Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich & Phoef Sutton

Curious MindsEmerson Knight is a reclusive, extraordinarily rich and clearly eccentric individual who has a concern about some of his gold. He has a nasty feeling that some of it is missing…

Riley Moon, a Harvard graduate has just got her dream job at the Blane-Grunwald bank, although she is more than a little taken aback by her first assignment – babysitting their very important client, Emerson Knight…

Knight soon has Moon tagging along on his investigation, and it is rapidly clear that some people don’t want them looking into the missing gold…

Janet Evanovich is best known for her bounty hunter Stephanie Plum series and is, apparently, the “Queen Of Kick Ass Crime” – it says so on the cover. Phoef Sutton has worked mostly in television, but has authored and co-authored books before, notably Wicked Charms with Evanovich. I have absolutely no idea who wrote what here, and as I’ve never read work from either of them before, I can’t make a guess as to whose writing style this most closely resembles.

It’s… odd. First off, it’s definitely not a mystery. The best description that I can give it is “Cosy Thriller”. Thriller, because structurally, the books that it most closely resembles is the Jack Reacher books that I’ve read (which isn’t many to be fair), with clear villains and a plot that gets a bit over the top by the end of the book. Cosy, because it’s very oddly clean. There’s no swearing – the story even makes a point by making Moon swear in a very odd way – “crap on a cracker” is possibly the oddest catchphrase I have ever seen. And I’ve seen a lot of UK sitcoms from the seventies. And the violence is pretty clean as well. In some ways, it almost reads as a YA adventure, if the lead characters were a bit younger. The closest thing that I can compare it to is a TV show. Something like a clean version of Elementary – eccentric sleuth with an initially-reluctant helper. So now we’ve got a feel for what it is, the next question is whether it’s any good or not?

It certainly trots along nicely and while it is rarely laugh out loud funny, it remains light-hearted throughout. At the end of the day, the overall plot seemed to get a bit silly towards the end. I don’t think this was quite my cup of tea, but I’m confident that Evanovich’s fans will enjoy it more. While it’s a very traditional set-up for a series, you can’t deny the mis-matched male-female will-they-won’t-they design has been very successful in the past, so I’m sure that there are plenty of readers who will appreciate this one. If you’re a fan, this is Well Worth A Look.

Thanks to Headline for sending me this one for review.


    • She does seem to be struggling with the idea of including the book number (One For The Money, Two For The Dough, etc) now that she’s up to Book 23. I kind of want to know how much she wrote and how much Sutton did – whether this was a genuine collaboration or just a vague plot of hers that Sutton wrote up. She’s supposed to be the “Queen of Kick-Ass Crime” but this didn’t seem to have any bottoms being kicked at all. But to be honest, her normal series isn’t really my thing, so I think I’d need a strong recommendation from someone or a free review copy to take a look…

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