Friday, 16 January 2015

Guest Book Review: Zanna Mackenzie - And The Earth Moved

Reviewed by Tania Phillips

When celebrities need a crime solving quickly and discreetly they call in the specialists, the Celebrity Crimes Investigation Agency, otherwise known as the CCIA… 

One desperate phone call is all it takes to turn Amber’s day from boring to completely crazy. 

The call? Her old university boyfriend Ennis, now a heartthrob actor, begs for Amber’s help. 

His brother Joel is dead and Ennis has to discover the truth about his death before the world’s media hear about it and batter his door down demanding answers. 

The CCIA has already assigned its top agent, Charlie Huxton, to the case. 

Amber’s mission? Ennis doesn't trust a stranger to keep quiet so he pleads with Amber to shadow and help Charlie throughout the investigation. Ennis was her first love and she still has a soft spot for him – how can she refuse? 

Scarily out of her depth Amber knows she needs to somehow get Charlie on side with her involvement in the case – and fast. 

Plunged into the world of crime Amber’s battling something darker and far more dangerous than she’d imagined – and it has nothing to do with the equally scary chemistry fizzing between her and Charlie. 
Will Charlie agree to work with her to find out how and why Joel died? 

Can she help uncover the truth before word gets out and an already distraught Ennis is hounded by story-hungry journalists? 

Just as importantly, can she keep her sanity and manage to still be alive when the mystery is finally solved? 

Amazon link: Kindle

I would describe this as a light chick lit about crime investigation, as the series continues I think it will become more crime investigation based.  I enjoyed this book and found it easy to read and hence finished within a day.  There is humour in the book as well as the serious side of crime and death. 

Amber finds herself involved with investigating the strange death of Joel, her close friend Ennis’ brother.   Ennis is a famous actor and has known Amber since he dated her when they were in university, He asks her to watch Charlie Huxton, the man leading the investigation from the company Celebrity Crimes Investigation Agency (CCIA).  Her first task is getting Charlie to let her become involved and for them to solve the mystery before the journalists are informed of what has happened. 

Amber helps at the local newspaper making up the weekly y horoscopes and behind a bar in a local pub so she knows a lot of the members of the village of Palstone in Derbyshire.  This could be very helpful with the investigation because villagers know and trust her so may tell her some much needed information. 

There is an immediate sign of chemistry between Amber and Charlie and you can’t help but want them to find each other.   Amber seems to care greatly about her friends and her efforts to do this for Ennis shows.  You want her to be happy and to survive the investigation.  There are lots of scary situations for a novice to find themselves in and this adds to the excitement of the book. 

I would say that the book is worth a read if you are looking for a change from the normal chick lit. 

I'd like to thank Zanna for sending us a copy of her eBook for Tanya to review.

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