Lust, Money & Murder ~ Book 1

Written by Mike Wells


Series description

Born in the worst suburb in Pittsburgh, Elaine Brogan is bright, beautiful and bold. When her father is falsely arrested for passing counterfeit $100 bills, Elaine vows to become a Secret Service agent and track down the man responsible. After barely surviving the arduous Secret Service Training Academy in Laurel, Maryland, she is transferred to bleak and blustery Great Falls, Montana. But things do not go as planned, and Elaine soon finds herself betrayed and thrown into an adventure that takes her halfway around the world, from dark and mysterious Sofia, Bulgaria, to Moscow Russia, and finally, to Milan, Italy. In the end, will Elaine find the love and happiness she truly seeks…or will she turn to a life of obscene wealth, power and corruption?




An Easy Read .. Promises an Exciting Series!  5 stars


A short introductory read to this series and, boy, Mike Wells knows how to write!

Elaine Brogan is brought up in a poor, rough neighbourhood in Pittsburgh. The apple of her father’s eye, she proves to be both bright and smart and he will move heaven and earth to get her accepted to a private school to give her the best chance in life. However, when her father is arrested after banking counterfeit money which he came by legitimately, Elaine begins to change her career plans. Deciding she wants to be on the side of the law and do something about the counterfeiters, she sets her sights on being accepted to the Secret Service – no mean feat! As she makes the cut, she finds herself not in her ideal post, but with a job in the back of beyond. A year later, she is transferred to Bulgaria where she gains a reputation for being extremely efficient at her job; unfortunately a bit of a scandal sees her moving on, and thus the scene is set for what promises to be a very auspicious series.

This is such an easy read. This first short book sets up things beautifully, and successfully whets the appetite for what’s to follow. The words flow smoothly, drawing the reading further in line by line. An interesting and exciting start makes this a series I would certainly like to follow.  Whilst it’s perhaps not my usual type of read, there is something very appealing about the potential of this opener, leaving things wide open for future books. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one and, as it is free for kindle on Amazon, I would recommend that everyone gives it a try – after all, there is nothing to lose!

My grateful thanks to the author for bringing this book to my attention; as it happened, I had purchased from Amazon UK some time previously. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: crime thriller


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 348 KB
  • Print Length: 107 pages
  • Publication Date: 18 January 2014
  • Purchase Links: Amazon UK
  •                                 Amazon US


Meet the Author


A186-A4bziL._UX250_Mike Wells is an American bestselling author of more than 25 “unputdownable” thriller and suspense novels, including Lust, Money & Murder and Passion, Power & Sin. He is also known for his young adult books, such as The Mysterious Disappearance of Kurt Kramer, The Wrong Side of the Tracks, and Wild Child, which are used by English teachers in high schools and colleges worldwide. Formerly a screenwriter, Wells has a fast-paced, cinematic writing style. His work is often compared to that of the late Sidney Sheldon, with strong and inspiring female heroes, tightly-written scenes, engaging action/dialogue, and numerous plot twists. He currently lives in Europe and has taught in the Creative Writing program at the University of Oxford.

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