Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Dogs and Goddesses

Dogs and Goddess by Jennifer Cruise, Anne Stuart and Lani Diane Rich is a fun read. Ancient temples, Mesopotamian goddesses, aphrodisiac cookies and talking dogs fill this novel with quirkiness that will make you smile if not laugh out loud.

Abby arrives in Summerville, Ohio to take a look the coffee shop she's inherited from a grandmother she never knew. Soon she discovers she has a knack for making divine pastries. With her two new friends, Daisy a web designer and Shar a history teacher. They turn the run down coffee shop into a hub of activity where people can't get enough of the cookies.

The three women find out that they are descendants of three priestesses pledged to the goddess Kammani. Kammani has awoken from a 4000 year sleep and she's ready to take over the world but she needs the power of her three priestesses to do it. Once Abby and her friends learn what Kammani has in mind they work together to stop her. Along the way the add three men and a pack of dogs (the women can understand them)to there family and learn what it means to be a goddess.

I had fun reading this book. Even the talking dogs. It had the typical romance scenario where the heroine meets a gorgeous but annoying man and fall in love with him but runs away until he catches her. But it's not hard to ignore it. I wouldn't mind reading more about three women who come into their own power and build a strong new family.

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Sunday, June 28, 2009

Lean Mean Thirteen

Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter. She is more Inspector Clouseau than Dog. Her adventures while working for her cousin Vinnie, will have you shaking your head and laughing out loud. Lean Mean Thirteen is the thirteenth book in the series written by Janet Evanovich.

The Plum books have an interesting cast of character including the tall, dark and mysterious Ranger who owns a security firm called RangeMan. He'd love to do the horizontal mambo with Stephanie but she has another man on her mind. Joe Morelli is a local detective and Stephanie's on again/off again. They both have commitment issues. Stephanie's partner in bounty hunting is Lula a plus-sized black woman and former 'ho.

The Plum family is half Italian and half Hungarian and full of character. I only hope that I have half the spunk of Grandma Mazur when I'm 80. Mrs. Plum wishes Stephanie would get a job at the button factory. She has a special cupboard in the kitchen that contains a little something to calm her nerves. Stephanie's exploits often get violent and messy so Mrs. Plum is never far from her cupboard.

In Lean Mean Thirteen, Stephanie's ex-husband Dick Orr is missing. When the police find blood and drag marks in his house, Stephanie is an obvious suspect. Especially since she tried to strangle him the day before. Clearing her name pushes Stephanie to try and find Orr. Along the way she finds out a lot of interesting things including the fact that Orr never changed his will and she is still the sole beneficiary of what could be a large fortune.

All of Stephanie's adventures are amusing and you'll want to keep reading just to find out what else can go wrong. Her life is strange. That's a fact not lost on those around her, including Lula:

"I swear you're a crazy person. You go around up to your eyeballs in snakes and dead people and exploding beavers. Even when I was a 'ho my life wasn't that freaky. Only thing normal about you is your boyfriend, and you don't know what the heck to do with him. To make matters worse, you that spook Ranger sniffing after you. Not that anyone wouldn't want him sniffing after them. I mean, he's finer than fine. But he's not normal.

Yes, that's right exploding beavers. You'll laugh and you'll shake your head but it's worth it to spend some time in Trenton with Stephanie and her friends.

Buy Lean Mean Thirteen (Stephanie Plum, No. 13)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Crime Spells

Crime Spells is an anthology of 17 short stories edited by Martin H. Greenberg & Loren L. Coleman. Each of the stories features some kind of magic. A thief uses "glamour" to get her in and out of the homes of her victims. A gamer uses real magic to get revenge. A magical bounty hunter relies on her extra senses.

While I enjoyed all of the stories there wasn't one that stood out. They were all pretty light weight. While there were a couple of "ick moments" very few images remain in my mind. I had to re-read the first part of each story just to remember what they were about for this review. The stories make for an afternoon's reading but they won't cause you to ponder their meaning for too long.

There's nothing wrong with that.

Authors in this anthology include: Mike Resnick, Kristine Katheryn Rusch, Dean Wesley Smith and Steve Perry.

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