While filling in for his ailing father at the police station, Joshua Pierce finds Riley Shaw behind the wheel of a stolen car. Riley pleads her case, explaining that she was hired to deliver the car to San Diego. But Joshua insists on keeping her in a cell until the matter is cleared up. The sluggish pace of Judging Joshua (2), the second installment in Mary Anne Wilson's Return to Silver Creek miniseries, may prove frustrating to readers who crave action. The chemistry between Riley and Joshua has no real basis, and the hero's last-minute disclosure elicits a loud groan.