Friday, February 18, 2011

Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer

book jacket
This is our Mystery/Suspense selection for March, voted by our book group members.  Hope you enjoy the book and share your comments.

Food writer Agnes Crandall knows how to use a frying pan to create delicious meals and to deal with difficult men. It's that second skill that gets her into trouble. When a masked intruder tries to take her bloodhound Rhett, Agnes whacks him with a frying pan full of hot raspberry sauce. The teenage dognapper ends up dead; but before the police arrive, Shane, the nephew of an old family friend, turns up at Two Rivers, the faded southern mansion Agnes calls home, to offer his professional services. Shane quickly discovers that while Agnes certainly seems capable of taking care of herself, she could use a little help dealing with a two-timing fiancé, a local crime family determined to kidnap Rhett, and a long-lost fortune. A southern, Mob-flavored, flamingo-motif wedding provides the richly comic setting for the second literary collaboration between the highly entertaining team of Crusie and Mayer. Generously seasoned with an acerbic wit and graced with a wonderfully original pair of protagonists and a wickedly amusing cast of secondary characters, Agnes and the Hitman is fabulous fun.

Suggested by a group member, and also by Jan:
"This was suggested by a member, but Jennifer Crusie is one of my favorite authors.  Her books are always witty and entertaining, although I have never read the ones co-written with Bob Mayer.  I'm sure this will be a fun read."

Request Agnes and the Hitman from the Bangor Public Library (and through interlibrary loan)!

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