Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Crosshairs by Patricia Bradley {Book Review}

 **I received a complimentary copy for consideration. All thoughts are my own. 

Investigative Services Branch (ISB) ranger Ainsley Beaumont arrives in her hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, to investigate the murder of a three-month-pregnant teenager. While she wishes the visit was under better circumstances, she never imagined that she would become the killer's next target--nor that she'd have to work alongside an old flame.

After he almost killed a child, former FBI sniper Lincoln Steele couldn't bring himself to fire a gun, which had deadly and unforeseen consequences for his best friend. Crushed beneath a load of guilt, Linc is working at Melrose Estate as an interpretive ranger. But as danger closes in on Ainsley during her murder investigation, Linc will have to find the courage to protect her. The only question is, will it be too little, too late?

Award-winning author Patricia Bradley continues her Natchez Trace Park Rangers series with a story about how good must prevail when evil just won't quit.

Patricia Bradley is the author of StandoffObsession, and Crosshairs, as well as the Memphis Cold Case novels and Logan Point series. Bradley won an Inspirational Reader's Choice Award in Romantic Suspense, a Daphne du Maurier Award, and a Touched by Love Award; she was a Carol Award finalist; and three of her books were included in anthologies that debuted on the USA Today bestseller list. She is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters in Crime. Bradley makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at www.ptbradley.com.

Crosshairs is the third book in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series. While characters first introduced in the previous novels might make small appearances, each book focuses on a new set of leads and can certainly be read as a standalone without any confusion. While I had read the previous books in the series, I must admit it had been a little while and my memory of the specifics was fuzzy, and it didn't impact my enjoyment of this story in the slightest. 

One thing that Patricia Bradley does really well is throwing suspicion in a wide variety of places to keep the reader guessing. You might think that you have it all figured out (and really, you just might), but there is just enough doubt cast elsewhere to keep you guessing right through to the very end... and I certainly loves those twists and turns that keep me guessing! Being kept on my toes is definitely part of the fun of reading a suspense, and this one did it quite well. Being a complex story, that can often mean a lot of confusion, and while there are a few times that I had to stop and catch up a minute, I do think the author did a good job of bringing it all together in the end. Of course, I am personally always a fan of a good second chance love story so the romance was certainly a plus for me! Overall, this was an enjoyable read that fans of Christian romantic suspense are sure to want to check out. 


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