Publisher's Note:  

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 was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Revell

Justice Delayed

by Patricia Bradley

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The Memphis Cold Case series by Patricia Bradley debuts with Justice Delayed.  As the series title implies, there is a lot of time that has passed, before the truth is finally uncovered.  This means there is a lot of pent up emotions regarding the crimes committed.

Andi is a reporter and her brother, Brad, is a police officer.  Both of them have some serious issues regarding the murder of their sister.  These issues play an important role in the story and add some depth to the characters.  Jimmy is a man on death row who appears to have been falsely accused.  There are a lot of significant issues that seem to only be superficially addressed in this novel.  Hopefully future books will address these in more depth.

Much of the plot revolves around selfish and greedy actions which lead to unwise choices.  This is not a feel-good story about how everything ends up perfect and no one ever gets hurt.  Rather, the book has readers thinking about how they might feel or react given similar circumstances.  There is plenty of action sprinkled throughout the story, a touch of romance, and opportunities for characters to seek redemption.

Review of an Advance Reader's Copy

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Profanity:  None

Violence/Gore:  Many references to a murder in which a person is found holding a gun and surrounded by blood of the victim; characters threaten others with guns; there are several instances of guns being fired and blood flowing from the injuries, one scene is a multi-page account; reports that a person died from carbon monoxide poisoning and suicide is suggested; report of a bar fight in which a man hits his head on the bar and dies; a person tackles another person; report that people were murdered by drug or alcohol overdoses.

Sex/Nudity:  Non-married male character lowers the neckline of a female character's top, but she steps away; multiple references to a girl who is a prostitute.

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Mental illness, murder, human trafficking, addictions, death of family member, terminal illness, smuggling.

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Many references to a character consuming alcohol and being intoxicated; report that a person consumed an entire bottle of wine; a teen indicates she began using drugs at thirteen; marijuana is mentioned.

Reviewed By Susan
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