The Treasure Seeker – Frankie J. Jones

Treasure SeekerMy first Frankie J. Jones and I really enjoyed the read. A tale combining a failing relationship, a murderous hunt for 80 year old loot and the awakening of a physic talent for finding.

We start with what seems like a fairly traditional busy lives – failing partnership story of Ry and Kate, too caught up to take the time and notice the romance has faded. When Ry accidentally brings home an extra box from an estate sale she feels compelled to take it back, and lands them in the middle of a families battle over missing money. The consequences mark the end of their relationship and the beginning of a whole new life for Ry, including the awakening of the second sight she seems to have inherited from her beloved Granny Jeter.

The book is well written and, of course well edited – by the mistress of editing Katherine V Forrest no less. It flows off the page and into your imagination like a good book should, no thought process required.

The ‘place’ is very well done throughout. The antique store, the Lawson House, the family farm, Granney Jeter’s cabin – all are evocative and add considerably to the emotion and mood of the scenes. Even the places Ry dreams, such as the derelict Dodd house and the cave, are used well to suggest time and place.

Rylene, her family – including her long dead great grandmother – and the other major players are well drawn, three-dimensional and extremely rounded characters. They take on a life of their own and stay in your mind. Kate is less likeable and maybe we wish Officer Matthews played a bigger role – but then that leaves us a tantalising opportunity for a come back if Ms Jones produces a sequel.

Frankie J Jones biogAnd the twist in the ‘normal’ tale, of Ry’s new-found talent for finding, definitely leaves the author with a huge opportunity to make this into a series – it would definitely get my vote. Ry’s talent is the perfect vehicle for all sorts of adventures and no doubt “The Treasure Seeker” cum do-gooder would have some interesting romantic opportunities along the way.

Thoroughly enjoyable reading, a great story and likeable and believable characters – what’s not to love?

(publisher review copy received)

Product info:

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • First published 2014
  • Publisher: Bella Books (May 12, 2014)
  • ASIN: B00LH2YWD6
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