Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton

Posted August 24, 2016 by Minx

This review is based on a complimentary book I received from LibraryThing Early Reviewers. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich, Phoef Sutton
Series: Knight and Moon #1
Also in this series:Dangerous Minds
Also by this author: The Scam, The Pursuit, Dangerous Minds
Genres: Humor, Mystery
Release Date: August 16, 2016
Publisher: Bantam Dell
Format: ARC
Source: LibraryThing Early Reviewers
Pages: 322
ISBN: 0553392689
Purchase at: Amazon
Minx's Rating:

Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, teams up with Emmy-winning writer Phoef Sutton for a brand-new series of thrillers featuring the invincible and incompatible pairing of Knight and Moon.

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, or he’d probably be homeless. Riley Moon has just graduated from Harvard Business and Harvard Law. Her aggressive Texas spitfire attitude has helped her land her dream job as a junior analyst with mega-bank Blane-Grunwald. At least Riley Moon thought it was her dream job, until she is given her first assignment: babysitting Emerson Knight.

What starts off as an inquiry about missing bank funds in the Knight account leads to inquiries about 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 can stop it.


This is a new series from Janet Evanovich and Phoef Sutton that pairs an eccentric billionaire, Emerson Knight, with a rookie financial analyst, Riley Moon, together in a questionable investigation of missing gold. This investigation was a bit more of a heart pounding, run for your life type of investigation that would leave a few scratches, lead to some torture, and bring to light a scam hatched by a family of men bent on world domination.

I found this book to be a pleasant read. I liked the characters and they were written in such a way that their dialogue was comical but not over the top. I felt that the relationship between Emerson and Riley was quirky but it worked. I wish it had a bit more of an edge to it and was more engaging.

Emerson Knight is a straight up eccentric genius and he has this whole vibe about him that makes him seem very in control without being an alpha male. He hatches plans but fails to take into consideration how that makes others around him feel. Riley Moon unfortunately is the recipient of his failure to be included in said plans and her experience throughout this story is akin to the mantra of worst day ever! Her life was all planned out and she was finally at the point of reaping her rewards for diligence in completing her higher education that is of course until she met Emerson. What started out as a routine visit to calm down the nerves of a recluse account holder turned Riley’s life from routine into run for your life!

“You didn’t tell me there’d be bats.” “Well of course there are bats. It’s a cave.” “I hate bats.” “Think of them as pigeons. Pigeons of the night.”

Pigeons of the night, ha ha ha, that cracked me up. I did enjoy the humor. It caused me to chuckle but nothing that made my sides ache. I felt that this book was an easy read, kept me engaged enough to finish the story but not so engaged that I was captivated. Overall I did enjoy this book enough to have a mild curiosity as to where the characters would go in the next installment. I am hoping for more humor and a developing relationship between the main characters.

*Thank you to LibraryThing & Random House Publishing Group for this complimentary copy of Curious Minds*

About Janet Evanovich

Author Janet Evanovich

Janet Evanovich is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Stephanie Plum series, the Fox and O’Hare series with co-author Lee Goldberg, the Knight and Moon series, and the Lizzy and Diesel series as well as twelve romance novels, the Alexandra Barnaby novels, Troublemaker graphic novel, and How I Write: Secrets of a Bestselling Author.

About Phoef Sutton

Author Phoef Sutton

Phoef Sutton started as an actor and playwright in college; he was lucky enough to go to a small liberal arts college in Virginia, James Madison University, which encouraged student playwrights. Phoef was one of the only undergraduates to win the Norman Lear Award for Comedy Playwriting. After graduation, Phoef had plays produced at various regional theaters around the country, had his award winning play BURIAL CUSTOMS selected for publication by the Theatre Communications Group and was awarded a National Endowment for Arts Playwrights Fellowship.

After marrying and moving to Los Angeles, Phoef started his career at the NBC television show CHEERS. He stayed with the show for eight years, working his way up from staff writer to executive producer, winning two Emmys and a Writer’s Guild Award. A greater training ground for a writer could not be imagined.

After CHEERS, Phoef has produced and created a number of television shows and consulted on others, including NEWS RADIO and BOSTON LEGAL. He is honored to have won a Peabody Award, a GLAAD award and a Television Academy Honors award for this work on BOSTON LEGAL. Recently, he has worked on critically acclaimed series TERRIERS for FX and THE SOUL MAN for TV Land, DEFIANCE for SyFy Channel and ALPHA HOUSE for Amazon.

He has directed a short film – a suspense tale called ‘TIL DEATH. ‘TIL DEATH has been shown and various film festivals around the world and received prizes at the Garden State Festival and WorldFest in Houston, Texas.

Phoef has also worked for many years as a screenwriter and script doctor. MRS. WINTERBOURNE, directed by Richard Benjamin was an adaptation of a novel by one of his favorite authors, Cornell Woolrich. THE FAN, directed by Tony Scott and starring Robert DeNiro was an adaptation of the novel by Peter Abrahams.

Phoef is a published novelist – FIFTEEN MINUTES TO LIVE, a romantic-thriller; DEAD MAN: THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, a horror novel and its sequel DEAD MAN REBORN.
2015 is a promising year for Phoef, with the debut of his collaborations with Janet Evanovich, WICKED CHARMS and publication of his hard-boiled crime novel CRUSH.

Phoef lives in South Pasadena, California with his wife Dawn and his daughters Skylar and Celia.

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