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Princess Lily: A Quick Study in Murder (Joe Costa Book 2) by [Simpson, Henry]
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Lily Sutter moves to Montecito, hires lawyer Joe Costa to find her office space, and through him meets a few local socialites. Young, attractive, charming, and shrewd, she quickly networks her way into the social scene, finds well-heeled investors for the high yield securities she sells. She befriends Vergie Hove, a wealthy heiress with a philandering husband and alcohol and drug addictions, helps her bring order to her life. Complications ensue when the FBI investigates Lily’s business, her ex-fiancee is murdered, two Vergie relatives die accidental deaths, and a mobster and hit man come looking for her.
A former mentor says of Lily, “She’s a master . . . a prodigy . . . a quick study, fine actress, knew what game we were playing . . . learned what she does from someone skilled, probably a whole family, maybe a tribe.”
Note to readers: This is the fourth Joe Costa novel. In time sequence, it follows the first (Joe Costa’s New Game) and precedes Joe Costa’s Lonely Hearts. Some Kind of Genius is the last in the series so far.

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Author Henry Simpson's novel "Princess Lily" is a tastefully written murder mystery story. It is a fast paced book, and is unusual in its depiction of the characters. Unlike most conventional novels, there are no `pure' heroes. All the likeable characters exhibit dark variations in their personalities when faced with various moral challenges.
Nowhere are the variations seen more vividly than in the character of the story's `heroine' Lily Sutter, the sultry twenty-seven year old understudy of Alex Hickok, the CEO of Greenwich Venture Investments LLC. She is effectively used by her mentor as a `pretty face' to lure in rich clients for questionable investments in `cutting edge' biotechnological ventures. The story delves deeper into her character after she is sent by Alex to Montecito, California to expand the operation with a new office--Montecito Venture Investments (MVI). She encounters Joe Costa, a shady California criminal lawyer who helps her to set up the business and introduces her to potential clients--the super wealthy socialites of Montecito. They would often congregate at the town's exclusive country club. Lily's relationship to Joe also connects her with another questionable character named Dan Quick, a security firm owner and close friend of Joe's. Lily is often depicted as a siren in her appearance and mannerisms. She is a natural seductress and manipulator who successfully manages to attract a significant amount of new investment capital to her company, while `managing' sexually charged friendships with both Joe and Dan. She befriends Vergie, a lonely socialite who is addicted to painkillers and is dealing with a philandering husband.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c8b9b4c) out of 5 stars terrible and cloying! Jan. 8 2014
By BurtB - Published on
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Having read the other Joe Costa works, I looked forward to this one, which I found to be a quick study in boredom! The author was likely Lily Sutter, assuming the identity of Henry Simpson. I regret wasting my time ; I had hoped that the latter part of the story would justify the crappy start but found that it did not.
I rate this drivel one star, but only due to sentence structure; even the editing sucked, wrong first names appearing in places.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c799a8c) out of 5 stars Not Much Joe Costa, Too Much Lily Nov. 7 2013
By J&KN in NC - Published on
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I misunderstood the note about this book following Book 1 and thought it was Book 4, just not published until now. It really should be called Book 1A since it starts up right where Book 1 ended. Also, it was really a story about a beautiful con artist, and Joe Costa was only in a few chapters. Lily's con game was not very believable and every time she talked to someone, she called them "dear" or "dearheart" which to me added to her fakeness.

Also there were some editing/proofreading problems in that words were often missing or added, such as "Joe and Lily went to District Attorney's office." or "... he handed her a five twenties." It wasn't hard to figure out that "the" was missing or that "a" was added in error, but when it started to happen often, I found it irritating.

All in all I was disappointed in this book and hope that if there is another Joe Costa book, it really will be Book 4 in chronology, with Joe Costa as the main character.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c799a2c) out of 5 stars My Favorite Type of Writing Oct. 20 2013
By Optimistic Reader - Published on
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I'm not necessarily a fan of mysteries or suspense, but I love Simpson's writing style. Heavy on dialogue, it always engages me, but somehow he manages to work in a lot of description and exposition without weighing the story down. But my favorite thing is how this book is intelligent without being pretentious. The clean, crisp style draws me in and I had trouble putting this book down.
Lily is also a compelling character. Men fall in love with her all the time, and she thinks nothing of it. At the beginning of the story Kenny is one of those men, and Lily thinks she loves him too. But once her boss enlightens her as to Kenny's true character, Lily lets him go without a second thought or a wasted emotion. This is only a hint of what's to come, and what Lily is capable of. She seems to attract trouble, and if you like a good, exciting story with trouble to spare, then this book is for you!
Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c799b04) out of 5 stars Princess Lily Oct. 21 2013
By girl jennings - Published on
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This is not a typical murder mystery novel. The focus of the story is about a beautiful woman named Lily, who seems to be good at using men for her personal and financial gain. Although she is not a very likable character -- I assume that's the point -- I thought her interactions with the other characters was realistic and engaging. A real page turner.
I have read many other books by Henry Simpson -- you should check out the others in this series -- and as always I appreciate the candid writing style and attention to details such as setting and characterization. His novels are well edited and a great value. You can get the whole collection for the price of one book.
I tend to gravitate toward mystery series, and this Joey Costa collection is right up my alley. I hope they keep coming ... I will purchase them all.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c799b64) out of 5 stars Princess Lily is a hit! Nov. 1 2013
By Joyce Lavene - Published on
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Princess Lily: A Quick Study in Murder is an interesting change in author Henry Simpson's usual style. The story was as good - well-plotted and full of clever dialogue. His main character, Joe Costa, is there too, but he's in the background a little more than usual. My favorite parts of this story were the interactions between Lily and Joe such as: Costa glanced at her, smiling mischievously. "Go ahead," he said. "You're dying to pitch your wares to me." But then Costa is always my favorite character in these books.
As usual, a fast-paced and fascinating story that you won't want to miss!