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Final Approach

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  73 ratings  ·  24 reviews
Sometimes clues just fall from the sky. Four years ago, Emily Locke's life was shattered when her infant daughter and husband were lost in an inexplicable accident. She has nearly rebuilt her fragile mental health when a disgraced former police detective, now working as a P.I., resurfaces to ask for help-reconnaissance at a Texas skydiving establishment over a thousand mil ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published September 10th 2009)
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Final Approach is the first book in a series featuring Emily Locke, a skydiving, amateur sleuth who has lost everything important to her. As I read this book I found myself invested in Emily and her world far more than I expected. Brady has done a fantastic job bringing her to life and helping her to rise to the dangerous situations she faces while still maintaining her femininity. The clincher for me was her relationship with Vince. The skydiving backdrop was an added bonus. I enjoyed learning ...more
Debra Goldstein
What happens when a chemist who skydives, plays guitar, juggles kids, and writes puts it all together? Ans. a quick fun read that intrigues the reader and gives a subtle overview of skydiving. A good first book from author Rachel Brady .
I can't say what it is but there was just something about this book and this protagonist that I just could not like. To me, the main character seemed too self-involved to be 'accessible' to the reader. The ending bothered me too, but I do not want to put in a spoiler for those who read the book.

Recently at the library, I almost signed out the second book of the series but when I realized it was, in fact, the next book after this one, I put the book back on the shelf. Often, I am willing to give
Chad Sayban
When Emily Locke is called by Richard Cole, the detective turned PI who investigated the death of her husband and daughter four years earlier, she is in no hurry to help him. When she finds out she gets to fly to Houston and engage in her passion for sky-diving while helping to check a lead in a child abduction case, Emily decides that this is a good excuse for a vacation. What Emily quickly discovers is that the lead is very real , but she is unsure of who she can actually trust. The stakes inc ...more
Jim Thomsen
I really wanted to like this book, as I do especially of any work by any first-time author, but I felt this debut mystery needed more time in the story-editing stage. I felt it was overplotted, overpopulated, overstuffed with dangerous situations and desperate characters that at times strained the bounds of plausibility.

Emily Locke would be likable if her creator would give her a chance to breathe, but she's rendered claustrophobic by the constant contrivances that cluster around her — the Requi
Emily Locke's husband and daughter were killed in a boating accident four years before we meet her. Richard Cole, the detective who'd worked the case, now a private investigator, says she's the only person he knows who can help him with his current case which may involve sky-diving. She's reluctant to help him, as she's sure he botched her case and she's not an experienced investigator, but when she hears it concerns a missing child, she agrees.

She takes leave from her job in northern Ohio, and
Emily Locke’s life was shattered when her infant daughter and husband were died in an accident. She has nearly rebuilt her fragile mental health when a former police detective resurfaces to ask for help, reconnaissance at a Texas skydiving company. At Gulf Coast Skydiving, similarities between Richard’s case and Emily’s past make it increasingly difficult for her to stay objective. OK novel, but very convoluted story.
If you love good mysteries, you'll love the Emily Locke series. Emily Locke is a widow who've lost her husband and her baby daughter, a few years ago, from a boating accident. When Richard Cole comes to see her in Cleveland, he told her about a missing child case and a skydiving ticket. Since Emily used to skydive, she took an unplanned leave from work and hits Houston to find Casey Lyons. This case is similar to another one, which had changed her life, and are parallel. As she investigates this ...more
Emily is our heroine in this story and you end up cheering for her all the way through this book. While Emily grieves the loss of her husband and daughter, she feels compelled to help find out what happened to Casey and bring him home safely. Her maternal instinct and resolve to help another mother not experience what she did, Emily is focused and driven in her search for clues and and solving the disappearance of Casey. As a reader, I was on the edge of my chair as Emily goes against the clock ...more
Shonna Froebel
This novel features Emily Locke, a woman still recovering from a tragedy in her life four years earlier. When someone from that time shows up asking for her help in a case, she is reluctant to help, until she hears that it involves a missing child.
For Emily, that is how this all began. Four years ago, when a friend's child was missing, Emily found him and called the police. But her own family tragedy, losing her husband and young daughter, also came out of this time. She feels the man who is no
Vincent O'Neil
Rachel Brady's FINAL APPROACH is a marvelous debut mystery novel and the start of a great series. Filled with action, humor, and some very touching moments, it follows reluctant investigator Emily Locke as she infiltrates a sky-diving school linked to the disappearance of several children. The sequel novel, DEAD LIFT, has already been released so those of you who won't read a series until there's more than one book available -- go ahead and pick these up.
While I liked the setting of a sky diving school and the concept of child trafficking as the crime, there were times when I had a hard time believing the heroine Emily Locke would really have behaved the way she did. We're all used to protaganists that risk all and look before they leap, but some of Emily's decisions felt contrived and unrealistic to me. Just my opinion. In fairness, I did get hooked and I did want to finish it.
My local bookclub is hosting the author at our February meeting. She uses/writes from my local library. How cool is that!
Really liked the author - super sweet, very involved in community/family/current events. The book, not so much. Had a hard time getting into it, but I liked her so much I will probably read another of hers.
Shirley Worley
Considering I have never flown before, I found the skydiving background in Final Approach very unusual and fresh. This is my first book by author Rachel Brady and I found it fast paced and full of interesting characters. I especially would like to see if her interest in Vince carries on into the next book.
Rachel Brady's debut novel mixes child abduction with skydiving. A whole new vocabulary and life-style for me and it certainly ramped up the action! Great details and plenty of opportunities for Ellie's return. 1st in a new series.
I started reading this book today and I'm taking it with me on a trip to Boston, a four hour flight both ways so I'll probably finish it by Thursday. Great book. A masterful author. I highly recommend this book.
Tammy Summers
This book was pretty predictable. It lacked suspense and creativity. It provided an interesting description of sky diving. So if you're a sky-diving enthusiast, you may like it.
This was a thrill a minute. One minute my heart was racing the next it was breaking. Really great story! I can't wait to read by Ms. Brady! Yay for new authors!
I got this book from the library and thought it was quite good. Apparently this is her first book and I would definately try another one of her books
Although I don't ever expect to sky dive, Rachel held my attention with her exciting plot. I didn't really connect to the characters, though.
Fun to read about skydiving even though I don't want to do it! Intense story. Good reading.
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Just OK, nothing special, but moved along enough to finish it.
Wasn't my favorite book but it was decent
A fun mystery beach read.
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A graduate of Wright State University and The Ohio State University, Rachel works as a biomedical engineer at NASA in addition to writing mystery and suspense fiction. Her interests include health and fitness, acoustic guitar, and books of all kinds. She lives outside of Houston, Texas, with her family. Final Approach was her debut novel in the Emily Locke series, which features a different sporti ...more
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