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Author: Ritter Ames
Stars 5 out of 5
Review: Ritter Ames has written series books that are well-crafted with intriguing stories that keep the reader hooked from beginning to end. The characters are well develop that you never questions the characters motives or actions.
Ritter Ames sent me an advance copy of Marked Masters and I drove right in excited to find out what mysteries awaited Jack and Laurel. The book move along quickly keeping the reader engaged with the shoot outs, dead bodies, and missing art as well as the tug a war relationship between Jack and Laurel. I enjoyed finding out more about Laurel’s background and her love for art. The author made Laurel come alive on the page making the reader care for her personal and professional struggles.
The book fill-ins in the details of Laurels life before her father lost everything and I enjoyed getting to know Laurel better to the point she was more person than a character on a paper. Some characters were flushed out while other stood still in the same place they were left at the end of Counterfeit Conspiracies.
Over half way through the book I was left with more questions than answers making realize not everything could be resolved by the end of the book. Which made me happy because I didn’t want the adventure to end. As the readers follows a tried Laurel they began to feel for her and her lose never knowing her mother, who is Simon and what is Jacks connection to the endless government agencies.
Jack keeps way to many secrets from Laurel and you can feel her frustrations though the book. I also love the fact that Jack and Laurel are at each other’s throats which makes for some fun banter.
I enjoyed the chase scenes that were easy to imagine and in some ways this book reminds me of a modern day Remington Steele with the way Laurel (as Laura Holt) and Jack Hawkes (Remington Steele) play off each other though out the entire book.
I think the best part of this book is the question I started to develop…. Who is the Master Artist the person who created the art work or the Person who can forge the art work perfectly? If you love art, adventure and mystery this book is for you.
Synopsis: From USA TODAY bestselling author Ritter Ames...
Laurel Beacham made working solo a habit and a personal success story. The world's leading art recovery expert, she is known for her nerve, instincts, and the ability to do whatever it takes to bring each masterpiece back safely. Museums applaud her while thieves admire the cunning way she operates. No matter the odds against her, she listens to her instinct when challenges mount.
Right now, those instincts are screaming a warning.
Laurel's last job landed her the head position over the London branch of the Beacham Foundation. All well and good, except bringing one case to a close only opened another even bigger one. And more importantly, the new case inextricably connects to Jack Hawkes, a man smart enough to be her equal, but one who keeps her trust meter hovering in the red zone. The pair leap headlong into a plot that gets more dangerous and illusive by the minute. As the bodies and forgeries add up and the clock counts down, will Laurel's skills help her make it out of this job alive?
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What critics are saying about Ritter Ames' books:
"Organized for Murder is a very enjoyable first in a new series. Ritter Ames really hit it out the park with this debut. I know this is one book I will be hanging onto."
~ Cozy Mystery Book Reviews
"Ritter Ames keeps ratcheting the suspense…thoroughly enjoyable with well-developed, 3-dimensional characters."
~ BookTalk with Eileen
"If you enjoy cozy type mysteries, I think you'll enjoy this light fast read."
~ Murder Most Cozy
"The characters are well written and stay true to who they are from the beginning to end of the book, and they feel real as if you could meet the in real life."
~ Hiding from My Kids
Expected publication: March 2nd 2015 by Gemma Halliday Publishing
Author Information: Ritter is an award-winning author who writes the Body of Art mystery series and the Organized for Mystery series, both published by Gemma Halliday Publishing. She focuses most of her time and writing energies on globe trotting the world via her keyboard to create memorable characters and fascinating fiction novels for readers. In this great new endeavor, her cat muse remains faithfully by her side–only voicing displeasure when the food bowl sits empty due to Ritter focusing more on writing than on kibble. Ritter tries to blog regularly at
http://ritterames.wordpress.com/ and uses her Pinterest boards at
http://www.pinterest.com/ritterames/ to capture great places and ideas she wants to use in both series. Follow her blog and boards to learn more about Ritter and her upcoming books.