The Raven

Nappa, Mike. The Raven: A Coffey & Hill Novel-Book 2. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2016.


As a deception specialist, “The Raven” lives up to his show name by picking pockets of people as they watch. Deciding to keep a politician’s wallet for himself, The Raven finds more than just money. Quickly involved in a scheme named “Nevermore”, The Raven realizes he may be in over his head. Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill tackle the case and meet some unique characters, starting with Mama Bliss. Suspense, full characters, subtle faith, links to Edgar Allan Poe, the Ukraine Mafia and interesting points of view all combine into a riveting story…

Certainly not my usual genre, again, I was drawn into Mike Nappa’s book and finished it before I realized it. Having read the first book in the series, Annabel Lee, I was actually anticipating this one. Though perhaps not quite as violent as the first book, it was just as well written and compelling. With a mix of characters telling their stories in different perspectives, lots of references to Poe and intensity from cover to cover, The Raven even has me looking forward to a book 3, chilling book cover and all.

5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Raven from Revell Publishing for my honest review*

Annabel Lee

Nappa, Mike. Annabel Lee: A Coffey & Hill Novel. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell Publishing. 2016.


Tucked away and living with her Uncle in rural Alabama, Annabel doesn’t realize the trouble until her Uncle locks her in a bunker with a German Shepard dog to guard her. Trudi Coffey, a private investigator and English Literature major, teams up with her ex-husband, Samuel Lee, to unravel the clues and messages left by Annabel’s Uncle to find her. The Mute, a former veteran sniper, enters as a guard for Annabel against the person tracking her. With suspense, romance, faith and even a bit of humor, author Mike Nappa winds all the elements and characters together for a fast-paced thrilling read…

Okay, totally not my genre at all, I must admit I was a bit concerned by the cover if I would even be able to read it. Once into the novel, though I found the characters somewhat unmatched when combined together, in a creative kind of way it worked, especially as all the references to Edgar Allan Poe intertwined and connected pieces. Not quite sure how or where the story was headed, I did find the writing strong and the different perspectives unique yet very worthy. With a follow-up novel in the series slated for fall of 2016, The Raven, I will probably dare to read it.

4.5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Annabel Lee from Revell Publishing for my honest review*