Book Review: Cold Case Target by Jessica R. Patch

Posted March 26, 2024 by meezcarrie in 5 stars, Book Review, Christian, contemporary, Jessica R. Patch, mystery/suspense, romance / 3 Comments

Cold Case Target book review

Cold Case Target by Jessica R. PatchCOLD CASE TARGET by Jessica R. Patch
Texas Crime Scene Cleaners #2

GENRE: Romantic Suspense (Christian)
PUBLISHER: Love Inspired Suspense
RELEASE DATE: March 26, 2024
PAGES: 222

Caught in a serial killer’s deadly game

with nowhere to turn…

Interrupting an attempted murder—and leaving with incriminating evidence—makes Sissy Spencer a serial killer’s next target. With a flash drive in her possession containing disturbing proof of multiple murders, Sissy has no choice but to trust her ex-boyfriend, private investigator Beau Brighton, to keep her safe. But can they unravel the clues and track down a killer…before he catches them first?

From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.


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Crime Scene Conspiracy by Jessica R. Patch

Sissy Spencer is the ‘grief counseling’ portion of Spencer Aftermath Recovery and Grief Counseling Services, coming alongside the crime scene cleanup work her brothers do to offer support to those affected. I loved Sissy’s engaging and compassionate personality, as well as how her own profound loss allows her to be empathetic in ways that others can’t. Her relationship with her brothers is written with the perfect blend of humor, sass, and adoration, and I would love to hang out with all of them in person, if such a thing was possible with fictional characters.

We first met rich playboy Beau Brighton in Crime Scene Conspiracy, and he was more of a suspect than a hero for the majority of that book. But now Cold Case Target lets us get to know Beau Brighton in a different light – as a new creation in Christ. I personally love ‘redeemed rogue’ heroes, and Beau is a new fave. He still has the charm that got him all the ladies in his past, but it’s tempered now with respect and maturity… and patiently focused on one woman in particular. Patient, because Sissy is still grieving and because they have a tumultuous history full of regrets. I completely enjoyed the opportunities that his forced proximity to Sissy – and the danger she is in – provided him to gently test the waters for a second chance with her. And oh boy, all his inherent swooniness is made even swoonier when he lets his heart show.

The suspense is full of high-stakes danger and heart-in-your-throat action that only allows the characters – and readers – a little time to relax, and I loved every minute! The deeper the author took us into this intricate labyrinth of murder and obsession, the less I could tear my attention away. I’m pretty sure anyone watching me read Cold Case Target would have even seen my mouth drop open a couple of times as the plot took some masterful turns that I wasn’t expecting and absolutely relished. Just when I thought I knew who was responsible or why, the author flipped the script once again and kept me hanging on every word to see how it would all play out.

Bottom Line: Cold Case Target by Jessica R. Patch delivers pulse-racing suspense, sweet romance, and meaningful faith themes in a story that simultaneously entertains and inspires. Readers will be deeply invested in Beau and Sissy, not only in their race to stay alive and stop the culprit from killing again but also in their second chance romance and their healing hearts. Patch deftly explores grief and forgiveness with a tender touch, and without detracting from the romantic suspense threads or weighing down the story. The Spencer family dynamic is once again delightful, and I look forward to more time spent with these charming and layered characters as the series continues.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / fantastic book!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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Jessica R. Patch

Jessica R. Patch is a Publishers Weekly bestselling author known for her dry wit, signatures twists, and complex characters. She loves reading true crime books, discussing cold cases over chips and salsa with her girlfriends, and hunting down serial killers in her romantic suspense novels and psychological thrillers.

Jessica loves to encourage and inspire people to forward living devotionals through her monthly email newsletter. You can join the Patched In community at her website:

She resides in the Memphis area with her husband and her spoiled tri-color Shetland Sheepdog since becoming empty nesters. Jessica is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Management.

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3 responses to “Book Review: Cold Case Target by Jessica R. Patch

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for your review on COLD CASE TARGET by Jessica R. Patch.

    Love this author’s books! I’ve had COLD CASE TARGET om my TBR list since it was first mentioned. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read and review it. Fabulous cover on what I know will be some exciting reading.

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