This was such a great follow up to the first book in the Finishing School Series. Sophronia is up to her usual tricks, and there are new adventures to be had. I loved the situations that Sophronia and her girls get up to. But the best part of this was the fact that there were even some boys involved! And Miss Sophronia was getting the feels too.
The vast conspiracies abounded and of course, Sophronia was the the one who was able to put it all together. The way that the author is able to seamlessly weave all the moving parts to the plot together is so amazing. I could just get drawn in for hours.
Add to that the fact that I was listening to this on audio and seriously, I was in heaven. Moira Quirk does a fantastic job with the narration. The way she can just project so many feelings into what she's saying just by changing her accent is amazing. I could listen to her read just about anything.
Obviously, I have to continue on with this series. Things are just starting to come to light, and there's a new school year coming, sure to be full of new girls, new lessons, and new adventures!
Laurel Beacham may have been born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but she has long since lost it digging herself out of trouble. Quick wits and connections have gained her a reputation as one of the world’s premier art recovery experts. The police may catch the thief, but she reclaims the missing masterpieces.
The latest assignment, however, may be her undoing. Using every ounce of luck and larceny she possesses, Laurel must locate a priceless art icon and rescue a co-worker (and ex-lover) from a master criminal, all the while matching wits with a charming new nemesis.
A very fun, fast, non-stop adventure from woe to go. Laurel is supremely capable and holds her own in every situation. Jack is the cliche of international man of mystery, and I like him anyway. Setting a series in the midst of the art-recovery world is equivalent to giving my cat catnip as far as my tastes are concerned.
My two biggest disappointments with this book were Laurel's constant cycle of "I can't trust him. I can't trust anybody." Jack would track her down, she'd run away. He'd find her, she'd run away. Again, and again, and again. It got old long before the book ended. My second complaint concerns the number of typos; Henery Press has spoiled me to this point by putting out books that were almost error free, but I guess the streak had to end at some point. A lot of missing words, a few extra words, at least one continuity error.
Mostly the book was a lot of fun and I'm definitely getting the next book; hopefully Laurel willl pull her head out and stop running away.
The post brought me one big box of books this week:
Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels): I was going to try to save this one, but Book Cupidity's awesome review on the day this arrived nix that idea. Read/devoured and thoroughly enjoyed.
Chaos Choreography: This series jumps around different family members as MC's so I skipped books 3 and 4. This one returns to Verity Price as MC. Bring on the Aeslin mice!
Counterfeit Conspiracies: First in a new series published by Henery Press about art and art heists. I have high hopes.
A Muddied Murder: Another Henery Press first in a new series set in the backdrop of organic farming.
A Deadly Tail: I can't believe I still read this series about talking animals but she does it so well and the writing is really solid. Plus, Lyle shares my all-animals-go-to-heaven mentality.
The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap: A Memoir of Friendship, Community, and the Uncommon Pleasure of a Good Book: I'm currently reading this one about a couple who open a used bookstore in a small town in Virginia. So far, pretty good.
total books bought: 6
total books read: 6
total physical books TBR: 220
Happy Easter to everyone who celebrates it!