To Catch a Bad Guy (Janet Maple #1) by Marie Astor (Review By Tina #NerdGirlMama)

 To Catch A Bad Guy

Title: To Catch a Bad Guy (Janet Maple #1)

Author: Marie Astor

Published Date: August 10th 2012

Genre: Romantic Mystery


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Janet Maple’s stellar career ended with a lay off and her boyfriend of five years told her that he wants to be just friends. When she lands a job at one of New York’s premier boutique investment firms, Janet begins to hope that her luck is finally turning for the better. Not only is she happy with her new paycheck, but things also seem to be looking up on the personal front, as the company’s handsome attorney expresses keen interest in Janet. However, her euphoria is short-lived, as Janet soon discovers alarming facts about her new employer’s business tactics. When her boss dismisses her suspicions as groundless, Janet finds herself confiding to a cute IT engineer, Dean Snider. The closer she gets to Dean, the more Janet is tempted to break her rule of not dating co-workers, but what she doesn’t realize is that everything she knows about Dean, including his occupation and even his name, is a lie.

Dennis Walker is a top-notch white collar crime investigator who will stop at nothing to put culprits away. When an opportunity for an undercover assignment at one of New York’s premier boutique broker dealers comes up, Dennis jumps at the chance, adopting a persona of geeky IT engineer, Dean Snider. While he may be an ace at his job, years of experience fail him when Dennis meets Janet Maple and finds himself torn between his professional obligations and his personal desires. Will he have to choose between his feelings and duty, or will he find a way to satisfy both?


***Contains Graphic Sex, Strong Language and Adult Situations. Not for young readers***
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***Tina – #NerdGirlMama’s Review***
To Catch a Bad Guy started out fairly interesting and it reads well for a light read.  The white collar crime, undercover investigation, and romance flowed throughout the book.  There were a few too many flashbacks for my taste and it fell a little flat for me, maybe because the plot was slightly predictable and we knew who done it too early in the story.  I could not relate to the main character Janet, as she did not seem to be a strong person for the background we were given.  The female characters seem to be shallow and self absorbed, but then again some women are like that.

The ending was a little abrupt and left you wondering, but that is fine since this is a 3 book series.  I still give this book 3 out of 5 stars and if you are looking for a light crime read, then give this one a try.


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