Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Evil Genius - Patricia Rice

Synopsis - Call her a petite princess or a paranoid neurotic, either way, Ana Devlin has the instincts of a chameleon. She can disappear into the woodwork, share tea with a queen, or flatten a thug with one swift kick, but what she really wants is to provide her dysfunctional younger siblings with the security of the home she’s been denied. When her sister's VIP father is accused of murdering his aide, she decides it's time to go home.

Instead of finding security, she discovers her grandfather has died without the family being notified, his mansion has been usurped by a stranger who never leaves the third floor, and her grandfather’s executor has absconded to the Caribbean with the proceeds of their inheritance. If murder hasn’t already been committed, she might perpetrate one herself—starting with the annoying spider in the attic.

To avoid murder, she makes a pact with the devil who apparently now owns the home she is determined to win back. While she searches for the absconding lawyer and the real murderer of the senator’s aide, she will help their landlord locate a mysterious Cambodian—until oddly, the threads of all three mysteries begin to twine together, and someone is intent on cutting the cord before Ana comes too close to finding the answers.  (Taken from Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com).

Review - This is my very first e-book review.  I was fortunate to win an e-copy as an early reviewer for LibraryThing.  (http://www.librarything.com).  

I really enjoyed this book and found that I just had to continue onto the next chapter to find out more.  I could not put the iPad (my reader) down.  The actual writing is average along the lines of many authors.  I suppose I have been spoilt reading Kingsolver and Shriver to name a couple of top writers.  However the pace was right, enough interest to keep you going right through to the end and a good storyline.  I like the idea of a virtual assistant and Ana reminded me a little of the heroine in Stieg Larsson's trilogy but without issues.  There was just enough of a hint of possible romance set in without it being in any way central to the plot.  The ending was a little abrupt for my liking, I would have liked a bit more closure but I guess the author left this open for a reason.  It would be nice to see more, perhaps a series.    I look forward to reading more of Rice's books. 3*

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