which she never would have considered possible in earlier books. Tracy's relationship with her husband Dave, is mutually respectful and supportive. Her tenacity and determination to find the truth sometimes puts her in grave danger. I really enjoy this series and this story is a little more complex than some of the earlier books. I hope Dugoni will write more than the ten books originally planned for this series. 
Thank you to the publisher, NetGalley and the author for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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I received a copy of this story from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Barely 3 stars.

I've read most of the Tracy Crosswhite series and this one is a bit of a disappointment. Don't get me wrong: it's okay and most people will enjoy it. But I've read too many stories like this so I know what to expect and what to look for. This felt sloppily done.

First, it took Tracy roughly HALF the book to realize something was off when I realized it back at the moment it happened. It's a pretty significant plot point and she's supposed to be brilliant. So either the author intentionally delayed making that connection - not sure why - or Tracy is getting slower as she ages.

Second, there's a pretty obvious connection to be made between one aspect of the case Tracy's working and the case Dan had been working at the opening of the book. It never came to fruition and it was a little annoying. The similarities made it seem like they'd be more important.

Third, I dislike how the author chose to handle Lisa Childress's autism. I don't think it was done well. Without going into massive spoilers, I think there's the possibility for some dangerous inferences in the autism throughline.

I might be finished with this series. I can't say I'd recommend this book, in particular, in any case.
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I have read quite a number of police investigative books by now and almost all of them have in turns been thrilling, chilling, racy, atmospheric or a combination there of. However, very rarely have I come across a police investigative story which stays very close to the long, drawn-out, tedious and sometimes mundane process it actually tends to be in real life. 

"What She Found" is the 9th book of the Tracy Crosswhite series by Robert Dugoni and it's quite popular. You only need to read the first few pages and can totally see why it is so. Let's just talk about the book first. Detective Tracy Crosswhite is currently working cold cases and has just come out of a highly publicized decades old case she had helped solve. This prompts journalist Anita Childress to get the detective to look into the 25 year old disappearance of her mother, investigative journalist Lisa Childress. Though Tracy doubts the chances of finding her alive, she still works in earnest to solve the case so as to give Anita the closure she deserves. 

This begins Tracy's journey of tracing Lia's footsteps and trying to find out what might have happened to her. There are many roadblocks on her road to find the answers and some of them lead her to people she cares about. Does she manage to find Lisa? And is she able to make things right and get justice for the victims? We find out the answer to these questions in a story of quite interesting twists and gray characters. And I must say some of these twists are genuinely jaw-dropping. 

The protagonist Tracy Crosswhite is very likable and relatable; she is a person of complex nature but also of a strong moral compass. All the other characters in the book all will-defined and close-to-life people. The dynamics and relationships between Tracy and these characters manage to pull us into their lives and make them real to us. These human aspects against the backdrop of the stark investigation pulse life into the story. 

Also, author Dugoni makes an effort to make the investigations as close to a real police investigation as possible. There are delays and frustrations while the police await test results. The people the police interact with aren't always honest, cooperative and forthcoming.  The answers don't come in bright and blinding moments of truths. It takes dogged effort and determination from the whole team of officers who work the case. The effort Dugoni has put in and the research he must have done, to get the details right, is clearly evident throughout the book and his story telling style. All these things combine to make a great recipe for a well-written police-procedural thriller which is thrilling and extremely engaging. In fact I can't wait to get my hands on the next one in the series. 

I can't recommend this book enough to police-procedural lovers. Do not miss it!
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This book was amazing! I loved the mystery and the storyline was well done! I would highly recommend this book to everyone!
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I have loved this series since the very first Tracy Crosswhite story. 

He brought the story line from his previous short story The Last Line into the present as Tracy works on a cold case. I love how he can easily tie several threads together to bring the story to a satisfying end. 

If you are new to this author and Tracy Crosswhite, start with the first book My Sister's Grave. 

I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas and Mercer for the opportunity to read and review this story. I apologize that I am woefully behind on my reviews.
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This is an engaging novel. It is the ninth one featuring Tracy Crosswhite, a Seattle police detective now working on cold cases. How have I missed this series? I am frequently skeptical when a male author writes a female lead but Dugoni has done a great job developing a tenacious heroine. She is willing to pursue a case and find the truth even when it means her own career might be in jeopardy. There is a good balance of investigative work and Tracy's personal life. There are also good hints to Tracy's background for those of us reading this one but having missed the previous ones.

This novel deals with police issues from decades ago. We read of the lure of money and the temptation to use police activity to gain it. We see how Tracy gets frustrated in her work by the political influence on police work. We see the reward of Tracy solving a cold case, of putting the welfare of a citizen above her own. 

Dugoni's writing style is a pleasure to read. The plot kept me engaged and I loved the setting as one does not read of Seattle often.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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No wonder Robert Dugoni is a world-wide bestselling author. He sure knows how to keep his reader totally enthralled and invested in the story. This book is peopled with wonderful characters who really come to life and are totally believable. The story, of a cold case investigation by Detective Tracy Crosswhite, is totally unpredictable, horrific in places, charming and heartwarming in others, but always gripping. The writing style is bold, very readable, short and sweet, and guaranteed to keep you reading.
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The next installment in the Tracy Crosswhite is another great read that fans of the series will love. 

Now that she oversees the cold case division, Tracy Crosswhite just solved a major case and is looking to solve another. She is asked to investigate the disappearance of investigative reporter Lisa Childress who went missing almost 25 years ago. Lisa’s daughter, Anita, has asked Tracy to help find the truth no matter where it leads. As soon as Tracy starts digging into the past with this case, she finds evidence that proves there is much more to the case than anyone could have imagined. It doesn’t take long to figure out that Tracy is going to be pushed to her limit and her loyalties.

The Tracy Crosswhite series has been one of my favorites since the very first book. This newest edition was a fun look at Tracy in her new role overseeing the cold cases which brings her all the way back to the disappearance of her sister. Each of the characters in this series are great to see grow and develop. Traci is one of my all-time favorite female leads to read about. This book had a good premise, good characters, and an overall good flow, until the end, which felt a little rushed. It was the ending that should have played out but for this kind of novel it left me feeling a little underwhelmed. Dugoni is a fantastic writer but this addition to the series fell a little flat. I still give it at least 4 stars but it is hard for anything to stack up to My Sister’s Grave. I will for sure be reading the next in the series and recommend this to fans of the series and those that enjoy suspense thrillers.
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Thank you to NetGalley, the publishing house and the author for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of this book in return for a review based upon my honest opinion.

I’ve had a few of the books in the Tracy Crosswhite series and I have enjoyed them. This wasn’t as thrilling a read as the other books I’ve read in the series but it was an enjoyable book. A very interesting concept a missing journalist, who may or may not have been murdered or who may have just left her husband and small child 24 years ago. As Tracy looks into the case she finds that there were a couple of stories the journalist was working on that were very high profile and would have definitely caused distress among some people causing them to perhaps strike back. As Tracy delves further into the case she discovers that it may actually impact the police force and some of the officers that she knows.
Great ending to a pretty good book.
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I find this series getting stronger. Tracy has her family and her career. It’s different. But good. Here she investigates a cold case of a missing woman encourage by he woman’s daughter. The missing woman was an investigative reporter and it draws Tracy into following up on her investigations. I also like Dugoni doesn’t tie everything up. People get away with some things. 
Good addition to the series
I was given a copy by Netgalley. Opinions are my own.
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Another fantastic addition to the Tracy Crosswhite series that I have long anticipated! Tracy is still working Cold Cases when Anita, the daughter of a reporter, Lisa Childress, who has been missing 25 years, requests Tracy investigate her mother's case. Anita presents the case to Tracy, which sheds Anita's father in a poor light and sheds light on Anita's obsession. Tracy who was obsessed with her sister's cold case for years decided to look into Lisa's case. What she uncovers will cost Tracy more than she realized.

I cannot wait to read the next installment!

Thank you #NetGalley , #RobertDugoni , and #ThomasandMercer for this eARC in exchange for my honest review!
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What She Found is the 9th book in the Tracy Crosswhite series. This can be read as a stand-alone.

Detective Tracy Crosswhite has been relegated to the Cold Case files and is now working solo instead of working together on a team. Tracy has been contacted by Anita Childress and has agreed to look into the disappearance of Anita's mother, investigative reporter Lisa Childress. After 25 years, Lisa's body still has not been found. Anita just wants to find out the truth on what happened to her mother. Even if it means finding out her mother intentionally left her husband and 2 yr old daughter or exposing her father as the murderer.

Since Lisa was an investigative reporter, Tracy needs to look into the stories that Lisa was working on during her disappearance: an exposé of likely mayoral graft; the shocking rumors of a reserved city councilman’s criminal sex life; a drug task force scandal compromising the Seattle PD; and an elusive serial killer who disappeared just as mysteriously as Lisa.

Great writing with a complex plot. I love Tracy's character. You don't see a lot of strong, female detectives with a stable home life. Faz and Del are back but I miss Kins.

I highly recommend this book and series.

Thank you NetGalley, Thomas & Mercer and Robert Dugoni for an ARC of "What She Found" in exchange of an honest review.
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Robert Dugoni always satisfies all my reading needs with his Tracy Crosswhite novels. Excitement, page-turner, likable characters, guessing until the very end! Robert Dugoni is one of my favorite authors!
She is back working in cold cases. These novels are always exciting and feel so true to life.
Tracy has always been one of my favorite characters and I’m so happy that Robert Dugoni is still writing novels with her as the protagonist. 
She was the reason I fell in love with his writing to begin with, and I’ve never let go,

If you haven’t read any of his novels, I say you must! He is a keeper for the TBR list!

I just reviewed What She Found by Robert Dugoni. #WhatSheFound #NetGalley? Thank you for offering this copy for me to review.
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This book made me realize that I have more Robert books to add to my TBR!! The story is so thick and juicy!
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Robert Dugoni does it again.  Tracy Crosswhite is back at work after her maternity leave, working in cold cases.  While investigating her cases, the daughter of a missing woman comes to Tracy for help,  leading to a web of corruption that was completely unexpected.

It was nice to see Tracy back as the main protagonist in this novel.  The last few, which I completely enjoyed, found her taking a bit of a backseat to some of the other characters.  It brought me back to what I love about this series in the first place.    

It is fast paced with a variety of interesting characters and circumstances. I can't wait for the next book!

Thank you to #NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.  All opinions are my own.
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Tracy Crosswhite is one of my favorite detectives, never wavering from what she believes is the right thing to do even when backed into a corner. What She Found is appropriately named and the title/cover pulls the reader in because we don't know either the "she" or what she found. While the story was slow to get going because of all the detail Dugoni painstakingly laid out for the reader, it quickly takes off, and just when the reader thinks the story is over, there's one last twist that left me smiling and nodding, satisfied with its resolution. I wonder if readers will see Tracy cross paths with Anita again? I feel there's a story there and hope it gets told. Thanks to #NetGalley for the opportunity to preview #WhatSheFound by Robert Dugoni. I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to Tracy's next adventure!
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When Tracy, lead detective in cold cases is approached by Anita Childress, a reporter whose mother Lisa, also a reporter has been missing for 25 years, she cannot help but feel for her and sets out on a complicated investigation that ends up with unexpected surprises. 

This was my first Robert Dugoni book and I enjoyed Tracy Crosswhite as a detective solving cold cases. Since this is the 9th book in the series, I felt I did not really get to know her as much as I would if I would have read all the books before this one. 

Nevertheless, Tracy came across as an admirable character who stands for justice and believes in doing the right thing. This was a well plotted,  suspenseful and tension filled thriller that was heavy on police procedural and had me turning the pages as fast as possible.  The ending was anti-climatic and epilogue was a bit abrupt, but I guess that is only to pave the  way for the next book in the series. 

I certainly would like to start with Book 1 as I would love to see how all the characters mature and evolve over the course of this series.

I received an advanced digital copy from @netgalley to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This book was published on August 23rd.
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I was a bit annoyed at myself when I realised that this was book 9 in the Tracy Crosswhite series as I don't like reading a book that is in the middle of a series but trust me when I say this can be read as a stand-alone the only thing that I felt I missed out on was the development of the characters and there friendship.
This book starts off with a 25 year old cold
case of missing mother Lisa Childress.
Lisa is a journalist and goes missing late one night on her way to meet a source.
The police at the time think the husband killed her but with little evidence the case comes to a standstill.
Tracy soon realises that there is more to this case and even involves some of her fellow officers.
I really enjoyed this one so much that I have put book one on my reserve list at the library.
Tracy is a great female character that faces the same challenges as many mothers do, finding that perfect balance between work and family.
I loved the relationship she had with her
colleagues and liked how she could use them as her sounding board.
The only thing I did not like was that there was lots of names to remember not only from her cold case but from people she worked with and her family.
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This was my first Robert Dugoni book and I very much enjoyed the character of Tracy Crosswhite as a cold case investigator. I found her sweet family provided relatability to her character and I love the names of her two dogs, Sherlock and Rex. How appropriate for a detective. 

However, I do feel I was hampered by jumping into a series without the necessary background. Tracy is supposedly a superstar investigator but would it really have been that easy for Tracy to solve a 25 yr old cold case? 

I appreciated the author’s afterward and his reason for writing a book with the theme he chose, but I feel it’s a bit of a tired trope and much of what happened simply stretched believability. 

Drug running and police corruption are my two least favorite themes in detective fiction, which added to my dissatisfaction. 

In the end, I liked it enough to finish and perhaps I will start the series with book #1.
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“I want the truth, Detective. Whatever that may be. Even if finding out what happened to my mother means losing my father.”

The next book in the Tracy Crosswhite series!

It was kind of a comfort to come back and read another book in this series. I’ve been reading a lot of popular books but have been disappointed with some of the content. I like that when I read a Dugoni book it’s generally pretty clean, not a lot of profanity or sexual content.

This was a typical police procedural thriller where the main character is investigating a case.

The previous book showed Crosswhite being demoted to the Cold Case Department. And that’s where she still is.

In What She Found, Crosswhite is approached by Anita Childress, asking her to look into her mother’s case.

Her autistic mother, Lisa, disappeared when Anita was two (25 years ago). She was a really good reporter who often investigated cases without disclosing any details to her boss at the newspaper. Her husband was suspected of killing her but there was not enough evidence to convict.

It became a cold case.

Would Lisa really walk away from her family?
Would they find her body buried somewhere?
What could have caused anyone to murder her?

When Crosswhite discovers the cases Lisa was working on at the time of her disappearance, she must decide if it’s worth it to drudge up old crimes that may involve corruption in her very own police department.

When it comes to reviewing books in a series there’s not a lot to comment on. It’s the ninth book in the series and if you’re reading this one, you’ve probably read other books and know what to expect.

If you’ve never read a book in this series, you should start at the beginning!

I will make a few comments of some of the things discussed.

First, it’s mentioned that the term ‘Asperger’s’ is no longer politically correct. Hans Aspberger was a paediatrician in Austria. Recent information has come to light indicating he worked with the Nazi’s euthanasia program, possibly for low functioning people. I had not heard this before.

I recently read a book, On the Spectrum, that was very enlightening to me to help me understand autistics and I would recommend it.

Second, taking place near Seattle and revolving around the police force, there is some commentary on the ‘defund the police’ initiatives, which is kind of interesting to think about it from the perspective of a police officer in terms of how they handle publicity of certain cases.

This was an interesting quote from the book:

“‘They won’t defund,’ Melton said. ‘They’ll talk a good game about things like sending social workers into domestic disputes, but not one of those social workers is going in without an officer, and as soon as everyone realizes that downtown Seattle is now a graveyard, the way it was in the 1980s, and homicides and gun violence are up, the pendulum will swing back the other direction. It always does. Money talks, and tourism is going to take a huge hit.’”

Defunding the police has always been a baffling topic to me. Probably because ‘defund’ is not a clear or helpful term for what they actually mean. But either way, something to think about.

Lastly, some random, less serious comments:

- “she noted the time in the lower right corner of her computer”…. she is not a Mac user!

- Is it harder to solve crimes in Seattle because of all the rain washing away evidence so quickly??

- “she wet paper towels and cleaned off her daughter’s hands and mouth”… this is a clear ‘this book was written by a man’ detail because there are these really handy things called wipes and are more convenient and effective thing to use to clean up your child. Unless other moms do this… I don’t know, but it grosses me out.

- Tracy’s husband, Dan, buys a gazebo from Costco because they were on sale and he saved $600. I am a recent convert to Costco and I understand this sentence deep in my soul.

- Tracy says one of the hardest things for prisoners to get used to is the constant noise. And I had never thought about that before. So if I needed another reason to try to avoid prison, I’ve got it. Phew.

In conclusion, I liked this book and I’m looking forward to the next one. Seems like Tracy is going to stay on cold cases for awhile so we’ll see what case she solves next!
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