Wednesday, September 24, 2014
White Flesh, Black Market: Spies in the House of Lust Book 1 (2013) Barbra Novac, Wah Wah Funk Publishing
So you might be wondering why I started the Sexy September tag here on the blog and reposted several of my old reviews that covered some of the more risqué books.
Well it turns out that I'm not the only one fond of sexy heroines fighting crime or spying. The Baroness Yahoo Group suggested these books. The Baroness is a definite inspiration for this book as is Modesty Blaise and Mrs Peel (from The Avengers TV series)
The novel opens with the death of a group of KGB agents including a couple of American moles during an orgy. The Russian detective Vicar Grogshh Hotly Irk is assigned to the case. He is contacted by ROTA and is informed that this was part of a larger plot with the death of 250 agents around the world on both sides of the political divide.
ROTA (we are not told what it stands for) is sending their top agents DISC
Porshe Worthington - Blonde, owner and editor in chief of Voir magazine, widow of William Marlowe.
Aston Knight - French scientific genius and model.
Mercedes Merlin - Waif like red haired model, an orphan who travelled and trained in China.
The first instalment introduces the agents and gets them into their various assignments as the villain is suspected immediately. I felt a little disappointed at the end of this volume as it felt like the story had just gotten started, the players all in place. Porshe was meeting with Clon Daedalus, Mercedes arrives on his private island and Aston is undercover with the Russian mob who are looking to buy Daedalus's technology.
Barbra Novac does a really great job introducing the main characters and giving us several sex scenes that felt were part of the plot and not just thrown in for the sake of having a sex scene.
I should also mention how much I love the covers for this story. If you are a fan of sexpionage adventures of The Baroness or the espionage adventures of The Avengers and Modesty Blaise I would whole heartedly suggest getting this book but be aware that this is one adventure across three books.