My review of Lust, Money, and Murder, Book 1, by Mike Wells @MikeWellsAuthor

Okay, who’s the salt and pepper guy at the beginning of the book? This is the question that will keep you reading Book 1 of Lust, Money, and Murder, by Mike Wells @MikeWellsAuthor, and have you buying Book 2. Great beginning; you know you are in for a shocking, no frills, and no fun and games story that keeps you guessing.Lust

After a quick beginning, the story unfolds at the beginning of Elaine Brogan’s life. Born to Patrick and Kathy Brogan, Elaine grows up believing she is a Princess and that her great-great-great-great grandmother was an Irish Princess living in a castle surrounded by a moat. The mother who doesn’t believe in filling the daughter’s head with nonsense leaves the marriage with a younger man and moving to Florida, leaving the daughter behind to be raised by the proud, yet poor contractor.

Patrick Brogan, worried that his daughter might get the wrong influences from the school in their low-income neighborhood and believing she is destined for greater things, he applies to have her enrolled in a private school. Patrick wins over the director of the school and Elaine’s grades and test scores do the rest and Elaine begins school at Bromley Academy for Girls.

Life is good for the small Brogan family until Elaine is conned by a man who promises to get her a modeling contract, but doesn’t; not even after Elaine dropped two thousand dollars with the Rising Star modeling agency. After confronting the owner of the agency, she manages to get back the money she had borrowed from her father. What happens after that puts Elaine on a path to make it into the Secret Service investigating counterfeiting.

The novel ends on a cliffhanger. Should she believe the man she works with, who she is in love with, or should she believe her own eyes and the word of a Treasury Department agent on special assignment. To find out the answer, you must read Books 2 and 3 of the series. I know they are on my list to read.

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