The Agent

Fiction - Crime
290 Pages
Reviewed on 05/05/2020
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Author Biography

Marsha Roberts was born in Washington D.C. Her fiction and essays have been featured in several e-zines and anthologies. Her short plays have been produced in various US, Canada and Australia venues. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and four-legged children.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite

“One million, two hundred fifty thousand dollars” is the first line of this book and the reader is immediately hooked. This large amount of money was a recent transfer into her account, building her wealth even more. Victoria Clifford, a real estate agent in Marin County, California, is a multimillionaire due to her “side job.” Collaborating with her brother Theo, who lives in Geneva, Switzerland, and her Aunt Vera who is a local psychic, they developed a seemingly unbeatable scheme. In The Agent, written by Marsha Roberts, a sophisticated crime is revealed. The newest victim is Maribeth Simmons, whose husband filed for divorce. When Victoria obtained the listing to sell their large, stately home with a stunning view, the newest scheme began.

The Agent is a page-turner; it is impossible to put down once started. It is fast-paced, and exactly how Victoria, Theo, and Vera execute the plan is both complex and adventurous. It is revealed bit by bit, so the reader is not aware of how all the parts fit together until the end. The development of the main characters is also intriguing, as information from past events in their lives is interwoven into the plot. Although there are many characters and timelines move between the past and present, there is a smooth flow to the storyline. There are many twists and turns within the captivating plot, engaging the reader from the first paragraph to the last. Author Marsha Roberts has skillfully written a complicated, adventurous crime novel in The Agent. A great summer read!

K.C. Finn

The Agent is a work of fiction in the crime and family drama subgenres penned by author Marsha Roberts. The central protagonist of the story is Victoria Clifford, who appears to be at the top of her game in real estate in California. In reality, Victoria has many different guises and the most successful of these is as a con woman working the same trick that she has done five times before, and never been caught. But with her brother and aunt in on the gig, and both of them causing problems this time around, it seems that if Victoria doesn't get her touch back quickly, then this con could be the one to end them all.

Author Marsha Roberts has crafted a highly entertaining, amusing, and engaging story from the perspective of the criminal. Victoria is an interesting central protagonist, and the character development work done on her makes her into an engaging anti-hero whom readers can root for despite the fact that she is working against the law. One of the things which impressed me most about this tale was the family dynamic, which offers a unique perspective on the intricacies between criminals working the same job, and many amusing situations as to how that can fall apart very quickly. The dialogue too was a really strong point, as Roberts develops a unique style of speech for Victoria, particularly when she is turning on her con woman charms and working different situations to her advantage. Overall, I would highly recommend The Agent as an intelligently crafted and entertaining read from start to finish, which is sure to appeal to crime fiction fans everywhere.