Justice Delayed

Justice Delayed

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 cas...

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Title:Justice Delayed
Author:Patricia Bradley
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ISBN:0800727088
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:352 pages

Justice Delayed Reviews

  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    Feb 16, 2017

    There be tension galore in Justice Delayed!

    Along with the romantical kind (not just one couple either!), there’s of course the action-and-suspense kind. But there’s also the added tension of racing against the clock to save a possibly-innocent death row inmate from being unjustly executed. Making that tension even thicker is the fact that Detective Will Kincaide’s cousin is the death row inmate in question. And the crime for which he’s about to be executed? The brutal murder of Andi (Will’s love

    There be tension galore in Justice Delayed!

    Along with the romantical kind (not just one couple either!), there’s of course the action-and-suspense kind. But there’s also the added tension of racing against the clock to save a possibly-innocent death row inmate from being unjustly executed. Making that tension even thicker is the fact that Detective Will Kincaide’s cousin is the death row inmate in question. And the crime for which he’s about to be executed? The brutal murder of Andi (Will’s love interest) and Brad (Will’s best friend) Hollister’s sister Stephanie years earlier.

    There are lots of suspects and not many of those that I could easily eliminate as I tried to solve the crime along with our cold case team (Will, being the only official member lol). Mysteries that keep me guessing are my favorites, and this one is nicely done! Enhancing the drama are the well-placed and well-written flashbacks that Bradley incorporates into the present-day narrative – as well as the chilling scenes told from the killer’s perspective.

    Bottom Line: If you like a little bit of romance mixed with your suspense (whether you put the emphasis on ‘little bit’ or on ‘romance’), Justice Delayed will give you the best of both worlds. From the cold case to the present one and all the details in between, the tension remains high from the first word ’til the last. Because this is the first book in a new series, there are a bevy of characters to meet and not every subplot is tied up neatly at the end. Don’t worry, though! The main storyline is brought to a page-turning conclusion, and I expect that the hanging threads will be ongoing throughout the series. I’m already looking forward to the next book!

    (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.)

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  • Hannah
    Feb 23, 2017

    A very good suspense story, with plenty of twists. Until nearly the end, there's doubt about the true identity of the criminal JD. The flashbacks are clearly marked and easily understood, which made reading them much easier.

    I liked Andi as a character. I liked how vivid it was that she was struggling with the Lortabs, but

    I also enjoyed

    A very good suspense story, with plenty of twists. Until nearly the end, there's doubt about the true identity of the criminal JD. The flashbacks are clearly marked and easily understood, which made reading them much easier.

    I liked Andi as a character. I liked how vivid it was that she was struggling with the Lortabs, but

    I also enjoyed Will, Brad, Treece, David, Maggie, and the Hollisters as characters. I'll look forward to the next installment of this series (which apparently will feature Brad.)

  • Kelly Bridgewater
    Nov 10, 2016

    Besides Robin Jones Gunn's Christy Miller series, romantic suspense was my introduction to Christian fiction. Thanks to Dee Henderson's O'Malley series. Before then, I devoured every single Nancy Drew novel and looked forward to reading mysteries and solving the crime before the author draws her characters to the conclusion. So of course, when Bradley threw her hat into the Romantic Suspense genre with her Logan Point series, I couldn't wait to read them. Stories with cold case are incredible b

    Besides Robin Jones Gunn's Christy Miller series, romantic suspense was my introduction to Christian fiction. Thanks to Dee Henderson's O'Malley series. Before then, I devoured every single Nancy Drew novel and looked forward to reading mysteries and solving the crime before the author draws her characters to the conclusion. So of course, when Bradley threw her hat into the Romantic Suspense genre with her Logan Point series, I couldn't wait to read them. Stories with cold case are incredible because of the police officers chance to serve justice after a long time. With Bradley's new Memphis Cold Case series, I became introduced to new characters, saw justice served, and met some interesting characters.

    The writing was concise and clear. Bradley did not head hop or switch point of views. She did a good job at creating a setting that I have only driven through. I had no problem visualizing the surroundings as the characters moved around. The research Bradley had to do to make Will and Brad as officers for a cold case unit seemed realistic to me. I had no doubts that Will and Brad were doing exactly what they should be doing as officers.

    In a romantic suspense, the romance is just as important as the suspense. But in Justice Delayed, Bradley allowed romance between Andi and Will, but it didn't overwhelm the story. It was more just internal feelings between two people who grew up together, even though Will was Andi's older brother's best friend. As for the suspense, it was an original story that I haven't seen done before, and I really enjoyed how Bradley incorporated the diamond smuggling. It was an unique and timely suspense element. I was glued to the fast pace of the novel.

    I really liked spending time with Andi. I enjoyed her love and honor of her dead sister, Stephanie. She still had a torch for her older sister, even though there were many years in between them. Bradley gave Andi a flaw with her pain pills, and I really believed this is becoming a sad reality in our culture today, so Bradley brought it to life in Andi. While I enjoyed Andi's character, I really didn't see anything remarkable about Will. He is an officer who still works with his best friend and has a crush on his best friend's little sister. I wished he was someone that I liked more, but I don't.

    Justice Delayed had an ending that I saw coming pretty early. I figured out who the bad guy was. Not that it ruined the story, I stayed with the story, wanting to prove that I was right, which makes for a good mystery in my humble opinion.

    I recommend this book for fans of Bradley, Lynette Eason, Colleen Coble, Irene Hannon, and other fans of Romantic Suspense fans. There really is nothing that only mature audiences can read. Fans of a good mystery would enjoy this novel.

    In conclusion, Patricia Bradley's introduction to her Memphis Cold Case series Justice Delayed is a fast-paced story with a heroine worth rooting for and a hero that missed the mark for me. I really enjoyed seeing the Justice served by the end of the novel. I can't wait to see whose story she will write next.

    I received a complimentary copy of Justice Delayed from Revell Publishing, and the opinions stated are all my own.

  • Madison
    Jan 14, 2017

    Justice Delayed is the explosive start to a new suspense series by Patricia Bradley and it has all the features of a novel that keeps you guessing. Romance, a new cold case team, mysteries that hit close to home, flawed and relatable characters, and plenty of tension combine to keep the suspense high.

    Andi Hollister is a journalist who takes risks to uncover the big stories. When a murder is linked to the death of Andi's sister, Andi knows she has to help uncover the details, especially since th

    Justice Delayed is the explosive start to a new suspense series by Patricia Bradley and it has all the features of a novel that keeps you guessing. Romance, a new cold case team, mysteries that hit close to home, flawed and relatable characters, and plenty of tension combine to keep the suspense high.

    Andi Hollister is a journalist who takes risks to uncover the big stories. When a murder is linked to the death of Andi's sister, Andi knows she has to help uncover the details, especially since the man convicted of her murder is about to be executed. Along with her brother, police Sergeant Brad Hollister, and family friend Detective Will Kincade, who has just joined a new cold case team, Andi puts her life in danger to find the truth about who really killed her sister and why.

    Justice Delayed snagged my attention from the first page. Andi is a flawed but realistic character. She takes risks and usually jumps in head first to dangerous situations, so it's no wonder her brother and friends worry about her and tend to hover. Andi is also battling an addiction to pain pills, but her major problem is denying she has an addiction.

    The reader is given the major clues to the crime right from the prologue. We can guess who was involved in Stephanie's death we just don't know who that person actually is or the details of the crime. I enjoyed the way the mystery unfolded, with Will, Andi, Brad and the cold case team director David all playing key roles in uncovering the clues. I had hazarded a good guess at who was behind the whole thing and was correct, but that didn't lessen my enjoyment of the mystery.

    Along with the mystery, this book incorporates family and romance. Will and Andi have known each other since they were children but their relationship has never strayed beyond friendship. Andi knows she is more aware of Will than she would be if he was just her brother's best friend, but she's not sure how Will views her. And the same goes for Will, never acting on his feelings because of his friendship with Brad and his fear that Andi only sees him as another big brother. The case brings them together, but other things threaten to push them apart, like Andi's pain pill addiction and the details from the case itself. I would have liked to see more personal details shared between them, particularly at the end, but the focus of the book remains on the suspense and the investigation.

    While the ending of Justice Delayed gives readers a conclusion to the mystery, I would have liked another chapter or epilogue to tie up the personal issues raised in the story. I can only assume that the following books in the series will have readers rejoin this group of characters - there is certainly plenty of scope for further romances and cold cases to be investigated within the group.

    With Justice Delayed, Patricia Bradley affirms her place among Christian suspense authors such as Dani Pettrey and Irene Hannon.

    The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

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  • Caitlyn Santi
    Jan 30, 2017

    I have read and loved all four books in this author's Logan Point series, and I was really looking forward to her newest release. Unfortunately, I have to say that I have some mixed feelings about this book because while there lots of things I absolutely loved about it, for example: Brad's overprotectiveness of his sister Andi, which made for some totally awesome moments; the camaraderie between Andi, Brad and Will; Will himself, need I say more? I just loved him; the mystery was very intriguing

    I have read and loved all four books in this author's Logan Point series, and I was really looking forward to her newest release. Unfortunately, I have to say that I have some mixed feelings about this book because while there lots of things I absolutely loved about it, for example: Brad's overprotectiveness of his sister Andi, which made for some totally awesome moments; the camaraderie between Andi, Brad and Will; Will himself, need I say more? I just loved him; the mystery was very intriguing and kept me riveted to the page, and while I personally wasn't surprised by the identity of two of the villains I was surprised by another; the climax of this book was very fast-moving and suspenseful, I loved it and I also loved that it was totally different from any climax I think I've ever seen in a romantic suspense before.

    There were also some things that bothered me a bit and caused me to knock my rating down to four stars, these things were: I spent a large portion of the book wanting to shake the main character Andi because of a very bad choice she kept making (not going to say what to avoid spoilers) it just really annoyed me that she refused to see the truth and I didn't feel like that thread was resolved as much as I wish it had been; this book had quite a large cast of characters and potential suspects and I sometimes had a hard time keeping track of them all; while I did love the climax I must admit that the ending did feel a bit rushed to me, it just seemed to end kind of abruptly leaving a few threads that didn't get tied up to my satisfaction, but it is very possible that those things will be resolved at a later point in the series; I know from personal experience that Faith and learning to trust and rely on God (which seemed to be the theme of this book, at least to me) can be messy and imperfect, but I was disappointed that Andi never seemed to make the choice to rely on God at any point during the book, I would have been totally fine if things hadn't been tied up in a neat little bow, after all life is rarely like that, but the book ended without me really feeling that Andi had grown closer to God or learned much of anything from her mistakes which definitely did leave me feeling a tad disappointed.

    See what I mean about mixed feelings? No book is perfect and there were these few things that bothered me, however, I really did love the rest of this book and found it hard to put down. I recommend this book and I am looking forward to the next in the series, I'm hoping the author will write a story about Brad, as well as one about David and Maggie. I so want to how you get Maggie from the name Madeline? :)

    I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not compensated in any way for this review. All thoughts and opinions are one hundred percent my own.

  • Maureen Timerman
    Feb 01, 2017

    From the first page forward the author had me page turning, and often with my stomach in my throat, and was ready to jump at any time. Non-stop action, and when you think you know the answers, you might, but I’ll bet not all of them, at least not until the last few pages of the book.

    Our girl Andi is one tough cookie, especially when she was born with a heart defect, and unfortunately the surgery for her was paid in blood. She is a fighter, and bullets sure don’t seem to get her down, but she doe

    From the first page forward the author had me page turning, and often with my stomach in my throat, and was ready to jump at any time. Non-stop action, and when you think you know the answers, you might, but I’ll bet not all of them, at least not until the last few pages of the book.

    Our girl Andi is one tough cookie, especially when she was born with a heart defect, and unfortunately the surgery for her was paid in blood. She is a fighter, and bullets sure don’t seem to get her down, but she does need some help. There is a bit of romance here, and when the book ended I was wondering about one couple that maybe could end up together, but ah I see there is another book coming.

    This one won’t leave you disappointed if you love mystery and suspense, this might be the answer this one seems to have it and more. While we start the book thinking we know the answers right from the beginning, but more leads to more and more, and we are still looking.

    I for one cannot wait for the next book in this series, and it cannot come soon enough.

    I received this book through Revel Blogger Program, and was not required to give a positive review.

  • Natalie Walters
    Feb 09, 2017

    A loaded story. Justice Delayed, a story that begins 18 years after the murder of Andi Hollister's sister who just smuggled three diamonds into the United States. A week until the convicted murder is set to be executed when he receives a letter saying he didn't kill the victim...

    This story is ripe with suspense. One week until an innocent man might be executed for a murder he didn't commit and his life is literally in the hands of others as the cast of characters scramble to find the truth, or h

    A loaded story. Justice Delayed, a story that begins 18 years after the murder of Andi Hollister's sister who just smuggled three diamonds into the United States. A week until the convicted murder is set to be executed when he receives a letter saying he didn't kill the victim...

    This story is ripe with suspense. One week until an innocent man might be executed for a murder he didn't commit and his life is literally in the hands of others as the cast of characters scramble to find the truth, or hide the truth, or kill to protect the truth.

    I finished this book in mostly one sitting. For the most part it was an easy read although there were areas that felt a bit choppy to me. I don't know if it was the writing style or if it had something to do with the character's point-of-view. Regardless, it was slightly distracting. The main plot of the story was done well. Lots of moving parts and characters to keep up with.

    Favorite Character: Will Kincade, the newest member of the Cold Case Unit; best friend to Brad Hollister; cousin to the murderer convicted in the death of Stephanie Hollister.

    There's a wide cast of characters in this story and though many of them are secondary or less, it was still hard to keep them all separated especially when it came to the main plot. Knowing who was connected to who and who dated who (which comes up a lot) was confusing. It became clear early on for me who the main suspects were though there was a twist at the end that surprised me-good or bad, I'm not sure.

    The romance portion of the novel is light but realistic considering the timetable of the story. I actually enjoyed reading about someone having romantic feelings for another but NOT engage in immediate kissing and hand holding. Though there is a kiss. There's a very strong character issue that the author works into the story but then all of sudden this issue vanishes in the last chapter without the closure I needed as a reader. I'm not sure why the issue was left unsettled but it was jarring and left me scratching my head as to why it was even suggested in the first place. I can assume this is the first book in a series and maybe those issues will have a satisfying conclusion in the books yet to come but I would've liked to see a conclusion to it in this book.

    Overall, great plot with fun characters. I can see some openings in the secondary cast to make appearances in books of their own. I recommend this book to those who enjoy a good suspense.

    *I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

  • Donna
    Feb 17, 2017

    3.5 stars. TV reporter Andi Hollister's older sister Stephanie was murdered 18 years ago by her boyfriend Jimmy. Jimmy is on death row and scheduled to die in 5 more days when he receives a letter in prison from Lacey who was a stewardess that worked with Stephanie. Lacey writes that she has proof Jimmy did not kill Stephanie. Andi does not realize that her sister was smuggling diamonds into the country on her flights. Andi gets a call from Lacey to meet her at the airport but Lacey is killed be

    3.5 stars. TV reporter Andi Hollister's older sister Stephanie was murdered 18 years ago by her boyfriend Jimmy. Jimmy is on death row and scheduled to die in 5 more days when he receives a letter in prison from Lacey who was a stewardess that worked with Stephanie. Lacey writes that she has proof Jimmy did not kill Stephanie. Andi does not realize that her sister was smuggling diamonds into the country on her flights. Andi gets a call from Lacey to meet her at the airport but Lacey is killed before she can meet up with Andi. Andi and her brother Brad team up with Jimmy's cousin Will to investigate Jimmy's innocence. Stephanie and Lacey both hid evidence before they died and the race is on to find the goods before the bad guys find the evidence first.

    Lots of characters in this story and I tried to keep everyone straight. I see where the author can develop many of these characters in future stories. The diamond smuggling from 18 years ago is handled through flashback scenes. The author also addresses addiction from painkillers in the storyline.

  • Cara Putman
    Feb 16, 2017

    Justice Delayed has the very real ticking time bomb of finding the true murderer before the man who plead guilty is executed. Will Kincaide has never believed his cousin did it. He may have had many failing but being a murderer wasn't one of them. However, Andi is absolutely convinced he did it, so they make a very unlikely pair as they try to find the truth. As an investigative reporter she is determined to use this case and others to launch into the big leagues of the networks, but at what cos

    Justice Delayed has the very real ticking time bomb of finding the true murderer before the man who plead guilty is executed. Will Kincaide has never believed his cousin did it. He may have had many failing but being a murderer wasn't one of them. However, Andi is absolutely convinced he did it, so they make a very unlikely pair as they try to find the truth. As an investigative reporter she is determined to use this case and others to launch into the big leagues of the networks, but at what cost. The budding romance was sweet and develops well, but there was a personal subplot with Andi which was distracting. It didn't resonate well for me, but it didn't stop me from enjoying the book.

    I loved the idea that this book involved a cold case that everyone was convinced was solved because someone had pled guilty. That piece was handled very well, and really engaged my interest. I wanted to know who really killed Andi's sister. And I wanted to see how the layers of clues and suspects peeled back to the true murderer--before too many more people were killed.

    This book is perfect for those who love a good mystery with layers of romance and a touch of suspense. I look forward to the next book in this series.

  • Becky
    Feb 20, 2017

    Justice Delayed is a very compelling suspense novel. It moves quickly enough to keep the reader's attention throughout while also introducing some very interesting, well-developed characters. The answer to the central mystery—who killed Stephanie Hollister?—unfolded in a way I did not anticipate, and I found the whole journey to be very fascinating. While reporter Andi and cold case detective Will are the main characters in Justice Delayed, other characters like Will's supervisor David and defen

    Justice Delayed is a very compelling suspense novel. It moves quickly enough to keep the reader's attention throughout while also introducing some very interesting, well-developed characters. The answer to the central mystery—who killed Stephanie Hollister?—unfolded in a way I did not anticipate, and I found the whole journey to be very fascinating. While reporter Andi and cold case detective Will are the main characters in Justice Delayed, other characters like Will's supervisor David and defense attorney Maggie are involved just enough to make me really hope their stories continue in future novels.

    One thing I really appreciated about Justice Delayed was that the characters had real problems. Andi is headstrong, reckless, and dealing (or not dealing) with an addiction. Will is resentful and unforgiving. They both grow throughout the novel, but neither is portrayed as anything close to perfect.

    I also liked that the romances subtly played in the background while the case took precedence. As Justice Delayed is just the first book in the Memphis Cold Case series, I hope that the romances will continue to build throughout the series.

    What didn't particularly work for me was the dual timeline. I kind of hesitate to even call it that, as, aside from the prologue which is set in the past, most of the book is set in the present. But a few times throughout the novel, the action briefly flashes back to the past. I did learn more about Stephanie and her death through the flashbacks, but I think it would have been better to simply have had the events relayed by someone who was there rather than including brief, infrequent flashbacks.

    Dual timeline aside, I really, really liked this book! It's perfect for fans of police procedurals or crime dramas, and I can't wait for the next book in the series. 4-1/2 stars.

    Disclosure of material connection: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.