In the Books featuring Past Judgment (An Emma Harrrison Mystery) by Wendy Cartmell

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.

Past Judgement

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.


About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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