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Me, Myself and Why? (Cadence Jones #1)

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From New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson comes an outrageously funny novel about a highly unconventional FBI agent, a rather odd serial killer, a best friend on the edge, a gorgeous baker. . . and oh, yeah, love.

Sweet and innocent with a twist of girl-next-door, Cadence Jones is not your typical girl and certainly not your typical FBI agent. Just ask her
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Hardcover, 302 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by St. Martin's Press (first published September 1st 2010)
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Shelly
Aug 23, 2011 Shelly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
This book isn't for me. I hardly ever find subjects that are completely intolerable in a book, but this is one, if not done right, I can't abide. My mother is bi-polar with schizophrenic tendencies, which basically means not only are her moods all over the place, but she has a tendency to get violent and hears voices that tell her to do bad things. Thankfully she is cognizant enough to ignore the voices, but it's a very serious illness. And not one I can take lightly, especially in a romance boo ...more
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
Cadence Jones is a FBI agent with multiple personality disorder. Her three very distinct personalities include Candence, Adrienne, and Shiro. The problem is you never know which personality you were reading about. Davidson thought it would be a smart idea to change personality not every chapter, not every paragraph but sometimes, mid-sentence. It was annoying, confusing and I did not want to waste anymore time trying to figure out what was going on. Therefore, I didn't!
Holly Boyd
Nov 09, 2011 Holly Boyd rated it liked it
I'm actually not sure how many stars to give this book...it was a bit like not being able to look away from a car accident. It's probably one of the most bizarre books I've ever read (actually listened to). The main character has Multiple Personality Disorder, she is a member of a special FBI unit that is full of mentally ill agents...her partner is a sociopath, there is a kleptomaniac, an agoraphobic, etc. It is so unbelievable I was waiting to find out this was all going on in the main charact ...more
Lori Foster
Sep 02, 2010 Lori Foster rated it it was amazing
Fabulous and incredibly different in a very good way. MaryJanice Davidson never fails to amaze me with her talent!
Gertie
Aug 01, 2014 Gertie rated it it was ok
Wow. Before you take that wow as a compliment, look at my star rating, and let me be very clear. It is not a good wow.

I've read a number of books by MaryJanice Davidson, 9 to be exact. After 8 books, I've come to expect a certain level of decency in her books. We all know this isn't heady literature, but fun rompy reads meant to entertain.

Reading this book is regretful, not because of the lost time (well, there is that too), but because reading this book makes me less interested in reading othe
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Isa
Sep 28, 2014 Isa rated it did not like it
I'm super disappointed in the book. When I first found it, I was really excited to read it because the summary sounded interesting and addition of "A Modern Threesome" gave it some extra spice. Turns out I was being led on. By a book. No romantic threesomes in sight.

I'll admit that the crime story of the book was interesting and that's basically what kept me going. The characters were really inconsistent - not just our three leading ladies, but others as well. The love interest? What on Earth wa
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Denise
Nov 29, 2010 Denise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Candace Jones is an FBI operative in a very special, super-secret branch of the organization. She, and all her collegues have various mental disabilites that make them uniquely suited to hunting down and bagging the criminals they seek. Candace, dealing with multiple personality disorder, and her partner, a sociopath, are on the trail of a notorious serial killer.

This is an outrageous, over-the-top, tongue in cheek kind of book. If you are looking for something believable or a serious mystery th
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Cathy
To start, it's another very short $25 book that's more white space than words. Half way through it was a three star book, unfunny but somewhat interesting. 3/4 of the way I was bored, channel surfing, annoyed at the characters, and somewhat offended by the most awkward and stupid (and short) romance scene ever. By the end I was just offended at the senseless violence and the total waste of time reading this book was.

I used to be a huge MJD fan. I didn't go into this not comparing it to her othe
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Cherise
After witnessing a horrible tragedy at the age of three, Cadence Jones was never the same. Raised in a mental institution and suffering from multiple personality disorder, Cadence thinks of her other two personalities as her sisters, her family. Cadence is sweet and never swears. Shiro smokes and is sarcastic, and Adrienne is well, violent.

Luckily there is a relatively unknown little branch of the FBI that hires the strange and unusual; they feel agents that are kleptomaniacs, have multiple pers
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Jim Vuksic
Sep 22, 2014 Jim Vuksic rated it really liked it
Ms. Davidson's novel could correctly be described as the literary equivalent of a "chic-flick". That said; I am not the least bit hesitant to confess that I, a 67 year-old male, who normally avoids female-oriented movies and novels like a plague, found "Me, Myself, and Why?" to be thoroughly entertaining and well-worth reading.

The adventures and mis-adventures of the main character Cadence Jones, a self-confessed, certified insane person, being professionally treated for Multiple Personality Dis
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Jennifer
Dec 19, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Recommended to Jennifer by: jennsicurella@verizon.net
Shelves: mystery
Me, Myself and Why? is a chick lit mystery featuring Agent Cadence Jones and her two other personalities. Cadence works for a secret division of the FBI, BOFFO, which employs agents with personality disorders because their mental illnesses often come in handy in investigations. Cadence, along with her sociopath partner George, are searching for a serial killer called ThreeFer.

I love the premise, the idea of people with psychological disorders being exploited by the government in the name of publ
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Jessica
Aug 07, 2013 Jessica rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audio
Jeepers! Creepers! Peepers! I wish it was possible to elect to give a little bonfire rather than a star, because this is the first book I have read that I have despised on this level. I can suspend a great deal of disbelief for a book, but this book would have required me to not be a thinking/feeling/educated person at all in order to enjoy it.

I was interested in trying something from MJD because her books are so popular, but the old homage is true. What is popular is not always right, or, in th
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Cheyenne
Jun 25, 2013 Cheyenne rated it liked it
At first, I thought the concept was a bit odd. How can the author write a comedy about mental illness, something that's not funny, and then throw in a serial killer on top of that? But the book does not try to make fun of any of the characters' psychoses. Instead the author showcases their many issues as superpowers. I did not once believe that a department such as BOFFFO could exist and actually produce desirable results, but after a while, I started to see the story just like any other drama w ...more
♥The Kat's Meow♥
Jan 04, 2011 ♥The Kat's Meow♥ rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contempory, ebook, nook
Me, Myself, and Why? (Cadence Jones, #1) by MaryJanice Davidson There I am, sitting on my favorite corner of the couch reading while the kids and my hubby watche TV, laughing my behind off. Every time I guffaw, someone asks what’s so funny. Once hubby asked to rewind the TV because his missed it
, then blew it off because he realized I was laughing over a passage in the book.

As usual, the rapid-fire dialog works, the insightful tidbits are either poignant or gut-splitting funny.

It’s hard enough to keep track of which character is speaking when there are m
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Cheryl
Dec 13, 2010 Cheryl rated it really liked it
It isn’t easy being a woman in a male dominated world. It is even harder when you have split personalities; all fighting for a chance to come out. Meet…FBI Agent Cadence Jones. Cadence has three sides to her. There is Cadence the FBI Agent, who tries to stick to the rules. Than there is Shiro, the ninja warrior and finally there is Adrienne, the instigator. You can guarantee that no case is ever boring with the many sides of Cadence around.

I love FBI Agent Cadence Jones and her multiple persona
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Meredith Enos
I was going to give this three stars, and then I saw on the Goodreads tag for the title that it's "(Cadence Jones, #1)" so I downgraded it a star. This book is not strong enough to stand alone--the titular protagonist, Cadence, is not well developed. Her voice is the weakest of the three, and her character most inconsistent. Also inconsistent was the love interest. And the boss' character. And the best friend (who all but disappears in the second half of the book--some friend). It was irritating ...more
Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog)
Mar 29, 2012 Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Cadence is an FBI Agent with BOFFO, a division that employs the mentally 'ill' - schizophrenics, kleptomaniacs, multiple personalities, etc. With her 'sisters', Cadence comes with unique skill sets and way of looking a crime scenes, which makes them invaluable. Cadence and her sisters recognize something familiar about the rash of "3Fer" killings, which is causing her to switch rapidly between personalities. Will Cadence, Shiro, and Adrienne figure out who the real killer is before it's too late ...more
Destiny
May 12, 2015 Destiny rated it did not like it
Okay, I'm giving this book one star (as opposed to none) because I really like MaryJanice Davidson's other books and *MAYBE* I just couldn't get into this one because of my mood or something...but this one just didn't grab me. I read 20 pages and quit. The premise is very intriguing - an FBI type agent with multiple personalities working with other mentally ill agents. Should have been hilarious. I am a former psychology major and am very familiar with MPD, but this was very jumpy. The main char ...more
Jodi
Although read effectively by narrator Renee Raudman whose comic timing and pregnant pauses were made for this book, it was just past the edge of the weird side of normal. Cadence Jones works for a very specialized branch of the FBI. All of the agents are suffering from one psychosis or another. In Cadence's case, she's a multiple personality. Her other sisters are not nearly as well functioning as she is. When Cadence and her sociopathic partner George become the lead agents on the notorious Thr ...more
Mark Soone
Oct 12, 2011 Mark Soone rated it did not like it
wow! THERE ARE NOT MANY BOOKS THAT i FEEL COMPELLED TO SAY "I THOUGHT IT WAS DREADFUL". Reading the back of the audio case (I seldom do an audio book, but I was feeling like being read 2...mistake) I thought I found a potential interesting thriller/suspense novel. I am not sure what genre to classify this as, but I won't shelf it in those categories,

I don't want to say the book is not worth your time (although I alluded that, that was my personal take), as I find mixed reviews on here all the ti
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Juniper Shore
Oct 25, 2015 Juniper Shore rated it did not like it
When I review books I normally stick to the technical aspects: the plotting, characterization, worldbuilding, description and exposition, flow, etc. I avoid critiquing subject matter or tone because those things boil down to personal opinion; the tone I hate may be delightful to someone else. That said, there are exceptions.

Me, Myself and Why? is a profoundly ugly book. I can overlook the graphic violence--it's a murder mystery, after all--but I can't forgive the author's cheerful celebration of
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Ian Wood
Oct 01, 2014 Ian Wood rated it did not like it
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
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Kim
Mar 13, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
It took a moment for me to see what was up with Jones and once I did it was enlightening.
Mary Janice Davidson has real talent to write two stories in one and the person having Multi Personalies but I have to say this was extremely well written and throughly enjoyed the sisters of Candance Jones.
This is about one woman with MPD and because of it she's a heck of an investigator. What one personality can't figure out, the other will. Cadance is the sweet innocent one, Shiro is the strong one and A
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Ladonda
Apr 18, 2016 Ladonda rated it it was ok
I am so glad that is over. The premise of this book was intriguing. An FBI agent with MPD. Her illness doesn't hinder her, in fact, it is an asset, helping her solve cases. The way the author wrote the story detracted from the plot. Solving the serial murder case seemed to take second place to Cadence managing her illness and her personal life. Since the story is written in the first person, she is self deprecating and often funny, but because she goes off on tangents and then is interrupted by ...more
Cindi
Apr 06, 2011 Cindi rated it did not like it
A total waste of paper. Concept so unusual (a multiple-personality FBI agent)combined with aggravating writing style just reinforced my decision to drop this author. If it wasn't that I want to find out what happens during the "Undead" series wedding, I'd never even try to check out MJD's new series. Poke a stick in to me, I think I'm done. Finally. Ugh.
Carolyn
May 28, 2012 Carolyn rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, 2012-read
2.5 stars.
An interesting concept, secret FBI agency composed of mentally ill people given training and weapons and set loose to catch other mentally ill psycho killers, main character is a woman with three personalities. The plot is pretty weak, though, and seems pretty silly at the end. I might read a sequel, if I've got nothing better on hand.
Jennifer Lynn
Mar 01, 2015 Jennifer Lynn rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
This is my first Mary Janice Davidson book, but because of the person who recommended her books to me I expected to have an enjoyable read, so imagine my surprise when instead... I guess I can honestly say it was a very memorable book. In fact, no matter how hard I try I can't dislodge this disaster from my thoughts. I hate judging an author by one book, but this one has definately scared me from her other works. I can't give it one star because no matter how much I found myself appalled at what ...more
Heather Tisdale
Nov 08, 2010 Heather Tisdale rated it it was ok
This is probably more of a 1.5 stars for me. I liked one or two parts of the story, but for the most part I felt like I was wasting my time with stupidity. I get that MJD goes for the crazy and is very campy and a whole lot of ridiculous, but this one just didn't work for me at all. I want my time back.
Jennifer Wardrip
Nov 08, 2012 Jennifer Wardrip rated it it was amazing
MJD has been hit-or-miss with me the last couple of years, but this was definitely a mixed-up, twisted, hilariously funny hit! Can't wait for the next book in the trilogy! :)
Wendy Hines
Jun 26, 2013 Wendy Hines rated it really liked it
Cadence Jones is a valuable asset to the FBI. So is her sisters, Shiro and Adrienne. Did I mention they all live in the same body?

Cadence Jones works for the FBI, and she is very good at her job. Cadence has a gift that is very valuable on a crime scene. Cadence has multiple personality disorder, and when Cadence can't put the puzzles together, sometimes it takes one of her "sisters" to help her out.

Shiro, one of Cadence's alternate personalities, is the tough one. When someone needs to be broug
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MaryJanice Davidson is an American author who writes mostly paranormal romance, but also young adult and non-fiction. She is the creator of the popular Undead series. She is both a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. She won a 2004 Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award and was nominated for the same award in 2005.

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“You don't scare me, Cadence Jones. I've lived with crazy, I've ridden with crazy, I've vacationed with crazy, I've visited crazy in various hospitals, I've sat in on therapy sessions with crazy. Frankly, I think women who don't have major emotional disorders are really very dull.” 43 likes
“Honestly. Do guys really think that will fool us? 'Whoa, hi there, John. Gosh, for a second there I thought you were going bald, but I see now that you have a full, lush head of hair. Which grows sideways from left to right in sticky strands. Have I ever been this sexually excited? I think not.” 2 likes
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