BOOK REVIEW: Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley

Posted September 16, 2017 by Fizzy Pop in Memphis Cold Case, Patricia Bradley / 0 Comments

BOOK REVIEW: Justice Delayed by Patricia BradleyJustice Delayed (Memphis Cold Case #1) by Patricia Bradley
Published by Fleming H. Revell Company on January 31st 2017
Genres: Mystery
Pages: 343
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It's been eighteen years since TV crime reporter Andi Hollister's sister was murdered. The confessed killer is behind bars, and the execution date is looming. But when a letter surfaces stating that the condemned killer didn't actually do it, Detective Will Kincaide of the Memphis Cold Case Unit will stop at nothing to help Andi get to the bottom of it. After all, this case is personal: the person who confessed to the crime is Will's cousin. They have less than a week to find the real killer before the wrong person is executed. But much can be accomplished in that week--including uncovering police corruption, running for your life, and falling in love.

With the perfect mixture of intrigue and nail-biting suspense, award-winning author Patricia Bradley invites her readers to crack the case--if they can--alongside the best Memphis has to offer.

This book took a tad longer to read than is normal for me.  Blame real life.  There’s nothing like going to work only to get thrown into something different than you anticipate, and it comes with a different schedule.  Not that I mind because I enjoy what I thought I was doing as well as what I got switched too as well.  Went from 3 weeks of super early (which I LOVE) to 2.5 hours of my normal shift to oh here’s two weeks at a later shift.  Not horribly late but getting home at bedtime late.  (To be fair not many people over the age of 5 have my bedtime!)  I digress however.  Let’s talk about a book and not my randomness that is life.  I had Ma nab this book from the library for me because the next in the series just came out (on the 5th) and it’s impatiently waiting for me on my Kindle app thanks to NetGalley.  It typically doesn’t take me near on a week to finish a book but see above excuses to understand why the second book is getting impatient.

This is my first adventure with this author and while I LOVED the book there were some things that bogged it down for me a minute.  I don’t know if it was the book or my perpetually exhausted state that made comprehension sadder than normal.  I struggled to keep the different characters and their roles in check.  Like wait, who is David, flip pages like a fiend, oh OK he’s…  I also felt like it took a long time to get to the heart of the matter and for the story to really take off.  I mean there are only so many days to try to clear this poor sod sitting in death row with his execution date looming but lets go out to dinner and postpone looking for a missing piece until like the day before.  The story set the expectation of the need for urgency but no one actually felt like heeding it until the last minute.  And then when they did?  Cut, dried, hung on the line and the details just zapped into the wind.  I missed out on what could have been a lot more climatic conclusion.  Here’s hope for a little less confusion in the next book (I’ve got the characters somewhat down now) and a bit more action.

All that aside I did enjoy the story.  Setting the scene with what I hope are a recurring cast is difficult enough without my complaining that there’s not enough urgency or where’s the details or any other little thing I might think of later.  Characters are well developed, for the most part, and the ones I think are going to stick around I have a good feel for who they are and why they are who they are.  The story line was also well developed and engaging.  I cared about these people and the situations they found themselves in and rooted for the developments as they came.  I think that perhaps this author and I might have a long future together as I explore her new books as well as her previous ones as well.

Justice Delayed (Memphis Cold Case #1)

 

About Patricia Bradley

Patricia Bradley

Winner of an Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award in Suspense, Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi with her rescue kitty, Suzy, and loves to write suspense with a twist of romance. Her Logan Point series is available at all on-line retailers and major bookstores. In September 2017, JUSTICE BURIED, the second book in the Memphis Cold Case Novels will release.

Her workshops on writing include online courses with American Christian Fiction Writers, workshops at the Mid-South Christian Writer’s Conference, ACFW Minnesota NICE and Memphis ACFW. When she has time, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.

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