Cold Justice is Katherine's third novel and in it Detective Ella Marconi finds herself dealing with a murder case almost twenty years old. Katherine says, 'When I started writing, I knew the age of the case could be a problem--after all, while the victim and his family certainly deserve justice, where's the threat, the danger, the suspense that will keep the story moving thrillingly forward? Then during my research I came across an interview with a US detective who works on similar cases. He said that the perpetrator of such an old case often now has more to lose, having a family, a job, social standing and so on, and because of this he might just be driven to commit more murder to protect himself. I saw immediately how I could use this to kick the story's pace into high gear--and keep it there.'
Cold Justice made the Australian bestseller list and also took Katherine as guest author on a P&O cruise in the Pacific. It has been released in the Netherlands and the UK.
"COLD JUSTICE races like a speeding ambulance, delivering so many surprises and thrills that you'll scarcely have time to breathe. This was one of my favorite books of the year. Katherine Howell has written a real winner!" Tess Gerritsen
"A murder, a secret and a detective who won't let go - COLD JUSTICE has pace, precision and a wonderful sense of place. This is Katherine Howell's best book to date." Michael Robotham
"All three books feature the very likeable and very human Detective Ella Marconi ... Howell pays lovely attention to detail, and writes with a good deal of psychological insight, exploring the ongoing effects of the loss of a child through violent crime, and the way it can fracture a family ... The detective is a complex and appealing character whose passion for crime solving is both endearing and compelling and keeps the pace of the book racing." Sunday Telegraph
"Howell crafts a powerful and high-adrenaline tale of murder and intrigue ... a captivating read for crime, action and mystery fans." Australian Bookseller and Publisher
"An Australian author with a book that would not disgrace Lisa Gardner or Karin Slaughter, a real nerve-twisting, hold-on-tight thriller." Peterborough Evening Telegraph
"The author has created an intricate plot and I couldn't wait to get to the end. A gripping and exciting read." Daily Echo Bournemouth
"The descriptions of the work of the ambulance service are convincing and exciting – overall this is a great story which I raced through in a day; it beats me why a book like this is not on top of the bestseller lists compared with some of the lazy, formulaic offerings by authors whom I have long since stopped reading." Petrona (UK)
"This is one of the most cleverly plotted novels I have ever read . . . The way these threads are woven together is outstanding and the result is a totally gripping novel full of suspense. This is one of those books that genuinely deserves the ‘unputdownable’ label as I read it over the course of a single day/night and only stopped when circumstances positively demanded I do so. . . .In short the book is brilliantly plotted, full of compelling characters and can be just as easily read by people new to the series as it can by existing fans. It’s Howell’s best book to date and is highly recommended to all." Fair Dinkum Crime.