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A BRILLIANT DECEPTION: An AB&T Novel ~Kim Foster

Monday, July 20th, 2015

When Kim Foster sent me an email asking if I would like to review her new book I jumped at the opportunity.  I have reviewed her first two books in this series, A Beautiful Heist  and A Magnificent Crime over the past several years and I could hardly wait to dive into this new book and see what Cat Montgomery was up to these days.   Within the first two pages, the reader is whisked off to Venice and quite the adventure.

Cat Montgomery is a jewel thief for the Agency of Burglary &Theft.  She is very good at her job as she steals back famous and expensive pieces of jewelry taken up by the wealthy; what has been stolen from somewhere else.    She is just off a heist of a famous necklace from a hotel safe in Los Angeles when she is pulled into a job in England of the Lionheart ruby ring.  The ring has been found in a grave in the UK.  With all her planning and care the Caliga, a notorious crime organization takes the ring just minutes before she arrives.   Her job now is to return the ring to England and rescue her new co-worker.

A BRILLIANT DECEPTION brings the whole team back together and Ethan, Jack, Brooke, and a new character Felix join the planning and head off to Venice to retrieve the ring and steal it back.  A love triangle forms which adds and interesting dimension to the fast and furious pursuit of the ring.

The writing is good and well paced and I just leaned into this read and found it hard to put down.  When I did need to do something different, it was easy to come back to and the story moved very well.   It was a good adventure and I liked the ending.

I did find it hard that Cat’s mother did not figure into the story as much, but she was instrumental in starting Cat thinking about a new career or about how to use her skills in a more productive direction.

Great for the beach – lighthearted and fun, it was interesting to explore some English History and the Robin Hood legend further.  I highly recommend this story and this author.  I believe that everyone will enjoy A BRILLIANT DECEPTION.

Kim Foster is the author of the Agency of Burglary and Theft Series of Thrillers. She first got her degree in Medicine and has been a family physician in Victoria, British Columbia for sixteen years.   Online, you can find her blogging about her left-brain, right-brain mash-up on www.kimfoster.com.  Kim lives with her husband and their two young boys.  She is hard at work on her next book and drinking a lot of coffee. (from the book cover)

Foster is making some special offers on Facebook to promote A BRILLIANT DECEPTION

Related:
A Beautiful Heist 
A Magnificent Crime

THE MOONLIGHT PALACE: A Young Adult Historic Novel ~Liz Rosenberg and Amy McFadden

Friday, October 10th, 2014

“Let’s agree right here at the outset that memory is made up of one part perception, one part intuition, and one part pure invention.” (Page 9 of PDF uncorrected advance copy)

THE MOONLIGHT PALACE is a delightful read and an historic look at an International city and provides a global perspective to historic events of the early 1920s.   Agnes Hussain lives in the Kampong Glam Palace in Singapore with her British Grandfather, her Chinese Grandmother, and her Indian Muslim Great Uncle Chachi, along with 3 male students who are boarders.  The rest of her family, including her Mother, Father and Brother all died in the influenza outbreak many years ago.  Agnes, descendant of the last Sultan of Singapore, is 17 and thinking about how to keep her family alive and well, how to repair the Wedding Cake looking palace after she graduates from high school in the spring near her 18th birthday.  The background story is full of the rise of Mao and the torture of Chinese within the city.   Agnes’s British Grandfather was awarded the Palace for his outstanding military work and diplomatic care and concerns during his career in Singapore.

Agnes is very forthright and opinionated and she has adventures as she takes on her adult role in caring for her family, who are very protective of her.  Her family background and the diversity of the boarders renders the reader a wider view of the Singapore Community and how they treat and accept foreigner’s into their society.  A young British emissary wants the Palace for himself.  It is a very different reveal of the 1920s; THE MOONLIGHT PALACE explores one family during a period of great transition in the world.

“I am one-half Chinese, One-quarter Indian Muslim, and one-quarter British…” (Page 4 of uncorrected PDF advanced copy)

I started a mother daughter book group for each of my daughters and we worked on reading more worldly reads and not just the commercial books being advertised.  We studied the dynamics of the situation of the book we were reading and these gatherings proved to be a very fun experience.  We often included foods associated with our discussion and topic.   Chicken Rice would have been our menu for sure!  I believe that everyone would have appreciated this story and the mom’s would have enjoyed the story as well.  Oh! To live in a Palace!

TLC Book Tours  sent me the advanced reader’s PDF copy for this review.  It was very interesting to see what the finished copy looked like when I went to the final copy site. A well written book and I am sure that it would make a good gift – THE MOONLIGHT PALACE.

From the Publicity Material included in the PDF:

“Liz Rosenberg was born on Long Island.  She has written more than thirty books for adults and young readers, including novels, poetry, and nonfiction. Liz teaches English at Binghamton University, where she won the Chancellor’s Award for excellence in teaching.  Her first husband was the late Novelist John Gardner, author of Grendel.  Her second husband was the brilliant teacher and writer David Bosnick.  She lives in Binghamton, New York, with her daughter Lily and their two shih tzus.  Her son, Eli, is an actor and magician in New York City.  In 2014, Rosenberg was a US/UK Fulbright Fellow at Queens University, in Belfast, North Ireland, UK.”

Amazon’s Author’s page for Liz Rosenberg
Wikipedia for Liz Rosenberg

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