This week's Monday Mystery Backlist title is the first book in the Lt. Jacqueline "Jack" Daniels series, WHISKEY SOUR by J.A. Konrath. The creativity of this series concept hooked me into buying the first three books. Unfortunately, they are still waiting for me to read them. The sad case of most books I buy for myself these days. But, I'm determined to read this one before the year's out. I moved it to the "high priority" shelf; I'm putting it front and center in the Monday Mystery Backlist now; AND I requested it on audio from my library. There are no more excuses. I'll have a bound version, an e-book version and an audio book version. I WILL make time to start this series! After all, I'm not a big drinker, but one of the drinks I do favor is the...yep, whiskey sour.
Lt. Jack Daniels is down on her luck after losing her boyfriend, her ability to sleep and a large portion of her checking accounting (to home shopping purchases). But that's just the beginning of her troubles. She also has to deal with a serial killer calling himself "The Gingerbread Man." A quirky cast of characters joins Daniels as she works to stop a murderer before he kills her and to straighten out her personal life.
Jay Bonansinga, author of THE SLEEP POLICE, described WHISKEY SOUR like this:
"Put Donald Westlake in a blender with a jigger of James Ellroy, mix in a dollop of Dorothy Parker, and you've got the hilarious, horrific world of Lieutenant Jacqueline 'Jack' Daniels."
In an effort to entice you a little further, you can download the whole WHISKEY SOUR novel at J.A. Konrath's website. You can also download teaser chapters to the other books in this series or opt to listen to teaser audio clips from the novels.
If you're like me and need to have the print book, it is available in the 2004 hardcover (ISBN: 978-1401300876) from Hyperion or the 2005 mass market paperback (ISBN: 978-0786890729) from Hyperion. It is also available from Brilliance Audio in an unabridged CD (ISBN: 978-1593554880) or MP3 version (ISBN: 978-1593353209). There is also a version available for the Kindle.
**Note: next week I will be on hiatus from the Monday Mystery Backlist to participate in a post for Book Blogger Appreciation Week. But Monday Mystery Backlist will return the following week. And a very Happy Labor Day to all, especially the authors who labor over their books to provide us with such a selection of entertainment. Have a great week.
Also, don't forget to get your entries in to win a copy of THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE. I'm excited to give away a brand new copy to a lucky reader. Entries must be in by the end of the day Saturday. Details here.
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