If somebody asked me to recommend a glossy, sexy and dramatic novel to stash in their suitcase and take away with them to the beach I would recommend a Tasmina Perry. Her novels are always full of scandal and intrigue….like a sexy murder mystery...Miss.Marple would be shocked!
Imagine if you fell in love…your lover was murdered…and you were the prime suspect! Okay, it’s not something we hope would happen to us but that’s exactly what happens to Sophie Ellis when she is asked to house-sit at a gorgeous Knightsbridge townhouse. Spending so much time in wealthy circles leads Sophie to meet Nick Cooper, sexy, wealthy and American and she is swept into a passionate affair. But when Nick is found dead in his hotel room it’s clear he’s not only been lying about who he is but that Sophie is now prime suspect for his murder! Sophie has to fight to not only prove her innocence but also to protect herself from a group of dangerous players that think Sophie has something they want…and they won’t stop until they get it back…
Tasmina Perry is truly wonderful when it comes to writing about the rich and famous. It’s a theme throughout many of her novels and her excellent descriptions in this one transport the reader from London’s most exclusive areas, to New York and to the exotic Cote D’Azur. It’s easy to feel part of the world that she creates and I completely lost myself in it.
I had empathy for protagonist Sophie; she is still hurting after the death of her father and treasures a book that he gave to her as a gift before he passed away. It was little details like this that added to the depth of the character. Ruth, a successful journalist who believes that Sophie is innocent and Josh, a friend of deceased Nick…and very sexy with it, also play key roles in helping Sophie find out what happened and fight for her innocence.
A Tasmina Perry novel is never boring and this book is no exception - glamorous worlds, sexy leading men and a fast paced, intriguing plot. The unique premise of glamour and murder mystery is intoxicating. If youre a fan of Tasmina’s previous novels you will enjoy this one as it is very similar to her earlier work – a little repetitive, yes, but you know what they say…if it aint broke, don’t fix it and Tasmina’s novels definitely ain’t broke.