The Recovery by Agent Janet Evanovich

Gabriela Rose, Book 1

Synopsis: Lost something? Gabriela Rose knows how to get it back. As a recovery agent, she’s hired by individuals and companies seeking lost treasures, stolen heirlooms, or missing assets of any kind. She’s reliable, cool under pressure, and well trained in weapons of all types. But Gabriela’s latest job isn’t for some bamboozled billionaire, it’s for her own family, whose home is going to be wiped off the map if they can’t come up with a lot of money fast.

Inspired by an old family legend, Gabriela sets off for the jungles of Peru in pursuit of the Ring of Solomon and the lost treasure of Cortez. But this particular job comes with a huge problem attached to it—Gabriela’s ex-husband, Rafer. It’s Rafer who has the map that possibly points the way to the treasure, and he’s not about to let Gabriela find it without him.

Rafer is as relaxed as Gabriela is driven, and he has a lifetime’s experience getting under his ex-wife’s skin. But when they aren’t bickering about old times the two make a formidable team, and it’s going to take a team to defeat the vicious drug lord who has also been searching for the fabled ring. A drug lord who doesn’t mind leaving a large body count behind him to get it.

The Recovery Agent marks the start of an irresistible new series that will have you clamoring for more and cheering for the unstoppable Gabriela Rose on every page.

Review: I love Janet Evanovich’s novels and when I saw that she was releasing a new series, I didn’t wait long to pick it up. And how could I resist a novel that mixes Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones, all with great humor?

Gabriela Rose has an extraordinary job: she recovers the objects that her clients want and for that she can travel the world and find herself in extraordinary adventures! But the latest one is a little different: her family is about to lose their house. Luckily, her aunt’s ghost has given them a solution: find a lost treasure that could save them all! However, her ex-husband has the notebook that could lead them to the treasure, an ex-husband who is as sexy as he is insufferable. Forced to join forces with him, they will travel the world to try to find the treasure. Problem: they are not the only ones and this group is very dangerous!

This was a very cool novel and I had a great time with the story and the characters. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next. Rafer and Gabriela are great and I was looking forward to seeing them together.

I recommend it and can’t wait for volume 2!


Black Summer by M.W. Craven

Washington Poe, Book 2

Synopsis: After The Puppet Show, a new storm is coming . . .

Jared Keaton, chef to the stars. Charming. Charismatic. Psychopath . . . He’s currently serving a life sentence for the brutal murder of his daughter, Elizabeth. Her body was never found and Keaton was convicted largely on the testimony of Detective Sergeant Washington Poe.

So when a young woman staggers into a remote police station with irrefutable evidence that she is Elizabeth Keaton, Poe finds himself on the wrong end of an investigation, one that could cost him much more than his career.

Helped by the only person he trusts, the brilliant but socially awkward Tilly Bradshaw, Poe races to answer the only question that matters: how can someone be both dead and alive at the same time?

And then Elizabeth goes missing again – and all paths of investigation lead back to Poe.

Review: I had a great time with the first volume and was very curious to discover this one.

Poe finds himself on a new case. Well, no, it’s not that new. A few years ago, he put a chef away for the murder of his daughter, even though no body was ever found, just lots and lots of blood. But now a young woman has presented herself to an agent claiming to be Elizabeth, and a DNA test confirms it. Is it possible to fake a DNA test? It seems impossible… And yet… Because Poe is sure Elizabeth is dead and his father wants to bring him down. Luckily for him, Poe will be helped by the very talented Tilly Bradshaw, who will do everything in her power to help him.

I had a great time with this novel. I had such a hard time letting go of it until the end because I was so curious to find out how the story was going to end. It won’t be easy, but our dear Poe is ready to clear his name.

A very good detective story!

Black Summer de M.W. Craven

Washington Poe, Tome2

Résumé : Jared Keaton, le chef étoilé le plus célèbre de Grande-Bretagne, est en prison pour l’assassinat de sa fille unique, Elizabeth. Son corps n’a jamais été retrouvé mais le témoignage de l’inspecteur Washington Poe a convaincu les jurés.
Affaire classée. Jusqu’à ce qu’une jeune femme prétende être… Elizabeth. Ce que les analyses confirment ! Keaton est aussitôt libéré et Poe se retrouve en fâcheuse posture. Le chef a juré sa perte, et il a eu six ans pour mijoter sa vengeance.
Avec l’aide de la seule personne en qui il a confiance, Tilly Bradshaw, une geek surdouée mais socialement inadaptée, Poe doit prouver à tous qu’il ne s’est pas trompé.
Mais comment Elizabeth aurait-elle pu ressusciter ? Impossible de le lui demander : elle a de nouveau disparu…

Avis : J’ai passé un très bon moment avec le premier tome et j’étais très curieuse de découvrir celui-ci.

Poe se retrouve sur une nouvelle affaire. Enfin, non, elle n’est pas si nouvelle que ça. Il y a quelques années, il a fait enfermer un chef cuisinier pour le meurtre de sa fille, même si aucun corps n’a jamais été trouvé, seulement du sang en grande quantité. Mais voilà, une jeune femme s’est présentée à un agent en prétendant être Elizabeth et un test ADN le confirme. Est-ce qu’il est possible de faire un faux test ADN ? Ça semble impossible… Et pourtant… Parce que Poe est sûr qu’Elizabeth est morte et que son père veut le faire tomber. Heureusement pour lui, Pie sera aidé de la très douée Tilly Bradshaw qui va tout faire pour l’aider.

J’ai passé un super moment avec ce roman. J’ai eu beaucoup de mal à le lâcher avant la fin tellement j’étais curieuse de découvrir comment l’histoire allait se terminer, tout est vraiment très bien tourné. Ce sera loin d’être facile, mais notre cher Poe est prêt à tout s’innocenter.

Un très bon policier !

Lost Girls by Angela Marsons

D.I. Kim Stone, Book 3

Synopsis: Two girls go missing. Only one will return.

The couple that offers the highest amount will see their daughter again. The losing couple will not. Make no mistake. One child will die.

When nine-year-old best friends Charlie and Amy disappear, two families are plunged into a living nightmare. A text message confirms the unthinkable; that the girls are the victims of a terrifying kidnapping.

And when a second text message pits the two families against each other for the life of their children, the clock starts ticking for and the squad.

Seemingly outwitted at every turn, as they uncover a trail of bodies, Stone realises that these ruthless killers might be the most deadly she has ever faced. And that their chances of bringing the girls home alive, are getting smaller by the hour…

Untangling a dark web of secrets from the families’ past might hold the key to solving this case. But can Kim stay alive long enough to do so? Or will someone’s child pay the ultimate price?

Review: Charlotte and Amy are best friends, their families also get along very well and they’re as close as the two little girls. But when the two girls are abducted, Kim Stone is put in charge of the case. Oh, she shouldn’t have, but one of the mothers is a woman she knew as a child. Determined to find them, our heroine will do everything in her power to find a lead. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be easy and echoes an old case that ended very badly.

I had a great time with this novel. I was carried away by the investigation, curious to find out who the culprit was. It’s terrible, because we also follow the culprits, among whom is a completely deranged person who takes pleasure in killing.

It’s not an easy story, but it was a very good read. The investigation is interesting and I was looking forward to the ending, which I didn’t see coming!


Petites filles perdues de Angela Marsons

D.I. Kim Stone, Tome 3

Résumé : Qui seriez-vous prêt à sacrifier pour revoir votre enfant ?

Les Timmins et les Hanson sont deux familles qui s’entendent à merveille et dont les petites filles de neuf ans sont inséparables. Jusqu’au jour où un SMS vient foudroyer leurs existences : ” Charlotte et Amy ne rentreront pas à la maison aujourd’hui. ”
Chargée de l’enquête, l’inspectrice Kim Stone, pourtant réputée pour ses nerfs d’acier, est saisie d’effroi quand arrive un deuxième message des ravisseurs : seule la famille qui paiera la plus grosse rançon reverra son enfant. Un mode opératoire déjà pratiqué dans un autre kidnapping, un an plus tôt, qui s’était soldé par un drame.
Fausses pistes, impasses, pression médiatique : Kim Stone va devoir lutter pour garder l’esprit clair et empêcher les deux familles de se livrer à des enchères mortifères. Combien de temps avant que les parents effrayés craquent et jettent l’autre enfant en pâture ?

Mon avis : Charlotte et Amy sont meilleures amies, leur famille s’entendent aussi très bien et sont aussi proches que les deux petites filles. Mais voilà, quand les deux petites sont enlevées, Kim Stone est chargée de l’affaire. Oh, elle n’aurait pas dû, mais une des mères est une femme qu’elle connaissait quand elle était petite. Déterminée à les retrouver, notre héroïne va tout mettre en œuvre pour trouver une piste. Malheureusement, ça sera loin d’être facile et va faire écho à une ancienne affaire qui s’est très mal terminée.

J’ai passé un très bon moment avec ce roman. Je me suis laissée emporter par l’enquête, curieuse de découvrir qui était le ou la coupable. C’est terrible, parce qu’on suit aussi les coupables, parmi lesquels se trouve une personne complètement détraquée qui prend son plaisir en tuant.

Ce n’est pas une histoire facile, mais c’était une très bonne lecture. L’enquête est intéressante et j’attendais avec curiosité la fin que je n’ai pas vue venir !

A Fatal Night by Faith Martin

Ryder & Loveday Myster, Book 7

Synopsis: New Year’s Eve, 1962

As a snowstorm rages outside, Oxford high society gathers to ring in the new year at the city’s most exclusive party. This is a soiree no one will forget… not least because a guest is found dead in his car the next morning.

It seems the young man tragically froze to death overnight after crashing into a snowdrift – but when WPC Trudy Loveday and coroner Clement Ryder are called in to investigate, they discover a tangled web of secrets that plainly points to murder.

With everyone telling different stories about that fateful night, only one thing is clear: several people had reason to want the victim dead.

And if Trudy and Clement don’t find the cracks in each lie, the killer will get away with the perfect crime…

Review: It’s a great series and I was curious to find out more about the adventures of our dear Ryder and Loveday.

New Year’s Eve is approaching and the police are really busy. So, for once, the Commissioner asks Loveday to deal with a road accident. One death. But that’s easy, isn’t it? No investigation, nothing. And since everyone else is busy, he’ll have nothing to deal with. Unfortunately, Loveday teams up with Ryder and they discover that the deceased man was killed after all. Or so it seems! Much to the Commissioner’s regret, our two protagonists are decided to investigate who might have had it in for the victim. But the more they investigate, the more they discover that many people could have wanted him dead… So who’s responsible?

This was a very enjoyable tome, and I loved getting to know Ryder’s son Vincent. Apparently he’ll be present in the sequel and I’m all the more delighted. This tome was very interesting and I really enjoyed following it. I’m also waiting to see what happens after this ending, especially for Ryder.

A great series!


The Nurse by Claire Allan

Synopsis: Someone is watching her. She just doesn’t know it yet.

The unputdownable new book from the bestselling author of Her Name Was Rose.

Everyone has a secret. But some are worse than you could ever imagine.

Nell Sweeney has led an ordinary life. Every day she walks to and from the hospital where she works as a nurse, believing that no harm can befall her.

Until one day she is taken.

Because someone out there has a secret. Someone out there has been watching Nell – and they’ve been watching others like her too.

Nell is the unlucky one – she was in the wrong place at the wrong time. And if she isn’t found soon, someone will make sure that she isn’t the last woman to be taken…

Review: I’ve had a good time with the author’s other novels, so I was delighted to get into this one.

Nell Sweeney has disappeared. Her parents discover her missing a few days later, when her roommate tells them she hasn’t returned. That’s when the problems start. Her mother is determined to find her, but unfortunately the police have no leads. We also follow his point of view. We don’t know who he is, but we do know that he’s behind a movement to show women that men are in charge. By doing what? By following women down the street at night, to scare them, to make them feel like they’re going to be attacked. Nell is one of the victims. What if the game has gone too far?

I had a good time with this novel. I was very intrigued by this “him” and wondered who he really was. I have to say I was very surprised when I learned his identity. Nell’s mother is very present and I was very touched by this woman who only wants one thing: to find her daughter. But in this tense moment, she’s also going to question her whole life.

A good thriller.