Book Review, Mystery/Suspense

Book Review – Standoff

A new book in a brand new series – Natchez Trace Park Rangers, and isn’t this cover just gorgeous?!!

 

I introduce to you ….

 

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by Patricia Bradley

The Natchez Trace National Parkway stretches 444 miles from Nashville to Natchez, the oldest town on the Mississippi River. It’s the perfect road for a relaxed pleasure drive. Unfortunately for park ranger Luke Fereday, lately it’s being used to move drugs. Sent to Natchez to infiltrate the organization at the center of the drug ring, Luke arrives too late to a stakeout and discovers the body of his friend, park ranger John Danvers.

John’s daughter Brooke is determined to investigate her father’s murder, but things are more complicated than they first appear, and Brooke soon finds herself the target of a killer who will do anything to silence her. Luke will have his hands full keeping her safe. But who’s going to keep him safe when he realizes he’s falling–hard–for the daughter of the man he failed to save?

Award-winning author Patricia Bradley introduces you to a new series set in the sultry South that will have you wiping your brow and looking over your shoulder.

 

My Thoughts

I cracked open my book and began reading…and was immediately swept away to Natchez and the South. I’ve read and enjoyed all of Patricia Bradley’s earlier books, and love her blend of suspense and romance. This book is a great new example of her writings.

Brooke Danvers, park ranger who is on her way to becoming a full-fledged Law Enforcement Officer, is the main character and is smack dab in the middle of the action.

She’s an amazing detective and sleuth, and is always finding herself in the middle of danger.

Brooke is finding herself in a relationship with Jeremy, and she’s not quite sure where to go with it. She’d be foolish to turn him down…

I’ll have to admit, I wasn’t quite sure where Ms. Bradley was going to go with the romance in this story. I knew what I was hoping for, but she kept me guessing for most of the book.

Luke Fereday is the other main character, and he’s a long-time friend of Brooke. He’s been out of her life for awhile, and now they are in the same neighborhood again, and trying to rekindle their friendship while solving the murders that keep happening.

There are enough secondary characters introduced to keep a reader guessing. Ms. Bradley is good at throwing little hints here and there, and I had a few suspicions, but honestly, I was kept guessing to the last few pages!

I liked the descriptions of the south, and could almost feel that heat and humidity pressing against me as I read…although that might also be due to the fact that I was reading this on a chilly day and wishing I could have been feeling it.

If you like suspense with a bit of romance, then you will not want to miss this one! I’m not sure I’d go as far as saying it’s my favorite Patricia Bradley (after all…those Memphis Cold Case books of hers are really good!), but this was a really exciting mystery to solve!

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

 

 

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