There’s no such thing as free money…
Angelina Bonaparte—Milwaukee’s feisty 50-something private investigator with a penchant for sexy lingerie—is back, and this time, the stakes are higher than ever.
Bosnian War refugee Adriana Johnson grew up poor—so poor, her parents couldn’t afford to buy her clothes, much less send her to college. So when her parents are killed in a bungled robbery attempt, Adriana is stunned to learn they have left her millions. Suspicious of the source of her inheritance, she turns to PI Angelina Bonaparte to investigate. But when Angie arrives to interview Adriana’s parents’ attorney, he’s missing, and his secretary is dead on the floor in front of the big mahogany desk. Angie’s lover, homicide detective Ted Wukowski, is dispatched to the scene, and they are once again thrown together in a desperate search for a killer.
Now it’s up to Angie to find out where the money came from, who wanted the legal secretary dead and why, and the link between Bosnian War artifacts found in the Johnsons’ attic and the missing attorney. But someone will go to any lengths to stop Adriana from getting the case. As the search widens and secrets are uncovered, Angie’s own life is in danger, and so is her heart.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5 STARS This is cozy murder mystery. It is exciting, drama, action and full of suspense. You are shown a good suspect early on but motive you find out a little bit at a time. It is a clean read. What a fun cast of characters. Angelina Bonaparte PI who is a grandma in her 50's. Her father has worked for the Mob. Her boyfriend is a homicide detective. Their is a melting pot of races. I want to see more of these characters. Angie's new client is Adriana Johnson. Her parents were just murdered and she has found out some troubling news. She wants to find out where the money she just received came from. They have come to US in 1994 After Bosnian War. I really did not know a lot about the Bosnian War. Hearing a little bit of it was hard, but I thought handled well. I appreciated the information of where to go to find out more was. I want to go read the first book in the series now. Cash Kills can and does stand alone but you hear about how she met certain characters or events in the book. I just want to read it because I liked the characters and mystery. I was given this ebook to read by author so that I can give a honest review and be part of a Cash Kills blog tour.
For a 50-something mom, Angie Bonaparte can sure handle the bad guys. Angie is a believable blend of tough stuff and compassion, and uses both for her clients. But just like organizing all the dishes to a huge Thanksgiving dinner, Nanci Rathbun stirs up tension and keeps us licking our chops for the final sit-down. With well-placed exposition, and clear introduction of secondary characters, the author sends our protagonist on a seemingly mundane financial inheritance investigation, which soon explodes into an appalling murder and horrific revelations from the Bosnian War. While the entrée is cooking, meet Bobby, a sweet and brotherly cohort, who shows us just what he’s made of during an exciting chase scene that will quicken your heartbeat. There is Ted, Angie’s delicious “special friend” and Ted’s mom, who is rather intriguing with a story of her own. I hope to learn more about her in the next book. And Spider, a security bodyguard with a heart. There are some Stephanie Plum elements here, but Angie is truer to life and thus able to earn my empathy. The inheritance issue, murder investigation, transformation of Adriana, and a turn in Angie’s relationship with Ted, are all bound neatly together in an orderly menu. The author does a splendid job of keeping the threads pulled in the same direction, all tumbling toward the finale. A satisfying conclusion to the investigation leads you to think all is well. Ah, but there is that huge family Thanksgiving dinner to attend. And introducing Ted to Angie’s Sicilian-American Papa is not going to be a piece of cake.
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Cash Kills: An Angelina Bonaparte Mystery is a private detective story written by Nanci Rathbun. Angie was a librarian, homemaker and mom until she got tired of dealing with her husband’s infidelities. She sold the house and became a private detective, and she’s good at what she does. Angie shares her offices with her friend Susan Neh, an accountant who asks for her help with a client of hers, Adriana Johnson. Adriana and her parents were refugees from Bosnia. They lived simple and frugal lives here in Milwaukee until one evening, when Adriana was out with a friend, her parents were shot and killed in their small hardware store. Her attorney, an old friend of her parents, Herman Petrovitch, has informed her that she’s inherited vast sums of money from them, in bank accounts all over the globe. Adriana is confused by this as there had never been any money to spare. She’s concerned that the money is not legally hers and asks Angie’s help in finding out the story behind the millions. Nanci Rathbun’s private detective story, Cash Kills: An Angelina Bonaparte Mystery, is a quirky and entertaining mix of hard-boiled crime noir, police procedural and just a bit of chick-lit. Angie’s a super sleuth who has to compensate somewhat for her diminutive stature and white hair, and she does so brilliantly. She reminded me at times of Parker’s Spenser in her detecting, her sense of humor, and her flamboyant sartorial style. I enjoyed following her investigation and watching how she and her love interest, Officer Ted Wukowski, kept their personal and professional roles in the case separate -- most of the time. I was also very impressed by the author’s presentation of the security details entailed in keeping a witness safe. Cash Kills is a first-rate mystery that combines police procedural with private detection and it features a compelling lead character and a marvelous cast. It’s entertaining, fast-paced and suspenseful, and is highly recommended.