Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich

"I don't know why we gotta sit here baking in your car in the middle of the day, in the middle of the summer, in the middle of this crummy neighborhood," Lula said.

Another opening that begins in a car with a character we know nothing about (Unless you read other books in the series, which we haven't - meaning we aren't hooked in any way, shape, or form.), complaining about the weather.

Of course, a little later we find out why they're in the car, but I'd rather the story begin with what happens after the stakeout, or in this case when the stakeout gets interrupted by some guy with a gun.

The dialogue that follows is comical, but I'm not laughing with the writing, I'm laughing at it. It's not realistic and sounds like Don Knotts should play Lula. I mean, a man is pointing a gun and the two women are discussing causally how accessorizing could be their doom, in banal attempts to be witty. Finally, they win the day and knock the guy out in an accidental slapstick manner, and I lose all respect for such a detective. Definitely a Don Knotts and Tim Conway scene.

Verdict: Fail

Theodore Moracht

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