Ok, so up front, I have not read book #1 – while I want to now, you do not need to for this story!!
The Raven, book #2 in the Coffey & Hill series by Mike Nappa
I tell my kids all the time to stick with a book they start. So often today, they will grab books that start off with a bang – but there tends to be little character development and a weaker story line. Evidently I have gotten lazy though, because I started this book and was not sure I wanted to really dive in.
Wow! I am so glad I did. Not sure what I did not like about the first few pages, but I absolutely adored this book! I loved the character Raven, and would love to read lots more about him. I also really enjoyed the relationship between Samuel and Trudi – the Coffey and Hill duo.
Raven is a young magician/deception artist. Trudi is a private detective, while her x-husband is former CIA/ current Altanta PD. What a trio!!
The story involved amazing characters, suspense, mob style crime, and some sweet romance along with a fast paced storyline that kept you glued to the page! This is a story I plan to hand willingly to my teen boys – as it is really a clean book, but one with lots of action and tension!! While Raven is wildly in love with Trudi, she is still trying to figure out her relationship with her x-husband. Meanwhile there is something going on crime related in the small town outside of Atlanta. No one knows what is going on, at least no one willing to talk. I loved the connection throughout the book to Poe and his writings, especially The Raven poem!
I highly recommend this book, and I hope to find a copy of book #1 of the Coffey & Hill series Annabel Lee.
NOTE : I was offered a copy of The Raven by Revell Publishers, in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
Mike Nappa is an entertainment journalist at FamilyFans.com, as well as a bestselling and award-winning author with more than one million books sold worldwide. When he was a
kid, the stories of Edgar Allan Poe scared him silly. Today he owns everything Poe ever wrote. A former fiction acquisitions editor, Mike earned his MA in English literature and now writes full time. Find him at Nappaland.com
More about The Raven
As part of his regular street performance, a deception specialist who goes by the name The Raven picks his audience’s pockets while they watch. It’s harmless fun–until he decides to keep the spare wallet a city councilman doesn’t seem to miss, hoping for a few extra bucks. When he finds not money but compromising photos of the councilman and his “personal assistants,” The Raven hatches a plan to blackmail the man. However, he quickly finds himself in over his head with the Ukrainian Mafia and mired in a life-threatening plot code-named, “Nevermore.”
Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill must scramble to sort out the clues–and their complicated feelings for each other–to rescue The Raven and save hundreds of lives from a wildcard bent on revenge.
Mike Nappa snags readers from the first page of this fast-paced thriller–and he never lets go until the end.