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LOST - A DEBUT NOVEL WITH POTENTIAL

Lost (Amelia Jones Private Detective Series, #1) - Pandora Richardson

The premise of this debut novel was a good one. Amelia Jones is a 24-year old private detective of limited experience, financially strapped, and faced with the prospect of being evicted from her apartment. Away from her office, Amelia leads a rather self-contained, circumscribed existence. Aside from her two adopted dads (who have been the only loving family she has known all her life), Amelia has steeled her heart and emotions, steering clear of most men. For while Amelia hasn't been a private detective for very long, she possesses a special power that gives her certain advantages that aides her in solving cases. Amelia is a werewolf, albeit a reluctant one who, aside from full-moon nights, firmly suppresses the lycanthropic side of her nature. What's more, she's also a virgin, which can pose challenging problems for Amelia whenever her feral side is stirred up to boiling point.

Amelia was desperate for a case when she was approached in her office by a wealthy heiress to "get the goods" on her younger husband, Matthew Harold, a successful businessman, whom she suspects of cheating on her. So, Amelia goes about gathering clues, putting her ears to the wind (literally), and learns that Mr. Harold is on a recruitment drive in his high-rise downtown office. Amelia puts on a disguise and is interviewed by Mr. Harold. She soon finds herself in a situation that puts her emotions to the test. Amelia is no longer sure she wants the case, which entails upon acceptance of Mr. Harold's job offer, accompanying him on a special job assignment to an obscure Caribbean island, lapped in luxury. But her client, the heiress, won't hear of Amelia walking away from the case. She offers Amelia enough money to keep her afloat for months. Just catch Mr. Harold "in the act", furnish proof of his "indiscretions" to the heiress' satisfaction and all will be well.

The storyline was easy to follow. But the novel needed some more editing. And Mr. Harold's 2-man security detail, his chauffeur Badrani, one of the waiters who waited on Mr. Harold and Amelia when they had breakfast one morning on the idyllic isle, and a couple of other men the author fleshed out were all ruggedly handsome like Chippendale dancers, and babe magnets. (Of course, Mr. Harold was also exceptionally good-looking with his piercing blue eyes as well as being saavy, poised, and the one man Amelia found herself strongly drawn to, try as she does to resist him - and he her.)

 

What's more: while there was tension in the novel, the buildup to the denouement wasn't what I had thought it would be. To be honest, I felt a bit let down, which is why I can only rate "LOST" with 2 stars. Notwithstanding that, I am prepared to give Pandora Richardson the benefit of the doubt that she'll bring out more drama and ACTION in the second novel in the series. If so, I'd say to her: "Get cracking!"