If you haven’t read a Jen Turano mystery romance, you’ve been missing out! “To Steal a Heart”, the first in the Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency series, is a great addition to her body of work! Quintessential Jen, it is full of witty dialogue, interesting mystery, wonderful characters and big heart!
Gabriella gave up a life of crime years ago but finds herself drawing on old skills to help a friend falsely accused of theft! Mid-investigation, she comes face-to-face with her former partner, Nicholas, only to find out he, too, has gotten out and is now working for the good of others.
Past hurts threaten to get between the two working together until they realise just how big this case is and how much they need each other to solve it. Whilst I love both our leads, it was the broader cast of characters who bring this novel to life and fill it with laugher!
Jen works wisely through difficult topics like adoption, forgiveness and worth whilst keeping the novel light and fun. If you are looking for an adventure, be sure to pick this one up. It’s a five out of five on the enJOYment scale and highly recommended!
From the back cover:
After a childhood as a street thief, Gabriella Goodhue thought she’d put her past behind her until a fellow resident at her boardinghouse is unjustly accused of theft. In the middle of breaking into a safe that holds the proof to prove her friend’s innocence, Gabriella is interrupted by Nicholas Quinn, the man she once considered her best friend–until he abandoned her.
After being taken under the wing of a professor who introduced him into society and named him as heir, Nicholas is living far removed from his childhood life of crime. As a favor to a friend, Nicholas agreed to help clear the name of an innocent woman, never imagining he’d be reunited with the girl he thought lost to him forever.
As Gabriella and Nicholas are thrown together into one intrigue after another, their childhood affection grows into more, but their newfound feelings are tested when truths about their past are revealed and danger follows their every step.
I received a complimentary copy of the book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.