Top positive review
Enjoyable quick read that keeps you turning pages
Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2018
Between an annual AAUW author lunch and the author lecture series at the library, I have encountered a few local writers that I really enjoy following. Ellen Butler is one such writer. I’ve been reading her books since her earliest, and I must say this was probably one of my favorites. It’s entirely possible that the fact that this one most resembles my version of DC (associations and government work, not the million dollar houses part) makes it resonate with me the most, but this one just ticked a lot of boxes for me.
To start with, within the last few years, I had read a few articles about the art heist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. I’ve looked at the website and read about the theft. It’s been in the news quite a bit lately. I was already interested in the subject, so a book tangentially related to the heist was intriguing to me. The book is a little bit mystery, a little bit action, and just a little bit romance. I appreciate the last as I feel so many books take an interesting premise and focus only on the romance and lose the mystery. Finally, it was interesting and page turning without being overly heavy. Sometimes you just want a good fun read with no agenda.
Karina is a competent, intelligent, and funny protagonist. She’s a regular person with a regular job who just happens into this situation. I think a little of the trouble she gets into is her own fault, but then again, it’s a sticky situation and frankly, it’s fiction! I like the relationship with her sister and her coworker. I feel like her world is a well rounded and well drawn place. I do think this would translate well to screen. It would make a fun series in the vein of the Aurora Teagarden movies on Hallmark.
I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series.