Alternately funny and tense, this latest entry in the Thorny Rose series absolutely abounds with twists and turns. One minute you think that the conspiracy is government-oriented and then the next minute you wonder if it is really corporate espionage. Then it seems as if it's actually both at the same time with the same set of players. Yep, plenty of twists and turns to absorb.
And, as far as the murders are concerned, your mind gets a real workout trying to decide if He, She or They did it or if there are multiple sets of He/She/They involved. Anyway, it's a great reading ride from start to finish.
Now, most of us who have been reading Lauren Carr's four integrated series's from the beginning know to read them in publication order so that the greatest enjoyment of character growth and story arcs can be achieved. And we also have our own ideas, after 20-some books, about Gnarly. Basically, we have been fully indoctrinated into his personality, behavior, appearance and mannerisms. And we have become adept at following his actions on our own personal, mental video screen.
Therefore, you might need to be prepared to apologize to anyone around you for your reaction to the scene when Jessica puts Gnarly - and Nigel - into timeout. You won't see the scene coming; Lauren Carr does not telegraph its impending occurrence at all. But it could well be one of the funniest scenes she has ever written. "Just saying!"