Nora Charles has a job catering
a gala at the Cruz Museum. It is a big event, with a special
piece on display. A grimoire featuring some colorful and potentially
unusual stones. The grimoire was nearly stolen once before,
in London, so there is special security for the event. Security
which includes Nora’s boyfriend, FBI agent Daniel Corleone,
and her college love-interest, homicide detective Leroy Samms.
international intrigue, stolen artwork, secret identities,
missing people, and an amazingly intuitive and communicative
cat named Nick in this book.
read any of the previous books in the series, so perhaps I’ve
missed something about the protagonist, Nora Charles. I have
to be honest, however. I found her to be unlikable. She routinely
lies, sneaks around spying through doors and deliberately
and selfishly puts herself in danger despite promising her
boyfriend and friends that she will do just the opposite.
It seems as if she has to prove herself to be better than
the police or any of the men in her life. She’s willful
and stubborn as well.
I wanted to like
this book, and I’m sorry that I didn’t. The story
itself was written well, and I did read the whole thing to
find out the truth, and who was a killer, who was a thief,
and if the missing detective Nick, who once was the owner
of the cat Nick, would show up.
read the first two in the series and loved them, please don’t
let my opinion stop you from trying this book. I just can’t
recommend it on its own unless you have a strong ability to
suspend disbelief and to put aside unlikable characteristics
in the book’s protagonist.
of other titles in this series
If It's Murder #1