Obsession by Patricia Bradley is the second book in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series. I’ve read a couple of books by Patricia and looked forward to this book because of the interesting setting.
Emma Winters works as a Natchez Trace park ranger and historian. She is overseeing a project to document and preserve the graves of the slaves who had been buried on this historical site. As Emma is getting ready to head home, her day’s about to get a whole lot longer when someone takes a couple of shots at her. Called in to help investigate is her former fiancé Sam Ryker who also works as a park ranger. While things didn’t end well between them, Sam wants to find the person who is targeting Emma and get out before any feelings between them are revived.
I struggled a bit with the novel. I wasn’t too keen on the main character, Emma, she wasn’t a very likable character. She was the independent woman who was also the helpless stubborn female who didn’t want help. Parts of the story seemed rather contrived to keep Emma and Sam in regular contact. There wasn’t a lot about faith in this book. I think the story would have been richer if that aspect of the characters’ lives had been developed. There were three people in the book that struggled with unforgiveness, Emma, Sam, and Sam’s sister Jenny. I would like to have seen at least one of them have a biblical perspective and understanding of forgiveness. Sam did work his way through the unforgiveness he had been harboring.
Something I can’t stand in books is when a character does something really stupid and illogical which puts them at risk and in harm’s way, which Emma did towards the end of the book. When that happens, I stop caring about the character because I feel manipulated and it’s not logical.
The character Sam was likable, but I didn’t understand why he continued to be drawn to Emma. Emma’s continued to blame Sam, and herself, for her brother’s disappearance ten years earlier. That got old really quick! She blamed others instead of recognizing her brother’s own personal responsibility for his life choices and the risks he took.
I liked the character Sheriff Nate Rawling and hope to see him in future books in this series. He seemed to respect and trust the team that he was working with and was there to work alongside them. The Natchez Trace park setting was interesting.
There were a few elements and characters I liked in Obsession, but they were overshadowed by a character and parts of the storyline I didn’t care for.
I would like to thank Revell Publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of Obsession by Patricia Bradley. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
I love mysteries so I was excited to read Patricia Bradley’s newest book Standoff, the first book in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series.
Standoff is about the rather brutal and ugly business of moving illegal drugs through Natchez Trace National Parkway a corridor that runs from Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN.
Brooke Danvers was looking forward to riding along with her dad District Law Enforcement Ranger, John Danvers. She has followed in her father’s footsteps and will soon be sworn in as a LE Ranger despite her parent’s concerns. When John gets a call, plans change and Brooke will have to wait another day. Only that won’t be happening when John is found dead at Emerald Mound later that night. His death is ruled a suicide, but Brooke does not believe it and will stop at nothing to find out who brutally murdered her dad. Old ex-friend and neighbor Luke Fereday is back in Natchez working as an undercover park ranger trying to infiltrate the drug ring. Not only is he working to stop the flow of illegal drugs, but he too wants to find John’s murderer.
Standoff has a whole of stuff going on. There are a lot of characters introduced early on in the story, law enforcement, drug dealers, potential bad guys, family, friends. and neighbors. It was kind of hard to keep all the characters straight. It would have been helpful to have a key at the front of the book with a list of characters and a brief description. The first part of the book seemed to dragged, but about midway through the story picked up moved at a faster clip. The number of characters could have been trimmed down some.
There were a number of things that seemed off or not quite believable. It seemed odd that Brooke’s mother would leave town so quickly after the death of her husband. It didn’t seem plausible that Luke could pass off being in town to visit his grandmother because his behavior and weird hours would raise suspicion. He just happened to show up wherever Brooke was at way too many times. The scene where Brooke makes a discovery seemed contrived.
I liked the main characters, Brooke and Luke. My favorite character was Luke’s grandmother Daisy. The action scenes, especially toward the end were well written and easy to visualize. I like the setting of the Natchez Trace law enforcement. I think the series has some good potential. I will read future books in this series. I appreciated that the book was clean, not filled with vulgar language or sexual immorality.
I would like to thank Revell Publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read a complimentary copy of Standoff by Patricia Bradley. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
The whodunnit storyline of Justice Betrayed by author Patricia Bradley is what caught my attention. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and I didn’t know what to expect. I’m not an Elvis fan and I’ve never been to Memphis, but I love a good mystery, filled with intrigue and the challenge of solving a cold case.
Detective Rachel Sloan is asked in by Vic Vegas, an Elvis tribute artist, to help solve a murder mystery from seventeen years ago that may somehow be related to her own mother’s murder. At first, Rachel’s not too sure about this, after all it’s a cold case and she’s working in the homicide division. But after Vic turns up dead she wonders if there may be something more to the case he wanted her to investigate.
It took a few chapters before I got interested in the story. The story started out kind of slow and there were a lot of characters introduced early on and it was hard to keep track of them. But I’m glad that I kept on reading because before long the story picked up pace and I was hooked.
I liked the characters, especially the relationship between Rachel and Boone, and enjoyed the mysteries and trying to figure out whodunnit. Patricia did a good job giving the reader a feel for what Memphis may be like and the fascination with Elvis that continues to this day.
I appreciated that Justice Betrayed doesn’t contain profanity and immoral sexual situations. There wasn’t a lot of the Christian faith in this book, a Scripture verse and Rachel acknowledging that she had stopped turning to God because her prayers for justice seemed to be unanswered. I would have liked to seen more of the Christian faith woven into some of the characters and storyline.
If you like a good mystery, that will keep you guessing to the end, read Justice Betrayed by Patricia Bradley. I look forward to reading her other books.
I would like to thank Revell Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read Justice Betrayed by Patricia Bradley in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.