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Bird Of Prey

(Sémya Slotin Mystery #1)

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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  47 reviews
The First Book of the Bird of Prey Saga

This was supposed to be an easy case…
Sémya Slotin had spent the last three years living in London with her best friend Polliannah Koch staying away from solving cases. After Hawaii, she was taking a break from puzzles, cases and mysteries that could potentially get her killed. Instead, she had been doing her second and third favorite
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Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 7th 2013 by Ever After Edition (first published October 2013)
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Johnnie-Marie Howard
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r
I so finished this book in not even a full 2 days which tells you how good this book was/is. That's right is was Amazing!!! :)

The mystery was hard to follow but that's just me some things did get cleared up for me and it made it great I really enjoyed that. I didn't really care for how much Sémya was around Julian I think that could have been different after all she did move and so did he right? At least that's what it seemed like in the story. I also liked the fact that is was written like I wa
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Autumn
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2013
I received an ARC copy to give an honest review.

This was a really good murder mystery. The story was weaved together perfectly. I was really hoping to give this book a 5 but I had to drop the rating down to a 4 only because the author seem to over do it on certain words. And I had a couple of questions that made me wonder if this really was a book 1 in the series.

You have Seyma who has been asked to find out what is going on within the world of fashion designing she gets much more than she barg
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S. Policar
Dec 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing

*I Received this ARC from the Author via My Family's Heart Reviews & Tours in exchange for an Honest Review*


What do you get when you combine the heiress to The Sanka House, the finest wine in all of Europe, and a few dead bodies? Well you get Semya Slotin of course!
Semya is an enigma, her best friend is a Russian mob princess, her boyfriend of almost 4 years is absolute mystery to her, and she likes to play Nancy Drew more often than she probably should.
Bird of Prey takes the reader on a rol

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Christie72 (Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews)
*I received an advance reader's copy in exchange for an honest review.*

Bird of Prey was a great, multi-layered mystery. It has romance and suspense set amid the high fashion world of Paris, France. Sémya Slotin has left her "murder investigating" days behind her. She has settled into nice life in London selling vintage wines and having hot, passionate sex with her lover, Josh Heinz. However, she is called back to Paris by her adoptive mother who is the head of a major fashion house to do some mi
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Stefanie Kral
This is a story about Semya Slotin. She owns her own wine business with her best friend Polliannah. But, they tend to drink more then sell the wine. In order to to not loose for store Semya agrees to help her adoptive mother, a fashion designer in Paris find out who's been stealing her designs and leaking them to her competitor. Who just happens to be Semya's 1st love Julian. Semya agrees because she knows it's going to be fast money. She's a fantastic profiler & has studied criminology. Semya a ...more
Yanet
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Hi guys I receive this book for a honest review so here's what I think. This book is about Semya and her helping her mother (godmother fashion designer) find the person who is stealing her design and sending them to Julian Semya ex-boyfriend fashion house. Semya thinks that she can solve the case quickly since she already knows who the trader is in her mother fashion house is. Soon she realize that the case is more complicated since there are two dead people and the investigation goes one way bu ...more
Darlene
Oct 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adults/ya
Recommended to Darlene by: Danielle Claude Ngontang Mba.
Shelves: beta-read
*****Received ARC from the author for an honest opinion-this is mine!****
First let me tell you that this is the very first book that I have had the pleasure of reading of that has been written by Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba. And I look forward to reading more of your works/books!!!
The "Bird of Prey" will keep you on the edge of your seat! You never know what is gonna happen next and you definitely don't know what twist or turn is gonna happen.
The story starts out with a strange turn of even
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Nicole
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
** I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review **

This is the first book I've read by the author Danielle-Claude.

Sémya Slotin has spent the last 3 years in London with her best friend, staying away from solving any crime. You see she's a brilliant woman. She was trying to stay away from anything that could get her killed. Instead she's been doing her other loves... selling vintage wine as well as drinking TONS of it. Everything was going fantastic, that is until her money sup
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Beth Santucci
Aug 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 cupcakes
Sèmya owns a wine shop in London with her best friend Polliannah and is the adopted daughter of one of fashions most popular modeling agencies. She lived in Paris for most of her life and was a model just like her real mother. But with fate and life, there comes tragedy and murder. Sèmya studied criminology and computer science in college but never went into the field because she was use to the life of the rich and famous, even being broke. But her ex-boyfriend and mother find out that
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Sweets Books

5 cupcakes

Sèmya owns a wine shop in London with her best friend Polliannah and is the adopted daughter of one of fashion's most popular modeling agencies. She lived in Paris for most of her life and was a model just like her real mother. But with fate and life, there comes tragedy and murder. Sèmya studied criminology and computer science in college but never went into the field because she was use to the life of the rich and famous, even being broke. But her ex-boyfriend and mother find out tha
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Romance Readers Retreat
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Bird of Prey is book one in Danielle Claude Ngontang Mba's Semya Slotin mystery series, It's written in third person which for me takes something away from the feeling and emotion of the characters within the novel. There were typo's throughout which I felt needed mentioning because I found it took away from the flow of the novel having to go back and work out what some of the words were supposed to be. The scenes felt a little jumpy to me and I was often confused as to why a location or a conve ...more
Jennifer
3.5 stars

Sémya has been living in London for three years with her best friend Polli selling expensive wines. When funds start to run low, Sémya takes a job from her mother to investigate some design sketches that have been showing up at a competitors fashion house. The other fashion house happens to be owned by Julian, Sémya's ex-boyfriend. He too, wants to know why the sketches are showing up at in his designs.

Sémya is super intelligent and has a knack for investigating. She spends most of her
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Caiti
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was captivated from page one, who doesn't love a good mystery? Especially when it is perfectly blended with some smoldering romance, and written so well! The plot was thick and well thought out, though at time I had my doubts (it could be a little hard to see where things were headed). Semya Slotin's passion and quirky sort of attitude made me quickly fall in love with her, and cheer her on as things got tough. She is brilliant with serious passion, and a taste for wine and a yummy man named J ...more
Kj Partridge
Jun 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mystery isn’t my favorite genre, only lately have I started reading it more often. Well, after reading Bird Of Prey I like it even more. Semya Slotin is an absolute delight to the detective world, she is absolutely brilliant. Until her mother called her to help with a case, she was selling wine with her bff Polliannah, as well as spending time with her hot boyfriend Josh Heinz, who is also a mystery in himself. As she heads in to solve an easy case as she puts it, she discovers that it isn’t goi ...more
Cassandra Lawson
Jun 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of Bird of Prey by Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba in exchange for an honest review. I was torn when rating this book. On the one hand this book has a really interesting mystery, which turned out to be much more than expected. The story had me hooked from the beginning and I didn’t feel any urges to skim pages. I read this in just over a day. As far as the plot goes, this is a 4.5 star book. In general, I do not take editing into account when I review a book. In this case, I found ...more
Deborah
Jul 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I received an advanced review copy but this in no way affected my review.

I read this book in less than a day- I couldn't walk away from it. Danielle-Claude has once again created a compelling heroine. I wasn't sure I was going to like the high-fashion angle, but I loved it, especially mixed with the criminal/police angle.

Semya may have a rough exterior, but within two pages you'll want her as your best friend: she's honest, compassionate and brilliant. Her tragic childhood could make her an emot
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Nikki Barrett
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
With a starting line in the blurb going like "It was supposed to be an easy case", you just
know there's gonna be trouble. Guess what? I was right. There's trouble with a capital T. In fact, capitalize ALL the words in trouble and that's what you have.

The first section of the book threw me off. Good little mysterious what-in-the-world-just happened and WHY? type thing. Yeah lady, you hooked me there. What an intro!

I gotta say, I enjoy this author's writing. Her characters are sassy and I never kn
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Terri Sullivan
Dec 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Bird of Prey by Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba

*I received an ARC for my honest review*

This story begins with Semya and her best friend, Polliannah, running a fine wine business. The business is not doing well and they seem to enjoy drinking their beverages instead of selling them. One day Semya is called back to her mother to help with a little problem at her mother’s design house. Someone is stealing her ideas and selling them off. Her mother wants her to come find out who is responsible for this
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Georgiann Hennelly
I recieved an advance pdf copy of the book. This is the first book i have read by this author Danielle -Claude. I absolutely loved it. There is plenty of suspense and romance ..Set in the high fashion world of Paris France, Semya Slotin thought hse had left her murder investigating days behind her. Now settled into a nice life in London selling vintage wines and having passionate sex with Josh Heinz her lover. When her adoptive mother who is the head of a major fashion houe calls her to come bac ...more
Mary Lou Hoffman
Oct 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Received from: Danielle-Claude Ngontang MBA (in exchange for an honest review)

Fifteen years ago, a young girl is able to prove her mother did not kill her step-father. She completes schooling to be a top notch criminologist, but instead co-owns a wine store in London with her best friend, the mob boss’ daughter. When her mother asks her to look into a little case of fashion-house espionage, she thinks it’s going to be an easy case and on to vacation. When the bodies start hitting the floor and t
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Marissa
May 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

ARC Kindle Copy for Review

We are introduced to Sémya Slotin and her best friend and roommate Polliannah Koch. As they live a life full of extravagance despite hiding secrets. They return from Hawaii where their lives were in peril and they meet an equally mysterious Josh Heinz who ends up saving Sémya but she has no recollection as they end up being in a relationship.

Sémya who has a penchant for solving cases returns to Paris on behalf of her adoptive mother a former fashion model. Her former ex
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Shavana BeanieBrain Merrick
Hi all,
I was given an ARC of this book by author for reviewing purposes. I enjoyed reading this and many thanks to the author. Corporate espionage, murder, mayhem, and romance this book has it all. Just loved reading about the cops working with civilians for assistance. The main character Semya is considered to be a genius and has a “board” for everybody. Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba included in several scenes what Semya was listening to when she had her thinking/study sessions, it’s nice to be
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Anna-marie
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
I read this for Hooked On Books

I really enjoyed this story. It was full of twists & turns and was very exciting.
I found the character of Semya really interesting. She is a really clever lady, and she is a trained criminologist. She has spent the last three years sharing a flat with her best friend Polliannah in London, selling expensive wines. She has given up solving crimes, until this one. She thinks this is going to be an easy case, but it turns into far much more than she expected.
My only pr
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Hooked On Books
Oct 30, 2013 rated it really liked it

BIRD OF PREY (Sémya Slotin Mystery #1) by Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba

I really enjoyed this story. It was full of twists & turns and was very exciting.

I found the character of Semya really interesting. She is a really clever lady, and she is a trained criminologist. She has spent the last three years sharing a flat with her best friend Polliannah in London, selling expensive wines. She has given up solving crimes, until this one. She thinks this is going to be an easy case, but it turns into far
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Brandy Rivers
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved it. It was a great story, lots of turns.
Seyma is a beautiful and talented as well as intelligent. She puts things together before everyone else.
Josh, mmm, loved Josh. I want more.
Julian, okay, yeah, he was a tool, but you still almost feel sorry for him.
There is a large cast, but well thought out and the story flows.
You can easily read it in a sitting, and keep up with what's going on.
I definitely recommend it to mystery lovers.
I'm looking forward to the next.

I received an ARC for an ho
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Crystal
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was given an ARC of this novel for an honest review and all I can say is wow!! I couldn't stop reading it. The characters were real and engaging and the plot flowed. There were some grammatical issues that I discovered while reading but I know they will all be caught during the final processes. I am not going to put anything about the story in here since it has not been released yet, but if you are a fan of murder mysteries, strong women and sex, then make sure you read this book. You will not ...more
Peggy
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
New to me author, who I have enjoyed reviewing this book for. Danielle-Claude Ngontang MBA brings you a different taste of romance and mystery. She gives you a good enough taste that you will want more. Including the wine she offers in this book. If you want to know the secrets and mystery as well as the drama from this well written story plot you must get you a copy. You will think you have it all figured out on who did what, and then here comes the twists and turns. This is the first in this s ...more
BestChickLit.com
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bird of Prey is an enjoyable modern-day mystery book. The protagonist is an independent, kick-ass woman, which is always a plus point with this type of fiction. The criminal profiling aspect to the story is very interesting and I enjoyed reading how Semya put together pieces of the puzzle as the story moved along.

I would have loved more background on Semya and the main characters surrounding her, but maybe that is to come in the next instalment, I hope so. Overall, it’s a great read.

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Danielle Goodwin
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba’s “Bird of Prey” (“Bird of Prey” series #1) is like a Dan Brown novel with better sex. I like the main character, Semya, and I like the murder mystery bits a lot. I find myself really wanting to know who her boyfriend really is. The sexy bits are steamy and the plot keeps you reading. My only complaint is that the author is obviously not a native English speaker and so sometimes it feels like you’re reading something that was translated to English.
Argie
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had the honor of beta reading this book and I absolutely loved it, it had enough mystery to keep me turning the pages. It was not predictable, I honestly couldn't figure out who did it until the author revealed it. At the same time it was funny and it had a bit of romance. I am looking forward to reading more from this author. ...more
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