Title: The Raven (Coffey & Hill #2)
Author: Mike Nappa
My rating is 3 stars.
Trudi Coffey has a case to work on with her ex-husband, Samuel Hill. He is now a detective with the Atlanta PD and has arrested a gang member who mentions a nebulous nefarious event known as Nevermore. The gangbanger knows nothing more, but Samuel feels compelled to investigate what could be a potential terrorist threat to Atlanta. He makes contact with an old acquaintance, Mama Bliss, who knows everything about a portion of the city as well as keeps many secrets. He asks her to put out feelers about this Nevermore plot. After a few days, she tells him it must be a hoax as everyone she has asked has never heard of it. Samuel and Trudi both feel in their guts that there is something more going on, but are stymied on how to proceed.
Meanwhile, Trudi has a new admirer, The Raven. He is a street magician; make that deception specialist, who picks pockets sometimes to pay his rent. He steals the wallet of a powerful politician and learns what it means to feel real pain. He thinks Trudi is gorgeous, but she thinks he is too young for her. She tries to advise him to get help from Samuel, but that doesn’t happen. The Raven stumbles across Nevermore, discovers what it is and how it is to be carried out.
After reading the first novel in this series, Annabel Lee, and absolutely loving it, I was eager to read book two. However, this second book didn’t live up to my expectations. There wasn’t near the action in book two that there was in book one. Trudi and Samuel are almost afterthoughts; their mystery solving skills aren’t really shown. There is some slight mention of faith in regards to Trudi, but Samuel claims to be an agnostic. I hope in future books in this series the faith avenue is explored more. I did like the development in the relationship between Trudi and Samuel. Overall, I just didn’t get connected to this story. I do plan to continue reading the series as sometimes a particular book just doesn’t fit a particular reader at certain time in his/her life. I’m eager to read book three in the series as this author does write well. If I could rate this with half stars, I would rate it 3.5 stars.
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