Friday, October 18, 2013

Cozy on the Weekend with Gemma Halliday ~ Secret Bond

We’re visiting the big state of California today, heading to L.A. today to hang out with James Bond. What?? Yeah, that’s her name. Her dad really wanted a boy. At least she can go by Jamie and not many people will know. But hang onto your seats, we will visit a nude resort and a gay bar.  

James Bond, or Jamie, is in charge of the Bond Agency. Taking cases to help spouses find out of their husband is cheating on them or not, they get involved in a lot of tight spaces. But what better than her crew she has on board to help her with research and as decoy.  But there is something personal that takes Jamie away from her day to day duties.

Title: Secret Bond
Series: Bond Girls #2
Author: Gemma Halliday & Jennifer Fischetto
Publish Date: May 1, 2013
Publisher: Gemma Halliday
Source: eARC from Publisher via Netgalley
Personal Rating: 4 Stars
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Characters: A great cast of characters. Derek is Jamie’s father who started Bond Agency and taught her everything she knows. He also likes to keep secrets from her that don’t help the situation any. Jamie’s crew is Caleigh, Sam, and Maya and also Danny when a male is needed for special cases. We also got to meet Charley who is Maya’s mom. Charley is a little hard to impress, but Jamie is able to help Maya get through to her mom.
Location and Setting: Venturing through the different areas in L.A., we go from nude resort, to gay club, to beach and dock, and all through the streets.

Crime: There were the smaller jobs that came in from the Bond Agency. These were entertaining and quite clever. The main crime was Jamie trying to figure out what happened to her father all those years ago. Jamie finds herself busy and against many roadblocks as she’s trying to dig up information.

Romance: Possibly two. Aiden is the D.A. and has been dating Jamie for a while. But then there’s also Danny who has been a big brother and friend for a long time. The aspect of the relationships are very interesting. I’m totally intrigued and can’t wait until the next book.

This was a great book. Even though it was book two, I was not lost at any point with the character development or the story. I would definitely say this series equals or is even better than her High Heels Mystery Series that I’ve read.

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Gemma had a hard time figuring out what she wanted to be when she grew up. She worked as a film and television actress, a teddy bear importer, a department store administrator, a preschool teacher, a temporary tattoo artist, and a 900 number psychic, before finally deciding to be a writer.

Since then, Gemma has written several mystery novels and been the recipient of numerous awards, including a National Reader's Choice award and three RITA nominations. Her books have hit both the USA Today and the New York Times Bestseller lists.

Gemma now makes her home in the San Francisco Bay area where she is hard at work on her next book.

Jennifer Fischetto hears voices.

They tell her to wait in the dark for her next unsuspecting victim.

They tell her to kill.

She writes down every whisper, every threat promise to thrill.

Jennifer Fischetto, I Write Dead Bodies, Princess Society Killer“Write what you know” is easy when you’ve spent your life plotting murder and revenge on annoying classmates and nosy neighbors.

When not investigating suspects, burying evidence in her yard, cooking another batch of poisonous brownies, or dealing with ghosts and other supernatural baddies, she sits in the corner of her creaky, damp basement, writing contemporary stories of mystery and suspense for young adults and adults. With the occasional fun, humorous tale to cover her tracks, so no one notifies the FBI or calls for a straitjacket.

Seen as a nice girl, her friends and family assume her books are filled with multiracial romance and journeys of strong, smart, sassy women and girls of all shapes and sizes.

Not dead bodies.
Jennifer Fischetto, National Bestselling author of her adult series, Jamie Bond Mysteries, writes dead bodies for ages 13 to six-feet under. The first book, I Spy Dead People, in her new YA series, Disturbia Diaries, will be released December 1, 2013.

1 comment :

  1. This sounds like a cozy story. The cover reminds me of Jessica Rabbit. :)