Joshua Cooper has been in the middle of a investigation of a mob runner that is coming dangerously close to two of his best friends, Ivy and Astor Redd. The two girls are twins who have both in their own ways become involved in Joshua’s investigation, Ivy had sold a quilt to the mob runner, and Aster hits him with her car in a motel parking lot.
Meanwhile, Brook Jackson is a judge on the Masterpiecers’s art competition that Ivy was accepted as a contestant. Brook has done his share of questionable activities but now he wants to prove himself to Ivy and clear his name so he cuts a deal with Joshua. Now it’s Joshua’s job to prove the real thieves and help the twins.
The Masterminds is the second book in the Masterful series by Olivia Wildenstein. This book starts off before the events in the first book, then through what was going on and then expands past the end of that story all while switching the POVs that the story is told from the twins in the first book to Joshua and Brooke in this installment.
I’d recently read another series that did something similar to this one and with each of these series I have had my moments of doubt when I think why reread things I had already read. But again the author has proven me wrong in thinking I’m going to get the same story when it truth this felt a lot like reading a completely different book with the change of angle and story focus. Great job making something new and compelling while refreshing the story from before and continuing it onward with this installment.
Overall, this was a great series whether reading both books or just one or the other of them, both stories had their own feel and took on a life of their own after switching characters which I was very impressed with and again had the pages turning reading to see what would happen in the end.
I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.