Saturday, April 8, 2017

Justice Delayed (A Memphis Cold Case Novel #1)

Title:  Justice Delayed (A Memphis Cold Case Novel #1)

Author:  Patricia Bradley

Pages:  352

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Revell

My rating 5+ out of 5 stars.

A friend of mine has read and enjoyed Patricia’s novels for a long time now not until I read her newest story did I fully understand the reason.  In Justice Delayed, we meet a spunky woman named Andi whose sister was murdered many years ago.  Even with the age difference Andi was close to her sister and became a journalist due to the last words she heard her sister speak to her.

In the past, four women stewardesses lived together and may have become involved in illegally smuggling rough diamonds into the States.  While not technically a cold case, the man who is to be executed for murder in a matter of a few days receives a letter stating he didn’t do the deed.  Now, his cousin, who is a detective in the cold case unit, must try to find out the real perpetrator or the evidence that proves the man’s guilt.  The twist is they are related and Andi knows them as well, having grown up together in the same neighborhood.

Both Andi and her brother Brad and detective Will eventually come together to find out the truth about Stephanie even though their friendship is strained by the case.  Will has issues with his birth mother and her coming once again into his life uninvited along with trying to keep Andi from further harm as she digs into stories that are dangerous.  Add to that the growing feelings Will has towards her and vice versa and the story just keeps getting better and better.

I loved how well the author kept me guessing as to who committed what deed and how the various threads of different cases may come together to reveal a completed tapestry of truth.  There are familiar issues, addiction, danger, action and adventure all while on the road to uncover the truth that has been buried for over a decade.  I hope if you are not familiar with Patricia Bradley’s books that you too will grab a copy and enjoy the mystery and the tension as it builds throughout the story all the way to the conclusion!

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