Growing up in the worst slums in Pittsburgh, Elaine and her father struggle to make their home a happy one and provide a future that can match the intelligence and dreams that they share for one another. When her father is falsely accused of passing counterfeit money and eventually dies in jail, Elaine realizes her mission in life and becomes a secret service agent in the hopes of tracking down the real culprit and bringing him to justice. But like all pursuits of a passionate nature, not everything goes according to plan.
Mike Wells is a prolific author, and he has been compared to many well-known and well-established authors such as James Patterson and Sidney Sheldon. And, honestly, I can see how the comparison is made. His writing, especially in this novel is fast-paced, a nice mixture of mystery and detail, and he provides a nice amount of flavor to his main character to make her real enough to touch.
So why am I giving him only 3.00 stars for his relatively well-written book? Well, a few reasons. The first reason is that this book does something that is a huge pet peeve of mine — and it isn’t something I think should be ignored. Essentially, the author ends the book at the climax scene, hoping that the reader will continue to continue the adventure in the next book. While this practice seems to be somewhat popular, I find it annoying, and yes, I will take off “points” every time I see it happening.
The second reason that the book is not getting higher marks from me is that while the character of Elaine is fleshed out pretty well, almost no-one else is. While I don’t expect all the characters to be in the spotlight all the time, I do like to learn a bit more about the characters and settings that make up her world. It helps to bring things into sharper focus, and a bit more realistic. Has the author chosen to further develop the characters and the overall setting in later installments? I don’t know. It’s possible, I suppose.
Lust, Money, and Murder Book 1 had a great deal of potential honestly, but I feel that the author could have done so much more with it. It’s worth a weekend read if you get the chance, but for now, I can only give a shrug of the shoulders and “eh?” as my assessment of this book.
0 Stars — Perfect for kindling or wasting space on your hard drive
1 Star — A perfect gift for that person you can’t stand
2 Stars — Put it on your “to borrow” list
3 Stars — By it if you get a chance – worth a weekend read
4 Stars — Definitely add it to your library
5 Stars — Impulse Buy Approved
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