Catching the Bad Guy (Janet Maple #2) by Marie Astor (Review by Tina – #NerdGirlMama)


Title: Catching the Bad Guy (Janet Maple #2)

Author: Marie Astor

Published Date: May 14th 2013

Genre: Romantic Mystery


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Janet Maple and Dennis Walker make a good team: she is a top-notch white collar crime investigator, and so is he. Both Janet and Dennis are thrown in for a loop when Janet’s treacherous snake of an ex-boyfriend, Alex Kingsley, is appointed as their new boss, and the case that was supposed to be the highlight of their careers is dismissed for lack of evidence. 

To make matters worse, Alex is asking Janet to get back together, and the one man she wishes would ask her out sees her as nothing more than a coworker. Janet’s love life soon becomes the least of her worries, as she begins to suspect that Alex’s rekindled interest in her is driven by ulterior motives. She is determined to get to the bottom of things, but she can’t do it alone. 

Together, Janet and Dennis team up to solve a tangled white collar crime web that leads to powerful politicians and corporate executives. Armed with their keen instincts and skills, Janet and Dennis are bound to succeed. There is just one glitch: both are attracted to each other, and both refuse to admit it. Will Janet and Dennis solve the biggest case of their careers or will their attraction to each other get in the way?

Catching the Bad Guy is book two of the Janet Maple Series, but it can easily be read on its own.


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***Tina #NerdGirlMama’s Review***

 Catching the Bad Guy, book 2 in The Janet Maple Series, we are reacquainted with Janet Maple and Dennis Walker who are start-crossed lovers, which are white-collar crime investigators.  In this book I found that I could relate to the main character Janet, where I could not in book 1 and it made for a better read.  The white-collar crimes of insider trading and the political corruption are well written and the Author has done her home work and that makes for a believable story.  I did find that the characters in this book are more likeable than in the first and there was no superficial females as there was in book 1.  The story did pick up where book 1 left off, and the romance between Janet and Dennis does come into play in book 2.

The Author wanted this to also read as a standalone book, so there are flashbacks that are there for the readers who did not read book1.  But for me there was still too many flashbacks in this book also, and for me it slowed the story down a bit.  I rate this as a 3.5 out of 5 stars, so I round up in that case and give it a 4.  All in all this is a good light read and I did enjoy this one better that the first and would say if you enjoy a little crime and romance than pick this one up and try it.

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