Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Reluctant Smuggler

Author: Jill Elizabeth Nelson
Publisher: Multnomah Books
January 2008
ISBN: 978-1-59052-688-0
Genre: Inspirational/romantic suspense

Desiree Jacobs is hired to steal an ancient Mayan artifact, in order to prove that the existing securities either work—or they don’t. While she gets away with the artifact, she discovers that someone has informed the other security company about the heist—and that the artifact she’s stolen isn’t real, but a well-designed fake.

Desiree turns down the security job at the Mexican museum, but instead lands a job working for the Mexican government, wanting her to find the missing artifacts. But before Desi has even been in Mexico twenty-four hours, she is robbed three times, and corpses are piling up fast.

But when Desi gets the news that her fiancĂ©, Tony Lucano, has been in an accident and may not survive, Desi drops everything to be by his side. But why does trouble follow her back to Boston? What does she know? And is Tony’s case somehow wrapped up with hers?

RELUCTANT SMUGGLER is the third and final book in her To Catch a Thief series. Readers will want to read the first two books in this series before reading this one, as all of these books are tied together, with the series neatly wrapped up in RELUCTANT SMUGGLER.

Desi and Tony have plenty of action between them to keep the story moving, though I did think the middle of the book dragged a little. I wondered for awhile if the action would start again. It did, and in an unexpected way. I enjoyed reading the To Catch a Thief series very much, and RELUCTANT SMUGGLER is a satisfactory ending to the series. $12.99. 352 pages.

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