Monday, March 26, 2012

Spring Reading Affair: Agnes and the Hitman

Hello Readers!

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For today's review I chose a book that I had never planned on reading. Agnes and the Hitman had a title and a cover that would never have struck my fancy, even slightly.

One afternoon I was having coffee with one of my dearest and oldest friends and our topic of conversation had turned to books. She brought up this title and insisted vehemently that I pick up a copy and read it. She was sure I would love it!

Her enthusiasm had me running out to the local book seller. The book was on sale and I snagged it for around $5. I figured it was a sign. I would have found a reason not to pick the book up if it would have been it's full price.

Anyway, I took it home and had it read in 2 days. Though it wasn't my favorite book of all time it was definitely worth the time for the read!

Agnes, the main character, is spunky and uncharacteristically flawed for a main character. When I say 'flawed' I don't mean she has some mental disorder, or some horrible past that has made her a stalker or a kleptomaniac.

It is very easy to relate to Agnes. In all honesty it's very easy to relate to all of Ms. Crusie's main characters. They're strong women who appeal to people through their quirkiness. No supermodel scientists who happen to love a good cappuccino and a shopping spree at Sac's.

Instead Ms. Cruisie offers a character who is multidimensional, colorful, and flawed in a way the reader can relate to. Full of spunk, fire, love, and quandary Agnes represents a woman who is darn well able to take care of her own self, but finds herself falling accidentally head over heals for a hit-man who, at first, simply is not her type.

Agnes is never a flailing, whining woman who needs a knight in shining armor to come and scoop her up. She's her own knight, sparring with the best of them while at the same time easily maintaining her feminine appeal. 

"AGNES AND THE HITMAN" is a book full of 'Oh my ..." and "What the heck?" moments that have you nearly gasping for breath between laughs.

It's a book that has everything. A bit of adventure, a bit of suspense, a bit of mystery, a bit of romance... and Pink Flamingos. 

Yep.  2 of them. 

I give this book a 4/5 and recommend that you pick up a copy just for yourself!

Agnes Crandall's life goes awry when a dognapper invades her kitchen one night,
seriously hampering her attempts to put on a wedding that she's staked her entire net worth on. 
Then a hero climbs through her bedroom window.  His name is Shane, no last name, just Shane, and he
has his own problems:  he's got a big hit scheduled, a rival trying to take him out, and an ex-mobster uncle asking
him to protect some little kid named Agnes.  When he finds out that Agnes isn't so little, his uncle has forgotten to
mention a missing five million bucks he might have lost in Agnes's house, and his last hit was a miss, Shane's
life isn't looking so good, either.  Then a bunch of lowlifes come looking for the money, a string of hit men show
up for Agnes, and some wedding guests gather with intent to throw more than rice.  Agnes and Shane have their
hands full with greed, florists, treachery, flamingos, mayhem, mothers of the bride, and--most dangerous
ofall--each other.  Agnes and the Hitman is the perfect combination of sugar and spice, sweet and salty--a novel
of delicious proportions.

Enjoy everyone!

Until next Blog,

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