Saturday, March 11, 2017

Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley

Book review of Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley (Revell) by papertapepins



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?

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

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! I wasn't a huge fan of the Logan Point series, but this book really caught my interest so I decided to give this new series a try. I very much enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the next one in the series.

Andi is a spitfire investigative reporter trying to make a name for herself, and eyeing up the position of anchor at any of the bigger tv news networks. She recently injured her back evading a dog and jumping a fence on the job, and has been on prescription pain meds for the past few weeks. I liked that the author included this with her character - the struggle of slowly upping the dose, relying on the pain meds for more than pain, and the slow creep of addiction when it's not shooting up illegal drugs.

There are quite a few characters to keep track of in this book, as some are from when Stephanie, Andi's older sister, was killed, and then they show up again while the more current story takes place. I did struggle with that somewhat. The ones I tended to confuse were smaller characters in the story, not the main 4 or 5.

This series is off to a great start. If you are a fan of christian romantic suspense you need to give this one a try. 

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

THE AUTHOR

  1. Patricia Bradley

    Patricia Bradley

    Patricia 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...
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Still Life by Dani Pettrey

Book review of Still Life by Dani Pettrey (Bethany House) by papertapepins



Someone Is Out There. Watching Her. Waiting. 
Blacklisted in the photography business over a controversial shot, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime-scene photographer. She expected to be laughed at, but crime-scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright--and changed her life. But six months ago, when her feelings for Parker became too strong, she left his employ to sort out her heart.

Now, for the first time, Avery is facing the world that rejected her to attend the gallery opening of a photography exhibit for which her friend modelled. But the only image of her friend is a chilling photo of her posing as if dead--and the photographer insists he didn't take the shot. Worse, her friend can't be found, and so Avery immediately calls Parker for help.

As Avery, Parker, and their friends in law enforcement dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a relentless and deadly threat.

Still Life is the second book in the Chesapeake Valor series. If you haven't read the first book, Cold Shot, I highly recommend you do so. There is a fair bit of the storyline that continues through the series and you'll get a lot more out of this book if you read them in order. I really enjoyed the first book but this one, in my mind, is even better. Of course, I haven't read a Dani Pettrey book yet that I haven't loved. :) There's danger, suspense, action, and romance of course, a healthy dose, but very clean as always. This is one author that doesn't feel the need to skate close to the edge of appropriate and I very much appreciate that. And man, can she tell a story! She weaves all these different people and pieces together so deftly that you feel like you're part of the story.

I don't feel like there's a lot I can say here without giving away parts of the story. I loved Avery and Parker, and I can't wait to read about Declan and Tanner, who were a fairly big part of this story as well.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


THE AUTHOR

  1. Dani Pettrey
    © Michael Pettrey Photography

    Dani Pettrey

    Dani Pettrey is a wife, home-schooling mom, and the acclaimed author of the Alaskan Courage romantic suspense series, which includes her bestselling novels SubmergedShatteredStrandedSilenced, and Sabotaged. Her books...
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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Rescue Me by Susan May Warren

Book review of Rescue Me by Susan May Warren (Revell) by papertapepins



When Deputy Sam Brooks commits to something, nothing can sway him--not just on the job but in his private life. He's the one who stuck around to take care of his mother after his father's accidental death. And he's the one--perhaps the only one--who believes Sierra Rose is the perfect girl for him. Safe, practical, and organized, she's nothing like her hippie, impulsive, bleeding-heart sister, Willow.

Willow, however, has been in love with Sam Brooks for as long as she can remember. But she wants her sister to have a happy ending. Besides, Willow has other things to focus on--namely, nabbing the job of her dreams. Best thing for her to do is to purge Sam from her heart.

Neither can predict the events that will bring them together in a fight for their lives in the forbidding wilderness of Glacier National Park. Stranded, injured, and with the winter weather closing in, Sam and Willow will have to work together to save a crew of terrified teenagers. As they fight to survive, they might just discover a new hope for love.

Rescue Me is the second book in the action packed, intense, emotionally charged series, Wild Montana Skies. Woven through the story is a powerful thread about why forgiveness is so important and how we need a Saviour and that salvation and guidance is there if we but ask. That sounds heavy but she's explained it all beautifully without getting 'preachy'.

There's a lot going on in the story, certainly plenty of action, but quite a few characters to keep track of as well. There is a secondary love story going on involving Sam's younger brother, and a third storyline hinted at with Sierra and Ian from the beginning of the series. I do like how the author weaves multiple storylines through the series. The main one wrapping up in the current book, and others continuing through into the next, if that makes sense. It's something not many authors can do successfully in my opinion. 

It took me a little while to really get into this one, get oriented and straight in my head who all these characters were. I did however enjoy this second book quite a bit more than the first in the series.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

THE AUTHOR

  1. Susan May Warren

    Susan May Warren

    Susan May Warren is the ECPA and CBA bestselling author of over fifty novels, including Wild Montana Skies, with more than one million books sold. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT and numerous Readers'...
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