Thursday, October 4, 2012

Original Sin by Beth McMullan-4.5 stars

McMullan, Beth, Original Sin. Hyperion, 2011. Pgs. 304.

Lucy Hamilton is a fantastic multi-tasker. Code-named, Sally Sin, she’s a former spy. She’s been trying to cut it as a mother while keeping her past a secret from her husband, Will. Her past, however, has come back to bite her in the form of her former boss, Simon Still. He needs her help to bring down the Blind Monk, an arms smuggler, and Ian Blackford, a former spy turned traitor/Weapons of Mass Destruction dealer believed to be involved. Unfortunately, Blackford also has a habit of kidnapping Sally on missions. Now she’ll have to juggle and her spy duties. Soon Simon wants her to break into a scientist named Albert Malcolm’s lab and see what he’s really up to and may entail purposely getting Blackford to kidnap her. Can Sally bring down the Blind Monk and Ian Blackford before it’s too late? Will she be able to keep her identity a secret from her husband or will he find out?

Although the long jumps into her past are a little confusing at first, readers will enjoy the humor mixed in with the action and mystery. The characters are likable, even the villains. The plot is intriguing and has some fun plot twists. Readers who like spy novels will enjoy reading this book.

4.5 stars, Adult