Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Review: Touch of Red by Laura Griffin

Touch of Red (Tracers #12) by Laura Griffin
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication date: October 31st 2017
My rating: 4 Stars
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When crime scene investigator Brooke Porter arrives at the home of a murdered woman, the only thing more shocking than the carnage is the evidence that someone escaped the scene. But where is this witness now? A thorough search of the area yields more questions than answers, and before Brooke even packs up her evidence kit, she’s made it her goal to find the witness and get them out of harm’s way.

Homicide detective Sean Byrne has seen his share of bloody crime scenes, but this one is particularly disturbing, especially because Brooke Porter is smack in the middle of it. Sean has had his eye on the sexy CSI for months, and he’s determined to help her with her current case—even if it means putting his attraction on hold so he and Brooke can track down a murderer. But as the investigation—and their relationship—heats up, Sean realizes that keeping his work and his personal life separate is more complicated than he ever imagined; especially when the killer sets his sights on Brooke.

My Thoughts:
Brooke Porter is a CSI working a particularly brutal murder with Detective Sean Bryne; one where she suspects there’s a young eyewitness in danger. The time spent together tracking down clues, and figuring out evidence, just intensifies the attraction that’s been simmering between them. But Brook is hesitant to get involved with Sean, because of a recent bad breakup. Doesn’t matter how reluctant Brooke is, though, because they’re thrown together as the case heats up, forcing relationship concerns to take a backseat. 

Laura Griffin’s romantic suspense stories never fail to entertain.  Touch of Red is a meld of crime procedural, mystery, and romance combined into one addictive read!  The romance in mysteries are hardly ever filled with frustrating angst, which make them perfect for me.  Urgency and danger usually clarifies the important things in life between characters and the back and forth drama is minimal. I can understand Brooke’s concerns, especially when her controlling ex was having trouble letting go, and some of that certainly creeped me out.  Sean’s admired Brooke from afar for a while, and I loved that he was patient and didn’t push.  Their steamy physical encounters and time spent together slowly melted away Brooke’s reservations.

As with her previous I always find the investigative technology and forensics super interesting.  I used to be a major Forensic Files junkie, before books completely consumed my life, and I’m always amazed by the information gleaned through the sciences, leading to the capture of suspects. 

This was a wild, tension filled ride in the end, but the story wrapped up nicely!  I can’t wait for the next mystery!


  1. I use to watch these type of shows too until life got too busy. I think I would really like this as well. Wonderful review, it sounds so interesting.

  2. I haven't read anything by Griffen in years but I really enjoyed this series. I should jump back in.

    For What It's Worth

  3. I have not tried her, maybe one day

  4. Ooh sounds like a good read. I do love stories that use forensics, etc. to solve mysteries. It's so fascinating.


  5. Ooh another author to try! This sounds really good, and I like that there's some romance here too.

  6. I think I would like to read this because all the science and forensics interests me! Thanks for the recommendation.

  7. gah I am kicking myself that I never picked up this series, everytime a new book comes out I was like "Oh I need to read that" and now there are 12 :D
    The forensics sound interesting in this

  8. Lovely review Rachel :D Yay for enjoying the 12th book in this series. So awesome :) I do think it sounds pretty exciting. One day I will want to read it too, I hope. Thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts about it. <3


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