No Stone Unturned: A Lexi Carmichael Mystery, Book Eleven

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Who couldn’t love this mystery? I am always thrilled with our geeky gal and friends solving crimes and kicking butt. In some ways you can feel smarter reading these books with all the tech talk and geeking out that happens. We all have a secret geek ready to come out and this
Mystery certainly pulled mine out!
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No Stone Unturned by Julie Moffett
That Lexi and her hacking will always cause trouble. Now it’s Rome, Slash, and the Vatican. I’ll follow her anywhere and hope other readers will too. This is a fantastic read.
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Geek girl and hacker extraordinary, Lexi Carmichael, has gotten engaged to her boyfriend  hacker, known to most as Slash. They are barely settled in their new home together when Slash  heads to Rome, with little explanation, after a few disturbing events occur at their house. Lexi feels a distance growing between them, and as she starts her own searching and hacking, realizes there is a lot she doesn’t know about her new fiancé. Out of love, she heads to Italy as well, to try and help Slash through the difficulties he now finds himself, whether he likes it, or not. After all, doesn’t he love her too? Will they find the answers together?

I found the character development, the hacker language, the descriptions of the food and the landscapes in Italy all excellent. This is very believable, and the author has woven an intriguing story that is a real page turner. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and I highly recommend it!
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Another Lexi Carmichael hit! I love Julie Moffett’s writing style- mystery, humor, and intelligence.  I really enjoyed leaning more about Slash and his background. I was very intrigued by all the Catholic and Vatican references throughout the book, and really enjoyed how different Bishops/ Priests/ the Pope handled certain situations. Julie still makes me giggle (or snort whatever I am drinking) with her “Lexi-got- into-mischief” comedic scenes. I love books that can make me laugh! I seriously can’t wait for the next Lexi/ Slash book.




(posted review above to Amazon and Goodreads. Thanks!)
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3.5 stars

Lexi and Slash are back, this time in a more personal story. While previous books have pitted Lexi and her friends against major threats to the world with life-threatening danger involved, this one offers less mortal peril but more emotional obstacles.

Lexi and Slash recently have gotten engaged, and Lexi thinks her greatest problem will be dealing with an engagement party and pushy relatives wanting to know when the wedding—and grandchildren—are expected. But when vague threats spur Slash suddenly to leave for Italy without explanation and without Lexi, Lexi wonders just how well she knows him and how much they truly trust each other. It seems Slash’s mysterious past is coming to haunt him, but Lexi is not about to let him push her away when clearly he needs her the most.

The story offers some typical Lexi social awkwardness and tech genius. But the real treats of this tale 
are finding out about Slash’s mysterious past and watching Lexi and Slash come to trust and love each other even more. The ending leaves an intriguing question which may well be the subject of the next book. I’ll look forward to it.
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I am in awe of every book in this series and No Stone Unturned is my newest favorite.  Julie Moffett proves time and again that light reading filled with action and adventure as well as emotion can still reflect quality writing. The intricacy of the plots she creates and the evolution of the relationships among her characters are at least a well-written those in any genre and the whole point is to provide entertainment! Watching the maturity and growth that Lexi displays now is as much fun as watching the world attack her in hilarious escapades. Ms. Moffett is by far not the only outstanding author among those who strive to entertain us but she is one of my favorites. 
Fans of the series don't need to be sold on each new book but this one is likely to become a favorite.  In No Stone Unturned, we get a peek at Slash's background which has been a dream for most of us since we first met him. Watching Lexi in action, both in her new strong sense of self and the old Lexi-under-the-black-cloud persona, is a delight that offers fans the perfect read.  
I doubt that this is the perfect entry book for those new to the series, but I do believe that any reader would love it. 
As you can imagine, I was thrilled to be approved for an ARC from NetGalley and am more than ready to shout to all about how much I loved No Stone Unturned. It is going to be a regular reread for sure. Needless to say, I can hardly wait for the next book.
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3.75 stars
I will admit I have read all of the Lexi Carmichael series.  The author is able to allow characters to grow and develop while keep the stories moving from one crazy moment to the next.

This book didn't have me nearly as excited as the others. Slash and Lexi are engaged and he wants to protect her from his past.  The story is told from different points of view and while that is interesting and well done the story seemed chopped up and glued together.  We finally learn a little more able Slash past and who is father is but not his mother.  Which is the cliff hanger in the story.  

No Stone Unturned might leave readers wondering why the hush hush over Slash backstory. 

The story doesn't flow nearly as well as other.  The author spend a lot of time describing the scenery, locations in Italy that takes over the story. The story loses some of the excitement the other stories have the villain is interesting because of the connection to the church but he lack anything that had readers wanting to see his end.

While it is a nice addition to the Lexi Carmichael series it felt as if it was a patchwork story written at different times or scenes written than throw into a location in hope hopes to save the story but instead falls flat. 

Thank you to Nextgalley and the Publisher for the Advance Copy of Julie Moffett No Stone Unturned
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For the most part, I really enjoy this series. I discovered it a lot of years ago now and I think we get around 2 instalments per year and there are a lot of things that I really appreciate about it. Firstly, how good Lexi is at her job. She’s super awkward and dumb stuff happens to her all the time but she has a really analytical mind and she’s always ready to drop whatever it is she’s doing and help someone. I love her ability with computers and the way she thinks. Also I like her and Slash and how steady they’ve been for the last 7 or so books. It can be rare in a series to have that romantic consistency and not have the main character torn between characters or in a perpetual state of relationship flux.

In this book however, Lexi and Slash face probably their greatest test when someone from Slash’s past starts sending him messages about things he’s done and threatens to spill some secrets, things that Slash doesn’t particularly want Lexi to know. He has a very highly classified past and has definitely done some things that he’d prefer Lexi never have to find out about. There’s also a lot about his background and his unusual upbringing as well that Slash himself doesn’t even know about but he’s about to get some of the answers in the course of investigating just who it is that is threatening to expose him and why.

The book starts with Slash and Lexi’s engagement party, something that Lexi has been coerced into doing. She’s still not at ease in social situations, even when she knows everyone that is going to be there and the situation is only made worse when her mother starts immediately harassing her about wedding details and producing grandbabies. Lexi and Slash just got engaged and even thinking about the wedding right now is too much of a distraction for her – I think it’s almost a relief when Slash is targeted with a message, because it gives her something else to focus on and that is providing support for Slash in any way that she can, letting him know that he’s not alone anymore and she’ll be there for him. For Slash, who comes across as supremely confident, it seems that Lexi is his Achilles heel – he’s constantly worried that she’ll find out about him and that’ll cause her to leave him, when she learns what he’s done in his past.

A large portion of the book is in Italy and revolves around the Catholic Church and the Vatican which is not particularly my sort of thing because I have a lot of issues with the Catholic Church and the blind eye they’ve turned to instances of extreme abuse. There’s just a lot about most organised religion that I really don’t enjoy and I’m not a big fan of reading about it either. But it’s an integral part of the storyline here and Slash was raised in Italy, a country that is heavily devoted to Catholicism and he also worked for the Vatican. There’s some nice stuff that ties into Slash and Lexi’s meeting with the Pope in the third book, No Place Like Rome as well and it’s always good when a series keeps consistent to those prior stories. I like a series that builds, rather than each instalment feeling stand alone.

There’s so much more that the reader knows about Slash now after this book. Before this he had been a mystery for so long – each book had built on that mystery until, to be honest, he was almost barely human. But this book strips it back a bit and lets us get a glimpse of him as a real person with insecurities and fears and a burning desire to know more about his past. His love for Lexi has always been a very strong part of him and his acceptance of her for who she is, weirdness and awkwardness and all but in this book we get a look at the opposite – Lexi’s steadfast support of Slash and her willingness to accept him for all he is, shady past and all. I think this will make them feel more “even” in the future – there’s no longer that feeling that Lexi doesn’t know much about Slash’s past or that he has these secrets and she’s realised that he could be just as vulnerable as she could. Progression!

8/10
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No Stone Unturned by Julie Moffett: 

As soon as I got my hands on this title, I was excited to start. Julie Moffett has a way of pulling together a narrative that manages to keep me turning pages until the very end. That ability is not lost on me, especially since it’s the kind of narrative I crave and don’t always get. 

I admit, when the blurb for this story came out, I had a moment where I was like, “How can Moffett make the Vatican interesting after she used it for a Treasure hunt?” The answer is obviously by turning the Vatican into the same type of political animal story that has us turning on the television to watch something like Scandal. The political weight in No Stone Unturned is wrapped in generations of Vatican tradition and your traditional power struggles that make political dramas so gripping. There’s no terrorist plot, no one is running for their lives here, and that’s actually okay. It works. No Stone Unturned plays out more like a game of chess than a game of rugby. Each side plays their role, and most of the action in No Stone Unturned is incidental and doesn’t fit into the plot the same way that it has in the past. Lexi’s little black cloud follows her to Italy, but it’s not like that cloud is trying to murder her or drag her into a do or die scenario. No, rather the action helps bring some much-needed levity to an otherwise heavy political drama, and a dark past that is unraveling before Lexi’s eyes.

This book is different from her others. Previously, it was very rare to get a perspective in Lexi’s stories that wasn’t coming from Lexi. However, this time we’re granted several chapters where it is Slash or others who are in the midst of all the action. I think this change in the way the story was told is what makes the tension throughout the story work. After all, you’re not really given any time to get used to Lexi, or Slash, or a couple of the others while they all work their way through a narrative that is rich. Because you don’t fall into a single perspective, you’re always looking at when it’s going to change, and as a result the tension and the ever-present question of what happens next sticks and it keeps you guessing until the end. 

In the end, No Stone Unturned is yet another amazing read from Julie Moffett, and I’m excited to see how she continues to develop these characters and builds them up as the series continues. A special thanks to Carina Press, for giving me an ARC through NetGalley.
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This was my first time reading Julie Moffett, but I had no trouble getting into Lexi Carmichael's world. Lexi is an adorably relatable character and I would love to see her mysteries turned into made-for-TV movies like the Aurora Teagarden novels.
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A Lexi Carmichael Mystery #11

Our favorite Geek, Lexi Carmichael is back along with her new fiancée, Slash, who has put a huge rock on her finger. Yes, she is engaged. And before you can say Congratulations, Slash is gone and Lexi is frustrated.

Feeling left out and worried she takes her hacking skills to the next level and finds out she may not know Slash and his past at all. She has questions. And she will stand by her man and fight the people threatening their lives with all she has. Typical Lexi.

From The Vatican, to the beautiful Amalfi Coast and back again, this fast-paced novel has everything a good thriller should have. Conspiracy theories, the Catholic Church, a rogue and power-hungry priest who will let nothing stand in his way of becoming the next Pope. Only the current one has his own plans and his own secret weapon in Slash.

This was a non-stop action mystery thriller! Every other chapter I was saying, "What???" which is a good thing. These two may be my favorite book couple.

Well Done!

Netgalley/ January 14th 2019 by Carina Press
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“We all have a past…The question is, are you going to remain a prisoner to yours?” 

Self-proclaimed geek and expert hacker, Lexi Carmichael feels out of her element when it comes to “peopling”. Never being one to know what to say and do, she finds herself lost at her own engagement party. Slash, her fiancée and fellow hacker, is offering the back-up needed to fend off her anxiety. But when secrets from Slash’s past start to threaten Lexi, Slash does the unthinkable by leaving her behind and heading to Rome to face the threat head on…and alone.

Lexi can’t believe Slash still does not see them as a team. Not one to be left cooling her heals, Lexi instigates an investigation on her own, and what she uncovers has her hopping the first flight to Rome to track down Slash and offer assistance whether he wants it or not.

As the clues of Slash’s birth and past secret agent activities start piecing together, Lexi and Slash find themselves in the crosshairs of a powerful enemy…one that is deeply connected within the Vatican and a past Slash can no longer hide.

No Stone Unturned is the 11th installment to the Lexi Carmichael mystery series, but the first read for me. Usually when picking up in the middle of a series, I’ve found myself so lost in all the characters and back story that it was hard to enjoy the current plot. Not the case here! Julie Moffett did an excellent job in the telling of Lexi and Slash’s story without bogging down or confusing the mystery in this book. No Stone Unturned grabbed and kept my attention from beginning to end! Loved and highly recommend!


*Received ARC via NetGalley for honest review*


Fav quotes:

“…I want you to know something…I’m deeply and intentionally in love with you. You can rest assured I’m not going to let anything touch what we have. You—our life—it means everything to me.”

“Home was where your heart belonged, where the people you loved anchored you. Home was where you could be your true self with people who loved you just as you were.”

“You’re the beginning of my everything…”
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It was the first book I read in this series and it was a great discovery.
It's fun to read and entertaining, fast paced and full of twists and turns.
I like the way the characters well written, tridimensional and relatable, and how their relationship evolves in the book.
I loved the plot that is always easy to understand even when it becomes complex.
This is not the first book in the series but I had no problems in understanding the plot and the characters. It was also the a very good introduction to this series.
I look forward to reading the next installment.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to Carina Press and Netgalley for this ARC
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Whoa. This book had a slightly darker feel than some of the others. Maybe it's just me. I don't know. While the earlier books had high stakes and the potential for massive (even global) destruction, this one felt more personal to Lexi. And Slash. I mean, they've finally decided to make their intertwined lives more official and suddenly this THING is popping up that threatens to derail them.

The issues aren't necessarily on a global scale, but it felt like there was more impact to them.

Huh. Apparently, it's the little things that get me. Like Lexi choosing to step back and bide her time once she realized how badly Slash didn't want her to see the thing she was trying to see. And their relationship! Oh, I like these two together. I'm big enough to admit I wasn't thrilled with their pairing when it first happened (for reasons that had nothing to do with Slash, mind you), but I am ONE HUNDRED PERCENT Team Slash and Lexi now. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT.

Maybe it was getting into Slash's head that did it. I like that guy. He's honorable and deadly and REALLY FREAKING GOOD at everything he sets his mind to do. He and Lexi make a solid team with skill sets that complement one another in the best possible way.

I fell like I'm being a little flaily and gushy, but THESE TWO. I like how they work things out when things get dicey. I like how they stand up and fight for one another when needed. I like how they're willing to take on the most powerful people in the world if it comes down to it.

Team Slash and Lexi! YES!
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No Stone Unturned is Book 11 in the Lexi Carmichael Mystery Series. Lexi is back and engaged but someone is trying to expose her fiance, Slash's past, which Lexi really doesn't know too much about herself. 

Slash is heading for Rome and Lexi is definitely not sitting on her hands. Lexi and Slash end up in Rome and and the Vatican for the mystery of their life! Lexi doesn't know Slash's secret, but she is determined to find out even if it costs her everything. 

This is a fantastic book, I really enjoyed the mystery and the characters. Though it is book 11 in the series, I feel like this book can stand alone. Having read some of the other books in the series, some of the book made a little more sense, but I don't think its necessary to read the other ones first.
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This series has fairly complicated plot lines while retaining clarity, depth of character and progressive relationships. In this one Lexi and Slash take on corruption which could change the future of the Catholic Church handled deftly by Moffet with truth, love, evil and the sanctity of faith.
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me the arc in return for my honest review
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Lexi is a master hacker and director for X-Corp, an intelligence and security company. She recently got engaged to Slash, who is a government agent and fellow hacker. Slash is lured to Italy because of something he did in his past. He can't tell Lexi what it is as it's top secret. Of course, she can't stay out of it so after hacking a bit, she heads to Italy to help him deal with whatever it is. As Lexi and Slash travel across the country, they become involved with members in the Catholic church and discover that one of the priests may be Slash's father (he was found abandoned as a baby in a church).

Though this is the eleventh (and latest) in the Lexi Carmichael series, it works as a stand alone. If you want to know the background, though, you should read the others. I've like the series and have read them all.

It is written in first person perspective from Lexi's point of view. I liked the writing style and there was humour. In addition to the usual hacking, there was lots of adventure around Italy. I missed the interaction she's had in the past with her best friends Basia, Elvis and Xavier (they were barely in the story). It's been interesting to watch Lexi grow from being a geek with just one friend, no life and no social skills to not only having close friends, a fiancé with whom she is now living with, but also confidence.
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A well written story.
If you haven't read the previous books in the series I think it would make more sense to start at book 1.
The series has a different story each book but relationships develop and grow throughout the series, esp between Lexi and Slash.
Slash is a bit of an enigma and we are told small amounts of information each book.
This book reveals more.
Clean romance.
No cheating.

Geek girl Lexi Carmichael thought getting engaged would mean calmer days ahead. But when Slash's past brings up more questions than answers, she's not going to let anything--or anyone--drive them apart.

Getting engaged is supposed to be a fun, exciting time in a girl's life. But things are never that easy for Slash and me. Instead, someone is threatening to expose Slash's past--a past so secret, even I know very little about it.

Before I can get used the weight of Nonna's antique ring on my finger, he's on his way to Rome...and we're farther apart than we've ever been. Still, I have no intention of sitting at home and letting him take on the Vatican by himself.

With a little expert-level hacking, I learn Slash is keeping secrets from me. Big ones. Dangerous ones. In fact, the more I dig into Slash's past, the more I discover things about him I never knew--things that eventually pit us against each other.

From Rome to the Amalfi coast to the highest levels of the Vatican, we both race to discover the truth. No matter what I find, we're officially a team now, so I won't let him face this alone. Even if I don't know if our relationship can survive it.
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This is my 1st Lexi Carmichael book and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it .

Slash's hidden past is catching up with him ……….. they are trying to hurt a member of his family ……… he needs to travel to Italy to resolve the issue ……….. BUT he must leave Lexi at home .
That's what he thinks ! Lexi is not about to be left at home - she knows that together they can solve anything .
She is willing to fight for Slash and their future happiness .

The descriptions ofthe Italian countryside , churches and lunches ( especially with Nonna ) make the book very appealing .
I don't want to say too much and give away spoilers as the book has not yet been published .
I will certainly be buying the other books in the series  .

  I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest and voluntary review.
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Mayhem and Hacking in Italy
This episode of Lexi Carmichael's life is just as entertaining and riveting as the other 10 books in the series. Most of the story takes place in Italy with great descriptions of churches and dinners! The plot moves quickly with lots of action and interesting characters. Someday, I want to own the entire series in paperback! This ARC book was given to me for free and this is my honest review.
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