Reluctant Burglar is a wonderful mix of romance and suspense and kept me turning pages, rooting for both hero and heroine, right up until the end. The "who-done-it" factor held plenty of twists and turns, and I was happily kept in suspense, not figuring out the mystery too soon.I've had a glimpse of Jill Nelson's work in the past and knew the book would be good, but this story went beyond my expectations - a compelling read!I look forward to reading the next in this series and will definitely keep an eye on this author.
Desiree Jacobs has just stolen a painting and now she must take it back and confess her wrongdoing, without getting caught by FBI agent Anthony Lucano. He's trying to catch theives involved in a stolen art ring and he has Desiree's father at the top of his list. Desiree knows her widower father would never do anything illegal and harbors a lot of resentment toward the two agents. But then her father is murdered overseas and Desiree's life begins to unravel and she finds even those closest to her can't be trusted. A quick and easy read, Reluctant Burgler is a good book to curl up with on a bad weather day.
This was an exciting and quick read for me. The story moved swiftly, which I prefer in my reading material. Jill Nelson's attention to detail for both the art world and the mechanics of the FBI lent an authenticity to this novel that made me feel I had entered the world of the characters myself. If you like romantic suspense, you'll love Reluctant Burglar!
Danger, romance, humor, mystery, The Reluctant Burglar by Jill Elizabeth Nelson delivers all that and more. From the theft of a Renoir in chapter one, to a terrorist kidnapping at the end, main character Desiree Jacobs entangles herself in one adventure after another. Personally, I thought her grandest challenge came in the shape of a well-muscled FBI agent named Tony Lucano.Beyond the entertainment factor of an engaging plot, The Reluctant Burglar connects with readers via every day, real-life strugglesbetrayal by a friend, grief over losing a loved one, and loneliness. These issues are woven into the fabric of Nelsons characters. I especially liked the Readers Guide questions at the back of the book to further a discussion of these topics from a Biblical perspective.The best news is that theres more to come. This is only book one of the To Catch A Thief series put out by Multnomah. Desi and Tony continue their lively relationship in the second book, The Reluctant Runaway, which comes out in March 2007.
We may not all travel in Desiree Jacobs' circles: high-stakes security; international art theft; cops, robbers, and terrorists--but we can all identify with that awful place of not knowing if those closest to us are trustworthy. Jill Nelson does a fine job of showing how tough Desiree has to be when she suddenly questions whether or not her father, her best friend, and her protector are who they always seemed to be. Half of the fun for the reader is trying to figure it all out before Desiree does. The other half is watching what happens once she stops leaning on her own "wisdom" and leaves it up to God. I'd recommend this fun suspense novel to teens and up.