Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Knock it off already!

Like most voracious readers I particularly enjoy my summer beach reads. I picked up Rhonda Pollero's Knock Off at Thrillerfest but it would've found its way onto my bookshelf even if I hadn't gone to the conference. I've been a Pollero fan since Kelsey Roberts :) Back in the days when I was targeting Intrigue, I read and re-read those Landry Brother books trying to discover Rhonda's secret. Well, the secret was no secret. Intrigue rejected me time and time again LOL! Anyway, onward to Knock Off.

I really enjoyed this chicklit style mystery. Heroine Finley Tanner is a paralegal with a penchant for designer clothes. She also finds herself put-off and then curious about a widow's insistence that her husband's death was no accident. Before long Finley uncovers a trail of "accidents" that are no accident and she digs deeper finding herself in the midst of a mystery. Along the way, she also gets cozy with sexy investigator, Liam McGarrity. I don't want to give too much away but I will say you'll love this story's sassy tone and quick pace! Oh and there's another in the series coming down the pike and I caught a glimpse of the fab cover in NYC. Too bad I can't remember the title but maybe Rhonda will pop in and give me a hint.

I also picked up (and devoured) Janet Evanovich's latest, Lean Mean Thirteen. Now I've heard the critiques grumbling that the series has lost its edge. The love triangle has grown stale and the humor just isn't fresh. To all of that I say :-P~~~ (that's me blowing a raspberry by the way). I enjoyed Thirteen just as much as I have the other twelve. I love Stephanie Plum and all her zany antics. I'll keep reading the series as long as Evanovich is willing to bless me with books to read.

Now, what are YOU reading this summer?


B.E. Sanderson said...

Since I've been doing more reading than writing lately, the short answer is: a lot. Most noteworthy on my recently read list are: Allison Brennan (both series), Rachel Vincent's book Stray, Both Ivy League novels by Diana Peterfreund, and The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (which is YA, but good for adults too).

Wendy Roberts said...

We've got similar tastes. I've read all you've listed except for Riordan's Lightning. Is that a good one?

B.E. Sanderson said...

Very good. Greek myth based but set today. Imagine Ares wearing his leathers and riding a Harley. Now I need to go swipe... ummm, I mean borrow... the next two in the series from my library. =o)

Wendy Roberts said...

Oooh, sounds great! I'll definitely check it out.

Rhonda said...

Thank you Wendy - glad you liked Knock Off. Blatant self-promotion answer - KNOCK 'EM DEAD is the second Finley mystery - in stores March '08.

I read Kate White's latest and am just finishing Barry Eisler's THE LAST ASSASSIN - both great!!! Oh, and I started my summer reading fest with Linda Fairstien's FINAL JEORPARDY - another keeper.

Wendy Roberts said...

I love the sound of Knock 'Em Dead! Can't wait to read it.