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Black Butterfly by Mark Gatiss
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Black Butterfly (2008)

by Mark Gatiss

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Seeks to entertain and succeeds admirably.
  SomeGuyInVirginia | Apr 30, 2017 |
This is my first foray with Sienna Minx and I was not disappointed. I was on the fence at first but once I finished the sample, I knew I had to purchase this book. I've been waiting for a story like to be written. We meet Sydney, a twenty-something aspiring dancer who is searching for a break in her life. She's on her way to audition and sprains her ankle. While on her audition, she gives herself a pep talk, she's overheard by Nolen Adams. Nolen Adams is twenty-seven, a genius with the IQ to back it up, Wall Street worker who is thinking of financing the show Sydney's auditioning for. These two would have never met otherwise as they do not run in the same circles. Without delving into to spoilers, this day begins a wild ride into a relationship with some bumps along the way.

Now, where this book wins is while this is not a unique plot (poor girl meets rich man and voila they're in love), Sienna gives dabs of differences here and there without getting into fantasy proportions (I've read some far-fetched stories but will not name those stories...because I choose to wipe them from my memory)

PROS: Character development...each of character had enough depth to support this story and their reactions were believable. It did not feel as if they were added just to write a juicy plot.

***P.S. sex scenes were SCORCHING!

CONS: Typos...It might be a little distracting for grammar sticklers out there. But it did not distract from Ms. Minx's story nor were they found in every other sentence

So all in all, this is a keeper and I recommend to those on the fence. Stop reading this and read this story!! ( )
  SheReadsALot | Jun 20, 2016 |
Third and final book in the Lucifer Box trilogy. Lucifer's career is winding down and the Royal Academy, of which he's risen to be its head, is being subsumed by MI6. After attending a funeral for a friend and having his advances spurned by Miss Beveridge, his secretary, he's off to drown his sorrows at the club. Unfortunately his plan is thwarted when an old politician, Sir Vyvyan Hooplah, goes off the rails and starts shooting the place up and steals Lucifer's car for his getaway. Giving chase, Lucifer finally catches up to him when the recklessly attempted escape ends badly and with just enough time to hear his dying words: "Le papillon noir". This event seems to match other recent deaths of prominent people so when Lucifer spots the last person that Hooplah was talking to in the club who has also appeared at the crash site Lucifer decides to follow him. He trails him to the airport, onto a plane headed for Athens and then, despite a friendly warning to desist, a train to Istanbul. Can Lucifer decipher the meaning behind Hooplah's last words and how they relate to the other death's in time for his retirement party?

I enjoyed the first book in the trilogy but felt somewhat let down by it's sequel so my expectations weren't too high going into this third outing for the spoofed up Bondian superspy. It probably lived up to what I was expecting and may have even exceeded them a little after getting past the long-winded set-up. The plot lies somewhere between the aforementioned Bond and an Austin Powers movie involving an enemy from Lucifer's past, a scouting Jamboree and a few exotic locations. While not laugh out loud funny there are a few smirks to be had along the way but if character names such as those already mentioned as well as Kingdom Kum, Whitley Bey and Melissa ffawthawte don't float your boat then it's probably best to steer clear. ( )
  AHS-Wolfy | Nov 20, 2014 |
Good solid fun. ( )
  girlinthemoon | Sep 9, 2012 |
Black Butterfly is the last Lucifer Box novel, and Gatiss has pushed his setting forward again to the early fifties, making Box quite an old man. Having moved to the very top of the spy game, Box is on the verge of retirement, but he has one last adventure in him--and that adventure begins with his investigation into what he believes are mysterious circumstances surrounding an old friend's death. The plot takes a while to get going in this one, but once it does, it trips along fairly well. This entry in the series is lacking a bit in both the humor and the heart of the earlier two books, though the ways Gatiss plays with and deals with Box's old age are interesting and impressive. A slightly disappointing ending to the Box books, if perhaps only because the first two do what they do so very well, but absolutely worth the read if you've followed Lucifer through his first two adventures. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743483812, Paperback)

LUCIFER BOX. He's tall, he's dark and, like the shark, he looks for trouble. Or so he wishes. For, with Queen Elizabeth newly established on her throne, the now elderly secret agent is reaching the end of his scandalous career. Despite his fast-approaching retirement, queer events leave Box unable to resist investigating one last case...Why have pillars of the Establishment started dying in bizarrely reckless accidents? Who are the deadly pay-masters of enigmatic assassin Kingdom Kum? And who or what is the mysterious Black Butterfly? From the seedy streets of Soho to the souks of Istanbul and the sun-drenched shores of Jamaica, Box must use his artistic licence to kill and eventually confront an enemy with its roots in his own notorious past. Can Lucifer Box save the day before the dying of the light?

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"Lucifer Box. He's tall, he's dark and, like the shark, he looks for trouble ... or so he wishes. For with Queen Elizabeth newly established on her throne the now elderly secret agent is reaching the end of his scandalous career. Despite his fast-approaching retirement, however, queer events leave Box unable to resist investigating one last case ..." "Why have pillars of the Establishment started dying in bizarrely reckless accidents? Who are the deadly pay-masters of enigmatic assassin Kingdom Kum? And who or what is the mysterious Black Butterfly?" "From the seedy streets of Soho to the souks of Istanbul and the sun-drenched shores of Jamaica, Box must use his artistic license to kill and eventually confront an enemy with its roots in his own notorious past. Can Lucifer Box save the day before the dying of the light?"--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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