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By Patricia Bradley / Revell
The National Park setting of this book caught my eye, but it was the clues, red herrings, and sustained slow release of the mystery that kept me hooked. It’s a book I highly recommend. The Natchez Trace National Parkway in Mississippi is the scene for some of the climax moments. The cast of characters is well developed. Brooke Danver’s story, the female protagonist, is very engaging. She is a young lady who has followed her dreams and is about to start on a career in law enforcement throughout the Park. In her wildest dreams, she never could have guessed what her first days on the job would entail. Just prior to her swearing in ceremony, her father dies. It’s ruled a suicide, but Brooke rejects this decision. Her primary goal is to solve the mystery surrounding his death. As the action unfolds, Brooke must lean on Luke Fereday, an undercover agent, to discover answers. Luke arrives on the scene to bust a drug ring. The illegal drug trade along the Natchez Trace is a dangerous network spanning two continents. Brooke and Luke team up to solve the crime and they discover a handful of likely suspects with valid motives. All of them are close acquaintances or colleagues or Brooke and Luke, so it’s hard to know who to trust.
The subplots are as interesting as the main mystery. Standoff by Patricia Bradley is Book 1 in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series. It’s a great opening to a series that certainly will win over many fans. I reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher, Revell Books in exchange for an honest review of this new release.