Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Book Review: Access Denied by Donna Andrews (Turing Hopper Mysteries #3)

Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Yet another great book in a great series.
Cons: None
The Bottom Line:
A lead on Nestor
Means another Hi Tech case
You'll really enjoy

Do Not Deny Yourself the Pleasure of This Book

For the last six months, Artificial Intelligence Personality (AIP) Turing Hopper has been monitoring the credit card account of Nestor Garcia, hoping to gain a clue on the where abouts of this criminal. Still, she's shocked when she finds a charge on the account. When she finds the order is going to an empty house, she sends PI Tim out to see who shows up. Unfortunately, Tim falls asleep on his stake out and wakes up to find the police accusing him of a murder that occurred while he was dozing. With the stakes raised, Turing, Maude, and Tim spring into action. But can they solve the puzzle? Is there more here then simple credit card fraud? Was Garcia a victim even though he doesn't fit the pattern? And will they give away Turing's secret with all their on-line snooping?

I loved this book! It drew me in from page one and I had a hard time putting it down until I was finished. Turing, though an AIP, is a very real character. The sub-plot dealing with her relationships with her human friends is very well done. The mystery plot is deftly handled as well, and I couldn't wait to see where things were going. The ending left me intrigued and I'm already impatient for the next in the series.

This is not your normal cozy series because it includes a strong hi tech/sci-fi element. But for anyone looking for something different, this is a great place to start. Just be sure you read them in order because this series builds on each other big time, both in character interaction and plot. Access Denied will spoil the first two for you by necessity.

And if you need it, here are the Turing Hopper Mysteries in order.

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