This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration.
Summary: Gutsy Boston P.I. Fina Ludlow returns with a case that puts her faith to the test in the latest addition to the critically acclaimed series by Ingrid Thoft.
When Ceci Jhavad hires Ludlow and Associates to sue the hip new church that she believes has brainwashed her daughter, Fina Ludlow is assigned to the case. Covenant Rising Church has all the trappings of a less-than-holy organization: a slick young pastor and his comely wife; fancy houses and luxury cars; and devoted congregants who seem eager to part with their money. Fina wonders if Ceci disapproves of Covenant Rising s theology or the pastor s ability to solicit generous donations until prominent church member Nadine Quaynor dies unexpectedly. Fina s investigation requires her to delve into Nadine s life both in and out of Covenant Rising and ask a host of difficult questions. Is the pastor leading his flock astray? Did the church have a hand in Nadine s death or were there less savory elements in her life outside the parish?
The case proves to be a complicated morass of misplaced loyalties and questionable motivations, rivaled only by the current state of the Ludlow family. The return of eldest brother Rand sets in motion an explosive showdown that threatens the very fabric that holds the family together, forcing Fina to confront the true meaning of faith.
Traveling With T’s Thoughts:
Listen. I have been a long time fan of Ingrid Thoft. With Sue Grafton’s ABC books winding down ( please tell me after Z that there will be more letters in the alphabet created just for Sue to use?!) I began looking for a new PI who could replace the hole in my reading pile if Sue and Kinsey really do stop creating new books. Fina fits the bill.
From my Goodreads review: “I love me some Fina. She’s strong. Opinionated. And caring. Her family is a mess of hot tempered personalities and shark like behavior, but Fina tries to what is morally right even if she has to bend the rules of law to get there.”
In Duplicity, Fina is on the horns of moral dilemmas. She knows her father wants her to get in line and welcome her brother back, but she can’t. She won’t. She won’t rest till Rand is long and gone from the family ( for the details of why- you’ll need to check out Loyalty.)
Even more- Fina is grappling with day to day life- her role in life, her role in her boyfriend’s life- is she cut out for next relationship steps? What about her life as a PI? In Duplicity, I feel that Fina is sometimes very confused about deeper thoughts, etc and the case she is working on is NOT helping.
What I liked:
The cover. It’s a bit telling (especially if you know the whole history of the Ludlow clan)
Fina. She can do no wrong and I want to be her BFF.
The ending. I was tense. I was on edge of my seat. I almost could not breathe.
Bottom line: If you are in the mood for a kick-butt female character who bends the law ( but rarely breaks it) and won’t stop till she gets answers- Fina is your girl.
*This book was sent to Traveling With T for review consideration. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.*
*Duplicity is also a Futuristic Friday selection of Traveling With T for Jan 2017.*
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T