I started off this book so confused. Totally my fault, I had no clue that this was actually a sequel. I read about 30% off the book, before I realized that something was off and I was clearly in the dark about certain aspects of the two main characters and their lives. So I stopped and purchased Uncatholic Behavior, read it, and started Illicit Artifacts again. What a dork!
What’s not dorky is this book. This book is damn good. It’s a mystery that is tangled in so many ways, that at times I felt myself pull back and wonder how the author is going to pull this off. She did!
Jil Kidd is a private investigator that has just lost her foster mother, Elise. She is struggling with the fact that she has now become an orphan twice in her life. Elise has left Jil with a tangled web of deceptions, millions of dollars and valuable artifacts that keep turning up missing. Elise’s double life, and art thievery is one of the two plots happening.
The second plot involves Jil’s relationship with Jess Blake, the local Catholic school principal. Unlike the last book, in Illicit Artifacts we get to read Jil’s POV as well as Jess’s. I thought this was probably the best aspect of the whole book. The emotions that both characters are going through are poignant, as their relationship hits the skids. Jess is a captivating character. Jess is suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and some lingering anxiety issues from previous events at her job. She is also deeply in the closet, which is one of the main reasons for Jil pulling back from their relationship. Personally, being able to see Jess’s POV was remarkable and very well thought out by Stevie Mikayne.
You definitely will not be disappointed in this book. This is a good mystery, with a fair amount of back story and two fantastic female leads. I without a doubt recommend reading Uncatholic Behavior first. Overall this is a clever book that is very well written. This may be wishful thinking but I absolutely felt like there was unfinished business in the end, I hope so, a third book with Jil and Jess would be awesome.
This ARC was provided to me by Netgalley.
4 out of 5 stars
- Publisher: Bold Strokes Books
by Stevie Mikayne