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Book Recommendation – Fire With Fire | Candice Fox

Fire With Fire by Candice Fox

Genre: Crime Thriller, Police Procedural

Published: May 2023, Forge Books (Macmillan)

Rating: 5 stars and nothing less!


A pair of desperate parents. A man on the run. A rookie cop.
Four people with everything on the line.
What will be left in the ashes of the next 24 hours?

Following their daughter’s mysterious disappearance, Ryan and Elsie Delaney have taken the LAPD forensic lab hostage, and have given law enforcement an ultimatum: Find their daughter, Tilly, or they will destroy all the evidence they can find to other cold cases.

Detective Charlie Hoskins has been undercover in a deadly motorcycle gang for five years. With his cover blown, he has no choice but to find Tilly himself, or lose everything he’s worked for as the lab burns.

Lynette Lamb was a police officer—until yesterday, when she was fired before her first beat. Figuring out what happened to Tilly is her one and only chance at rejoining the career she’s prepared her whole life for.

Hoskins and Lamb will have to team up to solve this cold case, and will have to move fast—before the situation explodes.


Make way for Queen Candice as she comes with yet another propulsive thriller this year. This is how it’s done, people. A crime thriller with so much action & adventure and the chapters slip out of our fingers without you noticing it. So much going on and you’ll feel adrenaline pumping and you’re so involved in the story and feel all sorts of things for the characters! This is what I call a perfect package. There are so many reasons why I’d never miss a Candice Fox novel and I was so right to beg the publisher for an early copy.

Read if you enjoy:
▪️Seize/hostage situation
▪️Police procedural
▪️Undercover operation gone wrong
▪️Cop who’d do anything to prove her place and get her job back
▪️Cop who would do her best to protect the lives of innocent
▪️Plot within a plot
▪️Action sequences

Parents of Tilly Delaney hijack Los Angeles Lab that holds all the important DNA samples and threatens to destroy them if the police don’t find their missing daughter within the day.

A cop loses her job on her first day over a deed she isn’t aware of doing. An undercover cop is busted when the operation goes south and is saved by a random surfer. These two make the most unlikely partners and their rants and discoveries are something I’d look forward to reading if Fox decides to give us a brand new series featuring Charlie and Lamb.

I’m so grateful for the early copy. This is simply the best book I’ve read in a very long time.

So, what are you reading now? Also, are you team #candicefox ?

About the Author:

Candice Fox is the middle child of a large, eccentric family from Sydney’s western suburbs composed of half-, adopted and pseudo siblings. The daughter of a parole officer and an enthusiastic foster-carer, Candice spent her childhood listening around corners to tales of violence, madness and evil as her father relayed his work stories to her mother and older brothers.

As a cynical and trouble-making teenager, her crime and gothic fiction writing was an escape from the calamity of her home life. She was constantly in trouble for reading Anne Rice in church and scaring her friends with tales from Australia’s wealth of true crime writers.

Bankstown born and bred, she failed to conform to military life in a brief stint as an officer in the Royal Australian Navy at age eighteen. At twenty, she turned her hand to academia, and taught high school through two undergraduate and two postgraduate degrees. Candice lectures in writing at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney, while undertaking a PhD in literary censorship and terrorism.

Hades is her first novel, and she is currently working on its sequel.

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