(NOTE: Do not worry. I am getting the technicalities sorted out.)
In this thriller, MONARCH, we follow CIA spy Nick, who has gotten into some trouble. He's been framed for murder and is being hunted -- by both the government and by Ferreira, a Brazilian drug lord who was Nick's last assignment. In a desperate attempt to get to a safe location, he flees to the Monarch Inn, which is owned by Lilian Love. They had a thing years ago at Nick's daughter's wedding. Lilian used to make wedding cakes, but after the divorce from her husband she needed a change of pace. And if you are wondering now about Nick's daughter (two of them, actually) -- Nick's wife committed suicide and his daughters barely speak to him.
Author Michelle Davidson Argyle does a good job with pacing. It is not too slow or too quick. You know exactly what is going on and she never loses you. Even though the next chapter may have different characters or thought processes, you still know what is going on. That's a good writer.
Another sign of good writer -- the characters are completely believable and you can relate to them. I understood each one's plight and what they were doing to get out of the ever increasing mess they were in.
The plot seemed a little stretched, though. At least, if the author was going for realism. Some things fell into play a little too easily. It does not make Arygle a bad writer, maybe just one that was a little hurried from time to time. Hey. It happens.
And I know I'm not supposed to do this, but I admit I do. I totally judge a book by its cover (initially, anyway) and I loved the cover! It reminded me of Silence of the Lambs, which is one of my favorite movies.
All in all, 3 out of 5 stars. Average lazy day read.