Review: “The Zaanics Deceit” by Nina Post

Thumbs up for The Zaanics Deceit by Nina Post with David J. Peterson. Suspense.

I was asked by the co-author (assisting linguist?) if I’d be willing to review this; because I am a picky reader and didn’t want to get in trouble, I read the blurb and first page on Amazon before agreeing. Hmm, I said to myself. It takes place in Istanbul and San Francisco (among others), concerns a manuscript in an invented language, makes direct nods to King Lear, and begins with a heroine with an anxiety disorder remotely managing a diamond heist from her home? Did the author peek inside my head and write a book just for me? Do I want to read the rest? YES PLEASE. As it turned out, my caution was for naught. Now I am trying to avoid going all fangirly and using the word AWESOME. Deep breath. Okay, my opinion may be a little clouded by the fact that there were a bunch of things that made me go squee when reading. (I’ve been inside that bookstore! The author nonchalantly uses the word “superannuated”! OMG THERE IS A REFERENCE TO SNEAKERS!) In order to balance my giddy delight I will tell you the downsides. A bit too heavy on the Lear sometimes; I am not sure that parts of the plot entirely make sense, though not worse than I expect from any suspense novel (and things may become clearer in the remainder of the trilogy); and it is obvious at the conclusion that it’s the first of a series. That was it for the downsides: and they did not stop it from being one of my favorite reads of the year so far. This is The Da Vinci Code for people who like books that are well-written and witty. All I can say is: when is the next book coming out? Oh, profiteroles!

Benjamin liked to deflect personal questions as lightly as a fly bouncing off a badminton racquet. Cate knew only a little about him, mainly that he came from a WASPy East coast family and appalled all of them with he moved west. She remembered him saying that he told them it was for medical reasons, like he was a consumptive eighteenth-century poet.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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