First Line Friday — Deception

21 Oct

Happy Friday! This weekend I am relaxing! I’m looking forward to some time around the fire pit or in front of the fireplace with a hot beverage (Swiss Miss Dark Chocolate Cocoa is my guilty pleasure), and a book in my hand! I’ve got nothing on the agenda except watching the leaves change color and hopefully seeing some frolicking deer. I have taken along Deception by Patricia Bradley, a must-read author of romantic suspense. I am about 25% into the book and really enjoying the many twists she has set forth so far.

Here’s the first line:

Today was not a good day to die.

After being forced to kill an FBI agent gone rogue in self-defense while working in the violent crimes unit for the Investigative Services Branch, ranger Madison Thorn is comfortable with her move to the fraud and cyber division. At least numbers don’t lie. So she’s less than thrilled when a white-collar crime investigation in Natchez, Mississippi, turns violent. She could also do without being forced to work with former-childhood-enemy-turned-infuriatingly-handsome park ranger Clayton Bradshaw.

When a woman who looks just like Madison is attacked on the same night Madison’s grandfather is shot, it becomes clear that there is something much bigger going on here and that Madison herself is in danger. Madison and Clayton will have to work together—and suppress their growing feelings for one another-if they are to discover the truth before it’s too late.

USA Today bestselling and award-winning author Patricia Bradley closes out her popular Natchez Trace Park Rangers series with this complex story of family secrets, mixed motives, and learning to trust.

USA Today best-selling author, Patricia Bradley is the recipient numerous awards, including an Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award in suspense, a Selah winner, was a Carol and a Daphne du Maurier finalist. Her romantic suspense novels include the Logan Point series, the Memphis Cold Case Novels, and the Natchez Trace Park Rangers. She is now hard at work on the second book in her new Pearl River series set in the Cumberland Plateau area above Chattanooga. The first book in the series, Counter Attack will release in mid-2023.

She has conducted writing workshops for American Christian Fiction Writers, the Mid-South Christian Writer’s Conference, the KenTen and Scrivener retreats (where she was the keynote), the Memphis American Christian Fiction Writer group, and the Bartlett Christian Writers group. 

She and her two cats call Northeast Mississippi home–the South is also where she sets most of her books, and when she has time, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.

7 Responses to “First Line Friday — Deception”

  1. Cindy Davis October 21, 2022 at 7:31 am #

    Enjoy your relaxation time! Have a wonderful weekend!!

  2. Paula Shreckhise October 21, 2022 at 5:19 pm #

    I really like Patricia’s books!
    My first line is from the creepy good book by Jaime Jo Wright, The Premonition at Withers Farm:
    August 1910
    When death came to visit, no one ever prepared tea and cookies.
    Happy reading!

    • rbclibrary October 21, 2022 at 5:24 pm #

      That was a creepy-good book!!

  3. Nicole Santana October 21, 2022 at 6:16 pm #

    I am currently reading Godmersham Park by Gill Hornby. It’s pretty awesome!
    “Anne did not stay long at the party. She was still not in quite the right mood.”
    I hope you have a great weekend!

    • rbclibrary October 21, 2022 at 8:51 pm #

      I have one if her books I need to read.

  4. Jen@GracetoGrow October 22, 2022 at 6:28 pm #

    I really enjoyed this book and the whole series! This week I featured Body of Evidence by Irene Hannon in my FLF post.

    Hope you enjoy your relaxing weekend!

  5. Danielle Grandinetti October 23, 2022 at 11:35 am #

    I enjoyed this one! I’ve been reading The Christmas Switch by Zoey Marie Jackson. The first line is: Chanel Houston tossed her keys in her purse and reached into the back seat of her sister’s 2002 Honda Civic to grab one of the boxes of books. ~ Have a great week!

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