Cold Trail by Janet Dawson



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Janet Dawson
Credit: Charles Lucke

Jeri Howard tackles her most personal case yet...

Jeri’s brother, Brian, has been missing for four days before she is notified. The trail is getting colder as the anxious PI searches for Brian across Sonoma County for clues to explain why he disappeared. She’d thought Brian’s life was in great shape. But her investigation uncovers cracks in his marriage and problems with his job. To complicate matters, there’s a body on a boat along with Brian’s MedicAlert bracelet, and two police detectives who think Brian is involved in the homicide. Meanwhile, the clock keeps ticking...

Cold Trail is published by Perseverance Press. You can read an excerpt and purchase it from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound and Perseverance Press.


Cold Trail is one of Janet Dawson's most compelling novels featuring private investigator Jeri Howard—a fast-paced search in which Jeri has a very personal stake. This is a real page-turner!”
—Marcia Muller, MWA Grand Master and Edgar winner

“Exciting... This may be the toughest case in Jeri’'s career. Dawson keeps the suspense high as Jeri seeks to find her brother before it'’s too late.”
Publishers Weekly

"Cold Trail brings Northern California's wine country so alive you'll want to pack up and move there... Dawson knows how to blend real history and real crime into an intriguing mystery about a missing man and the people, and the land, he loves."
—Betty Webb, Mystery Scene

"The eleventh of the series continues to thrill by helping set the standard for female private investigators. The California setting comes alive as well: Dawson has perfected the private detective procedural mystery, and watching Jeri methodically track down her brother using her intelligence and information she receives is a true delight. Chapters from the viewpoint of a victim only increase the reader’s sense of danger, and the conclusion ties the narratives together ingeniously. This is a strongly plotted mystery and is sure to satisfy longtime fans of both Jeri Howard and her always-dependable author."
—Cynthia Chow, Kings River Life

"There is a great deal of underlying tension and suspense in Cold Trail as Jeri searches for her brother... The pacing of the narrative is relentless as Jeri, together with the reader, fears the worst. With sharply drawn characters and vivid settings, this solidly plotted mystery is a strong entry in this series."
Mysterious Reviews

"An intriguing, modern, and very believable mystery... the book is intelligent, articulate, and engaging."
Over My Dead Body

“When there’s evidence that a PI’s brother has disappeared, her professional world turns personal as she uses her skills to uncover the truth about his life… Dawson’s series continues with a softer side to Jeri.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A compelling California mystery, as twisty as the Pacific highways Jeri Howard drives.”
—Joanne Dobson, author of the Prof. Karen Pelletier series


Sunday, February 28, 9:30 AM, Left Coast Crime panel: "Murder on the Go - Mysteries with travel and transportation themes," with moderator Nancy G. West and panelists Stacy Allen, Mike Befeler and Philip Reed

Thursday, April 7, 7 PM, A Great Good Place for Books, Montclair District, Oakland, CA, with Wendy Hornsby

Saturday, April 9, 1 PM, Orinda Books, Orinda, CA, with Wendy Hornsby

Saturday, April 16, 2 PM, Oakland Main Library, Oakland, CA, with Wendy Hornsby

Wednesday, April 20, 7 PM, Menlo Park Library, Menlo Park, CA, with Wendy Hornsby

Saturday, April 23, 1 PM, Colorado Railroad Museum, Golden, CO

E-Book News

Jeri Howard's back! Backlist, that is. The e-books of Kindred Crimes, Till The Old Men Die, Take a Number, Don't Turn Your Back on the Ocean, Nobody's Child, A Credible Threat, Witness to Evil, Where the Bodies are Buried and A Killing at the Track are available as e-books for Amazon's Kindle, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble's Nook. They are also available from the iTunes Store.

Short Stories

Short stories, we've got short stories! Now available for Kindle, Kobo and Nook. Check it out!

Also available is Casebook. Together in one volume—four short stories featuring Jeri Howard: "Slayer Statute," "Blue Eyes," "Candles on the Corner" and "Little Red Corvette." Buy it for Amazon's Kindle.


Read an interview with Janet at the Authors Are People Too blog.

Read Janet's post "Old Gold" at Ronald Tierney's Life, Death and Fog blog.

Read Janet's guest blog at Mystery Fanfare.

Read an article from the East Bay Express about Janet's "Mysterious Women" library panel with Camille Minichino and Ann Parker.

Read an interview with Janet from the University of California's Link e-newsletter.