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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Tasty Mysteries and Hilarious Vamps: My Weekend

Here's my quickie weekend reading update. I realized recently that my long reviews turned into short reviews, which turned into one sentence summaries. Pretty soon I'll be writing in shorthand. Trying to get 40,000 words written in one month while still maintaining my regular reading schedule is getting tough. Needless to say, my kitchen is a mess and I can't see my husband past the pile of laundry on my bed!

Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson (#15 of the Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery Series)

Before I became addicted to romance novels, I was addicted to mysteries. This series is right up my alley....no blood and guts, lots of humor, a cute curly haired heroine married to a big cuddly teddy bear-police officer, and a smidge of romance thrown in for good measure. Because the heroine is a caterer, there are recipes included in every book (love it!). Fatally Flaky was a fun addition to this series. I like the fact that Goldy has finally gotten some self-confidence after all these years. And, I can't wait to try the Nutcase Cranberry-Apricot Bread. Grade: B+

Oh. My. God. I thought I had hit my limit with first person snarky vampire heroines, but evidently I was wrong. I loved this book. Loved. Loved. Loved. There are so many excellent one-liners in this book, I don't even know where to begin. I could not stop laughing out loud. Harper has done a fabulous job with the humor, pacing and hilarious characters in this story. Here is one of my favorite snippets...

"If you want to hurt me, fine. Take my books. Burn down my house. Shave my head while I'm sleeping. But nobody, nobody screws with my dog."

Hee hee hee. I couldn't agree more! Grade: A



Smokinhotbooks said...

I heart this series so much. Jane's one liners cracked me up constantly!! Molly Harper really keeps the momentum of the series throughout all 3 books.

Now I want to re-read all of 'em!!

Penelope said...

I can't wait to read the rest of the series. Yay!

Crystal-Rain Love said...

Have you read Kathleen Bacus's Calamity Jayne series (actually it's the Tressa Jayne Turner Mysteries series)? You'd probably enjoy it. It's similar to the first book you mentioned. I plowed through the series, thought about the characters when I wasn't reading it, dreamed of them, and was sad to finish the last page of the last book. I think I even went through withdrawal.....but so worth it.

Penelope said...

Hi Crystal-Rain! Thanks for the rec. I have heard good things about that series. I will definitely check it out!

Marissa said...

I heard so many good things about this series, must give them a try!

Carolyn Crane said...

You're trying to writer 40k words a month? OMG!

I hear so much great about Harper's series! It's so on my list. This just confirms it!

Penelope said...

Hi Carolyn....you will LOVE this series...so funny! I think my 40,000 word goal might be a bit steep. I am trying to just enjoy the writing right now and not focus on word count. It's my new zen attitude...hee hee!