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 a...moreAlexa 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. (less)
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...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 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. (less)
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...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 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. (less)
Retired Tribal Police Officer, Joe Leaphorn, receives a note from another retired police officer turned private investigator, Melvin Bork, along with...moreRetired Tribal Police Officer, Joe Leaphorn, receives a note from another retired police officer turned private investigator, Melvin Bork, along with a recent magazine photo of a priceless Navajo rug that had supposedly been destroyed in a fire years ago. Both Bork and Leaphorn had been troubled by this arson case, in which a man from the FBI's most wanted list was believed to have died. When Bork decides to investigate the reappearance of the rug, he goes missing. Leaphorn then decides to begin checking into what happened to his friend by delving into this cold case. He soon finds himself in the middle of a current murder investigation. Leaphorn unexpectedly receives assistance from retired FBI agent, Ted Rostic. As Leaphorn begins to solve Bork's murder, he discovers a path leading to a number of unsolved homicides and robberies and finds himself in danger of losing his own life. (less)
Once again Stephanie,a bounty hunter from Trenton, NJ, finds her life in total chaos. In order to pick up a skip, Stephanie has to agree to take care...moreOnce again Stephanie,a bounty hunter from Trenton, NJ, finds her life in total chaos. In order to pick up a skip, Stephanie has to agree to take care of the teenaged son, Zook, until his mother can get bail money again. Zook turns out to be a handful. Addicted to Minionfire, an interactive Internet game and inclined to spray paint everything in sight Zook turns Stephanie's day-to-day life upside down. In a sub-plot fellow bounty hunter, Ranger, hires Stephanie to help keep Brenda, an aging singer/diva under control while she is in town for a concert appearance. In a second sub-plot, Stephanie is dragged into the middle of a 10-year-old $9 million unsolved bank robbery committed by Zook's uncle Dom. Word is out that the money is buried in the basement of boyfriend Joe Morelli's house. Stephanie's life becomes totally miserable when Brenda decides to embark on a new career in news broadcasting and begins to follow her around with a camera crew doing an program about bounty hunting. Lula drives everyone crazy as she tricks Tank into an engagement and begins making wedding plans. There was lots of zaniness.
I always enjoy reading the exploits of Stephanie. She and Lula are as much fun as watching "Lucy and Ethel" on television. Its a nice break from more serious detective novels.(less)
For the Spellmans, the PI business is more than a career .. its a way of life. At least at one time or another everyone is involved in the family busi...moreFor the Spellmans, the PI business is more than a career .. its a way of life. At least at one time or another everyone is involved in the family business. Albert, his wife Olivia, his brother Ray and the three offspring David, Izzy and Rae. Albert and Olivia own the Spellman Investigations, a PI firm in San Francisco. David is the only member of the family to escape the PI business; he became a lawyer.
From time to time this family seems to put the "fun" in "dysfunctional". Uncle Ray vanishes for "lost weekends" (usually in Vegas) on a regular basis and only returns after one of his family members tracks him down. Izzy runs complete background check on her boyfriends. This is a habit she developed after her mother ran a check on one of her boyfriends and surprised her with bad news. Rae's hobby is practicing "recreational surveillance" on unsuspecting individuals chosen at random.
Privacy in this household is nonexistent. Everyone has deadbolt locks on bedroom doors (totally meaningless since everyone knows how to pick locks). Yet everyone still has his/her secrets. Life in the Spellman house is entertaining and sometimes funny.
This book deals more with private investigators and investigating techniques rather than solving a specific mystery. There is one case Izzy investigates but it isn't the main point of the story. Mostly this book is about family relationships. It is told from Izzy's point of view. While she is often frustrated and sometimes angry with her family, we know she loves them.
Quirky and offbeat, several times I found myself laughing out loud several. It is a worthwhile read.
I just noticed this is listed as an audio book. Mione is a print copy, not an audio book. (less)
Shanna, a mild-mannered dentist whose life is turned upside down when she witnesses a mob hit in a local pizza joint. Now living under the witness-pro...moreShanna, a mild-mannered dentist whose life is turned upside down when she witnesses a mob hit in a local pizza joint. Now living under the witness-protection program, she is working the midnight shift in a dentist office. One night a handsome vampire is seeking emergency dental work and happens upon her office. By a remarkable chance, this is the same evening the mob has discovered her new whereabouts. Of course she is rescued by Roman, the handsome vampire, naturally, they fall in love. The road to true love isn't easy--especially since her dad is a CIA operative with a program called Stake Out (a mission is to find and kill all vampires). Roman, is also troubled by a an old animosity with Ivan, an evil Russian vampire. Ivan was responsible for hiring hit men to hunt down Shanna.
Interesting characters in a fun (although somewhat predictable) plot.(less)
Rachel Morgan takes on triple duty as she set out to track down her ex-boyfriend (Nick), Jenke's son (Jax) and the sacred werewolf artifact they have...moreRachel Morgan takes on triple duty as she set out to track down her ex-boyfriend (Nick), Jenke's son (Jax) and the sacred werewolf artifact they have stolen. The theft has gotten them both imprisoned by Weres in Michigan When Jenks insists on going along on the mission. Rachel decides it would be to their advantage to give him given human proportions. With help from Ceri's knowledge of demon magic, Jenks is transformed and he and Rachel begin their dangerous road trip. Finding Jax turns out to be the easiest task in an operation that quickly becomes both complicated and dangerous well beyond their expectations.
This is a tale with many twists and turns and several sub-plots as the search begins and the mystery surrounding the artifact unfolds. As usual, Harrison combines suspense, and humor in a quick paced story. (less)
Cincinnati-based bounty hunter Rachel Morgan, has hidden a 5,000-year-old Were artifact known as "the focus". Several groups of paranormals are in a p...moreCincinnati-based bounty hunter Rachel Morgan, has hidden a 5,000-year-old Were artifact known as "the focus". Several groups of paranormals are in a power struggle as they search for this powerful artifact. Once they realize Rachae’s involvement, it takes all the effort her partner Jenks and friend Detective Glenn can muster to help Rachel deal with numerous demons, politician (and elf) Trent Kalamack, master vampire Piscary and angry Werewolves. Throughout the book, these angry groups continue to struggle for possession of the artifact leaving a trail of death and destruction along the way. Meanwhile, as a sub-plot, local police are searching for a serial killer and the prime suspect is Rachel's alpha werewolf pal, David Hue. While the FIB (the FBI like Federal Inderland Bureau) is doing their best to pin these murders on David, Rachel is doing her best to prove his innocence . This fifth book in the Hollows series is action-packed ends with more unanswered questions. Can’t wait to see where Kim Harrison will take her characters next.
As with any collection of short stories, some I liked and some I didn't like. The two shortest stories were my favorites. It would have been nice if t...moreAs with any collection of short stories, some I liked and some I didn't like. The two shortest stories were my favorites. It would have been nice if they had been a little longer. One of the longer stories could have been shorter and nothing of importance would have been left out.(less)
Although not making a lot of money, Mma Ramotswe's detective agency has become an established business in the community. Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, her fait...moreAlthough not making a lot of money, Mma Ramotswe's detective agency has become an established business in the community. Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, her faithful fiance, is back at work in his auto repair shop. Life is good. A small problem begins when an egotistical male detective who claims to be from New York sets up shop in town. He loudly proclaims sleuthing to be a man's business and promises to give Mma Ramotswe competition.
In a sub-plot Mma. Makutsi, detective assistant and office manager to the auto repair shop, comes up with a plan to bring in some much needed funds. She decides to open a typing school for men. After all, men need to be able to type when using computers. She began by salvaging some old typewriters from the secretarial school. A church agreed to open a classroom for their typing class to use on weekday evenings. Before long, business is booming. Complications set in within a couple of weeks when one of Mma. Makutsi's students maks romantic moves. The guy seems too good to be true. This turns out to be the case when Mma Ramotswe, while investigating a case, discovers some facts about his past. This unwelcome revelation materializes when she is busy searching for two missing persons, working on problems with her extended family and coping with her competitor.
Mma Ramotswe is, as usual, on target with her common sense and intuition. Like the first three book, "The Kalahari Typing School for Men" is an pleasant read. Filled with descriptions of everyday life involving the characters we have come to know and love.