Today, I have a REVIEW of the mystery JUSTICE BETRAYED by Patricia Bradley, the third book in the Memphis Cold Case series.
A MEMPHIS COLD CASE MYSTERY, #3
Genre: Fiction / Romantic Suspense
Date of Publication: June 5, 2018
Number of Pages: 352
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It’s Elvis Week in Memphis, and homicide detective Rachel Sloan isn’t sure her day could get any stranger when aging Elvis impersonator Vic Vegas asks to see her. But when he produces a photo of her murdered mother with four Elvis impersonators—one of whom had also been murdered soon after the photo was taken—she’s forced to reevaluate. Is there some connection between the two unsolved cases? And could the recent break-in at Vic’s home be tied to his obsession with finding his friend’s killer?
When yet another person in the photo is murdered, Rachel suddenly has her hands full investigating three cases. Lieutenant Boone Callahan offers his help, but their checkered romantic past threatens to get in the way. Can they solve the cases before the murderer makes Rachel victim number four?
“The third installment of Bradley’s Memphis Cold Case series focuses on a cold case related to a homicide detective’s past…Bradley includes the unique character of Erin who seems as if she is a real person and takes great care to portray her respectfully.”
—RT Book Reviews
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Once you start reading, you’ll be all “booked” up trying to figure out if Elvis has left the building!
From the shocking opening action sequence to the pulse-pounding conclusion, this book delivers thrilling suspense and impressive pacing into a well-crafted mystery that will definitely keep you guessing until the very end!
I highly enjoyed that not only do you get the opportunity to solve the case right along with the detectives, there were several chapters devoted to being inside the antagonist’s perspective. While this develops a sense of confidence in understanding what is going on, there are so many well done twists and turns that you begin to question everything you thought you knew. Ultimately, it all culminates in an astonishingly dramatic, but satisfying final reveal.
Rachel and Boone are incredibly relatable characters that were so well developed they seemed to jump off the page! These two make this story about so much more than the romance label or the Elvis hype would suggest and I greatly appreciated the author’s focus on the suspense of the story rather than the romance. Both are highly vulnerable with intense baggage and not at all inclined to open themselves up completely to any relationship; however, their interactions and conversations with each other and those around them is inspiring and realistically presented. Issues and past histories surrounding abuse and guilt affect thinking and decision-making but are appropriately confronted as justice is finally served. Additionally, the intriguing cast of secondary characters adds layers to the puzzle while also rounding out some suspicious family dynamics!
Overall, this highly entertaining read is highly recommended and has set some fairly high expectations for the previous books in the series that I can’t wait to start reading!
Patricia Bradley is the award-winning author of Justice Delayed and Justice Buried, as well as the Logan Point series. She is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She lives in Mississippi.
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August 15-24, 2018
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