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Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich

Meh. You know the drill. Someone is killing people and sets his target on Stephanie. Stephanie is surrounded by crazy people including the lovable and feisty Grandma Mazur, the not fat but fluffy packed into a size two Lula and of course the two guys in her life Ranger the mysterious and Morelli the cop. Both hot, both in some kind of love/lust with Stephanie. Killer is found, no decision is made and boom-the end. Only this time-you get stickers!

I know my reviews are not Library Journal quality-I like them this way.Still, this might be my harshest review yet. This is the seventeenth book in the series. Every single book follows the same plot device above. Enough already. I almost feel guilty when I get a customer hooked on the series because despite the funny and light read offered-eventually they get that glazed look. You know the one. 2011, 307 pages.

 
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Posted by on July 22, 2011 in Mystery

 

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Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

Sookie has a knack for finding trouble. So, it isn’t any big surprise to readers when Merlotte’s, the bar she works at, is firebombed while she is there. Sam, the bar owner, has just come out as a shape-shifter and it is suspected that those in the community who aren’t thrilled with his revelation might be to blame. In the meantime, Sookie learns more about her faerie family and is pulled into a vampire plot to kill the second in command to the King. Treason has never been so intricately planned.

I have really enjoyed this series and True Blood on HBO. However, this title reminded me of a Seinfeld episode. NOTHING happened. Yes, the blood bond between Eric and Sookie is broken so we find out if she really loves him. We also find out where Sookie’s ability to hear other people’s thoughts comes from. Otherwise, I’m not really sure where the author is headed with the series. I don’t like being negative about an author I’ve come to appreciate for her blunt and sexy humor but it can’t be helped. 2011, 325 pages.

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2011 in Fantasy, Mystery

 

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Home For a Spell by Madelyn Alt

Maggie O’Neill is a fledgling empath witch in Stony Mill, Indiana. In this 7th book in the Bewitching mystery series, Maggie has a broken leg and is living with her current boyfriend Marcus. Feeling guilty for invading and taking over his life she starts looking for an apartment. When the landlord ends up face down in the pool before she can sign the lease-the mystery has just begun.

 Hmmm. I am not a fan of mysteries. They drive me nuts. I know, bad librarian. What I have liked about this series up to this point was that there was a great deal more involved in the story than just the “who done it” plot. This book changed completely and left me feeling like I was reading your average run-of-the-mill cozy amateur mystery. Woo. Maggie’s education into the magical world of witches is almost non-existent. While the series was taking a darker tone setting up a major storyline about the dark and mystical things happening in Stony Mill-none of that existed in this book. There was little danger or excitement and it just left me feeling ho hum. Readers of this series come to it for the different, the dark (with a touch of humor) and the magical. Hopefully this will be back in book eight. 2011, 290 pages.

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2011 in Mystery

 

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A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee

This can’t be true, she said to herself. This must be another dead end. There is no hope. You learned that years ago, you little fool.”

Thus begins Mary Quinn’s journey from an orphaned thief about to hang for her crimes to a member of a secret society of female investigators born from Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls in Victorian London.  Mary excels in training and finds herself a lady’s companion in a household that holds more secrets than anyone could have imagined.  With only a few weeks to unlock the dangerous secrets at hand, Mary struggles to uncover the truth about what is really going on in the Thorold household.

Number one in The Agency series, I enjoyed the many surprises that were present throughout the novel.  There is an easy pace to the story that seems to belie that it is packed with little details of Victorian London that make a time period so natural it almost feels current. Y.S. Lee holds a PhD in Victorian literature and culture and weaves her knowledge expertly into the fold. Mary is a strong female lead that could stand head to head with any of Tamora Pierce’s fierce woman characters and the twists, turns and yes, even a love interest will keep readers engaged on many levels. I was expecting ok and I got wow instead. 2009, 335 pages.

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2010 in Mystery, Young Adult

 

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Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

Ok, I admit it. I’m a huge Sookie fan. The books, the show on HBO-everything. It is a wee bit embarrassing as I don’t usually hop on the pop culture band wagon but there you go.

Sookie is still struggling with the blood bond with the vampire Eric and the discovery that she is part fey. Excited to learn that she has a great-grandfather in the world, she soon realizes that all is not well in the fairy world and once again Sookie finds herself fighting for her life and for those around her.

There are a few twists and turns that I wasn’t expecting in this book! I enjoy the quick pace, light mystery and the southern humor. Sookie is flawed and is always berating herself for her low moral character-this makes her very relateable to readers. There is a real sense of doom with this book almost from the get-go. The Fellowship of the Sun is growing in its hatred speech and old friends have fallen hard for their message.

Dead and Gone is #9 in the Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris.  I think it is important to note that the series needs to be read in order to be able to keep up with what is happening.  There are also several short stories that Charlaine Harris says should be read in specific order with the books. If you read a title and you don’t remember reading about what they are talking about-most likely it is in a short story. 2009, 312 pages.

 
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Posted by on August 31, 2009 in Fantasy, Mystery

 

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Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich

What to say that is new? Nothing really and that makes me sad. I held onto my library copy past my due-date so I could enjoy reading this on the beach. I was so looking forward to it that perhaps I oversold it. Yes, the characters are the same. Yes, Stephanie is still lusting after both Ranger and Morelli. Yes, grandma Mazur IS my grandma. But, it didn’t make me laugh-out-loud like Evanovich’s books have in the past. I mean really, how many cars can you blow up before it just becomes silly?  2009, 308 pages.

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2009 in Mystery

 

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Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich

Where to start? The situation is quickly recognizable to Evanovich readers. Stephanie is still torn between two lovers, but in this installment, one of them is on the run and accused of kidnapping his own daughter. What? Ranger has a daughter? Stephanie and Morelli work together and around each other to find the real kidnapper and to clear Ranger’s good (??) name. Humor is the name of the game and we continue to laugh out loud at Grandma and Lula. What I cannot figure out is how the hamster is still alive? 2006, 310 pages.

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2007 in Mystery