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Curious Minds (Knight and Moon #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  15,221 Ratings  ·  1,923 Reviews
Janet Evanovich teams up with Phoef Sutton for a brand-new series of mysteries featuring Emerson Knight and Riley Moon, a dynamic duo with instant and undeniable chemistry.
EmersonKnight 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 M
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published August 16th 2016 by Bantam Dell
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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Also known as a new series from Janet Evanovich . . . maybe. At this point it appears she may officially be pulling a James Patterson and much like a sports arena simply be selling naming rights for book covers . . .

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There’s not a whole lot to say about this one. Although a backdoor to the Lizzy and Diesel storyline was left open with several artifacts left to find, Knight and Moon debuted instead of book 4 in that series. The premis
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I love Janet Evanovich and this new series she is writing with another author, Phoef Sutton is hilarious!


Riley Moon got a job as a junior analyst for the big company, Blane-Grunwald. Riley is sent to see about one of their clients needs and this would be Emerson Knight! He's funny, quirky and very smart. For some reason he kept reminding me of a cross between Sherlock and Matt Smith, don't ask, I don't know.


I wanted to excerpt the whole freaking book with the one liners and what not but I will
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
A new series with quirky characters. A light and fast read but I like her Stephanie Plum and Fox and O'Hare series better. I will read the next one to see if the characters grow on me.
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: bayb-2018

This is the first book in Janet Evanovich's new comical mystery series, written with Phoef Sutton, about Emerson Knight and Riley Moon - an oddball billionaire and junior financial analyst who solve crimes together.


With degrees from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, 28-year-old Riley Moon - who just started working at the Blane-Grunwald Bank in Washington DC - hopes to climb the corporate ladder. The huge bank, which has international clients and substantial gold reserves, is
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, series
I hadn't read any books by Janet Evanovich prior to this one. So I was really excited when I received an ARC of her latest. Such an experienced author and the book is co-authored by Phoef Sutton, who used to write for and produce Cheers. Now, Cheers was kind of funny. Curious Minds wasn't. I was expecting a clever mystery interlaced with some humor. There was no mystery. It was all totally straightforward right from the start. There was an utterly silly plot about stolen gold and a world takeove ...more
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton is a 2016 Bantam Dell publication. I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Eccentric billionaire, Emerson Knight meets Riley Moon, a recent Harvard graduate, when her boss sends her to assure Emerson that all is well with his money. But, Emerson turns the tables on her by insisting she take him to visit his gold. Soon the bank is scrambling to explain missing funds, gold, and other emplo
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I haven't enjoyed reading a Janet Evanovich novel this much since the earliest books in the Stephanie Plum series.

"He was a bootlegger?"
"Not in the least. He merely wanted to maintain his supply. And to have an avenue of escape when the lizard people took over."

Riley Moon has two professional degrees, but not a lot of real world experience. She's only been on the job at the investment banking firm Blane-Grunwald for two weeks when she's assigned to babysit a VIP client who is concerned about t
Jody McGrath
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Riley Moon has just started work at a prestigious bank, Blane-Grunwald. She was an intern at the bank while attending Harvard, and was happy to join onto the team once she graduated. Her first assignment is to meet with Emerson Knight, a very important (read rich) client of the bank. She is warned that he is ver eccentric and to calm him down and reassure him that his portfolio is in good hands. Eccentric does not even begin to describe Emerson. He lives in a mansion that is part Hansel and Gret ...more
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Author Janet Evanovich is the author of the successful Stephanie Plum series and teams up with writer Phoef Sutton for a brand-new series of thrillers featuring the invincible and incompatible pairing of Knight and Moon.
This book promised a lot but failed in my opinion to deliver the killer blow. It didn't get anywhere near reaching the heights of the Stephanie Plum series and didn't leave me wanting to read more of this series. I didn't connect with the main characters and couldn't get excited
TJ Burns
This book should have been called “Curious Mind” instead of "Curious Minds." This was a story about a quirky genius billionaire hobby detective, Emerson, and his lovely assistant… Moonbeam.

Moonbeam, Riley Moon, beams about as bright as the moon on an overcast night.

Riley supposedly has a BA, an MBA, and a law degree from Harvard, but doesn’t know the slightest about the international financial system or the Federal Reserve. Riley claims to be a career-ladder climber, but breaks every r
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Janet Evanovich is my go-to author for a funny, relaxing reading experience. I’ve been known to laugh like a lunatic while reading one of her books, sometimes loudly, and sometimes even in public (which I suppose explains my lack of social life). Her books are often plotted and executed like episodes of Looney Tunes, some more than others. Curious Minds follows the nonsensical path when it comes to character interactions, and sometimes even the plot. It’s precisely what one might expect from Eva ...more
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
A modern day billionaire, eccentric genius, social inept, Sherlock Holmes type character, Emerson Knight, drags a young, successful banking lawyer, Riley Moon, in to his machinations to uncover a plot to unset the national treasury.

Evanovich brings us hysterical antics, amazing twists, unexpected turns, diverse, interesting characters all in a series that will be devoured by her Stephanie Plum fans.

I can't wait for more of both Riley and Emerson.

I received this ARC copy of Curious Minds from Ran
Judy Lesley
Jul 08, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: bad-just-bad
I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley and Random House/Ballantine/Bantam.

Hmm, so Janet Evanovich allowed her name to be used in connection with this book. Well, there she goes off my list of auto-buy authors. From now on I will allow others to take the chances.

Do you by chance remember the cartoon and comic book character Richy Rich? Well, he's in here. How about if Nancy Drew grew up, went to Harvard Business School and then Harvard Law School and lost her common sense along the w
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Take a Texas girl with two degrees from Harvard and a dry sense of humor mix with an eccentric, rich and handsome guy who is unknowingly funny and you have an absolutely terrific book. I love these characters! And all their side characters are hilarious, too. Even the bad guys are kinda funny. 🤣
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard Business and Harvard Law and started what she thought was going to be her dream job, that is until she ends up working with Emerson Knight. Emerson is rather introverted and eccentric and when he's denied the chance of actually seeing the gold that Riley's bank is storing for him he inquires about some missing funds and a disappearance and decides he needs Riley to assist him in an investigation.

Well, "crap on a cracker" I didn't expect this one to be
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
My Thoughts

Okay Janet Evanovich can do no wrong!! Well to me she can't haha.
I absolutely adore her Stephanie Plum series!
And this series is looking like it will be just as delightful!

The characters in this book, whilst they have their flaws, are fun, quirky and easy to love.
Emerson Knight is the rich, eccentric introvert who is on a mission to see his gold.
Riley Moon is fresh out of Harvard and her first assignment is to look after Knight.
It is clearly a recipe for disaster, hijinks and mayhem.
Montzalee Wittmann
Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton is such a terrific novel of mystery, intrigue, humor, and suspense but somehow they make it lighthearted at the same time, weird I know! I loved the Stephanie Plum novels and giggled my way through all of them so I jumped at the chance for this book. I didn't disappoint at all! It is fast paced, humorous, witty dialogue, plot with so many twists and surprises it keeps you guessing constantly. The characters are colorful, exciting, and complex. Th ...more
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
“Curious Minds” was a fun, quick read that featured all of the humor and wit for which Janet Evanovich is known. She and Phoef Sutton make a great writing team.

The new characters of Emerson Knight and Riley Moon are quite a bit different from others we have seen in previous series. The quirkiness of Emerson is especially intriguing, and I can’t wait to read more about him. They play well off of one another. The plot moved fast and it can easily be read in a sitting or two. There were a few sputt
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book reminds me of JE's old screwball romance Full Tilt. That book had an eccentric, rich, smart, hero with a cool factor who got involved with the heroine to solve a mystery. Emerson from Curious Minds is an eccentric, rich, smart hero who is a real nerd. When I first read the description I thought it would be a caper book with a nerd for the hero. I was half right. We definitely get a nerd for the hero, but no ca
Jun 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, mystery
2.5 star

I'm sure it's meant to be a little goofy, but it just came across as a little silly and shallow. There wasn't enough humor to counteract the weird, and the mystery wasn't good enough to counteract the superficiality of the characters. It's like each one was given "a thing", ostensibly to make them unique and three-dimensional, but really just serving to highlight how little character development there was. Even Riley's only splash of color seemed to be her choice of a Mini and the token
Apr 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You can't go wrong with a Janet Evanovich & Phoef Sutton combo, right? RIGHT! Loved it! From page one, I found the characters to be funny, quirky, and totally engaging. Emerson Knight & Riley Moon is a partnership that I'd follow anywhere. A thoroughly entertaining read that I'm looking forward to more of!

*ARC provided by NetGalley for honest review
Mike French
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this first book of Emerson Knight and Riley Moon series. It is like the Fox and O'Hara series on steroids! Very entertaining and enjoyable. Looking forward to release of the second book in this series.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
What a quirky book. Riley right out of law school working for a Wall Street company is assigned to watch over Emerson who one her companies oldest client has come to the office because he wants to see his gold. Riley's boss goes missing at the time that Emerson comes to the office looking for his gold. Emerson volunteers himself to look for Gunter but when Emerson starts getting to the truth Riley's boss wants to know where Riley's loyalties lie so they take her off the case. Well this is when a ...more
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cosy-crime, humour
Janet Evanovich books are always great fun and this one, co-written with Phoef Sutton, won’t let you down.

Riley Moon is a young eager Harvard Law/Business graduate who has just landed her dream job at Blane-Grunwald, a major banking firm. However when she is asked to look after one of their wealthiest customers, Emerson Knight that everything starts to go wrong. Emerson is handsome, eccentric, adventurous, completely lacking in social skills, but sweetly charming. He leads Riley off on a mad ch
Karen ⊰✿
Sep 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
As I started reading this, I decided that the authors had decided to make a parody of a Thriller, because surely such experienced and well known writers wouldn't write something like this seriously. Would they?
As a parody it is lots of fun. There are the evil henchmen that can't die, the evil family plot to take over the world (bwaaa-haaa-haaa), "top secret government installations", and amateur detectives who figure everything out and are the only ones who can save us from "the new world order"
I loved this book! I wasn't sure what the author was going to come up with or if this is going to replace Stephanie Plum, but you could easily get hooked on Emerson Knight and Riley Moon. This book is full of surprises, the characters are fun and easy to like. Emerson's quest to find his gold is fun to read. I'm looking forward to reading Book 2.

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House - Ballentine - Bantam for the opportunity to read and review this book.
Carla Johnson-Hicks
If you have ever read anything by Janet Evanovich, you know her mysteries are funny, quirky and usually a little over the top. That is what I expected when I picked this book up and that is what I got. I enjoyed this first book in this new series by Janet Evanovich and Phoeff Sutton.

Emerson Knight is an eccentric billionaire who just wants to see his gold. Riley Moon works for mega-bank Blane-Grunwald, is a country girl from a small town in Texas who went to Harvard. They call her Moonbeam at th
Maureen DeLuca
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
3 stars for the book and I am adding 1 more star for all the potential that it has!

I really enjoyed this new series. Quirky, Funny, and at times over the top! I wouldn't expect anything else from Janet Evanovich!

This new series about a brilliant but eccentric billionaire Emerson Knight and Texas country girl who-went-to-Harvard, Riley Moon. Emerson Knight has so much potential as a character! To be honest, I really liked him and his crazy eccentric ways. He is this rich, handsome guy with no so
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this first book of the Knight and Moon collaboration. When Emerson Knight wants to see his gold that is being managed by the mega-bank Blane-Grunwald they ask Riley Moon to shadow him and report back to them whatever Emerson uncovers. As they uncover more and more details about the banks involvement by the Grunwald's in the gold cover up Emerson and Riley become targets. From the zebras to the armadillo Emerson is quite the character and one Riley Moon has never encountered before. She ...more
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide/Novelly Yours)
Initial Impressions 8/24/16, modified to post as full review 8/26/16: 3.75 - 4 stars
CURIOUS MINDS is the first book I’ve read from Janet Evanovich that wasn’t Stephanie Plum, which makes it really hard for me NOT to compare it to Plum after reading 22 novels featuring her wacky crew (and even some novellas). I guess in a way, I have to since it’s my frame of reference for her writing.

Truthfully, it was noticeable for me that it was a new series that was not Plum. I guess it wasn’t different in a
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