3 stars

Category Romance Review: Carnival by Jenna Ryan

Carnival, Jenna Ryan, Harlequin, 1990, unknown cover artist

Harlequin Intrique #138

3 stars

Rating: 3 out of 5.

***Spoiler alert***

The Plot

Carnival, a Harlequin Intrigue by Jenna Ryan, is set (naturally) in a carnival on the dark, dreary English moors.

There’s been a violent murder committed. American attorney Lexie Hudson has been hired to represent the accused killer, Diana. She young and inexperienced at her job, but idealistic and hardworking.

Then there’s Rick Matheson, a handsome casual worker who is anxious to help Lexie seek out clues and also keep her out of harm’s way. But Rick is no ordinary laborer; he’s a Scotland Yard detective, secretly employed undercover to find the real murderer, as well as the missing treasure that’s the motive for the homicide.

Lexie and Rick work together following a labyrinthine trail of clues as they try to solve this mysterious puzzle. In the meantime, they also fall in love, having quite a sexy relationship. Rick was a nice, protective hero, and I really liked him.

The Ending

Carnival was one of those mysteries with a HUGE twist at the end because the person who committed the crime was the least likely person to execute it. No, it wasn’t the hero or heroine. Let’s just say:

***MAJOR SPOILERS***

If you’ve seen the Edward Norton & Richard Gere film Primal Fear

***END SPOILERS***

…then you’ll be able to guess who the killer is.

This was a good thriller. It’s not super memorable, but still, it’s a gripping read that will keep you turning the pages to see who-dun-it.

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