They couldn’t be less compatible, but they make a great team…
Emerson Knight is introverted, eccentric, and has little-to-no sense of social etiquette. Good thing he’s also brilliant, rich and (some people might say) handsome.
Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard. Her assertive (some people might say aggressive) spitfire attitude has helped land a dream job at Blane-Grunwald bank. At least, Riley Moon thinks it’s her dream job until she is given her first assignment: babysitting Emerson Knight.
An inquiry about missing Knight money leads to a missing man, missing gold and a life-and-death race across the country. Through the streets of Washington D.C., and down into the underground vault of the Federal Reserve in New York City, an evil plan is exposed. A plan so sinister that only a megalomaniac could think it up, and only the unlikely duo of the irrepressibly charming Emerson Knight and the tenacious Riley Moon could hope to stop it…
Janet Evanovich is a powerhouse of a writer, author of the phenomenal Stephanie Plum series (I am on book 12 and I love it), and here she has teemed up with Phoef (how in the world do you pronounce that name?!!) Sutton and they’re collaborating on this new Knight & Moon series (it’s not their first collaboration though) and book one is Curious Minds and it’s a really intriguing read. Entirely different to Stephanie Plum so if that’s what you’re after, you’ll have to find it elsewhere, but still thoroughly enjoyable, for me at least.
What really makes Curious Minds work is the fact that Emerson Knight and Riley Moon are complete opposites. Riley is steadfast, believes in a strong work ethic, whereas Emerson is a bit of a weirdo hippy-type character. Very Sherlock-Holmes-esque (although he’ll hate the comparison) with his quirky ideas and I still have no idea why he wanted to investigate the disappearance of Gunter. But it’s a really fun adventure, with conspiracies flying around everywhere, gold (I didn’t even know that was still a thing; I have never in my life seen a bar of gold in real life), Riley tagging along with Emerson even though she thinks he’s a crank. Is there chemistry there? I have no idea, but there’s something, an idea of something, and I’m sooooooo intrigued to see where it goes!
I really enjoyed Curious Minds. I’m excited to read book two, I loved how the pace just goes at the speed of light, and Emerson has these crazy ideas that he never shares with Riley, and she goes along with it anyway. It’s entertaining, easy to follow (despite the entire plot sounding a bit out there for my liking), and I liked it. No, it isn’t Stephanie Plum but it’s good on its own, and I can’t wait for the next adventure. These two really do make a perfect team.