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Crooked: Honest Criminality


Not for me 😔

Crime is best served well done with a side of honesty and integrity. No con can survive without it.

Aisha (Ash) is a fairly new con artist with a few tricks up her sleeve. This knowledge, however, does her no good when a successful con of £10,000 is made against Henry Martin Holmes, who just so happens to be Harry Holmes' son, London's celebrity criminal. Torn away from her mentor and father, Luke Gaines, through an act of suicide in an attempt to save her from capture, Ash was left no choice but to continue on her journey towards Esther Crook, a legendary con. With the boiling anger in her heart for Harry Holmes, Ash and Esther gather a team to end this feud once and for all.

Although the synopsis catches your eye with the need for discovery, I was, unfortunately, unenthused. In the beginning, there was the introduction to our main characters that allowed the reader to see how the young con was able to swoon her victims. This, I must admit, was captivating at first, but the climax seemed a bit rushed. For such a hefty book, I expected the climax to come later.

In the same breath, however, after the climax had been reached when both Ash and Colorado split ways, everything seemed to go at a slower pace. For me, personally, if the novel's storyline does not captivate me in the first few chapters, it is not worth the effort. Other readers may not have the same sentiment as I do, which is why this one just isn't for me.

That being said, I wouldn't recommend reading this novel for readers like myself, that look for a captivating read in the beginning of any story. However, if you love mystery and crime with an element of surprise, I would say try this one out for size. You might have a different response than I did.

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My name is Emilia Rivera and for the past year, I have been writing book and movie reviews for my own personal blog Tell It Like It Is. There I present my opinion and provide recommendation on books I have read and movies I have seen.

About the author

Bronwen John is a Civil Servant with a Creative Writing degree from the University of Wales. She has previously published four poetry anthologies which include; The Kardomah Kid (2011), Mind The Gap (2013. She lives in a tiny village in Dyffryn Cellwen, Wales. view profile

Published on August 28, 2020

Published by troubador

70000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Mystery & Crime

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