Well, folks, I just finished a wild ride. Every time I thought I had it figured out, the plot took a twist that had me hanging on for dear life. I'm talking about Reluctant Burglar by Jill Elizabeth Nelson.
One of the great things about this book is, when I wasn't scrambling after a new clue, I was grinning over the quips made by the heroine. References to Gilligan's Island and Wonder Woman showed me that the heroine, Desiree Jacobs (and by inference the author Jill E. Nelson) was a woman after my own heart. She's passionate about what she does, fiercely loyal to her family and employees, and has watched entirely too much television.
The hero, Tony Lucano...sigh...everything a hero should be. Honorable, strong, brave, at times conflicted, haunted by his past but willing to try again.
From the back cover: If Desiree jacobs knows anything, it's art. Her father, whose security company is internationally renowed, taught her everything he knew. Most of all, he taught her about honor. Integrity. Faith. So surely God will forgive her for despising the one man determined to destroy her father's good name?
Special Agent Tony Lucano knows Hiram Jacobs is an art thief. But what he can't figure out is Desiree. Is she an innocent victime...or a clever accomplice?
The Hiram is murdered. And along with his company, he leaves Desiree a hidden container full of stolen paintings. But she can't admit her father was a thief! That would destroy their business, put people out of jobs, and embarrass international museums that have been displaying clever forgeries. No, she must find out why her honest father would turn criminal. And she msut return the priceless art to the rightful owners without their knowledge. Even if it means facing down a ring of cutthroat art theives...or accepting help from the man she most distrusts.
You won't be disappointed if you pick up Reluctant Burglar. I was honored to meet Jill in person last month at a book signing here in Rochester, MN, and she's a terrific gal. Stop by her website to enter the latest Stealth and Wealth contest. Her newest title in the To Catch a Theif Series, Reluctant Runaway releases in less than two weeks.