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The thrilling follow up to The Last Place You Look, starring troubled and determined private investigator, Roxane Weary Marin Strasser has a secret. Her fiancée thinks her secret is that she’s having an affair, and he hires P.I. Roxane Weary to prove it.Then, just days into the case, Marin is shot to death on a side street in an apparent mugging. But soon enough the police The thrilling follow up to The Last Place You Look, starring troubled and determined private investigator, Roxane Weary Marin Strasser has a secret. Her fiancée thinks her secret is that she’s having an affair, and he hires P.I. Roxane Weary to prove it.Then, just days into the case, Marin is shot to death on a side street in an apparent mugging. But soon enough the police begin to focus on Roxane's client for Marin’s death, so she starts to dig deeper into Marin’s life—discovering that the elegant woman she’s been following has a past and a half, including two previous marriages, an adult son fresh out of prison, and a criminal record of her own. The trail leads to a crew of con artists, an ugly real estate scam that defrauds unsuspecting elderly homeowners out of their property, and the suspicious accident of a wealthy older woman who lives just down the street from where Marin was killed. With Roxane’s client facing a murder indictment, the scammers threaten Roxane's mother by ensnaring her house in their web of fraud unless Roxane drops the case, and it becomes clear that the stakes are as high as the secrets run deep.


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The thrilling follow up to The Last Place You Look, starring troubled and determined private investigator, Roxane Weary Marin Strasser has a secret. Her fiancée thinks her secret is that she’s having an affair, and he hires P.I. Roxane Weary to prove it.Then, just days into the case, Marin is shot to death on a side street in an apparent mugging. But soon enough the police The thrilling follow up to The Last Place You Look, starring troubled and determined private investigator, Roxane Weary Marin Strasser has a secret. Her fiancée thinks her secret is that she’s having an affair, and he hires P.I. Roxane Weary to prove it.Then, just days into the case, Marin is shot to death on a side street in an apparent mugging. But soon enough the police begin to focus on Roxane's client for Marin’s death, so she starts to dig deeper into Marin’s life—discovering that the elegant woman she’s been following has a past and a half, including two previous marriages, an adult son fresh out of prison, and a criminal record of her own. The trail leads to a crew of con artists, an ugly real estate scam that defrauds unsuspecting elderly homeowners out of their property, and the suspicious accident of a wealthy older woman who lives just down the street from where Marin was killed. With Roxane’s client facing a murder indictment, the scammers threaten Roxane's mother by ensnaring her house in their web of fraud unless Roxane drops the case, and it becomes clear that the stakes are as high as the secrets run deep.

30 review for What You Want To See (Roxane Weary #2)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    4.5 stars As good as book one! Multilayered PI centered mystery. This series is led by a compelling heroine who has depth, heart, and a whole lot of snark! Roxane Weary is down on her luck. The buzz over her last case has died down, and she is once again struggling to make a living as a PI. Therefore, she is back to taking on small, easy cases like following a woman who appears to be cheating on her fiance. But this case has depth, and when the woman is murdered, Roxane digs for answers, and i 4.5 stars As good as book one! Multilayered PI centered mystery. This series is led by a compelling heroine who has depth, heart, and a whole lot of snark! Roxane Weary is down on her luck. The buzz over her last case has died down, and she is once again struggling to make a living as a PI. Therefore, she is back to taking on small, easy cases like following a woman who appears to be cheating on her fiance. But this case has depth, and when the woman is murdered, Roxane digs for answers, and in doing so, finds herself in grave danger. I wouldn’t say that you need to read The Last Place You Look in order to read What You Want to See, but doing so would add another layer. I had extremely high expectations for this book. Seriously, Roxane Weary was one character that kept popping up in my head long after I read The Last Place You Look. What You Want to See does not disappoint. Roxane is back, much in the same state as book one, except for maybe not quite as drunk or dependent on alcohol. She is much more conscious about the choices she makes but still struggles with making the right choice. Her demons are very much present, she is torn between her feelings for her former lovers Catherine and Tom. Her dead father is still very much in her head, and family drama is still brewing. What I love about this series is Roxane, which is due to Lepionka’s writing style. Roxane’s voice is extremely compelling, and I especially love her snarkiness. Lepionka writes Roxane’s character intelligently. Her voice is strong and her moxie shines through. I hope I don’t have to wait too long to read the next book in this series. I highly recommend this series! I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    karen

    awww, why, thank YOU! if you haven't read lepionka's debut, The Last Place You Look, which is the first book in this series, you should go do that now. the rest of us are gonna hang out here and reminisce about it and then i'm gonna talk about the new one. sigh, remember The Last Place You Look? that was awesome, right? okay, that’s enough reminiscing. onto What You Want To See. first, what you want to know - is this book as good as her debut? yes. in fact, it is even better. the “sophomore slump” awww, why, thank YOU! if you haven't read lepionka's debut, The Last Place You Look, which is the first book in this series, you should go do that now. the rest of us are gonna hang out here and reminisce about it and then i'm gonna talk about the new one. sigh, remember The Last Place You Look? that was awesome, right? okay, that’s enough reminiscing. onto What You Want To See. first, what you want to know - is this book as good as her debut? yes. in fact, it is even better. the “sophomore slump” can happen for a number of reasons; either an author just writes the same damn book again and hopes no one notices, or they go too far in another direction in order to avoid writing the same damn book again and end up alienating fans of the debut, or the author/publisher miscalculates what made the first book work and doubles down in the wrong direction. i think we all agree that we ♥ roxane weary most of all, and couldn’t wait to see what that boozy sleuth was going to get into next. welllllll - let’s just say that lepionka hasn’t fallen into the trap of writing the same damn book again, because roxane is a slightly reformed version of herself this time out. she’s as stubborn and funny and likable a character as she was in The Last Place You Look, but with her father’s death a little further in her rearview, she’s not drowning her grief in whiskey as much, and she’s making more responsible decisions when it comes to her personal life and relationships with her family, tom, and catherine. she’s even become something like a mentor/role model/cool surrogate aunt to a teenage girl. i know, i know - that the private investigator character will also be a self-destructive blackout drunk is a pretty deeply-ingrained convention of the genre, but an ohio-based bisexual female PI is already playing against type, so let’s allow her to lead a somewhat healthier life without judgment. after all, there's a point where excess stops being cute: or at least compromises productivity, no matter what all those noir classics’ll have you believe, and i think it shows great maturity in roxane to be switching her drink of choice from whiskey to tea. okay, sometimes tea with a little whiskey in it. okay, sometimes also just whiskey. rome wasn’t built in a day. don’t worry - she's still the same roxane we fell in love with, she’s just a little more stable. and she needs to be in a better headspace because this case gets even more complicated than her last when an investigation into a suspected cheating spouse ends in murrrrrderrrrr, exposing a web of criminal activity that catches the attention of “about ten different jurisdictions,” and tom, keeping his promise to the memory of roxane’s dad, tries to make sure roxane’s not the eleventh. so, once again it’s lone wolf roxane being thin blue lined out of an investigation, pursuing the case on her own and managing to dig up a ton of dirt despite the lack of professional cooperation and resources. but wolves run in packs for a reason, and what she discovers puts both roxane and those close to her in danger. dunh dunh DUNH there’s absolutely no sophomore slump here - it’s a much more complex mystery plot with a wholly satisfying resolution, and the writing and character work are excellent - while roxane is slightly changed from where we left her in The Last Place You Look, she’s still utterly badass and ready to take on the world, or at least the city: There were only so many mysteries out there that needed solving, even in a city like Columbus. let’s hope she finds many, many more. **************************************** btw - peanut butter, sriracha, and shredded carrot sandwich? that is my new favorite recipe. **************************************** are you jelly???

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    Last year I had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with Roxane Weary, P.I. extraordinaire to the public and problem child to her family. It's been a hot minute since I was introduced to such a fabulously flawed main character, so Roxy and I bonded immediately and have been mates ever since The Last Place You Look. I'd be lying if I said What You Want To See wasn't one of my most anticipated sequels of 2018, and I'll be darned if Lepionka didn't deliver another solid entry to the series. These b Last year I had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with Roxane Weary, P.I. extraordinaire to the public and problem child to her family. It's been a hot minute since I was introduced to such a fabulously flawed main character, so Roxy and I bonded immediately and have been mates ever since The Last Place You Look. I'd be lying if I said What You Want To See wasn't one of my most anticipated sequels of 2018, and I'll be darned if Lepionka didn't deliver another solid entry to the series. These books are an interesting take on the procedural, because you are able to feel as if you're solving the cases alongside of Roxane without the pacing issues that some crime fiction of this sort seem to face. Book #2 takes place shortly after the events of book #1 wrap up, and I love that the author didn't abandon the "disposable" characters from case #1. It seems so easy to dump anyone who's not a lead cast member after each installment has been wrapped, but I feel taking some of these characters (mainly Shelby and her dad) only increased my love of the personal side of Roxy's daily interactions. If I'm being honest, the plot sequencing and development in each of these cases are superb, but what has truly kept me coming back is the stellar character development the author has attained. Roxane, her family, and her lovers are all as real to me as this donut I'm eating in Shelby's honor. Also, I love donuts and I eat them at any chance I get.  In case you're new to the series, you may be unaware that our main character is bisexual. This opens up new doors that many authors in the mystery/suspense/thriller genre have yet to explore, and while I was skeptical in the first book due to the overwhelming onslaught of a past and present lover being introduced all at once, I have to take my hat off to Kristen; she 100% new what she was doing and how this set up would work. In the previous novel, we get a lot more of Tom and more of a mysterious backstory on Cat. In the sequel, Cat is front and center and we see an entirely new side to this part of Roxane's private life. When I first saw Cat jumping back in I wanted to scream "No girl PROTECT YOUR HEART!" but again, I'll be darned if Lepionka didn't completely sway my opinion in 320 pages. I adored the characterization in Cat and where the book left things between the love triangle. The case pertaining to this individual book was intriguing and complex, and I have to say there was one twist in the end that I did not see coming. My only complaint here, and it isn’t with the author because she has no control over this, but I wish the synopsis was a little more vague and brief. You pretty much know everything that happens in the entire book because of it, and I think there would have been a bit more suspense and build up if some of those details were left out and up to the reader to find out along the way. Overall, a highly enjoyable read and even better than the first one! *I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    This is a standard detective novel. Which right now, is a good thing, because I’m sick and tired of weird psychological thrillers. Something straight forward is exactly what the doctor ordered! Roxanne Weary is a detective and she takes on a standard PI case, checking on a fiancée’s fidelity. When the check bounces and she stops tailing the woman, the fiancée turns up dead later that day. From there, things get really strange in a good way. This is a fast paced book with lots of action. I have This is a standard detective novel. Which right now, is a good thing, because I’m sick and tired of weird psychological thrillers. Something straight forward is exactly what the doctor ordered! Roxanne Weary is a detective and she takes on a standard PI case, checking on a fiancée’s fidelity. When the check bounces and she stops tailing the woman, the fiancée turns up dead later that day. From there, things get really strange in a good way. This is a fast paced book with lots of action. I haven’t read the first book in the series. To be honest, I should have paid attention to the other reviews that recommend you read it first. I liked Roxanne. She’s tough, the kind of PI that doesn’t back down when the police tell her to “uninvolve” herself. But there were some gaps in my understanding of her personal life from not having read book 1. There are a lot of characters here and every now and then I’d have to pause to remind myself how they fit in. But overall, it’s a fast, engaging read. I’ll definitely be going back to catch up on the first book and reading the next in the series. My thanks to netgalley and St. Martin’s Press for an advance copy of this novel.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kendall

    What You Want To See by Kristen Lepionka is another one of my favorite series! I love Roxane Weary's sassiness and her DGAF attitude :). I love the tough women that know how to handle the bad guys! ;). A very intriguing mystery with cleverly layered characters that adds a whole lot of bang to this mystery's buck ;). If you enjoy Robert Bryznda's series Erika Foster I definitely would recommend this one! Roxane is a private investigator that is still struggling with her father's death along with th What You Want To See by Kristen Lepionka is another one of my favorite series! I love Roxane Weary's sassiness and her DGAF attitude :). I love the tough women that know how to handle the bad guys! ;). A very intriguing mystery with cleverly layered characters that adds a whole lot of bang to this mystery's buck ;). If you enjoy Robert Bryznda's series Erika Foster I definitely would recommend this one! Roxane is a private investigator that is still struggling with her father's death along with the loss of her former lovers Catherine and Tom. Roxane is assigned a case following a woman who may be cheating on her fiance. But, of course no case is EVER easy for Roxane. Roxane soon finds herself in a whole mess of murders that keep adding up. Can she help solve this can and figure out the underlying web of lies? I really enjoy Lepionka's writing and she definitely knows how to draw her readers in. Overall, 4 stars! Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the arc in exchange for my honest review. Publication date: 5/1/18 Published to GR: 4/15/18

  6. 5 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    3 Stars. Roxane Weary has been hired to solve another case. This time it’s to follow a woman whose fiancé believes the love of his life, Marin Strasser, is cheating on him and he just has to know the truth. After a few days of finding nothing to corroborate her client’s claims - Rox discovers that his check bounces, so she quits the case and that’s when it happens: Marin Strasser is found dead and her client of course, is the main suspect. Then, Roxane feels compelled to prove his innocence, unt 3 Stars. Roxane Weary has been hired to solve another case. This time it’s to follow a woman whose fiancé believes the love of his life, Marin Strasser, is cheating on him and he just has to know the truth. After a few days of finding nothing to corroborate her client’s claims - Rox discovers that his check bounces, so she quits the case and that’s when it happens: Marin Strasser is found dead and her client of course, is the main suspect. Then, Roxane feels compelled to prove his innocence, until he gets shot and wind up in the hospital. Thereafter this case takes some crazy twists and turns that spin around and around, none of which you would expect and caused my eyes to roll, more than once. Frankly, in my opinion, Rox’s detective work throughout appeared to be sheer luck and nothing else. In “What You Want to See,” Roxane’s personal life is highlighted. She is caught between Tom, a really great guy and Catherine, who is all wrong for her! Unfortunately, I felt as though the author, Kristen Lepionka, was trying to push the readers towards Catherine and though I should be all for it, I’m just not. Sorry guys, but Tom is just awesome, so pick him Rox!! If you like books about female detectives, you might like this series. I read this with Kaceey. Thank for keeping me company during this one! :) Thank you to NetGalley, St. Martin’s Press and Kristen Lepionka for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 7.8.18.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte May

    “I thought about how she deserved better than she’d gotten: a dead husband who could be a real asshole sometimes when he was alive, three borderline fuckup kids who drank too much and end up hurting the people they were supposed to care about.” This was a fantastic follow up to The Last Place You Look I enjoyed being back with Roxane, wrapped up in another dangerous case she should really stay out of! After the end of her last case, Roxane is pretty messed up, drinking more than usual and co “I thought about how she deserved better than she’d gotten: a dead husband who could be a real asshole sometimes when he was alive, three borderline fuckup kids who drank too much and end up hurting the people they were supposed to care about.” This was a fantastic follow up to The Last Place You Look I enjoyed being back with Roxane, wrapped up in another dangerous case she should really stay out of! After the end of her last case, Roxane is pretty messed up, drinking more than usual and constantly paranoid. So when a client asks her to follow his fiancé as he believes she is cheating, Roxane thinks she has a nice easy case. “The reason that so many people seem to have a quarter life crisis around age twenty five or so is that, finally, the brain is developed enough to understand that your life isn’t actually how you thought it would be.” That is until the woman she was following - Marin Strasser, turns up shot dead. What follows is a string of crimes all interconnected. It turns out Marin pissed off a lot of people, but who actually killed her? A thriller full of action, you are left guessing until the very end. I also love Roxane, she is relatable and flawed, and just great. This is a series I will be continuing to follow. “I didn’t have a problem with drinking, I told myself, but with everything else. I had an unhappiness problem. A loneliness one.”

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    When Roxane Weary takes on a case, trailing a woman to see if she's cheating on her much older fiance, things take a turn when the woman she's following gets murdered. Who killed Marin Strasser? Was it the fiance, like everyone things? That's what Roxane wants to know... I loved the first Roxane Weary book, The Last Place You Look, so this one was a no brainer. What You Want to See is a murder mystery with a lot of other stuff muddying the waters. It sure as hell looks like the fiance did it. But When Roxane Weary takes on a case, trailing a woman to see if she's cheating on her much older fiance, things take a turn when the woman she's following gets murdered. Who killed Marin Strasser? Was it the fiance, like everyone things? That's what Roxane wants to know... I loved the first Roxane Weary book, The Last Place You Look, so this one was a no brainer. What You Want to See is a murder mystery with a lot of other stuff muddying the waters. It sure as hell looks like the fiance did it. But what the hell is going on at that print shop? And what's with the former employee, Leila? And Marin's son, Nate? Roxane has her shit together a little more than in the last book but still makes a dog's breakfast of the case, running afoul of the cops and other bad elements. She's still conflicted over her feelings for Tom and her feeling for Catherine but not disastrously so like in the last book. Kristen Lepionka wove another great tale here. I thought I knew who killed Marin a couple different times but she pulled the rug out from under me, a great feature in a mystery. It would have been easy for Roxane to coast into this book relatively unscathed after the last book but she's clearly changed. I loved that she's become sort of a mother figure to Shelby and is trying to stay out of Tom's life while still having feelings for him. The way she handled Catherine in this book was a step in the right direction after the way she handled things in the last one. What You Want to See was a great sophomore effort from Kristen Lepionka. Her Ohio setting is almost a character unto itself and Roxane is well on her way to being one of my favorite sleuths. Four out of five stars.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kristy

    Roxane Weary is hired by Arthur Ungless, owner of a print shop, to track his fiance, Marin, whom he believes is cheating on him. But her case devolves quickly, between a bounced check and Tom (Roxane's dad's former partner) and a rude cop named Sanko showing up on Roxane's doorstep with the news that Marin is dead. Not only that, they make it pretty clear that they want Roxane to stay out of it. But this is "pathologically nosy" Roxane we are talking about. Stay out of it she cannot. So Roxane c Roxane Weary is hired by Arthur Ungless, owner of a print shop, to track his fiance, Marin, whom he believes is cheating on him. But her case devolves quickly, between a bounced check and Tom (Roxane's dad's former partner) and a rude cop named Sanko showing up on Roxane's doorstep with the news that Marin is dead. Not only that, they make it pretty clear that they want Roxane to stay out of it. But this is "pathologically nosy" Roxane we are talking about. Stay out of it she cannot. So Roxane continues to work Arthur's case--as the husband, he's the main suspect after all. Roxane is determined he's innocent: a perspective not shared by Tom and Sanko. As she digs deeper into Marin's life, she discovers that she led quite the double life, and Roxane finds herself lost in a world of antiques dealing, wealthy families, and a lot of danger. I loved this book. I love the first person aspect. The Roxane Weary series is straight-up great mystery writing. No unreliable narrator, no chapters that alternate POV or time periods, no gimmicks--just an excellent protagonist and a strong plot. It makes you long for mysteries of old (think Kinsey Millhone). The ways I love Roxane cannot truly be enumerated--she's a female lead in a mystery series, for one. She's smart, witty, and sarcastic. She's bisexual, but this characteristic is just who she is, not her main defining element or the entire defining point of the novel. As a bisexual female, I cannot stress how amazing this is in literature. To have bisexual representation (and have that representation be intelligent, funny, and not portrayed as evil and deviant), well, it's wonderful. She has relationships of all kinds and works on figuring out herself, just like any other person. Gasp! Imagine that. I couldn't love Roxane more (or Kristen Lepionka for creating this character). Also, Roxane calls waffles "golden beauty" and well, what more do you need in your PI? She's the Leslie Knope of private investigators. I was worried that the second Roxane Weary novel wouldn't stand up to the first, but I was anxious for no reason. The second book is just as wonderful and intricately crafted as the first, and we get to see Roxane both struggling and growing professionally and personally. The case is a great one--it had me frantically reading and totally shocked me at the end, which I love. So rarely can a detective novel keep me guessing to the anymore. Marin Strasser is quite the character, and her web of lies pulls in a whole host of supporting characters. We also see Roxane navigating new territory with Tom, her former lover (and, as mentioned, her dad's ex-partner), and get appearances again from the appealing Weary brothers and Roxane's mom. Roxane is still working on her relationships--not just romantic ones, but life ones, and you'll be touched as she figures out trying to be a "surrogate aunt" to Shelby, who appeared in book one. Watching her let her guard down at times is enjoyable. The case is still mainly the star, though, and it won't disappoint. It's complicated and intriguing and everything comes together in ways that will make you gasp and keep you riveted. I was definitely shocked several times while reading. Not to mention I love it when an author can write a character that I truly hate--you know they've done a good job when you can feel that anger viscerally through the pages! Overall, I have nothing bad to say about this book. Maybe that it's over, and I have to wait now for a (hopeful!!) book three? I love Roxane. I feel kinship toward her for sure, this sarcastic, bisexual PI whose still navigating the world around her. The mystery in this book won't disappoint, nor will the characters. If you haven't read the first Roxane Weary novel, I do recommend reading it first (mostly because it's also so good - my review here ), but this will stand on its own. Highly recommend - 4.5+ stars. I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an unbiased review (thank you); it is available everywhere as 05/01/2018. Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Google+ ~ Instagram

  10. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    3.5 stars I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first, but it did not suffer from second book syndrome. I think it was more a situation of me not being as into this particular case. It was still good and twisty and all that fun stuff. But it just didn't intrigue me quite as much. Roxane is still this complex, flawed, amazing PI. She is bisexual - a rep done right, by the way. She's an alcoholic and her dad died recently - all the makings of a fucked up protagonist who just happens to be phe 3.5 stars I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as the first, but it did not suffer from second book syndrome. I think it was more a situation of me not being as into this particular case. It was still good and twisty and all that fun stuff. But it just didn't intrigue me quite as much. Roxane is still this complex, flawed, amazing PI. She is bisexual - a rep done right, by the way. She's an alcoholic and her dad died recently - all the makings of a fucked up protagonist who just happens to be phenomenal at her job. I love to root for her. And there's no way I won't be reading the next book. I enjoy Roxane a hell of a lot more than I typically enjoy the lead investigator in random mysteries. This one picks up shortly after the ending of the first book. I won't deny my brain needed a reminder of some things. It took me a minute to realize who a few characters were that returned from the first book. It really had been a long time since I'd read the first, but once I remembered who these two returnees were, I was all for them showing up again. The way things play out give us a new side to Roxane with this personal storyline that adds more to her character. Anyway, on to the plot! Roxane had been working a case of a possible cheating fiancé when the check didn't go through so she dropped the case entirely. That is until she gets a knock on her door from Tom and detective Sanko. Apparently...that fiancé Roxane was investigating is now dead. And Tom (yes..that Tom from book 1 who used to be her father's partner) brought the detective investigating to Roxane's to make introductions. It's not Tom's case..he is there just to get Roxane to cooperate with Sanko's questions. Of course, the case intrigues Roxane to the point of her investigating the dead woman herself. It soon becomes clear that this woman wasn't all that honest to begin with... I enjoyed how storylines continued from the first book involving several characters. It was interesting to see the way Roxane's personal life is playing out. I enjoyed the case to an extent, but I can't seem to get over how much less intriguing it was. The suspense wasn't as strong. I really think this was me just not enjoying this case as much. I will still be on board for the third book. Roxane is outstanding and the writing is so realistic. It's hard not to still appreciate the hell out of this.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Another buddy read w my girl Jamie! What You Want to See by Kristen Lepionka was a solid 4 star read for me! This book is the 2nd in the series so I would suggest reading The Last Place You Look first! I love Kristen’s writing! She is so current and funny that I actually chuckled while reading this one. Roxane is a private investigator and after her last big case she is trying calm her life down. She doesn’t drink nearly as much as she use to. She’s single now but both of her ex’s make an appeara Another buddy read w my girl Jamie! What You Want to See by Kristen Lepionka was a solid 4 star read for me! This book is the 2nd in the series so I would suggest reading The Last Place You Look first! I love Kristen’s writing! She is so current and funny that I actually chuckled while reading this one. Roxane is a private investigator and after her last big case she is trying calm her life down. She doesn’t drink nearly as much as she use to. She’s single now but both of her ex’s make an appearance in What You Want to See. Arthur, an older man, comes to Roxane to have her investigate and follow his soon to be wife. He thinks she may be cheating on him. Roxane follows her for a few days but the wife doesn’t show any signs of cheating. A few days later, the wife is dead 😱. That’s all I’m really going to say! The mystery was well done and I was extremely surprised by the end! I enjoyed book 2 in the Roxane Weary series and will be on the look out for book 3 😊

  12. 4 out of 5

    Liz Barnsley

    Brilliant follow up to Kristen Lepionka's excellent debut The Last Place You Look, featuring once again main protagonist Roxane Weary, a character I now love more than I did the first time. Intriguing mystery elements around well rounded and cleverly layered characters equals genuinely absorbing reading material. Proper and full review nearer to publication.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kate~Bibliophile Book Club

    Having read and enjoyed The Last Place You Look I was delighted to be able to read and review book two in the Roxane Weary series, What You Want To See. Roxane is such a great female lead. She is a private investigator, but bless her, she has a tough time of it. She has her own issues, but these lend themselves well to her character development. In this book, she definitely has her work cut out for her! Tasked with investigating Marin Strasser, she’s not expecting to hear Marin has been gunned dow Having read and enjoyed The Last Place You Look I was delighted to be able to read and review book two in the Roxane Weary series, What You Want To See. Roxane is such a great female lead. She is a private investigator, but bless her, she has a tough time of it. She has her own issues, but these lend themselves well to her character development. In this book, she definitely has her work cut out for her! Tasked with investigating Marin Strasser, she’s not expecting to hear Marin has been gunned down in a suspected mugging. The investigation takes a turn for the worse when Marin’s fiancée becomes a suspect. What follows is a journey into the past, on a road paved with secrets and lies. As usual, there is excellent characterisation. Roxane is flawed but so damn likeable that its hard not to root for her the whole way along. Throw in some property fraud and some shady alliances and you have a really interesting crime thriller. What You Want To see is a great book, and aptly titled. I loved being back in Roxane’s world, and I’m already looking forward to the next one. If you haven’t read it yet, it is definitely one to add to your list! Recommeded for sure!

  14. 4 out of 5

    LJ

    First Sentence: Urban renewal was in the air on Bryden Road. Who is Marin Strasser? PI Roxane Weary job is to find the answer to that question. Her client, who hired her suspecting his wife, Marin, was having an affair, is charged with murder after Marin was seen arguing with a man that resulted in her being shot. Roxane doesn't believe her client is guilty. The more she digs into Marin's background, the more she finds Marin was not who she appeared to be. What a great opening which establishes th First Sentence: Urban renewal was in the air on Bryden Road. Who is Marin Strasser? PI Roxane Weary job is to find the answer to that question. Her client, who hired her suspecting his wife, Marin, was having an affair, is charged with murder after Marin was seen arguing with a man that resulted in her being shot. Roxane doesn't believe her client is guilty. The more she digs into Marin's background, the more she finds Marin was not who she appeared to be. What a great opening which establishes the author's very matter-of-fact voice and a strong sense of place. Her imagery is equally strong—"Surveillance work was nothing but an odd, shaded view into someone's life, like watching television with the sound off." Lepionka's wry humor is nicely done—"…my mother, Geneviere, was saying while she poked at something in the oven. I stood at the counter with a cutting board and a jumbo Vidalia in front of me, because she was an eternal optimist and still thought I'd learned how to chop an onion properly at some point in my life." The nice thing about Roxane's family is its normalcy. Some members get on better than others. There are squabbles and insecurities, support and love. Her family even extends to her friend, and former lover, Tom, about whose new girlfriend Roxane is conflicted—"She was girlfriend material, but she wasn't a partner. …She wasn't bone-deep loyal. She wasn't ride-or-die. Or maybe I just didn't want to like her after all." Although Roxane is independent, smart, and capable, she is also vulnerable which makes her even more human. A question provides a revealing statement about her—"Do you like being a detective?" …It almost didn't matter if I liked it, because it was the only thing I could do. I needed to do it, whether I wanted to or not."—and the self-justification of one who drinks too much—"I liked whiskey. … I didn't have a problem with drinking, I told myself, but with everything else. I had an unhappiness problem." What an interesting trail the plot leads us down. It has a strong sense of reality in that, although there is a mystery, it's also about relationships which have highs and lows, which work and don't work. Lepionka is very good at shifting gears in the level of intensity and it's very effective. The story builds on itself, layer-upon-layer, even though there is a questionable procedural detail of having the police cross jurisdictions without notifying the other department, but that's a very small point. "What You Want to See" is very well done with complex characters, and dramatic climax followed by an unexpected twist. WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE: A Roxane Weary Novel (PI-Roxane Weary-Ohio-Contemp) - VG Lepionka, Kristen – 2nd in series Minotaur Books – May 2018

  15. 5 out of 5

    Bill Kerwin

    This second entry in the series featuring Roxane Weary—Columbus, Ohio’s bisexual, hard-drinking private eye—is just as good as the first book, The Last Place You Look. It begins with a routine tailing job—a suspicious fiancee wants Roxane to follow his mysterious lady friend—but this “simple” job soon devolves into a snake’s nest of malice and motives involving secret identities, real estate fraud, lonewolf psychopaths, professional criminal enterprises, and (of course) a dead body or two. As I s This second entry in the series featuring Roxane Weary—Columbus, Ohio’s bisexual, hard-drinking private eye—is just as good as the first book, The Last Place You Look. It begins with a routine tailing job—a suspicious fiancee wants Roxane to follow his mysterious lady friend—but this “simple” job soon devolves into a snake’s nest of malice and motives involving secret identities, real estate fraud, lonewolf psychopaths, professional criminal enterprises, and (of course) a dead body or two. As I said, What You Want See is just as good as the first book in the series. I’ve decided that the fact that I didn’t like it as much is probably my fault, not Ms. Lepionka’s. Lepionka’s first book, The Last Place You Look, had a plot shaped the way I like my mysteries shaped: circular, with dangers accumulating toward the center, like a whirlpool, a bull’s eye, a narrowing gyre. As the detective grows closer to the middle of the action, hazards accumulate, and, when she reaches the center (the climax), she herself becomes the ultimate target, the locus of evil and rage. This time, though, Lepionka chose to do something else, something more sophisticated. The structure of What You Want to See resembles an active mine field. She shows us a detective whose case—and whose life—is subject to chaotic disruptions. Three times Roxane must deal with what feel like violent random events—the strafing of a storefront by automatic fire, a car crash, a standoff and shootout near the Statehouse. These three events—particularly the first and second—are presented masterfully, so much so that they temporarily confuse the reader (at least this reader) into thinking Lepionka has for once lost control of her artful prose, that her style—always controlled, elegant—has descended into chaos too. But no. She wants the reader to see a disoriented Roxane, a Roxane coping with chaos: in shock, losing her bearings; initially defensive, but gradually gaining control; and then opening herself up to help and friendship and love. Lepionka shows us a Roxane who is becoming a better detective, and the things that make her a better detective make her a richer human being as well. So like I said, the fault isn’t hers, its mine. Just because the structure of What You Want to See isn’t just like Poe’s “Descent into the Maelstrom” doesn’t mean that isn’t a helluva book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gram

    Another terrific tale of Private Eye Roxane Weary, the 2nd in the series. This time, Roxane has been hired to follow Marin Strasser whose fiancee - print shop owner Arthur Ungless - thinks is having an affair. Just as her investigation gets under way, Marin is gunned down in the street after an argument in a restaurant with Arthur and the police believe he was the killer. Although warned to stay out of the case, Roxane believes her client is innocent and then discovers Marin had stolen thousands Another terrific tale of Private Eye Roxane Weary, the 2nd in the series. This time, Roxane has been hired to follow Marin Strasser whose fiancee - print shop owner Arthur Ungless - thinks is having an affair. Just as her investigation gets under way, Marin is gunned down in the street after an argument in a restaurant with Arthur and the police believe he was the killer. Although warned to stay out of the case, Roxane believes her client is innocent and then discovers Marin had stolen thousands of dollars from Arthur's bank account, giving the police more reason to believe they've got their man. At the end of the first book in this series, Roxane was coping with her policeman father's death and the loss of her former lovers Catherine and Tom. The latter now has a new girlfriend who Roxane thinks is completely wrong for him, but Tom's girlfriend wants Roxane as her BFF! As the story swings between her unconventional love life and her inquiries into Marin's background, there are more murders, including a shooting at Arthur's print shop which leads Roxane to investigate a former employee named Leila and the discovery that Marin has as son called Nate, who is out to avenge his mother's death. Although there are several other threads to the story - from property scams, antique thefts and society's care of the elderly - the action is fast-paced and crammed into just 300 pages. While Roxane does refer to her previous detective work, the author takes time to explain some of her background so that this story can be read as a stand alone. But, take my advice and start with the series opener "The Last Place You Look". Believe me, once you've read these books, you'll thank me! Highly recommended.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I can’t seem to get a decent review brewing for this book. *bows head* My apologies, book. You deserve better. This is all I’ve got…. The Last Place You Look introduced readers to PI Roxane Weary, who was still reeling from the death of her father. I’m not going to lie—she was a bit of a mess in the first book. In What You Want To See, we get to see Roxane trying to put the pieces back together, trying to find a bit of peace. We see what we want to see. I think that statement is true in some ways. I can’t seem to get a decent review brewing for this book. *bows head* My apologies, book. You deserve better. This is all I’ve got…. The Last Place You Look introduced readers to PI Roxane Weary, who was still reeling from the death of her father. I’m not going to lie—she was a bit of a mess in the first book. In What You Want To See, we get to see Roxane trying to put the pieces back together, trying to find a bit of peace. We see what we want to see. I think that statement is true in some ways. Sometimes we see what we want to see in our loves, family, and friends. I wonder what you’ll see in Roxane Weary. I found a kickass character to follow and root for. I liked spending time with Roxane again. She takes on another case that brings her smack dab in the middle of a police investigation, web of con artists and scams, and murder. She’s pissing people off all over the place again too. Haha…It’s a skill! I loved watching her weave her way through the twists and turns of the case and her past. I did want to slap her upside the head a couple of times. But the action and suspense has to be fueled with a few bad decisions—right? The suspense builds and builds to a tense, “How-is-she-going-to-get-out-of-this-one”? showdown! You’re going to have to read to find out. My favorite parts of this series are Roxane’s relationships—with her brothers, her father, past contacts on cases, and ex-lovers Tom and Catherine. Especially Tom. Their raw, no-BS chemistry feels so raw and real. And so complicated! It’s layered with loss and comfort and understanding. I love it! I can’t wait to see where their relationship goes from here. And Catherine—a love so steeped in history—you’ll feel their connection tug on you down deep. They know each other so well. Catherine was more likable this time out, but only time will tell if Roxane and Catherine can make a future together. What You Want To See by Kristen Lepionka is a packed to the gills, page-turner with strong, likeable characters you want to see come out on top. Can’t wait for the next case. Recommended. Go read book one first though!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    I have loved detective stories and mysteries since I was a kid reading Nancy Drew and Sherlock Holmes, and Kristen Lepionka more than delivers both with her main protagonist Roxane Weary, private eye, and the complicated, intriguing cases she solves. When I read Lepionka's The Last Place You Look last summer and was first introduced to Roxane, I knew that I was going to love her, flaws and all...and she has many like most of us! What I didn't expect was that I would love What You Want To See eve I have loved detective stories and mysteries since I was a kid reading Nancy Drew and Sherlock Holmes, and Kristen Lepionka more than delivers both with her main protagonist Roxane Weary, private eye, and the complicated, intriguing cases she solves. When I read Lepionka's The Last Place You Look last summer and was first introduced to Roxane, I knew that I was going to love her, flaws and all...and she has many like most of us! What I didn't expect was that I would love What You Want To See even more than the first book since so many sophomore entries into any crime procedural can fall flat and lose their shiny appeal. Not this time! Oh no, I loved What You Want to See so much!! In book two, Lepionka has crafted an extremely well-written detective novel that has an outstanding plot, and the case Roxane solves is suspenseful, intriguing, dangerous, and will keep you guessing right up till the end! If you read the first book, then you know that Roxane has a tendency to investigate cases even after she's been told to stay out of the way and let the police do their job. In this book, it is even after Tom, her former lover and her dad’s ex-partner, tells her to stay off the case and out of the way! But...she is Roxy and super inquisitive (nosey!) by nature, so she continues to dig into the case she was hired for by Arthur Ungless, especially after his fiancee, Marin turns up dead and he becomes the prime suspect for her murder! Actually, I’m not going to say much more about the plot except that this book begins almost immediately after book one ends (and I highly recommend you read them in order, so you know exactly what is going on with several characters!), and that it is riveting! The main reason that I’m not going to write much more about the plot is that the synopsis of the book is so detailed and pretty much tells what the book is about! And I really want you to read these books (both)!! You’ll fall in love with Roxane as much as I am if you do...promise! And that really brings me to what I love most about this series and especially this book: in this second book, the characterization is just superb and if you know me from reading my other reviews, characters, their development, and their overall characterizations are my weakness in any novel. If I can’t connect with the characters in an emotional way, then I’m not going to enjoy the plot as much as I normally would no matter how marvelous it might be! Roxane is one of the most interesting female characters that I’ve encountered in a long time because she is so raw, sarcastic, honest, complex, smart, vulnerable, so real, and I could just go on! In case you aren’t familiar with the books, Roxane is bisexual, and I love how that brings much-needed diversity to this genre but doesn’t define Roxane nor does the novel revolve around her sexuality. She is really a fantastic, strong female lead character that I wholeheartedly love! Besides the character of Roxane, Lepionka really developed the secondary characters as well, and I was glad to see this since you never know in a book series who will reappear! Roxane's relationship with teenage Shelby from book one was a relationship that I loved since it showed a completely different side of her as she stepped into the role of “aunt” to the younger girl. There was more in book two of Roxane’s relationship with Cat, and this completely knocked me off my feet since after book one, I was not Cat's biggest fan. It also had less of a romantic relationship with Tom, yet the love triangle remains and although love triangle tropes can be overdone and trite, it isn’t in this case because Lepionka knows what she is doing...I'm amazed at what a fantastic writer she is! I anxiously look forward to where Roxane’s love life heads in book three. Okay, so I'm done gushing about Roxane and Lepionka's amazing plot, characterizations, oh the story has impeccable pacing too! I loved this book...I know I said that already, but I can't find anything but good things to say about Lepionka's newest novel! You'll love the clever, suspenseful mystery and the characters are fantastic. I can't wait for book three, and I highly recommend you What You Want to See!! 4.5 Stars!! **Thank you, NetGalley, Minotaur Books, and Kristen Lepionka for an ARC in exchange for my fair and honest review.**

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Thanks to Minotaur Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review! Normally when I find out I'm starting part way into a series I get a little bummed. You never know if it's a series where all the books are connected or it they're different crimes to be solved with the same detective/private eye. Roxane Weary is a Private Investigator and she is everything you want in a strong female lead! I'll try to be a little more brief in my description of the book - the synopsis definitely give Thanks to Minotaur Books for the advanced copy in exchange for my honest review! Normally when I find out I'm starting part way into a series I get a little bummed. You never know if it's a series where all the books are connected or it they're different crimes to be solved with the same detective/private eye. Roxane Weary is a Private Investigator and she is everything you want in a strong female lead! I'll try to be a little more brief in my description of the book - the synopsis definitely gives away a lot more than it should for a thriller/crime fiction novel! Marin Strasser's fiancee thinks she is having an affair, so he hires PI Roxane Weary to find the evidence he needs. A couple days later, Marin is found dead in an apparent mugging gone bad. The police begin to focus their attention on the fiancee when things don't add up. As Roxy continues to look into Marin's past, she discovers all kinds of secrets that she's been keeping hidden away. Along the way, she uncovers conspiracies, scams, and other suspicious events. She quickly finds herself ensnared in this web and Roxy must decide what to do with the stakes rising. Roxy is everything you want in a female lead - she's flawed and troubled, but she works hard and does all that she can to get the job done. One thing I wasn't aware of from book one is that Roxy is actually bisexual. So a love triangle that continued over from LAST PLACE YOU LOOK was there and elaborated on by diving into the characters more. This is an element you don't typically see of a main character in the thriller genre, so this was a refreshing change of pace. Overall, if you're looking for a fast pace crime fiction read, then you'll definitely want to pick up the Roxane Weary series! I can't wait to see where Lepionka takes us next in the Roxy saga. I give this 4.5/5 stars - rounded up for rating

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nancy McFarlane

    What You Want to See is a terrific follow-up to the first book in the Roxanne Weary series. There is no need to read the first book first but you will want to after you read What You Want to See. PI Roxanne has a seemingly simple and boring case – follow someone’s fiancée to see if she is cheating on him. But, when the person she is following is killed (the day after she quits following her) and her client is the main suspect Roxanne finds herself looking at things from a totally different angle What You Want to See is a terrific follow-up to the first book in the Roxanne Weary series. There is no need to read the first book first but you will want to after you read What You Want to See. PI Roxanne has a seemingly simple and boring case – follow someone’s fiancée to see if she is cheating on him. But, when the person she is following is killed (the day after she quits following her) and her client is the main suspect Roxanne finds herself looking at things from a totally different angle. She has been warned off by the police and can’t even rely on her father’s old partner to help her but she questions people and she listens and she eventually starts putting things together. The mystery is well written and the storyline is intriguing. But, the real star is Roxanne Weary. I love her sense of humor and her grittiness and her determination to find answers when she thinks things just don’t feel right.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for a review. The fact that I didn't read it or review it before it was actually published does not negate my gratitude - thank you Netgalley! Roxane Weary, be still my heart! And good for you for trying to cut down on the drinking, because good grief how do you not have a headache all the time? Roxane is definitely right up there with all of the rest of the sleuthing queens of my heart, easily in among such high company as Claire DeWitt, Lou N I received a copy of this from Netgalley in exchange for a review. The fact that I didn't read it or review it before it was actually published does not negate my gratitude - thank you Netgalley! Roxane Weary, be still my heart! And good for you for trying to cut down on the drinking, because good grief how do you not have a headache all the time? Roxane is definitely right up there with all of the rest of the sleuthing queens of my heart, easily in among such high company as Claire DeWitt, Lou Norton, and Cassie Maddox. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this is even better than Lepionka's first book, showcasing to even better effect her ability to write wry, hilarious prose as well as a mystery that keeps one - even this one, who had read quite a few of the things - guessing until the very end. How is no one else on hold for this book?

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sue Em

    No sophomore slump here! Roxanne Weary, introduced in the engrossing Last Place You Look, remains flawed and complex in this latest book. Early on, she's questioned by Columbus PD about a previous client, Arthur, whose wife was murdered. She had been tailing the wife on suspicion of cheating, but did not find any evidence to prove it. Her compassion for Arthur leads her into investigating despite being repeatedly warned-off by the cops. Still reeling from the death of her father, the events of the No sophomore slump here! Roxanne Weary, introduced in the engrossing Last Place You Look, remains flawed and complex in this latest book. Early on, she's questioned by Columbus PD about a previous client, Arthur, whose wife was murdered. She had been tailing the wife on suspicion of cheating, but did not find any evidence to prove it. Her compassion for Arthur leads her into investigating despite being repeatedly warned-off by the cops. Still reeling from the death of her father, the events of the first book and the latest betrayal of her ex-lover, Catherine, she drinks way too much, but is able to help a teenage girl who played an important role in the first book. While not mandatory, I would recommend reading it for full enjoyment of this book. Roxanne is a fully realized character in her search for justice. And someone you will want to know. HIGHLY recommended!

  23. 4 out of 5

    lacy [a ravenclaw library]

    A special thank you goes out to Netgalley and Minotaur books for allowing me to read this eARC early. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 4. 5 stars! tw: sexism, mentions of child abuse, slurs against those with mental illness, alcoholism, mentioned drug use I missed my favorite bisexual private investigator, Roxane, even though it's only been a couple of weeks, if that. But how could I not miss Roxane with all her smarty assery and wisdom? Not to mention, it's so amazing that a female MC is b A special thank you goes out to Netgalley and Minotaur books for allowing me to read this eARC early. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 4. 5 stars! tw: sexism, mentions of child abuse, slurs against those with mental illness, alcoholism, mentioned drug use I missed my favorite bisexual private investigator, Roxane, even though it's only been a couple of weeks, if that. But how could I not miss Roxane with all her smarty assery and wisdom? Not to mention, it's so amazing that a female MC is bisexual especially in crime thrillers. I mean, how often do you see that? Not very often, that's how often! I really am starting to love crime thriller books and it's because of Roxane (and Tracy Crosswhite from the Tracy Crosswhite series). She is far from perfect, sure, but I don't expect my heroines to be perfect. She has a bit of drinking problem, never listens when she should and can be angry and rude for no reason. But that is why I love her. She knows who she is and doesn't change for anybody. She works on the changes for herself. The plot was far more interesting then the first book. Although the synopsis gives away a huge amount so it's just best to go in blind. Just don't bother with it all because the book has so many twists and turns. My head was spinning and I loved every minute of it. I also liked that this book had more of Roxane's personal life but it, in no way, took away from the main story. Cat was a major figure in this book. If you recall, she was the ex in the first book. I didn't like Cat in the first book. I thought she was horrible for Roxane and I thought she was selfish. However, she had a bit of a redemption arc and you all know I am here for character arcs. By the end, I found myself rooting for them. Something I definitely didn't see coming. I had to deduct half a star because Roxane can get a little wordy and repeat a lot of what she says while trying to figure out the mystery. It's not super bothersome but my eyes did glaz over huge paragraphs once or twice. Her way of solving a mystery was going over every detail over and over to see if she missed something. That is fine, don't get me wrong, but it's a bit difficult to read and my eyes were begging for paragraph breaks. Overall, this book was fantastic! I early await 2019 when I can get my hands on the third book. I think this is a series that everyone needs to stop sleeping on. It may be a thriller but it has a lot more to offer than just that. I really highly recommend this series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Big fun that I lived on the same block of the murder! Brought back fond memories of warm, summer weather in 'the hood.' This series' main cast of characters, and one relationship in particular, is what keeps me reading, as well as her ability to weave a more intricate, compelling plot. She's a master at natural dialogue, teetering on too natural for reading as it can be confusing in the absence of intonation, etc. This particular story entwined a large web of characters that left me wishing I'd Big fun that I lived on the same block of the murder! Brought back fond memories of warm, summer weather in 'the hood.' This series' main cast of characters, and one relationship in particular, is what keeps me reading, as well as her ability to weave a more intricate, compelling plot. She's a master at natural dialogue, teetering on too natural for reading as it can be confusing in the absence of intonation, etc. This particular story entwined a large web of characters that left me wishing I'd mapped a flowchart, and it felt like a few, albeit minor, points remained loose ends? Is that for purposeful continuation? I shall see in #3!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    Roxane Weary's next case should be an easy one: follow her client's fiance to see if she is having an affair. Things get more complicated when the fiance is found shot to death on the street after having an argument with Roxane's employer. Worst yet, her employer's gun is missing and it might be the murder weapon. Roxane has to clear her client. As she begins to dig into Marin Strasser's background more questions than answers are found. She says she's an interior decorator but her business card Roxane Weary's next case should be an easy one: follow her client's fiance to see if she is having an affair. Things get more complicated when the fiance is found shot to death on the street after having an argument with Roxane's employer. Worst yet, her employer's gun is missing and it might be the murder weapon. Roxane has to clear her client. As she begins to dig into Marin Strasser's background more questions than answers are found. She says she's an interior decorator but her business card has only a phone number and an email address and tracking down previous clients seems to show that she was stealing from them. And it looks like she has scammed her fiance Arthur Ungless out of $75,000 for "wedding plans." Digging deeper leads to a previous marriage where she also tried some scams and left angry heirs behind. Roxane also uncovers some illegal activity going on at Arthur's printing business. Apparently an employee had decided to branch out by making illegal IDs, driver's licenses, and passports. This brought the business to the attention of a local criminal which resulted in the death of the criminal's daughter and which brings Roxane to the criminal's attention. Throw in Marin's son who is just out of prison and eager to find another scam and you have plots and twists all over the place. Roxane has scaled back her alcohol use in this one but she is also really lonely. Her relationship with Tom, one of her father's proteges, has changed since he's found a new girlfriend and her relationship with a former girlfriend is also in a precarious situation. The girlfriend is trying to contact Roxane but Roxane isn't sure if she wants to get involved with her again. I enjoyed the twists and turns in this mystery. Fans of the first book won't want to miss this one.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rena

    4.75 stars.The second book in this series delves into the psyche of Roxane Weary, a detective of the smart-ass variety who lives for hot tea with a splash of whiskey, and barely manages to keep herself afloat financially and emotionally on a day-to-day basis. Basically, she's imperfect, and it's why I love her as a character. And being bisexual doesn't hurt. 🌈😊🌈 Oh, yeah, and the mystery is just as engaging as the first book. 😊

  27. 5 out of 5

    Catherine Meza

    What You Want to See should have been an auspicious return for likeable PI Roxane Weary, who made such a favorable impression in The Last Place You Look. Roxane is a scrappy survivor in the Kinsey Millhone mode, eschewing domesticity and fashionable dress and hiding a tender interior under her prickly demeanor. Her second appearance is initially promising, as Roxane pursues a putatively unfaithful wife, Marin, for her gormless client, Arthur in the classic PI tradition. Marin is a classic, delic What You Want to See should have been an auspicious return for likeable PI Roxane Weary, who made such a favorable impression in The Last Place You Look. Roxane is a scrappy survivor in the Kinsey Millhone mode, eschewing domesticity and fashionable dress and hiding a tender interior under her prickly demeanor. Her second appearance is initially promising, as Roxane pursues a putatively unfaithful wife, Marin, for her gormless client, Arthur in the classic PI tradition. Marin is a classic, delicate blonde who bears more than a passing resemblance to Roxane's shifty, unfaithful love interest, Catherine, whom she renounces at the end of Book 1. Much more could have been made of Marin, whom we only know from the reactions of those who either loved or hated her, a la Rebecca or Laura. But she quickly devolves into a run-of-the-mill villain and the book veers off into a cluttered narrative with no less than 39 named characters who have dialog in a 292-page book. At one point, Roxane gets out a pack of index cards and writes down the names of the people she has to deal with. As a reader, you will want to do the same thing. I recommend you buy a pack of 50, because there are some characters who are deceased before the narrative begins, but you will need to know who they are. The author is at her best in her characterization of Roxane and the other love of her life, steady-eddy Tom. Their dialog at the end of the book is very fine. Prior to that, Roxane appears to be on the road to recovery from her alcoholism (shared by her late father) by simply breaking her shot glass and declaring "I'm lonely" (which may be overly optimistic in its prognosis.) Tom has little to say here, but he is a well-drawn and believable character. Catherine is the most complex personage so far, and may be showing Roxane "what she wants to see" in contrast to her blatant selfishness and total unreliability in Book 1. Similarly, beautiful blonde Marin showed Roxane's client, Arthur, what he wanted to see and not much more. In contrast to the main characters' excellent development, the author's powers of description are quite limited and so we get very little sense of the ambiance in Columbus, Ohio, if indeed there is any. Lepionka might consider studying the work of Loren Estleman who makes the rutted streets of Detroit shine like glass. And even the characters are somewhat marred by this weakness: "her pale green eyes" is a phrase repeated four times in the description of Catherine, sometimes on adjacent pages. I get it already. In terms of the plot, instead of description and summarization, we have all these extraneous characters trooping in, complete with names and speaking parts. So rather than summarize a phone call in which we learn that a minor character has not been seen in the office lately (dum-de-dum-dum), the author gives the person who answers the phone a name--Emily-and half a page of dialog. We don't need this. We don't need Charlotte, or Molly, or Simon, or Janet, or Miss Zahra, to name a few. Speaking of names, suburban women who are described as dressing in "lululemon outfits that cost more than my whole wardrobe" do not name their daughters Brandy. Try Chloe or Emma. But we don't need her either. The cumulative effect of all this clutter is to obscure the well-written action scenes, make us work to follow the crime scenarios, and ultimately care less who the murderer(s) turns out to be, who, by the way, is (are) not interesting at all. Murderers need character development too. I pre-ordered this book with great anticipation from my local independent bookseller and paid cold hard cash for it. My review may be biased because it cost me the price of a couple of beers and a hamburger. I did not follow Kinsey Millhone all the way through the alphabet, and I may not follow Roxane Weary to book 3. I wish her well, though.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Trevor

    3.5 stars While I didn't enjoy this one as much as book one, I'm eager to continue with the series because I really enjoy Roxane's character. The case involving Arthur was pretty lackluster for me; by about halfway in, I honestly just didn't care anymore. Which saddens me, because that is mostly the point in reading mysteries/thrillers. It just didn't seem as complex & intriguing as I had hoped. Loved Roxane's relationship with Shelby & of course the positive bi-rep with an interesting p 3.5 stars While I didn't enjoy this one as much as book one, I'm eager to continue with the series because I really enjoy Roxane's character. The case involving Arthur was pretty lackluster for me; by about halfway in, I honestly just didn't care anymore. Which saddens me, because that is mostly the point in reading mysteries/thrillers. It just didn't seem as complex & intriguing as I had hoped. Loved Roxane's relationship with Shelby & of course the positive bi-rep with an interesting predicament of liking Cat & Tom at the same time. An additional .5 stars because it's filled with refreshing, realistic dialogue & hard to put down once in the groove of things. Overall, an average read. Would still recommend to fans of this genre- Lepionka is definitely an author to keep on your radar.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Hall

    Pathologically nosy, currently unemployed and perennially unprofessional thirty-four-year-old private investigator Roxane Weary, daughter of murdered cop Frank Weary, is glad to have landed a straightforward surveillance job to ease her back into the her less than glamorous vocation after her last encounter took its toll and lefts scars. Hired by a man who suspects his fiancée is cheating on him the last thing she expects is detectives to turn up her door demanding answers about the woman’s murd Pathologically nosy, currently unemployed and perennially unprofessional thirty-four-year-old private investigator Roxane Weary, daughter of murdered cop Frank Weary, is glad to have landed a straightforward surveillance job to ease her back into the her less than glamorous vocation after her last encounter took its toll and lefts scars. Hired by a man who suspects his fiancée is cheating on him the last thing she expects is detectives to turn up her door demanding answers about the woman’s murder, which comes as news to Roxane...“Surveillance work was nothing but an odd, shaded view into someone’s life, like watching television with the sound off.”After four days spent watching Marin Strasser, ‘purveyor of sophisticated interior decor’ mooch between a variety of furniture stores, take a hot yoga class and speak to exactly nobody, the retainer check of her fiancée, ex-marine and print shop owner, Arthur Ungless has bounced curtailing Roxane’s close attentions. Marin’s unlikely fiancée is a barrel-chested sixty-year-old and when it becomes evident that stunning Marin is fifteen-years his junior, well out of his league and has fleeced him of $75,000, Detective Ed Sanko thinks the case is as open and shut as it first appears. However on the basis of Roxane’s conversations with a gullible Arthur and the scant few possessions or evidence of Marin’s online existence, Roxane keeps digging, convinced that the hapless Arthur is the fall guy and determined to prove his innocence. Unwilling to leave him high and dry (as with Joshua and Shelby in her first case), Roxane looks into the mystery of Marin and after an inauspicious haul of her possessions (a cigar box, a stack of slips containing QR codes and a locket containing the picture of a small boy), she finds a heck of a lot more that she is bargaining for. When visiting Arthur at his print shop coincides with a double shooting leaving Arthur in critical condition, the nineteen-year-old daughter of a small time real estate and payday loan mogul dead and Ungless Printing crawling with fraud detectives, Frank’s protective ex-partner Tom (and Roxane’s occasional sexmate) warns her to stay out of a potentially very dangerous case.. Naturally Roxane’s wilfully ignores the simplest of instructions.. When Roxanne discovers that the sister of the deceased girl, Derek, works a Arthur’s print shop and was recommended for the job by a now discredited ex-employer, Leila Hassan, who was apparently friends with Marin, she starts to make inroads. As checking out the scene of Marin’s murder leads to Roxane stumbling on her secret past, namely two marriages and a criminal career as a con artist, she is even more determined to protect Arthur. Engaged in a long running inheritance war with her ex in-laws and with a duplicitous, malicious and homicidal son, Nate, recently out of prison and up to his neck in both matters, pretty soon Roxane seems to know more that the cops about just who Marin Strasser really was. However linking the threads between Leila, what went down at the print shop and Arthur’s fleecing means finding Leila and with Roxane’s capricious and irresistible on/off girlfriend, Catherine (“Cat”) Walsh, a mutual Facebook friend, resisting the lure proves impossible, well aware that any encounter with Catherine usually leaves her emotionally hurt.. Historically unfaithful, Catherine is not however unchanged from the first novel and showcases a different and potentially more healthy aspect of her attachment to Roxane with the sparks of intimacy and electricity just as realistic. Convinced that in a case of precious little evidence, a truckload of rumours and muddied by some more often that faked official documents the answer to the whole shakedown lies in understanding why and just whom murdered Marin Strasser, once again Roxane gets in way over her head, and this time her nearest and dearest are left feeling the effects. Roxane is an engaging and supremely likeable character, all the most so for the fact that she is both fallible and not invincible, meaning her tricky situations are not the usual foregone conclusions of standard PI fare and often have associated collateral damage. Given that the majority of PI’s show no propensity to change and resort to type at the slighted test, Roxane makes a refreshing thoughtful protagonist. All the more appealing is that Lepionka never come close to making the novel all about Roxane and her cases bring emotional baggage, the burden of responsibility and genuine personal reflection. Between acting as a surrogate aunt and less than responsible queer role model for lonely teenage, Shelby, who became attached to her in a traumatic last encounter, and navigating her history with Tom, Roxane has her hands full aside from the conundrum of Catherine. The pace is breakneck, Roxane’s first-person narrative is as tight as it comes and drips with sarcasm and the characters are further developed upon and tested, bringing credible insights, and the chemistry between Roxane and both Catherine and Tom authentic. That Roxane’s sexuality isn’t bandied around and made an issue of is to Lepionka’s credit as the temptation to market this aspect as a selling point setting Roxane apart from fellow PI’s must be immense. However, given that Roxane is also a self-destructive, impulsive, troubled and frankly obsessive character who muddles through the disorganised chaos that passes for her life liberally fuelled by whiskey, her sexuality barely seems worthy of a mention! An electrifying encounter with a plot as well-crafted as her debut, first-class characterisation and a grandstanding denouement, What You Want To See is every bit a vibrant and smart as The Last Place You Look. A follow up that consolidates and impresses with its non-linear narrative and round the houses route to the answers! Best read as a follow-up to the first book with an appreciation for the subtle nuances of the characters and their complicated histories for full appreciation and enjoyment.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joanna

    Reading a mystery that's just the right kind of mystery is such a treat. One that carefully paces the clues and lets you guess where it's headed right before it makes a sharp twist that you never saw coming. One that has enough character development that you care enough become deeply invested in the suspenseful parts. What You Want to See has all this, plus a badass female PI in Roxane Weary. The book is set in Columbus, which makes it especially fun when Roxane goes to places I've been or at le Reading a mystery that's just the right kind of mystery is such a treat. One that carefully paces the clues and lets you guess where it's headed right before it makes a sharp twist that you never saw coming. One that has enough character development that you care enough become deeply invested in the suspenseful parts. What You Want to See has all this, plus a badass female PI in Roxane Weary. The book is set in Columbus, which makes it especially fun when Roxane goes to places I've been or at least driven by. It makes her feel even more real, as if she's walking down the same city streets that I do, which is a unique feeling since Columbus is a great town for artists but still doesn't have a lot of novels that take place here. Likewise, there aren't a lot of books that feature bisexual protagonists as well drawn and three dimensional as Weary. It's an absolute pleasure to sink into a mystery where queer people exist as regular people (not plot devices or villians). I loved Roxane in the first book, and it's great to see her back for another round of crime solving. She's in the process of cleaning up her act (a little) and a bit further along in trying to make peace with her father's death. But these tenuous footholds on a slightly more together existence are threatened when she stumbles into a case that starts as a garden variety suspected infidelity, then balloons into (no spoilers) a host of other crimes. The action is fast-paced, the family drama is well crafted, and the mystery keeps you guessing till the end. The supporting cast is fantastic--Shelby and Andrew are particular favorites of mine--and seeing another side of Catherine Walsh was a complete delight. The rogues gallery of adversaries that Roxane takes on in this book are also top notch, and the tension that builds as the story unfolds and brings everything to a head makes the book impossible to put down. It's the mark of an excellent series when you finish one book and immediately start checking to see when the next one will be coming out, and I'm sure I'm not the only reader who is already eagerly awaiting the next Roxane Weary mystery.

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