The Recovery Agent by Janet Evanovich #BookReview #Adventure #Thriller

#1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich returns with the launch of a blockbuster new series that blends wild adventure, hugely appealing characters, and pitch-perfect humor, proving once again why she’s “the most popular mystery writer alive” (The New York Times).

Lost something? Gabriela Rose knows how to get it back. As a recovery agent, she’s hired by individuals and companies seeking lost treasures, stolen heirlooms, or missing assets of any kind. She’s reliable, cool under pressure, and well trained in weapons of all types. But Gabriela’s latest job isn’t for some bamboozled billionaire, it’s for her own family, whose home is going to be wiped off the map if they can’t come up with a lot of money fast.

Inspired by an old family legend, Gabriela sets off for the jungles of Peru in pursuit of the Ring of Solomon and the lost treasure of Lima. But this particular job comes with a huge problem attached to it—Gabriela’s ex-husband, Rafer. It’s Rafer who has the map that possibly points the way to the treasure, and he’s not about to let Gabriela find it without him.

Rafer is as relaxed as Gabriela is driven, and he has a lifetime’s experience getting under his ex-wife’s skin. But when they aren’t bickering about old times the two make a formidable team, and it’s going to take a team to defeat the vicious drug lord who has also been searching for the fabled ring. A drug lord who doesn’t mind leaving a large body count behind him to get it.

The Recovery Agent marks the start of an irresistible new series that will have you clamoring for more and cheering for the unstoppable Gabriela Rose on every page.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What’s it about (in a nutshell):

The Recovery Agent by Janet Evanovich is a brand-new thriller series featuring Gabriella Rose, a recovery agent who finds assets that have gone missing – for insurances companies, private individuals, and even a ghost in this story.

What I Enjoyed:

Most of all, I enjoyed Gabriella Rose. She’s not an inept agent who just happens upon the items she’s looking for. Instead, she is an intelligent and determined professional who is good at her job. I love her no-nonsense approach to even the most harrowing of circumstances and admired her eye for detail. The same observational skills make her an extraordinary recovery agent. She remains calm and level-headed at all times, and that’s why she is exceptional at what she does.

It wouldn’t be a Janet Evanovich novel if it didn’t have a healthy dose of humor, as this book has. The comedy is primarily situational and works well to cut those intense moments into a mix of pure entertainment and harrowing thrills. I loved that a tiny, subtle situation would come up at the peak of an intense moment, and I would find myself giggling and happy. Mixing humor with thrills does not take away from the quickness of the pace, and as a matter of fact, I think it makes it even faster.

I also love the whole treasure hunting aspect of this story and series. If I see a treasure hunt, I’m there front and center, whether it be a movie, a book, or real life. I love the puzzles, clues, and history involved. It intrigues me endlessly, and this story was no exception. The paranormal aspect of this treasure hunt is a great touch. It increases the intrigue and fun and provides another entertaining avenue. And the fact that it is pirate treasure…well, can you get better than that?


I found Gabriella Rose to be well-developed, with just the right touch of development needed to fuel an entire series. I enjoyed the wit and banter between her and her ex-husband Rafer, and it definitely added to the fun. None of the support characters, including Rafer, were developed that well. Still, they did have just enough detail to understand their choices, and I feel that they will show up and get more development as the series continues.

Reminds Me Of:

Romancing the Stone (1984) and Fool’s Gold (2008) comes instantly to mind. However, Gabriella is a professional, whereas the women in these movies are not.

What I Wish:

I wish to see more of Rafer, but not in every book in the series. I think he is an interesting character and that they are fun together, but they are divorced. I think he is a character that would be intriguing on a limited scale.

To Read or Not to Read:

If you love treasure hunts and action/adventure stories with a good helping of humor, then you will absolutely love this new series by Janet Evanovich and be eager for more Gabriella Rose.

24 Replies to “The Recovery Agent by Janet Evanovich #BookReview #Adventure #Thriller”

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed this one, Tessa. Gabriella sounds like an awesome character. That cover is awesome too! Great review! 🧡

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    1. She really is! She is so much different from the author’s Stephanie Plum character. So strong and sure of herself. Loved that!

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  2. I’ve never read Janet Evanovich before. I know her Stephanie Plum character has a humongous following. Sounds like she has another winner on her hands.

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  3. Yes! I also loved that she was so capable, and that does make her the opposite of the pretty inept Stephanie Plum. And I, too, want to see Rafer again…I think there is an opportunity there, but if she pulls the two of them in to an endless triangle with someone new, I’m going to be unhappy.

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  4. As I read the blurb, I kept trying to figure out how Stephanie Plum factored in. I guess she doesn’t. lol

    Sounds like a fun read. I think I’d be interested in the ex, too, but since it’s not about him, you might be right about using him in a limited way. Unless she’s setting things up for them to have a reunion. I guess there are a lot of factors at play.

    Thanks, Tessa.

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    1. A new main character that is pretty awesome. I love that she can fight, use her brain, and do it all in heels. Lol. I don’t know about the heels part but I bet she could.

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      1. I always thought that about Beckett in Castle. Why a cop would wear heels, I have no idea. It’s not like she needed them for a height advantage; she’s already tall! I’d definitely be in something comfy.

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  5. I’ve heard this book is good and now you’ve confirmed it. Terrific review, Tessa. And I love your pirate flag/word cloud!

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    1. Thank you 🥰. And this new series is so good. I really enjoy this main character. She is such a different kind of female lead for Evanovich.


    1. A new series with a kick a$$ lead female not to mention treasure hunting. I can’t wait for more!


  6. Oh, I didn’t know she wrote a new book? Do you know if she wrote it herself or did she co-write it? The ones she writes herself tend to be better imo.
    It sounds fun and your review gives a great insight. 🙂

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    1. She did write it herself and I agree. I think you’ll enjoy this one. Gabriella Rose is an awesome main character ❤️

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  7. I need to get to this book. I had gotten a bit burnt out on Stephanie Plum so am looking forward to a new series. I like that she is not inept and bumbling, but that there is still some humor. Great review Tessa, zipping this one up my TBR. zzzziippppp 😀📚💞

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