Stars: 5 out of 5
Pros: Gripping story that builds on the world of book one.
Cons: The ending is a bit rushed.
The Bottom Line:
Not a one hit fluke
Turning's second case as strong
You won't put it down
More High Tech Fun with Turing
Turing is shocked to discover, while reading files of police reports, that Ray Santiago has been killed. He was the chief programmer at the company Turing has recently started. Alan Grace Enterprises is designed to be a permanent safe home for Turing and other Artificial Intelligence Personalities (AIP), and Ray was building the network that would become that home. Shock quickly turns to concern when she discovers that Ray's laptop is missing. On it was information that could put Turing and her AIP friends at risk. So she and her human friends Tim and Maude start investigating on their own to find the killer and the laptop. But that's not as easy as it first appears since Ray had constructed a secret life and wasn't necessarily who he claimed to be. While new PI Tim follows the trail to find out who Ray really was, Maude and Turing try to make sense of the little they can find in his office and apartment. Who was Ray? And will that lead them to his killer and the all important laptop?
I completely fell in love with these characters in the first book in this series, and this second adventure was as much fun as the first. Turing is a very real character who grows over the course of the story once again. Having established Turing in the last book, Maude and Tim get a bit more of the spot light this time around, and I enjoyed getting to know them better. The story itself provides some interesting twists. I had some parts of the story figured out, but there were a few surprises that I never saw coming. The ending was a bit rushed, but when I went back and reread it, I was able to put everything together.
It is absolutely critical to read book one first. Not only does it set up the world that Turing lives in, but this book makes reference to a few key events from the last one. Both books are highly recommended for a great read, and you'll be on to Click Here for Murder before you know it.
And follow this link to be sure to read the Turing Hopper Mysteries in order.