#BookReview: Stages & Thieves by Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba #CLPBlogTours

Reviewer: Samantha

stages and thievesI received a review copy


One fateful July morning forever changed the lives of Sémya Slotin and her best friend Polliannah Guryev.
Vincent Edgerton, the only man Sémya has ever loved, was taken from her by an explosion and a fire that she couldn’t understand, trust, nor explain. It left her alone, hurt, angry and desperately seeking answers. On top of everything, she is also incredibly hormonal; Sémya Slotin is going to be a mother.
Polliannah just healed from losing her husband but seeing her best friend grieving is not only breaking her heart, it has been a strain on their once close-knit relationship. She is afraid that Sémya will completely disappear into her grief. Thankfully, Polliannah can always seek refuge with the handsome Chief Superintendent James Connelly. In the past three months, he has become her safe haven. But when they finally give in to each other and Jim reveals his true feeling for her, Polliannah pulls away. Is she ready to put herself out there again?
Then all of the sudden, Sémya, the pregnant Detective Extraordinaire is chasing art thieves across the globe, making dangerous deals and finally meeting her father… It’s all about ex-lovers and new ones, a priceless painting, con artists, baby bumps, an impromptu trip to Moscow, designer dresses, teacakes, a birthday ball and reconnecting with your roots.
With everything that has happened this year, Sémya and Polliannah are more vulnerable and exposed than they have ever been. Will Jim’s love and trust be enough to ease Polliannah’s doubts? Will Sémya find out what happened to Vincent?
Welcome to the Stages & Thieves saga, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.


While this is book 5 in a series and I haven’t read the other books, it actually didn’t really get in the way of my reading experience. There were a few small things – sometimes feeling left out and just a general sense of wanting to know more – but the book is so fast-paced and full of adventure that I couldn’t help but to enjoy it. While I can recommend this as a stand-alone, it made me want to read the others in the series, so I hope you can read more! I loved the friendship between the two women, all the mysteries and families ties, I and raced through the book in a few short days.

4 stars

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