The Quinn Case by Julie C. Gilbert

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

The Quinn Case: A Heartfelt Cases Short Story by Julie C. Gilbert

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Coming off a cold case involving a murdered child, FBI agent Ann Davidson and her partner, Patrick Duncan, are given a custody kidnapping case. The victim, Josiah Quinn, is a two-year-old boy, and Ann isn’t the most ready for another case with a child at risk. But Ann hasn’t time for the luxury of doubt in The Quinn Case by author Julie C. Gilbert.

I first encountered this novelette in Where the Light May Lead, a multi-genre, ChristFic anthology. But I’d forgotten enough of this story to go with it for another round.

As I’ve maintained while reading the Heartfelt Cases series, these shorter reads give me a quick, satisfying fix of suspense, like watching an episode of a primetime crime drama when I haven’t got time for a whole movie. Ann’s situation shows how her prayers don’t make everything perfect, and yet her faith sustains her on the job. My top takeaway from the story is the wise idea that you can let difficult emotions drive you downward, or you can learn to let them drive you forward.

Having enjoyed this prequel novelette and all three of the novellas in the series, I plan to go on to the Heartfelt Cases novel, Book Four.


Here’s my review of Book One of the Heartfelt Cases series, The Collins Case.