Deadly Aim

series: Angel Delaney Mysteries

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Patricia Rushford kicks off a thrilling new crime series set in the cozy coastal hamlet of Sunset Cove, Oregon. Featuring determined police officer Angel Delaney, the first episode is sure to have armchair sleuths turning the pages as fast as they can to discover whodunit?
When a police shootout results in the death of a 12-year-old boy, Officer Angel Delaney is blamed, convicted, and condemned by the media and the Sunset Cove community before the case even goes to trial.
Angel will have her day in court, but before she has the chance to defend herself, the situation spirals out of control. Key evidence is missing, evidence that could have verified her claim of firing only one shot in self-defense. In short order, the body count rises, and suddenly Angel is a suspect in more than one murder investigation. Heartsick about the young boy's death, and questioning her judgment as a police officer, Angel joins forces with Detective Callen Riley to fight the mounting charges against her.


"A honey of a mystery by Pat Rushford. Angel Delaney is a character with real staying power. The story will keep you flipping pages as you get caught up, not only in the police procedural, but also Angel's personal life. Can't wait for the next installment!"-James Scott Bell, author of A Higher Justice

"Pat Rushford has no equal when it comes to building complex characters and then thrusting them into intriguing situations. Deadly Aim is a pleasure from end to end. I loved it!"-Sandy Dengler, author of the Mirage Mysteries series

"Pat Rushford takes Deadly Aim at the mystery lover's mind, heart, and soul in this don't-put-it-down read."-Linda Windsor, author of Along Came Jones

"Though Angel engages in a fair amount of direct self-talk, it's appropriate for her young adult audience. The main characters are well defined, the action is brisk and the story is enlivened by suspense, romance and several unexpected twists and turns. As with all of Pat's books, the characters are wholesome and grapple with life's challenges realistically. Angel may find herself the center of a whole new fan club!"-Judy Frandsen

"Don't pick up Patricia Rushford's new mystery if you need your sleep. I couldn't put it down and was up until 2a.m. finishing it. I enjoyed Deadly Aim from its first sentence to its satisfying conclusion. Patricia knows how to create suspense by giving just enough hints of what's to come. What a great read! I'll look for more in this series."-Linda Hall, author of Steal Away and Chat Room

The Author

  1. Patricia H. Rushford

    Patricia H. Rushford

    Award-winning author and speaker Patricia H. Rushford has written over fifty books, including five mystery series. She is the author of the Helen Bradley Mysteries, the Angel Delaney Mysteries, and the McAllister Files, which she wrote with a police detective....

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"With incisive style, Patricia Rushford fraws the reader into an engrossing mystery with romantic overtones. Her deft red herrings keep the villian's identity uncertain to the end." --Romantic Times Book Club, March 2004

When policewoman Angel Delaney reports to a burglary-in-progress, a would-be attacker forces her to shoot in self-defense. Her shot kills a boy--a twelve-year-old boy, a black boy, a black boy using a toy gun. Officers immediately place Angel on administrative leave. Although Angel knows she followed correct police procedures, she grieves over the dead child and prays for guidance and the strength to face the coming days.

Angel knows she fired one shot, but she heard three shots. Who fired the other two? Did she fire them without realizing it? Those questions haunt her, demanding answers.

As Angel tries to help figure out exactly what happened during the burglary and the needless death, the citizens of Sunset Cove also demand answers and the media hounds her unmercifully. Angel's search for the truth forces her to probe into her relationship with her parents, her boyfriend, and her police partner before she finds the answers she needs.

Deadly Aim is a tale of pulse-pounding suspense that readers are unlikely to forget. The book has it all--memorable characters, punchy prose, dialogue that zings. Rushford has wrapped all those elements in a many-layered and puzzling plot that will keep readers turning the pages.

Review by Dorothy Francis, award winning suspense writer, author of Conch Shell Murders