Alexa Barnaby (Barney) gave up a dull insurance company job and went to work for Sam Hooker; a Nascar driver. The story opens with Barney working as aAlexa Barnaby (Barney) gave up a dull insurance company job and went to work for Sam Hooker; a Nascar driver. The story opens with Barney working as a spotter for Sam Hooker racing team. Since "Metro Girl" Barney and Hooker's personal relationship came to an end, however she still works with the racing team as both a spotter and mechanic. They team up to rescue their friend (and spotter for Nascar driver Spanky) Gobbles when he gets locked in the car hauler by some thugs affilated with Spanky's race team. The rescue didn't turn out to be as easy as they anticipated. Before the episode was over, they were framed for murder and on the run.
I know very little about Nascar racing so I found some of the info interesting. As the story began to unfold I got caught up in the process as Barney and Sam started figuring out why the thugs were so interested in the missing race car.
Barney's character is smart, fun, and capable as are her Miami friends Felicia and Rosa. If I were in truble I like to have these three working on my side. Driving is Hooker's only real talent. While he does seem to care about his friend's circumstances, for the most part he is portrayed as being more than a little shallow.
This series has potential. While it will probably never be as popular as the Stephanie Plum series, it does have a unique quality of its own. Overall this was an enjoyable, easy and quick read. ...more
Stone Barrington hasn't heard from his cousin, Dick Stone, in over eight years. One summer evening as he is enjoying dinner at Elaine's, his good fri Stone Barrington hasn't heard from his cousin, Dick Stone, in over eight years. One summer evening as he is enjoying dinner at Elaine's, his good friend Lance Cabot breaks some very bad news to him. Seems Dick Stone has been found dead and local law enforcement believes it was self inflicted after he shot and killed his wife and daughter. Stone finds this difficult to believe of his cousin who was a quiet family man who doubled as a CIA agent. Even stranger is the news that his cousin had made out a new will naming him executer and giving him a house in Dark Harbor, Maine. A small picturesque town on an island, Dark Harbor was inhabited by a few locals and a number of annual vacationers. Stone asks his ex-partner, Dino, and girlfriend, Holly Baker to accompany him to Dark Harbor to help him piece together the facts of his cousin's life as a CIA operative in the hope it would lead to the truth of what actually happened. ...more
Uncontrollable psycho Serge Storms is in the thick of things, but he's only one of a group of obsessive and mostly unlikable characters playing off e Uncontrollable psycho Serge Storms is in the thick of things, but he's only one of a group of obsessive and mostly unlikable characters playing off each other in the seedier parts of Tampa, FL. Serge is a completely crazy killer but he kills such nasty characters, you don't feel very sorry for them. Serge has an oddly sentimental side as he does what he does in defense of those he deems innocent suburbanites trying to live peacefully in what they want to be a nice quiet neighborhood. Serge takes a liking to several of them and does all he can to defend them to the death--always someone else's.
Told by an 80 year old newly wed and resident of Triggerfish Twist Lane. The story opens with Jim Davenport, a corporate hatchet man in a company specializing in downsizing corporations, moves with his wife, Martha, and their three children to 888 Triggerfish Lane. Just a step ahead of the law, Serge moves in across the street with his drug-fiend cohorts, Coleman and Sharon. A number of zany subplots spin off as Jim accidentally kills the youngest of the notorious McGraw Brothers during a bank robbery. Special agent Mahoney, who has an ongoing vendetta against Serge, is sent to Tampa to investigate a series of murders and robberies believed to have been caused by the McGraws. The chase is on when he comes face to face with Serge and realizes who is responsible for several of the more off beat homicides. ...more