Title: Justice Postponed
Author: Anthea Fraser
Genre: Romance/Crime/Slice of Life
Review: Justice Postponed follows Rona Parish after a tragic incident from the past threatens to derail Rona Parish’s latest project Biographer Rona Parish has a new project, contributing a series for the local glossy magazine, Chiltern Life, documenting life-changing experiences from those who have lived through them. When her father suggests she speaks to his friend Frank Hathaway, who was in Iraq during the invasion of Kuwait, Rona decides to pay him a visit.But Frank was also badly injured in a failed rescue attempt following a car crash the previous year, and has been tormented by flashbacks ever since. As Frank’s flashbacks start to yield more clues as to what happened on that fateful night, Rona finds herself drawn into another dark and compelling mystery.
Those who are content to meander through an English country town full of characters mostly irrelevant to the central plot will best appreciate Fraser’s leisurely ninth Rona Parish mystery (after 2012’s A Question of Identity). Rona has just completed her latest biography and is starting to write a series for a magazine about people who have lived in unusual places or through unusual events when she meets her father’s old friend Frank Hathaway, who was in Kuwait at the time of the Iraqi invasion.
While interviewing him, she learns that Frank has been having flashbacks involving a car crash and a failed rescue that he was involved in the previous year. As Frank recovers more of his memory of the accident—and of being in Kuwait when war was declared—Rona turns sleuth. Series fans will be glad to see her troubled house next door occupied by the owners at last, and to find most of Rona’s family settling down.
The plot and character development in this novel are good but will never be great. If you are content reading books that echo the same plot, themes and characters as other crime novels feel free to read the good novel. But if like me you are always looking for something fresh and new I would not recommend reading this novel. It is boring and drab in places and in others it is alive but still pulling thousands of dead words that belong to other crime writers. This book just wasn’t for me unfortunately but that does not mean that some of you will hate it some of you may love it. So if your interested take the plunge into this mystery.
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