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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
“One million, two hundred fifty thousand dollars” is the first line of this book and the reader is immediately hooked. This large amount of money was a recent transfer into her account, building her wealth even more. Victoria Clifford, a real estate agent in Marin County, California, is a multimillionaire due to her “side job.” Collaborating with her brother Theo, who lives in Geneva, Switzerland, and her Aunt Vera who is a local psychic, they developed a seemingly unbeatable scheme. In The Agent, written by Marsha Roberts, a sophisticated crime is revealed. The newest victim is Maribeth Simmons, whose husband filed for divorce. When Victoria obtained the listing to sell their large, stately home with a stunning view, the newest scheme began.
The Agent is a page-turner; it is impossible to put down once started. It is fast-paced, and exactly how Victoria, Theo, and Vera execute the plan is both complex and adventurous. It is revealed bit by bit, so the reader is not aware of how all the parts fit together until the end. The development of the main characters is also intriguing, as information from past events in their lives is interwoven into the plot. Although there are many characters and timelines move between the past and present, there is a smooth flow to the storyline. There are many twists and turns within the captivating plot, engaging the reader from the first paragraph to the last. Author Marsha Roberts has skillfully written a complicated, adventurous crime novel in The Agent. A great summer read!