Review: CURIOUS MINDS by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

A long-time fan of the Stephanie Plum series, I jumped at the chance to read an ARC of the first book in a new series by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton. Curious Minds: A Knight and Moon novel is scheduled for release on August 16, 2015 (available for pre-order).

Description (from Amazon)

Curiousminds_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.

My Review

As I read the first few chapters, the tone surprised me in its similarity to more conventional mysteries.  My initial impression faded soon thereafter as the story developed and the humorous, slightly absurd character of Emerson Knight was revealed.  He is a handsome, brilliant and eccentric millionaire who persuades Riley Moon to follow his lead as he searches for his missing gold.  He is definitely the more dominant partner in their investigation. Their relationship is characterized by witty banter and underlying romantic tension.

Curious Minds was a light and fast paced read, however the main plot (the mystery around the gold) was a bit too unrealistic for my liking.  That said, overall, I found it to be a very entertaining read and I look forward to reading more about this unlikely crime-solving team in future installments.

FTC disclosure:  I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This has in no way affected the content of my review.


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