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Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie
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Aug 12, 08

bookshelves: romance-hot-and-steamy
Read in August, 2008

It is kind of hard to categorize this book by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. It's more a sassy-chick-lit meets hardboiled adventure novel meets screwball comedy. I read their first book Don't Look Down and just about laughed my butt off. This one is even better, the action and narrative are tighter and more continuous. These two very divergent writers are on to something.

Agnes is "Cranky Agnes" the nationally syndicated food columnist and cook book author, living in South Carolina in the house of her dreams about to be married to a hunky normal guy. Agnes does have a little anger problem--in her hands a frying pan doubles as either a cooking tool or an assault weapon. The story opens with a man trying to steal her hound dog while she's preparing to host and cook for her god-daughters society wedding. To her rescue comes the neighborhood (retired) mobster, his hitman-working-for-a-secret-government-agency nephew (who is really hot), a crime scene clean-up man who is also ordained, a mobster's daughter, a kid from the swamp, two flamingoes and a host of others. The action defies logic and plausibility and yet it all comes together in a delightful, fun, funny, zany, happy story that makes you laugh, smile and hope for more.
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