Tuesday, November 20, 2012

For the Janet Evanovich fan...

My very good friend and fellow blogger, Lesa Holstine, is offering up the suggestions today. I'm so pleased to share her thoughts with you. Not only did she take time from her own blog and job and pets and...you get the idea...but she's an amazing librarian who's made a career of recommending books. Here she is to offer up a suggestion for your Janet Evanovich reader:

If readers enjoy Janet Evanovich, they'll probably like reading K.J. Larsen. Hot men. Murder. Funny family scenes. Eccentric sidekicks. That's not Stephanie Plum. That's a description of Cat DeLuca in Larsen's Liar, Liar, and the second book, Sticks & Stones. Cat is a street-smart woman who runs her own business, the Pants on Fire Detective Agency. Motto—"We catch Liars and Cheats."

Cat comes from a large Italian family of Chicago cops, and was expected to marry one. Instead, after her marriage to a "philandering liar" ended, she apprenticed as a detective and opened her own agency specializing in catching cheating spouses.

Cat is a strong character, fighting against her family opinion. The books have humor, without being slapstick. And, it's hard to not salivate over the Italian food, particularly the cannoli. How does it compare to the Stephanie Plum books? The humor isn't as broad. Cat is more competent than Stephanie, although the men in her life don't think she is. The Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago is a perfect setting for these fun caper novels featuring an Italian American family, and the independent woman who is finding her own way, while keeping her family connections.


gspotsylvania November 20, 2012 at 6:54 AM  

You could bring me these if you have them, Jen!!!

Jen November 20, 2012 at 10:04 AM  

I do not Ginny, this recommendation came from Lesa.

Naomi Johnson November 23, 2012 at 11:47 AM  

Thanks for this recommendation, Lesa and Jen. This takes care of the Christmas present for my sister-in-law. She's a big Evanovich fan, and has been after me for ages to find her something similar.

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