Note: Even though this is Book 2 in the series, it works fine as a stand alone.
Anne Manx, galactic private detective, has a new task. Of course, she doesn’t really believe in this task, but once Jean Richmond gets involved, she can’t turn it down. The quest is to find the Ring of Minotour and translate the inscription while standing in the right place at the right time. Sounds hard, right? Not just any villain would be able to accomplish this. Fortunately for us, the audience, Jean Richmonds is on the quest and living up to her supervillain name tag.
This book was a bit different from the first in that Anne is no longer working for a corrupt police force. There we had this uber-good cop fighting the bad guys and the corrupt system going on. Here we have an independent Manx who can fight anyone she chooses and they can’t fire her. At first, I was a little concerned that with this change, we would loose some of the tense dynamics we saw in the first book. That isn’t so! This is just as good, if not better, than Book 1 (Anne Manx in Lives of the Cat).
The Ring of Minotour is this mythical item that can grant the wearer immortality. However, almost no one believes in it anymore. But Jean and Anne both learn, from separate sources, that it might be real. The race is on to find the ring and also find someone who can translate the long-dead language on the ring. All sorts of entertaining shenanigans ensue. There’s witty repartee, plenty of action, and we see the softer side to each of our lead female characters.
I have to say that I took deep, and perhaps inappropriate, amusement in the kidnapping of the little girl. When bumped, slapped, or knocked over she has a tendency to go into a trance and then she does this thing that’s really important for the plot. But it takes a while for Jean, and later Anne, to figure this out. So this young lady gets bumped and slapped a few times, and it’s done in these amusing ways each time. She was also instrumental in making sure Jean did not become all powerful.
This is another great addition to the Anne Manx space opera series. The dynamic between Jean and Anne can fluctuate from blood boiling, to laughing out loud, to touching moments. They really are excellent foils to one another.
I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks!
The Narration: Once again, the narration, sound effects, and music are all great. One thing I really enjoy about this series is that the sound effects (like the sound of a door opening) stand in for the narrator telling you a door is opening. It really lets me submerge into the story.