This is the new novel (June 2016) written by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg. For those of you who don’t know Janet Evanovich, she is the author of many novels but most notably the Stephanie Plum novels. If you choose to read one of the Plum novels I highly recommend listening to them. The actress who reads them is very good and really developed great voices the longer she performed for the audio series. The books have a number in each title and I admit I started the series in the teens rather than from the beginning. I don’t think I will go back to read the others.
Anyway as many published authors seem to be doing, Evanovich has teamed up with Lee Goldberg to write the Fox and O’Hare series. It’s a good writing team. There is still the humor and character development that you see in her books but the thrill of the chase seems to be added by Goldberg. By the way, Lee Goldberg is an author and screenwriter who has worked on different crime series.
In this book you have Kate O’Hare the FBI agent and Nick Fox the elegant thief. They have been partnered by the FBI. If Nick refuses, he will find himself behind bars for a long time. This time Nick gets kidnapped by the road runners a group of jewelry thieves that do a grab and go type robbery on a large scale. They have kidnapped Nick for his expertise needed to rob a particularly impenetrable safe. Nick gets caught and sent to jail. Kate busts him out of jail and the fun begins because the leader of this group wants more than jewelry this time. It is a fun read so give it a try.
Riley’s family has had a very successful real estate business on Belle Isle, North Caroling for years. Since her father died her husband has stepped up to run the business. But their marriage is on the rocks and all but over. She takes her very rebellious daughter to Belle Isle for the summer. Her Husband is to join them. They board the ferry with the intention of spending a leisurely summer in their newly built house on the Isle. Instead of a relaxing journey Riley is served papers. She thinks it is divorce papers and does not look at them until they are on the island trying to get into their house.
The door is locked and her key does not work. That is when she retrieves the papers and realizes that her beautiful house is in foreclosure. Her husband has a lot of explaining to do but he is no where insight. He has conveniently missed the ferry. Lots happens when he finally does show up.
Did I mention that Riley is a former TV journalist. I think I forgot that part. She knows how to dig and research a story. She will need these skills to figure out what is going on here and why her life seems to be falling apart. The Weekender is a fun beach read.
I kept hoping this book would get better. I mean I like Danielle Steele or at least I thought I did.
The book is about the lives of four women who share an apartment. I like the characters and they started down the right path of being strong and independent. Some even had successful relationships while still pursuing a career but then things fell apart.
It is a quick read so that’s a good thing. And it works if you are reading on the beach. But there are other books out there with a more captivating story. Mary Kay Andrews just put out a new book called The Weekenders. It has more of a story line than this one. I just finished reading the book. Check my next blog.
By now you guys know how much I love reading David Baldacci. I can always count on him to get me engaged in the story. Since I have been reading a lot of non-fiction lately, this was a nice break.
Once again Baldacci brings back Amos Decker. If you read Memory Man ,which I highly recommend, you would be up to speed on this new character. Just in case you didn’t read the first book, I will give you a little background on Amos just to get you interested. He was a pro football player. His first game ever was his last. His helmet collided with another players helmet that knocked him out. Literally and figuratively. His career as a pro was over. He was left with a brain injury that effected his memory. He can’t forget anything. Anything. He remembers everything and in great detail. I am glad I can forget certain things in my life or at least store them away in a corner.
Fast forward and he is in law enforcement. One day he comes home to find his family brutally murdered. Imagine never being able to forget anything and to have that scene play in your head forever. His career goes into the toilet until by coincidence he gets dragged back into a case. One that may ultimately help him move on.
But enough about that book. I am talking the new book The Last Mile. Amos is now employed by the FBI. He is assigned to a special task force that has been given a stack of cases. He takes an interest in a case a former football player who is on death row for the brutal murder of his parents years ago. Something doesn’t add up and Decker is all over it.
Give these books a try.