I had never heard of Janet Evanovich before this. I just ran to the bookstore and grabbed this audio book in a hurry. What a hoot! Very well narrated...moreI had never heard of Janet Evanovich before this. I just ran to the bookstore and grabbed this audio book in a hurry. What a hoot! Very well narrated and even my husband loved them. We laughed all the way on the unplanned road trip.
Evanovich does a hilarious job of blending Stephanie Plum’s character as a ‘balls of brass’ woman with a cute, ditzy amateur who is desperate enough for money to try her hand at bounty hunting…tracking down the man who ‘stole’ her virginity. It is amazing she can make her heroine both dumb and smart. I’ve talked with some people who were disappointed because they feel SP is not this shrewd, savvy, experienced investigator.
If you are looking for hardboiled female detectives (that have won Shamus awards) try Karen Kijewski’s Kat Colorado series, Sue Grafton’s Kinsey Millhone alphabet soup, Sara Paretsky’s Chicagoan V.I. Warshawski, or Linda Barnes’ Carlotta Carlyle, a Boston PI (also a 6’1’’ redhead).
While I like clever female protagonists, I, personally, can take a little inexperience in my heroines especially if she is as spunky as SP. Evanovich’s dialogues crackle with many LOL moments and the characters come alive. Yes, beware, there is a little violence towards women, but this is a MURDER mystery. (less)