by Suzanne Forster

October 2008
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2545-1
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

How often have you wondered what would happen if you met an enemy from your past? Would the two of you still be enemies or would you be able to set aside those differences and be not only friends, but also potential partners in more ways than one?

The above is the basic premise for Suzanne Forsterís newest novel The Private Concierge. Years ago Lucy Cox, as she was known then was arrested and sent to juvenile hall by Rick Bayless a police officer. The arrest affected both their lives, but neither expected to run into one another ever again.

Now Lucy known as Lane is a very successful entrepreneur running a firm called TPC---The Private Concierge she and her team do whatever is within their legal powers to make life easy for the affluent, and the up and coming celebrities.

Rick is a private investigator who believes his time on this earth is short due to a fatal disease. He believes that since he has nothing to lose investigating the alleged suicide of his best friend Ned Talbert, and is willing to risk everything to prove that Ned was murdered instead.

Since Rick believes Lane to know more than she lets on about not only Nedís death, but troubles being faced by many of her other high profile clients he does whatever necessary until she sees no way out but to join forces with him.

Ms. Forster takes readers on a journey through the inner workings of not only the paparazzi who might stop at nothing for a juicy story to the insanity that could arise as a high powered person begins their descent to poverty and not just through the loss of money, but also the loss of their power. Lastly she shows how upper management might also work against one another instead of together so that only one person in the end gets all the glory or all the blame.

The Private Concierge while not a nail biting suspense will have readers glued to the pages wondering which power player will be the next to be destroyed, and who in the end is the puppet master pulling all the strings.

I believe that as the climax comes readers will be reading faster and faster unable to believe how the last pages play out. I for one was left with an overall satisfied feeling, but there was just enough of a cliffhanger to make me wish that some secondary characters eventually get a starring role in a new book.

Reviewed in February 2009 by Sandi.

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