by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton
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Format: Kindle/ ARC
Published: Aug. 16th 2016 by Bantam Dell
Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Political suspense
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"Emerson Knight is introverted, eccentric, and has little to no sense of social etiquette. Good thing he’s also brilliant, rich, and (some people might say) handsome, or he’d probably be homeless. Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard Business and Harvard Law. Her aggressive Texas spitfire attitude has helped her land her dream job as a junior analyst with mega-bank Blane-Grunwald. At least Riley Moon thought it was her dream job, until she is given her first assignment: babysitting Emerson Knight.
What starts off as an inquiry about missing bank funds in the Knight account leads to inquiries about a missing man, missing gold, and a life-and-death race across the country. Through the streets of Washington, D.C., and down into the underground vault of the Federal Reserve in New York City, an evil plan is exposed. A plan so sinister that only a megalomaniac could think it up, and only the unlikely duo of the irrepressibly charming Emerson Knight and the tenacious Riley Moon can stop it." -Goodreads
"'I have a business proposition for you,' Emerson said. 'I've decided that we should be a team and embark on a great adventure.'"
I love this author duo's Lizzy and Diesel series, so I was excited to read their newest series, and it's a book that grabs my attention right of the bat. Curious Minds does a great job of getting to the action with no slow build-up.
This book contains the wit and humor of a typical Evanovich book, which is always lovely, and combines it with a sense of conspiratorial thrill. The characters and their overall interplay with each other was exciting and engaging, however the plot felt overly complicated and although I understood the basics of what was happening, the intricacies was hard to follow.
"'I don't have any wiles,' Riley said. 'Harvard Law didn't offer that course. I don't know how to distract men.'
'Nonsense,' Emerson said. 'You distract me all the time.'" (loc. 1954)
In a pairing by the way of Sherlock & Watson, or Robert Langdon & his educated sidekick, Emerson Knight & Riley Moon are a great combo of curiously quirky and straitlaced sarcasm. Where Emerson is an eccentric millionaire, Riley is a green financial advisor fresh from Harvard; both personalities clash to create a foolishly brilliant calamity.
The plot of conspiracy and corruption within the government was interesting as it creates investigators out of the twosome. The gist of it is easy enough to follow, but the many cat & mouse chasing and what felt like unnecessary actions, read as plot filler that led to a weird and rushed conclusion.
In all, although the plot didn't really appeal to me, it was the characterization and their harmony that kept me reading. I can't honestly say I'll attempt to continue this series, but I do still look forward to additions to their other series.
Galley provided by Netgalley via Random House - Ballantine
*Quotes are from uncorrected advanced galleys and may change before going to press. Please refer to the final printed book for official quotes.