Monday, February 4, 2013

Review: C'est La Vie

Title - C'est La Vie
Author - Jack Thompson
Series - Raja Williams #2
Genre - Mystery 
Publication - December 4th 2012
Format - Ebook from Author


C'est la Vie is a rollicking mystery thriller featuring Raja Williams, a world-renowned private detective with a nose for trouble and his high-tech partner Vinny Moore. When Raja gets a call from a frantic English professor whose wife has disappeared, he and Vinny head to Paris, France on another adventurous case.

The search for the professor's wife leads Raja and Vinny deep into the French underworld, including the club scene riddled with designer drugs, and a modern day white slave trade. Will they find the missing woman before she falls victim to the elusive international criminal known only as the Scorpion?

C'est la Vie is Book Two in the Raja Williams series.


I received C'est La Vie in return for an honest review from the author Jack Thompson. Margaret Browning has gone missing after stumbling across a triple murder while visiting an antique shop she didn't have a chance to visit the day before. When her husband Dr. Phillip Browning speaks to the French police they suspect at first she’s lost but as the conversation continues they learn that she went missing where the triple murder happened. They also learn that they have witnesses that saw her and she is indeed missing. However the inspector assures Dr. Browning that he will find his wife.  It’s when leaving the station that Dr. Browning receives a business card for Raja Williams from a stranger suggesting he call him to help.

Raja’s head was buzzing before he called Gloria his assistant who takes all the calls. So when he calls to check in she’s ready and waiting with the news about Professor Browning’s request for help. Raja tends to get a headache before he starts a case and when something bad is about to happen, and he knows he’s going to take the case before he even calls Professor Browning. After a quick conversation with Professor Browning, Raja calls Gloria to make arrangements for him and Vinny to arrive in France. The pair head off to France to see if they can find Margaret.

Raja checks in at the police station hoping to learn something new but instead buts heads with the inspector in Margaret’s case. From his conversation with the inspector Raja is sure that he’s hiding something, however it’s not uncommon for local police to stonewall him.  With Vinny’s help they learn that the Inspector is connected to Bruno Laurent the manager of the club where the antique owner is a dancer. They also learn that they are dealing with designer drugs, prostitution with is legal in Paris, as well as human trafficking. What was once just a missing person has turn into more than the pair bargained for. Will they be able to find Margaret before it’s too late?

C’est La Vie is captivating story that draws you in right from the start only letting go at the very end. Like the first book it’s an action packed adventure full of suspenseful twists and turns that keep you guessing till the very end. Raja is a unique character he’s wealthy but he doesn't do his P.I. work for the money he does it because he really wants to help people. He’s the kind of guy that goes over above and beyond the line of duty, risking his own life. The author has created another fantastic book that ranks as one of my top mysteries of all time. The story-line is smooth so it flows easily start to finish with a great concept. I don’t tend to connect with main characters that are male often but for me Raja was easy to connect with and very likable  I kept hoping to see him in a yellow trench since he reminds me of a modern day Dick Tracy. In addition to Raja he also has a partner who helps out on his cases, a super hacker named Vinny who looks like a Victoria secret model but is the ultimate hacker. She’s a great asset to Raja’s character she’s just adds to the fun. Both characters have evolved from the first book which I feel is important. I can’t wait to read the next one in the series I just really love this duo. 

5 out of 5

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