Motor Mouth

Motor Mouth

by Janet Evanovich

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Barney is a woman with a taste for speed, talent for breaking rules, and knows too much about cheating. First there was boyfriend NASCAR racer Hooker and a salesclerk. Now an unlikely winner has to be cheating. Another spotter calls for help, trapped. Their drooling St Bernard leaves his teeth marks in a corpse. They are on the run, suspected of murder.

 Sorry it’s been a minute since I’ve posted a review! I’ve been sneaking away to hit the beach instead of sharing all these good mysteries with you! But, I am back on board and starting the review week off with a good laugh. Motor Mouth is the second book in Janet Evanovich’s Alex Barnaby series and you can check out my review of book one, Metro Girl, for a brief intro to the characters.

Barney and Hooker are back and there is trouble in paradise as their romance went up in flames when Hooker woke up next to a sales clerk. Barney is still working as a spotter for Hooker’s team and enjoying a chance to help in NASCAR research and design. And then a friend of the pair gets stuck in the car hauler of a rival racer…. It’s not long before Barney and Hooker are racing to hide dead bodies and out run a pair of hitmen.

The Alex Barnaby series is probably my favorite from Janet Evanovich. Yes I know the Stephanie Plum novels are the most popular, and I enjoy them, but there is just something about Barney and Hooker that keeps me coming back to the series. It is because both main characters solve these mysteries by sheer dumb luck. Hooker struggles to keep from gagging when they move dead bodies. Barney whines when she falls down in the mud while digging a temporary grave. Both end up way over their heads in murder and mayhem because they steel a NASCAR hauler to help out a friend. Dumb luck people! All the characters are relatable. Their reactions are realistic. And they keep getting themselves in to hilarious sticky situations!

I love how fast paced and fun the story is. We get to revisit all the old Miami characters from Metro Girl, as well as meet a few more interesting people (Huevo’s wife being one of my favs). Critics of the series will remark on how unrealistic certain plot points are, but that is one of the reasons I enjoy the series. Motor Mouth is the perfect read when you need a pick-me-up. I definitely recommend it as a fun beach read!

Anyone else an Alex Barnaby fan? What is your favorite Evanovich series?

Lindsay

Career of Evil

Career of Evil

by Robert Galbraith

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Cormoran Strike is back, with his assistant Robin Ellacott, in a mystery based around soldiers returning from war.

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

Career of Evil is the third in the series featuring private detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott. A mystery and also a story of a man and a woman at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives.

Career of Evil is the third book in the Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith, who is really JK Rowling. Strike’s detective agency is thriving thanks to their last two high profile cases and Robin and Strike are having a difficult time keeping up. Then Robin receives a severed leg in the mail. It doesn’t take long for them to be national news and loosing clients by the minute.

I had to begin the Month of Mystery with Career of Evil! I am a Harry Potter fan but I believe I might be more of a Cormoran Strike fan. Mystery is my go to genre and Career of Evil may be a new favorite.

I like how Galbraith sucker punches both Strike and Robin right at the beginning! Life is going great and then one severed leg manages to ruin the business, put a strain on Robin and Matthew’s relationship, and cause Strike to revisit memories best left forgotten. The mystery is dark and forces us to delve in to the past of some pretty disturbing individuals. Guys, this story managed to make me laugh, cry, yell, and cheer. I’m pretty sure I looked like a crazy person during my work commute.

Expect excellent character development in our two main characters. We get to learn more about the haunting past of both Robin and Strike. We get to watch their friendship deepen and, my personal favorite, we get to see Robin’s stubborn side! I love how she stands up for herself, refusing to let anyone push her around. Galbriath’s writing style leaves me feeling like I am right there watching everything happen. This series really needs to be made in to a tv show or movies!

As for complaints…I wish I didn’t have to wait for the next one! I did have a tough time with the lack of communication between Robin and Cormoran. Robin considers him one of her best friends but they rarely open up to each other despite working long hours together. And all the emotional tension between them….uhg! I need the next book! I’m also still not ok with Matthew as he really doesn’t have any redeeming qualities, but I’m not going to waste time ranting about him.

There is soooo much more I want to share but you just need to read it. Oh, and the ending was PERFECT! I need to read Career of Evil again! Anyone else a Robert Galbraith fan? What did you think of Career of Evil?

Lindsay

TWO YEARS!

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY SAND BETWEEN THE PAGES!

Can you believe it’s been two years?! Two years of reading for fun. Two years of writing book reviews. Two wonderful years of sharing my love for books with all of you!

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So here is to you fellow book lovers! Thank you for coming with me on this crazy journey! The last year has been interesting but I’m so thankful that y’all have stuck with me!

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May is once again the Month of Mystery! The next few weeks will be filled with mysteries: some hilarious but all that will keep you on the edge of you seat! I’ll also share some of my current favorite mystery shows!

Thank for the last two years! Let’s start the next one with a blast!

Lindsay