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Book CoverVeena’s review of High Stakes (Men of The Sisterhood, Book 5) by Fern Michaels
Contemporary  Fiction published by Zebra 27 Jun 17

I have been on and off with reading the various books in these two related series by Ms. Michaels over the years. The back blurb really interested me and the story certainly fulfilled the promise that I expected.

Dennis West, along with his fellow reporters at the Post, has just wrapped a story that is sure to win him a Pulitzer prize.  Back in Washington DC the next story walks in and delivers itself to him all wrapped up in a pretty bow.  Toby Mason is an old friend who has revamped himself from a nerdy chemist into a buff, gorgeous dancer at the Supper Club.  Unfortunately, it appears that his patrons who run the Supper Clubs might be involved in drugs and murder. Dennis, along with the rest of the guys of the sisterhood, gather to discuss the merits of the case and plan an expose.

There’s a lot of fun and laughter as the men employ all the tricks of theater and makeup to transform themselves into women in order to get inside the Supper Club and support Toby.  Since their membership includes the Who’s Who of the British and American Spy Service, they deploy their assets admirably on the case, including protection for Toby while he stays in character at the Supper Club to give the team a chance to expose the corruption.

There is a fair bit of ugliness in the interactions between the drug kingpin with Todd’s patron.  The men put together and execute a clever plan to bring down a drug lord and his minions and put a stop to a drug channel that is flooding the country with drugs.

I haven’t read any of the stories featuring the women in some time, so it was fun to catch up on what’s going on in their lives as well.  This a well-written story that will engage the reader from beginning to end with a great lesson in the evils of greed.

Grade:  B


The Sisterhood: a group of women bound by friendship and a quest for justice. Now their male allies, the Men of the Sisterhood, have formed a top-secret organization of their own, with the same goal of helping the helpless and righting the wrongs of the world…

Investigative reporter Dennis West joined forces with the men of the Sisterhood to help fight corruption and greed on behalf of underdogs everywhere. Now he and his band of brothers are on a mission to help an old friend in danger: Toby Mason was a whip-smart college nerd—nothing like the buff dancer at the Supper Club who’s reached out to Dennis. The owners of the Supper Club adult-entertainment franchise have expanded their empire through tours, contests, and calendars. But Toby suspects the Supper Clubs offer a convenient front for a major drug trafficking operation—and those suspicions have become known to his employers. At the top-secret headquarters of BOLO Consultants, Dennis, Jack, Abner, Ted, Harry, and the rest of the crew gather to formulate a plan. It’ll mean going deep undercover, but the men of the Sisterhood are breaking out their most impressive moves to stop a criminal network that’s stayed two steps ahead of justice for too long…

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