Solid romantic suspense: "Justice Delayed" by Patricia Bradley

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about the book....

In one week, the wrong man will be executed for murder.

Let the chase for the real killer begin.

Eighteen years ago, TV crime reporter Andi Hollister's sister was murdered. The convicted killer sits behind bars, his execution date looming. But when a letter surfaces stating that the condemned didn't do the crime, 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 man who confessed to the crime is Will's cousin. Andi and Will must find the real killer before the wrong person is executed. But what can happen in only a week? Uncovering police corruption, running for your life, and, perhaps, falling in love?

my review...

"Justice Delayed" is a fast-paced story with a unique plot and characters you are going to enjoy getting to know! Andi is quite the strong-headed, tenacious woman, and her quest to uncover the truth of who murdered her sister makes for absorbing reading. Her heart for justice and to stand up for the weak and vulnerable is admirable. And, her growing feelings with childhood friend, Detective Will, are well-handled in the story, not overwhelming the plot but adding some real love interest to the story.

I appreciated the spin Bradly placed on this book, that rather than just one of the characters doing all the sleuthing, it was really a combined effort between Andi, her brother Brad, Detective Will, and Will's Lieutenant David, who work together to find the truth. Bradley weaves together their viewpoints quite well and readers will enjoy figuring out the mystery along with Andi and the detectives. Andi and Brad's grief over the past loss of their sister adds a certain depth to the story without taking away from the suspenseful pace of the book. My only hesitation about this book is Andi's struggle with pain-medications. While I know that addiction can stalk the most unlikely of people, for some reason her journey just didn't ring entirely true with me. However, while that plot element didn't add much to the story for me, it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story either.

Fiction books based on cold cases can make for interesting reading, and "Justice Delayed" certainly fits the bill! Fans of romantic suspense novels by authors like Irene Hannon or Lynette Eason are sure to enjoy this well-written book. I award this novel 4 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Patricia BradleyPatricia Bradley is the author of Shadows of the PastA Promise to ProtectGone without a Trace, and Silence in the Dark. Bradley has been a finalist for the Genesis Award, winner of a Daphne du Maurier Award, and winner of a Touched by Love Award. Bradley is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Bradley makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at

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