||Jan 7, 2009
A female secret agent goes undercover at a high-class auction of antique treasures.
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Julie Blalock is approaching thirty and has an unfulfilling job with an accountancy firm. But she also has a secret—she was once an MI6 Agent. A personal tragedy forced her to quit eight years ago, but a chance offer to return for a one-time op is tootempting to ignore. Her mission: to pose as a rich socialite at Sotheby's, to gain critical intelligence during the most anticipated high-class auction of the year—Esther May Morrow's sale of antique treasures, featuring Lot 62, a prize that has even the Ministry of Defence worried. What secrets will Julie discover on her impromptu return to espionage?
“Anything else I should know?”
Northam replied, “Entwistle’s got a few final details. Just a sec.”
Maggie expertly applied cherry lipstick and a smidgeon of smoky eye-shadow. Next, elbow-length black gloves matched the dress and fit comfortably. Rich suede high heels—black, from Audley’s in London—also fit first time. Julie suddenly remembered the Service still had all her sizes from eight years ago. It made her realise how little she missed her privacy; a few days back, if someone in accounting had handed her a profile of her vital statistics, she’d have filed for breach of confidentiality. Now, even though they had her butt under close scrutiny and her breasts spilling out for all the world to see, Julie simply nodded. She had her second skin. And it was tough. The Service had given her that.
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ESTHER MAY MORROW'S LOT 62
Rating: 4 Cups
Julie Blalock is an ex-agent with MI6, called up for an assignment by the Ministry of Defense. Widowed because of an error on the part of MI6, Julie never planned to go back in the secret agent business ever again -- until today. She is intrigued enough to impersonate Dorothy Buchan, a rich widowed socialite with an unsavory past.
Ms. Esther May Morrow is putting on an extravagant auction with known ties to the underworld. She is here to find out who killed her fiancé and is putting everything here tonight up for bid at auction, even enlisting the aid of “Dorothy Buchan” to help her.
Lot 62 is one of two existing works by the Mayan King Vichama. This is what everyone wants to get their hands on, or so Julie is being told. Having to go undercover and secure “The Archangel” at all costs is her assignment. Ms. Esther May Morrow believes the person responsible for the death of her fiancé is going to be bidding on Lot 62 and she is ready to unveil the killer by fair means or foul.
This is a very fast and furiously paced bit of whimsy that keeps you on your toes. I had no idea exactly what this was going to be about, and you will not care because you will be as caught up in it as I was. This is the second in the series and is able to stand alone quick nicely. But I must say I now want to read the first and be in line to get the next couple stories in the series hinted at in the book. The end is so surprising and the twists and turns this takes you on makes you wonder how this quick tale packs such a big punch.
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Ghost Writer Literary Reviews
Lot 62: An Esther May Morrow Mystery
Author: Arthur Everest
Julie Blalock’s unsatisfying life was about to change. After eight years of pretending to live in a normal world, Julie was about to embark on an exciting, but dangerous adventure. Before the death of her fiancé’, Derek, Julie worked as an MI6 agent, until her reported death drove Derek to suicide. Julie withdrew from her calling, taking a position with an accounting firm, until she was called in for a one time mission. Julie was to assume the identity of Dorothy Buchan and take her seat at Sotherby’s; an auction house that catered the elite. She was to gather all the information she could from Esther May Morrow, an elitist, who apparently had the inside information on everyone, and was also the owner of the lots being put up for auction. The auction was a VIP affair, and Julie would have to play the part of an obnoxious widow of wealth, guarding at all costs, the powerful ‘Archangel,’ from getting into the wrong hands.
Bravo! Arthur Everest, on an excellent story! Though few on pages, this short story is an intriguing voyage into the world of espionage, with a bit of a twist. It’s worth the read.
Publisher: Eternal Press
"Thrilling short story with a surprise ending!"
After the death of the love of her life, Julie Blalock retired from MI6. Even though it's not the most exciting job in the world, Julie now works in an accountant firm. It's been eight years since she retired, so when she receives a call from someone in MI6, Julie is intrigued and meets a man from the Ministry of Defence. Of course, it had to rain during the meeting. Turns out the agency wants to use Julie for a one-time op. They want her to impersonate a socialite during an invitation-only auction. The lot the Ministry is interested in is Lot 62—the Archangel. The Ministry is also interested in the woman putting the items up for bid—Esther May Morrow.
Exactly who is Esther May Morrow? What is the Archangel and why is the Ministry so interested in it? Will Julie be able to pull off the op?
LOT 62 AN ESTHER MAY MORROW MYSTERY is a short, thrilling story. Arthur Everest does a fantastic job of setting up the story and seamlessly weaves in Julie's past association with MI6. While this story can easily be read in one sitting, it's full of non-stop action and kept my interest. If you're in the mood for a quick, thrilling read with a very bizarre ending, don't pass this by.
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
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