Book Review: Justice Buried

16 Mar

In an effort to get her security consulting business off the ground, Kelsey Allen has been spending a lot of time up in the air, rappelling down buildings and climbing through windows to show business owners their vulnerabilities to thieves. When she is hired to pose as a conservator at the Pink Palace Museum in order to test their security weaknesses after some artifacts go missing, she’s ecstatic. But when her investigative focus turns from theft to murder, Kelsey knows she’s out of her league — and possibly in the cross hairs. When blast-from-the-past Detective Brad Hollister is called in to investigate, Kelsey may find that he’s the biggest security threat yet . . . to her heart.


Winner of an Inspirational Readers Choice Award, Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi and is a former abstinence educator and co-author of RISE To Your Dreams, an abstinence curriculum.

But her heart is tuned to suspense. Patricia’s romantic suspense books include the Logan Point series set in Mississippi and two sweet romances for Harlequin Heartwarming, Matthew’s Choice and The Christmas Campaign that are available on Amazon.

The first Memphis Cold Case book, Justice Delayed, released February 2017.

A Heartwarming Christmas, an anthology written with eleven Heartwarming authors debuted at #81 on USA Today’s Top 150 Titles. The Gingerbread Pony is her contribution to the anthology. October 3, 2017, Revenge released in the anthology, The Kill Zone: Ten Deadly Thrillers. In Revenge, Andi Hollister and Will Kincade’s story from Justice Delayed continues…

Her workshops on writing include two online courses with American Christian Fiction Writers and workshops at the Mid-South Christian Writer’s Conference in Collierville, TN. When she has time, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.


My Impressions:

My book club read Patricia Bradley’s romantic suspense novel, Justice Delayed, several years ago. I suggested the book because I had devoured her Logan Point series. Well, we all loved the first book in the Memphis Cold Case series, and I vowed to read the series through. Three years later, and here I am just now reading book 2, Justice Buried. My reaction? What in the world had I been waiting for! This book has everything I look for in a romantic suspense — endearing characters with great chemistry, a puzzling case that keeps me guessing, and, as an added bonus, a setting that captures my imagination. I loved Justice Buried! It is definitely a recommended read!

The two main characters, Kelsey Allen and Brad Hollister, were frenemies in high school. She was the nerdy and aloof rich girl, he the good-looking popular guy. Now years later they are first thrown together by their moms — oh yeah — and then by a murder. I loved these two characters. Brad is a tough and fearless cop, but only a risk taker in his job. Kelsey can be described as a bit of an adrenaline junkie. Given their differences and their less than stellar history, you would think these two would never get together. But there are sparks right from the beginning. And what a beginning this novel has. It is a page turner from the beginning. There’s plenty of action and suspense mixed in with the romance thread. There’s also a modern day mystery with roots in the past. The Memphis setting complete with the landmark Pink Palace Museum gives this book a great vibe. Both characters are believers, and their faith plays a natural and important role in their decisions.

As I said, I waited far too long to read Justice Buried. Luckily I have books 3 and 4 already on my shelf, so no waiting for a trip to a bookstore or library. And in this time of social distancing, you can get your hands on the whole series from Amazon. Binge-reading is a must right now!


Audience: adults.

(I received a complimentary copy from Library Thing. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)


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