Series: Knight and Moon #2
Also in this series:Curious Minds
Also by this author: The Scam, The Pursuit, Curious Minds
Genres: Contemporary, Humor, Mystery
Release Date: June 20, 2017
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The irrepressibly charming duo of Emerson Knight and Riley Moon returns in another gripping mystery by #1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich.
Buddhist monk Wayan Bagus lost his island of solitude and wants to get it back. The island was about two hundred miles northeast of Samoa. It had a mountain, beaches, a rain forest, and a volcano. And now it’s gone. Poof! Vanished without a trace.
Brilliant and boyishly charming Emerson Knight likes nothing better than solving an unsolvable, improbable mystery. And finding a missing island is better than Christmas morning in the Knight household. When clues lead to a dark and sinister secret that is being guarded by the National Park Service, Emerson will need to assemble a crack team for help. Since a crack team isn’t available, he enlists Riley Moon and his cousin Vernon. Riley Moon has a Harvard business degree and can shoot the eyes out of a grasshopper at fifty feet, but she can’t figure out how to escape the vortex of Emerson Knight’s odd life. Vernon has been Emerson’s loyal and enthusiastic partner in crime since childhood. He now lives in an RV behind Emerson’s house.
Together, this ragtag, mismatched trio will embark on a worldwide investigation that will expose a conspiracy one hundred years in the making.
Dangerous Minds is the second installment of the Knight and Moon series. What draws me to this series is that it is just comical. I mean where else can I read a book that has phrases like “whack-a-doodle and “crap on a cracker.” I also very much enjoy the light-hearted romance that is developing between Emerson and Riley. I like that they are both aware of the building attraction but they keep it fun. I read a lot of books and sometimes I just need a story that is just entertaining and is an easy read. I find that anything from author Janet Evanovich matches that desire and this story definitely kept me laughing.
In the latest installment, Emerson Knight’s friend Wayan Bagus was living on a deserted island until some government officials came and kicked him off. He went in search of Emerson because he needed help and figured that Emerson would be the man who could make that happen. In the meantime, Riley Moon is still at the Knight estate assisting Emerson in his wily escapades. Although she is not too sure of what she wants, after graduating from Harvard working for an eccentric billionaire was never her plan.
With the appearance of Wayan, Knight and Moon start to search for clues and stumble upon a conspiracy that has been in place for over a hundred years. This conspiracy has the craziest origins and is just hilariously unbelievable. One thing that I thought was cool was that this is the second book that I read this week that touches on View Spoiler »harvesting strange matter/exotic matter. Basically, that is matter (something physical that occupies space and has inertia proportional to its mass) that is hypothesized to occur in the core of neutron stars, or in the case of exotic matter deviates from normal matter with exotic properties. « Hide Spoiler So I actually found that part of this book to be quite interesting.
Knight and Moon take on the mystery of what happened to Wayan’s island and enlist a few friends along the way. As always, they run into the craziest of people and the zaniest of situations. I did like the fact that Dangerous Minds was set in multiple locations, with my favorite being Yellowstone National Park. You might want to put a pin in that location if you are ever in a reading challenge that requires you to read a book about that National Park. Having been in enough reading challenges that is not a crazy statement. It could happen. Overall, this was a light read that delivered an afternoon of comedic relief with a touch of romance.