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City of Angels

(Rhea Jensen #1)

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Rhea Jensen is your typical twenty-something single girl-if by "typical" you mean a private investigator who studies ways to escape from handcuffs while waiting to take down another serial sleaze. But when a seemingly open-and-closed embezzlement case goes awry, her on-again-off-again boyfriend starts fooling around behind her back, and some Mormon missionaries stop her on ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Bonneville (first published August 28th 2003)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
3.5 stars. This is the first in a 6-book detective series, with an unusual LDS (Mormon) religious twist to it. I've enjoyed some of this author's later books, so when I found that my local library had (most of) this series, I decided to check them out.

Our main character is private investigator Rhea Jensen, who despite being only in her twenties is already a highly accomplished investigator with a gift for breaking into homes and computers to find the evidence. The case she's working on in this
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Katie W
Jul 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Apparently, this series is being re-released under new names with some additional content added. I can't believe I've never heard of this series before, since I read a lot of LDS authors and I love a good mystery/romance.

I thought Sheralyn Pratt did an amazing job in developing such a fun, spunky, clever character. Rhea (pronounced Ray, not Ree-ah) is a 24-year-old woman who looks like she's a teen. She's also a top private investigator in LA. A man at a big company is accused of embezzling, bu
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Kathy
May 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Wow this was a surprise. I loved this book. I was drawn in from the first chapter and despite having other things on my to do list finished in less than 24 hours. This book is fun. It's really great LDS fiction. Some of the best I've read. I'll be reading the rest of the series and anything else Sheralyn Pratt writes.

LDS fiction for those who can't stand LDS fiction! Although if you love LDS fiction you will probably love this one! Rhea is not your cookie cutter Mormon and I love her because of
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Becca
Jul 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: novels
A couple weeks ago my sister (an avid Pratt fan) went to England. She saw that Sheralyn Pratt was going to be doing a signing here along the Wasatch front, and would I get her a signed copy? I thought I was being sooooo clever when I told her I'd get her a Sheralyn Pratt if she got me an antique Jane Austen from the JA Centre (that's right! 're!' Just like the pompous Brits spell it). My gorgeous, expensive Mansfield Park is stunning, really, but I'm starting to think this bargain wasn't as lops ...more
Kathy
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I guess because I actually started it a few months ago and at the time I couldn’t get into it. When I started it again this time around I couldn’t put it down. I really liked Rhea’s character. In her professional life she is confident, takes no BS and really sticks up for herself. Her personal life is a different story; she’s a bit of a doormat. If this had been a standalone book I would have been disappointed in how some things ended up. Since th ...more
Ruth Ann Lingwall
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rhea is an unusual private eye as she is very young and quite good. She has to learn how to work with an employer that underestimates her and hampers her investigation. She was innovative in resolving the situation. Unfortunately she doesn’t seem as perceptive in interpersonal relationships as she is in her private investigations. At the same time as her investigation starts to become volatile, her long-term relationship with her best guy friend takes several major turns.

I enjoyed the scenes whe
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Kathleen Walls
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Wow. Sheralyn Pratt is now one of my favorite authors; this woman can write! This book was simply amazing; I absolutely loved it! It had everything making it the perfect read for anyone. The characters are well developed and I grew to love them pretty quickly. The plot was believable, and it flowed at a nice pace. From the very first page, Sheralyn Pratt sucked me into the everyday life of private investigator Rhea Jensen.

Rhea Jensen is a normal single twenty-four year old with problems just li
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Joan
Mar 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book was fun and refreshingly humorous. Also, I know the author. Sherilyn has a whit that I really underestimated while sitting across from her in relief society meetings (church.) City of Angles has a good cadence and a refreshing mix of clever humor and insightful reflection.

I never read the back covers of books. I like to experience the everything first hand with out waiting for “that part I saw on the movie trailer.” I don’t watch movie trailers either. The first half of the book seeme
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Jennie
Jul 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't going to read this book because it's a rewrite/re-issue and I only do new fiction for my column. I wound up one evening a few days ago, too tired to read something I needed to consider reviewing, but not ready to go to bed just yet. So I picked it up. The title holds little appeal and neither does the cheesy cover, so I wasn't expecting much. They shout sleezy, cheap detective story. Well its a Kinsey Malone type detective story, but the heroine has more class, and Pratt's writing style ...more
Rochelle
Jun 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
I received the book City Of Angels from Goodreads.

I adored the fast pace (Her Smart Ear provided some of the fun of the book) and smart wriitng of this book for at least 90% of the book and was hailing the next Sue Grafton/Kinsey Milhone series. I was delighted to learn that there was already a second in the series as Rhea was a fascinating heroine. I was surprised in the final chapters by the religious turn of the book, but all in all I would continue to read this series.
Tom Ricks
Jun 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It earned this 5 star rating hands down. Rhea is such a stud and is completely lovable. The story flowed and kept my interest the whole time. I got sucked in and had to force myself to stop reading so I could work! 5 stars, two thumbs up and a definite must read.
Mindy
Oct 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I love Rhea. Great character. Great story, very clever.
Lacey
Aug 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
A very fun read! It's mostly a private eye/mystery solving book, with some LDS influence. Kind of corny titles, but don't let that hold you back. Looking forward to reading the rest of the series. ...more
Regina
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
To be frank, my expectations were super high; I've put the literary cart before the horse and read the Pimpernel series first - and loved it, especially Kali. So, I was really curious if Rhea could live up to that.

While City of Angels strikes a different tone than the Pimpernel books - and, yes, it contains Mormons ;) - I had a lot of fun getting to know Rhea and her world. While I might wish that some things had worked out differently for her, now I'm curious where her journey will take her (n
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Tiffany
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wanted to read this series because I love the pimpernel books and Rhea is in them. I enjoyed this book. It was full of adventure without a ton of violence. I was not expecting the religious turn it took but as I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints it didn’t bother me. It also kind of flowed without being too preachy. Contains: kisses, mild violence, religion.
P. Upshaw
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Different take

Different take on female PI. She has a life that is different and do what her job needed, yet she had always followed something her mother advised her, chastity......Interesting. Ending a surprise.
Melissa
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised by this novel. Both the mystery and the religious angle are done well. I really liked the main character and her growth throughout the story. 5 stars for all-around awesomeness.
Leanne
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, froth, adventure
I remember really enjoying Sheralyn Pratt's series and recommending it to others. I'm surprised I didn't review this when I read it..... ...more
Karen
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fun story - a bit predictable
Elaine
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed the author's other books. Rhea is a piece of work. I look forward to this series! ...more
Cindy
Oct 07, 2020 added it
I was a little confused about what this book actually was, but once I figured it out was entertained by the story of the edgy PI meeting the LDS missionaries and learning about the Mormon church.
Deanna
Feb 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
Good story arc. Engaging protagonist. Decent detective work. But the protagonist’s religious conversion towards the end of the story felt very forced and unnaturally placed. Like it was part of a completely different narrative.
Heather
Jul 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
signed review copy from author

I picked up this book by sheer luck at the Eclipse movie premier Party on the Plaza hosted by Twilight MOMS and Events by Alice. Sheralyn was there signing books and I was there taking pictures. When I stopped by her booth she generously offered two signed copies of her book for our site. Must say that once I picked this book up I couldn't put it down.(No matter that I was already in the middle of another read) The first chapter sucks you right in with snarky and sa
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Amanda
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a P.I. mystery written in the traditional first-person and succeeds with an engaging character and voice. The story pulls you along with a great mesh of the mystery and Rhea Jensen's personal problems. Rhea is a twenty-something woman, still trying to figure things out, like what she wants out of life and whether she'll ever give up hope that her long-time crush/best friend will ever see her as an available woman, instead of the girl he grew up with. (And don't let this cliche-sounding r ...more
Rachel
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
I got this book a few years ago from my sister-in-law and really liked it. Just a few weeks ago my mother-in-law lent me her books that continue the story of Rhea Jensen (main character in the story). I decided to read it again, and even though I was remembering things, it was still a great read. In fact I read it in one day. I really like Sheralyn Pratt's style. I can't wait to read the next books in the series.

Now, a little about the book...........

Rhea Jensen is a Private Investigator. She i
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Angie
May 28, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a very quick and mostly really enjoyable and engaging read. If I could give it 3 1/2 stars I probably would. I felt a little confused by the infusion of the main character's religious conversion into the overall story. I mean I knew it was written by an LDS author but I didn't expect so much Mormonism infused into the story for some reason. I really enjoyed the two separate stories (the case Rhea was trying to crack AND her personal conversion) it just felt a little forced to include th ...more
Wendy
Oct 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Love this series! I went out and bought the next several books.
Note: City of Angles is a revised version of "Spies, Lies and a Pair of Ties". I like the City of Angels version best. Both cover the same material, but City of Angels is better.
Great private investigator solving a case while living a mid-20s single life.
LDS Fiction, light conversion story at end, but not too preachy.
Content: Very Clean

Continued Note: Sheralyn Pratt published the first three books in this series first under another
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Sandi
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Members of the LDS faith or people familiar with the religion's doctrine and jargon
Definitely a worthwhile read!

The plot was refreshing, the characters were unique and interesting, and there was always something interesting going on.

The conversion story caught me off guard. I'm LDS myself, so the only conversion stories I've read before are true ones. Reading a fictional conversion story was a little weird for me (granted, this is the first LDS fiction book I've read), but it was a lot better than I expected. Pratt seemed to avoid all unnecessary cheesiness, to my relief. Un
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Beth Pearson
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
I liked this book even better then I thought I would. I've owned the 2nd in this series for a long time, but never read it because I had never read the first. I stumbled upon this first book in this series at a book sale Monday and was happy to pay the $6 clearance price for it.

Rhea Jensen is a 24 year old private investigator in Los Angeles. She's in love with her best friend and the denial / flirting / teasing between these two "friends" was my favorite part. She also spends lots of time spyi
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Maria
Rhea Jensen lives an unusual life. She works as a PI and her latest case has her investigating a sport firm to find out who is cooking the books. She's in a on-off relationship with her best friend and then while on stake out she runs in to some Mormon missionaries. It's been a wild week.

Why I started this book: It's been on my list for a long time... the whole Mormon and even the Christian genre can be super cheesy... but this one had recommendations.

Why I finished it: This was a fun book for t
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