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Review: Vera Kelly is Not a Mystery by Rosalie Knecht

Title: Vera Kelly is Not a Mystery
Author: Rosalie Knecht
Year Published: 2020

Genre: Adult fiction (mystery)
Pages: 249
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location (my 2020 Google Reading map)USA (NY)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): When ex-CIA agent Vera Kelly loses her job and her girlfriend in a single day, she reluctantly goes into business as a private detective. Heartbroken and cash-strapped, she takes a case that dredges up dark memories and attracts dangerous characters from across the Cold War landscape. Before it’s over, she’ll chase a lost child through foster care and follow a trail of Dominican exiles to the Caribbean. Forever looking over her shoulder, she nearly misses what’s right in front of her: her own desire for home, connection, and a new romance at the local bar.

In this exciting second installment of the Vera Kelly series, Rosalie Knecht challenges and deepens the Vera we love: a woman of sparkling wit, deep moral fiber, and martini-dry humor who knows how to follow a case even as she struggles to follow her heart.

Review: I feel bad for this book because I read it in a week that was insanely busy so it didn't get the attention it probably deserves. I liked it, but just didn't ever feel connected to it because I read it in 10-minute spurts. This is just not an effective way to enjoy a book.

I like that Vera is an interesting character with a colorful background in the CIA. She uses her skills as a private investigator now, but her case in this book isn't a run of the mill PI case. It's got political intrigue, which I found interesting.

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