Monday, January 3, 2022

Buried Cold Case Secrets by Sami A. Abrams: Excerpt & Review

 Buried Cold Case Secrets

by Sami Abrams

Recovering her missing memories could be the key to solving a murder. Searching for her best friend’s remains could help forensic anthropologist Melanie Hutton regain her memories of when they were both kidnapped—unless the killer gets to Melanie first. For her safety, Melanie must rely on Detective Jason Cooper, who still blames her for his sister’s death. Can Jason set the past aside to solve the cold-case murder…and shield Melanie from the same fate?

About the Author

Two-time Genesis winner Sami A. Abrams and her husband live in Northern California, but she’ll always be a Kansas girl at heart. She enjoys visiting her two grown children and spoiling their sweet fur babies. Most evenings, if Sami’s not watching sports, you’ll find her engrossed in a romantic suspense novel. She thinks a crime plus a little romance is the recipe for a great story. Visit her at 

My Thoughts

Buried Cold Case Secrets by Sami Abrams is a fast-paced Christian suspense novel.  I should give you fair warning that this book will have you staying up late to finish it (you will need extra caffeine in the morning).  I started reading this book and was quickly immersed in the tale.  I thought Buried Cold Case Secrets was well-written with developed, realistic characters.   The main characters go on an emotional roller coaster ride as the set out to uncover the truth.   I loved all the action and suspense.  The plot was well thought out. Melanie Hutton was abducted fifteen years prior with her best friend.  Melanie made it out alive, but her best friend did not.  The victim’s brother, Jason Cooper blames Melanie for his sister’s death.  Melanie has amnesia regarding the events.  She has decided it is time to return to her hometown and search for her best friend’s remains.  Someone is not happy with Melanie’s homecoming and sets out to stop her from uncovering the truth.  Jason Cooper, the best friend’s brother, is now a detective.  He must put aside his feelings to keep Melanie safe.  The pair must work together to learn who is behind the attacks and what happened fifteen years ago.  I loved the mystery in the story.  In the beginning, I was wondering who abducted Melanie and her best friend fifteen years ago.  Then the suspense and action start with the various attacks.  I read as quickly as I could because I wanted to see how Buried Cold Case Secrets would turn out.  I appreciated that this was a Christian story.  It is a clean read (no intimacy or foul language) for which I was grateful.  I cannot wait to read this author’s next novel.  Buried Cold Case Secrets is an action-packed suspenseful adventure from beginning to end.  


“Does it still hurt?”

She jumped.

“Didn’t mean to startle you. Guess I have a habit of doing that.” Jason rested against the neighboring tree.

Several deep breaths later, she forced a smile. “It’s okay.”

He narrowed his gaze and studied her a mo­ment. “Well? Does it?”

“A little.” Truthfully, a lot, but Jason didn’t need to know that. “I, uh, wanted to thank you for watching out for me today.”

“Just doing my job.” The muscles in his neck and shoulders tensed.

“We both know it’s more than that.” She wiped her hand down her face. “Jason. We’re going to be working together for the foreseeable future. Do you think we can call a truce, at least while we do our jobs?”

His jaw twitched, and he remained silent.

She’d asked a lot, but the strain between them had to stop. She watched him for a few minutes then shook her head.

“Never mind.” She pushed from the trunk and limped to the hole in the ground. Her lead-filled heart threatened to drop to her feet. To think that fifteen years ago, she’d had a crush on him. He’d teased her and Allison, but he’d never allowed others to speak unkind words to them. If only she could return to those carefree days. The days before she had died on the inside and her friend had died for real.

Someday, Allison, I’ll find your body. I prom­ise.

She swiped the wetness from her cheeks and lowered herself into the grave. The movement mimicked her mood. She picked up her trowel and searched for more bones.

An hour later, Melanie’s headache had be­come unbearable, causing her stomach to roil. Just what she needed, to lose her lunch in front of Jason. Scanning the grave, she spotted the paint­brush she used for delicate work. She grasped the handle but dropped it. She tried again, but her fingers refused to cooperate. Her eyelids grew heavy. Something was off. She sat on the edge of the hole.

“Jason, help.” Her words were slurred. She struggled to stay upright. The trees in front of her blurred and swayed.

He kneeled down and came face-to-face with her. “What’s wrong?”

“I don’t know.”

“Help me out here. What’s the last thing you did?”

“I—I…” She struggled against the gray cloud jumbling her thoughts. “Took a break a while ago. Only digging since.”

His gaze flew to a spot behind her.

She wilted into him. Her vision tunneled, and darkness closed in.

“Keith! Grab the cooler and her bag!”

Jason’s frantic voice registered, but her body had shut down.

His warm arms lifted her. Her head bobbed and landed on his shoulder.

Her cheek bounced against his chest in cadence with the pounding of his feet on the path.

His rhythmic breathing was the last thing she heard before the world went dark.

Are you ready to read Buried Cold Case SecretsBuried Cold Case Secrets is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Harlequin.  Sami Abrams next book is Twin Murder Mix-Up which will publish August 23, 2022.  It is part of the Deputes of Anderson County series.  You can follow Sami Abrams on Amazon to receive emails on her latest releases.  I hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas and an enjoyable New Year!  I had a lovely time with my family.  Tomorrow I will be featuring The Inn at Harts Haven by Patricia Davids. It is the first book in The Matchmakers of Harts Haven series. I hope you have a cozy day.  Take care, be kind, and Happy Reading!


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