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  • It has been skilfully delivered

    ‘Justice Delayed’ is a romantic suspense novel by award-winning American author, Patricia Bradley. The story is written in the third person, from the perspectives of several characters, including our main protagonist, Andi who is an investigative journalist. Andi’s sister, Stephanie, was killed eighteen years previously and her ex-boyfriend, Jimmy, is sitting on death row having been found guilty of her murder. Jimmy allegedly confessed to the crime but later retracted his statement. At the eleventh hour, doubt is cast as to his culpability. Can a cold case detective, who also happens to be the accused’s cousin, Will Kincaide, save the life of a potentially innocent man? To do so, it is essential that Will finds out exactly what happened to Stephanie in the time leading up to her death. Andi doesn’t want to believe her much loved sister could have been mixed up in any criminal activity but to uncover the truth she must work with Will and her brother, Brad, find Steph’s work colleagues and friends. Inevitably we get a bit of misdirection along the way as the layers of love, jealousy, rivalry, fear, intrigue, suspense and family dynamics are peeled back to allow justice to finally be served. I appreciated having the opportunity to meet Stephanie in the prologue. As the story progresses we have flashbacks to reveal more events from eighteen years ago. There is additional backstory when we move to the present, along with a bit of suspense. However, as Andi had over 300 pages to get through, I wasn’t too concerned that she would come a cropper in the first chapter and understand the need to impact upon the reader early on. There are a lot of characters and also a strong reliance on dialogue over description but I think it works at both levels, with suspense building as the clock ticks down to Jimmy’s execution. I was pleased that the romantic element of the story was underlying rather than overshadowing the plot, with emphasis clearly focused on the potential miscarriage of justice. I was irritated by Andi and Will sidestepping each other for most of the book and found the burgeoning relationship between David and Maggie far more intriguing. With such a large cast, it is inevitable that some of the characters are a little two dimensional, but Andi is well fleshed out with health issues as well as tragedy to deal with. Having her dependent on painkillers makes her a believable, rather than a clean-cut, heroine. The basic concept of a race against time to right a wrong is not new but I’m pleased to say in this case, it has been skilfully delivered with the author using many techniques to set her scenes and move the story forward. The dénouement wasn’t a huge shock but it was a suitable end to a well-written novel. I award four stars.

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  • Christian Romantic Suspense & Action Packed

    I discovered Patricia Bradley's books last year. I've since bought almost all of them. I love her books. "Justice Delayed" caught my attention immediatley & didn't let go. Plenty of action, suspense, page turner, gripping, well developed characters, plot is tight and well written. TV reported Andi Hollister receives information that the man on death row, for murdering her sister, may be innocent. What would you do? She can't just let the information go. She has to know the truth - is the real killer soon to be excuted or is he still out there killing others? I have never been disappointed in anything that I've read by Patricia Bradley. No one asked me to review this book and I ordered the book through a local bookstore. I have a list of authors that they order for me by author's name. That way I don't miss any new releases by my favorite authors. When they call & tell me that a Patricia Bradley books is in & I usually have it picked-up within 24 hours. Her books are always page turners, edge-of-the seat suspense. Highly recommend anything by this wonderful author.

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