by Erica Orloff

August 2006
ISBN: 0-373-51417-4
Reviewer Graphic Button Silhouette #103
Mass Market Paperback

Ms. Orloff gives us another Billie Quinn story and the second in the series, with Trace of Doubt. For those that havenít read Trace of Innocence or Trace of Doubt, Billie is a criminalist. Of course, her father and brother were not too happy about her career since they are part of the criminal element, well, practically her whole family is, at least the Quinnís. Her mother was murdered and that was the driving force for Billie to become a criminalist and her specialty is DNA.

Besides Billie working in the stateís criminal lab she and her boss, Lewis, also work on the side for the Justice Foundation. Which looks into the crimes and the DNA evidence to see if the person is really the person that committed the crime or not. They are pretty particular about the cases they will take. The foundation is run by Joe who just so happens to be an ex-NFL football player, and C.C. who is a nun.

Billie is being stalked and being left clues as to who the person is. It is the person that murdered her mother. Now they just have to catch the person before he catches Billie. Once again Billie gets a bodyguard from her father, Tony, to try to keep her safe while she is away from home and the lab.

Things donít always go as planned and now Lewis has brought in a detective that is willing to help her solve her motherís murder. Just maybe Billie will be able to sleep at night after this case is solved. Ben Sato is quite unusual; he has a quiet sense about him. It seems that he and Billie have some kind of connection. Now the question is can all these people keep Billie safe and track down the man before he strikes again?

Trace of Doubt is a story that has quite a few doubts not only from Billie, but from Lewis and David as well. David is still trying to find a balance in his life since he was freed from prison. His was the first case that Billie and Lewis worked on for the Justice Foundation, and now David and Billie are dating and living together. They both have their demons to work out before they will be able to move forward and for Billie it is finding her motherís killer. Lewis also has some decisions to make as well both personally and professionally.

Ms. Orloff has given us another great story featuring Billie Quinn. We get to meet some of the Quinn family again and of course the characters from Trace of Innocence plus another new one as well, Ben. The story will have you cheering and catching your breath waiting to see what happens next. The dialogue between Billie and Lewis is just as witty as before and they both care for each other as friends would. If you are looking for a story with suspense and a heroine who can take care of herself and will do whatever it takes to make it happen then donít miss reading Trace of Doubt.

Reviewed in August 2006 by Pam.

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