Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Deadly Assets - Blog Tour Review
Deadly Assets (Allison Campbell book 2) by Wendy Tyson
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Blog Tour
Description: What do an eccentric Italian heiress and an 18 year old up and coming pop star from Scranton, Pennsylvania have in common? Nothing other than they are both new clients of Allison Capmbell's image consultant business and they both went missing on the same day. Desperate to protect her business and her assistant and friend Vaughn Allison starts taking a deeper look into the disappearances. Uncovering a 30 year old suicide, family secrets and connections to a very dangerous group Allison is out of her comfort zone and very much in danger.
Why I Picked This Book: The premise intrigued me and this looked a little different from the regular cozies I've been reading lately.
Pro: Darker and grittier than I was expecting this barely qualifies as a cozy. When I see that the primary character is not associated with the police, a PI or a journalist I always get a bit nervous but Allison investigating the disappearance makes sense. These aren't active police investigations and for her business she needs to track down these 2 people. She always represents herself honestly and while a few of the situations she finds herself in do border on TSTL (To Stupid To Live) I can see and understand how she got into the situation. I like that the characters actually talk to each other about things that are bothering them and the scene where Mia tells Jason that he either needs to support Allison or risk losing her made me want to reach into the book and hug her. There are a lot of tiny little subplots and threads of investigations and it was fascinating watching these all come together.
Con: About 2/3 of the way in it kind of felt like I hit a wall in terms of the pacing of the book. It felt like we were turning from plot advancement to time to wrap this up and it wasn't necessarily the smoothest transition. Wow! That's vague! I'm sorry about that and I really wish I had actual words to describe it better.
Overall: While this is the 2nd in the series this is the first book by Tyson that I've read. There are a few mentions to earlier cases but no spoilers (other than Allison survives which isn't really a spoiler) and I had no problem understanding who the characters were, their issues, and relationship to each other. This was a page turning read and I'm looking forward to reading more of Allison's adventures. My only real flaws with this were definitely on the nit-picky side!
Would I Read More of this Series/Author?: Definitely! I'll be keeping an eye out for Wendy Tyson's future books and I've already bought Killer Image - the first book in this series.
Would I Recommend this Book?: Yes! I think if you enjoy mysteries you'd enjoy this book.
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Challenges Met? Alphabet Soup (D), Reading Road Trip (New York)