The Tracy Crosswhite series by Robert Dugoni
Genre: Mystery/Crime Thriller | Books: 5
Also available: Tracy Crosswhite novellas (#0.1 and #0.5):
If you're no stranger to this blog, then you know I absolutely love Robert Dugoni's Tracy Crosswhite series. I first discovered this amazing character in book one, My Sister's Grave, when it caught my eye as a Kindle Daily Deal. Tracy is working as a homicide detective with the Seattle PD, and she has dedicated her life to tracking down killers. This first installment really gives us an in-depth look as to what put Tracy on this path, and that was the disappearance of her beloved sister Sarah twenty years ago. For those twenty years, she has questioned what happened to Sarah; and when her sister's remains are finally discovered, Tracy will stop at nothing to find out exactly what happened and who is responsible. I couldn't put this book down, and I have devoured every book that followed. Those books follow Tracy and her friends on the force as they investigate incredibly intriguing cases, as well as make me love Detective Crosswhite even more than I already did. The fourth book, The Trapped Girl, was my absolute favorite; and I can hardly wait to begin Close to Home, which releases September 5th.
One thing I'm asked a lot is if these books need to be read in order. It's a hard question for me to answer because I want everyone to read every book in this series; but it's true, they can be stand-alones. The author does an incredible job relaying past information without distracting from the current story. However, I believe one of the reasons I feel so connected to these characters is because I've been with them from the beginning and I know their history so well. The things that have occurred in the subsequent novels have meant so much more to me than if I had jumped in somewhere in the middle -- certain things that transpire are just so much more rewarding when you've been with this group from the beginning. But if the series seems too daunting -- then by all means, jump in. You can always go back to the first book later *wink*
Mr. Dugoni is a brilliant writer, and I love when he surprises me -- and even if I manage to figure some things out, he delivers the reveal in the most superb way and blindsides me with another twist that leaves me captivated and always ready for the next book. I highly recommend this series for mystery/thriller lovers -- and even if you don't enjoy mystery/thrillers but perhaps you're a big fan of a particular Law & Order character named Olivia Benson or you can't get enough smart and courageous female protagonists, then you're definitely going to love Tracy Crosswhite.