Bantam Dell, 2016
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Older Teens, Adults
Emerson Knight is introverted, eccentric, and has little to no sense of social etiquette. Good thing he’s also brilliant, rich, and (some people might say) handsome, or he’d probably be homeless. Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard Business and Harvard Law. Her aggressive Texas spitfire attitude has helped her land her dream job as a junior analyst with mega-bank Blane-Grunwald. At least Riley Moon thought it was her dream job, until she is given her first assignment: babysitting Emerson Knight.
What starts off as an inquiry about missing bank funds in the Knight account leads to inquiries about a missing man, missing gold, and a life-and-death race across the country. Through the streets of Washington, D.C., and down into the underground vault of the Federal Reserve in New York City, an evil plan is exposed. A plan so sinister that only a megalomaniac could think it up, and only the unlikely duo of the irrepressibly charming Emerson Knight and the tenacious Riley Moon can stop it.
I didn’t like this one, unfortunately. In fact, I almost quit reading it. The storyline just didn’t grab me like Evanovich’s other work usually does, and some of the dialogue reminded me a bit too much of the Plum series. I powered through to the end of the book, and the plot got a bit more interesting... but I still probably won’t read the second one. When I heard it was about gold, I thought “treasure hunt” not “financial scam.” So if readers interested in finance might find Curious Minds more interesting than I did.