Russian Dolls by Cristelle Comby
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Mystery
Length: Full (170 pgs)
Rated: 4 Stars
Review by Rose
Alexandra Neve is a student at University College London whose world suddenly falls apart. When her best friend jumps from the university’s rooftop, she can’t stop herself from asking, ‘Why?’ The police rule her friend’s death a suicide and for them the case is closed — so whom can she turn to for help?
Sometimes the person you need the most is the one you least expect to find, and in this case it’s none other than Ashford Egan, a blind middle-aged history professor, who’s more willing than most to listen to what she has to say.
Neve and Egan are as different as they come. She’s restless, careless at times, and fearless when the need arises, while he’s almost the complete opposite: a deep thinker with an analytical mind, a highly rational and collected individual.
As they enter the violent world of the Russian mafia, they must overcome their differences and learn to work together. It’s their only chance if they want to survive.
Welcome to a new detective team. This first book in The Neve&Egan Cases introduces us to an unlikely duo in the annals of detective fiction – a blind professor and his student. Comby makes it work.
The characters are the most interesting part of this book–to see the growth of Alexandra Neve as she plays off the steadier Ash Egan is interesting. She’s determined to prove that her friend did not commit suicide. Egan is steadier and provides a guiding hand when she wants to rush off half-cocked. On the other hand, Egan is withdrawn and friendless and Neve offers companionship he so desperately needs.
The plot is interesting–going from Alexandra’s conviction that her friend didn’t commit suicide to the discovery of a mysterious list to links to involvement in human trafficing and money laundrying, and more. I’m interested to see what else Ms. Comby has in store for Neve & Egan.