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Stages & Thieves: Volume 5 (Semya Slotin Mystery) Paperback – 2 Apr 2015

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ever After Edition (2 April 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1926445058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1926445052
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.8 cm
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Semya has just returned to London with Vincent, her boyfriend of three years. Everything looks promising for their future but on their return tragedy strikes and Semya who is also pregnant with Vincent's child finds herself grieving as Vincent is declared dead in a bombing.

In her grief, Semya goes through this phase where she doesn't do much, except for moping around but the baby she is expecting gives her a reason to carry on and at the same time she is not convinced that Vincent died. She sets out to carry her own investigations but nobody, including her best friend Polliannah believes that she has a hope in finding anything. This puts a strain on their close relationship and Polliannah who is recently widowed seeks refuge with her friend Jim, a Chief Superintendent.

Jim asks Semya for help with an investigation with a stolen painting as she has worked with profiling the suspect in the past. This is where mostly everyone involved in solving the case is misled, including Jim. The CIA persuades Semya into pursuing the case in exchange for information on the bombing where Vincent was involved. She agrees and decides to accompany Polliannah who is visiting her family in Moscow but she doesn't tell her the true reason why she is going.

Whilst in Moscow Semya discovers that she had been lied to for all of her life and as the story unfolds, more and more secrets come to the surface. Semya being a determined strong character cannot be deterred from her goal which is dangerous and unpredictable. Knowing who to trust becomes a real issue. This story is full of twists and turns as well as being action packed.

Will Semya unveil the truth amongst all the lies and deceit and solve this case? What about her relationship with her long lost father?
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8fa09e64) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
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HASH(0x90546744) out of 5 stars All kinds of thieves in this one 19 Feb. 2015
By Deb Nam-Krane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Semya Slotin's strength has always been her gut instincts (her super intelligence is an added bonus). But when she's struggling with both grief and impending motherhood, those instincts might be a little dull. She knows that her lover Vincent is still alive, but nothing else is as sharp as it used to be. Being an orphaned outsider is finally starting to catch up with her, and her spats with her partner-in-crime Polliannah aren't helping anything. So maybe indulging the manipulative CIA agent who wants to offer her information in exchange for something really dangerous isn't a good idea, but suddenly Ms. Slotin is a little more desperate than she used to be.

Two crime families- in Moscow, of all places- would be dangerous enough. Throw in a couple of jealous mob wives, a long-lost father and a police commissioner/former agent who's starting to get a clue about what his former agency was *really* doing and you've got a lot of drama. But all that's irrelevant, ultimately. The real question: is Semya going to end up more alone than when she started out, or is she finally going to convince people that just maybe her gut isn't as rusty as it might seem?

Loved it, of course, and read it all in one sitting. (Good thing that was a snow day, because the scenes between Polli and said former agent were h-o-t.) My favorite part of all though was the reunion between Semya and her father. (And if you ever wondered where the name "Semya" came from, you're going to find out.) Here's hoping Sam Dovos isn't too dirty so he can stick around for the next books...and boy do I hope we find out (or confirm) why Ulrich Edgerton needed to ruin Semya's family's life.

Desperately awaiting book six.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f9fbfcc) out of 5 stars An excellent addition to the series 19 Feb. 2015
By Majanka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I previously read another book in the Semya Slotin series, but the Stages & Thieves saga is an entirely new series within this series. The characters are familiar, but some new characters make an appearance as well. Sémya Slotkin and her best friend Polliannah are in London, and things aren’t looking up for either of them. Sémya just lost Vincent, the love of her life. Polli wants to help her friend, but since she recently went through a similar tragedy, she struggles with grief too. Both of them struggling with broken hearts puts a strain on their relationship, and Polli fears that Sémya lets the quest to find out what really happened to Vincent rule her life.

But while both friends struggle to move on, Sémya finds herself suddenly in the middle of another adventure reminiscent of her previous ones as an amateur sleuth – except this time the stakes could be even higher. She’s chasing art thieves one moment, meeting her father for the first time in the next moment, and trying to cope with her pregnancy all while trying to find out what really happened, and who she really is now she discovers a secret about her roots.

Of the two books I read in the series focusing on Sémya Slotin, this is my favorite. The writing has matured, as have the characters. Sémya and Polli are far from the giggling girls we met at first – they have a darkness to them now, a maturity that comes from grief and suffering, and sometimes their pain seems so real the author can almost feel it. But luckily the book isn’t just all about sadness: at its core, it’s a thriller, a fast-paced mystery, and Sémya and Polli find themselves more vulnerable than ever.

While I enjoyed the plot, the characters truly make this book shine. I can’t wait to read what happens next. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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HASH(0x8fc7d5e8) out of 5 stars Here we go again!! 18 Feb. 2015
By Yanet octavo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
***ARC provided for honest review***

Here we go again! After, we discover alot of answer to so many questions in Vincent book we thought him and Semya were going to have there happiness they deserve but, no it had to end the way it did. Now on Stages & Thieves Mrs. Danielle kept bring her mystery and romance. In this episode of Polli and Semya life there friendship is put to the test. New and old romance appear and Semya reconnects with someone important from her past. Every time you think you got something figure out you get more tangle in a web. If you have read Semya and Vincent journey keep reading it's worth it if not I advice you to start from Birds of Prey. I can't wait for the next book I still believe in Vincent!
HASH(0x8f9d95dc) out of 5 stars By far, the best one yet. 1 Jun. 2015
By Ara the Booksnake - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Title: Stages & Thieves (Sémya Slotin Mystery #5)
Author: Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba
Publication Date: February 17, 2015
Genres: Mystery, Romance, Suspense, Thriller
Source: Copy Given by Author and Tour Organizer

ARA'S NOTE:
When I was asked to review Stages & Thieves honestly I was a bit apprehensive. I found the series very interesting as a whole, but individually, I found the first couple of books lacking. But I was curious with how the 4th book ended, and I wanted to know what happened to Vincent. So I decided, what the heck. Good thing I listened to the inquisitive voice in my head.

SYNOPSIS:
One fateful July morning forever changed the lives of Sémya Slotin and her best friend Polliannah Guryev.

Vincent Edgerton, the only man Sémya has ever loved, was taken from her by an explosion and a fire that she couldn’t understand, trust, nor explain. It left her alone, hurt, angry and desperately seeking answers. On top of everything, she is also incredibly hormonal; Sémya Slotin is going to be a mother.

Polliannah just healed from losing her husband but seeing her best friend grieving is not only breaking her heart, it has been a strain on their once close-knit relationship. She is afraid that Sémya will completely disappear into her grief. Thankfully, Polliannah can always seek refuge with the handsome Chief Superintendent James Connelly. In the past three months, he has become her safe haven. But when they finally give in to each other and Jim reveals his true feeling for her, Polliannah pulls away. Is she ready to put herself out there again?

Then all of the sudden, Sémya, the pregnant Detective Extraordinaire is chasing art thieves across the globe, making dangerous deals and finally meeting her father… It’s all about ex-lovers and new ones, a priceless painting, con artists, baby bumps, an impromptu trip to Moscow, designer dresses, teacakes, a birthday ball and reconnecting with your roots.

With everything that has happened this year, Sémya and Polliannah are more vulnerable and exposed than they have ever been. Will Jim’s love and trust be enough to ease Polliannah’s doubts? Will Sémya find out what happened to Vincent?

Welcome to the Stages & Thieves saga, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

CHARACTER BACKGROUND:
Semya Louise Slotin or New Semya, as she so likes to call herself, is still a perceptive and stubborn sleuth. But now she's more careful, knows when to take a step back, and she's no longer afraid of showing emotions and being attached to people. By the way, she blames her hormones for this.

Polliannah Kock Guryev is no longer her confident old self. She now doubts almost eveything about her life; whether or not she fits in with her family, if she really know what true love is, and if she was wrong in doubting her best friend about Vincent's "supposed" death.

James Connelly or Chief Superintendent James Connelly is a charming, intelligent, and loving man. He's in love with Polli and will do everything he can to help Semya solve the mystery which is his best friend's death.

TO LOVE:
I really have to say this, I find it absolutely great how there are minimal errors now in terms of grammar and spelling. This is quite a big deal for me, because I remember struggling with the preceding installments in the series due to said mistakes. A pat on the back for that.

Next up, I adore the "new" characters. By "new", I meant old characters that had total personality makeovers. Don't get me wrong, I liked Semya before, but I love her now. She still has her reckless streak, but she now feels bad about it because she can't just think about herself -- Poopie is first priority. Her improvement in the looks depatment doesn't hurt either. Now I can easily believe it when people tells her she's gorgeous. Her new found softness in the emotions department is quite fetching. She's more open with what she's feeling, she lets people in easier nowadays, and she cries! *gasp* Ms. Slotin sheds tears in this book, and she doesn't even hide it. Polli's transformation though, I'm still 50-50 about it. On the positive side, she now seems less of a spoiled brat, which is ironic since they actually have money now. She also matured a lot, which is probably brought on by the events that happened to them in the last few months. Looking at the negative effects of her so-called change, Polli became grumpier especially when they arrived in Russia. She's like the Grinch. I also hate her immaturity towards her relationship with Jim. He's such a great man and he loves her, but what does she do? She runs. This happened not once, not twice, but three times! I was like, "Dude! A perfect male specimen is head-over-heels in love with you! Get a freaking grip!!" Speaking of men, the guys in the book are all so intriguing and charming it's almost ridiculous. Just saying.

The story: Once again her case starts off quite simple; she identifies an art thief, present him to the FBI, then she goes back to doing squats and stretches. But nothing is ever simple in Semya Slotin's life, so we should've already expected that it wouldn't end there. The CIA gets involved, she gets to meet her biological father, she learns how valuable she truly is, and she almost gets killed. All of which happened in Russia, and all of it done for no other than Vincent Mallory Edgerton. *glare* (You better be alive Mr. Man. People are risking their lives for you.)

TO BLEH:
There were a few times in the book that I found myself dumbfounded by the pace of the events. Like I was missing out on something. It's pretty hard to explain, but once you've read the book, you'd know what I'm talking about.

SUMMARY:
So far, this is my favorite in the entire saga. The story flow was great, the characters have grown, and the plot just gets better and better. I give this 5 stars, and I can't wait to read the next coming books. Yo Edgerton! Come back already! Your kid is about to be born!!
HASH(0x8f9d98c4) out of 5 stars ✯✯5 Mysterious Stars!!✯✯ 3 May 2015
By Stefanie@Mommy's Late Night Book-up - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Finally! Semya, Polli, Poopie and the rest of the gang is back. Or are they? We met everyone in the Semya Slotin Mystery series. These girls never seem to stay away or out of trouble. They are always surrounded by the best and fanciest wine made. They always end up trying to solve the hardest, most dangerous cases there is. Well, it's the same girls just a new series. And, nothing has changed.

We pick up a few months after Vincent Mallory Edgerton left off. Semya is pregnant with Poopie. She can not & will not believe Vincent is dead. When she's sleeping she's dreaming of Vincent and when she's awake she's looking at her board trying to prove he's alive somewhere.

Polli also lost her husband a few months before Vincent died. Polli & Semya have not seen eye to eye lately. Polli wants Semya to face facts and stop trying to figure out where Vincent is. Semya does not want to hear it. Polli has been spending more and more time with Chief Superintendent James Connelly. He's been good friends with both Polli & Semya as well as best friends and worked at FREGG with Vincent. The more they spend together the stronger their feelings are getting. Until, Polli pushes James away.

Years ago Semya worked with James Connelly to catch some art thieves. Now, James Connelly needs help with another art thieve. He asks Semya for help. She jumps at the chance to help. Semya, Polli and Poopie
end up at Polli's families house in London.

While in London Semya is non-stop. She's tracking down the art thieves. Semya also meets her father. Yes, I said that! Is her father as bad as she was brought up to believe? Why did her mom name her Semya? And, what actually between her mother and father anyway?

James Connelly shows up to help Semya and be near Polli. While there Semya shows him the stuff she has on Vincent. He starts to think Semya might have a point and maybe Vincent isn't really dead. James and Polli also can't seem to stay very far apart from each other. Vincent father isn't making Semya life easy. Semya birth father and Polli's dad and brothers have a lot of secrets going on. Semya is waiting on Poopies arrival.

This book was non stop the whole time. Every time I read a new book with Semya and Polli in it I like them more & more. They're always making me laugh. There was so many times when Semya was talking or dreaming about Vincent I'd end up in tears right along with her.

I can not wait to see what happens next for Semya, Polli, James and Poopie
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