Emerson Knight 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 Moon has just graduated from Harvard Business and Harvard Law. Her aggressive Texas spitfire attitude has helped her land her dream job as a junior analyst with mega-bank Blane-Grunwald. At least Riley Moon thought it was her dream job, until she is given her first assignment: babysitting Emerson Knight.
What starts off as an inquiry about missing bank funds in the Knight account leads to inquiries about a missing man, missing gold, and a life-and-death race across the country. Through the streets of Washington, D.C., and down into the underground vault of the Federal Reserve in New York City, an evil plan is exposed. A plan so sinister that only a megalomaniac could think it up, and only the unlikely duo of the irrepressibly charming Emerson Knight and the tenacious Riley Moon can stop it.
Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
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 employees who have suddenly vanished.
Determined to locate his missing money manager and his gold, Emerson enlists Riley to help him as they travel through Washington, D.C. all the way to New York, uncovering a mind blowing diabolical plot.
This book is intended to be fun and zany, so if you simply sit back and relax and allow yourself to enjoy the show, you will find this bit of super light entertainment will have you smiling and having a pretty good time.
Emerson’s lack of social skills stands out, but is what makes him so charming and sweet. You just have to know how to take him. Riley’s character is like playing the straight man, and she is often taken aback by Emerson’s bluntness, and lack of emotion under duress. The adventure is fun, but nothing all that deep or complicated, which is fine since I was mainly tuning in for the characterization, humor, and banter.
This is book one in the series, so we’ll see how things progress from here, but while this story is charming, fast paced, and evoked a few chuckles, it will need to firm up a great deal if it is to succeed in the long run. But, for now, we’re off to a decent start here, so I’m cautiously optimistic about the future of the series.
Overall, this book will appeal to fans of Evanovich and I think cozy mystery readers might find this one up their alley too, since it’s very tame, lacking graphic violence and is pretty clean as far as sexual content and harsh language.
Taken at face value, this is an enjoyable read, full of amusement and adventure.
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