Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition on In the Books, featuring Past Judgment (An Emma Harrrison Mystery) by Wendy Cartmell
Disclaimer: I received a free ebook copy in exchange for an honest review.
About the book: How do you prove your innocence, when everyone believes the judgment made on your past?
Prison governor Emma Harrison befriends ex-soldier Leroy Carter, convicted for killing a drug dealer on a night out, but he’s always claimed his innocence. When Leroy is being transferred to an adult facility in Dartmoor, he makes a desperate bid for freedom. All he wants is for his case to be re-opened so he can prove his innocence and re-join the army. Helping to track Leroy down, Emma comes back into contact with a man from her past she never thought she’d see again. Sgt Billy Williams had been with her on a hijacked train a few years ago, but is there a deeper connection between the two of them? Will Leroy ever prove his innocence? Or is he past judgement?
My review: I’m a huge fan of mysteries, so when I was offered the chance to read this I didn’t hesitate. I enjoyed the characters, and Leroy was my favorite despite the times he drove me a little crazy. To be honest, his reactions were understandable from a guy who’s had everything he loved pulled out from under him multiple times.
I thought the arc between Billy and Emma was interesting and I’m curious to see how it works in the future. While having a mutual history isn’t a new plot/character device, this one promises to be full of spice with both being similar enough to spark a few passionate fights between them in the future. It’s this passion that helps add depth to the story and gave me a reason to cheer each of them on at various points.
While the story flowed well, it did take some adjustment time for me to become accustomed to the bouncing back and forth in time periods for the first half of the book. That doesn’t mean it’s wrong, it was just a little jostling for me, but once I grew used to it, it was fine.
There was one part near the end where I had to scratch my head, but I chalked it up to a mistake by the police (I don’t want to say more as it’s a potential spoiler). It was an unnerving element that I’m sure happens in the real world at times, so take my critism with a grain of salt.
Overall, I enjoyed the book and look forward to checking out other works by the author.