Gilt Trip, Book 3 of The Boston Uncommons Mysteries, Arlene Kay
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Contemporary romance, Romantic suspense/mystery
I hadn’t read the first two books – though I intend to now! but that didn’t stop me following and loving this story. Arlene gives enough backstory that we can fill in the gaps in Eja and Deming’s relationship. I love Eja, proud, hardworking and independent and with a fierce intelligence she’s known Deming and his family since she and their daughter CeCe were in preschool. The Swanns are on a different social scale to Eja, and Deming was a real playboy, notorious for his relationships with different ladies. Now he’s with Eja and they’re planning the wedding but at times Eja still lacks confidence in herself and is waiting for it all to go wrong. Deming is truly in love though, and does lots of little things to reassure her. He understands her, and isn’t afraid of her intelligence and curiosity, only afraid it’ll lead her into danger. Eja is an author writing mysteries so every little thing could be the start of a new best seller for her….and Deming’s mother is a willing sidekick in her inquiries. She’s out to surprise Deming with a wedding gift of a fit Eja, after all what can you buy a man who has everything. He knows exercise and Eja aren’t bed mates so will see just what a sacrifice this has been for her. His mum goes along to the Dojo with Eja, and after one session they enter the changing area and find one of the Dojo members collapsed. She dies in Eja’s arms and Eja is determined to find out who killed her. Its a fun mystery, full of hints at who might have done it, possible motives and clues that suggest different people. It turns out there’s not just murder involved but other criminal acts, and it adds in more possible suspects. Eja and her mum in law to be are hot on the trail, with Deming and his dad in despair at times at how they skirt round the edge of danger. At times Eja is in real danger and Deming and she butt heads. She won’t be told what she can and can’t do, needs to make her own decisions, but he does finally make her understand his fear and that its just that, not control over her that motivates him.
There’s some nice cameos from the ladies in his past, who sneer at Eja for not fitting the mold, and tell her she won’t last. Some of the people who they seek information from turn out to have suspicious motives, and it becomes a dangerous time for Eja, with first threats and then physical actions on her life. I love Eja, she’s the perfect heroine, sharp and intelligent, not afraid to stand up for herself, and not one of the willowy, vacuous beauties that typically were attached to Deming. He’s a great guy too, and I understood his fear for Eja. Fools rush in where Angels fear to tread etc. could be an accurate description of her – she just can’t seem to stop herself though. His parents are great too and provide perfect counterparts and allies for them. I love the humour, the love between Eja and Deming, the little jokes and snark Eja comes out with, and of course the jealous exes, I always like to see a few of those! Overall its a cracking read, one I’d reread and makes a great time to pass away a few hours. And no – I didn’t guess who was behind the murder…
Stars: Five, a novel I could easily re read.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publishers