Lacey Goes to Tokyo: Miss Belle’s Travel Guide #1 by C. H. Lyn. Tirgearr Publishing. January 2020. pb, 277 pp.; ASIN: B0822W3HKV.
Lacey Devaine belongs to a spy ring operating under the guise of an elite escort service. While in Tokyo with Ned, an ex whom Lacey is trying to adjust being with again, a newspaper reporter pushes his nose where it shouldn’t be and exposes a slave trade ring operating in Asia. The exposure means Lacey is in full swing action and gets information pivotal to ending the illegal operation but also threatening to cause death to an entire village of Hmong citizens living in Laos.
Lacey and other women under the leadership of Miss Belle are women of style. They dress to the hilt, are sexy as all get-out and have an upper-class reputation as well as generally being present where there’s trouble. The cost to the ladies is high and very often they are in need of psychological counseling because of the high risks they run, often life or death situations. But they’re also cool and suave no matter how fierce the pressure gets. As a result they earn the respect and assistance of other men when they most need it. And wow do they need it in the plot of this novel!
Products are designed to make plenty of money for mob-like characters and these men (or animals depending on your point of view) don’t think twice about the loss of lives during their transactions. But Lacy enlists the aid of another dear friend who has seen this scenario long ago in Africa and uses his military skills to help Lacey end this horrific scene which threatens an entire village. Thai police and other professional detectives are involved and only Lacey can manipulate all the options so that there is no further punishment falling on these poor people or anyone else for that matter.
Guts are a huge component in Lacey and Miss Belle’s ladies but also a profound sense of integrity sorely lacking for most of the characters in this story. That ensures the success of Miss Belle’s ladies now and in other similar in this notable and highly recommended series!
Beautifully crafted C. H. Lyn! Keep these novels coming!