Saturday, December 28, 2013

The Plot Thickens: A Semya Slotin Mystery by Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba (Review)

Polliannah's story is live! 
What led to that horrific phone call to Semya and Josh in the middle of the night?

When Polliannah Koch Guryev meets John Allen, she thinks that she’s finally found her Prince Charming in the form of a tall, blond and handsome banker. What could go wrong?
 John Allen has a job to do and getting closer to the beautiful Miss Koch Guryev is supposed to be a means to an end. But then they fall in love. He’s a hit man with a mission, she’s the sister of his targets. What possible future could they have? Now he and his Russian Princess have to leave London for their safety.
But it may already be too late for them.

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John heard the infamous familiar cackles before Salomon ‘Sal’ Dovos stepped out of the shadows. What the fuck is he doing in London? Sal moved his long dark hair away from his face showing his scar. “Why so jumpy mate?”
“Why are you here Sal? I don’t have time to babysit,” John said. Sal Dovos was the youngest son of Samuel Dovos Jr., or commonly known as The Second since Samuel Dovos Senior passed away over thirty years ago. For the people old enough to remember Samuel Dovos Senior’s reign of terror, as bad as it was, it was child’s play compared to The Second’s and young Salomon was a pure product of that evil.
“I can see that… so that’s the Guryev’s whore, nice arse but I prefer her sister,” he sneered. He looked at John’s gun. “Put that thing away John, you might hurt someone.”
John put the gun down and back under his jacket. “I won’t shoot you in the middle of the West End,” he said with a forced smile. Not without my silencer… “Stay away from them Sal.”
He shrugged the comment off and came closer to John. “I don’t know, I’ve heard interesting things about the Slotin girl and her real mother… she’s one sexy woman.”
John turned to face him. “Sal, I won’t shoot you but I would leave you incapacitated if it means that I get to finish my job in peace.” Sal Dovos was too unpredictable and sadistic to be left to his own devices. He reminded him a lot of Miska Guryev, same age, same villainous behaviours. They even used to be very good friends before the assassination attempts. “You can have Joseph,” he told him. It was more an order than a suggestion.
“I’m not here for them John. I’m here for Vincent.” His expression changed, Sal’s hatred for Vincent was notorious. “I heard he’s in London. He’s mine,” he said touching his scar.

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My Review

There's a reason I keep talking about Semya Slotin: she's one of the most compelling- and fun- characters I've come across in a while. Having never gotten over my desire to be Nancy Drew, a brilliant female super-detective is just my cup of tea (although perhaps wine would be more appropriate).

The Plot Thickens fills in the blanks from Bird Of Prey and clues us into the life of Polliannah Koch Guryev, Semya's business partner, best friend and occasional partner-in-crime. Whereas Semya's haunted by losing her birth mother at a young age and not knowing who her birth father is, Polli lives trying to escape from the long shadow her powerful father and brothers cast. What could be so awful that she'd choose to follow her slightly self-destructive friend into frequent danger? The answer will shock you.

But before we get there we're going to see Polli fall in love with a very dangerous man who isn't anything close to what he appears to be. The reader knows well before Polli that John Allen is dangerous, ruthless and calculating and that she'd do well to steer clear of him. But she's smitten and we can also see why. 

Readers of Bird Of Prey will know exactly how their story ends, but we'll be genuinely heartbroken once we get there. Sharp-eyed readers are also going to get a big, huge clue about the question that we've had throughout Semya's tale, and I cannot wait to see how that revelation is going to play out.

Highlighted recommended for fans of romantic suspense and mystery.

Other book from the Semya Slotin Mystery...

Bird Of Prey
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Check out the steamy romance thriller that started it all!

Who killed the infamous Johanna Cartier? Sémya Slotin is frown back in the business of solving mysteries when she found her body. With the help of a new ally and the mysterious Josh Heinz, she vows to see this through.

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