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The Raven #2, in A Coffey & Hill series, by Mike Nappa
A street performer known as The Raven picks his audience's pockets while they watch. In one city councilmans wallet, he finds not money, but compormising photos of the councilman and his "personal assistants", The Raven decides to blackmail him. Soon the Ukrainian Mafia is after him. Its up to private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill to sort out the clues and save hundres of lives.
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Publication Date: 2016
Series: Coffey & Hill
As part of his regular street performance, a deception specialist who goes by the name The Raven picks his audience's pockets while they watch. It's harmless fun--until he decides to keep the spare wallet a city councilman doesn't seem to miss, hoping for a few extra bucks. When he finds not money but compromising photos of the councilman and his "personal assistants," The Raven hatches a plan to blackmail the man. However, he quickly finds himself in over his head with the Ukrainian Mafia and mired in a life-threatening plot code-named, "Nevermore."
Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill must scramble to sort out the clues--and their complicated feelings for each other--to rescue The Raven and save hundreds of lives from a wildcard bent on revenge.
Mike Nappa snags readers from the first page of this fast-paced thriller--and he never lets go until the end.
Loraine4 Stars Out Of 5Another great suspense from Mike NappaJanuary 27, 2017LoraineQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0Another great suspense from this author and I loved the main characters. Like the first book in the series, this one is written from three points of view. All three characters held my attention whether I was rooting for them or wishing they would make other choices. It was very well written. I received this book in a giveaway but was not required to give a positive review. Full review at my website.
KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Spine TinglingDecember 1, 2016KatrinaWestern KyAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow!!!
I am a big fan of Poe so when I saw the title of Mike Nappa's first book Annabel Lee I was intrigued to say the least. Of course when I read it I was immediately hooked on this series.
This book is the second installment in the Coffey &Hill series, but this is a stand alone story.
I was immediately swept to Atlanta, Georgia where I immediately was swept into this intriguing thriller. The Raven is a street performer who considers himself somewhat of a magician which generally acts as a cover for pick pocketing from his audience. Unfortunately the latest pocket he picked was non other that a local councilman with aspirations of a political run for mayor who has ties to the seedy underground of gangs, violence and drugs. Trudi Coffey, private investigator, is hired to find The Raven and some expensive jewels that he recently obtained during a show. What she finds is The Raven being roughed by some unknown enforcers, but when The Raven shows up unexpectedly at her office she finds herself intrigued by him. Roomers on the street is that "Nevermore" is happening soon and Samuel Hill is determined to uncover it's exact meaning. Suddenly Trudi and Samuel are chasing clues and finding things more complicated than they ever imagined.
This is a fast paced thriller. We find complex characters that are engaging and well integrated into the story. There are unexpected twists and turns that kept me glued to the pages until I turned the last one. This story took me on a spine tingling adventure laced with lots of suspense and mystery.
This is a good book for anyone who loves suspense.
I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Fitzysmom5 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMNovember 30, 2016FitzysmomQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As soon as I finished Annabel Lee I began to eagerly anticipate the next book in the Coffey & Hill series. Mike Nappa's writing style is very compelling. I found myself caught up in all the action and unable to put the book down.
The follow-up novel, The Raven, is even better than the first. Once again Mr. Nappa uses a clever rendering of one of Edgar Allen Poe's famous works. This time the main character is a street performer that goes by the name of The Raven. This character is one that you will grow to like and find yourself cheering for even as he makes bad choice after bad choice. There's just something about him that makes you want better for him.
Another interesting character is Mama Bliss. She's a very beloved fixture in her Atlanta neighborhood. Everyone knows Mama and Mama knows everyone and everything going on in the neighborhood. I really liked her, even when the story started opening up and we find out some questionable things about her, I still liked her.
Then there's Trudy and Samuel, aka Coffey & Hill Investigations. I know there is so much in their past that it seems they will never be a couple again . . . but oh I want them to be! The sparks that fly when they are anywhere near each other make for a fast-paced story. Trudy is spunky and Samuel is suave, which should mix like oil and water but there's an emulsifier from their past relationship that just keeps blending them together.
If you enjoy a suspenseful read that has clever overtones and sizzling undercurrents of romance then this is your book. I recommend going back and reading Annabel Lee first to get all of the context. You can of course read this book as a stand-alone title, but why cheat yourself of the pleasure of getting in at the start?
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
CozyWriter'sDen5 Stars Out Of 5More, Please?November 17, 2016CozyWriter'sDenQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow. This new series by Mike Nappa is something else. I devoured The Raven in a day. It's fast paced - very fast paced - and too exciting to put down. The first book in this new and riveting series staring the Coffey and Hill detective agency was Annabel Lee and The Raven follows right on its heels.
The Coffey and Hill novels star Trudi Coffey the head of the Coffey and Hill detective agency. Originally, it was both hers and her husband's business - hence the "Hill" part of the name - until he decided to take a second wife oversees on one of his CIA business trips. The pig. Now, seven years later, Samuel Hill is back and Trudi finds herself somewhat unwillingly working the odd case with her ex-husband.Unfortunately, they are an amazing team, so when things get tense and the two separate cases they are working on begin to overlap, Trudi and Samuel find themselves in close quarters again.
I love the chemistry between Samuel and Trudi. Their's is a very interesting relationship. On one hand, Trudi has found Jesus and Samuel accepts her new faith but doesn't understand it. And on the other hand, Samuel is begging for Trudi's forgiveness and for another chance, but Trudi just can't bring herself to trust him again. I'm looking forward to see how these two work things out - or not - over the rest of the series.
As for The Raven, this kid has seriously gotten himself into some big trouble. A pastor's kid on the run from his old life and a God he doesn't understand his knack for getting in trouble has just landed him in the angry clutches of the mafia and their nefarious plan.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for an exciting thriller. It is a fantastic read.
Thank-you to Graf Martin Communications and Baker Publishing House for a complimentary copy of The Raven in exchange for my honest opinion.
Robin WallaceFloridaAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5The Raven was Rave WorthyOctober 27, 2016Robin WallaceFloridaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Raven
Book Summary: As part of his regular street performance, a deception specialist who goes by the name The Raven picks his audience's pockets while they watch. It's harmless fun--until he decides to keep the spare wallet a city councilman doesn't seem to miss, hoping for a few extra bucks. When he finds not money but compromising photos of the councilman and his "personal assistants," The Raven hatches a plan to blackmail the man. However, he quickly finds himself in over his head with the Ukrainian Mafia and mired in a life-threatening plot code-named, Nevermore." Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill must scramble to sort out the clues--and their complicated feelings for each other--to rescue The Raven and save hundreds of lives from a wildcard bent on revenge.
Review: I really wanted to see a fast paced novel like the first one, but for me that did not happen. I enjoyed the characters and the storyline was interesting, but it was not as engaging for me. Trudi and Sam were interesting. I found Nevermore to be unexciting. It was the big mystery. Unlike the previous book the shift between events lacked the excitement that Annabel Lee had. The reoccurring theme of Edgar Allen Poe was interesting, however in this book it seemed to be more forced. I did find Raven to be a character of good depth and even the villains were well written with very human characteristic which made the end sad. I did find the characters were so realistic is why I am looking forward to the next book.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Revell for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.