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3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  4,495 ratings  ·  409 reviews
When Amy Klasse loses her TV job to a dancing chicken, handsome veterinarian Jake Elliott rescues her with an offer to be his receptionist. Jake just can't resist a damsel in distress, and Amy certainly doesn't mind Jake's charming sincerity.

Then suddenly the job-stealing chicken disappears and Amy is suspected of foul play. Amy and Jake search for clues to prove her innoc...more
Paperback, Large Print, 192 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by HarperLuxe (first published February 1989)
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I read this one in one night. Cute story, but there isn't much to it. A little romance, a little humor, and a little adventure makes for a good night's entertainment.
Julie (jjmachshev)
I really enjoyed reading "Foul Play" by Janet Evanovich. This is one of her very early books written for a serial romance publisher in the late 80s/early 90s, and it's very well done for what it is. Evanovich describes these early books as "red-hot screwball comedies" and while I do agree with the screwball comedy, "Foul Play" was very much G-rated. So if you enjoy a very light romance with side-splitting laughter, this is definitely a book for you.
Dec 10, 2008 Jennifer rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die hard Janet Evanovich fans.
Light, fluffy and fun. It was fun to read this in part because it is early Evanovich - so it was rougher than her Plum books are - but her humor and motifs are still there.

I did have a hard time with some of the stuff in this book. The leading man is Jacob Elliott. He is in the parking lot at the grocery store waiting patiently for Mrs. Moyer and her dog to back out of a parking spot so he can pull in. (He knows it's Mrs. Moyer because he is the town Vet - and he recognizes her dog.) But! Befor...more
As I have previously mentioned, I love Janet Evanovich. But her early works are really fluffy and just okay. The premise of the book is a young woman named Amy gets fired from her job as Lulu the Clown because the new program director replaces her with a rooster. In her dismay, she catches the eye of a hunky veterinarian and they fall in love within a matter of minutes. Did I mention that she is a 26-year-old virgin? The job-stealing rooster winds up at veterinarian-man's place of work and soon...more
Just a light, silly romance, but that's all it was meant to be. If you want a few chuckles, go for it.
Duncan Mandel

When Amy Klasse loses her TV job to a dancing chicken, handsome veterinarian Jake Elliott rescues her with an offer to be his receptionist. Jake just can't resist a damsel in distress, and Amy certainly doesn't mind Jake's charming sincerity.

Then suddenly the job-stealing chicken disappears and Amy is suspected of foul play. Amy and Jake search for clues to prove her innocence. But will Jake be able to prove to Amy that love, too, is a mystery worth solving?


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Actually 3.5 stars.

This is a wacky, irreverent, and often laugh-out-loud funny book. It's a quick read, perfect for when you need a mood-booster. The romance between Jake and Amy is sweet, and the "mystery" plot, if it can even be called that, is highly entertaining. Very enjoyable, as long as you don't take it too seriously.
This is a funny, quick typlical Evanovich read. I enjoyed it, had some laughs, but not much else was gleaned from this one. But if you enjoy Janet Evanovich, I'm sure you will enjoy this one!
Tonya Lucas
A fun and witty light hearted romantic mystery! When life is so full of tension and turmoil, this is the kind of book to escape into. Enjoy!
Cute little story, but there were so many things that bothered me. So much of the story drove me nuts, from Amy being pure to turning into a tramp, to Jake knowing from the minute he saw Amy that he wanted to marry her, to Veronica's complete stupidity and the idiot 20 minute men. When I tried to just sit back and enjoy a far fetched story I was better able to enjoy. If you're looking for realism, then just move on past this book. If you are looking for a ridiculous, yet still entertaining and f...more
ariel would love this
Ho un debole (un GROSSO debole!) per la serie di Stephanie Plum; amo lei, amo Joe Morelli, amo nonna Mazur e Lula e soprattutto le situazioni improbabili e l'ironia killer che la Evanovich è riuscita a creare..
Non so se avete mai avuto quel sentimento contrastante che vi porta a voler leggere TUTTO ciò che uno scrittore ha prodotto e contemporaneamente avete un po' paura di beccare il romanzo che porterà il disamore..
Ecco, tro un po' titubante a lanciarmi sui primi lidi creati dall'autrice, sop...more
Love at first site, in a grocery store parking lot? Jacob Elliott was pretty sure he was hooked after the first site of Amy Klasse in all her klutzy ways like tearing her dress, dropping the eggs, forgetting her purse and locking her keys in her car. The store cashiers and customers all agreed that the local veterinarian was the type that any women would love to make dinner for, but Amy didn’t know if she could trust herself, he made her ‘tingle’ just being so close. What a day, she had lost her...more
I missed this one somewhere along the way, as i read it weeks ago but just came across it while trying to clean up my desk in order to find something else. I am very fond of Janet Evanovich's books, as I have previously mentioned, and this was a delightful find. This was one of 12 novels that Evanovich wrote before she discovered Stephanie Plum and became famous. It is a pure romance (maybe the word "pure" is inappropriate here) and full of the whimsical fun that makes Evanovich great. I am a su...more
Foul Play by Janet Evanovich is a corky, bubblegum read, romance novel. And I loved it!

I personally listened to this specific book using my iPhone, while driving to and from Tuscaloosa. This is a fluff read. Not deep, but entertaining. This is a perfect read for a pool day, airplane flight, or as I did it as a book on tape for car ride. Wildly entertaining, with an absurd plot line I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
The story opens by introducing you to the two main characters Amy Klasse and Jake El...more
C.C. Thomas
I chose this book because it was written by Janet Evanovitch and I love her Stephanie Plum series. This, folks, ain't no Plum! This was an early Evanovitch and it clearly shows (I believe it was originally written under another name). The book doesn't have the hallmarks of her masterful writing skill, but it was still a fun read. I found it inspiring, as an author, that great writers can show such growth and not come out of the womb a master author!

The plot is rather convoluted: Amy loves her j...more
This story is so light I'd better write this quickly before I forget what it was about. Evanovich's sense of humor does shine through those otherwise incredibly weak story. Amy Klasse is Lulu the Clown on the local TV station. Or she was until the station manager decided to replace her with a dancing chicken. While venting her frustration by just about destroying the local supermarket, Amy catches the eye of local veterinarian Jacob Elliot who is instantly smitten. He immediately picks up Amy an...more
There is a note that this book was originally published as a "Second Chance at Love" paperback in 1989, in a slightly altered form, by the Berkley Publishing Group under the pseudonym Steffie Hall. I did not realize that Janet Evanovich was one of the authors that published her work using a pseudonym. The new title and 'cover art' capture the story with the humor and lightheartedness that one can always expect from one of the author's novels.
Or, as per one of her quotes, "Romance novels are birt...more
Actual Rating: ***1/2

This is another of early Janet Evanovich romances published under the name Steffie Hall. These books are always funny and fluffy--the perfect "inbetween" kind of book when you don't know what to grab next from Mt. TBR.

Opening lines:
Jacob Elliott flipped his left-turn signal on and patiently waited for Mrs. Moyer to pull out of her parking space. He knew it was Mrs. Moyer because her dog, Harold, was frantically clawing at the back window of her station wagon.
Heather in FL
This was cutesy, and I liked it, but some things just drove me nuts. I'd say it was the age in which it was written, but 1989 isn't THAT long ago. My issues were with how Amy wanted to cook for Jake, wash his clothes, her fantasies were so 50s-woman that it just drove me nuts. I'm also not sure why in this and Love Overboard by Janet Evanovich, the women were virgins, and it was very important for them to give it up to someone they really cared about, but sheesh... in both they barely knew the men they gave it up to. I dunno....more
Very good book. I did, however, have the "criminal" pegged. I knew who it was all along, which kind of ruins it for me. That aside, it still captured my attention and I did want to finish the book to make sure I was correct.

A usual book by Janet Evanovich - crazy heroine who gets herself into all kinds of situations.
Dec 30, 2013 Erika marked it as tbr-standalones  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 3.5

Jake Elliott, veternarian, falls in love at first sight when he sees Amy Klasse in all her klutzy glory in the parking lot of the grocery store. He follows her around and ends up paying for her groceries when she realizes she left her money in her work locker. The deal? She has to make him a home cooked dinner, which she does. Amy is having a bad day: she just lost her job to Rhode Island Red, a rooster that can dance. After hitting it off, Jake gives Amy a job as a receptionis...more
I'm absolutely shocked to see this book's original cover. It did not seem dated at all (much less THAT dated), and that earned it a whole 'nother star. That's really impressive.

I was very pleasantly surprised with the story... cute, funny, and you whip through it in a night.
Christina Simons
Light fluff from Evanovich BEFORE Stephanie Plum. The story was OK, but the reader was absolutely awful. She made the female lead sound so perky that I thought I was listening to a ten-year-old reeeeallly bad actress. Perhaps if I'd just read it I'd have liked it better.
Emily Higgins
Short, cute story. Amy Klasse loses her job hosting a children's show on TV. Veterinarian Jake Elliott sees her in the grocery store and falls instantly in love. There are lots of mix-ups concerning a missing chicken, among other things that get in the way of true love.
Bo Nobo Nobo
I listened to this book and while it was quite cheesy I suppose one signs up for cheesiness when reading a romance novel. It was idealistic and cute but also felt like too perfect...perhaps, I prefer more realistic reads but surely, for those with childhoods filled with fairy tales and happily ever after, why not indulge in a adult's fairy tale.

Who wouldn't want to be swept off the feet by a handsome doctor? Who wouldn't want to have a red sports car? Foul Play throws these balls and some other...more
Sean Mcguire
So I was in the library looking for a Janet Evanovich book, since one of her books was in the top five Goodreads readers' choice thingamajig for mystery/thriller. And I couldn't find the first in that series, but I found this thing. It was short.

Oh, how thankful I am that it was short.

This was apparently originally published under a different name originally, and it was being reprinted; she said it was one of a set of "red-hot screwball comedies" she'd written before becoming all famous.

There we...more
I feel like I need to point out that I checked this out free as an ebook from my library, and I probably wouldn't have read it if I had seen the cheesy cover that's shown here on Goodreads. This book proves that Janet Evanovich's early work just isn't for me. It wasn't very original, and had the same general formula as the last early book of hers that I read. The main characters also seemed pretty similar, but at least I know that Janet Evanovich CAN write, because there were some humorous parts...more
Evil Twin One (Ange)
Absolutely loved it. I love Janet Evanovich's writing. I listened to the audiobook while at work and a few times I had co-workers look at me like I was crazy because I started laughing out loud.
It was a fun little romp, but it checked in at 90 minutes of reading time. I like a little more meat to my fiction, and this was definitely heavy on the romance side and lite on any other plot.
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