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6.23.2018

Justice Betrayed ~ Review

Justice Betrayed
A Memphis Cold Case Novel #3
By Patricia Bradley

Detective Rachel Sloan is coming up on the 17 year anniversary of her mother's murder which was ruled a burglary gone wrong. But the perpetrator was never apprehended. And now she has an Elvis impersonator who knew her mother claiming that he has evidence that her mother's murder is linked to the death of another Elvis impersonator. A photo of her and her mother with four Elvis impersonators is only one piece of evidence that Vic Vegas claims to have gathered. And when the other people in the photo start being targeted this cold case has just become a lot hotter.

But to get the answers she's seeking Rachel has to figure out a way to stay on the case which she's sure her supervisor Lieutenant Boone Callahan will pull her from if he learns about the possible connection to her mother. But solving this case may be the only way she can work past the guilt she's felt all these years. And even worse is the blame she knows her dad has placed on her shoulders.

But as the case starts gaining traction those with a link to the case start being targeted - is the killer still out there? Or is it just a coincidence that Elvis Week is again being hit with murder. And when Rachel becomes a target is it because of her investigation or her familial ties to her father Judge Lucien Winslow?

Justice Betrayed is a suspense as one knows what the murderer/criminal is doing but their identity is hidden away. There are several potential suspects that one is like hmm is this the one but then another scene unfolds and one is swayed in another direction. I love when the outcome isn't given away early on in the book and each successive page draws the reader further into the story.  And the cover illustration is the key to the whole thing.

This is the third book in the Memphis Cold Case series but it can easily be read on its own. The series is progressive in the timeline but not so that if read out of order the reader would get lost. By the way, the other two books Justice Delayed and Justice Buried are well worth the time spent reading. Perfect weekend reading!


About the Book:
Two unsolved murders seventeen years apart are about to get personal . . .

It's Elvis Week in Memphis, and homicide detective Rachel Sloan isn't sure her day could get any stranger when aging Elvis impersonator Vic Vegas asks to see her. But when he produces a photo of her murdered mother with four Elvis impersonators--one of whom had also been murdered soon after the photo was taken--she's forced to reevaluate. Is there some connection between the two unsolved cases? And could the recent break-in at Vic's home be tied to his obsession with finding his friend's killer?

When yet another person in the photo is murdered, Rachel suddenly has her hands full investigating three cases. Lieutenant Boone Callahan offers his help, but their checkered romantic past threatens to get in the way. Can they solve the cases before the murderer makes Rachel victim number four?