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Acclaim for Award Winning Darcy Farthing Adventures

Currents of Sin

Reviewed By Grant Leishman for Readers’ Favorite
Currents of Sin by Arleen Alleman is the sixth and, she says, final iteration of her investigative, crime-fighting, freelance journalist Darcy Farthing. This time, Darcy takes a short vacation back in Florida to try to get her head around the difficulties she is having in her marriage to her current husband, Mick, when an old friend, Tom, drops a potential story into her lap. Any plans she had to investigate the missing Pumas story are quickly thrust into the background by an urgent call from another friend, Don, whose foster daughter is missing and he believes in serious trouble in Las Vegas. Quickly flying to Las Vegas to help, Darcy, her previous husband, Brooke, and her best friend, Sid, are soon drawn into a web of criminality that defies belief. Asian gangs, drugs, teenage prostitution and sex slavery, not to mention international people trafficking confront Darcy head on, as she begins the search for seventeen-year-old Pammie, who is just maybe somewhere in Sin City. So begins this tale of crime, intrigue, and violence. 

Having not read anything before from Arleen Alleman, I was surprised and thrilled at the stand-alone nature of the story. Backstory to Currents of Sin is generously provided by the author, sprinkled throughout the plot, and not only adds to this current journey, but gives the reader every encouragement to delve further into the author’s previous works and discover more about these fascinating characters. The characters Alleman has fashioned in this tale have doubtless grown and matured over the course of the six stories and perhaps that’s why they feel so real and warm to the reader. The author clearly has a real grasp on her characters’ true natures and their foibles as well as their endearing traits. Although this is primarily a mystery crime story, it also is a treatise on the human condition and the base elements of good and evil. As a reader I found the balance between action/adventure and character development/life philosophy to be well achieved. If this is indeed the last in this series, based on the final book, I can commend Alleman on a well-researched, well written, easy to read and enjoyable adventure. I highly recommend this book to readers of all genres.

A Current Deception

“A Current Deception” by Arleen Alleman is the fifth book in the Darcy Farthing Series. If you have never read anything by Alleman you are in for a thrilling and consuming adventure.  Enough back-story is provided to make this a wonderful stand-alone read.    If you have read other books in the series then you are going to absolutely love this one.  I didn’t think it was possible for the series to get any better… I was wrong. Alleman blends all of these storylines together into one phenomenal and thrilling mystery.  The writing style brings you directly into the thick of it.  One truly feels a part of the story.  You don’t feel as though you are simply being told a story… you are living it.  That feeling of reality will be magnified if you have ever been aboard a cruise ship.

I can easily consume a lengthy novel in a day and at a rather swift pace.  When reading an Alleman novel I slow way down.  Not because it is difficult to read but because I don’t want to miss a single word.  You never know when one small comment, thought or knowing look can deepen the mystery or bring you closer to solving it.  Believe me when I say you do NOT want to miss a moment.  Aside from crafting stories filled with thrills, murder, criminal elements, suspense and mystery Alleman also incorporates lots of historical tidbits and interesting facts about the location of her stories.  I learned more about Australia through this work of Fiction than I ever did in World History or Geography. 

If I haven’t said this before I’m saying it now… Arleen Alleman is a name to watch.  I predict big things will happen for this immensely talented author. –G. Jackson

“Opening up the cozy mystery A Current Deception is like slipping into your favorite pair of jeans. The writing is comfortable and fluid. The story is well-paced and intelligent. The characters are refreshingly normal and easy to relate to. But soon they are tossed into a mystery that is oh-so-not normal. This is one exciting, bizarre, and fun mystery.”  –JustKindleBooks

Five star Review by Mystery Sequels

Reviews at Ask David A Current Deception

Alternate Currents

Universal themes that strike a chord.

 “Arleen Alleman once again demonstrates her writing talent in a gripping novel filled with suspense and pathos.  When spiteful and malicious motives spur a kidnapping, events rapidly spiral out of control.  Darcy learns that her friend, Charlie is kidnapped, and her natural instinct is to go help Charlie’s domestic partner, Don, and their adopted 7-year old daughter, Penelope.  The idea doesn’t sit well with Darcy’s fiancé, Mick.  Based on past experience, he knows Darcy’s habit of “helping” often places her in mortal danger.  He’s worried and rightly so.  To complicate matters, Darcy and Nick are supposed to be planning a wedding of their own, but the stress of this situation could derail the nuptials.

Don Freeburg, a freelance cartoonist, and Charlie Scott, a commercial realtor, live in an upscale Seattle neighborhood.  Unfortunately their domestic partnership recently came under the scrutiny of a religious zealot with a fanatical followers, a group of people who are eager to remove Penelope from their home.  To complicate matters, Penelope’s birth mother threatens to legally reverse the adoption.  She claims she has a legal right to take custody of her daughter.  Although Penelope never met her birth mother, could a judge rip the family apart due to a legal technicality? Ignoring her own personal problems, Darcy travels to Seattle to help and support her friends.  As the police investigation into the kidnapping flounders, bodies start turning up.  Darcy can’t keep her promise to Mick and starts investigating on her own.  It becomes clear that Penelope might have been the original target of the kidnapping, and Darcy fears for the girl’s safety.

Darcy gallantly risks her own life to protect her friends and solve the crime.  There are so many twists and turns in the complicated plot that readers are taken on a wild ride.  Greed, desire, guilt, and fanaticism embolden several treacherous villains, who lurk in the shadows waiting for the perfect moment to strike.  Each culprit has a motive to kill but which one has gone on a killing spree?  Can Darcy survive against the menacing culprits who stalk her friends?  Will her own relationship with Mick crumble under the strain of a tempestuous separation?  Will the wedding that Mick and Darcy planned ever take place?  As Darcy learns more about her own character, she considers a new occupation, one that might place her in constant jeopardy.  Will Mick support Darcy’s new career choice?

Fans of the Darcy Farthing novels are sure to enjoy this new chapter in her saga.   Darcy has become a friend that we enjoy welcoming into our home.  We worry about her almost as much as Mick, but we eagerly wait for each new story to be revealed.”   –Author Diane Rapp

Current Assets 

“Current Assets: A Darcy Farthing Novel by Arleen Alleman is a story of mystery and suspense. Darcy Farthing is a novelist and while she works on her latest book, her partner Mick Clayton is in charge of a GAO investigation into asset forfeitures that have been stolen or “misplaced” from a sheriff’s office. His friend Tom Smythe works there and, as Mick arrives to see Tom, he finds him being arrested for shooting a deputy sheriff. Darcy and Mick embark on a journey to find out the truth and who is masterminding the thefts. More deputies come under attack and the pair finds themselves in the middle of a government investigation that doesn’t make sense, an investigation that winds around murder, terrorist groups, conspiracy and smuggling. As they get closer to discovering the truth, things turn nasty as Darcy and her daughter become targets. Can Darcy and Mick solve this before it’s too late?
Current Assets: A Darcy Farthing Novel by Arleen Alleman is the third in a series. I didn’t read the first two but, to be honest, I found that there was sufficient information in this one to give me the background I needed to understand what went on before. This is a story full of intrigue, drama, and plenty of suspense and action. I understand that the author used to work for the GAO (Government Accountability Office) and her experience shows in the details of the story. It is written so well and so true to life that it is easy to get caught up in the story and, indeed, this is one that I found difficult to put down. The plot is intricate, but not so much that you can’t keep up with it, and it’s a thrilling plot too. Although it probably isn’t necessary, I would urge readers to grab the first two books before this one.”

   Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers’ Favorite 5-Stars

“I love authors who take their real life experiences and incorporate the knowledge gained from those experiences into their writing, especially those who have worked within the Criminal Justice system or Government agencies. . . I must say that I really enjoyed the sub-plot involving Darcy’s birth daughter, Rachael. The complexities surrounding Darcy and Rachael almost give the reader two stories in one combined with the overall plot of the book. Mick, Darcy’s boyfriend and co-protagonist, is initially the one who unintentionally brings trouble Darcy’s way through his investigation of corruption and his desire to help a friend who stands accused of attempted murder. As Darcy and Mick work together to help their friend the danger intensifies.

Though I have not read Arleen Alleman’s previous books in this particular series there is enough information and back story provided that this novel alone makes for a fully satisfying read. However, I will be reading the others in the series because I simply must know more about Darcy’s character. This book is exceptionally well-edited. I didn’t notice a single typo or grammatical error. There are no lulls in the story and it was extremely difficult for me to find a stopping point because I couldn’t resist reading just one more chapter which turned into five more before I knew it. The characters and scenes are richly and vividly penned, giving the reader a multi-dimensional view of the people and places that are woven together to create such an incredibly thrilling tale. I truly enjoy books that can make me feel the danger and suspense and “Current Assets” does exactly that. This is a great read for anyone that enjoys mystery, thrillers, crime, high level intrigue, dirty dealings and gritty, intelligent suspense. This is the kind of book that stays with you long after you finish reading the last page (and one I will definitely think about on my next cruise out of Florida).” –G. Jackson

“Arleen wrote another fascinating novel!  . . . Alleman brings back familiar characters from the first two novels, making established readers feel like they dropped in for a visit with old friends. We care about these characters, understand their flaws, and hope they work out their complicated relationships. Arleen always does her homework, weaving real facts into a sophisticated narrative, keeping readers on the edge of our chairs until we finish the story.  Her new characters are well developed and suspense builds throughout the novel. The plot has plenty of intrigue and adventure, nail biting scenes, and charming descriptions of Marco Island.” –Author, Diane Rapp

Currents Deep and Deadly 

Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers’ Favorite

For anyone who has been on a cruise, or more pertinently, is planning one in the future, Currents Deep and Deadly by debut novelist Arleen Alleman should perhaps not be your first choice of reading material as you’re lounging on the sundeck. For everyone else, this is an great read. Currents Deep and Deadly is a great novel, one that will keep you guessing until the very end. Author Arleen Alleman has done a wonderful job in creating interesting and dynamic characters that certainly feel like real people, a true test of a writer with chops in my opinion. Any reader who enjoys mysteries, action, adventure, suspense, books with a great feel for travel, or just a plain good read will love Currents Deep and Deadly. I am pleased to recommend this book, and certainly hope that the promising new novelist, Arleen Alleman, is hard at work on the next installment, as I will mightily look forward to reading it.

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