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Deadly Aim (Angel Delaney Mysteries #1)

3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,068 Ratings  ·  258 Reviews
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, co ...more
Paperback, 317 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published January 1st 2004)
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Michele Crimson
This book was listed as a Mystery but I think the mystery became lost in the harlequin style romance and excessive faith references. Nowhere was it stated that this was a religious/Christian based book but it was VERY clear that the author was using the fiction forum to push god. Everywhere there was a faith/religious angle the story faltered and fell off track. I think the author may want to take a moment and decide what exactly she wants to write and once she decides, market the book that way. ...more
Jan 22, 2014 Julie rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle, free-ebook
What surprised me most about this book is that I actually finished reading it. I did consider marking it DNF, more than once, and I can't even explain why I didn't. If I had, it would get one star, not two.

It's not much of a mystery. I had the identity of "Duke" figured out before I hit the halfway mark. The few red herrings tossed in swam weakly, then floundered.

It's not suspenseful, either. It moves at a snail's pace, primarily because there's TMI about just about anything that has nothing wha
Traci Shipley
Dec 16, 2013 Traci Shipley rated it it was ok
Predictable. Except for . . . what kind of idiot decides to propose on the night that your intended has just shot a kid in the line of duty. Who would except a proposal under those circumstances. I didn't mind the reference to religion/faith but they did seem forced or out of place at times. The romance part was way to convenient.
Tamara Tilley
Jan 23, 2016 Tamara Tilley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I just finished, AS GOOD AS DEAD, the third book in the Angel Delaney Mysteries by Patricia Rushford. What a great read! I thoroughly enjoyed all three books. The action, suspense, twists and turns, it had it all. Add that with a little romance and you have yourself a wonderful book filled with intriguing characters and fascinating plot lines.

Book one, DEADLY AIM, follows Angel Delaney as she struggles to deal with the death of a kid that she's shot in a gang related robbery, she begins to quest
Casey Rock
Oct 08, 2012 Casey Rock rated it liked it
This was a good quick read but at times felt unnecessarily complicated. Almost like the author was trying to make the plot more complex than necessary with details and side plots that didn't add value to the overall story. It was still enjoyable and good for an after work, commuter train read!
Michael McManus
Jun 20, 2012 Michael McManus rated it liked it
Shelves: can-t-recommend
I don't want to say too much about this book. I feel it was overly complicated with too many murders and too many unresolved relationships. This is supposed to be a series, and maybe the author is laying the groundwork for several story lines, but I don't feel that is the way a series should start. This book did not make me turn pages. It did not give me warm and fuzzies about any of the characters - not even the Italian mother, although she was the only sympathetic character in the story. All o ...more
Sep 09, 2012 Leanne rated it liked it
I like the story. I like the characters. I believe the plot is well thought out and well developed. What I don't like is the "evangelizing" the author uses her characters to do. It is obviously not just her character's spiritual journey we are seeing. Nearly each time a character contemplates God, religion, scripture etc. the storyline hits a small jag. The religious journey of the characters could be depicted in a much more fluid (and less obviously witnessing) way.

I hope book two has a more de
A nice little suspense/mystery with a smidgen of romance. I was impressed with the outcome, not who I was thinking.
Rick Bylina
Jun 13, 2012 Rick Bylina rated it really liked it
The "quiet" town of Sunset Cove, Oregon has supplanted Cabot Cove, Maine as the murder capital of America by the end of Patricia H. Rushford's "Deadly Aim". This romantic, mystery novel with a sprinkling of religious overtones follows Officer Angel Delaney as she is dragged through an internal investigation after she shoots a 12-year-old boy during a failed pharmacy hold-up. He dies. Then things get really nasty after the body count piles up as the Drug Overlord starts to cover his tracks and th ...more
Cheryl Landmark
Jul 23, 2013 Cheryl Landmark rated it really liked it
Overall, a pretty good read with lots of action, suspense, mystery and family dynamics. There were definite Christian and religious overtones but I didn't find it overly preachy.

Strong, likeable characters made the book very enjoyable. Angel, the main character, was tough and feisty but she certainly had her human foibles as well, experiencing vulnerability, doubts and uncertainties about herself, her family, her religion and her career choice. I also really liked the tough, but caring cop, Call
The story opens as Angel Delaney, a police office, and her partner arrive on the scene of a pharmacy robbery in progress. Angel chases the robbers out of the rear of the pharmacy, confronting one in a darkened warehouse. After the robber raises a gun, Angel shoots and realizes that he is a kid. When the boy dies, Angel's world falls apart, with the media and the boy’s relatives attack her and accuse her of being a racist.

This is an exciting, enjoyable mystery romance with a Christian theme. The
Michelle Woods
Jul 28, 2013 Michelle Woods rated it really liked it
Title: Deadly Aim
Author: Patricia H. Rushford
Pages: 320
Year: 2004
Publisher: Revell
Angel Delaney is a cop who takes one hit after another. She doesn’t get shot, but she is forced to shoot when a teenage boys aims a gun at her. When the media and local groups start bashing her, not only is her world turned upside down, so is her apartment.
Callen Riley is the detective that must look the case over and try to figure out what all went on, and who the other guys were that got away. Was Angel set up?
Arie Antonia
Nov 15, 2015 Arie Antonia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. There is nothing better than a good mystery and this story gave me everything. It held my interest from beginning to end. I really found myself relating to Angel where her family was concerned. Angel was a police officer that found herself in the heart of a murder she was accused of. The story finds her trying to clear her name and deal with her personal life along the way. I really liked the fact that the typical romantic relationships didnt develop here nor did it t ...more
Connie Bernhardt
Oct 08, 2012 Connie Bernhardt rated it it was amazing
Deadly Aim an Angel Delany Mystery has it all. The starting pages have a pharmacy robbery with a big shootout. Angel shoots down a young black boy who aims a gun at her. Now Angel must face an internal investigation into the matter but that is only the very beginnings of her problems.

This book has many plots and twist and turns. I love that in a book and Patricia Rushford has done a wonderful job of that here. I must admit I did not figure out who did it. I really had someone else pegged. I don
Tracy Mcallister
Mar 18, 2013 Tracy Mcallister rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book from Patricia Rushford. Angel Delaney is a wonderful character. She struggles with her demons as we all do from time to time. I thought the development of all of the characters was really excellent. Her mother, Anna is great. You can smell her cooking as you read the pages. I love when that happens. This was an excellent crime mystery that I did not solve on my own (almost, but not quite) so I'm happy to say that it kept me guessing until the last few pages. I would definitel ...more
Aug 21, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this first book in the Delaney series. Angel is represented as a career cop, and one of the "good guys." She has joined the force because her dad is a cop, and she's always felt a compunction to do what she could to please him and spend time with him. In the past, she worked as a cop in Florida, where a routine call turned into tragedy when her partner and friend died in a hail of bullets Angel believes should have hit herself. This book opens with a drug robbery gone bad, and Angel fi ...more
Jul 20, 2015 Honeybee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian
I have never read anything by Patricia Rushford before--had never even heard of this author. I think I will be keeping my eyes open for more books by her from here on out. I have read a lot of mystery novels before, but it's been a while since I read one that was this hard to figure out!

From the shooting incident in the third chapter of the book, you know the main character, Angel Delaney, only shot Billy once in the shoulder, because she honestly thought it was her only choice to keep him from
Charles Ray
May 05, 2015 Charles Ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Angel Delaney is back in her home town of Sunset Cove, Oregon, working for the police force—following essentially in her father’s oversized footsteps. When she and her partner, Eric, respond to a robbery in progress call, she is forced to use deadly force on what she assumes is one of the perpetrators, who turns out to be a 12-year-old who had only a toy gun. Angel’s world spins completely out of control as she is accused not only of a wrongful death, but racism.
When Callen Riley, an Oregon Stat
Trayc Tooley-foskett
Jun 11, 2014 Trayc Tooley-foskett rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
I enjoyed it. well, I enjoyed it as much as one can enjoy a book with what seemed like a murder at every turn. I read this soon after the SPU shooting and the day after the Reynolds High shooting, so I was already overwhelmed with the evil in this world. What others called "evangelizing" I called encouragement to remember the truth. As for the story itself, I agree with every other review that said the proposal on the same day of the shooting was nuts, but in defense of the plot, he did say he w ...more
Aug 24, 2014 Abigail rated it it was ok
I didn't like this book, and here's why:

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Mar 26, 2013 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Very good mystery with just the right amount of romance, this book held my interest from the beginning. Angel is a strong but also vulnerable woman who after a deadly force situation involving a twelve year old must try to prove her innocence while confronting new and old personal demons. The rest of the characters are very well developed and the twists in the plot make for a mystery to almost the end read. I will probably read the next in this series.
Lynda Kelly
Jul 13, 2013 Lynda Kelly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: deleted
This wasn't for me. It was very, very repetitive, I found, and I got quite annoyed with it. A shame as I was banking on reading the series. I gave up on page 78 so did give it a chance. Angel, the title character let her answer machine pick up once too often for me as well!
However, I will say there were no mistakes which earned an extra star as that always impresses me these days of the reading-by-Kindle experience.
Craig D
Aug 12, 2012 Craig D rated it really liked it
I suppose it's part of the drama of a good mystery, but I was amazed at how much trouble Angel Delaney could walk into. Over and over and over, she seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Good news? She didn't do it. :) I didn't see the ending coming. My guesses were totally wrong the entire time. Good story. Good writing. I'd be willing to read more in the series.
Catherine Leggitt
Aug 18, 2014 Catherine Leggitt rated it really liked it
Just found a new author--well, new to me. Patricia H Rushford has written many books. Deadly Aim is the first in the Angel Delaney Mysteries series and the kind of good reading us mystery buffs adore. Lots of suspense and action. Twists abound. I didn't guess who-done-it until just before the reveal. Okay, I really never did guess. Good writing.

Angel Delaney is a detective just like her father. A lot of the story revolves around her relationship with her father, in fact. With a degree in counse
Carrie Bray
Aug 27, 2013 Carrie Bray rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book quite a bit the romance was a bit strange but I kept guessing at the killer till the end. It leaves an opening for the second book while still finishing the story line. I will read the rest of the series when they get cheap enough.
Jan 07, 2015 Connie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t_finish
I had no idea this was going to be a churchy book, got to page 47 then decided I had enough. I think it had
Jun 08, 2012 Kristan rated it it was ok

Good story line, but there are some odd culinary ramblings and other writing oddities. Story had loads of good twists and turns, but writing just fell a bit flat to me.
Gary B
Sep 16, 2014 Gary B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, read-2014
I bought this book around a year ago but took a while to get around to reading it. Overall I quite liked it. The pace was fast enough without racing ahead; the storyline was believable and not too fantastic; the main characters have some depth and character to them. Overall a light, enjoyable read. The gospel/God content was very understated. It will be interesting to see how the characters and gospel content are developed or expanded upon in the next books.

Patricia is able to draw you into the
Carolyn E
Oct 29, 2014 Carolyn E rated it it was amazing
I loved this book; could not put it down!! I have to thank whoever nominated it for our October group read, as I was not familiar with this author. I have requested the other two books in this series from our library (Dying to Kill and As Good as Dead. I am looking forward to reading them.
Feb 18, 2016 Kelly rated it liked it
Deadly Aim by Patricia Rushford is the start of a new crime series set in Oregon. Angel is a determined police officer who suddenly finds herself blamed for a 12 year olds death. She finds herself condemned by her community and the media before the trial has even taken place. Before she even has the chance to defend herself in court she finds things spinning out of control. The key evidence is missing, evidence that would have provided innocence proven that she only shot her gun once in self def ...more
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Patricia H. Rushford, a long time author and speaker, has extensive experience in writing and has authored fifty books, both fiction and non-fiction with sales of over a million copies. In addition to having a nursing degree and masters in counseling, she is also an artist and quilter.

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“You trust God, and no matter what happens, you refuse to let your faith be shaken.” 0 likes
“front of Billy, waving their guns back and forth like twin Rambos. A barrage of bullets pelted the metal shelves and the floor where she’d been standing. He’d set her up. She scrunched into a ball and covered her ears. No! Not again. The shooting stopped. Angel raised her head, relieved none of the officers” 0 likes
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