Title- Bird of Prey
Series- Sémya Slotin Mystery #1
By- Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba
Genre- mystery/suspense/ thriller romance
Length: 52000 words/ 200 pages
Release date: October 7th 2013
18+ adult content
Who killed the infamous Johanna Cartier? Sémya Slotin is thrown back in the business of solving mysteries when she found her body. With the help of her best friend Polliannah Koch, DCI Ally Gibbons and the mysterious but extremely sexy Josh Heinz, she vows to see this through.
This was supposed to be an easy case...
Sémya Slotin had spent the last three years living in London with her best friend Polliannah Koch staying away from solving cases. After Hawaii, she was taking a break from puzzles, cases and mysteries that could potentially get her killed. Instead, she had been doing her second and third favorite things, drinking and selling expensive vintage wines and having earth-shattering sex with the mysterious, sexy, beautiful but ever so secretive Josh Heinz. Life in London was good....until her funds ran out. Too much wine drinking, not enough wine selling!
When fashion designer and adoptive mother, Annika Slotin, summoned her back to Paris to hire her for what Sémya considered being the easiest case of her amateur sleuth career, all she could think of and see was money signs and a well-deserved Cuban holiday once it was solved.
What Sémya didn't see was her stumbling on the fresh corpse of supermodel Johanna Cartier. She didn't think that male model turned fashion designer Julian Marais-Caldwin, who also happened to be Sémya's ex, would be suspected of brutally murdering her. Johanna was his girlfriend, his muse and he loved her. Sémya didn't see the dead bodies piling up or the conspiracy theories.
Sémya was a little rusty. But then again, it was supposed to be an easy case and she was going to solve it. One vintage wine at a time... Sémya Slotin was officially back in business!
Bird of Prey is the first book in the Sémya Slotin Mystery Saga by Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba. The story is told from the third person, but mostly centers on Sémya, a young detective who is thrust back into the business when her ex-boyfriend is suspected of murdering his girlfriend.
I enjoyed Bird of Prey. The story flows very smoothly and quickly, and there were a couple times I thought I had it figured out, but I was wrong (more than once), and I was very impressed Ngontang Mba managed to keep the truth hidden that well.
There were a few times where I got a bit confused, and I felt like I was missing something about Hawaii, BUT I figure, since it is a series, all questions will be answered in the upcoming books. I like having a few loose ends at the end of a book, it makes me want to get right into book 2. :)
I recommend this book to anyone who loves a quick read with a bit of mystery and a lotta steamy looks.
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Meet Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba The Author, The Blogger, The Cheeky Reviewer
“My life journey is like my playlist, amazingly unique but full of contradictions with surprising joys with every song...”
In the past two years, while living in Canada, England and France I wrote four novels: This Could Have Been Our Song! A coulda woulda shoulda ballad... (Book one) currently available on amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes and Nobles and Smashwords. The sequel This Would Have Been Our Song! Catchy tune and dancers’ tales has been in January 2014. Bird Of Prey, my first mystery romance novel has been released in October 7th, 2013 and its first sequel The Plot Thickens (a novella) in December. The second one Polliannah Got Married! will be released in June 2014 and the final in July 2014. I’m currently residing in Paris, France.