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review 2018-03-10 05:27
Hardcore Twenty-four (Stephanie Plum, #24)
Hardcore Twenty-Four - Janet Evanovich

Why yes, I'm still reading these.  No, Stephanie hasn't chosen Morelli or Ranger.  Yes, she's still destroying every car she touches, and no, she's still not all that good at her job.

 

In a world where if feels like I'm constantly pissed off because someone has changed their stock/location/rules, the constancy that is Stephanie Plum is a welcome relief and when Evanovich is on her game, the humor is worth the static world of the Burg (Berg?).  

 

I'd say Evanovich is on her game for Twenty-four.  Diesel makes an appearance, which leaves me wondering if his spin off series has died a premature death.  Zombies are also a big part of the plot and that plot is ... yech.   Just... yech.  

 

It occurred to me while reading this book why the love triangle doesn't bother me:  neither the Stephanie/Ranger nor the Stephanie/Morelli dynamic is very deep.  There's love, yes, but nobody is deeply emotionally attached.  Instead there's a lot of affection, respect (ok, maybe not a LOT), and humor.  Everybody involved is satisfied with the status quo, and since I've never been all that insistent that sex be about love, I too am happy with the status quo.

 

The topper for me though, was the scene involving the groundhog.  To say more would be to spoil it for anyone who might someday read it, except to say, even though I saw it coming a mile away, I still laughed till I cried.  And that's why I'm still reading these books.  

 

Hardcore Twenty-four met the criteria for the Kill Your Darlings Cause of Death card:  Revolver:  Read a book that involves a character that carries a gun.  Stephanie rarely has a gun, but every other character in the book carries at least one, including her grandmother.

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review 2012-10-30 00:00
Death, Taxes, and a Sequined Clutch (Tara Holloway #3.5)
Death, Taxes, and a Sequined Clutch - Diane Kelly

A fun, fast mini-adventure with Tara and the IRS gang. Lots of angst in this story about which man should be in her life - I'm hoping D, T & Peach Sangria won't be as angst filled. A quick mystery concerning identical twins in trouble with the SEC. If you're a fan of the series, you'll get a kick out of this e-book special.

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review 2012-07-09 00:00
Death, Taxes, and Extra-Hold Hairspray (Tara Holloway Mystery #3)
Death, Taxes, and Extra-Hold Hairspray - Diane Kelly

I think this may be my favourite book in this series so far. I thought that the plot was a slightly different spin on the typical mystery - no murders for a start - and the need for Tara to be creative in order to bring down the 'bad guy'. I put this on my shelves as a cozy mystery, but really it's a bit more of a chick-lit mystery - the romance is just a little bit more explicit and the language just a little bit more vulgar than what most would consider "cozy". But the humour is dry and wry and the romantic tension is ratcheted up a notch in this book as Tara tries to decide who is a better fit in her life, Brett or Nick.  An excellent read, I really enjoyed it.

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review 2012-03-21 00:00
Death, Taxes, and a Skinny No-Whip Latte (Tara Holloway Series #2)
Death, Taxes, and a Skinny No-Whip Latte - Diane Kelly

I took a break from reading this book after about 6 chapters because it wasn't holding my attention. I picked it back up after a few days and found myself much more interested in the rest of the book.

 

Slow start or short attention span, the book picked up quickly afterwards and while you pretty much always know who the bad guy is, I found myself looking forward to finding out how they catch him in the end. Lots of action, a few slapstick moments and great characters. I'll be on the lookout for the third book.

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review 2012-01-03 00:00
Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure (Tara Holloway Series #1)
Death, Taxes, and a French Manicure - Diane Kelly

Overall, I thought this was a very entertaining book. More cozy than romance, but with significant Romance traits (the sex scenes were more graphic than your standard cozy).

 

I found myself skimming once in awhile, even though I liked the characters and enjoyed the writing, so I'm going to chalk that up to trying to read during the busy holiday season.

 

I'll definitely be ordering the next book in the series to see what happens next.

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