Thursday, May 17, 2012

Book Reviews

Now that I have fully grossed y'all out with the previous post, I will move on to something won't make any part of your anatomy pucker, cringe, or have sympathy pains for a four legged creature. I promise not to do that to you guys often. Really.

I have a couple quick books to review, in case you're in need of something to read. Or you just want to add it to your ever growing list of books to read.

First up is Two for the Dough (a Stephanie Plum Novel) by Janet Evanovich. I enjoyed this one much more than the first one. Maybe because the character is more established. I'm not sure. But this book had me cracking up. When a book offers up lines like, " . . . stealth embalmer", and "I haven't seen one of those in a long time . . . hmm, that doesn't look like a Jewish penis" you know it's guaranteed to make you do a face-palm while cracking up several times. From Stephanie managing to land in dog crap to arguing with a cop as to who gets to keep a dead man's finger, to leaving a guy dressed only in an unbuttoned shirt and his socks somewhere in the vicinity of a funeral parlor, she gets in as much trouble as any girl who's trying to be a big bad bounty hunter and failing miserably. Stephanie's grandmother makes her bounty hunting debut, and creates a lot of ruckus herself several times in a funeral parlor; and you soon start to wonder just why the grandmother is ever allowed in public, because as sweet as she is, she's a total menace to society. It's awesome.

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is still learning the ropes at her cousin Vinnie's bail bond office, so when she sets out on the trail of Kenny Mancuso - a suspiciously wealthy, working-class Trenton boy who has just shot his best friend - the stakes are higher than ever. That Mancuso is distantly related to vice cop Joe Morelli - who is trying to beat Stephanie to the punch - only makes the hunt more thrilling.

Taking pointers from her bounty hunter pal, Ranger, and using her pistol-packing Grandma Mazur as a decoy, Stephanie is soon closing in on her mark. But Morelli and his libido are worthy foes. And a more sinister kind of enemy has made his first move . . .and his next move might be Stephanie's last.

Next up is Daddy's Girl by Lisa Scottoline. The character, Natalie Greco is a law professor, who believe that her boyfriend actually fits better into her family than she does. She's the lone girl in a houseful of boys who are sports nuts and all work for their father. One constantly yells so all of his lines are typed in CAPS because apparently the poor guy believes that by being the youngest, no one hears him. Natalie gets caught up in a cover-up at a jail and much of the blame gets put on her - even becomes a fugitive in order to figure it all out. I was a bit surprised at the "whodunit", I admit.

Natalie Greco loves being a teacher, even though she can't keep her students from cruising during class. She loves her family, too, but her boyfriend fits in better with the football-crazy Grecos than she does. Then a colleague, handsome Angus Holt, talks Natalie into teaching a class at a local prison, and her world turns upside down.

A violent prison riot breaks out, and Natalie rushes to save the life of a mortally wounded guard whose last words are: "Tell my wife it's under the floor." Natalie delivers the cryptic message, but before she knows it, she's suspected of murder and hiding from cops and killers alike. She is forced on the run to solve the riddle of the dead man's last words and to save her own life - and find real love.

Last up is another Lisa Scottoline novel, Devil's Corner. The character, Vicki Allegretti, is an Assistant US Attorney, whose parents wish she'd stayed with either with the District Attorney's office or at their own law firm. She goes from attacking a defendant to working with a defendant to help solve the riddle wrapped in an enigma - trying to do police work without the help of the police. Or her own office.
Prosecutor Vicki Allegretti goes to meet a confidential informant, is almost killed, and a cop is gunned down before her eyes. She saw the killers, now all she has to do is find them. The deeper Vicki probes, the more she becomes convinced that the murder wasn't random. When another murder takes place, Vicki is thrown together with an unlikely ally - The Girlfriend from Hell. Will they find the killers before they kill each other?



  1. Parts of the Evanovich books are priceless. (She's up to eighteen or nineteen in the Plum series now.) If you don't love Grandma now, you will after reading more about her.

    1. I totally fell in love with Grandma after the first funeral she screwed up. She's a hoot!


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