An Unexpected Clue: An Anthology
Note: 8th and final book of Kenner County Crime Unit series. MY ADVICE, read the first six books in the series and skip these last two (7th & 8th). They are not worth the time.
The book has an interesting plot premise. HOWEVER, the female lead, Ava, is so self-absorbed, irrational, strident, and annoying, the book is difficult and painful to stick with.
THIS STORY follows pregnant Ava Parrish, and her husband, undercover FBI agent, Ben Parrish, who reappears after being MIA for more than two months. What follows is an intense pursuit by thugs trying to get their hands on Ava's religious metal engraved with the account numbers of a missing fortune.
THE AUTHOR, E. James has created a incredibly irritating heroine who overshadows everything. From the beginning, the relationship between Ben and Ava is hindered by his need for secrecy as an undercover FBI agent. Ave is aware of his job when she marries him, so WHY is she whining and complaining about it now? Honestly, the "romance" is difficult to find under all that arguing, deception, lies, defiance, blame, and irrational behavior.
As the LAST book in the KCCU SERIES, this book is a BIG DISAPPONTMENT. The lack of a satisfactory explanation for the series' original crime, the murder of FBI Agent Julie Grainger, is unacceptable. The killer is identified in the previous book, but without an explanation about WHY and WHAT Agent Grainger was doing, why write this book. Series ending is a big DUD.
Books in the Kenner County Crime Unit series are, Secrets in Four Corners, Profile Durango, Snowed in with the Boss, Criminally Handsome, Collecting Evidence, Pulling the Trigger, She's Positive, and An Unexpected Clue. My advice, read the first six books in the series and skip these last two (7th & 8th).
For books with complex characters and good storytelling try N. Bruhns, A. Stuart, L. L. Miller, R. C. Ryan, or L. Wilde (worst endings ever). For good mystery/criminal detective writers you might try J. D. Robb, D. Stabenow, M. Ferris, J. Evanovich, S. W. Albert, J. Miller or B.J Daniels.