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Book Review: The Raven

Mafia. Dirty politicians. Mystery and intrigue. And comedy, too.


The publisher’s blurb:

“A thrill ride into the stark territory between grace and the letter of the law.”–Tosca Lee, New York Times bestselling author

As part of his regular street performance, a deception specialist who goes by the name The Raven picks his audience’s pockets while they watch. It’s harmless fun–until he decides to keep the spare wallet a city councilman doesn’t seem to miss, hoping for a few extra bucks. When he finds not money but compromising photos of the councilman and his “personal assistants,” The Raven hatches a plan to blackmail the man. However, he quickly finds himself in over his head with the Ukrainian Mafia and mired in a life-threatening plot code-named, “Nevermore.”

Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill must scramble to sort out the clues–and their complicated feelings for each other–to rescue The Raven and save hundreds of lives from a wildcard bent on revenge.

Mike Nappa snags readers from the first page of this fast-paced thriller–and he never lets go until the end.

What I thought of the book:

The first thing that struck me when beginning to read this novel was the writing style: first person, with the old 40s private eye flavor. It’s all modern day, but how easily I could see all these characters in an old Bogart movie!

This is one of those novels that will be enjoyed by both men and women. It’s got intrigue. It’s got the Mafia (Ukranian!). It’s got cheating politicians and a street magician/pickpocket and a recently divorced couple who still run their own detective agency. It’s got colorful characters and takes the reader on a wonderfully suspenseful journey through Atlanta, Georgia. Samuel Hill and Trudi Coffey have just divorced, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they can’t work together, or that they will never get back together. The Raven is a young “deception specialist” who falls hard for the gorgeous Trudi as she is saving his behind from the Mafia. And can’t forget the lovely little lady Mama Bliss, owner of Sister Bliss’ Secret Stash, a long-time resident spending her days painting outside the store – and who knows more that one would think.

The Raven is the second in the Coffey & Hill series. The first, Annabel Lee, is a book on my to-pick-up list now. It’s a great, fast-paced and interesting suspense novel you won’t want to put down.


**I was sent this copy from Revell Publishing in exchange for my fair and honest opinion.**



Syd is a Midwestern girl who doesn’t think the term “girl” is sexist in the least – especially after she left her 20s. She holds a huge love for history (from WWI through the end of WWII, Victorian, Regency, and Elizabethan eras), some science fiction, and likes to pass the time reading, working with photography and needlework, and writing things. Lots of things. Syd likes to dance, too, but she looks like an utter goob doing so!

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