No One To Trust: A Lexi Carmichael Mystery, Book Two

No One To Trust: A Lexi Carmichael Mystery, Book Two

by Julie Moffett

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ISBN-13: 9781426891731
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 06/13/2011
Series: A Lexi Carmichael Mystery , #2
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 114,888
File size: 770 KB

About the Author

Julie Moffett writes in the genres of mystery and historical romance. She has won numerous awards, including the Chanticleer Mystery & Mayhem Award for best YA/NA Mystery, the HOLT Medallion for Best Novel with Romantic Elements, a HOLT Merit Award for Best Novel by a Virigina Author (twice!), the EPIC Award for Best Action/Adventure novel, and several other awards. Follow her on Facebook at Julie Moffett Author or at

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When I was seven my older brother Rock gave me a camera for Christmas. The science of photography fascinated me—the angles, depth and lighting. But I was more interested in how the camera worked than in what I was pointing it at. Fast-forward a few years and here I am, a twenty-five-year-old, single, white, geek girl who can't take a decent picture of anything.

I'm also a semi-reformed computer hacker, a numbers whiz and a girl with a photographic memory. The whole photographic memory thing is totally overrated, though. Every human has the physiological capability. Most people just don't have the film.

Lucky for me, I've got the film, but I'm also stuck with a geeky reputation. Counter to the stereotypical image, I don't wear thick glasses held together by duct tape and I no longer own a pair of high-water pants. On the other hand, I'm no Miss America—just your basic tall, skinny girl with no curves and long brown hair. I double-majored in mathematics and computer science and have zero social skills. These days I'm employed by X-Corp Global Intelligence and Security, as Director of Information Security or InfoSec for short. It sounds impressive and maybe it is, but I'm so fresh in the job, I can't be sure yet.

This morning the top company brass, including me, had an important client meeting. Actually, it was our first client meeting, which made it all the more significant, not to mention nerve-racking. At a few minutes before ten, I grabbed a cup of coffee and my laptop, heading into the conference room. One of the cofounders of X-Corp, Ben Steinhouser, was already sitting at the table looking over some papers, his bifocals practically hanging off the edge of his pudgy nose. He used to work at the National Security Agency, or the NSA, just like I did and is a living legend among hackers, programmers and cryptanalysts. He is brilliant, difficult and unconventional, but by his sheer genius, he commands everyone's respect. He intimidates the hell out of me, even if I try to pretend he doesn't. When I first met him, I reverently called him "Mr. Steinhouser." He glared at me and told me if I called him that again, he'd fire me. I'm still not sure if he was kidding.

"Hey, Ben." I tried not to wince as I called him by his first name. It's not easy to pretend to be comfortable when you're nervous as hell.

Ben glanced up at me and I'm pretty sure my knees knocked together. "You're punctual. That's an admirable quality in an employee. Did you have a chance to look over the materials on Flow Technologies?"

Apparently not the type for small talk. Me neither, although a simple "good morning" would have been nice.

I nodded. Why did I need to be here? My job as InfoSec Director required mostly identifying and assessing threats, vulnerabilities and attacks on our clients' networks and then implementing plans to either mitigate or eliminate these threats. Client acquisition was not in my job description and frankly, I liked it that way. Not much of a people person.

"Do we know why they are seeking our services?"

"Not yet. But I presume we shall shortly find out."

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No One To Trust: A Lexi Carmichael Mystery, Book Two 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
TipsyReader More than 1 year ago
All your favorites are back in Moffett's second Lexi mystery. While the love triangle (square?) is still very apparent, Lexi Charmichael now works side-by-side with Finn and must now navigate "dating" her boss. Basai, Lexi's best friend might wear on some as she's. unconventional. And of course there's super hunky spy/ genius hacker Slash. YUM. Moffett catches readers up nicely, without overloading on information. There are no sex scenes but, No One to Trust does have some predictable and unrealistic situations that Lexi is placed in. A fun and lively extension of the first book, Moffett brings a lighthearted blossoming of Lexi while balancing the tension between the various men in her life.
sarahconerty More than 1 year ago
No One To Trust is a great mystery combined with a little romance and a whole lot of smart chick empowerment, with a generous dollop of laugh-out-loud humor. Lexi Carmichael is a breath of fresh air - she is smart, funny, self-deprecating, and insecure. As a former computer hacker and a supersmart woman with a photographic memory, Lexi is also socially awkward. Adept at reading computer code, she has difficulty reading social cues, which results in her brusque (but charming) honesty. In a world full of disingenuous people with their own agendas, the men in Lexi's life are attracted to her. The fact that she is attractive and doesn't realize it adds to her charm. But the thing I most liked about Lexi is the fact that she is a late bloomer. At twenty-five, her poorly developed social skills and lack of experience, have made her acutely self-conscious. She is hyper-aware of her appearance, her clothing choices, and her awkwardness in romantic situations. Her discomfiture is so well-written and honest that as a reader I could feel her embarassment, and I was having flashbacks to my own early-twenties. Part of Lexi's charm is that her big heart and good intentions result in finding herself in situations that are wacky and laugh out loud funny. But through it all the reader is cheering for Lexi to figure things out. Her best friend Basia is her polar opposite, and attempts to guide Lexi through dating and social minefields with sometimes outrageous results. She is determined to teach Lexi to get in touch with her sexuality and this results in some truly funny situations. There are three men in Lexi's life, and while she's not sure how it happened, she is starting to realize that all three are romantically interested in her. While this is a character driven story, the mystery is well-written and engaging. Trying to locate a missing scientific genius keeps Lexi and her sexy Irish billionaire boss, Finn, occupied as they sift through layers of sometimes baffling clues. As the second story in the Lexi Carmichael series, this is also a stand-alone book. I have not (yet!) read the first one, but was able to keep track of characters and plot, and never felt like the author was obviously catching me up as a reader. Laugh out loud humor, a believable and likeable heroine, a well-drawn mystery and three hot guys - what's not to like about No One To Trust? Enjoyable, fast and fun - highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love these books!
1dachsmom More than 1 year ago
Highly Recommend! Found a new author. This is a great book. Will be reading all her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read.
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Watching Lexi navigate through the crazy world with the aid of some great friends is a pleasure. She solves the case but she does not let it go to her head. She stays true to who she is and to her geek nature in a fun and heart filled book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am really enjoying Julie Moffett's Lexi Carmichael series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lexi is fast becoming my second favorite character., Stephanie Plumb will always be number 1. It is a fun read with quirky twists. It gave me a few good chuckles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars. Liked the read.
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Loved it!
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Enjoyed this book as much as the first book in the series. Recommended!
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