“A Match of Wits” by Jen Turano

This novel pulls off ridiculous marvelously. And I mean that as a high compliment. The situations the characters find themselves in are outrageously funny. But the thing that makes this book excellent is the witty, pithy, sarcastic, and generally funny dialogues—not just between the main characters, but between all the characters.

There is not much I can tell you about the book without giving away some of the more salient points, but perhaps I can introduce you to some of the characters.

Agatha Watson- A well-known and well-hated investigative journalist for the New York Tribune. Her stories on injustices from slum tenements, to factories, and brothels, has given her plenty of enemies. She’s gone out west to get away from the unknown person who is threatening her life. She is the bane of her bodyguard’s existence and how he’s managed to keep her safe from herself over the last year is a true miracle.

Mr. Blackheart- the grim gentleman who has the grim job of keeping her alive. There is much to learn about him in the story including his given name, which he abhors.

Mrs. Drusilla Swanson- a widow and the companion of the always-in-danger Agatha Watson. She has secrets of her own and a witty tongue.

Zayne- the hero, who’s main flaw is that he is a complete idiot when it comes to women. Recent injury has him mad at God and far from home. Agatha hasn’t seen her compatriot to many of her schemes for two years.

Meeting him again is like touching a flame to dynamite—the consequences are far-reaching (and hilarious).

Thank you to NetGalley (https://www.netgalley.com/) and Bethany House for providing me with this book to read and review.


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