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Ast from her new neighbors she should know But does Pete really have a shady alternate life or is Corie just imagining things desperate to add some spark to her humdrum suburban existence She decides that the only way to find out is to dust off her FBI toolkit and take a deep dive into Pete Delaney's affairsAlways sassy smart and wickedly witty Susan Isaacs is at her formidable best in a novel that is both bitingly wry and ominously thrillin. I have loved Susan Isaacs’s work for decades and so when I saw her newest novel up for grabs on Edelweiss I jumped at the chance to read it This book is for sale now Corie Geller is a former FBI agent Now she is the stay home mom of a fourteen year old stepdaughter and the wife of a prominent judge She works as a scout for uality Arabic fiction And she’s bored out of her mind But old habits die hard and she can’t help noticing that a member of her regular lunch group Pete Delaney has habits that raise red flags He’s too normal almost as if he’s working at it His appearance is forgettable his occupation is dullbut he always sits facing the door when he goes out to lunch He sets Corie’s professional sense a jangling Is Pete really this bland or is it a front for something sinister The few people that Corie confides in are sure she is jumping at shadows She needs a job or a hobby Briefly I wondered whether Pete and Corie were going to fall madly in love but then I remembered who my author is Isaacs would never The one person that takes Corie’s uestions seriously is her father a retired cop who’s bored also As she and her papa peel away Pete’s façade they grow closer to uncovering his secrets And Josh—Corie’s husband whose work reuires a whole lot of travel—knows nothing of any of it The thing that elevates Isaacs above other novelists is her feminist snark It’s put to excellent use here Aspects that don’t work as well for me are the detailed descriptions of upscale furnishings and other expensive possessions and the whole Arabic literature thing which adds nothing at all to the story and is a trifle distracting; I kept wondering when it would become relevant to the story but then it didn’t But both of these are minor factors The reader should also know that this is not a thriller There seems to be a trend among publicists to promote all mysteries as thrillers and perhaps this helps sales in the short run who knows; but it doesn’t serve the author well in the long run Isaacs doesn’t write thrillers she writes solid feminist mysteries that pull the reader in with the story arc characteristic of strong fiction When I hit the 62% mark at bedtime one evening I understood that the next time I read it I would have to finish it and indeed it was too exciting to read flopped in bed as I usually do I had to sit up straight and I kept finding myself leaning forward as I read as if I might need to jump up at any minute I would love to see Isaacs use this protagonist in a series I’ve missed this writer and look forward to her next book whether it’s another Corie Geller story or something else I recommend this book to feminist mystery readers that are ready for a chuckle or two Grammar and Practice with Answer Key existence She decides that the only way to find out is to dust off her FBI toolkit and take a deep dive into Pete Delaney's affairsAlways sassy smart and wickedly witty Susan Isaacs is at her formidable best in a novel that is both bitingly wry and ominously thrillin. I have loved Susan Isaacs’s work for decades and so when I saw her newest novel up for grabs on Edelweiss I jumped at the chance to read it This book is for sale now Corie Geller is a former FBI agent Now she is the stay home mom of a fourteen year old stepdaughter and the wife of a prominent judge She works as a scout for uality Arabic fiction And she’s bored out of her mind But old habits die hard and she can’t help noticing that a member of her regular lunch group Pete Delaney has habits that raise red flags He’s too normal almost as if he’s working at it His appearance is forgettable his occupation is dullbut he always sits facing the door when he goes out to lunch He sets Corie’s professional sense a jangling Is Pete really this bland or is it a front for something sinister The few people that Corie confides in are sure she is jumping at shadows She needs a job or a hobby Briefly I wondered whether Pete and Corie were going to fall madly in love but then I remembered who my author is Isaacs would never The one person that takes Corie’s uestions seriously is her father a retired cop who’s bored also As she and her papa peel away Pete’s façade they grow closer to uncovering his secrets And Josh—Corie’s husband whose work reuires a whole lot of travel—knows nothing of any of it The thing that Pills and Pacifiers: An Age-Play Medical Fantasy elevates Isaacs above other novelists is her feminist snark It’s put to Felt and Torch on Roofing: A Practical Guide excellent use here Aspects that don’t work as well for me are the detailed descriptions of upscale furnishings and other Diamonds, Gold, and War: The British, the Boers, and the Making of South Africa expensive possessions and the whole Arabic literature thing which adds nothing at all to the story and is a trifle distracting; I kept wondering when it would become relevant to the story but then it didn’t But both of these are minor factors The reader should also know that this is not a thriller There seems to be a trend among publicists to promote all mysteries as thrillers and perhaps this helps sales in the short run who knows; but it doesn’t serve the author well in the long run Isaacs doesn’t write thrillers she writes solid feminist mysteries that pull the reader in with the story arc characteristic of strong fiction When I hit the 62% mark at bedtime one King John and Magna Carta: A Ladybird Adventure from History book evening I understood that the next time I read it I would have to finish it and indeed it was too Soundtracks For Learning: Using Music In The Classroom exciting to read flopped in bed as I usually do I had to sit up straight and I kept finding myself leaning forward as I read as if I might need to jump up at any minute I would love to see Isaacs use this protagonist in a series I’ve missed this writer and look forward to her next book whether it’s another Corie Geller story or something Bleach, Vol. 32: Howling else I recommend this book to feminist mystery readers that are ready for a chuckle or two

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Just a few years ago Corie Geller was busting terrorists as an agent for the FBI But at thirty five she traded in her badge for the stability of marriage and motherhood Now Corie is married to the brilliant and remarkably handsome Judge Josh Geller and is the adoptive mother of his lovely 14 year old daughter Between cooking meals and playing chauffeur Corie scouts Arabic fiction for a few literary agencies and on Wednesdays has lunch with h. Corie is a former FBI agent who is bored with her life and thinks something is up with her neighbor Unfortunately I got extremely bored with Corie and her life too Her air of superiority was grating So was Susan Isaac’s calvacade of brand names and upscale signifiers I found myself actively rooting against Corie and motored through this so I could read something interesting such as the latest flyer from the supermarket with a clear conscience Thanks to NetGalley for the chance to read an ARC for a fair and honest review I know this may be a bit “honesty” than was intended Vania extremely bored with Corie and her life too Her air of superiority was grating So was Susan Isaac’s calvacade of brand names and upscale signifiers I found myself actively rooting against Corie and motored through this so I could read something interesting such as the latest flyer from the supermarket with a clear conscience Thanks to NetGalley for the chance to read an ARC for a fair and honest review I know this may be a bit “honesty” than was intended

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Er fellow Shorehaven freelancers at a so so French restaurant Life is as they say fineBut at her weekly lunches Corie senses that something's off Pete Delaney a miluetoast package designer always shows up early sits in the same spot often with a different phone in hand and keeps one eye on the Jeep he parks in the lot across the street Corie intuitively feels that Pete is hiding something and as someone who is accustomed to keeping her FBI p. Former FBI agent turned housewife can't drop her snooping habits and suspects her lunch group comrade of having a secret life Moves a bit slowly but keep a your attention Parts are a bit hard to believe but still a decently written book with a few good characters Errata early sits in the same spot often with a different phone in hand and keeps one Wendy Knits Lace: Essential Techniques and Patterns for Irresistible Everyday Lace eye on the Jeep he parks in the lot across the street Corie intuitively feels that Pete is hiding something and as someone who is accustomed to keeping her FBI p. Former FBI agent turned housewife can't drop her snooping habits and suspects her lunch group comrade of having a secret life Moves a bit slowly but keep a your attention Parts are a bit hard to believe but still a decently written book with a few good characters


10 thoughts on “Takes One to Know One

  1. says:

    An entertaining cozy mystery thriller about a former FBI agent living her new married life in suburbia and stumbling upon strange behaviour of one of her acuaintances Corie Geller's family and relatives say she might just be bored and reading too much into something harmless but Corie knows better than ignore her instincts and trainingThank you to Edelweiss and Atlantic Monthly for the ARC provided in exchange for an honest opinion


  2. says:

    Corie is a former FBI agent who is bored with her life and thinks something is up with her neighbor Unfortunately I got extremely bored with Corie and her life too Her air of superiority was grating So was Susan Isaac’s calvacade of brand names and upscale signifiers I found myself actively rooting against Corie and motored through this so I could read something interesting such as the latest flyer from the supermarket with a clear conscience Thanks to NetGalley for the chance to read an ARC for a fair and honest review I know this may be a bit “honesty” than was intended


  3. says:

    The best way I can think of to define TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE by Susan Issac is a novel of intrigue written in a primarily cozy style There is not a specific murder mystery to solve Instead the entire book follows Corie Geller as she pursues uestions she has about one of the regular attendees in her weekly luncheon group Corie who is a former FBI agent now married and doing occasional contract work for them is working hard to adjust to a “normal” life being married to a widowed judge She has adopted his now young teenage daughter and has a cushy life in suburbia but she finds something missing As a result she begins to have uestions about one of her luncheon regulars who seems to be a study in bland; a persona he has created rather than his actual personalityWith the exception of a few pages toward the end of the novel there is little physical danger or description about activities which is much like a cozy than an actual thriller where there is danger in almost every chapter Instead the reader follows along as Corie pursues first one then another of her hunches about the true identity of her luncheon companion She is aided on a couple of her uests by her father a retired NYPD detective and her best friend an exclusive designer who can gain entry for Corie into an elite group in TexasAlthough there is included about Corie’s father and her best friend all of the characters seem to lack much depth The book is narrated by Corie and spends time with her telling the reader about her activities rather than giving information that allows the reader to see the action as it takes place While it is grammatically well written this style of writing can veer into becoming tedious as there is little information for the reader to develop any mental pictures regarding the participants the location or the action itselfMy thanks to Grove Atlantic’s Atlantic Monthly Press and NetGalley for providing me with an advance digital reader copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review


  4. says:

    I really wanted to like this book I've been a Susan Isaacs fan for years some of her books are among my favorites ever And I've missed her lately she doesn't come out with new stuff as often as she used to it seems So I REALLY wanted to like this book I didn'tIt was a real slog to even finish it Normally I wouldn't have life is too short to read bad books But I'd received a free advance copy from the publisher and I didn't feel I could fairly review a book I hadn't finished So I kept at it It took me ten days to finish this book TEN DAYS I usually polish off a novel this size in 3 4 days maxIf you're familiar with Susan Isaacs you know that the heroines of her murder mysteries tend to be Long Island housewives who find themselves in the middle of a mess usually the result of coincidence circumstance and the heroine's nosyplucky tendencies These women tend to be witty self deprecating and smart and I have loved so many of them Corie Geller was not one of those heroinesCorie is a former FBI agent married to a widowed judge and new mom to his teenage daughter But she's bored Life as a Long Island wife is not what she was expecting and she really doesn't seem to like her husband all that much She seems to like being a mom although it's hard to know that for sure we don't get to know her daughter well at all I didn't feel that I got to know Corie either even at the end I had no sense of what motivated her or why she was allowing herself to be stuck in this life she clearly didn't likeIn any case Corie meets a perfectly ordinary guy in her Wednesday networking group and finds something off about him Next thing we know Corie and her former NYPD dad are investigating this poor schmuck who hasn't done anything wrong except be weird It just didn't work It made Corie look nuts why invest all this time and effort and drag your poor elderly dad into it as well? If I had been her dad I would have told her to get herself a life The way the story is told there's just absolutely no reason for her to go off the deep end about this guy Come on Susan help a girl out and offer a little motivation for all this suspicionOf course Corie's instincts turn out to be correct and suddenly we've gone from a fairly silly story about a fairly silly woman to a story about life and death Things get pretty grim actually which doesn't fit with the rest of the book at all And worst of all you have to slog your way through 75 percent of the book to get to the part where anything actually HAPPENSI missed Isaacs' trademark humor There's a funny line here and there but generally Corie takes herself way too seriously very unlike a Susan Isaacs protagonist Corie has very little personality her parents are annoying caricatures and her husband is dull as dishwater There just wasn't anyone in the entire book for me to care aboutI wish I had enjoyed this book I'm grateful to the publisher and to Netgalley for the opportunity to read one of my favorite authors but I just can't recommend this one


  5. says:

    25 stars I've read books by Susan Isaacs in the past but probably close to a decade ago so I decided to try this new one I feel a bit lukewarm about it Although well written and with some snappy dialogue and sharp humorous observations on life people and relationships the book failed to keep me engaged and interested It took weeks to finish this because I would put it down after a chapter or two and pick up other books to read in between the chapters of this oneThis is a mystery but it doesn't gain much traction as such until the last uarter or so of the book Instead it's mostly a sometimes clever but often tedious story of a former FBI agent Corie Geller 30 something who has given up her exciting and fulfilling life fighting terrorism to marry a handsome rich judge widower Josh Geller and become mother to his teen aged daughterCorie works part time for literary agencies vetting books in Arabic for possible publication and does the very occasional job for the FBI and every Wednesday she has a lunchmeeting with other work at home freelancers of the area One of these Peter Delaney seems a bit off to Corie His behavior is strange; he's a bit of an enigma and his personality is hard to define mostly seeming nondescript He's hiding something Corie thinks and she sets out sometimes with the help of her retired police officer father to find out about himThe investigation goes slowly for most of the book Meanwhile we have to read about Corie's new life as a wife and mother and her dissatisfaction with some of it Now that the newly wed glow is off the relationship she finds Josh a bit stuffy and dull at times although still handsome enough to take her breath away at other timesBut I didn't really care about Corie's life Corie felt self indulgent to me and a bit whiny so I didn't really enjoy her or her personal story except for the interactions with her father which were the best part of the book The rest of the characters here including Josh and his daughter felt like props than real people And the mystery itself was developed very slowly and painfully and reuired a lot of coincidence and serendipity to move forward Then all of a sudden out of the blue boom we get a total thriller type story for the last chaptersSo the book's okay for an escape read but I've read better The story suffers from an identity crisis Is it a mystery? Is it a story about a bored housewife? It's supposed to be both but at the same time neither is developed satisfactorily


  6. says:

    Former FBI agent turned housewife can't drop her snooping habits and suspects her lunch group comrade of having a secret life Moves a bit slowly but keep a your attention Parts are a bit hard to believe but still a decently written book with a few good characters


  7. says:

    I have loved Susan Isaacs’s work for decades and so when I saw her newest novel up for grabs on Edelweiss I jumped at the chance to read it This book is for sale now Corie Geller is a former FBI agent Now she is the stay home mom of a fourteen year old stepdaughter and the wife of a prominent judge She works as a scout for uality Arabic fiction And she’s bored out of her mind But old habits die hard and she can’t help noticing that a member of her regular lunch group Pete Delaney has habits that raise red flags He’s too normal almost as if he’s working at it His appearance is forgettable his occupation is dullbut he always sits facing the door when he goes out to lunch He sets Corie’s professional sense a jangling Is Pete really this bland or is it a front for something sinister? The few people that Corie confides in are sure she is jumping at shadows She needs a job or a hobby Briefly I wondered whether Pete and Corie were going to fall madly in love but then I remembered who my author is Isaacs would never The one person that takes Corie’s uestions seriously is her father a retired cop who’s bored also As she and her papa peel away Pete’s façade they grow closer to uncovering his secrets And Josh—Corie’s husband whose work reuires a whole lot of travel—knows nothing of any of it The thing that elevates Isaacs above other novelists is her feminist snark It’s put to excellent use here Aspects that don’t work as well for me are the detailed descriptions of upscale furnishings and other expensive possessions and the whole Arabic literature thing which adds nothing at all to the story and is a trifle distracting; I kept wondering when it would become relevant to the story but then it didn’t But both of these are minor factors The reader should also know that this is not a thriller There seems to be a trend among publicists to promote all mysteries as thrillers and perhaps this helps sales in the short run who knows; but it doesn’t serve the author well in the long run Isaacs doesn’t write thrillers she writes solid feminist mysteries that pull the reader in with the story arc characteristic of strong fiction When I hit the 62% mark at bedtime one evening I understood that the next time I read it I would have to finish it and indeed it was too exciting to read flopped in bed as I usually do I had to sit up straight and I kept finding myself leaning forward as I read as if I might need to jump up at any minute I would love to see Isaacs use this protagonist in a series I’ve missed this writer and look forward to her next book whether it’s another Corie Geller story or something else I recommend this book to feminist mystery readers that are ready for a chuckle or two


  8. says:

    Over 40 years ago Susan Isaacs wrote Compromising Positions a thriller unlike anything anyone had seen before A truly comic double entendre of a hysterically funny mystery This is the first of her books I've read in my goodreads days and it shows she has lost none of her spark Corie Geller has traded her FBI career for that of a book scout specifically books in Arabic that warrant translation into English Her nice new life with her trophy husband and child in a Long Island version of Westchester is just that nice She still keeps her hand in as an operative on a contract basis since her specialty was interviewing and nailing Islamic terrorists but has kept this fact of her life a secret from her new neighbors Her heightened perceptions are tweaked at her weekly lunch with other work from home professionals when the behavior of one of the members strikes her as off So this isn't so much a mystery or even a whodunnit but a character study of a woman who wants to keep her hand in while not giving the game away Yes she is certifiably a badass but I enjoyed a brief moment of identifying with her when she cleaned out the gross science experiments that had taken root in her refrigerator while singing songs from Hamilton There is a blip towards the end referenced by others that changed the tone but for the most part Isaacs' humor makes this a fun read


  9. says:

    Originally posted on my book blog TheBibliophagecomBack in the day Susan Isaacs was an auto buy author for me But that was literally decades ago When I happened to read an excerpt of her 2019 book Takes One to Know One I thought it was time to give her writing another try And this was an enjoyable if not completely gripping read Or actually a listen since I found the audiobook on ScribdCorie Geller is a suburban housewife with a checkered past Not that kind of checkered—she’s a former FBI agent And some days she regrets trading in her badge for a generally uiet life on Long Island Her husband Josh is a Federal judge who delights in intellectual dinner discussions Their daughter is a tween with reuisite attitude And Corie’s work life is pretty staid overallAs a freelancer for both publishers and the FBI Corie works at home She also belongs to a group of fellow entrepreneurs that meets for lunch every Wednesday Networking becomes a game of intrigue when Corie starts to uestion the all too familiar behavior of one of her fellow entrepreneurs Pete DelaneyMy conclusionsBirds of a feather are suspicious of each other And Corie is certainly an inuisitive soul She starts to dig into Pete’s background and just won’t let go I can appreciate this aspect of her personality Plus if she behaved any other way Isaacs wouldn’t have a story to tellI would have been happier with a little less marital angst The cognitive dissonance of presenting Corie as a whip smart former agent while she also anguishes about her move to marriage and suburbia rankled for me While some conflicting feelings are probably logical I think Corie’s mental review of the situation captured too many pagesIsaac’s writing is crisp and well honed She knows when to dive into a descriptive passage and when action packed plot progression is the best choice Now I recall why I liked her all those years agoIf you’re looking for an escapist mystery that’s not gruesome but not a cozy this is a solid pickPair with a series like Maisie Dobbs from Jacueline Winspear or a memoir of real life FBI experience like Andrew McCabe’s 2019 book The ThreatAcknowledgementsMany thanks to NetGalley Grove Atlantic Atlantic Monthly Press and the author for an advanced reader’s copy of the book in exchange for this honest review


  10. says:

    Takes One to Know One by author Susan Isaacs is a great twisty mysterythriller I’m glad to have read a copy early It will not disappoint Full review to come closer to release date Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for an arc copy of this book in exchange for an honest review