CASH KILLS – An Angelina Bonaparte Mystery
By: Nanci Rathbun

* I received an autographed paperback copy of CASH KILLS through the Goodreads Giveaway program. *

My Review:

The first paragraph of the book immediately grabbed my attention.

“‘ Angie, there’s a woman here complaining that her parents had bank accounts worth millions and she doesn’t want the money.’ Susan leaned across the table, ‘Can you imagine?'”

That’s a good question. No, I can’t imagine. Hasn’t everyone, at some point in their lives, wished for and wondered what it would be like to suddenly be left with a large monetary inheritance? I know I have. And, I know that if someone left me millions of dollars, I certainly wouldn’t be wanting to get rid of it.

Immediately, I was intrigued. What would prompt someone to not want to keep the money? It’s a great hook to the story.

Angelina Bonaparte is a Private Investigator. The woman who is seeking her services is Adriana Johnson.

Adriana and her parents are immigrants from what was once Yugoslavia. They owned a small hardware store on the south side of Milwaukee and it was in that store that they were murdered during a botched robbery attempt.

Throughout her entire life, Adriana and her parents were considered the “working poor.” They never even had cable TV because it was too expensive and despite her desire to become a nurse, Adriana had to put her dream aside due to lack of money for tuition.

Because of this, she is shocked to find that her parents had millions of dollars in the bank when they were brutally murdered.

Adriana is not sure she wants to accept the money. She wants no part of “tainted” or ill-gotten money. This is how Private Investigator Angelina Bonaparte becomes involved. She is hired to find out where the money came from.

What follows is an action-packed mystery that takes on epic proportions. What could have come across as a confusing mess, instead is a mystery that is so well written that it is difficult to put this book down.

Ties to the horrifying Bosnian War and the tragedy that occurred in Sarajevo quickly become apparent. But, are Angelina’s parents the good guys or the bad guys? Where did the money come from? And why, if they had access to so much money, did they live as frugally as they did?

This is a great book and I believe that the research the author put into the Bosnian War was extensive. She handles the delicate topic with just the right mix of information, emotion, horror and drama.

At the back of the book, the author includes a note that states: “Although I am not a historian, I took pains to make the impact of the Bosnian War realistic, especially in regards to Professor Kolar’s memories. Of particular help in that regard is REMEMBER SARAJEVO, an online pamphlet with journalist Roger Richards’ account of his time in Sarajevo in 1992. The photographs and his story are hauntingly real. I encourage you to read this small, but powerful document.”

Also, when I picture the typical female private investigator, I picture a young, sexy woman whose age is probably late 20’s or early 30’s. I love the fact that Angelina Bonaparte is NOT part of this stereotype. Angelina is actually a grandmother, but is not what you would picture as the typical grandmother. She has two grown up children who have children of their own, but Angelina is still a vibrant woman. She keeps in shape and dresses well. She loves sexy lingerie and revels in wearing sexy things underneath her professional attire. She may be a grandma, but she is nowhere near retiring or being put out to pasture.

I also love the fact that Angelina has an active sex life. It proves that sex and love are not exclusive to the young. It is never too late to find the love of your life. The author does a great job in making Angie & Wukowski’s budding relationship seem genuine and believable.

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

This is the second book in the Angelina Bonaparte Mystery Series, but I have not yet read the first book and that fact did not in any way detract from my enjoyment of the story.

CASH KILLS works perfectly as a stand-alone novel. However, with that said, I am looking forward to reading the first book and to reading many more books in the series.

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