Murder, money, mystery! Prepare for a roller coaster of a ride in The Bequest: A Mystery. Nicole Lewis is caught in a media frenzy when an officemate is murdered and leaves her a mysterious bequest that attracts the police, the paparazzi, and the killer. Attempting to save herself, Nicole uncovers corruption in the highest echelons of Los Angeles's power elite.
Nicole Lewis leads a hectic life, balancing work at LA's most prestigious law firm and a long-distance romance with her English lover. Things go sideways when she tracks down a missing office mate, the firm's in-house investigator, and finds him murdered. Robert's murder, his mysterious wealth, and his inexplicable bequest make Nicole a target for the police, the paparazzi, and the killer. As Nicole's love life takes an unexpected turn, she uncovers evil and corruption among the city's most powerful people. The thriller plays out against the backdrop of Los Angeles, with its peculiar mix of balmy weather, the celebrity-crazed media, and a corrupt power structure hidden by the veneer of glamor and wealth.
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Well written, well-paced mystery
This is the second mystery in a series that starts with "The Swap." I've listened to both. Boyarsky's writing is first-rate, and it's the quality writing I appreciate the most. Whether the setting is London (in The Swap) or L.A (in The Bequest), Boyarsky makes me feel like I'm there, and the characters are real. In addition to the twists and turns in the plot, I enjoyed the tension between tabloids and mainstream press that develops in the story and the scenes where Nicole is pursued by paparazzi. Jane Oppenheimer has done an excellent job reading both books. Her pace, inflections, and the voices used for various characters are perfect. I'll be looking for more books narrated by her.
- Maggie Magoo