The Reckless Engineer by Jac Wright

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I would like to thank the author for the complimentary ARC... here is my un-biased opinion!
Even though mystery/thriller is not my favorite genre I do occasionally grab one to take a break from my romance obsession... and for the most part this was engaging and definitely well written. Lots of time and thought was put into the story itself and it showed.
You can tell that this author is an engineer as it shows brightly in the development of the characters and I think perhaps this type of organized thinking came in handy when putting together this type of book. Kind of like "Murder on the Orient Express"... it keeps you guessing until the very end.
It's kind of a pet peeve of mine when it comes to men and mistresses however, I don't like it so I didn't have any real love or sympathy whatsoever for the main character for his situation. What goes around comes around is a good phrase for this guy. So, he's being accused of murdering his pregnant mistress... well, that's the way it goes buddy! I liked what another reviewer said... "What a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive"... LOL
Anyway... that's what makes books interesting sometimes... There is always a lesson to be learned!
If you are into mysteries and thrillers and your looking for a new author I think this author is one to keep an eye on. I thought this was pretty good for a debut title.
 
A solid 3 stars*** 
 
K~

 
 
 Love is a battlefield.
The aftershocks of an affair reverberate out to those in the lives of the lovers, who will NOT take it lying down.
Jack Connor's lives an idyllic life by the Portsmouth seaside married to Caitlin McAllen, a stunning billionaire heiress, and working at his two jobs as the Head of Radar Engineering of Marine Electronics and as the Director of Engineering of McAllen BlackGold, his powerful father-in-law Douglas McAllen's extreme engineering company in Oil & Gas. He loves his two sons from his first marriage and is amicably divorced from his beautiful first wife Marianne Connor. Their delicately balanced lives are shattered when sexy Michelle Williams, with whom Jack is having a secret affair and who is pregnant with his child, is found dead and Jack is arrested on suspicion for the murder.

Jeremy Stone brings London's top defence attorney, John Stavers, to handle his best friend's defence.

Who is the bald man with the tattoo of a skull seen entering the victim's house? Who is "KC" who Caitlin makes secret calls to from a untraceable mobile? Has powerful Douglas McAllen already killed his daughter's first partner and is he capable of killing again? Is Caitlin's brother Ronnie McAllen's power struggle with Jack for the control of McAllen Industries so intense that he is prepared to kill and frame his brother-in-law? Is the divorce from Jack's first wife as amicable on her part as they believe it to be? Are his sons prepared to kill for their vast inheritance? Who are the ghosts from Caitlin's past in Aberdeen, Scotland haunting the marriage? What is the involvement of Jack's manager at Marine Electronics?
The cast of characters is made even more colorful by the supporting entourage: the big Scott and his gang, Hosé and Heineken, who carry out Douglas McAllen’s “troubleshooting;” McAllens' bumbling solicitors McKinley and Magnus Laird; Caitlin McAllen’s handymen, Cossack and Levent; and Jeremy’s sidekick, the gay black actor working in the London West End.

While Jack is charged and his murder trial proceeds in the Crown Court under barrister John Stavers’ expert care, Jeremy runs a race against time to find the real killer and save his friend's life, if he is in fact innocent, in a tense saga of love, desire, power, and ambition.

 

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