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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Bird Of Prey by Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba is an intriguing tale of suspense. Semya Slotin had taken a three-year break from solving mysteries and cases. She gets back from London after her money is exhausted by the lifestyle she led. She takes up her mother's case, whose designs were being stolen and copied by another designer house, which also happened to be owned by Semya's ex-boyfriend. The case seemed easy ... until Semya discovers the corpse of supermodel Johanna Cartier.
The book has all the ingredients of a thrilling story. It has romance, mystery, intrigue, and suspense all woven together to form a fast-paced story. The plot and the sub-plots are all written well and connected nicely with the investigation details and the clues of the murder. It is action packed and keeps you guessing. The romantic angle here is Julian, who was Semya's ex-boyfriend, and the boyfriend of the murdered supermodel Johanna Cartier.
The characterization of the protagonist, Semya Slotin, is excellent. Her attitude and her behavior make her interesting. The book has some unexplained parts which evoked my curiosity even after I finished reading the story. Semya's life in London could have been described more and her relationship with Josh Heinz could have been written with more clarity. The character of Josh Heinz is not all that detailed and that calls for a sequel to the story. It is a book I would recommend.