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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Ill-gotten Insurance by Susanne Marie Knight

The Ill-gotten Insurance by Susanne Marie Knight
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing Inc.
Genre: Contemporary, mystery/suspense
Length:: Short Story (74 Pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Fennel


An odd string of coincidences leads Minx Tobin to an old friend, Bill Gutierrez. Only Bill died five years ago. Before Minx has a chance to question the man, he turns up dead... again, with a slip of paper in his pocket with her name on it. Whether she likes it or not, Minx is involved in another murder. Will the Case of the Ill-gotten Insurance turn out to be deadly for her as well?

Los Angeles Homicide Lieutenant Gabe Harris regrets that the fitness trainer who piqued his interest is a murder suspect once again. But at least he has a legitimate reason to see Minx. Maybe he can even convince her to go out with him. And maybe he can prevent L.A.'s newest murderer from adding Minx to his... or her fatality list.

The Ill-gotten Insurance, the second installment in the Minx Tobin Case books, will not only keep you turning the pages until you reach the end of the story, it will have you seeking out the first of Ms. Knight’s Minx Tobin Case books if you have not already read it.

The author’s fluent writing style which brings her characters alive, warts and all. Her ability to capture the outrage of the rich implicated in the murder along side her depiction of the hero and heroine and their supporting cast creates plenty of friction as some of those characters are simply ‘way-out’ weird.

Ms. Knight introduces her hero, Lieutenant Gabe Harris, in the third chapter. As the second in her Minx Tobin series that’s fine. And surprisingly for those coming to this story first, it works, as she introduces her readers to the detective who doesn’t take kindly to amateur sleuths. So when Minx Tobin’s name crops up in his latest case, it soon becomes clear his personal and professional issues conflict.
If there is a ‘but’ it is the lack of conviction in the way the author prevents Minx’s death in the ‘black moment’ scene. This lack of credibility disrupted an otherwise fluent read.

That said, Ms. Knight offers characters you will want to get to know even better, characters you are still rooting for at the conclusion of The Ill-gotten Insurance. The story is packed with a gallery full of suspects and enough twists and turns to satisfy any reader.