Friday, May 19, 2017

"Behind the Scenes" by Jen Turano

My review...

Miss Permilia Griswold is viewed as a wallflower, so no one would guess she was actually a gossip columnist who knows everything about everyone important in New York. She overhears a murder plot, and she is determined to warn Asher Rutherford that his life is in danger. He finds Permilia unlike anyone else he knows, as she does not seem to be intimidated by his position. Can she convince him she is telling the truth, or will she have to take matters into her own hands?

This is the beginning of the “Apart from the Crowd” series. In typical Turano fashion, it is an entertaining read, complete with delightful characters, excellent descriptions, and a bit of mystery. However, it is a bit slower to engage than some of her others. Occasionally the main threat seems to be pushed aside, and there is some predictability. This may have worked better as a novella. Permilia is a no-nonsense heroine, but Asher can be a bit annoying at times. While this was not my favorite Turano book, it is an enjoyable read overall.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, but I was not required to leave a positive review.

About Jen...

Jen Turano is the best-selling, critically acclaimed author of The Ladies of Distinction series and A Class of Their Own series, published through Bethany House Publishers. Her novel, After a Fashion, was chosen as a top pick from Romantic Times, as well as being named a top 10 romance of 2015 from Booklist. Her book, A Most Peculiar Circumstance, was chosen as a top 10 romance by Booklist in 2013. Playing the Part, her latest release, will be followed by a new four-book series, The Wallflowers. When she's not writing, Jen spends her time outside of Denver with her husband and neurotic Cattle Dog, enjoying life as an empty-nester because her son recently abandoned her for the college life.  She can be found at or visit her on the web at She is represented by Susan Brower of the Natasha Kern Literary Agency.

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