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To Catch a Bad Guy (Janet Maple #1)

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  5,676 Ratings  ·  518 Reviews
Janet Maple's stellar career ended with a lay off and her boyfriend of five years told her that he wants to be just friends. When she lands a job at one of New York’s premier boutique investment firms, Janet begins to hope that her luck is finally turning for the better. Not only is she happy with her new paycheck, but things also seem to be looking up on the personal fron ...more
Kindle Edition, 307 pages
Published August 10th 2012 by Marie Astor
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Feb 08, 2013 marked it as gave-up-on
First, Ms Astor; if you read your reviews: Take it with a grain of salt; I love all authors (which includes you) because I love that they have the drive and vision to achieve something that I have never had the time or patience for (publishing a work of art). It's all art, even if I don't appreciate it, and you are an artist my dear. That's my disclaimer. Here's my review.

I read the reviews *after* I started the book. My bad. The most common thing I saw was the comment "An intelligent read."

Nancy Ahyee
Jan 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Won't be reading book 2

I tried to give this book a fair shake by reading the whole thing, and it was painful to get to the end. The main character was flighty at best. Oh, he's good looking (and he's good looking and he's good looking). Not that I'm interested in a relationship after being burned by Alex which I have to mention in my self-talk every chance I get. But wait he's with another woman and I can't help but feel a pang of jealousy even though I'm not looking for a relationship because I
Una Tiers
Sep 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Weak plot, dialogue and one dimensional (but attractive) characters. The most offensive is the author promoting the sexist idea that women should marry for money and focus on an enormous engagement ring. When a dog hasn't been O-U-T all day, you don't have a conversation, feed him treats, change your clothes and then take the walk.
Donna Porter
May 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a good book by Marie. The story of Dennis and Janet is good. My only problem was that sometimes I thought the explanations on some background things was too drawn out and I found I started to lose interest. Other than that I enjoyed it and am starting book 2
Jan 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Marie Astor has written a series of novels starring Janet Maple. This is the first one, "To Catch a Bad Guy" and this novel introduces the characters of Janet and Dennis who it appears are in the subsequent novels.

Janet, after several years working in the prosecution's investigative division is lay-offed by her then boyfriend of several years. Janet goes to work with her old childhood best friend as general counsel at an investment firm. While working there Janet feels as if some things are ami
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Janet Maple worked for the DA's office after finishing law school. After her grandfather had been swindled out of his money Janet wanted to catch the bad guys so the DA's office was just the place she could do that. She loved her work there and everything was going well until her boss (who she was dating) took her research and presented it as his. Then he broke up with her. It gets worse for her when she is downsized and out of a job.

Her best friend from school, Lisa, who is also a lawyer, calle
Jane Desimone
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
To Catch a Bad Guy is an engaging and thrilling romantic suspense read. Janet Maple just started her new job at NY's premier boutique firm: her new paycheck is great, and the handsome company-retained attorney has the hots for her. Just as Janet is about to start enjoying her new life, she begins to notice alarming facts about her new employer's business practices. Hushed down by her boss, Janet turns to the cute IT engineer, Dean Snider for comfort. As the two share their misgivings about their ...more
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
The basic storyline of this book was ok: Janet is fired from the DA's office and lands a job as in-house counsel at a financial securities firm. The firm is conducting shady business practices and Janet teams up with an under cover Treasury investigator to bring the bad guys to justice.

Overall, the book was...not good. The story was anti-climatic, a little boring, and the author needs an editor. The dialog was cheesy and awkward. People don't talk to each other like that in real life. I found it
R.P. Rochford
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
I did enjoy this book by Marie Astor. I found it easy-going and entertaining, something that made me feel relaxed after my previous read - a thriller.

The storyline was original and interesting that took us to the field of legal work. The characters were very 'pleasant', although I must admit it lacked any serious character development. However, I liked the two main characters, Janet and Dean, and even kind of understood the reasons behind the 'weaknesses' of the 'bad guy'. Unfortunately the sid
Toby Schonfeld
Mar 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
There's bad writing...and then there's the scene where the main character feels like she has to justify her breakfast oatmeal to the cute guy in the office kitchen by saying she's on a diet. Must. Stop. Downloading. Free. Books.
Oct 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
this is the first book in the series
I found it was a fun read and I enjoyed Dennis
and Janet
Samantha March
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of To Catch a Bad Guy in exchange for an honest review.

Janet Maple's stellar career ended with a layoff and her boyfriend of almost five years told her that he wants to be just friends. When she lands a job at one of New York's premier boutique investment firms, Janet begins to hope that her luck is finally turning for the better. Not only is she happy with her new paycheck, but things also seem to be looking up on the personal front, as the company's handsome attorney
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I downloaded it out of boredom and honestly, because it was free, I did not expect much, but I just wanted a change. I liked the cover too. It actually turned out to be a very good book . It is funny, witty and, Janet, the main character, is the typical image of a girl in the angst of being single at nearly 30, who is on the rebound from a long standing relationship. She is a highly skilled investigator but because of more downs than ups in her life lately, she has lost of her self confidence. J ...more
A.G. Lindsay
I wanted to like this book. The main characters are engaging and the mystery is interesting, but the writing is so uneven that I almost didn't finish it.

Janet Maple is a lawyer who was "downsized" from the DA's office after her then-boyfriend took credit for investigation she did. I know this because it is mentioned about five times in the first half of the book. In flashback.

She is hired by her best friend from High School, also a lawyer, to pretty much do nothing at a trading firm since they d
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To Catch a Bad Guy by Marie Astor is the first book in the Janet Maple Series. This story gives you a little bit of everything love, friendship and a white collar crime. Janet has lost her boyfriend and her job. Lucky for her long time friend has offered her job. Janet ready to restart her life. The story keeps you captive through out! I loved Janet's strong character and felt for her when she had tough decisions she had to make. Janet is overall enjoyable character.

Marie Astor decided keep the
Jean Oram
You'll love Janet Maple! She's the girl we all are but don't realize we are. The kind of girl we want to be. More beautiful than we realize. Strong. A sense of loyalty. Gentle. Kind. And sticks up for herself. Well, except with that old best friend who maybe isn't the best for us. ;)

A good, light, fun read that is part mystery, part romance. Man, is she going to get the guy or what?! I'm going to have to read book 2! And especially since the ex becomes her boss in book 2!

Janet, who was downsized
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: e-book, 2017-read
Free e-reader book. Worth the price.
Marsha Graham
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a very well written suspense novel with a lawyer as the female protagonist and an investigator from the Treasury department as the male protagonist. There are wicked people, people who are merely drawn into wickedness through greed, and those who are merely annoying twits who seem to flock around Janet Maple. All in all, this is a very enjoyable book. It has a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. This was a book I kept on my iPhone Kindle and although I read it over the period of a ...more
Dushyanta Acharya
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To catch a bad guy is an amazing book. The description for the degree will vary according to the perspective of an individual but for me it was a thriller of a read. A journey of a woman who has joined the new firm and she faces the ups and downs of her new job is destined to find a new way of life through her new partner. The new method and the way of life that she finds actually puts a full stop on the ongoing progresses of the culprits. All in all it was a very nice book to read. In other wor ...more
Feb 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: freebie, e-book
That book spent a long time on my tbr shelf, as I remembered checking once its overall rating on goodreads and it was one of the lowest I ever saw especially for a book rated more than 5000 times.
However I decided to give it a chance. And that was deserved.
This book isn't among the very best I read, but it was an entertaining and light read. Not completely stupid regards the work and business environment described - for many readers, that seemed to be one of the weakness of the book. As for me,
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
To Catch A Bad Guy was not a very good read. It wasn't horrible, but there was way too much background info on every characters and no pay off at the end. I didn't love it while I was reading it, but then once I finished I just though why did I even read this?? What was the point? Some spoilers ahead as I will talk about the ending.

Janet is the biggest doormat ever. She just lets people walk all over her. She is supposed to be this big attorney who used to work for the DA, but ugh. She got fired
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Twenty-nine year old Janet Maple has spent the last four years as an NYC Assistant District Attorney in the Investigation Division, when her position was "downsized" by her ex-boss Alex Kinglsey, who happens to also be her ex-boyfriend.

Janet's childhood best friend, Lisa Foley, offered her a position as an Assistant General Counsel at the prestigious Bostoff Securities investment/trading firm. Janet thinks her career is on an upswing, but as she learns more about the firm, she discovers question
May 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
I really wish I read some of these reviews before I started reading this book. After reading the synopsis I thought it would be a little bit more about solving a white collar crime, or a little bit more about something. I was already skeptical after a few pages, but decided to give it a chance. By the time I realized that the book was going nowhere, I had already invested too much time in reading the book to stop.

It was an easy read, in the sense that it required little focus. Nothing complex in
Susan Ferguson
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Quite liked this. Janet Maple went to law school and went to work for the DA's investigative branch because she wanted to bring down the bad guys, like the ones who took her grandfather's money and left him broke. She has been dating a guy she works with in the DA's office, who took her research and her promotion and broke up with her. The only thing she has left of the relationship is Baxter, a Jack Russell that her ex-boyfriend got to give them a "settled" relationship. Janet is left without a ...more
Rory O'Connor
Jan 24, 2013 rated it liked it
Janet Maple is not having the best year of her life. Her boyfriend dumped her, took credit for her research and hard work, and then had her fired (or downsized). So she counts her lucky stars when her best friend from high school and fellow lawyer offers a well paying job in a respected investment firm. However, her former best friend hasn’t grown up and is the same snarky, backhanded compliment giving girl from high school and the firm she was hired at – well things just look too good to be tru ...more
I was so looking forward to a fun romp here. A good story line, the addition of a feisty looking and intelligent dog and nefarious dealings in an investment firm. Unfortunately, the dog (who looks adorable) has very little to do in the story apart from make the occasional appearance. :(

The story is padded out with far too many info-dumps: reams of boring details about Jon's house and wife and children, about Dennis's childhood and university and career, about the firm and what they do. I found m
Mar 10, 2016 rated it liked it
To Catch a Bad Guy by Marie Astor was given freely to me through BookBub. I was looking forward to reading something light and entertaining to balance the serious audio book to which I was listening. This Janet Maple book seemed to "fit the bill".

Twenty nine year old lawyer, Janet Maple, is offered a job as Assistant General Counsel at Bostoff Securities by her childhood friend, Lisa Foley, who is dating Paul Bostoff, the COO of the company. After working there a few days Janet suspected some i
Lyle Nicholson
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
I got this book free off the web. This is the first of the Janet Maple series. I was curious to read this book, as this author has a bestseller status on both the New York Times and US Today Newspapers. As a budding writer, I'm always interested to see what it take to be a bestseller.

I must say, I was disappointed. This book meanders between a Grisham/Lawyer detective novel and a romance novel. I found myself flipping through pages on my Kobo to see where the next plot point was.

There was endle
Ginny  Gallagher
May 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
****Read full review at Gin's Book Notes:***

There is more to this book than a cute cover. It has a great story line, interesting characters, some romance, and a lot of suspense.

In To Catch a Bad Guy we meet Janet, Dennis, and the Bostoff’s. We are immersed into the world of white collar crime and get to experience it from all sides with shifting character points of views.

There is a great deal of suspense and personal conflict. You get pulled into the action and you fin
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: contemporary, own
This was an ok freebie. I didn't really care for it but it wasn't horrible or off-putting. The characters were ok but I didn't really feel them and there wasn't really any emotion to the book. They were kinda written, but they weren't there. There was a good plot but there didn't seem like much suspense and I couldn't really get in the book. There wasn't really much of a romance feel to this either. This is something that would be good for just something to read of to read just cuz it's there. I ...more
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Marie Astor is New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author. Marie is a die-hard romantic, which is why she loves writing romantic suspense and contemporary romance. In her spare time, Marie enjoys being adventurous out-of-doors. She often gets new story ideas while she is hiking up a mountain or trying to avoid bumping into a tree while skiing.

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