Nicole Graves, still reeling from her kidnapping in London, is struggling to balance work at L.A.’s most prestigious law firm and a long-distance romance with her English lover. Things go sideways when she tracks down a missing colleague. The murder of the firm’s in-house investigator, his mysterious wealth, and his inexplicable bequest make Nicole a target for the police, the paparazzi, and the killer. When Nicole’s life takes an unexpected turn, she uncovers evil and corruption among the city’s most powerful people. The fast-paced mystery unravels against the backdrop of L.A. with its peculiar mix of balmy weather, the celebrity-crazed media, and a corrupt power structure hidden by the veneer of glamour and wealth.
About the Author
The Bequest: A Nicole Graves Mystery is Nancy Boyarsky’s second novel, following The Swap, which is the first of the Nicole Graves mysteries. Before turning to mysteries, Nancy coauthored Backroom Politics, a New York Times notable book, with her husband, Bill Boyarsky. She has written several textbooks on the justice system as well as articles for publications including the Los Angeles Times, Forbes, and McCall’s. She also contributed to political anthologies, including In the Running, about women’s political campaigns. In addition to her writing career, she was communications director for political affairs for ARCO. Readers are invited to connect with Nancy through her website at nancyboyarsky.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When Nicole arrives home to L.A. from her London kidnapping adventure, she doesn’t have long to get her feet under her before she’s trying to figure out who murdered a colleague from the top-flight law firm where she works. And when it’s discovered she is the recipient of a large bequest from this co-worker, she becomes the centre of the police investigation into his death. As she unravels the truth in her attempt to prove she isn’t a murderer, she realizes how much danger she is in from some very powerful people who do not want the truth revealed. You’ll find yourself racing through the pages as you cheer on Nicole’s efforts to escape the paparazzi, juggle a long distance romance with her English lover and dodge an arrest for murder, as she tries to figure out who murdered her associate and set her up to take the fall…all while trying to outwit the real killer and stay alive! This second Nicole Graves mystery ramps up faster and keeps the tension flowing even more than the first book did. So, reserve some reading time and curl up with The Bequest and see if you can figure out who is setting up Nicole for murder.
The Bequest by Nancy Boyarsky is the second book in A Nicole Graves Mystery series. Nicole Graves has just returned from London where her boyfriend, Ronald Reinhardt failed to show up for their rendezvous. Nicole goes to the law office of Bascomb, Rice, Smith and Di Angelo, where she is the office manager, and is informed that Robert Blair, the in-house investigator, has been MIA. Nicole heads to Robert’s house to check on him. She finds his very expensive home unlocked and Robert with a bullet through his forehead. Nicole was friendly with Robert, but they were not close or so Nicole thought. The police find pictures of Nicole in Robert’s bedroom that indicate they had an intimate relationship. Detective Frank Miller believes Nicole is withholding information and is guilty of Robert’s death. Then the beneficiary of Robert’s vast estate and life insurance policy is revealed. The paparazzi turn out in droves and Nicole is soon unable to move without being photographed. After an attempt on her life, Nicole decides to disappear and discover who killed Robert on her own. What was Robert involved in? Where did her get his wealth? Nicole intends to get answers and clear her name. Will Nicole discover the killer’s identity or will Nicole become another casualty? The Bequest is easy to read and has a nice pace. Most of the action takes place in the last 40% of the book (the pace picks up a little). While The Bequest is the second book in A Nicole Graves Mystery series, it can be read alone (though I recommend The Swap). What happened in The Swap is summarized (rehashed) in The Bequest. Personally, I enjoyed The Swap more than The Bequest. I thought this second installment was a letdown. The romance and mystery competed for dominance in the story. Nicole has a new love interest, and she is wasting no time with this new fellow (Reinhardt should have responded to her messages). I wish the romance had been turned down a few notches (it was too much for a mystery novel). The mystery was interesting (parts were unrealistic though), but not compelling. I correctly identified the guilty parties early in the book. I kept hoping there would be a good twist to surprise me (maybe I have read too many mystery/suspense novels). My rating for The Bequest is 3 out of 5 stars. I found there to be a repetition of details (especially about Reinhardt). For some reason, we are given a description of all food items (every single thing at each meal). I wanted to feel the suspense and I did not. The Bequest is a good story that many readers will enjoy, but it could have been a great story with some changes.