The Masterminds by Olivia Wildenstein

piranha stars turquoise 5

Get into the mind of a criminal…

About the book:

The only downside to Joshua Cooper’s investigation of a mob runner is not being able to discuss it with his two best friends, nineteen-year-old twins, Aster and Ivy Redd. However, when Ivy sells one of her quilts to the mob runner, and Aster hits him with her car in a motel parking lot, they become entangled in his investigation. The FBI even believes the twins could knowingly be involved with the mob. Joshua will do everything he can to disprove their suspicion and nail the true criminal.

Brook Jackson is a judge on the Masterpiecers’s art competition. That is his official job; his unofficial job is running questionable errands against easy cash. But a ripped quilt and the girl who sewed it will make Brook’s life and heart spiral out of control.

Accused of money laundering, Brook becomes the fall guy. After three weeks of imprisonment, he cuts a deal with Joshua: his freedom for the real felons and a meeting with Ivy. Although eager to clear his name, Brook wants to win Ivy’s forgiveness—and if she’s willing to give it to him—her love.

Cover of Olivia Wildenstein's The Masterminds

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Review by Katy Haye:

I loved The Masterpiecers by Olivia Wildenstein, and The Masterminds was just as enjoyable – the same story told from an entirely different point of view.

I could just see the two presented as a two-sided paperback, where you start from one side and read one story, then flip it over to read the other, the two of them meeting in the middle. Make that happen, someone, please – it would be a fabulous addition to my bookshelves.

The writing was glorious; easy and convincing so that I sank straight into the story and the point of view of Brook. And it was effortless to understand his motivation and feel sympathy for him. Then I’d back out of the story going, “Whoa, hang on, this guy doesn’t really deserve my sympathy.” But, actually, he does deserve some. Life can be messy and we’re all just doing the best we know how. Great engagement.

The Masterminds comes highly recommended: strong writing, vivid characters and a couple of lovely romances.

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