Series: Knight and Moon #1
Published by Bantam Dell
Publication Date: August 16th 2016
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, teams up with Emmy-winning writer Phoef Sutton for a brand-new series of thrillers featuring the invincible and incompatible pairing of Knight and Moon.
Emerson Knight is introverted, eccentric, and has little to no sense of social etiquette. Good thing he’s also brilliant, rich, and (some people might say) handsome, or he’d probably be homeless. Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard Business and Harvard Law. Her aggressive Texas spitfire attitude has helped her land her dream job as a junior analyst with mega-bank Blane-Grunwald. At least Riley Moon thought it was her dream job, until she is given her first assignment: babysitting Emerson Knight.
What starts off as an inquiry about missing bank funds in the Knight account leads to inquiries about a missing man, missing gold, and a life-and-death race across the country. Through the streets of Washington, D.C., and down into the underground vault of the Federal Reserve in New York City, an evil plan is exposed. A plan so sinister that only a megalomaniac could think it up, and only the unlikely duo of the irrepressibly charming Emerson Knight and the tenacious Riley Moon can stop it.
When Riley Moon is dispatched to assure an eccentric but brilliant and wealthy customer of the well-being of his financial investments with her firm, the last thing she expects is to get babysitting duty or to get embroiled in trying to unravel a diabolical plot to destabilize the world financial system and usher in a new order, a plot so far-fetched that it could pass for a fringe conspiracy theory. But that is exactly what happens when Emerson Knight’s request to inspect his gold hits a snag.
Their investigation takes them from Washington, D. C. to New York and even into the Nevada desert as Riley and Emerson embark on a journey to unravel the mystery of the missing gold (sounds very Nancy Drew-ish, right?).
Describing Emerson Knight as quirky is being nice. With a houseful of exotic animals and an inclination for astral travel (whatever the hell that means), he comes across as a lot kooky, in my opinion and not in a really good way, but his brilliance is undeniable and he reminds me of one of the lead characters in Elementary, but Riley ain’t no Lucy Liu or Watson, that’s for sure. She’s the half of the duo that’s entrenched in real life but trying to manage Emerson is almost impossible and she finds herself being dragged into all manners of life-threatening escapades.
These two seem to be bumbling their way through their investigation but their hysterical antics and Emerson’s candid, unfiltered way of speaking made for a lot of funny and sometimes annoying moments. Plus some higher power sure was looking out for them!
CURIOUS MINDS is entertaining in an offbeat way and is one that mystery fans will enjoy, but if you are looking for romance, then this is not the book for you. I have not read any of Ms. Evanovich’s books before this and I was really excited to get a chance to start here. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series to see how the relationship between Riley and Emerson plays out.