Agoraphobic hacker Amy Lane and her sidekick ex-con Jason Carr are caught in a tortuous and increasingly dangerous adventure as Amy seeks to track an art thief while Jason seeks to impress National Crime Agency Frieda Haas, sent to recover the missing paintingand its abductor. In a bewildering world where nothing is at it seems, Amy and Jason seem to be mere playthings for a vicious murderer. Can they survive the game?
|Publisher:||Crime Scene Books Ltd|
|Product dimensions:||5.10(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)|
About the Author
Rosie Claverton grew up in Devon to Sri Lankan father and a Norfolk mother. She studied medicine in Cardiff and quickly made Wales her home. When not writing or working in medicine, Rosie blogs about psychology and psychiatry for writers. Her aim is to help writers accurately portray individuals with mental health problems in fiction.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When “The Blue Lady” was brutally sliced from her frame in the National Museum of Wales, Paul, the night museum guard, is distraught. Who would do such a thing to the painting he and countless others adore? But he doesn’t have much time to think about this abomination because the thief or thieves are still in the gallery and make sure that Paul doesn’t live to tell anyone what he knows. The local police are on the case. But so is the National Crime Agency. They both secure the museum and begin looking for the art thieves turned murderers that have stolen the painting that is worth millions and snuffed out the life of the young guard. The Agency sends agent Frieda Haas to deal with the crimes and the local police. The locals have a consultant in their pocket that could have the skills they need to crack the case, but she has problems of her own. Amy Lane can find anything on the internet. She is the best hacker around and has consulted for the police before. The only hiccup in the plan is she is agoraphobic and has too much anxiety to leave her apartment. The pull between the departments as they jockey for pole position is about to get ugly. Normally, she functions pretty well, using her side kick Jason Carr as her eyes and ears in the outside world. She is attracted to him, and doesn’t mind that he is an ex-con. He brings stability to her world and sometimes she feels close to normal when he is with her. As the case progresses, the animosity between the two police agencies and Amy’s consulting comes to a boiling point. Are all of them looking in the wrong direction? Have they been trying to sabotage each other to the detriment of the case? No one is happy and the criminals are still on the loose. The good guys are going to have to stop fighting and look outside of the box to catch the thieves. This YA novel is interesting and action packed. The twists and turns keep the reader guessing. There is a bit of romance going on between Amy and Jason but I’m not sure where that is going. Enter Frieda who is making moves like she would enjoy spending more time with Jason – outside of work. I like the characters. I could feel Amy’s anxiety and picture Jason’s sexiness. There were interesting interactions of the main players, giving the readers a glimpse inside their heads. This is the third book in the Amy Lane Mystery Series. It worked ok for a stand-alone novel. I was not necessarily confused, but felt there was background that I didn’t know about that would have made things clearer sooner. But don’t take that as a negative point, it is like meeting someone in high school instead of grade school. You learn their history in bits and pieces and that is ok. Captcha Thief is a satisfying read for YA and adult readers. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a great whodunit with cyber twist. Copyright © 2016 Laura Hartman DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this content. I was not expected to return this item after my review.
Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite Rosie Claverton continues her Amy Lane Mystery series with Captcha Thief. The precious painting, The Blue Lady, is stolen from the National Museum of Wales and the night guard is murdered. Called upon the scene are Detective Bryn Hesketh and Amy Lane’s assistant, Jason Carr. Jason was called in for his street connections. However, much to the chagrin of the police department, Bryn has been using Amy’s skills as a hacker for quite a while. Amy loves the thrill of a murder investigation, even though she stays hidden, locked inside the safety of her secured home. Suffering from agoraphobia, Amy stays connected to the world by using her computer, AEON. However, Jason is proving to be a loyal assistant, confidant and friend. Could Jason be becoming more than a friend? The investigation spurs Amy on, as she ponders her growing feeling for Jason. The deeper she goes into the mystery, the more sinister the crime becomes. A haunting presence has been left within the museum. Truth lurks in the darkness. The crime turns into a diabolical case of hide and seek. The players are being played - Game on! Captcha Thief by Rosie Claverton is an eerie tale full of puzzling intrigue. Making this American reader tilt her head and ponder, Claverton pens her mystery with clever British flair and wit. She captures the essence of the stolen painting, giving it life. Drawn into the canvas, the characters are held captive by the infamous portrait. As the narrative unfolds, the protagonist, Amy Lane, and her side kick, Jason Carr, evolve as characters. Each one making the other better, linked by loyalty and underlying romantic friction, the door to their illusive pasts is unlocked and thrown wide open. Yet, as a reader you wonder how long before the door is slammed shut again. Hidden and seemingly untouchable, the antagonist plays them as pieces in a sinister game. Along with her masterfully written cast of characters, Claverton weaves a compelling story and then, thread by thread, unravels the mystery. Written figuratively, the narrative is full of metaphorical gems and unforgettable one-liners. My favorite: “But wishes were horses, cantering off into the distance, out of her reach.” While solving the mystery, characters are exposed and scattered to and fro, and by the end one wonders if they will see each other again.