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Friday, January 18, 2008

TBR Challenge for December

For December, read a book with a beverage on the cover.

Examples from my shelves:
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul by Douglas Adams (tea)
Tales from the Vulgar Unicorn, ed. by Robert Lynn Asprin (mugs of ale)
Dearly Depotted by Kate Collins (flutes of champagne)

I chose:

***½ Full Blast by Janet Evanovich and Charlotte Hughes. Mystery.

First, a public service announcement: this is not a Stephanie Plum book. I figured I should post that right up front, since a good half of the reviewers on Amazon couldn't seem to grasp the concept. Okay, rant over. Deep breath.

This is the fourth in the series about Jamie Swift and Max Holt. Jamie runs a small-town newspaper and has just started a personals column. Then she's approached by a psychic named Destiny who's new to town, offering to write a psychic advice column for free. But before she can get started, Destiny has a vision: murder, and it's connected to the personals column.

Sure enough, a lingerie store owner is found murdered after a controversial grand opening, and the personals column does seem to figure in the case. Jamie and Destiny team up to help figure out whodunit, and Jamie, seeing an excuse to call a need for his expert advice, calls Max, her silent partner and possibly-significant-other, for help.

Max is there, with Muffin, the computer in his car that's... well, imagine a female version of K.I.T.T., complete with PMS. In fact, "Knight Rider" is a good comparison to this series--they're both funny and a bit over-the-top, light reading/viewing, and not really to be taken seriously.

If you play, let us know what you read, how it fit the challenge, how you liked it, and how long it had been in your TBR pile.

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I didn't think you'll be posting this here anymore...

But I went ahead and post it at my blog too, and ask that if anyone participates to either post it in my comment box or give both of us direct link to their blog. I hope that okay with you :)
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