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July 6, 2022

The Recovery Agent by Janet Evanovich ~ a Review

by Elisabeth Scherer



I am a huge fan of Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series and the antics that Plum and her grandmother and other casts of characters get up to. It is the reason I was excited to read The Recovery Agent. This new series is a mix between Stephanie Plum and Indiana Jones and Evanovich did not disappoint this long-time fan.

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book cover of mystery novel The Recovery Agent by Janet Evanovich
March 2022; Atria Books; 9781982154912
audio, ebook, print (320 pages); Adventure Mystery

Gabriela Rose is a finder. She locates treasures from around the world for her clients. Her most recent client is her hometown of Scoon, North Carolina where the townspeople are trying not to let the last Hurricane clear the town out of residents. Gabriela is on the hunt for the Seal of Solomon, taking an idea from an old family legend to hopefully help Scoon out, and the only thing standing in her way to this hidden treasure is her ex, Rafer. Rafer has the map in the house he got in the divorce and he is determined to tag along in Gabriela’s quest regardless of their constant ability to fight like cats and dogs. It’s a race against time for Scoon and for the duo as they come up against a drug lord who isn’t so easy to shake. 

From the get-go this book had me. Evanovich brought her usually amazing ability to bring humor into her stories right away with Gabriela’s escapades with her two guides - Jorge and Cuckoo.  From the Ecuadorian Rainforest to the Peruvian Jungle and on to diving in the ocean, this book is a whirlwind adventure worthy of Ms. Evanovich’s reputation. I found myself laughing out loud several times and tore through the book at record speed. 

The relationship between Gabriela and Rafer is classic chemistry and opposites attract. It was a relationship with developed history that felt like a couple everyone knows. I liked that Rafer was in on the adventure because it was a constant reminder to Gabriela of the reason why she was on this dangerous mission. I also really enjoyed the addition of the family legend and the possibilities in the storyline that it created.

Just as in her other books, Evanovich has also created such a colorful, unique set of supporting characters that you can’t help but root for the good guys and jeer at the bad guys and often laugh at both.  Pepe, Cuckoo, Jorge, Caballo, El Dragon, and a ghost named Annie all felt like developed characters that live in the book’s world. 

If you like Evanovich’s other books, lighthearted action-adventure stories, or enjoy treasure-seeking then this might be the next one for you to spend a lovely day reading in the sun. Grab your favorite drink, a comfy chair, or blanket, and travel the world with Gabriela Rose in The Recovery Agent.

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Elisabeth Scherer is a lifelong bookworm who loves discovering new favorite authors. She is a watercolor and mixed media artist who lives in Minnesota with her husband and two children.


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