Fabergé by Jo Fenton
Fabergé is the third book in Jo Fenton's Becky White series of thrillers. I had enjoyed the first two book in the series, Revelation and Paprazzi, so when I was given a chance to read an early copy of this novel, I jumped at the chance. I was not disappointed.
Manchester detective Becky White and her friends at the White Knight Detective Agency take on a case involving the theft of a multi-million-pound Fabergé egg.
Events quickly escalate, and they find themselves dealing with unscrupulous villains who will stop at nothing – not even at kidnapping or murder – to achieve their goals.
Can Becky solve the mystery before her hidden enemies catch up with her?
Those who have followed this series of novels will have watched the main character, Becky White, graduate from a feisty university student through years in the police force to establish her own successful detective agency.
In this new book, the stakes couldn't be higher nor the pace more exciting. The witty dialogue and well drawn characters drive the story on too. Early in the first chapter detective work goes from the dull stalking of a potential adulteress to a hunt for the unique Fabergé egg, Necessaire.
The chapters switch viewpoints from Becky to her partner, Joanna and back again and this keeps the pace and interest for the reader well. Ancillary characters including Becky's son and waitress Maggie are brilliant additions to the story.
I found Fabergé highly entertaining. The dialogue was as sharp as it was funny. The story both gripping and well-paced. I thought the author had reached the peak of her powers in her Paparazzi, but I was wrong. Jo Fenton just keeps getting better and better. I highly recommend this novel to those who enjoy tightly written thrillers with plausible plots and empathetic characters. I look forward to joining Becky White in many more adventures.
Jo Fenton grew up in Hertfordshire, UK. She devoured books from an early age, particularly enjoying adventure books, school stories and fantasy. She wanted to be a scientist from aged six after being given a wonderful book titled “Science Can Be Fun”. At eleven, she discovered Agatha Christie and Georgette Heyer, and now has an eclectic and much loved book collection cluttering her home office.
Jo combines an exciting career in Clinical Research with an equally exciting but very different career as a writer of psychological thrillers.
When not working, she runs (very slowly), and chats to lots of people. She lives in Manchester with her husband, two sons, a Corgi and a tankful of tropical fish. She is an active and enthusiastic member of two writing groups and a reading group.