Pimpernel by Sheralyn Pratt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What a great read! I received a free copy in exchange for review from Inspired Kathy's Book Blasts & Blog Tours. However, this is a definite one that I would buy and hope this is a series which I will definitely follow. The Pimpernel follows the story of Jack while he is in Las Vegas investigating what an investment scheme that should have been stopped when the major perpetrator was arrested. Yet, someone is still contacting wealthy investors and convincing them to invest millions in a project that has no viability. He has traced the current activity to a genius graduate student at UNLV. As he continues to investigate things become more confusing because it is obvious that the student, Claire, has a severe case of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Claire is doing her best to keep the investment scenario going despite the arrest of her cherished professor. She has to keep it going or Professor Eastman will be killed while he is in jail awaiting trial. But, there is a plan in place and as long as Claire follows the directives given by Professor Eastman he will be safe and released shortly.
Jack and his team have already crawled inside the details of this con, but, they cannot figure out why Claire would be involved. It becomes clearer when they bring her in and learn more about Claire's role. What they learn from Claire helps the team put their plan of action into place which is full of action and drawn out with more intrigue and cunning. Most of this comes from Jack because he is a magician and a master of disguise. He makes this tale a completely awesome, fun read. Each of the characters on Jack's team appear to have very interesting backgrounds, especially Margo. It is unfortunate that we did not get to see a run-in between Margo and Claire's mom like Claire had hoped to see. But, the entire experience helped Claire grow and it was great to see her get stronger throughout the book. I really hope this becomes a series.