January 22, 2015 — Reviewed by Selena Hicks, Inkspand (Five Stars)
I was given the opportunity to read Mind Me, Milady by Ann Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks, by inkspand in exchange for an honest review.
Mind Me, Milady is the perfect meld of past lives, history and mystery.
There is a serial killer on the loose in New York. Police have dubbed him the Gentleman Killer because of the way he speaks with his victims before he rapes them, ultimately killing most. He has been taunting Eve for months, calling her to tell her when he has a woman trapped, usually as he is torturing her. The police have not let the public know he usually says, “Mind Me, Milady,” during the torture. Eve knows this horrifying line because he says it when he calls her. He tells her her time is coming. She is working with the police, especially a detective, Maria, who recommends she records the phone calls and tells her to be careful not to antagonize the caller.
Eve is in the middle of dealing with clearing her mother’s caseloads and cleaning out her apartment. Her mother, Norma, was a lawyer and has passed away after a long illness. Eve, also a lawyer, is trying to deal with this blow when she agrees to help one of her clients, Grace, and take a girl, Susan, to Ohio to take care of her aunt’s affairs.
Eve finds herself not only running for her life, but also helping keep Susan alive, while trying to find Grace’s murderer.
Every time I think I had things figured out there is a twist or a turn that completely threw me off. I can highly recommend this book to my friends who love reading mystery thrillers with a little paranormal thrown in!
December 11, 2014 — Reviewed by Dianne on Tome Tender Blog (Five Stars)
The husband/wife writing team of Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks has created another dark and edgy tale of crime, fear and hate that will have you dumbstruck at the realistic feel of every scene, every emotion and every action. Do you like your suspenseful mysteries on the dark side, sharp and jagged, pulling no punches for those with gentler constitutions? Do you like to feel the grit between your teeth and the fear of each character as the pages blur into the background and you find yourself on a dark path in a park or a narrow alley in a city of millions, unable to put your reading down until you cross that final page? Ms. Rothman-Hicks and Mr. Hicks have perfected being a dynamic duo in the literary world as they unravel their tale and leave the soot and grime exposed.
October 6, 2014 — Reviewed By Kathryn Bennett for Readers’ Favorite (Five Stars)
Mind Me, Milady (Eve Petersen Mysteries Book 1) by Anne Rothman and Kenneth Hicks introduces us to Eve, who fears that every time her phone rings it will be a man named the ‘Gentleman Rapist’ to dangle his latest victim in her face. She knows he has a fake accent and it grinds on her every time she has to listen to him tell her the details and, of course, his promise that one day it will be her turn. As if she doesn’t have enough going on, she left a cheating man is an attorney and has to deal with her mom (don’t we all?), along with the criminal who is stalking her new client.
This is probably the best mystery I have read this year. It is engaging, has interesting twists, is a great crime solver, and the villain gave me the heebie jeebies. I have to applaud the work that Anne Rothman and Kenneth Hicks have done here, making a rich and thoroughly enjoyable fiction world in which to walk. I do not read mysteries too often, but I can say I would read them more if they were all like Mind Me, Milady. The pacing was fantastic and I never felt a point where it was too slow or too fast so that it was confusing; everything unfolded just as it should. I am looking forward to the next book in this series, so count me in. Any reader who enjoys a good mystery and likes well fleshed out characters will enjoy this one.
October 5, 2013 — Reviewed By Trudi LoPreto for Readers’ Favorite (Five Stars)
Mind Me, Milady by Anne Rothman and Kenneth Hicks is a mystery story that has so many twists and turns you will be unable to put it down. Eve is a lawyer in New York City, trying to close the cases of her deceased mother, Norma. While Eve is on leave from her law firm, she gets caught up in a mystery involving the ‘Gentlemen Rapist.’ He has targeted her and any one she gets close to by putting a thin wire around their necks and almost strangling them. He has now also become a killer. Susan is a young woman who believes that she lived during the Revolutionary War. She goes to Rosa the gypsy, who hypnotizes Susan and puts her in grave danger. Jack is helping Eve to discover the identity of the ‘Gentleman Rapist’ and the love interest. Maria is the policewoman who follows up on the clues that Eve and Jack provide her with. There is a full cast of bad guys that may or not be the ‘Gentleman Rapist’ or may be guilty of other crimes.
Mind Me, Milady was spellbinding and impossible to put down. The cast of characters that Anne and Kenneth write about are fascinating and the plot is faultless. I found the New York background and the history included to be of great interest since I am a native New Yorker. Mind Me, Milady is a great read for all mystery fans – young, old and in-between. There is a perfect blend of mystery, romance, and suspense to make Mind Me, Milady a top seller.
October 4, 2014 — Reviewed By Tina Gibbons for Readers’ Favorite (Four Stars)
Mind Me, Milady is the first book of the Eve Petersen Mysteries by Anne Rothman and Kenneth Hicks. There is a criminal terrorizing women in New York City and he calls himself ‘The Gentleman.’ Eve Petersen has been receiving personal attention from him via telephone calls. He calls to taunt her, or let her know where to find his latest victim. Eve is in the middle of tying up loose ends of her mother’s law office’s unfinished business after she died of cancer. Eve has some decisions to make about where her life is going, a controlling ex to deal with, a possible new love, an outrageous psychic, and now the hunt is on to catch ‘The Gentleman.’ People close to her fall victim to him, one after another, and he has his sights set on one of Eve’s newest clients. Not to mention, he has promised Eve a date in the near future.
Anne Rothman and Kenneth Hicks make this story a believable one. The villain could be someone from the headlines of a newspaper, a serial rapist who calls himself ‘The Gentleman.’ The descriptions from the mind of the criminal are chilling. There are so many twists to the story that I was guessing about the identity of the rapist right up until the end of the book. The historical parts woven into the tale make it even more interesting. The diverse spectrum of characters and the details of the setting made the book interesting. I liked Eve Petersen as a strong lead female character, as both a lawyer and a sleuth. Maria was also a favorite character. She was written very well into the female police officer role. Mind Me, Milady was an enjoyable mystery, and I would read other books in the series.
September 28, 2014 — Jenell Diegor writing on Inkspand
I personally love most genres of books, but I am more inclined to read mysteries and thrillers. Woman sleuths are definitely up on my list of favourites, from reading Nancy Drew as a child and on to Miss Marple as I got older. The introduction to Mind Me, Milady was just superb; right from the get-go there was action, suspense, a thrill – and someone with a British accent (my weakness)!
In the story, we see our heroine, Eve Petersen, deal with the everyday struggles of a lawyer: persistent clients, stubborn opposition from the lawyers of the opposite side, and dealing with numerous phone calls and messages. Except that unlike most lawyers, Eve has to deal with a particular phone call – a threatening one – from a menacing and dangerous serial rapist. On top of all that she has her personal life to deal with, including an ex who just refuse to go away.
Aside from the pursuit of “The Gentleman Rapist”, we get the chance to get to know the deceased Norma, who had passed on to Eve several responsibilities, including running her organization called SOPROW – the Society for the Protection of Women, as well as a couple of exhausting clients.
I felt that the novel provided tension and conflict in all the right places. I liked that aside from the thoughts of Eve, we are also given first-hand insight to the sick and apalling thoughts and actions of the primary antagonist. I also enjoyed how real the characters felt as well as the realistic situations they find themselves in.
Definitely a prime example of an A+ novel and I eagerly await the next one!
September 27, 2014 — Five star review from Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
Mind Me, Milady: Eve Petersen Mysteries Book 1 is a mystery written by Anne Rothman and Kenneth Hicks. Eve is a corporate lawyer on a partnership track with a good law firm, but her professional career has gotten tangled up with her efforts to finish her mother’s cases. Norma was a personal lawyer and feminist trailblazer who died suddenly and left her offices and apartment for Eve to dispose of. Two of Norma’s clients, Grace and Susan, have taken up a lot of time and energy. At the same time, Eve is dealing with her separation from her philandering boyfriend and coping with the dubious attention paid to her by the ‘Gentleman,’ a serial rapist who throttles his victims into submission. He calls Eve after each attack and promises that he will get to her soon.
Anne Rothman and Kenneth Hicks’ mystery, Mind Me, Milady: Eve Petersen Mysteries Book 1, is an exciting and well-plotted legal/psychological thriller set in New York City. I loved the descriptions of Central Park and the other NYC locations, and enjoyed learning a bit of early New York history. Eve, Jack and the other characters in Mind Me, My Lady are fully-dimensional and real. We also meet Norma, Eve’s mother, vicariously through the eyes of her friends and clients. There’s so much going on in this intriguing story: there’s a political campaign, past life regression and a tantalizing look at two very different ways of practicing law. Also running throughout the story is the dark and tragic past of the ‘Gentleman’ and the threat of his increasingly violent and unpredictable attacks. I was completely absorbed reading Mind Me, My Lady. It’s a first-rate mystery that is highly recommended.
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September 25, 2014 — A brand new five star review from Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite
Mind Me, Milady by Anne Rothman and Kenneth Hicks is a neat murder mystery that will keep you guessing to the end. Eve Andersen, fresh out of a relationship, is terrified that every time the phone rings it will be the Gentleman Rapist. He wants to tell her of every new victim in a phony British accent. Eve is a lawyer not a police officer, but it seems that she is the object of the rapist’s obsessions. The problem is she doesn’t really have time to solve a crime. Until the rapes turn to murder. The rapist is going after a client of Eve’s, a woman with amnesia. The big question is who is this man? Is he something to do with the client’s past or is it to get at Eve herself? Eve needs to stop the man before he kills again, before another woman has to hear the words, “Mind me, Milady. Mind your master.”
Mind Me, Milady is an excellent joint effort between Anne Rothman and Kenneth Hicks. Normally I can guess who did it long before the criminal is revealed, but not this time. This story kept me guessing all the way through, so much so that I didn’t put it down until I had finished. Excellent story, well written and very clever. The characters were well thought out as well. I look forward to reading the next mystery in the series, as I am sure there will be one.
All of the following reviews are posted on Amazon.
A cracking good mystery. A very clever plot with plenty of twists and turns. I loved the way New York history was weaved into the story. The characters were likeable and believable. I’ve only visited New York once but through the vivid descriptions I had a strong sense of place and time. The writing was clear and transparent which allowed for a complicated storyline. If you like an interesting mystery this one is well worth a look.
Diana J. Febry
I love mysteries. And if they are romantic mysteries, that’s a bonus! This novel incorporates both plus much more. “Mind Me, Milady” will not disappoint. It is a story of betrayal, trust, friendship and finding love in the process.
Mind Me, Milady is a book that was nearly impossible for me to put down. The author seemed to pull in little pieces of information that slowly made the story make sense. Trying to figure out how all of these details fit together was nearly impossible so I just kept turning pages, hoping to get one more detail that would tell me who the murderer was and how everything tied together.
Ellen P. LaFleche-Christian
A big city mystery with complicated big city characters. For all you mystery lovers this is one you do not want to miss.
Robert K. Swisher, Jr.