Published by Atria/Leopoldo Co., Inkyard Press
What have I been reading this past week?Her Fugitive Heart (Ravi PI #3) by Adi Tantimedh
on April 23, 2019
Published by Atria/Leopoldo Co.
The Ravi PI series comes to its exciting conclusion with newlywed Ravi Chandra Singh and the secret agency Golden Sentinels having to save themselves from going under after the sudden arrest of their mysterious founder.
Being a private investigator at the Golden Sentinels Agency never gets old for Ravi Chandra Singh and his gleefully amoral colleagues, the band of brilliant screw-ups with nowhere else to go. The crazy cases keep Ravi busy and he’s almost used to visions of Hindu gods watching his life like their favorite reality show by now. Almost.
All Ravi wants is to marry his girlfriend Julia in peace, but events conspire to keep things anything but peaceful. An actress hires the agency to track down the source of a sex tape she never made, yet still appeared in. A weekend party in a deceased rock star’s country mansion where the investigators are charged with surveilling the rich guests for dirt goes way out of control. A terrorist leader goes missing in London before he can turn himself in to the CIA and the agency is hired on the hush-hush to help track him down.
Ravi’s efforts to avoid getting involved backfire and he finds himself in worse trouble than he could have imagined. And finally, Ravi’s boss’ secret plans to make himself a major player in the world stage blows up in everyone’s face and the investigators have to go into hiding. Forced to flee to the United States, an old client comes calling with a job Ravi and Julia can’t afford to turn down while the future of Golden Sentinels hangs in the balance.
Packed with exploits and run-ins with new faces and old faces from Ravi’s past, Her Fugitive Heart is a madcap, exhilarating conclusion to the Ravi PI series.
This is the last book in a trilogy that started out strong but really went downhill. I liked the idea of Ravi being able to see the Hindu Gods but they never really became anything but observers of his life. It got sort of boring.
One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite
on January 5, 2021
Published by Inkyard Press
When teen social activist and history buff Kezi Smith is killed under mysterious circumstances after attending a social justice rally, her devastated sister Happi and their family are left reeling in the aftermath. As Kezi becomes another immortalized victim in the fight against police brutality, Happi begins to question the idealized way her sister is remembered. Perfect. Angelic.
One of the good ones.
Even as the phrase rings wrong in her mind—why are only certain people deemed worthy to be missed?—Happi and her sister Genny embark on a journey to honor Kezi in their own way, using an heirloom copy of The Negro Motorist Green Book as their guide. But there's a twist to Kezi's story that no one could've ever expected—one that will change everything all over again.
This is a hard book to review without getting into spoilers. Overall, I get where they were trying to go with this book but I don’t think it worked. There are a lot of moving parts in this story and they didn’t really bring it together into one cohesive whole.
You have the story of the days leading up to Kezi’s arrest. You have the story of her sister, Happi, starting 3 months later. You have the story of a person who was also arrested the same day as Kezi. Each of these stories are interesting and well done. But then they kept adding more and more to the plot. I’m generally a fan of authors throwing in something unexpected but it didn’t work here. The other storylines didn’t get adequate time and space to come to natural conclusions. Everything got squished together in a very unsatisfying way.
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