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7.

Aug
(2012.)

Review: Smokin’ Seventeen

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Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This one was better than the previous one… though the first five or six were still miles better. All the usual ingredients are here: Stephanie Plum is still torn between her two smokin’ hot love interests, everybody in the Burg (and in the book) is different levels of crazy, Grandma Mazur and Lula do their respective things, and the hamster still sleeps in a can. What makes Smokin’ Seventeen better than Sizzling Sixteen, though, is the fact that, in this one, the whole clicks together much better. Also, the balance between halfway readable mystery and pure farce is slightly better, although the murderer is, again, as obvious as the giant pimple Stephanie gets on her forehead when Morelli’s grandmother gives her the evil eye.

If you’re a fan of the series, you will enjoy this one, at least as a brainless summer read. If average-gal-gets-two-hunks-and-solves-mystery-against-all-odds is not your cuppa, skip the series all together.… Daj dalje!

30.

Jul
(2012.)

Review: The Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner

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The Hanover Square Affair by Ashley Gardner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I rather liked this — to be completely honest, I should give it something like 3.5 stars. It’s a well-researched historical, with people and attitudes mostly complying with their imagined time (the Regency period). It’s also a well-constructed mystery, which managed to keep me guessing until almost the end, which is a rarity.

Another plus side is the characterization. The main character, Captain Lacey, is a retired soldier who managed to only just miss Waterloo. He comes with so much baggage it could cover a whole day’s worth at Waterloo station, but all of it is well done, up to and including the fact that he recognizes his condition, calling it melancholia, which is appropriate for the time. His former commander and former best friend is somewhat sketchy, but the real best friend, the former commander’s wife, is intriguing as a character herself, although occasionally she comes across a little too good to be true.… Daj dalje!