Lust, Money & Murder by Mike Wells

Rating: 3 Stars
Genre: Thriller & Suspense
ASIN: B005638LWK
File size: 348 KB

Lust, Money & Murder by Mike Wells is book one of five in the A Female Secret Service Agent Takes on an International Criminal series. Mr. Wells introduces Elaine Brogan, the protagonist as a young child enamored with her father. As a teen, Elaine attends modeling school only to find out that the owner is scamming her. She demands a refund and is paid in counterfeit bills, which her father deposits into a bank account and is subsequently arrested for passing illegals bills. After his death in jail, Elaine vows to expose the owner and revenge her father’s death.

Elaine is a complex character, full of determination. I laughed at the description of her first sexual attempts. I sympathized with her when her first boss tried to use rank to have sex. Not wanting to compromise her priorities or her mission to avenge her father, Elaine is transferred to Sophia, Bulgaria, where she becomes an expert in visually identifying counterfeit money.

Until this point, I enjoyed the story—Elaine’s strong character kept the pace moving. When Elaine becomes gaga over Nick, her boss in Bulgaria, her actions are not in keeping with her character. It just does not seem realistic that this strong woman would behave like a teenager in the presence of any man, never mind her superior. After having been lied to by her father and other men in her life, why would she believe Nick who is suspected of taking bribes. Never having been motivated by money, why would she consider taking off with him and leading a life of crime? Perhaps lust is the reason.

To discover her decision, you have to read the subsequent books in the series. For me, there is no compelling reason to do so.