Everyone thinks Nick is a con man and thief and Kate, an FBI agent, is trying to catch him. But in reality, Nick had been caught and is now secretly wEveryone thinks Nick is a con man and thief and Kate, an FBI agent, is trying to catch him. But in reality, Nick had been caught and is now secretly working with Kate and the FBI. Only a handful of people are aware of this. In addition, Kate and Nick are now in a relationship.
Nick had been kidnapped at the end of the last book, The Scam, by a Serbian named Dragan. Dragan needs Nick to help him break into a vault full of diamonds. He double crosses Nick, though, after the theft. Nick and Kate realize what Dragan was really after and they appear to join forces with him in order to bring him down.
Nick and Kate puts together their team which includes Kate's father, an actor who takes his parts too seriously, a dad who build treehouses, a buxom redneck who wants to drive anything (regardless whether she's had training or not) and an awarding winning special effects artist.
This is the fifth in the Fox and O'Hare series ... I've them read all and enjoyed them. I liked the writing style and thought this story was just okay. It got a bit boring when it read like a travel guide and/or history book describing places like when they were in France. Yes, it's far-fetched at times so I had to leave my sense of belief at the door and go with it. I liked Kate and Nick and enjoyed their interactions and banters. I liked the other supporting characters. They were fun and quirky.
Andy is a criminal defense lawyer who doesn't want any clients. Because of the millions his father left him, he is able to not work and spend his timeAndy is a criminal defense lawyer who doesn't want any clients. Because of the millions his father left him, he is able to not work and spend his time with his friend, Willie, running the Tara Foundation, a dog rescue that he and Willie formed. Andy and Laurie have recently gotten married and adopted an eight-year-old son, Ricky, so he is enjoying family life.
Martha "Pups" Boyer is a fellow animal lover and takes in rescue dogs and puppies and finds homes for them. One of her neighbours, Randy, files a complaint against her because she has more than three dogs in her home, which is against the zoning regulations. She fights it in court and hires Andy as her lawyer. Andy is more than happy to help out.
When Randy is found killed a couple days later, Pups is arrested and tried for the murder. Not only was Pups seen leaving the scene of the murder but it's discovered that it's tied into the unsolved murders of her husband and a gang member eighteen months ago. Needless to say, this is one case that Andy is looking forward to fighting because he believes his friend is innocent.
This is the fifteenth in the Andy Carpenter series (I've read them all). I enjoyed this book and am really enjoying this series. Even though it is part of a series, it works as a stand alone (so you don't need to have read the ones before it to know what is going on). I like the writing style of this author as it was funny, sarcastic and amusing. It was written in first person perspective in Andy's voice but at times it was also written in third person perspective when the focus is elsewhere.
I like Andy ... I think he would be a hoot to be around. He loves his dog, Tara, and thinks she's the most wonderful dog in the whole wide world. He also has another dog named Sebastian who came with Ricky. Part of Andy's team is Laurie, his wife and former police officer and now his investigator. Hike is his associate who is the most depressed and downer person ever. Marcus, an investigator with persuasive reasoning skills, continues to provide protection when it's most needed (which is often since Andy is a self-professed coward). Sam is his accountant who is also a computer hack but wants to get more action like shooting people.
This is the story of Riley, Jo and Noel, who are friends (Riley and Jo are also sisters). Riley was planning a Christmas wedding but is unexpectedly dThis is the story of Riley, Jo and Noel, who are friends (Riley and Jo are also sisters). Riley was planning a Christmas wedding but is unexpectedly dumped by her fiancé for someone else. Jo is married to Mike, who is in the navy. She is pregnant with their first child and wishing that Mike was around more ... she's thinking about giving him an ultimatum. Noel is a writer who has been renting a house and hoping the owner will eventually sell it to her when she gets enough money saved. She is shocked and saddened when the owner sells it to someone else who plans on renovating and reselling it, at a price that will be out of her range. Noel's goal is to convince the new owner to not make any changes and sell her the house.
When they go to the mall, they visit with Santa Claus who predicts that Riley's going to meet her perfect man in a memorable way, Noel is going to get a good many to go with her house and Jo is about to have a new man enter her life.
This is the twelth book I've read by this author. Written in third person perspective, the focus shifts among the characters and you get to know what they are thinking. I liked Riley, Jo and Noel. I found it a bit unbelievable, though, that Riley would bounce back as fast as she did after Sean, supposedly the love of her life, broke up with her. But it is a romance novel.
I'd recommend this book if you are looking for a nice "feel good" story.
Pat Patterson was born Pierre Clermont, one of nine kids, 75 years ago in Montreal. He always knew he was different and it wasn't until he discoveredPat Patterson was born Pierre Clermont, one of nine kids, 75 years ago in Montreal. He always knew he was different and it wasn't until he discovered wrestling that he found his passion in life. When he was in his late teens, he revealed to his parents that he was gay and his father asked him to leave. Pierre borrowed some money from one of his sisters and headed to Boston, speaking very little English, to pursue his dream of being a wrestler. Over the next 50+ years, he won many championships and eventually became a colour commentator and the right hand man to Vince McMahon, owner and CEO of the WWE.
This is Pat's story. He talks about being on the road and his interactions with many wrestlers from the 1960s right up to today. He was/is quite the prankster and jokester. He talks of meeting the love of his life, Louie, when they were young and spending 40 years together before Louie passed away in the late 1990s (he is still missed). In those days, one didn't acknowledge being gay and Louie was referred to as his friend (Pat came out as gay publicly in 2014).
I'm not a big wrestling fan (though I did watch it in the 1970s and 1980s and even went to Wrestlemania VI here in Toronto in 1990) but I thought his story would be interesting and it was. Because I haven't tuned in wrestling in many years, I hadn't heard of some of the current wrestlers and didn't get the references to things like WWE Legends House.
Tina is the 30-year-old assistant to Robert, owner of a large media conglomerate, and is living pay cheque to pay cheque, barely able to afford anythiTina is the 30-year-old assistant to Robert, owner of a large media conglomerate, and is living pay cheque to pay cheque, barely able to afford anything. One day she makes flight arrangements for Robert and puts the cost on her credit card, which she expenses and gets compensated for. The airline, though, comps his flight and sends Tina a cheque for the amount. It's about $20,000 which is just enough to pay off her student loan. After much deliberation, she decides to keep the money (thus, stealing) and pays off her loan. But what she has done is quickly discovered and she is blackmailed into scamming more money from the company.
This is the debut novel by this author. For the most part, I like the writing style. At times it was amusing and sarcastic. It's written in first person perspective from Tina's point of view. As a head's up, there is swearing.
I wasn't crazy about the story line. Tina's been Robert's assistant for six years and is good at taking care of of him. But she has no ambition and would rather whine about her lack of funds rather than do anything about it. The other assistants in the company were the same. They begrudge their bosses because they have so much money than they do. I didn't feel any sympathy for them ... they chose to go to college/university and rack up student loans, live in New York City, not have part-time jobs on the side, look for better jobs, etc. When Tina was caught on her scam, rather than going to Robert and pleading ignorance/stupidity, she lets herself get blackmailed, which keeps snowballing and getting worse.
I didn't really like any of the characters. I found Tina boring and pathetic at times, though she did find herself in the end and was stronger and more confident. Emily, her new best friend, who is also an assistant, is beautiful and has a lot of things, which she acknowledges were gifts from men. My initial thought was that she was prostituting on the side.
Apparently this book speaks directly to a new generation of women who feel stuck and unable to get ahead playing by the rules. It will appeal to all of those who have ever asked themselves, "How is it that after all these years, we are still assistants?" Really? How about not expecting promotions to drop on your lap and try working for them?!
iFeel and Seek Software are merging and tonight is the Christmas party for the employees of both companies to meet. This book focuses on that day foriFeel and Seek Software are merging and tonight is the Christmas party for the employees of both companies to meet. This book focuses on that day for five employees of Seek Software.
Sophie is a bit of a ditz and is on the hunt for Mr. Right. When she hears that Tony, the rich American who has bought their company, is single, she decides to entice him in hopes of making her his fourth wife.
Calum is Seek's top (and only) salesman. He's not overly confident but since he started dating Mia-Rose, that has changed a bit. He wants to propose to her and every time he tries that night, something goes wrong.
Julie and Mark have been secretly dating (though many people know) for the last nine months. They are waiting until Julie's divorce becomes final before coming out as a couple. But the morning of the Christmas party, Julie gets a big surprise.
Nathan is still recovering from having his heart broken a couple years ago when his then girlfriend broke up with him while he was proposing to her. He does some research on his counterpart at iFeel, though, and can't wait to meet her.
This is the sixth book I've read by this author and I liked it. I enjoyed the writing style and found it amusing. It is written by an English author and set in London so their brand of humour was there. It was written in third person perspective from the various points of view. It is the sequel to A Day at the Office, which I haven't read (though I'd like to now) so this book obviously works as a stand alone.