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Review: No Stone Unturned by Julie Moffett

on January 14, 2019

No Stone Unturned (Lexi Carmichael Mystery #11)
Julie Moffett
Carina Press
2019, 374p
Copy courtesy of the publisher via NetGalley

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

Geek girl Lexi Carmichael thought getting engaged would mean calmer days ahead. But when Slash’s past brings up more questions than answers, she’s not going to let anything–or anyone–drive them apart.

Getting engaged is supposed to be a fun, exciting time in a girl’s life. But things are never that easy for Slash and me. Instead, someone is threatening to expose Slash’s past–a past so secret, even I know very little about it.

Before I can get used the weight of Nonna’s antique ring on my finger, he’s on his way to Rome…and we’re farther apart than we’ve ever been. Still, I have no intention of sitting at home and letting him take on the Vatican by himself.

With a little expert-level hacking, I learn Slash is keeping secrets from me. Big ones. Dangerous ones. In fact, the more I dig into Slash’s past, the more I discover things about him I never knew–things that eventually pit us against each other.

From Rome to the Amalfi coast to the highest levels of the Vatican, we both race to discover the truth. No matter what I find, we’re officially a team now, so I won’t let him face this alone. Even if I don’t know if our relationship can survive it.

For the most part, I really enjoy this series. I discovered it a lot of years ago now and I think we get around 2 instalments per year and there are a lot of things that I really appreciate about it. Firstly, how good Lexi is at her job. She’s super awkward and dumb stuff happens to her all the time but she has a really analytical mind and she’s always ready to drop whatever it is she’s doing and help someone. I love her ability with computers and the way she thinks. Also I like her and Slash and how steady they’ve been for the last 7 or so books. It can be rare in a series to have that romantic consistency and not have the main character torn between characters or in a perpetual state of relationship flux.

In this book however, Lexi and Slash face probably their greatest test when someone from Slash’s past starts sending him messages about things he’s done and threatens to spill some secrets, things that Slash doesn’t particularly want Lexi to know. He has a very highly classified past and has definitely done some things that he’d prefer Lexi never have to find out about. There’s also a lot about his background and his unusual upbringing as well that Slash himself doesn’t even know about but he’s about to get some of the answers in the course of investigating just who it is that is threatening to expose him and why.

The book starts with Slash and Lexi’s engagement party, something that Lexi has been coerced into doing. She’s still not at ease in social situations, even when she knows everyone that is going to be there and the situation is only made worse when her mother starts immediately harassing her about wedding details and producing grandbabies. Lexi and Slash just got engaged and even thinking about the wedding right now is too much of a distraction for her – I think it’s almost a relief when Slash is targeted with a message, because it gives her something else to focus on and that is providing support for Slash in any way that she can, letting him know that he’s not alone anymore and she’ll be there for him. For Slash, who comes across as supremely confident, it seems that Lexi is his Achilles heel – he’s constantly worried that she’ll find out about him and that’ll cause her to leave him, when she learns what he’s done in his past.

A large portion of the book is in Italy and revolves around the Catholic Church and the Vatican which is not particularly my sort of thing because I have a lot of issues with the Catholic Church and the blind eye they’ve turned to instances of extreme abuse. There’s just a lot about most organised religion that I really don’t enjoy and I’m not a big fan of reading about it either. But it’s an integral part of the storyline here and Slash was raised in Italy, a country that is heavily devoted to Catholicism and he also worked for the Vatican. There’s some nice stuff that ties into Slash and Lexi’s meeting with the Pope in the third book, No Place Like Rome as well and it’s always good when a series keeps consistent to those prior stories. I like a series that builds, rather than each instalment feeling stand alone.

There’s so much more that the reader knows about Slash now after this book. Before this he had been a mystery for so long – each book had built on that mystery until, to be honest, he was almost barely human. But this book strips it back a bit and lets us get a glimpse of him as a real person with insecurities and fears and a burning desire to know more about his past. His love for Lexi has always been a very strong part of him and his acceptance of her for who she is, weirdness and awkwardness and all but in this book we get a look at the opposite – Lexi’s steadfast support of Slash and her willingness to accept him for all he is, shady past and all. I think this will make them feel more “even” in the future – there’s no longer that feeling that Lexi doesn’t know much about Slash’s past or that he has these secrets and she’s realised that he could be just as vulnerable as she could. Progression!

8/10

Book #4 of 2019


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