Two book reviews in one!
Blowout is book 3 in the Katerina Carter fraud thriller series. Here’s the blurb:
On private investigator Katerina Carter’s trip to a remote island aboard a luxurious yacht, she suspects the boat’s slick and charming owner is hiding a dark secret. With her cunning instinct for sniffing out malevolent cons, Kat tries to warn her friends that something is very wrong with their host and that his moneymaking scheme smells fishy. And why is she only one who thinks he’s not being completely honest?
While exploring the island, Kat and her friends research the rumors of a sinister cult, the Aquarian Foundation, and search for buried treasure. The cult swindled people out of their money and now the same situation is starting to eerily echo their present circumstances. That is if Kat can prove to the others that if something sounds too good to be true, it usually is . . .
When Kat’s warnings fall on deaf ears, she uncovers a horrifying truth that will place those closest to her in mortal danger. Now it’s a race against the clock for Kat to expose a killer before he strikes again.
I really like Colleen Cross’s Katerina Carter series. Katerina’s forensic finance expertise gets her into all manner of trouble, and in this story, even when she’s not on a case. As the blurb says, in this story, she suspects her best friend’s fiance of hiding a dark secret, and to the reader, it’s pretty clear what that secret is.
That doesn’t spoil the fun as we follow Katerina’s adventures, which are made all the better because Uncle Harry is also along for the ride this time. And what’s accountancy without danger, and there is plenty of that for Katerina in this book, who once again manages to piece the clues together just in time.
I listened to this on audio, and whilst it’s book 3, it could easily be read or listened to as a standalone. Oh, and great narration from Petrea Burchard!
And of course, Greenwash is Katerina Carter book 4!
Private investigator Katerina Carter and boyfriend Jace Burton embark on a cozy weekend getaway just before Christmas at a luxury mountaintop lodge. While he writes the biography of a billionaire environmentalist, she explores the snowy wilderness.
Then two local environmental protesters die under mysterious circumstances. Kat and Jace race to uncover the truth only to face even deadlier disaster. The mountains take no prisoners.
Neither does the killer.
In the remote mountaintops of the Rockies, everyone looks out for each other. Except for cold-blooded killers, that is. And the killer is creeping closer and closer. Someone doesn’t want this case solved. And they’ll do anything to stop Kat from finding the truth.
I listened to book 3 and book 4 back to back. Sometimes when I do that, I get bored with the characters, but not in this case.
Katerina is getting pretty unlucky now. This is her second trip for pleasure in this series, and sadly the first trip on the yacht last time out didn’t go too well. Well, it’ll come as no surprise that her trip accompanying Jace to a luxury mountain lodge doesn’t go quite as planned either!
No uncle Harry this time, and Jace is a bit of a pain – he always seems to be so enamoured with his hosts that he doesn’t pick up on the clues that they’re usually as dodgy as can be. Kat doesn’t though, and despite Jace never really believing her suspicions, she’s not one to let a little mountainside avalanche danger get in the way of uncovering a good mystery, especially when environmental catastrophe threatens!
Another great read (or listen) from Colleen Cross!