Book Review: A Treacherous Trader by Ellery Adams and Parker Riggs

Title: A Treacherous Trader

Authors: Ellery Adams and Parker Riggs

Publisher: Beyond the Page Publishing

Release Date: January 26th, 2015

Genre: Romance, Mystery

Rating: 2/5 Stars

My Thoughts:

A Treacherous Trader has a promising premise, which is what had drawn me to the book in the first place, but it failed short in execution on every level.

In order to like a story, I need to like or at least emphasize with the main character. In this book’s case, it did not take me long to dislike Molly, and at the end to even despise her. This character was rude, full of her self, unlikable person who supposedly had everyone falling for her, which – considering how she treated people – was extremely unlikely.

Add to that, the mixture of too many coincidences and completely boring parts within the book, and you have an almost unreadable novel, that lost its way. Yes, there was a mystery that kept some of my attention, but just barely, and could not make up for all of the other flaws. I don’t know if it would have helped if I would have read the first installation of this series beforehand, but I am not going to find out because this book turned me off from anything by those Authors.

A Treacherous Trader showcases how not to execute an interesting premise.

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Book Rating:

2 out of 5 Stars

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Book Summary:

In the world of antiques and collectibles, it helps to have a sharp eye for quality, a good ear for gossip, and a nose for murder.

Molly Appleby is on cloud nine. The talented reporter and senior staff writer for Collector’s Weekly just got engaged to the man she loves. When she takes time off to plan her wedding and shop for a vintage gown, the spunky writer with a growing reputation for finding corpses and solving murders vows to her family and fiancé to avoid trouble at all costs. Until the wedding photographer she visits turns up dead in his home, the victim of foul play.

So when she’s not busy shopping for the perfect dress or sampling endless varieties of cake, Molly once again finds herself attempting to unravel a mystery, and the endless string of women spurned by the playboy photographer leaves no shortage of suspects. When another corpse turns up and Molly discovers that the woman who sold her a gorgeous vintage gown might be the murderer—and that the gown itself may be linked to a decades-old crime—Molly must summon all her sleuthing skills to find the killer before her preparations for the big day become plans for her funeral.

About the Authors:

New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams grew up on a beach near the Long Island Sound. Having spent her adult life in a series of landlocked towns, she cherishes her memories of open water, violent storms, and the smell of the sea. Ms. Adams has held many jobs, including that of caterer, retail clerk, car salesperson, teacher, tutor, and tech writer, all the while penning poems, children’s books, and novels. She now writes full-time from her home in Virginia.

Parker Riggs is also the author of the mystery novel Finding Jessica. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and a lively mini Dachshund named Pippa.

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