I became a fan of Patricia Bradley’s books at my first read. It does help that she is a fellow southerner so she sometimes writes about places with which I am familiar. I have not actually traveled the Natchez Trace but once drove under it near its north end at Nashville. Nevertheless I have always been intrigued with its history.

The fourth and final installment of Bradley’s Natchez Trace Park Rangers series, Deception may be the most exciting one yet. Forced to work with her childhood nemesis park ranger Clayton Bradshaw, Madison Thorn finds herself in the middle of a violent crime spree with her grandfather as one of its victims. It also looks like Madison herself might just be in the killer’s line of sight.  As is often the case, not everything is as it seems and the danger escalates as Madison and Clayton follow a rabbit trail or two in pursuit of their villain. Plenty of action and suspense fill the pages. The plot moves along at a brisk but steady pace with several twists and surprises in store for readers. A touch of romance and a strong message of faith wrap up the story to make a most pleasing package.

I highly recommend Deception but would encourage readers to begin with book one of this series for their own satisfaction.


I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


She refuses to let someone from her past define her future.
But does she really have a choice in the matter?

After being forced to kill an FBI agent gone rogue in self-defense, ISB ranger Madison Thorn is happy to be working in the fraud and cybercrimes division. At least numbers don’t lie. So she’s less than thrilled when she’s drawn into a violent crime investigation in Natchez, Mississippi. She could also do without being forced to work with former-childhood-enemy-turned-infuriatingly-handsome park ranger Clayton Bradshaw.

When a woman who looks just like Madison is attacked on the same night Madison’s grandfather is shot, it becomes clear that there is something much bigger going on . . . and that Madison herself is in danger. Madison and Clayton will have to work together–and suppress their growing feelings for one another–if they are to discover the truth before it’s too late.

Read an excerpt HERE.

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Patricia Bradley is the author of Standoff, Obsession, Crosshairs, and Deception, as well as the Memphis Cold Case novels and Logan Point series. Bradley is the winner of an Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, a Selah Award,, and a Daphne du Maurier Award; she was a Carol Award finalist; and three of her books were included in anthologies that debuted on the USA Today bestseller list. Cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., Bradley is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters in Crime. She makes her home in Mississippi. Learn more at